So I started a new adventure at work and hosted my first Inspirational Fiction Book Club meeting today! I inherited this book club and I think the delightful attendees could run it without me which is perfectly fine. I really enjoyed the book club although the book wasn’t my favorite. (This might be due to my general aversion to all things Amish Fiction, not the actual quality of the book which is probably pretty good.) We discussed Return to Grace by Karen Harper. It is a mystery set in Ohio’s Amish Country. (Go figure, mysteries aren’t my favorite either so there you go.) The mystery was good, and the content a little edgier than you typically find in Amish fiction, but not too much so. I would recommend this for those that want to try Amish fiction, but are more turned off by the overtly religious aspects. The interactions between the Amish and “English” characters are interesting and the themes of forgiveness and being true to yourself run throughout the story.
Hannah Esh fled the Home Valley Amish community with a broken heart, throwing herself into her worldly dreams of a singing career instead. But as much as she tries to run from her past, something keeps pulling her back. On a whim, she brings four worldly friends to the Amish graveyard near her family’s home for a midnight party on Halloween. But when shots are fired and one of her friends is killed, Hannah is pulled back into the world of her past.
The investigation into the shooting uncovers deep-buried secrets that shock the peaceful Amish village to its core. Determined to prove her value to the community she left behind, Hannah attempts to bridge two cultures, working closely with both handsome, arrogant FBI agent Linc Armstrong and her former betrothed, Seth Lantz, now widowed with a young daughter.
Caught between Seth and Linc, between old and new, Amish and worldly, Hannah must choose her future. Unless a killer, bent on secrecy, chooses it for her.
I just put this on hold at my library!
The Queen’s Thief is one of those rare series where the sequels measure up to the first book. If you’ve not read The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner you should go do that. Right now. It’s INCREDIBLE.
I don’t know how I missed this, but Wayne Thomas Batson has written a sequel to Isle of Swords and Isle of Fire!
The wedding of Griffin “Cat” Thorne and Anne Ross is on! Or is it? Captain Tobias Dredd, the infamous pirate “Toby Scratch,” has been scouring the South Pacific, searching for Father Carroll, a member of the clandestine holy warriors known only as The Brethren. When Dredd’s ship, The Red Corsair, levels a Brethren monastery, Declan Ross and the crew of The Robert Bruce are called upon to pursue Father Carroll and maintain his safety at all costs. The hunt for Father Carroll is on between Ross and Dredd. At stake: the lives of everyone involved and a treasure worth three times the world. For Father Carroll alone knows the location of The Isle of Stars, and he knows its secrets.
I may have squealed when I saw this. I’m a huge fan and although I’ve fallen behind on reading his books, (there’s a lot, what can I say) he’s still one of my go-to recommended authors for tweens and teens.
I helped a lady discover Inspirational Fiction today!
Well, sort of. I had just finished waxing eloquent on the glories of FamilyFiction.com* to a co-worker, when a poor unsuspecting customer walked up with a handful of Inspirational fiction titles and I pounced.
Me: Do you read a lot of Christian fiction?”
Poor Unsuspecting Customer: Oh, is that what these are?
Me: Um…well, yes, technically…
Poor Unsuspecting Customer: Oh, well I get a lot of these [Love Inspired paperbacks] because I don’t have to worry about the sex in them.
Me: *thunks head on desk.*
Actually, I told her she should check out FamilyFiction.com if she ever had a moment and wanted to find some new authors or similar titles. This really bears up my findings that most people really do read Christian/Inspirational fiction for the clean content. So keep writing clean fiction, the people want to read it. Sigh.**
*FamilyFiction.com is totally AWESOME! It’s my go-to website for all things Inspirational Fiction! It has monthly e-zines you subscribe to, author interviews, coming soon lists, and it covers all publishers! Check it out HERE.
**Disclaimer: Not that there’s anything wrong with clean content, but there are other reasons to read Inspirational fiction. Like, y’know, the plot, or the characters, or the faith element for crying out loud!
It’s been a busy Fall folks, but I got some reading done over the holidays and I wanted to let you know what’s in my TBR pile for the next couple of days.
Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey (Yes, the Christian Inspirational Romance with A GUY ON THE COVER)
The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
And last, but not least THE NEW TESSA AFSHAR NOVEL THAT I JUST FOUND OUT EXISTED, Land of Silence.