Good afternoon, everyone! I hope the first day of 2019 is going well for you. I enjoyed a nice quiet night at home last night and got to sleep in a little this morning. Last day off before work starts up again for me. But without anymore waiting, in no particular order, here are my favorite books of 2018….
1. Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter
Oh my word, the feels in this one! Josephine and Noah find out their divorce was never finalized and both want to take care of it asap. Only, getting stuck together in Noah’s cabin during a snowstorm forces them to face things they have worked hard to bury. This story is gritty, raw, real. It touched me on a personal level.
2. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble
Suspenseful, heart-pounding, non-stop action and mystery. Got you hooked yet? A woman standing up for herself, leaving her abusive fiance. Going back to her hometown that is not as sweet as she imagined it was. Secrets hidden everywhere, and there are people willing to kill to keep them buried. My attention was hooked until the final scene.
3. Perennials by Julie Cantrell
Two sisters reunite for their parents 50th wedding anniversary but also must finally face the past and choices that were made, ones that ultimately changed their lives forever. This story pushed its way into my heart and left its mark. Family issues that felt so real, the determination to not give up but knowing when to step back.
4. The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron
This story weaves the past and present so beautifully. We are taken to The French Revolution to World War Two to the present, all within the walls of a French castle. Family secrets, lost loves, this story has it all. Be prepared to be swept away.
5. Bob by Wendy Maas and Rebecca Stead
Did I cry? Yes. Yes, I did. That is my fair warning to you. But you should definitely, definitely read it! This story is a rich heart-tugging, joyful story. Sure, it is categorized as a youth story but please do not let that hold you back. Imaginary friends, family, determination to stay true to ourselves. And my favorite thing about this is, my imaginary friend’s name was Bob. It made the story that much more heartwarming. Seriously, check this book out. I recommend it for everyone!
6. A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark
A widow raising two children, a man who sweeps her off her feet. A new husband, a new home, a new life. Everything seems so perfect. And then things begin going missing, the children claim their mother doing things she does not remember doing. Is she going crazy or is there a more sinister plot behind the madness? This story kept me up at night, kept me coming back any minute I could grab. I HAD to find out what was going to happen next. I read the last 130 pages in one fell swoop because I could not put it down.
7. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Have tissues on hand for this one. Dual timeline, present and 1930’s Tennessee, about a family that discovers secrets that could tear them apart. Rill and her siblings are kidnapped from their home and taken to an orphanage run by a woman who basically has a baby black market. Check out Georgia Tann and her childrens home scandal. This story tore into my heart and ripped it. It was heartbreaking and so so sad. Does that mean it is worth reading? Absolutely!! It opened my eyes to a time in American history I knew nothing about and it made me do further research on Ms. Tann’s workings.
There you have it, my top list. What books from 2018 were your favorite(s)? I would love to hear about them.