Top Ten Tuesday: Snowed-In Reads

January 23, 2018 Christian, contemporary, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Top Ten Tuesday 33

Happy Tuesday, friends! The official topic for Top Ten Tuesday today is “Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About”. I tried to think about a few books for this theme, but honestly? If I really liked the book, I have a pretty good memory about it.

Soooo… instead I looked around me for inspiration.

And since we were snowed in (which doesn’t take much here in Kentucky), I decided to go with that topic for today’s post. Although… sadly … it now feels like we’ve skipped the rest of winter and headed straight into spring. What’s a snow lover to do? Well… picking up some of these books for a reread would be a good place to start! 😉

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Welcome to Wishing Bridge
Ruth Logan Herne
My Review

Kelsey is on her way to a life do-over. And it’s not the first time. Abandoned by her drug-addict mother as a teen, she landed in a foster-care group home where she experienced faith and community—and met her best friends, Jazz and Theadora. The trio stuck together like sisters and vowed to make their lives mean something.

Now Kelsey’s pushing thirty, and her life has taken a wrong turn. Pregnant and alone after loving the wrong man, she’s on her way to making another life-changing decision when a wicked blizzard strands her outside the sleepy town of Wishing Bridge.

After being rescued from a snowbank by a handsome cop, she’s embraced by the welcoming village, but she still feels upside down. Fortunately, her frantic SOS brings her besties rushing to help sort things out. They soon find that Wishing Bridge has as many secrets as Kelsey does—and she’s connected to it in ways she couldn’t have imagined.

 

The Gift
by Shelley Shepard Gray
My Review

New York Times Bestselling Author Shelley Shepard Gray gifts us with a special Christmas story about love and blessings in this next book in her Amish of Hart County series.

The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous “accidents” that someone wants them gone.

Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it’s not the Schwartz family’s fault, but he can’t help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can’t stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.

Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna’s father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She’s fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt…or worse.

 

Snow Angels
by Cathe Swanson
My Review

When Lisa Marsh is roped into serving Thanksgiving dinner at the local community center, she encounters hundreds of children, lively teenagers, stubbornly independent veterans, eccentric elderly people, and a particularly rude and scruffy homeless man named Pete. The evening ends in disaster, but when her best friend challenges her to reach out and help other people, Lisa decides to take on the project of reforming Pete – whether he likes it or not.

Her plan is simple: Help him find a job and become respectable. All he needs is a helping hand and some guidance. And a shave. Definitely, a shave.

Pete is willing to work, especially if it means spending time with the pretty volunteer, but her tactless determination to “reform” him makes him dig in his heels. Her creative ideas for employment become increasingly outrageous, but every time he tries to put an end to her meddling, she charms him with her good intentions and willingness to serve others.

Lisa finds herself unaccountably attracted to her vagabond protégé and irresistibly entangled in the lives of the other people she meets at the community center. Before she knows how to stop it, her one small service project snowballs into an extraordinary Christmas ministry that just may change her life forever.

 

Ordinary Snowflakes
by Jennifer Rodewald
My Review

Someone has noticed me. A secret admirer? A man with a good heart, who sees how much I actually need help, even though I never admit it? Maybe this is the beginning of a beautiful story—a romance full of hope and second chances and love.

Maybe…

A secret Santa gift left on Kale Brennan’s front porch opens up a fresh view of her ordinary life, and perhaps of God. Maybe she does matter. Maybe God sees her—as does a new-to-town music teacher who has her seven-year-old daughter gushing and her own knees buckling with his killer smile. But as Kale embraces new possibilities, a staple in her life—a man who is kind and steady, not to mention necessary for her injured daughter’s recovery—also snatches her attention in an unexpected way. Will the one pursuing her with his secret gift and kind gestures be the one her heart longs for in the end?

 

Sweetbriar Cottage
by Denise Hunter
My Review

When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down.

Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. When he confronts Josephine for the first time in months, they discover that she missed the final step in filing the paperwork and they are, in fact, still married.

Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage—and okay, the botched divorce—was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes.

But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. Being trapped with Josephine is a test of Noah’s endurance. He wrestles with resentment and an unmistakable pull to his wife—still beautiful, still brave, and still more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known.

As they find themselves confronted with each other and their shared past, old wounds surface and tempers flare. But when they are forced out into the storm, they must rely on each other in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she’s never been loved unconditionally by anyone—including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine’s heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?

 

His Prairie Sweetheart
by Erica Vetsch
My Review

A Home for Her Heart  

After being jilted at the altar, Southern belle Savannah Cox seeks a fresh start out West and accepts a teaching position in Minnesota.

But between her students’ lack of English, the rough surroundings and sheriff Elias Parker’s doubts and distrust, Savannah’s unprepared for both the job and the climate.

However, she’s determined to prove she can handle anything her new town throws her way.

Elias gives it a week—or less—before the pretty schoolteacher packs her dainty dresses and hightails it back home. But no matter how many mishaps he has to rescue her from, Savannah doesn’t give up.

Yet the real test is to come—a brutal blizzard that could finally drive her away, taking his heart with her…

 

Huckleberry Hearts
by Jennifer Beckstrand
My Review

Young-at-heart octogenarians Anna and Felty Helmuth never miss the chance to find a perfect match for one of their grandchildren. And when their beloved Cassie returns to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, Anna has a feeling they might soon have a doctor in the family…

Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.

Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love…

 

An Endless Christmas
by Cynthia Ruchti
My Review

An award-winning novelist’s heartwarming story about family and love lost, found, and finally truly revealed at Christmas.

Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined.

Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last.

This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says “no.”

Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it’s Christmas.

 

A Gift for Santa
by Beth Carpenter
My Review

It’s the season for giving…and starting over?

A reindeer farm without Santa wouldn’t be Christmas in Marissa Gray’s Alaskan hometown.

Luckily Chris Allen’s there to pinch-hit, although for Marissa, seeing her ex-fiancé again brings back memories of what might have been.

Ten years after their breakup, the feelings between the wildlife biologist and blue-eyed fisherman are stronger than ever.

Only now there’s a foster kid in the mix, as well as the shocking crime that cost Marissa her job and her family’s security.

She and Chris need to find their way to a meeting of minds and hearts to make this truly a season for second chances…

 

Fatality by Firelight
by Lynn Cahoon
My Review

Cat Latimer’s Colorado bed-and-breakfast plays host to writers from all over. But murder is distinctly unwelcome…

To kick off a winter writing retreat, Cat and her handyman boyfriend, Seth, escort the aspiring authors to a nearby ski resort, hoping some fresh cold air will wake up their creative muses. But instead of hitting the slopes, they hit the bar—and before long, a tipsy romance novelist named Christina is keeping herself warm with a local ski bum who might have neglected to tell her about his upcoming wedding.

Next thing Cat knows, her uncle, the town sheriff, informs her that the young man’s been found dead in a hot tub—and Christina shows up crying and covered in blood. Now, between a murder mystery, the theft of a rare Hemingway edition, and the arrival of a black-clad stranger in snowy Aspen Hills, Cat’s afraid everything’s going downhill…

 

What about you? What’s your favorite snowed-in read?

Carrie

33 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Snowed-In Reads”

  1. Katie Donovan

    Sadly, the likelihood of me ever being snowed in is up there with the likelihood of me ever winning Olympic gold in gymnastics! If I was to come up with a list of books for being house-bound in an effort to escape oppressive heat…now that’s a list I could come up with. In fact, I could just give you my last ten reads on Goodreads!

    But if I were to dream of being snowed in, I would be sure to have me a copy of Lygos by Ronie Kendig. 🙂

  2. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for an amazing list of books to read – snowed in or not. <3

  3. Lori Smanski

    what a wonderful list to check out. I recently finished Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Husbands Romance Collection by Cynthia Hickey, Susan Page Davis and others
    It is awesome. The first story sets the tone for the other stories with different ladies that all happen at the same time. It was wonderfully written and the ladies who wrote did a fabulous job of keeping things correct. FIVE stars for sure. I recommend this book for anyone who wants a historical sweet clean romance collection

  4. Courtney Clark

    <3 Ordinary Snowflakes!!! YES, it's a lovely snowed-in story!!!!

    Though it's not wintery at all, I'm going to recommend my favorite histfic series (because I will talk about it at every opportunity): The Price of Privilege series by Jessica Dotta. Now THAT'S a series to binge-read when you have several hours to just read.

  5. Gloria

    I really enjoyed Sweetbriar Cottage on your list…and also Fatality by Firelight but anything by Terri Blackstock (reading the If I Run series now), Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter or Ronie Kendig.

  6. Kelly

    Great list, Carrie! Wish I we had some snow here in Virginia but its been so mild. Maybe I’ll pick one from your list and pretend!

    • Carrie

      i’m pretending now too – we had thunderstorms last night. the irony. lol.

  7. Caryl Kane

    Fabulous list, Carrie! Not much chance of being snowed in here in Texas. Yesterday, at the library I checked out three of Ted Dekker’s books. It’s been a while since I’ve read one of his books.

  8. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    I love this topic! We don’t really get snowed in here but it does get so cold I refuse to go outside so I figure that’s close enough. I do love a good snowed in book and the only one I’ve read on this list is the Lynn Cahoon. Adding the rest to my list!

  9. Linda

    I really enjoyed Melissa Tagg’s Enchanted Christmas novellas. I think I will have to revisit Maple Valley every winter!

  10. Cynthia Ruchti

    There’s something about reading stories of people snowed in and loving it when the reader is snowed in for reals! 🙂 Thanks for the mention, Carrie! Working on a novel deadline, then I intend to READ!

    • Carrie

      whoohoo!!! I love anticipating your next novel – but not quite as much as i love READING it 😀

  11. Cathe Swanson

    We live on the campus where my husband works, here in rural SE Wisconsin, so we can enjoy the snow days instead of worrying about driving. I love the beautiful winter. We have 6″ of fresh white snow now, so bright that you can’t look at it for very long. <3

    Thanks for including Snow Angels in your list. 😀 That book is about a ministry to help elderly people when they are snowed in!

  12. Erica Vetsch

    YES to the being snowed in! It happened this past MONDAY, in fact. 🙂 Minnesota = land of Being Snowed In. When I get snowed in, it’s permission to stay in my jammies and read, read, read!

    Thanks for putting His Prairie Sweetheart on the list.

    • Carrie

      yep. totally. I used to live in Rockford, IL so I miss those northern IL/se WI winters so much!

  13. Melissa

    Snow Angels sound like a bit of my past with a guy I knew.

    I am not exactly snowed-in, but as of late been rained-in. Lol

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