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Faye’s Best of ’17

2017 both flew and crept by. I feel like I read and reviewed fewer books than I have in the past, but I was better able to come up with a full list this year. I had a lot of fun reading in ’17. Even when I was frustrated.

1. Skin After Skin (PsyCop #8) by Jordan Castillo Price

I don’t want to be told a tale. I want to be shown a tale. This book did just that. I’ve wanted a Crash origin story for years and this did not disappoint.

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BookSmitten’s Best of ’17

In no particular order.

1. King Daniel (The Lost and Founds #6) by Edmond Manning

From the gorgeous writing to the intriguing characters, there was a lot to love about this book. Even in a setting that delved into the magical, the characters were anchored in a realism – amazing, fallible, brave, scared, their very humanness made them a joy to know. Every word in this book was chosen with such consideration, and the core themes of the light and shadow within all of us made me pause and just sit with those thoughts for a little while. For me, that’s a real gift from a talented writer.

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Whit’s Best of ’17

1. Home Fires (Common Law #4) by Kate Sherwood

ANY book in this series and it’s fantastic. I knew Wade and Jericho were going to be one of those memorable couples as soon as they were on page together. So much history and tension is lingering between these two. They want to hate each other but the pull is too strong. There also on very different sides of the law. I felt like I knew all about this small town setting this book takes place in. The quirky characters were amazing. I love how they all straddle the line of right and wrong at times. Each book brings more trouble the guys are mixed up in forcing the guys together to face their feelings. I tore through these books. All amazing!

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Dianne’s Best of ’17

It seems as if I read very few books in 2017 compared to the years directly prior. I’m sure there are many wonderful books waiting on my TBR. With that in mind – here are my standouts from books I did read/listen to last year.

These are in no specific order:

1. Seven Summer Nights (audio)by Harper Fox narrated by Chris Clog

I hadn’t found time to read this one so, being an audiophile, chose to listen. Wow, was I glad I did. Chris Clog’s performance is stupendously brilliant.

You know how the ultimate book transports you to its place and time? Actually has you feeling the ocean salt breeze on your face, becoming steeped in the scent of roses, striding along verdant green earth and ominous dark tunnels? Has you experiencing the sweetest of joys, the devastation of sorrows that befall the characters? This is such a book. Harper Fox possesses a keen ability to make every phrase on a page bloom and spring to life – this book is a prime example. Set in 1946 post-war Sussex, renowned archeologist Rufus finds much more than he bargained for when sent to investigate murals at a church in Droyton Parva. The Reverend Archie Thorne becomes an unexpected complication and touchstone. I am smitten with every aspect of this story. There is mystique, uncertainty, evil, joy, action and adventure, and soul-deep romance. The story deals with reawakening and self-discovery. Of individuals. Of humanity. Of the earth. Of spirituality. Of love. Oh – the renegade vicar on a motorbike bit is a definite bonus! This is one for the ages for me and is now on my list of all-time favorite stories. I wanted it to go on forever.

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Candice’s Best of ’17

 

  1. A Worthy Man by Jaime Reese

I loved EVERY single second of Vann and Dray! This book was about love and what you would do for it. I cried. Boy, I cried my eyes out and it was beautiful. We even got to see my book boyfriend, Cole! If you’re looking for a beautiful love story, but one with lots of heartbreak, look no further. This is the 5th book in the Men of Halfway House series.

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