Three new favorite reads...

It's been a while since I posted some new favorite recent reads, but these are some books you will not want to miss. I'll start backwards with the one I just finished by my friend Deb Raney. Deb's latest book is the first in her Hanover Falls Series titled Almost Forever. Here's the back cover copy: Deb Raney's Almost ForeverUnearthing a lost memory may cause her to lose everything she holds dear. but could it also set her free?

Volunteer Bryn Hennesey was there at the Grove Street Homeless Shelter the night five heroic firefighters died at the scene. Among them was her husband, Adam.

Now a terrifying absence of memory has her wondering if she might, in some way, be responsible. Garrett Edmonds' wife, Molly, was the only female firefighter to perish in the blaze. He was supposed to protect the woman he she's the one who's died a hero. How can he go on in the face of such unbearable loss? And what started the fire that destroyed the dreams and futures of so many? Investigators are stumped. But someone knows the answer..

When I put this book down, I kept thinking about it, and still think about it since. Then I read the first chapter teaser for the second book in the series and can't wait to keep going with these characters! No fair to make us wait! But, I know we can only write so fast. :) Highly recommended!

Another one I loved was by author Siri Mithchell titled She Walks in Beauty. Here's the back-cover copy:

Siri Mitchell's She Walks in BeautyFor a young society woman seeking a favorable marriage, so much depends on her social season debut. Clara Carter has been given one goal: secure the affections of the city's most eligible bachelor. Debuting means plenty of work--there are corsets to be fitted, dances to master, manners to perfect. Her training soon pays off, however, as celebrity's spotlight turns Clara into a society-page darling. Yet Clara soon wonders if this is the life she really wants. Especially when she learns her best friend has also set her sights on Franklin De Vries. When a man appears who seems to love her simply for who she is and gossip backlash turns ugly, Clara realizes it's not just her marriage at stake--the future of her family depends on how she plays the game.

I love historicals and this era has always intrigued me. Fascinating history. You will live vicariously through these beloved characters. Loved the story! Also highly recommended!

Lastly, is author Julie Klassen's third book titled The Silent Governess. Another historical that swept me back in time and put me there. Here's the copy:

Julie Klassen's The Silent GovernessBelieving herself guilty of a crime, Olivia Keene flees her home, eventually stumbling upon a grand estate where an elaborate celebration is in progress. But all is not as joyous as it seems.

Lord Bradley has just learned a terrible secret, which, if exposed, will change his life forever. When he glimpses a figure on the grounds, he fears a spy or thief has overheard his devastating news. He is stunned to discover the intruder is a scrap of a woman with her throat badly injured. Fearing she will spread his secret, he gives the girl a post and confines her to his estate. As Olivia and Lord Bradley's secrets catch up with them, will their hidden pasts ruin their hope of finding love?

Julie Klassen has become one of my favorite authors. Loved this one too! Highly recommended!

Don't you love the covers on these books? I heard some discussion recently about what makes a bestseller. One suggested great titles sell books. That's probably true. But great covers win out over titles as far as I'm concerned. Titles might come second or third. They are certainly important. But the back copy and the cover design matter most to me. Then if I like what I see, I'll pick up the book. If I love the story, I'll promote it on the quality of the story and the writing. But the cover is what first draws me in.

How about you? What draws you to pick a book up off the shelf? Email me and let me know. I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.