World Book Day – A “Must-Read” List

It’s World Book Day today, so we just quickly want to give you the book that we each recommend to people the most. 

Natalie: The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield 
Every once in a while I read a book that I wish I could experience for the first time over and over again. This book ranks among my favorite mystery novels simply because of the author’s ability to craft beautiful sentences – and the surprising twist at the end.

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Meg: Celia Garth, by Gwen Bristow – This is the book that has it all: history (Revolutionary War era), drama, war, love, spies, a beloved setting (dear Charleston), and a smart and sassy heroine. I’ve yet to have anyone tell me they didn’t love this book.
Note: reading a 1st edition copy makes it even better. 😊img_9373

AB: The Staff and the Sword Series – For fans of the LOTR or The Wheel of Time series, this debut series by Patrick W. Carr (a high school math teacher from Tennessee) is an excellent addition.  I love the deep character development and the intricate plot. These qualities and many more contribute to the epic nature of this series. Start with the first book, called A Cast of Stones.

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2 New Christian Fiction Novels

If I Run

By Terri Blackstock                 Genre: Christian Fiction – Crime
Reviewed by Meg                            4/5 stars

If I RunTerri Blackstock’s latest series of crime/thriller fiction commences with If I Run, the story of Casey Cox and her quest to prove her innocence. Going against a corrupt police force and being pursued by a former Iraqi vet-turned-investigator, Casey becomes the second person in her family to go on the run from those trying to “bring her to justice” for a crime she didn’t commit. However, Casey’s journey away brings her in contact with a woman of faith and a family still grieving over the disappearance of their daughter; and Casey faces the agonizing decision to escape easily and continue running or stay and help those around her. Blackstock, a former Harlequin romance novelist-turned-Christian Fiction writer (after a “spiritual awakening”) is a seasoned storyteller – and If I Run grabbed me from the start and maintained a great pace to it throughout. However, the well-developed characters I love finding in good books didn’t surface as I’d hoped. And I think that’s because of my biggest bone to pick with this book, which is … 
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All the Light We Cannot See

By Anthony Doerr                       Genre: Historical Fiction
Reviewed by AB                           5/5 stars

all the light we cannot seeFor Christmas 2014, I received the Pulitzer-prize winning novel All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. The work is over 500 pages, and I read it in 48 hours. I know this is so cliché, but, really, it was difficult to put down, and I may have skipped out on a few games and movies with the extended family because I was so enthralled.

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