Top 10 Books From 2017

Jan 8, 2018 by

Hello readers!

I find that it is always fun to look back on the past year and remember some of my favorite books of the past year. These books are listed in no particular order of favorites — in truth, I find it very hard to pick a favorite!

What are some of your favorite books from the past year?

Stay tuned on Rachel’s Back Talk for new book reviews coming in 2018!

 

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1. With You Always by Jody Hedlund 

5 – award winning covers

I LOVED this book — then again, I love every book written by Jody! One thing I especially liked from this book was the perspective that Jody brought to the book by writing about the orphan train and the many challenges that one had when they were poor and financial crisis struck. I also enjoyed Jody’s rags-to-riches theme and from the story’s plot, the reader doesn’t know what’s going to happen until it actually does (and I’m not going to spoil it for you!). I love it when I am reading through the book and can’t quite predict what’s going to happen next.

Read Entire Review HERE

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2. The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck 

5 – award winning covers

This is probably one of my favorite books! I know — I say that a lot 😉 Maybe it’s because I felt a personal connection with the main characters who also happen to be writers. Or maybe it’s because I’ve actually met Rachel Hauck and she is one of my favorite authors. I love, love, love her writing and the way her stories completely capture me. This one was no exception.

Read Entire Review HERE

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3. Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano 

5 – award winning covers

Jen’s stories always make me laugh — and I’m pretty sure I chuckled my way through this one as well! I loved that this book also touched on the characters from book 1 (Behind the Scenes) because I always love to see what happens to the characters I fall in love with! And then this book touched on some secondary characters from book 1 and it was so fun to learn more about Gertrude, Harrison, and even Mrs. Davenport!

Read Entire Review HERE

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4. A Name Unknown by Roseanna White 

5 – award winning covers

What a book filled with so much mystery and intrigue! I love how Roseanna’s books are filled with such the perfect combination of mystery, romance, faith, and historical fiction. Makes for a very satisfying read!

Read Entire Review HERE

 

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5. A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander 

5 – award winning covers

What a fun story! And so full of a rich historical perspective! I love how Tamera wrote about the time period after the Civil War and addressed the different perspective of the people in Nashville.

Read Entire Review HERE

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6. Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson 

5 – award winning covers

I loved this book and can actually say that I read it in it’s entirety in one sitting! Tracie created characters that I am now invested in and looking forward to seeing what happens to them in the rest of the series.

Read Entire Review HERE

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7. True to You by Becky Wade 

5 – award winning covers

This was my first book by Becky Wade and I loved it! Maybe it was the cover that drew me in — the girl, Nora, had such an old-fashioned way about her that it made me want to learn all about her story.

Read Entire Review HERE

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8. The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie Klassen 

5 – award winning covers

I’ve always been a fan of Julie Klassen, and even though the first book of her series isn’t my favorite of her books, I still loved it and am now hooked on finding out what happens to the characters of Ivy Hill! Julie has a way of building the characters so that you ache with them and really just need to know what happens in their life. You care about them — and chastise them when they deserve it 🙂

Read Entire Review HERE

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9. An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter 

5 – award winning covers

Another wonderful series has come to a conclusion — and it has endeared me to Kristi as one of my favorite authors! Ever since reading A Noble Masquerade, I have been eager to read about each of the Hawthrones and to continue on in their lives.

Read Entire Review HERE

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10. So Rare A Gift by Amber Perry 

5 – award winning covers

I love Amber Perry’s stories! Her attention to historical detail makes the characters and the lives that they live come to life. As I read So Rare A Gift,  I felt as though I was swept in the plot of the book and experiencing the danger that Anna, Henry, and their friends were.

Read Entire Review HERE

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