Some months, my reading is varied from genre to genre. This month, the books that came my way all had a similar theme of a lady on a journey to discover herself with some romance mixed in. They were also books that were good to read with a cup of tea or coffee on the table beside me. The books had great dialogue and varied on location, plot and time period. For me, they were perfect fall reading especially since they supported what I have been learning in the Intentional Woman Study that I am doing. From my study, "If I live intentionally, being true to my personality, serving out of my God-given giftedness and calling, I no longer feel a need to envy anyone else's career, marriage, ministry, talents, or mission." It is fun when fiction books support the lessons I am learning. So without further ado, here are the four books I read this month.
1. She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell
Even though this novel is the third in a series, it is a stand alone book. In fact, this is the only book in the series I have read. The main character, Clara, is having her debut, and her family's hopes are on her catching the right man. This story takes place in 1800's New York where corsets, tonics, and family secrets abound. Clara's challenge is to follow her family's wishes but still stay who she is. Fun story with great dialogue and a few family secrets uncovered as the plot unfolds.
2. Edenbrooke: A Proper Romance by Julianne Donaldson
I found this book in my library's online collection after it was recommended by Modern Ms. Darcy. The story was delightful-witty conversations, fun twists, and the story of a proper romance. The main character, Marianne, wants to twirl and ride horses instead of the pursuing the past times ladies are suppose to have. This is her story of figuring out how to be a lady and be herself. I enjoyed this book so much I have Ms. Donaldson's other book, Brookehaven, on my kindle to read soon.
3. In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
Tessa Afshar is probably my favorite author to read this year. She takes a story from the bible and does a "what if?". Her books do a fantastic job of making you feel like you are right there in the culture of the time period of her book. This novel is about Ruth and her story. What was it like to leave her home country and follow Naomi? What was it like meeting Boaz? Tessa gives the reader some possible what if's. My husband and I are enjoying reading it together before we go to sleep. Some nights we stay up later than we need to just to find out what happens next. Make sure to have a box of kleenexes close when you read this novel.
4. Corner Booth by Chautona Havig
This novel is set in modern times and starts with a girl named Carlie asking a stranger if she can share a booth with him. This one time event turns into a weekly event where they meet at the same cafe for lunch. The only catch is that she talks and he doesn't. I am only about halfway through the book but am loving how the characters are growing and developing. The books is also making me think about how well I listen to those around me.
And speaking of Chautona Havig. Her new book Highlands is next on my list. It is a Christian fantasy where a young male athlete wakes up to find himself in the Highlands where life is different and some of his beliefs are challenged. This is the second book in a series called Journey of Dreams. Each book can be read alone. I look forward to enjoying this one as much as I did the first book called Prairie.
What books have you read this month that you would or would not recommend? Once again I am linking up with Anne at Modern Ms. Darcy in her books Quick Lit link up.