Hi friends! It’s Tuesday, so that means another list of ten books but – I’m kidding no one at this point – there will be more than ten. Today’s theme involves the books we’ve loved that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads.
I must confess that when I saw this topic I chuckled to myself. Nearly ALL the books I’ve loved are under 2000 ratings on Goodreads LOL. In fact, it might have been easier for me to do a post of the books I’ve loved OVER 2000 ratings 😉
But I perused my “read” list and decided to narrow the focus for today’s post to “books I’ve loved that have way less than 50 ratings on Goodreads”. If it’s getting close to 50, I didn’t include it … because that would not fit the definition of “way less” lol.
Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations
by V. Joy Palmer
Ratings: 5 // Avg Rating: 4.8
Oh my goodness, y’all! I love this author’s style!
Izze, the main character, narrates the majority of the story (with occasional switches to third person for Miles’ POV) and a la Gilmore Girls she often talks right to the reader. She’s quirky and witty and I would so want to be friends with her if she weren’t a figment of Joy Palmer’s imagination!
Letters from Santa
by Becca Whitham
Ratings: 7 // Avg Rating: 4.43
Besides the sweet romance and everything I mentioned above, it is Becca Whitham’s stellar writing voice that makes Letters From Santa stand out from the Christmas novella masses. Her turn of a phrase here and a smart aside there create a truly enjoyable reading experience. From the humorous to the poetic, Becca Whitham crafts Alex and Violet’s story with grace and warmth and lots of heart.
The Girl He Used to Love
by Amy Vastine
Ratings: 11 // Avg Rating: 4.64
Wry humor and southern sass keep the book light in spite of its deep emotions, and the romance is deliciously done. Family and friendships play as important a role in the story as Faith & Dean’s relationship, creating a well-rounded novel that’s a perfect choice to read on your summer vacation!
When I Found You
by Kate James
Ratings: 13 // Avg Rating: 4.92
When I Found You is my favorite of the three books so far in this series – and I’ve loved them all! Kate James does a fantastic job writing tension – romantic, emotional, and suspenseful. When I Found You pulses with all three but is never overpowered by any. Just the right amount at just the right time.
The Sweetest Rain
by Myra Johnson
Ratings: 24 // Avg Rating: 4.29
The Sweetest Rain sings with characters who became my friends and family as I read, their personalities almost tangible. I am happy to note that this is the first in a series because I am nowhere close to being done with the Linwoods or the Heaths! Hints of future story lines wafted through particular scenes with Bryony’s sisters, but even just these small morsels have me anxious for more.
Always With You
by Elaine Stock
Ratings: 24 // Avg Rating: 4.5
Elaine Stock’s debut novel Always With You grips readers’ attention from the first chapter and holds them captive until the last word. Isabelle is one of those characters who immediately engages your heart, and you will be emotionally invested in her story as it plays out from page to page.
by Jennifer Slattery
Ratings: 29 // Avg Rating: 4.31
Breaking Free will seize you by the heart and refuse to let go. Author Jennifer Slattery handles the themes of addiction and marriage – and how the two concepts struggle to coexist – with realism and emotion but offers grace and hope for readers who might find it hitting close to home. Her smooth writing voice immediately engages, and the threads of suspense hovering at the edges of the plot make the book difficult to put down until the end.
More Than a Promise
by Ruth Logan Herne
Ratings: 31 // Avg Rating: 4.55
Delightful, warm, and charming, More Than a Promise is more than a love story. Or rather, it’s more than a story about two people falling in love. It’s a story of hope and faith, of humor and family, of blending lives, of second chances, and most of all it’s a story that points to the Author of all love stories and how He’s head over heels for us. You will instantly relate to these characters – whether married or not, single parent or multi-parent, or even just a “cool aunt” like me.
Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter
by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Ratings: 30 // Avg Rating: 4.77
Saving the Marquise’s Granddaughter had me on the edge of my seat almost from word one, and I’m not sure I relaxed until I reached the author’s notes at the end. Twists and turns, danger, intrigue, romance, faith, history – Carrie Fancett Pagels has seamlessly woven a little bit of everything into this fascinating story.
Refuge of the Heart
by Ruth Logan Herne
Ratings: 32 // Avg Rating: 4.88
Refuge of the Heart is a romance but it’s so much more. (And oh, the romance is so incredibly sweet and tender. The way Mitch deliberately pursues Lena and his unabashed affection for Anna… simply swoonable!) It is a story that will reach into your heart and squeeze until you feel you can’t breathe from the emotion. It is a story filled with warmth and humor and smiles in spite of the heaviness of loss that both Lena and Mitch have known. It is a story that will open your eyes to the world around you – including the world at your backdoor. It is a story of hope, of redemption, of courage, of survival.
The Sound of Silver
by Rachelle Rea Cobb
Ratings: 35 // Avg Rating: 4.37
The Sound of Silver begins right where The Sound of Diamonds finished, even backing up just a bit to refresh our memories. The level of intensity does not fade between the two books, even though Silver focuses far less on action than did Diamonds. In fact I think the emotion in Silver makes it even more intense in some ways than its predecessor; I remained just as much on the edge of my seat in book 2, albeit for different reasons. Rachelle Rea certainly knows how to capture her characters’ innermost desires and fears, sorrows and joys.
Ok… now it’s your turn. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to track down at least one of these books, READ IT and then RATE/REVIEW it on Goodreads & Amazon. Easy peasy. (You don’t need to write a long review … simply “I liked it” or “I didn’t like it” works too.)