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2017 top comfort reads

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Merry Christmas, reader friends! Whether you are basking in the celebratory glow of love and gratitude or sneaking off to hide in a closet and decompress, it’s always a great time for a story!

Genres, time periods, settings… we love them all! SO, what kind of fictional experience are y’all in the mood for?! Not sure? Can’t decide? I’m here for you! We’re dedicating this final week of the year to the swoof files! Seven lists of ten books each categorized by swoof, my experience of the reads!

2017 top comfort reads on Faithfully Bookish

Today’s mood is comfort (obviously because I had to bring “tidings of comfort & joy”)! This swoof file is for cozy, community or family-centered books that feel all warm and fuzzy like home. Each of these books has been featured on Faithfully Bookish in 2017 so y’all can get the scoop by clicking the covers below for more about these lovely stories!


Seven Brides for Seven Texans Romance Collection
by Erica Vetsch, Amanda Barratt, Susan Page Davis, Keli Gwyn, Vickie McDonough, Gabrielle Meyer, Lorna Seilstad

Seven Brides for Seven Texans romance collection

This story kicked off 2017 with a bang! Seven brothers have to get hitched in order to inherit the family ranch and they’re quite an interesting bunch of Texans.


Charming the Troublemaker
by Pepper Basham

Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper Basham

Princesses, My Little Pony, and an adorkable hero, what’s not to love?! There’s always plenty of room around the table at Ma Mitchell’s!


Secrets of the Heart
by Lee Tobin McClain

Secrets of the Heart by Lee Tobin McClain

The Quintanas are all about faith, family, and food! The Arcadia Valley community at large is just a comfortable place to hang out.


Urban Farm Fresh Romance series
by Valerie Comer

Butterflies on Breezes by Valerie Comer Memories of Mist by Valerie Comer

Okay, okay, I’m going to let books of the same series (read this year) share a spot… y’all knew I couldn’t stick to 10 books, right?! This series is centered around a tight-knit neighborhood within the city of Spokane, WA, and the community’s strides towards sustainable living.


Backroads series
by Christina Coryell

Written in the Stars by Christina Coryell Written in the Dust by Christina Coryell

This series has felt like home to me more than any other I have ever read! Folks from rural farming communities will truly connect with these stories!


The Gustafson Girls series
by Becky Doughty

These ladies are my fictional bffs! I adore them for their diverse personalities and devotion to one another! The series has a great mix of genres as well… from romance to women’s fiction to coming of age, it’s all there and it’s all so good!


Baxter Family Bakery series
by Elizabeth Maddrey

Muffins and Moonbeams by Elizabeth Maddrey Cookies & Candlelight by Elizabeth Maddrey

I’m not sure what I love more, the Baxter family or their bakery! Fortunately, it’s a package deal and these siblings stick together through thick and thin and romance!


Finding Love
by Toni Shiloh

Finding Love by Toni Shiloh

I’m definitely a fan of comfort food and things are heating up in everyone’s favorite Maple Run restaurant!


Someplace Familiar
by Teresa Tysinger

Someplace Familiar by Teresa Tysinger

The friendly folks of this charming mountain town have my heart! I love the sentiment of fixing up grandma’s cottage!


Just Look Up
by Courtney Walsh

Just Look Up by Courtney Walsh

There is SO MUCH to love about this story, I honestly could have included it on a few other lists as well. Surprisingly, I most appreciate the authentic (aka dysfunctional) family elements.


Now that I’m sufficiently reminded of how much I DO enjoy spending time with my crazy little family, I’ll sneak out of the closet and rejoin the chaos!

Which one of these comfort reads have YOU experienced, reader friends?
What books would you add?


14 thoughts on “2017 top comfort reads”

  1. Beth, thank you for including Secrets of the Heart on this list–it’s my goal to be a comfort to readers so I really value your placing me on this list.


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