Another of my favorite readers, Letty Blanchard, shares her Top Books of 2016…
1. FAITHFUL by Alice Hoffman
A beautifully written book that I devoured in a weekend. The story of Shelby trying to find her way after a tragic accident leaves her best friend in a coma. I cried for her and cheered her on. Wonderful characters in this book! Masterful storytelling by Ms. Hoffman.
2. SMALL GREAT THINGS by Jodi Picoult
What a powerful read this was. I found it difficult at times to read this book because of the racism topic but it was so well done and very timely. This one will stay with me for a very long time!
3. EVERYTHING WE KEEP by Kerry Lonsdale
This book is so well written with twists and shocking revelations that I did not want to stop reading. Very likable characters and some not so likable! Loved this book!! I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
4. THE CITY BAKER’S GUIDE TO COUNTRY LIVING by Louise Miller
I loved this book so much, I didn’t want it to end. Such lovable characters and great humor in the book that had me chuckling many times and some tender moments that brought on some tears. And the food descriptions were so good it made me hungry! A fabulous debut novel!
5. ECHOES OF FAMILY by Barbara Claypole White
This story deals with Bipolar depression and while that is not always a subject that is pleasant to read about, Ms. White does it beautifully here. It is witty, charming and heart-wrenching. This book and its wonderful characters will stay with me for a long time.
6. THE TWO-FAMILY HOUSE by Lynda Cohen Loigman
A beautiful story that begins in the late 1940’s and focuses on the families of two brothers, Abe and Mort, who live in this two-family home. Great character development with each chapter being told from the perspective of various family members. I thought this book was amazing and so very well done. I’m looking forward to Lynda Cohen’s next book!
7. ALL THE BEST PEOPLE by Sonja Yoerg
A lovely but very emotional story that deals with mental illness with characters so believable that my heart went out to them. I thought the writing by Sonja Yoerg was superb! This was a book that I could not put down until the very last words ended the story. It is beautiful, heartbreaking and so, so good! This book doesn’t release until May, 2017, but it is definitely one to put on your TBR list for next year!
8. THE MEMORY OF US by Camille Di Maio
I absolutely loved The Memory of Us, a beautifully written historical fiction novel. A story of forbidden love, family secrets and lies set in WWII England. I was captivated from the beginning to the very end. Great lovable characters and good story line with an ending that surprised me but did not disappoint.
9. MY VERY BEST FRIEND by Cathy Lamb
My Very Best Friend is such a wonderful story about the true meaning of friendship that made me laugh, made me angry and made me cry. Such amazing and quirky characters that I loved especially Charlotte and the ladies in the Gab, Garden and Boggle Group. Such a fun group of ladies! And who doesn’t love a story set in Scotland and a gorgeous sounding man named Toran in a kilt? This was a very emotional read for me and I truly loved it!!
10. CRUEL BEAUTIFUL WORLD by Caroline Levitt
This is a bittersweet story told in alternating points of view of sisters Lucy and Charlotte and their mother, Iris, three wonderful characters. So beautifully written. It took my breath away!!