When I was prepping my Author Services for their grand return a few days ago I took some time and reviewed my GoodReads shelves. My ‘Read’ shelf has nearly 400 books on it and I’d forgotten about quite a few of them. I sorted the books by rating (just for the fun of it) and realized I’ve loved of a lot of books that haven’t received the attention they deserved. I loved these books and since I think you’ll love them too I thought I’d share the 7 best books I bet you’ve never read.
The Officer’s Code by Lyn Alexander
I wept nearly inconsolably by the end of The Officer’s Code. I won’t provide any spoilers but all of those characters I fell in love with broke my heart. I wanted Erich to have his happily ever after with his wife and brother-in-law who was also his best friend. I wanted his wife’s parents to love him and his own parents and younger brother to accept him back into their own lives but alas, not all stories can have a perfect happy ending. It is an absolutely wonderful story however and I know it is a book I will read and re-read many times over.
The Frost of Springtime by Rachel Demeter
Romance is not a favorite genre of mine but when I do read romance novels I look for romances like The Frost of Springtime. It is highly historical full of rich imagery, accurate details and plenty of narrative to capture the essence of the time. The history in this historical romance is fascinating and I loved that Demeter took such care to develop the history as though the history itself was a character.
Mission to Teach: The Life and Legacy of a Revolutionary Educator by Dipak Basu
Mission to Teach is a moving biography about a revolutionary educator, beloved daughter and friend. She challenged American science education, led reform against deeply-established practices and accomplishing stunning achievements all by the age of 31 and while battling cancer for her last 7 years. She was remarkable. Mission to Teach is a wonderful book about a truly incredible woman. Yes, you will weep for the loss of Jhumki but this should be a must-read book.
Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen
Under the Jeweled Sky by Alison McQueen is my favorite type of romance novel – the tale of star-crossed lovers. The emotion and angst is thick from the opening pages immediately drawing a reader in to Sophie’s enduring heartache. As she stands in the garden peering over flowers and contemplating the memories associated with a tarnished doorknocker readers immediately understand this won’t be a light romantic read. Sophie gathers the strength to knock, her mother opens the door and the cold tension between the two lays a heavy foundation for the complex story about to unfold. McQueen’s writing hooks the reader’s attention immediately and maintains a deep hold throughout the entire novel.
Of Blood and Brothers: Book One by E Michael Helms
A deeply complex story full of anguish, ambition and the desire for atonement, Of Blood and Brothers is a book worth reading. It is a remarkable journey through one of the most challenging times in America’s history. It is the story of a family divided by secrets and tragedy who are desperately seeking to be reunited.
The End of Innocence by Allegra Jordan
As soon I as finished reading The End of Innocence I went to Twitter and began tweeting @AllegraJordan1. Why? Because I finished this book on the train during my commute home and I was crying on the train! Seriously. I was sitting there with my bottom lip quivering and the tears in my eyes and cursing her for writing such a beautiful book.
Gibbin House by Carola Perla
Gibbin House is an intense, emotional and flawlessly romantic story. The characters are perfectly flawed, relationships are strained and developed, and the cities take on lives of their own. The story and the language both are so beautiful and so perfect. I couldn’t find a single flaw with this story. It was simply perfect. There are no words with which I can adequately describe my love for this book. Gibbin House should absolutely be a must-read.