#10: Echoes of Titanic by Mindy Starns Clark and John Campbell Clark: Kelsey Tate’s great-grandmother Adele survived the sinking of the Titanic. Now the firm Adele built is being threatened by a hostile takeover and claims that Adele did not survive the tragedy.
I loved the combination of modern with Historical. I felt like I was solving a mystery and putting together a puzzle at the same time. The Mystery of who is trying to hurt the company and the puzzle of what really happened the night the Titanic sank.
#9: The Bridesmaid by Beverly Lewis: Everyone around four-time bridesmaid Joanna Kurtz takes the phrase “three times a bridesmaid, never a bride” seriously. She refuses to give up, especially since she has a secret beau out in Indiana.
I loved the concept of always being a bridesmaid and never a bride. The long distance relationship aspect was interesting. In today’s world it is so easy to communicate over long distances, but the Amish do not use the technology we do.
#8: Oregon Outback by Elizabeth Goddard: From the “Romancing America” series focuses on the four Love brothers. After a deadly accident FBI agent Jonas returns home, trying to put his life together. Some of rancher Carver’s cattle have gone missing and he suspects they have been stolen by rustlers. ATV store owner Lucas is a risk taker. Bail bond recovery agent Justin has been running from his past for the past three years, but his latest fugitive brings him too close to home.
I liked the fact that it focused on four brothers, which brought the stories together. Each brother is different but they each have evident similarities: their love of justice, and thrill seeking. They care deeply for the women they love and want to protect them.
#7: Courting Cate by Leslie Gould: Cate Miller is known more for her sharp tongue than her striking appearance. Since no one seems to want to court Cate her father makes a new rule Cate must marry before her younger sister Betsy. Then Pete Treger comes to town looking for a job.
As an Amish version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, it would have been very easy for Gould to do a literal adaptation of the play; however she did not. The basic story is there but how certain events happen are different.
#6: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury: The Bridge bookstore has been a part of Franklin, TN for decades as a place where people connect. Now that a flood has destroyed all the books and damaged the building it seems unlikely it will ever reopen. Still owner Charlie Barton has not completely given up hope.
I liked the two intertwining stories of Ryan and Molly’s, and Charlie and his wife Donna’s. Both are equally important but share the limelight. I wish “The Bridge” were a real place because I would love to visit it.