What’s in Store for 2020?

As we close out another decade of fantastic books, we know that the future promises even better!  We will discover new talent as well as have some of our favorite authors rekindle characters we’ve grown to love.  Below is just a sample of what to look forward to in the new year!

Collateral Damage

 

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason

Releases January 7th.  Eason has become one our favorite romantic suspense authors and this new series has us lurking for danger.  If you find you like it, be sure to pickup the next in the series, Acceptable Risk, that releases in August.

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

 

Way of the brave

 

The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

Releases January 7th.  Susan May Warren has developed a knack for romantic suspense coupled with high stress search and rescue operations.  We expect this series to be just as good, if not better, than anything we’ve read by her before.  Be sure to nab the second book, The Heart of a Hero, in June.

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

Promised land

 

Promised Land by Robert Whitlow

Releases January 14th.  We’ve been dying to know what happened to both Hannah and Jakob’s relationship after the last book left such an opening.

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

 

 

a cold trail

 

A Cold Trail by Robert Dugoni

Releases February 4th.  It’s been far too long since we’ve read a Tracy Crosswhite novel.  This is truly one of the best series on the market.

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

 

chasing the white lion

 

Chasing the White Lion by James R. Hannibal

Releases March 3rd.  The first book in this series hooked us.  The second looks to reel us in.

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

 

 

kings falling

 

Kings Falling by Ronie Kendig

Releases March 31st.  Kendig always manages to bring about great stories that can tie in history to current events.  The first in this series had crossover characters and we can’t wait to see who shows up in this one!

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

 

The book of lost friends

 

The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate

Releases April 7th.  Wingate’s last novel had a tremendous impact on thousands of people.  She brought multiple stories to light with a single story based on true events.  Can she make a repeat performance?

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

 

side trip

 

Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale

Releases July 7th.  Lonsdale creates relatable characters that stick with us for years after we cross their path.  If this is anything like her last book, we’ll be talking about the ending this time next year.

Find out more about the book here.

 

 

 

 

The lost jewels

 

The Lost Jewels by Kirsty Manning

Releases August 4th. Manning became our newest favorite author for time slip novels.  Based on the description, this one is going to blow us away.

Find out more about the book here.

Top Suspense/Thriller for 2019

Quite possibly our favorite category and genre.  Who doesn’t love a good thrill ride?  This year’s top selections will keep you in suspense for the entire book!

 

the line between

 

1. The Line Between and A Single Light by Tosca Lee

Both of these books should be at the top of every thriller readers list!  Tosca Lee has become such a master connecting readers to her characters so that the suspense becomes personal.  Both books were published in 2019 and to get the full effect, readers will need to devour both!

Read the review of The Line Between here.

Read the review of A Single Light here.

 

 

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persian

 

2. The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg

Rosenberg continues to dazzle us with his current event political thrillers that seem like they could come true tomorrow. The second book in this series continues the tension between the United States and Russia, but left us wondering how the third is going to wrap it up.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

Storm rising

 

3. Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig

Readers will stay engaged with this new series and fans of Kendig will be love that characters from the Tox files cross over.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The String

 

4. The String by Caleb Breakey

It has been a long time since we’ve read a debut novel that reminded us of the writing of seasoned writers that is a thrilling, elaborate, intricately woven story and deeply twisted all at the same time.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

Never look back

 

5. Never Look Back by Alison Gaylin

With the back and forth writing style between the present and past, the story is told in a way that gives readers a full understanding of what is happening and how things played out.

Read the full review here.

Top Romantic Suspense for 2019

Another popular category centers on blending a budding romance between two characters while keeping a reader engaged with suspenseful action.  It was a crazy good year for romantic/suspense books, but only the best made the top of our list, even if it did exceed five!

Vow of Justice

 

1. Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

One of the supporting characters helped nabbed the top spot.  The way her empathy was displayed and even used against her made this story what it is!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Smoke Screen

 

2. Smoke Screen by Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock brings a different type of suspense with Smoke Screen. This is a mystery with a romantic suspense angle, but the suspense here comes more from the drama within the families.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

seconds to live

 

3. Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman

The action and suspense gripped us so tightly we couldn’t put the book down.  Add that the US Marshals are showcased in this book and it easily made the top of the list.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Killing tide

 

4. The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

In this fast paced and energetic thriller, Dani Pettrey delivers her best book yet!  Readers will not want to miss this one!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

One final breath

 

5. One Final Breath by Lynn H. Blackburn

With each book in this series readers have seen Blackburn come alive in her writing. One Final Breath brings the best of the series and gives readers even more to love. The suspense is top notch, the romance is right on point and the story flows without even trying.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

Knox

 

6. Knox by Susan May Warren

Susan May Warren is one of the very best romantic suspense writers on the market. Blending characters in this new series with a past series makes it a sure thing!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Cold aim

 

7. Cold Aim by Janice Cantore

The third installment in the Line of Duty series gives readers the best yet with more drama, action, adventure and romance than anything Cantore has written to date!

Read the full review here.

Top Time-Slip for 2019

This is a new category added for the year because it is becoming such a popular genre.  All of these stories could easily fall into the historical fiction category, but it takes a good blend of past and present to make the time slip possible.

Castle on the Rise

 

1.  Castle on the Rise and The Painted Castle by Kristy Cambron

These two books closed out the Lost Castle series and released in 2019.  Kambron weaves three simultaneous stories in each book: one set in the 1700s, one set in World War II, and one set in the present.  Readers will find it difficult to pick their favorite!

Read the full review of Castle on the Rise here.

Read the full review of The Painted Castle here.

 

Painted castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

curse of misty wayfair

 

2. The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

It’s easy to see why Wright recently picked up a Christy award.  Her ability to blend timelines is nothing less than spectacular.  While this is a bit dark, it’s the mystery that won us over!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

Woman in the white kimono

 

3. Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns

Based on real events in post occupation Japan, this story played out beautifully.  We’re huge fans of literature set in Japan and this title has been one of the best we’ve ever read.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

Lost Vintage

 

4. The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah

This book takes place in a French vineyard in both World War II and present day.  It’s sort of a Cinderella story of the Resistance, but not all endings are happy.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Jade lily

 

5. The Song of the Jade Lily by Kirsty Manning

Many time slip novels are based on actual events for the historical aspect.  This was no exception as Manning brought to light the Jewish immigration to Shanghai after Kristallnacht as well as the Japanese Occupation shortly thereafter.  Combine this with a young female trying to figure out her heritage, you’ve got a fantastic book!

Read the full review here.

Top Historical Fiction for 2019

Historical fiction is always hard to nail down because there are so many amazing books taking place a different times.  This year proved to be extremely difficult (as always) and there was no easy way to narrow it down to five.  So we didn’t!

all manner of things

 

1.  All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner

Finkbeiner is a master at pulling readers into her settings.  We felt so connected with this family that we yearned for simpler times throughout the entire book.  The book has such raw emotion throughout that readers may find themselves shedding a tear or two.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

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2. Stay by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Each time we pick up a Catherine Ryan Hyde book we think  it can’t possibly be better than the last, but she proves us wrong every single time. Stay is a perfectly crafted tale of what it means to care for someone and love them enough to want them to stay in this world.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

The Noise of War

 

3. The Noise of War by Vincent B. Davis II

The next installment in the Sertoris novels takes things to a new level.  The continuation of his progression into politics makes history come alive.  We can’t wait for the next book!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Within these lines

 

4. Within these Lines by Stephanie Morrill

A heart wrenching story about the Japanese internment in California as told through the eyes of a young Italian female in San Francisco.  This book will be great to explain history to today’s younger generation.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

Number of Love

 

5. The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

This book was like a new take on A Beautiful Mind.  We fell in love with the main character’s naivete and her ability to break coded messages.  This is one of our top picks to be make into a film!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

Sins of the Father

 

6. Sins of the Father by Vincent B. Davis II

Who doesn’t love a good mafia story?  Davis’s ability to create worlds based on historical events is evident with this new series!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

The Sky Above Us

 

7. The Sky Above Us by Sara Sundin

The second book in the Sunrise at Normandy series really progressed the story along.  Each book focuses on a brother who all become estranged because of one ill fated event.  Each went their own way and each entered a separate branch of the service.  Masterfully done!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

Far side of the sea

 

8. The Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Heartbreaking, yet triumphant!  This story is a master of deception as well as a historical masterpiece.

Read the full review here.

Top Mystery Fiction for 2019

Merry Christmas to all our followers!  We have a special gift for everyone today in sharing what we think are the top picks for Mystery Fiction this year!  Everyone have a safe and happy holiday!

Girl behind red rope

 

1.  The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

Teaming up for the first time, father and daughter Ted and Rachelle Dekker deliver an intense and fascinating read that will leave fans thirsting for them to team up again and again and again.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

the eighth sister

 

2. The Eighth Sister by Robert Dugoni

Robert Dugoni’s newest series starts off with a stellar story that will hook readers and keep them guessing until the very end. Another well-crafted story by one of the very best.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

Gryphon Heist

 

3. The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal

Readers are set up for a thrill ride full of suspense, danger, mystery and so many twists and turns they won’t be able to stop until the very last page!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

alistar ainsworth

 

4. The Disappearance of Alistair Ainsworth by Leonard Goldberg

This series has quickly become a crowd favorite.  If you are a regular sleuth, these will keep you guessing till the final reveal!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

a bitter feast

 

5. A Bitter Feast by Deborah Cromble

Don’t let the fact that this is the 18th book in a series deter you from selecting this title, because it may hook you to go back and read a few of the previous novels.

Read the full review here.

Top Contemporary for 2019

It’s time to release our top picks for the contemporary category.  This category has stories set in modern times that focus on realistic fiction.  Any of these books are all around great reads, which is why we couldn’t narrow it to five!

how the light gets in

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  2. 1. How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

This modern day retelling of the bibilcal story of Ruth is simply phenomenal.  There is so much raw emotion in this book that every reader will be affected.  However, we must warn you that there is a controversial ending that has left many readers unsettled.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

Unscripted

 

2. Unscripted by Davis Bunn

This was easily one of our favorite stories of the entire tire.  This fun and easy read boasts some great character growth and Bunn’s trademark ability to engage the reader within the first paragraph.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

Offscript

 

3. Off-Script and Over-Caffeinated by Kaley Rhea and Rhonda Rhea

This book may have just released but it was such a fun read that it quickly worked its way up our ranks.  When the Rheas get together to write a book, you know it’s going to be fun, witty, and good.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

Last Summer

 

4. Last Summer by Kerry Lonsdale

Lonsdale is no stranger to our annual top contemporary selections.  Last Summer took us for one crazy ride that will keep readers heads spinning to the last page trying to figure out what actually happened.  She has created some devious characters in the past and this story is no exception.

Read the full review here.

 

 

Luis Velez

 

5. Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Every single novel we’ve read by Catherine Ryan Hyde pulls us in further and shows that she is one of the best at crafting a story that pulls at readers’ heartstrings and character relationships that very few other authors could pull off.

Read the full review here.

 

 

Glitter of Gold

 

5. A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson

Johnson has a way of developing flawed characters that readers can easily relate to.  Set against the backdrop of picturesque Savannah, Georgia, its easy to get lost in the folklore of this story.  Oh, and there be pirates!

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

brunch

 

6. Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano

A sweet savory treat that will leave the reader’s palate thirsting for more of this scrumptious tale.

Read the full review here.

Top Young Adult Fiction For 2019

Next up on our top of the year list is YA fiction.  This is a very challenging category where authors have to hold the attention of both teens and adults alike.  There are plenty of choices available,  but only a few can make the cut!

The triumphant

 

  1. 1. The Triumphant by Lesley Livingston

We have loved this series since the first book came out. The female gladiators are strong, resilient and determined in every challenge they face. This is the perfect series for young girls looking for strong female leads that face the odds and learn from their mistakes and adversaries to come out on top.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

We were beautiful

 

2. We Were Beautiful by Heather Helper

A powerful read with a message that is hard hitting and can help those struggling with deep emotional issues who are having trouble moving beyond.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

No Place like Here

 

3. No Place Like Here by Christina June

An absolutely beautifully written coming of age story that will leave readers smiling long after turning the last page.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Silence between us

 

4. The Silence Between Us by Alison Gervais

A perfect young adult novel that teaches acceptance in a way that may not always appear to most of us.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Tiger queen

 

5. Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan

The second book by Annie Sullivan and if she keeps this up, she will quickly be at the top of the pack of Young Adult authors.

Read the full review here.

Top Nonfiction for 2019

It’s that time of year again when we reflect on our favorite picks for each of our genre categories.  We’re going to kick it off with nonfiction!  There were some new authors that brought some serious competition to this category.  Any of these will easily be a great read.

Fix Her Upper1. Fix Her Upper: Reclaim Your Happy by Beth Duewel & Rhonda Rhea

Sometimes we all need a little help finding our happy space when life tries to hide it from us. Rhonda Rhea and Beth Duewel deliver a wonderful guide to help readers reclaim the happy that many haven’t even realize is lost.  This book has the ability to give you a rejuvenation.

Check out the full review here.

 

 

 

Unruffled

 

2. Unruffled: Thriving in Chaos by Edie Melson & Rhonda Rhea

A delightful combination of wit, charm and charisma to help us deal with the craziness in life that can cause us to become unruffled.

Check out the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Husband

 

3. 100 Words of Affirmation Your Husband (Or Wife) Needs to Hear by Lisa Jacobson and Matt Jacobson

These two books are full of wisdom that couples tend to take for granted.  Do these together as a couple and you will find things out about each other.

Read the full review here for husband.

Read the full review here for wife.

 

 

 

Power prayers

 

4. Powerful Prayers for your Son by Rob & Joanna Teigen

A wonderful tool for all parents of boys as they grow and go through the difficult times life will throw their way.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

yours truly

 

5. Yours Truly, John by Traci Stead

Traci Stead does an outstanding job crafting a story that will bring readers closer to Jesus and the miracles he performed by giving us scripture from the past and stories from the present in a thought-provoking study for all.

Read the full review here.

Top Reads of 2018

With only a day left in the year, we wanted to share what we thought were the top reads.  With so many different genres and fantastic books released this year, its difficult to choose who should be on this list.  We hope you have enjoyed several of these titles and if you haven’t, grab a copy today!

sam hellTop Pick: The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni.

Our top contemporary pick tops this lists as well.  Different from his suspense thriller and legal thriller novels, Dugoni brings about a coming of age story that captured our attention from the beginning.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Dead Sea RisingDead Sea Rising by Jerry B. Jenkins

Our top mystery pick was also a high contender for the top spot.  Jenkins proves he is still at the top of his game.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every Wicked ManEvery Wicked Man by Steven James

It’s criminal to see this series end, but at least it went out with a bang.  We’ve enjoyed all the Patrick Bowers novels and can’t wait to see what James is planning to cook up next.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sold on a MondaySold on a Monday by Kristina McMorris

Our topver historical fiction pick was a shoe in for this category.  The mystery and suspense put forth in this book kept us guessing what was going to happen and relieved when things worked out the way they did.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

A Steep priceA Steep Price by Robert Dugoni

Tracy Crosswhite will likely always manage to find a place on our lists.  As longs as Dugoni keeps writing her story, we are going to keep reading it!  Truly one eof the best series out there today.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

Everything We GiveEverything We Give by Kerry Lonsdale

Another fantastic series comes to a close (or does it)?  This book finally explains all the events coupled with flawed characters that feel like our best friends.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thirst of SteelThirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

Another great suspense thriller series that everyone should grab a copy of today.  Kendig shows why she’s a master at the genre.

Read the full review here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Send Down the RainSend Down the Rain by Charles Martin

Martin shows that a life of good acts doesn’t make up for one bad decision.  Only truth and forgiveness can do that.

Read the full review here.