April Reading Round-Up: My Book Picks for Last Month

I’m a little late posting this month’s reading round-up—and it’s all Becky Wade’s fault.  Because last weekend when I was supposed to be working on this post, I was completely unable to put down her new book Undeniably Yours.  But, better late than never.  Here are the best books I read last month.

Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 1.20.37 PM Undeniably Yours by Becky Wade

I really can’t say enough good thinks about Becky Wade and her books.  I read her debut “My Stubborn Heart” a few months ago and absolutely loved it.  Becky is one of those writers that makes you laugh and cry all while you feel like you’re reading about your best friend with her true-to-life and relatable characters.  And her new release is no exception.  Meg and Bo’s story is not only compelling– who doesn’t love a good modern Texas fairy tale?– but it’s also encouraging, uplifting and Christ-centered.  I picked up the book on Saturday morning and had a hard time putting it down for the rest of the day.

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 1.18.37 PMA Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund

Two years ago when I read Jody’s debut, The Preacher’s Bride, I remember telling my sister that Jody was one to watch.  Well, I’m proud to say that I was right.  Since Jody’s first release, she has released three other page-turners with The Doctor’s Lady, Unending Devotion and now, A Noble Groom.  I have yet to pick up a book by Jody that I didn’t completely love and this one was no exception.  A Noble Groom is set in 1881 in Michigan in a poor farming village.  Annalisa, a feisty, strong farmer’s wife faces tough situations and… well, I’m not going to give the story away other than to say that I was inspired and touched by this story.

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 1.34.40 PMWhen the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti

Oh my goodness, I read so many great books this month!  I’m having trouble not gushing right now because as I think about these stories, I get all giddy all over again.  This was another blow-me-away read.  I had never read anything by Cynthia before but I was hooked before I finished the first chapter.  Cynthia has a creative, vivacious and unique writing style that immediately drew me to her as an author.  This story is especially fun because it’s woven through three time periods and three different stories submerge on one central theme.  I don’t want to give the story away, but I can assure you that you’ll be encouraged and entertained with this book.

 

 

Screen Shot 2013-05-05 at 1.39.59 PMWish You Were Here by Beth Vogt

I actually read this book right when it came out– and before I did monthly book round-ups.  After reconnecting with Beth over her new release (Catch a Falling Star, which I will certainly be downloading as soon as it releases this week), I remembered how much I loved Beth’s debut.  And so I re-read it and wasn’t disappointed.  I think the thing I like best about Beth’s style is that her characters are so real.  Allison, this book’s heroine, is far from perfect (she ran out on her own wedding!) but she is real and throughout the book you feel like you get to know her as a friend.  I loved that.

 

 

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