Confession: I had no idea what to do for this week’s theme. The ladies at The Broke and the Bookish suggested that this week be about those books for which we feel differently now that time has passed. Ugh. First of all, if I love a book, I love it. I don’t typically change my mind. I just have different levels of favorites. Secondly, if I decided suddenly that for whatever reason I DON’T like a book anymore, I certainly don’t want to completely ruin an author’s day by saying so.
And then my husband came up with the genius idea of comparing my book love to the Kentucky Derby. I love. Because a) it’s close to home for us and b) lately I’ve had several books that have just slightly edged out other books by the same author for top billing as my shining-star favorites. The nudged-aside books are still my faves. But these newer reads are my favorite-favorites.
I also apologize for the lack of fancy graphics or much detail today … but I’m tired 🙂 I’ll try to be back on my a-game next week!
Dawn Crandall’s upcoming October release The Cautious Maiden (which I’ve had the great honor of reading already) toppled The Captive Imposter from its perch as my favorite of The Everstone Chronicles. (The Captive Imposter had previously toppled The Hesitant Heiress lol) And also… its hero … Vance… ALL THE DREAMY SIGHS AND BUBBLE HEARTS FOR VANCE! Yes, I completely all-capped that because HE IS NOW MY FAVORITE OF DAWN’S HEROES. Oops… I all-capped that, too. But it’s well-deserved. One fan and fainting couch may not be enough when it comes to this book.
The Beautiful Pretender, a medieval retelling of The Princess & The Pea meets Beauty & The Beast, by Melanie Dickerson may… MAY…. have ever so slightly unseated The Merchant’s Daughter as my favorite of Melanie’s books. And, like Dawn’s books, the hero in The Beautiful Pretender may have ever so slightly edged out the hero in The Merchant’s Daughter as my fave, too. I’m still conflicted on this (see my review) but it’s at least a photo finish here.
Now… this one technically is already toppled too… by The Thorn Healer, the NEXT book in Pepper Basham’s Penned in Time Series. But, there’s no cover for that one yet (I got in on an early early read 😀 ) so I decided to spotlight The Thorn Keeper instead. The Thorn Keeper, which came out in February, quickly became my fave. But y’all? The Thorn Healer IS EVEN BETTER!! November. Mark your calendars.
Up until I read Now and Forever by Mary Connealy, my favorite of her books was any of the Trouble in Texas series. But this particular book about one of the Wild at Heart girls nudged the Trouble In Texas boys just the teensiest bit to the side. The humor. The romance. The writing voice. All of it was just spot on & a delight to read. (As a side note – the audiobook is really entertaining too! The narrator is perfect for these books!)
So….. Yes…. I realize there are only 4. And they are all historical novels. *hangs head in blogging shame*
Since I’m clearly having trouble coming up with some for this week – that means YOU need to come up with some for me lol. Let me know in the comments – Which books have won by a nose for you?