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Top 10 Christian Books of 2013 Part 1

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#10 Adoring Addie by Leslie Gould: The Cramers and Moisers have been angry at one another for as long as anyone can remember, but no one is sure why. Things had cooled down in recent years until Addie Cramer and Jonathan Moiser fell in love, now both families are determined to keep them apart.

This whole series is based on Shakespeare's plays and this one is based on Romeo and Juliet. I was curious to see how Gould would adapt this one, and how she would handle the violence of the play since the Amish are non-violent.

#9 Calico Brides by Darlene Franklin: The four youngest women of the Calico, Kansas sewing circle are on a mission to help those in need. Gladys Polson decides to brighten the spirits of the wealthiest man in town. Annie Bliss decides to knit socks, hats and mittens for the soldiers at the nearby fort. Former saloon girl Birdie Landry wants to help other saloon girls escape. Schoolteacher Ruth Fairchild is determined to help the three orphaned Pratt children.

I almost wish this book was not divided up into the four separate stories because it reads like one full story. The stories are interconnected and well written, all four women appear in each of the stories.

#8 The Secret Keeper by Beverly Lewis: For most of her life Jenny Burns has felt out of place in the modern world and drawn towards the simple Amish life. No one seems to understand her longings especially when she decides to leave her modern life and join an Amish community.

Like many Amish fiction readers I have often wondered what it would be like as an Englisher to join the Amish world. Lewis gives a taste of what it would be like!

#7 A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund: As a child Annalisa Werner dreamed of a fairytale marriage, but her marriage to Hans destroyed those dreams. Now she is in danger of losing her farm, so her father writes home to Germany asking for a husband for her.

The story is so interesting and slowly draws you so you do not realize you are hooked until it is too late. I fell in love with the characters, wanted to know what would happen and hoped everything would work out. I was able to feel for them and what they were experiencing.

#6 The Judgment Stone by Robert Liparulo: Jagger Baird faces a dangerous band of Immortals called The Clan, who has one mission: to hurt God’s heart as much as possible. They are after the one thing that will help them most in their mission The Judgment Stone.

The first sentence drops you right in the middle of the action, I did not know where I was or what was happening, and I felt lost for the first 50 pages or so while that event played out. Once I got past the first 100 pages and things began again then I could not put the book down!

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