Books That I’ve Read Recently… and LOVED

Over the past few months, I’ve been working my way through and reading the list of books represented by my agent, Rachelle Gardner. I’m not done yet, but so far, I’m impressed. These books are amazing! I’ve laughed. I’ve cried. I’ve stayed up all night reading more than once. Here are some thoughts (and recommendations for those of you looking for a good novel to read):

1. The Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund

I confess: never in my wildest dreams did I expect to stay up all night– and miss out on my writing time the next day– to read a historical fiction about the life of the author of Pilgrim’s Progress. But I did. This book kept me hooked from the second I picked it up and I can honestly say is one of the best novels I’ve read in years. Plus, aside from being a great read, I learned so much about religious persecution, life in puritan England, childbirth, wet nursing, etc. that I feel like I’m almost an expert on this time period now. I highly recommend this book.

2. The Marriage Project by Kathi Lipp

Six couples in my small group got together to read this and it was a lot of fun. Kathi makes working on your marriage easy– and entertaining. My favorite night? The cooking night– when my hubby and I had to cook a meal together. My husband isn’t exactly used to spending a lot of time in the kitchen, so it was a ton of fun to work as a team to make something delicious.

3. Code Blue by Dr. Richard Mabry

I read this book while I was in the hospital and I confess: it’s probably not the best idea to read a medical suspense novel while in the midst of your own medical drama. Nonetheless, the book was fast-paced, interesting and full of surprises. A fun lay-on-the-beach-on-your-next-vacation read.

4. The Big 5-Oh by Sandra Bricker

This book is funny. Like really, really funny. And for a girl who is nowhere close to celebrating her Big 5-Oh, I was surprised at how well I related to the characters. Another read-on-the-beach choice for your next vacation.

5. Walking on Broken Glass by Christa Allen

Christa Allen has a way of making a reader realize that real, likable women are still imperfect and often struggle with issues. This was such a freeing read for me. By getting to know the main character Leah, I came to the realization that although my life isn’t perfect and my relationships are often troubled, I am still a child of God and I am still okay. It’s a moving and powerful story– especially for a perfectionist like me.


  1. Erin,

    LOVED your comment over at Jody Hedlund's post about editors editing a manuscript. I am submitting my ms to the publisher on Wed. and was curious how much they are going to make me change. We shall see!

    How did you enjoy the marketin class with Kathi Lipp this summer? I want to pick your brain when you get a chance. Email me if you have time.

    p.s. LOVE what you've done with your blog.
    p.s.s. I'm LIKING it right now for FB!

  2. I'm adding the The Preacher's Bride to my reading list. Thanks!!

  3. Hi Erin! Thank you so much for your wonderful shout-out! And I've been purchasing books of WordServe clients too! But my stack is still sitting by my bed waiting TBR! I'm looking forward to some of the others you listed! (And really looking forward to yours!)

  4. I love Preacher's Bride too. Like you, not only did I love the story, but I learned so much. I spent a weekend sitting reading, then getting up to do chores then sitting back down to read some more. By Sunday I finished it. But it is still out. I may read it again…

  5. Cool–I will be putting those on my list!

  6. AWWW – thanks for the shout out! And Erin was a super-student at the Marketing Class!!!

  7. I've read the first two books, and I can second your reviews! :)

    The others sounds great, as well.

  8. Thanks for the suggestions. I'll be adding a few to my stacks.

  9. Erin, Thanks for including Code Blue in your list. Glad you enjoyed it (to the degree possible) I agree, a hospital isn't a good place to read it. Maybe you'll be safe and secure at home when you read Medical Error, the current work in the series.