The year 2011 has seen some excellent books in the world of Christian Fiction, and choosing the top books of the year was not an easy task. When nine books received a five star rating it seemed only fair to do a top ten countdown instead of a top five.
#10 The Mercy by Beverly Lewis: Hen Orringer does not want to divorce her husband Brandon but he was in the process of pursuing it when he was involved in a car accident and temporarily lost his sight. Now she is taking care of him on her parent’s Amish farm. Will she be able to change his mind?
While I have not enjoyed this series as much as Lewis’ last one I still liked it. I wanted things to work out for both Rose and Hen, and even I was not sure how it would end.
#9 Leaving by Karen Kingsbury: Bailey Flannigan’s life is being pulled in different directions. The movie she starred in opposite Hollywood heartthrob and new Christian Brandon Paul is about to be released and Brandon wants to begin a relationship with her. Meanwhile she receives a once in a lifetime call to audition for the ensemble of Hairspray on Broadway.
From the moment I read the summary I knew I wanted to read this book and I was not disappointed. I tore through it and could not wait to find out what happened next.
#8 Christmas Belles of Georgia by Jeanie Smith Cash, Rose Allen McCauley, Jerri Odell, and Debra Ullrick: Four identical quadruplets separated at birth receive letters informing them they are heirs to sprawling plantation in Monticello Georgia. Holly and Carol head to Georgia for answers but receive none while Starr refuses to believe it. Noel takes the news in stride and takes no immediate action.
I liked the concept and loved learning about each one of the sisters, with each story I wanted to read as much about each one. I thought it was interesting how each sister reacted differently to the news. It made me think of the way different people respond to Christ.
#7 Bathsheba by Jill Eileen Smith: As the wife of Uriah the Hittite, one of King David’s mighty men, Bathsheba spends a great deal of time alone. Uriah is often called to fight in the King’s wars and when he is home he strictly adheres to Adonai’s laws.
I know I will never see the story of David and Bathsheba the same way again after reading this book. I particularly liked the way Smith expanded certain parts of the story and explained the reasons behind certain events.
Soli Deo Gloria!