By Deena Adams
I set a 2021 reading goal of 45 books. I surpassed that number by a few, and on this last Wednesday in 2021, I’m sharing my top reads for the year.
Can I just say, choosing favorite books is almost like choosing a favorite child? LOL. The books are in no particular order. I hope you’ll check out my reviews on Goodreads to learn what I loved about these books. While you’re there, send me a friend request!
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One person who comments on this post will win a digital copy of one of these favorites-winner’s choice!
Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese
(Contemporary Romance/Women’s Fiction)
With an impossible decision looming, Lauren might very well find herself choosing between the two deepest desires of her heart . . . even if saying yes to one means letting go of the other.
Afraid of the Light by Cynthia Ruchti
(Contemporary Women’s Fiction)
She helps others manage their desperate lives–but who will help her?
Under the Tulip Tree by Michelle Shocklee
Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers’ Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena.
The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox
This dual-timeline story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of a mother-daughter dynamic, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.
Under the Magnolias by T.I. Lowe
(Southern Women’s Fiction)
T. I. Lowe’s gritty yet tender and uplifting tale reminds us that a great story can break your heart . . . then heal it in the best possible way.
All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese
As Molly experiences an acceptance unlike anything she’s known, she wrestles with the lies she’s been believing about herself for years.
The Mistletoe Countess by Pepper Basham
Will the magic of Christmas bring these two newlyweds closer together, or will the ghosts of the past lead them into a destructive discovery from which not even a Dickens’s Christmas can save them?
Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen
Abandoned at birth, her family roots a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to making sure others know theirs.
A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White
Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense
As Rosemary and Peter work together, Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks and wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?
The Promise of Deception by Jessica Sly
As Baze wrestles with the decision to harden his heart or take action to protect the woman who means everything to him, Adelynn ventures further into the clutches of magic and murder. Can she keep her mind safe and draw the killer out of the shadows?
Join the conversation. Have you read any of the books on my 2021 favorites list? What was your favorite read this year? Which book on this list are you most interested in reading?
Comment by January 4 for a chance to win your choice from my favorites list.
If you missed last week’s interview with Carol James, you can read it here.