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Subject: favorite author recommendations? enjoy Dee Henderson..Francine Rivers....
Date Posted: 11/7/2008 2:34 PM ET
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Two of my favorite authors are Dee Henderson (O'Malley series) and Francine Rivers (Redeeming Love, Mark of the Lion series).

Henderson is more "light" reading and Rivers is more intense, sometimes historical.

Does anyone have recommendations for other authors I might like?  I especially like series-type books once I find a good author...


Date Posted: 11/7/2008 4:17 PM ET
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I also love Dee Henderson and Francine Rivers. Some of my other favorite authors are Angela Hunt, B.J. Hoff and Karen Kingsbury. I don't think I've read anything by them that I didn't love. All three of them have series, but most of Angela Hunt's are stand alone. If you haven't read Karen Kingsbury's Redemption series you might want to start with them. The stories continue into the Firstborn series and then the Sunrise series. Excellent, all of them!

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 4:24 PM ET
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I am another one that likes series. It is so neat to follow a storyline or character!

Lori Copeland has a series (one of the books is A Case Of Crooked Letters) that is funny and cute. I haven't read a Susan Meissner book yet that I haven't enjoyed (esp liked her series that includes Sticks and Stones, Days and Hours, etc) . Charles Martin is an excellent writer- his books tend to be quite intense. Another series that I have enjoyed is Patti Hill's Garden Gate Series. The Miss Julia series by Ann Ross is cute and funny; those books always make me laugh out loud.

If you have never read any books by Karen Ball, you are really missing out. She is excellent! Some of her books get quite intense.  

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 4:35 PM ET
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if you're looking for series historical, gilbert morris is the way to go. he has so many book series set in lots of different eras and countries. his biggie is the House of Winslow series, 40 books based on 1 family starting in 1600s pilgrims to WWII

Date Posted: 11/7/2008 9:28 PM ET
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Terri Blackstock is another great author if you like mysteries. Her lastest series is the Restoration Series.  Karen Kingsbury seems to be one of the most popular. I think everyone likes to hold on to her books; I know I do. Check my bookshelf if you are considering the Winslow Series by Gilbert Morris mentioned above. I have a 3 for 1 special on those (with one swapper making her selection as I write this).

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 11:29 AM ET
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I enjoyed the Miss Julia books someone mentioned. I also enjoyed Laura Jensen Walker's "MIss Invisible" - think this was chick-lit-ish but I read it when I was 39 or 40 and since I'm overweight and single I could identify with a lot of it and it was pretty funny! I also read another book of hers ' reconstructing Natalie" which was much more serious and a tad sad since it deals with breast cancer and has the main character in a recovery group so you get bits of their stories as well. I liked them well enough to order more of her books though they're stillin MT TBR.

I also read the first Potluck Club and it was pretty good and one by Diann Hunt that was good - RV there yet? is the title..I thought the last half of the book was better and wish it'd kept going or had a sequel. Only read 1 each by these authors though I have 2 more potluck club books in MT TBR and thinking I'll post the 1st one since I probably wont' get around to re-reading it.

Date Posted: 11/11/2008 8:34 PM ET
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I personally love Susan May Warren.  I think I've read almost everything that she's written and I love it all.  If you're a real bit Dee Henderson fan (with the more suspense novels) I'd start with her Mission:Russia series or the Team Hope ones Also, Kristen Billerbeck and Cathy Marie Hake are great writers.  I also love Tracie Peterson (the longer I sit here and try to think about authors the more I come up with, so maybe I should stop).

A good publisher for a vast number of authors is the Love Inspired, Love Inspired Suspense, and Love Inspired Historical books.  There are new ones released all the time so there's always something new to read.  You can find a bunch here on PBS, or they even sell them cheap at Wal-Mart (they're in with the romance books, around the other books from Harlequin).

Normally I can't concentrate if I try to read more than a couple of Gilbert Morris' novels in a series, though I loved the Cheney DuVal series (just the first one - couldn't get into the second one) and the Dani Ross books. 


Date Posted: 11/21/2008 9:18 AM ET
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For historical, I really like Deeanne Gist, Cathy Marie Hake, Tracie Peterson (Lady of Liberty series is great), Jan Watson (3 book series starting with Troublesome Creek), and Tracey Bateman (Distant Heart, Defiant Heart, Dangerous Heart.) I'm sure there are others, but that's what is coming to mind at present. If you like fantasy/allegory, I'd really recommend Karen Hancock. She's really my favorite author. Other authors that I enjoy are Kristen Heitzmann, Kathy Tyers, Colleen Coble, Susan May Warren, and Lynn Austin.
Date Posted: 11/22/2008 1:05 AM ET
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Several of my favorites have been mentioned, but here are a few more.

One of my favorite fiction authors is Eugenia Price. Her books are labelled Historic Fiction, but most of the characters were real. She would do extensive research on the people, their locale, and the time period and then weave a wonderful story out of it! She had several trilogies, and 4 books series.

I also enjoy Beverly Lewis and Wanda Brunstetter. Most of their books tell of life among the Amish. They each have several series.

Francena Arnold, Sallie Lee Bell, and Dorothy Martin have been favorite Christian writers since my teens.

While not specifically "Christian", there are some older authors whose books I enjoy and collect.

D. E. Stevenson - a cousin to Robert Louis Stevenson. Her books are set in England and Scotland, mostly between 1930 - 1970. There are many series or "connected" books among hers. See http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Garden/1024/ and http://destevenson.org/ for  more information.

Sara Ware Bassett - her books portray life on Cape Cod before it became so commercialized. Some of these "characters" are hilarious!

Lucy Walker - most are set in the Australian Outback, where adventures abound.

Gene Stratton-Porter - her books are loved by 3 generations in my family!

Some libraries have large collections of these authors books, along with the Thoene's books.

Date Posted: 12/2/2008 8:15 AM ET
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I have started reading Nancy Moser's The Mustard Seed series.  I really liked The Invitation.  I also read The Seat Beside Me although that is not part of the series.  Another author I have started reading recently is Karen Ball.  Shattered Justice was a nail biter.  That book is the start of the family series.

Subject: Thanks for recommendations
Date Posted: 12/3/2008 4:31 PM ET
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Thanks, everyone!

Date Posted: 12/3/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Brandilynn Collins Bradleyville series is very good - Cast a Road Before Me, Color the Sidewalk For Me, and Capture the Wind For Me. 

I like Lisa Samson, Angela Hunt, Rene Gutteridge...


Date Posted: 12/5/2008 11:20 PM ET
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I recommend Beverly Lewis' Lancaster Series, her Heritage Series, as well as her Abram's Daughter's Series.  All three are good!!  The Redemption of Sarah Cain is phenomenal, imo! :)

Date Posted: 1/3/2009 11:55 AM ET
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My favorite authors are Francine Rivers, Tracie Peterson and Kristen Heitzmann - I know these were mentioned before.

An easy read is the Silver Hills Trilogy by Ginny Aiken.

 I loved The Lowlands of Scotland Series by Liz Curtis Higgs and Julia's Hope by Leisha Kelly.

Kelly has since written several more books on the Wortham and Hammond family which I have not read but intend to as soon as I finish my last Kristen Heitzmann book..........

Date Posted: 1/18/2009 1:21 AM ET
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I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Lori Wick.  I LOVE her books.. they're lighter than Francine Rivers, though.  I enjoyed the Cheney Duvall series, but I kept thinking that I had the last one... it bugged me that there was always one more.  When I FINALLY finished #8, it recommended the next series of Cheney & Shiloh....  There are only 3 books in the series, though.  Just as good, but I tire of the same author.

I love the meat of Beverly Lewis' books, but I always dislike the endings.  I've started avoiding her books for that reason.

You may also want to try Jack Cavanaugh's American series.  I think the first book is called "The Puritans".  I read a couple of his books years ago, and found them to be quite enjoyable.  They are lengthy, I think about 500 pages.