I spend a lot of my free time in the bath with my head in a book, that was no different over the Christmas Holidays! And I managed to read some great ones, which I thought I would take the opportunity to share.
The Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck
A tale of an old wedding chapel, built in the middle of the woods. A story of two couples undone. A tale of faith and hope, but most of all a good and proper love story! I love books which are set on a dual tie frame, and also books which are based around family secrets. This book ticked both of these boxes. It also seamlessly blended the Christian aspects in a non cringeworthy manner.
If you enjoy Nicholas Sparks books and movies, I would recommend this although, spoiler alert! It has a much happier ending than his books!
The Painters Daughter by Julie Klassen
A lot of people can be quite sceptical about Christian fiction. Although I read some myself I can understand why. Sometimes these stories can be overly sentimental or simplistic, reading (how I imagine) a Mills and Boon novel would..
The Painters Daughter left me with none of these worries. It was genuinely good, not just good- for a Christian novel.
I loved reading about the mess Sophie found herself in after becoming unexpectedly pregnant, and marrying the fathers brother, to save face.
I found her feelings realistic, and liked the fact hat neither herself, or any of the other characters were perfect people. There was some spiritual aspects, and the main character grew in her faith throughout the story, but it was never too in your face.
There was also a Secret Passage, which satisfied the Enid Blyton loving child in me!
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
This is not a Christian book, so more sensitive readers may want to read with caution.
Oh my goodness, I could not put this book down. Within the first chapter we find out that someone has been murdered at a school quiz night for parents, we just don’t know who it was… or who did it.
As we read through the book we discover the deadly impact which secrets, kept by both parents and kindergarten children can have. It was gripping reading, with some massive twists. However reading this did make me a little terrified to have children and meet the playground mafia for myself.
Also, it’s being made into a major TV series, starring Reece Witherspoon, very soon. So if you like being ahead of the crowd and being able to say: “I read the book first,” then I would recommend picking it up ASAP.
Tongue Pierced by Nelson Searcy
Okay, so I haven’t actually finished reading this book yet, but I’m already being more than challenged about the importance of words and how we should use them. (Also I thought I should add in some non-fiction to make myself look more intellectual!) If I’m totally honest, I was worried that this book might be quite dry, but it is actually really readable, full of relevant, real life stories.
It’s highly recommended and only 99p as a kindle download at the moment, so grab it while its cheap!
So tell me, what great books have you been reading recently?