Welcome to my annual “best-of” celebration! Like last year, I’m separating the categories of my yearly best-of lists over a few days. It’s going to take me a few days to talk about all the stories I loved in 2019!
I have exceeded my reading goals for 2019 according to my Goodreads reading challenge! If you’d like to see all of my 5-star reads and extensive reviews, just check out my completed Goodreads challenge or browse my blog archives. Each day leading up to New Year’s Day you’ll get a new post about my 2019 favorites:
- Best of 2019: Novellas & Audiobooks
- Best of 2019: Contemporary Fiction
- Best of 2019: (General) Historical Fiction
- Best of 2019: (Inspirational) Historical Fiction
- Best of 2019: Film & TV
- Best of 2019: Happy New Year #OnTheBlog
The rules: because sometimes I need to keep things brief, I’m choosing to share 3 things that describe each of these stories along with a link to Goodreads and my review.
Today is all about contemporary fiction! On my list you’ll find light hearted contemporary romance, women’s fiction, a thriller, and a bit of a mystery, and some more serious drama.
Best of 2019: Contemporary Fiction
A Match for Emma by Pepper Basham | Review
Friendship. Trust. Appalachian humor.
After the Rain by Brandy Bruce | Review
Growing. Emotional complexity. Unconditional love.
Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig | Review
Adrenaline. Brotherhood. Globe-trotting spy stuff.
Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano | Review
Heart-friendship. Foodie environment. Hope.
The Waves by Amy Matayo | Review
Romantic chemistry. Sarcasm. Contrast of hope and loss.
How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim | Review
Surrender. Emotional twists. Compelling retelling of Ruth.
The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay | Review
Story for booknerds. Faith. Magnetic romance.
Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner | Review
Resonating candor. Authentic faith. Classic movies.
Sweet On You by Becky Wade | Review
Sweet – the chocolate & romance. Mystery to solve. Wonderful family dynamics.
Just One Kiss by Courtney Walsh | Review
Rekindled love. Small town charm. The “whys”.
I want to take a pic of your graphic for whenever I’m discouraged! Thank you for including Jon and Emma into your wonderful list, Courtney!!
Aww! You are such a fab author, Pepper! My pleasure.
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I have actually read four of these, and have one more in my TBR stack!
Oh yay! Which ones have you read? 🙂
Awww! Love “Sweet on You,” and “Brunch at Bittersweet Cafe.” However, two I didn’t get to read were Bethany’s and Katherine’s! Have to make those priority in 2020. 🙂
I admit I’m drawn to books about food lol. (Sweet on You and “Brunch”).
Oh you MUST read them both in 2020! (Here I am being bossy 😉 ). They are both “fresh” takes on Christian fiction, I think.
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