Monday, January 2, 2017

The Best Reads of 2016 from Writers Corner

Happy New Year!  My apologies for being a little behind this month!  I thought that I would share the top novels at Writer’s Corner in 2016. Once again these novels may or may not have been published in the previous year. Drum roll please…The novels are: 

The first novel is Juliet by Anne Fortier

Julie and Janice Jacobs are going home to deal with the death of their Aunt Rose. The will is read and Janice gets the house and everything in it. Julie gets a key with a plane ticket to go to Italy. Her mission is to find out what her mother wanted her to know about the past and a possible treasure. Julie Jacobs becomes Giulietta Tolemeis which is her given name. Part of her search is to search for Romeo and all the people that are connected to the story. Julie picks up a box that includes a story about the real Romeo and Juliet. What was there story? How can the current Romeo and Juliet break the curse placed on the houses of Tolemeis and Salimbeni? Will there be a happy ending?

The next novel is in the nonfiction genre Jesus Today by Sarah Young

The introduction of this book begins with the background of Sarah Young. She has also fought chronic illness, and is open and honest about her journey. Sarah uses her experience with her illness to inspire others. This journey is full of compassion and warmth for her audience.

Each page shares a saying or an inspired message. The book is intended to be a devotional book. There is a message to uses parts of the bible. Each entry includes many bible verses on the opposite page. There is a section that separates the weekly entries. It can include quotes or bible verses. That includes some quote that may or may not use a bible verse.

Now getting back to fiction A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe 

 It is time to plan the weddings for both Harper and Carson. What about Dora? She has moved on since the divorce and her relationship and life seem to be moving forward with Devlin. Will she marry him? Harper is the owner now of Sea Breeze and Mamaw has moved to the cottage. Will owning Sea Breeze cause problems between Harper and Tyler? What about Granny James and her idea of a prenuptial agreement? Then there is Carson who is coming back from her job. Will she stay committed to Blake? And then there is one more surprise every wedding needs a pastor to officiate. Atticus Green becomes the perfect candidate to officiate the weddings. He has other reasons for being there as well.

One of my favorites this year is Laura McNeill’s Sister Dear

Allie Marshall is getting her release from prison, and her freedom back. Once she is out she can go about investigating who really committed the murder she went to prison for? This crime has cost her ten years of her life. Allie has no relationship with her daughter Caroline. Her only visitor has been her sister Emma. What happened? Will Allie find the answers she is looking for and prove her innocence? Will Caroline be willing to give her mother another chance?

Olivia Van Alen is a maid in the Pratt mansion in New York. She has taken the post to get revenge for her father’s death. Will she be able to find the proof that she needs? Or will she be distracted by one of the sons? Their story remains a secret until we meet Lucy Young who takes a job with a law firm. Her boss is a Schuyler and one of his clients is a Ravenel. When Lucy is asked to take this client out will she find that they have more in common than she thought? Then in the Second World War the mansion has become a hospital. Doctor Kate Schuyler who is Lucy’s daughter makes a case for taking on an extra patient. This patient is Cooper Ravenel. What will they discover about their common pasts?

Other favorites of this are: 

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