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Hello, reader friends! It’s time to dive into day 5 of our year-end celebration so click here if you missed one of the earlier posts!
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(ish) books each categorized by swoof, my experience of the reads!
Let’s talk about hopeful reads! These books encourage, inspire, and fill hearts with faith and satisfaction! 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!
The Message in a Bottle Romance Collection
by Joanne Bischof, Amanda Dykes, Heather Day Gilbert, Jocelyn Green, Maureen Lang
This is the most moving novella collection I have ever read! It follows a copper bottle (and its message) as it journeys across the globe, spanning several historical time periods and concluding in modern times.
A Season to Dance
by Patricia Beal
This story will give your heartstrings a workout! The artistry of dance and nature saturates every moment of this beauty from ashes tale while heartache, betrayal, and turmoil beg for redemption, restoration, and grace.
Catching the Wind
by Melanie Dobson
This intricate storyline weaves past and present into a moving and heartfelt adventure.
by Katie Ganshert
This story weaves through some of life’s toughest questions while pointing readers to the Comfort amid the chaos of this world.
My Unexpected Hope
by Tammy L. Gray
This story will challenge your thinking and raise your level of compassion!
Then There Was You
by Kara Isaac
The elements of healing, forgiveness, and seeking God’s will above our own plans and understanding within this story touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes!
A Love So True
by Melissa Jagears
The children in this book will steal your heart and the story will have you rooting for true love, reader friends!
Regency Brides: A Legacy of Grace series
by Carolyn Miller
Each book in this series touches on biblical truths and characters come to faith and/or grown in their faith in genuine, authentic ways.
by Jennifer Rodewald
This story authentically illustrates the importance of relationships (and one specific relationship above all).
Shine Like the Dawn
by Carrie Turansky
A message of hope and faith shines through in this entertaining story.
Which of these hopeful reads have YOU experienced, reader friends?
What books would you add?
26 thoughts on “2017 top hopeful reads”
I so enjoyed A Love So True. There were just so many Biblical truths to ponder and the story was a “heart catcher”. And Kara Isaac’s book – ahhh, yes. So funny, but so full of the hope of second chances.
???? Great stories!
I’ve read A Season to Dance and Then There Was You. Great list, Beth!
Yay! Thank you, Caryl!
Hi Beth, Wonderful list! I especially enjoyed Carolyn Miller’s Legacy of Grace series and Melanie Dobson’s Catching the Wind. It’s a treat to see Shine Like the Dawn on the list with all these wonderful books!
Thank you, Carrie! I’m always happy to see you drop by ????
Good morning Beth! Great list of books.
I love the Regency Brides series by Carolyn Miller and Shine Like the Dawn by Carrie Turansky and enjoyed A Love So True by Melissa Jagears! I have a couple of the others on my TBR.
Great to hear! Happy reading!
I’m working on the Legacy of Grace series now.
Several of these are on my want to read list.
Great series to read all together! Enjoy!
Thanks for including A Season to Dance on this list! Wow! Love all these ladies. My Unexpected Hope is next on my Audible list 🙂
You’re welcome! Happy listening! 😀
Ah! Great books on this list–I’m so honored to have you place Reclaimed with them! Thank you. ❤
My pleasure! It truly touched my heart ❤
I haven’t read any of these but I have them on my to-read list.
A healthy to-read list is a good thing to have!
A great list of books! I see many familiar authors here!
What a wonderful list!! Thank you so much for including ye olde bronze bottle’s stories; we’re so honored!!
Oh my heart! I love you ladies forever for giving us that story! ????
I just read A Season to Dance and found it such an emotionally moving story. Heart wrenching and hopeful, by turns. A beautiful story!
Exactly! Heart strings!
I heart this list so much! 😀
What a treat to begin the New Year with this! Thanks so much, Beth Erin, for including Catching the Wind!
My pleasure! It is such a beautiful story ❤