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The 49th Mystic

The 49th Mystic (Beyond the Circle #1)The 49th Mystic by Ted Dekker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ted Dekker will always have a very special place in my heart. His books have inspired me and shaped my faith since I was a teenager, and I’ll always be grateful to them for the way they revealed truth to me in new and vibrant ways. His books will always have a shelf in my house. I can’t tell you how excited I was to hear that Dekker was returning to the world of the Circle, the series that impacted my faith more than anything else outside of the Bible I’ve ever read. Continue reading “The 49th Mystic”

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Heart on the Line

Heart on the Line (Ladies of Harper’s Station, #2)Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I do believe that Karen Witemeyer is my favorite author in the Christian historical fiction genre. She has this balance of faith and humor that I just love. While I’ve enjoyed all of her books, I think the Ladies of Harper’s Station series is my favorite of her work. The idea of a town made up entirely of women, and run by those women is an interesting concept, especially in the Wild West era of American history. Continue reading “Heart on the Line”

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The Undoing of Saint Silvanus

The Undoing of Saint SilvanusThe Undoing of Saint Silvanus by Beth Moore
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rating: 3.5 stars, rounded up.

I went into this novel with a bit of hesitation. I’ve read many of Beth Moore’s Bible studies and been touched and illuminated them over the years. This book is Beth’s first attempt at writing fiction. I’ve always loved her writing style, which is full of character and makes reading non-fiction more fun. But I can only imagine how difficult transitioning from writing Bible studies to writing fiction must be, and to keep yourself from sounding preachy when you’re so used to, well, preaching. Continue reading “The Undoing of Saint Silvanus”

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Rejected Princesses

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and HereticsRejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m not the biggest fan of nonfiction, as I read to escape reality instead of learning more about it. I know, it’s a failing of mine. But every once in a while, I come across a nonfiction book that actually maintains my interest. This book was one of those. Continue reading “Rejected Princesses”

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Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Avonlea (Anne of Green Gables, #2)Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorite books ever. But the story doesn’t stop there! I’ve never read the entire series, so I’m on a mission to do just that. This second installment I have read before, and I love it just as much as the preceding book. Here, Anne takes her first halting steps into adulthood, and the change is both charming and sad. Anne will always be a free spirit, but seeing her temper that spiritedness enough to become an effective teacher was fascinating to behold. Continue reading “Anne of Avonlea”

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

The Seven Deaths of Evelyn HardcastleThe Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“How lost do you have to be to let the devil lead you home?”

There’s very little I can say about this book except that it’s one of the most original things I’ve ever read. It’s a twofold mystery, and had been compared to both Agatha Christie and Groundhog Day. I think you could throw a little comparison to Invasion of the Body Snatchers into the mix, and have an almost perfect description of this book. The atmosphere reminded me of The Haunting of Hill House, but without the ghosts. Even though this book does have things in common with each of those, it is entirely its own creature and is undoubtedly worth a read. Continue reading “The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle”

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green GablesAnne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I so desperately wish I would’ve met Anne when I was a child, because we would’ve been bosom friends. However, I didn’t first read this book until I was in my 20s, and I was really missing out on something wonderful. But better late than never, right? I’ve since read this book 4 times, and I’ve loved it more every time I’ve read it. Continue reading “Anne of Green Gables”

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Cherry Tree Farm

The Cherry Tree Farm Story Collection (Bumper Short Story Collections)The Cherry Tree Farm Story Collection by Enid Blyton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore children’s fiction. Especially books or series that are either classics or written to harken back to simpler times. There’s just something so rejuvenating about returning to childhood and seeing the world through the eyes of the innocent. Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, The Boxcar Children, and A Little Princess all hold special places in my heart as childhood classics that I’ve read again and again even into my adulthood, and I foresee no future in which I don’t reread them when I need to escape adulthood. Continue reading “Cherry Tree Farm”

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