All week, we’ve been looking at my favorite reads of 2016!
Along with my other criteria for determining a great book (you can see them here), a “fave read” in Amish fiction for me needs to have characters that I could easily pick up out of the Amish setting and put down in a different genre without much transition. I want them to have flaws, to have real struggles, to have humor and heart.
So without further ado, here are my fave AMISH FICTION reads of 2016!
The Imposter by Suzanne Woods Fisher
RELEASE DATE: October 6, 2015
Suzanne Woods Fisher writes the kind of Amish fiction I love to read. Charming but realistic characters (flaws and all!), humor, heart, and truth I can apply to my own life. She weaves subtle humor between profound truths and packages it all in an engaging style that keeps readers absorbed from cover to cover. The cleverly-selected title, which could be applied to any number of people in Stoney Ridge, adds yet another dimension to the talented writing style evident throughout.
The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
RELEASE DATE: May 3, 2016
The Quieting exceeded my expectations. I love how Suzanne Woods Fisher is able to seamlessly weave laugh out loud humor (the way she writes Hank gets me every time), adolescent angst, and tender moments of faith and family – sometimes in the same chapter – to create a story that engages all of my emotions and provides a really enjoyable reading experience. The Quieting is a mix of fantastic characters, spiritual life lessons, and memorable scenes not to be missed.
The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher
RELEASE DATE: October 4, 2016
Be prepared to laugh and smile a lot in The Devoted, but also be prepared to blink away a few tears. Because while there is much warmth and heart and love captured in these pages, there is also sadness and sin and regret. The emotion rings true and authentic, and you will find yourself holding your breath as you turn the pages – waiting for outcomes and decisions and results.
A Son’s Vow by Shelley Shepard Gray
PUBLISHER: Avon Inspire
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2016
Shelley Shepard Gray consistently delivers skillfully-written stories of hope and grace, and A Son’s Vow is no exception. Engaging and honest, this is deeper than a romance and so much more than marketing for an Amish utopia. It’s beautiful, it’s creative, it’s witty, and it’s real. In my opinion, it doesn’t get much better 🙂
A Sister’s Wish by Shelley Shepard Gray
PUBLISHER: Avon Inspire
RELEASE DATE: September 27, 2016
Shelley Shepard Gray always writes with such charm (the pun works) and grace and heart, and A Sister’s Wish is yet another example. The characters feel like dear friends before you’ve ventured very far at all into the story, and the message of not being defined by the mistakes in your past is authentic and touching. Amelia and Simon’s romance is deliciously swoonworthy and sweet.
A Dream of Miracles by Ruth Reid
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: April 12, 2016
A Dream of Miracles isn’t your typical “isn’t this sweet” Amish romance. It’s raw and honest and heartwrenching. But it’s also full of sweet moments and friendship and blossoming romance and some great kisses. Threaded through each of the above elements is a tender ribbon of faith & the reminder that God has a plan that is beyond anything we could ever imagine – even when life isn’t making much sense. Ruth Reid rounds out the mix with compelling characters, unique events, and an engaging writing voice. A Dream of Miracles is a book you won’t be able to put down until you’ve finished the very last word, and even then you will be craving more time with this story.
Sweet As Honey by Jennifer Beckstrand
RELEASE DATE: June 28, 2016
This is a book I reviewed for RT Book Reviews (check out my review at the link above) and I highly recommend the whole series (my reviews here and here of the other two books). Check out Cheryl’s review at cherylbbookblog and Rachel’s review of the whole series at Smiling Book Reviews.
What about you? What are some of your fave AMISH FICTION reads from 2016?