21. McKettricks of Texas: Tate by Linda Lael Miller
22. Mail Order Christmas Brides by Jillian Hart and Janet Tronstad This two novella collection is about two women who go out west in order to become mail order brides. Both women are marrying men who have been married before and have children from a previous marriage. There are some sweet moments in the book when you see the women interact with the children who are to become their stepdaughters. The romance in the book is sweet and innocent. This is a good book to read at Christmastime or when you are in a Christmas mood that has romance in it without any of the sex that you sometimes see in romance novels.
23. An Echo in the Darkness by Francine Rivers This second book in her Mark of the Lion series, wraps up the stories of Hadasseh, Marcus and Julia. About a year after Hadasseh was sent to the lions all of Julia’s friends had deserted her and Marcus is still angry with her for sending Hadasseh to the lions. Marcus is searching for Hadasseh’s God and goes to Judea to look for them. Miraculously Hadasseh survives the lion attack though it did leave her with scars and a limp that she would have for the rest of her life. She becomes the assistant to the young physician that had cared for her.
24. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood This is a must read book for all women. Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead where her primary purpose is to sleep with the commander that she is assigned to and to get pregnant. She lives in a world where the primary purpose for women is to get pregnant and have babies. Women are not permitted to hold down a job or even own property in their own name. Offred does remember when she had a job, a husband and a child. This book is written as a warning that women can lose the hard earned rights that we fought for. We recently came closer to Offred’s world when Congress held a hearing on birth control for an all male panel where a young woman who was supposed to testify was left out purposely and where a radio host called her a slut just for standing up for her rights. This book is an example of what could happen if we become complacent about our rights as women. In Gilead women are treated as slaves and there is even an underground railroad for women to leave the oppressive world of Gilead.
25. Unbelievable by Sara Shepard
26. Highland Crossings by Pamela Griffin, Laurie Alice Eakes, Jennifer Hudson Taylor and Gina Welborn This collection of four novellas are linked by a brooch given by Mary Queen of Scots. These inspirational stories are set in different time periods with the women characters related to each other. The stories are set in the same area of North Carolina. This collection is unlike some of the other collections that I have read where the stories only have the setting in common. I think that it is a good idea to interconnect the stories which makes the reader interested in where the brooch is headed next. The authors also give a little bit of taste of the time period that the stories are set in which gives you background information. I would recommend this collection of four novellas to those who do enjoy inspirational historical fiction. I did receive this book from Netgalley in return for a review.
27. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
28. Courting the Doctor’s Daughter by Janet Dean
29. Broken Wings by Carla Stewart Mitzi and Gabe Steiner captured audiences with their jazz singing as a duo on stage. Now Gabe suffers from Alzheimer’s with Mitzi to care for him in a nursing home. On a fateful night at her volunteer job at the local hospital she runs into Brooke Woodson who is engaged to Lance who is running for DA. Mitzi undercovers the truth behind Brooke’s accident and befriends her. She also shows Brooke what a godly marriage should be about, it isn’t about biological clocks or how much money a husband makes. Mitzi also tells her the story of how Gabe and her got together. Mitzi’s and Gabe’s story is a sweet love story though bittersweet at times.