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Best Books to Read this Winter

Best Books to Read this Winter
The time has come for colder months ahead where we will be indoors more often and hibernating. This is the best time to curl up on the couch by the fire with a cozy blanket and a good book. I’ve compiled a list of the best books to read this winter that I think you will enjoy!

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

In 1928, Bonaventure Circus outcast Pippa Ripley must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of a killer preying on the troupe. Decades later, while determining if an old circus train depot will be torn down or preserved, Chandler Faulk is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than she imagined.

My Review:

I was so excited to read this book as it looked good just from the cover. It turns out it was good that it read it within a few days. The writing and story were good with a thriller plot twist I was not expecting. The characters grew on me and the book totally kept me guessing all the way through the end. If you like thrillers, you’ll love this book!

The Plans We Made by Kathryn Cushman and Lauren Beccue

When past secrets hold the only key to hope for the future…

Caroline Chapman is reeling from a broken engagement. Determined to start again, she moves cross-country for her dream job of planning events in the historical mansions of Newport, Rhode Island. Just as her life is getting back on track, she gets an email that shakes her very foundations.

Linda Riley’s life looks picture perfect – a wonderful husband, two great kids, involved in church and the community. Then comes the diagnosis that shatters the facade. In order to save her son’s life, she must reveal secrets that can rip everything apart.

Connected by more than painful circumstances, these two women discover a sacred bond. In this beautiful story of love, loss, and the fight for life, Caroline and Linda experience the reality that life doesn’t always go according to The Plans We Made.

My Review:

This was definitely a strong story about family where tragedies happen and secrets of the past are revealed. This story will touch your heart in so many ways and made me shed a few tears. I loved the storyline and the characters in the book and how they left you with a different perspective on life in the end.

I hope you enjoyed this list of best books to read this winter. If you have any to add or suggestions, let me know.

Ottoman Dominion by Terry Brennan

Diplomatic Security Service agent Brian Mullaney wants out. He’s been drawn against his will into a dangerous international mission with world-ending implications–and his final assignment is going to pit him directly against the terrifying, evil entity known only as the Turk.

But when the Turk’s minions breach the US embassy in Israel and the American ambassador disappears, Mullaney has no choice. He must accept his role as the final guardian of a mysterious box, his only weapon against the powers of darkness bent on preventing the second coming of the Messiah, no matter who or what they annihilate to accomplish their goal. Can this man who’s already lost so much find the strength and faith to save the world–and fulfill the prophecy of peace?

The final volume of the Empires of Armageddon trilogy will have fans of Joel Rosenberg, Ronie Kendig, and Frank Peretti on the edge of their seats up to the final page.

My Review:

Whoa! Can we talk about how good this book is? Cause it’s really good! First this is a conclusion to the other 2 books in the series so if you have not read them, you need to start there first. And if you’ve already read them and finished this one, you’re probably sad it’s over. I know I am. This book did not disappoint.

There is a lot happening in the story but don’t worry you will still be able to follow along. I don’t want to spoil anything in this book or story but will say that it’s full of action and suspense and I know you’re going to love it.

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark

In 1946, Millie Middleton left home to keep her heritage hidden, carrying the dream of owning a dress store. Decades later, when Harper Dupree’s future in fashion falls apart, she visits her mentor Millie. As the revelation of a family secret leads them to Charleston and a rare opportunity, can they overcome doubts and failures for a chance at their dreams?

My Review

This book was so good. I loved the powerful story with a piece of history mixed in. I love the fashion parts in this story as I’ve always wanted to own a clothing store and also liked the bond between Harper and Millie. There are several surprises in the book with some that I felt left me hanging and have some questions. I can’t wait to read the next book to see how this goes.

A Cowboy For Keeps by Jody Hedlund

After being robbed on her trip west to save her ailing sister, Greta Nilsson is left homeless and penniless. Struggling to get his new ranch running, Wyatt McQuaid is offered a bargain—the mayor will invest in a herd of cattle if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying…and the mayor has the perfect woman in mind.

My Review

This book was great! It’s a typical love story between a cowboy and a girl that is pretty predictable. But then just when you don’t see it coming a plot twist happens. Some that were not so predictable. I loved the characters and Colorado setting and can’t wait to read the second book.

Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen

This historic home holds the keys to their destiny . . . and their hearts

Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know theirs. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn’t expect much from the common artifact . . .until she finds real treasure inside: a nineteenth-century diary. Now she’s on the hunt to find out more.

Garrett Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother’s historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. With her advancing Alzheimer’s, he can’t afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles: Sloane, who’s fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane.

A century and a half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love–and a God who faithfully carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

This warm, beautifully written split-time novel will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.

My Review

I love how this book is set into 2 different eras of 1870s to present. It shares 2 different story lines that involves love, faith, romance and the importance of family. It was funny and sad at times but a great read. The characters were so relatable and it’s one book I could not put down. A must read for all!

Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green

When Sylvie Townsend’s Polish ward, Rose, goes missing at the World’s Fair, her life unravels. Brushed off by the authorities, Sylvie turns to her boarder and Rose’s violin instructor, Kristof Bartok, for help searching the immigrant communities. When the unexpected happens, will Sylvie be able to accept the change that comes her way?

My Review

This book was a good one. I loved Sylvie’s character and reading about her reasons to be independent and single. It’s very intriguing with history lessons learned along the way and a few plot twists I was not expecting. Great read overall!

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