Beth recommends The Wonder by Emma Donaghue

A Letter from Lancaster CountyThe Wonder by Emma Donaghue is a haunting novel that historical fiction fans will love. Even though I’m not typically a fan of this genre, this book kept me up turning the pages until late in the night.

In the story, eleven-year-old Anna isn’t eating, and supposedly she hasn’t consumed anything but water for four months. Why is she still alive? Is she a saint, or is there something more sinister at work? Two nurses–a nun and a young widow–are brought in to watch the girl, to see if she eats, or if it’s true–that she is living on a few teaspoons of water per day.

A satisfying and surprise ending will leave this story on your mind for a long time. Donaghue is also the author of the contemporary thriller Room, which was made into a major motion picture.

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Beth Recommends A Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd

A Letter from Lancaster CountyA Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd is a touching story that explores the way relationships intertwine and the varying ways people interpret the same truths.

This book drew me in from the beginning, kept me guessing, and touched my heart—everything I want in a book.

This novel releases in July and is available for pre-order.

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Beth recommends: When I Found You by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde is a new author to me, but you might recognize some of her books. She is the author of Pay It Forward, a novel that was turned into a major motion picture. In When I Found You, a man is duck hunting when he finds a newborn baby left under a tree to die. This touching story is about the relationship between this man and the baby boy he found. In addition to a great story, the character depth is exceptional in this book. I felt like I was right there with Nathan and the boy as this heartwarming tale played out and went full circle.

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Beth Recommends: Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers just celebrated 20 years in print, so maybe I am late to the party since I hadn’t read it until now. But every once in a while, a book comes along that will stay in your heart forever. Redeeming Love is one of those books.

The power of God’s love shines in this beautiful story about the many ways God loves us and wants us to reach out to Him. I cried buckets—not because it was a sad book (although parts of the story were heartbreaking) but because I was moved to tears by the shear grace of God and the way He works in our lives. Simply put—this is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

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Beth recommends reading…

I’ve done a lot of reading lately. I’m a genre-hopper and enjoy all types of stories. I recently finished Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, which is the sequel to The Shining. It was all I hoped for. Whether or not you care for Stephen King’s stories, most authors believe him to be the king when it comes to creating in-depth, original characters.

I also discovered a new author—Rachel Abbott. I read Sleep Tight, a psychological thriller, and I enjoyed it very much. Be warned—both Doctor Sleep and Sleep Tight contain adult content and language.

And last, but certainly not least, I am reading Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I’ve heard about this book for years, and it’s been in my to-be-read pile for way too long. I’m about a fourth of the way through this powerful and thought-provoking story, and I suspect it will rank high on my list of recommendations.