Best of Fiction Books 2013: My Favorites

Leah Courtney
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I've read an reviewed many, many great books this year. I'm going to share some of my very favorite in this post, and then you can visit the other blogs in the blog hop below to find even more great books to add to your To Be Read list for 2014.

Whistling Past the Graveyard is about a little girl growing up in the deep South in the days of segregation. She is running away and is picked up by a black woman, and she is thrust into an adventure that gives a great picture of life in the South in those days.

I was able this year to be a part of Susan May Warren's launch team for her book Take a Chance on Me. I love Susie May's sweet Christian fiction/romance novels. This was another great one that kicked off a new series. The book series will center around a family, and each book will be about a particular member of the family.

Jody Hedlund was a new author to me when I read and reviewed her book- A Noble Groom. I loved the setting and characters- and immigrant family in early America. There's a sweet romance here.

Frame 232 by Wil Mara was a very interesting fictional look at the assassination of JFK from the daughter of a woman who unwittingly had taken a photograph at exactly the wrong moment.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen was the fictional tale of Edgar Allen Poe's wife and mistress. I've long loved Poe's short stories and poetry, so this book was particularly interesting to me. Although it's fictional, Lynn Cullen gives some biographical information at the end to show where she gathered the information she used for her story.

Death Be Not Proud by C.F. Dunn was a sequel to a book I read last year-Mortal Fire. There's a romance here, but there is also something unusual that we still don't know for sure by the end of this second book. There's a supernatural/otherworldly tone here. I love it. I can't wait for the next one.

Another book that comes as the second in a series I found last year is Death on Lindisfarne by Fay Sampson. Set on an English island filled with history, these books are murder mysteries. I love the English setting and tone.

Melissa Jagears was another new author to me. I loved her Bride for Keeps that I reviewed earlier this year. With great characters and a sweet romance, this was a really great read. I'll be looking for more by Jagears.

Greetings from the Flipside by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay was an interesting contemporary book with a new twist. I loved the characters in this one and the interesting story line.

Mistaken by Karen Barnett was a review book that I almost missed! It turned out to be one of my favorites. Set in the 1900s during prohibition, the book has a romance that comes about despite an original case of mistaken identity.

Aloha Rose was one of the Quilts of Love series. Set in Hawaii, this one, by Lisa Carter, was a great romance in a contemporary setting.

The most recent and perhaps my favorite for the year (or is that just because I remember it better?) is Burning Sky by Lori Benton. This is a rather long in depth read, and I loved it. Set in the early Americas right after the revolution it follows the story of Willa- abducted as a teen by Mohawk Indians. Willa returns to her home after many years but finds things much changed. I loved the setting and the historical context of this novel. I loved the characters and the story line.

This is a blog hop. Check out the other favorite fiction books below.
Best of Books

Leah Courtney / Author & Editor

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