There were several historicals that I read this year that I really enjoyed, but the following three books were my favorites. One was by an author that I already knew and loved, another was by a debut author who knocked my socks off. So here goes:
1) Arms of Deliverance by Tricia Goyer: This book will be on the CFBA blog tour in January, so look for a full review then, but let's just say this is one book I couldn't put down. Here's the synopsis:
Arms of Deliverance takes place in Europe 1944. Katrine, a Czech Jew, is so successful in her attempt to pass as an Aryan that she finds herself dating a Nazi officer. Having convinced him of her genetic purity, the officer sends her to stay at a Lebensborn home—a Nazi breeding program in which children are raised and indoctrinated by the state.
Meanwhile, rival American reporters Lee and Mary land assignments on the frontlines of war-torn-Europe—Lee joins troops sailing for Normandy, while Mary’s destiny lies in the cramped quarters of a B-17 bearing down on Berlin. Before the presses roll, their lives will be indelibly marked by a caring American navigator, brave French resistors, and a maniacal Nazi officer. I’s a story of unexpected redemption.
2) Waiting for Summer's Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer: I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book, but those of you who have read this blog from the beginning know that I loved it. Click here for the full review. Kim has several more books coming out in 2007 and I can't wait to read them. She has such a gentle yet powerful way with words. Reading her books is like listening to beautiful music.
3) In the non-traditional historical role: Hadassah by Tommy Tenney and Mark Andrew Olsen. I think what I enjoyed most about this book were the lavish descriptions and the careful "what ifs." What if this is what happened to Esther before she appears in the book? What if this is what life was like in Susa? What if this is what life was like in the royal courts. It got me thinking as I reread the book of Esther...and that's always a good thing. Click here to read my review of this book.
So what were your favorite historicals of 2006? We all know Canteen Dreams will be one of your favorites for 2007!