Book Talk Tuesday on a Thursday

The last two to round out my Top Ten.

I thought long and hard about this.

These last two are by friends. And I can hardly bear to only put two friends on the list, so I may have to add a few more. I have so many amazing writer friends that I’m very afraid to start down the road of naming my faves, because I just know I’ll accidentally leave off someone.

But … here goes.


FADING STARLIGHT by Kathryn Cushman. Katie’s been a best writing friend for a long time. And I couldn’t love this book more even if she was a complete stranger. The story is delicate and nuanced and perfectly presents both sides of a sticky moral issue. And the clothes sound fabulous! I love that dress and the window on the cover. Gorgeous!


A HERO TO HOLD by Sheri Humphreys is a great book. There’s just no getting around it, herofriend or not. I mean, I’ve always known HERO is special, but it was named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2016. So I may be biased, but someone else who doesn’t know Sheri personally also loved it.

The hero is in a wheelchair, injured in the Crimean War. The heroine is a widow, pretty much shunned by society. Their chemistry ignites on the page and I guarantee that the reader forgets he’s not completely able-bodied.

Whew! That was harder than I thought.

And I had to leave off some really stellar books by friends and strangers. I also either read and enjoyed these books or I’m looking forward to reading them soon (disclaimer: I’m sure I left off someone whose book I loved or will love. Please know it was inadvertent):


2 thoughts on “Book Talk Tuesday on a Thursday

  1. Carrie, I’ve read your Three Days of Top Ten every day and enjoyed it so much, finding authors and books I also read and valued. One of my favorite things to do is talk about books, and if I can’t talk about them, I like reading about them. I know you found Rachel Higginson’s THE FIVE STAGES OF FALLING IN LOVE through me, and I think it was my top pick of the year. Then today I found my book on your list. I am honored. And so pleased. Because making a reader feel the story and have it add to their lives is what I aspire to do. Making your top ten, I know I hit the mark with you, and that knowledge is the best possible reward.

    1. Oh, how I love talking about books too! And yes, I did find 5 STAGES thanks to you! Thank you! It’s a wonderful book and I do love it. And your HERO! Thanks for reading.

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