There were a lot of great books to read this year! I’m so excited to share this list with you and I hope you’ll check out some of these gems. Not all were written in 2020 and some have language and mature subject matter.
These are in no particular order because I don’t think I could choose a favourite. They were all excellent.
1. A Girl’s Guide to the Outback by Jessica Kate
The setting is the Outback and in a year when you couldn’t travel this made up for it. This was a cute story and I loved the characters. A companion book to Kate’s first novel, Love and Other Mistakes. Both are hits.
2. LuLu’s Cafe by T.I. Lowe *Christian fiction
This book left me thinking about the characters and their lives long after I finished. The characters were real and raw and the plot was riveting. I have read several of Lowe’s books and all have been really good. Warning: If abuse is a trigger for you then you may not want to read. There is a fairly graphic abuse scene.
3. The Matchmaker’s List by Sonya Lalli
This was a cute story and I fell in love with the characters. Smart and funny, I really enjoyed this tale about a matchmaking grandmother and her granddaughter who doesn’t want to follow the rules.
4. The Dearly Beloved by Cara Wall
Pastor’s wives—what else do I need to say? Loved this book because it told a different kind of story. It follows two pastoral couples throughout their lives. This one will made me think about all the assumptions I’ve made about people. I loved one of the wives so much, I wanted to hug her.
5. Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes *Christian Fiction
This was a wonderful story that spans two generations. One storyline takes place in WW2 and the other is present day. This story had all the feels and I wrote in a review I’d have given it 10 stars if I could. Other people thought so too as it won two Christy Awards, one being Book of the Year.
6. Then There was You by Kara Isaac *Christian Fiction Audio book
Kara Isaac is a new-to-me author and now a favourite. I loved this book. Also takes place in Australia which is a bonus. This book played out in a movie version in my mind as I listened to the audio book. The plot was different from anything I’d read before. It too, was a story about life in the ministry. I would have given it 10 stars.
7. Then There Was You by Nicole Deese *Christian Fiction Audio book
Another great book that kept my ear buds in as I listened whenever I could! A story about adoption with characters who captured my imagination. So. Good.
8. Side Trip by Kerry Lonsdale
I’m not going to say much about this one other than WOW! Don’t want to give it away. There was some language and mature content in this but Lonsdale is a masterful storyteller.
9. The Curse Of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright *Christian Fic
All of Jaime Jo Wright’s work is storytelling at it’s best. Most stories have both present day plots as well as plots in the past. This one deals with mental health. And it’s a bit creepy which I like. Never disappointed with Wright’s books.
10. Change of Heart by Courtney Walsh *Christian Fic
Read anything by Courtney Walsh. She’s so good and always has a deeper message. I loved this story because it’s about a perfect life that underneath is not perfect at all. And a grumpy male character who has a heart of gold. Love that trope for some reason.
Hope you find something to read here. If you want to see what else I’ve been reading look me up on Goodreads if you’re on that platform. I keep track of all the books I read there.