Top Ten Tuesday

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday’s theme is “Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/in a While” as suggested by The Broke and the Bookish.

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I love the entire Chronicles of Narnia series, but The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is my absolute favorite.  This story is a wonderful story of faith, loyalty, love, sacrifice and redemption.  I love Lucy, Mr. Tumnus, Mr. and Mrs. Beaver, and Aslan.  I love to share this series with my children.  It is a story that left a strong impact upon me.

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This incredible story is filled with French history, sometimes more than you desire as it distracts you from the actual story line at times when reading the unabridged version.  The story is filled with characters that invoke strong emotions, both positive and negative, as you read the story.  This, too, is a wonderful story of redemption, and, though I love the British soundtrack, I prefer the move drama adaptation starring Liam Neeson.

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This story has such a strong message, more than one actually.  The characters are wonderfully written and they capture your heart.  There are wonderful lessons to be learned throughout this story as Atticus defends a black man in the old, deep south and as he must deal with the anger and dislike aimed at him and his family because of it.  Atticus also teaches his children some valuable lessons throughout the story, both through his words and his actions.

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This is a true story about what happened to one family during the holocaust.  The story shows God’s protection of this family even in the concentration camps in unexpected ways.  It is an amazing story of faith, even in severe adversity.

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This book has amazing characters who grab your heart and don’t let go.  The story can be quite intense at times, but you never stop cheering for Jake Bloom and Kate.  You long for Jake to find peace, and when the story ends, you will forever be changed by Jake’s story.

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This is one of my favorite romance stories of all time.  It includes a medieval knight who accidentally ends up in 20th century United States just when Dougless Montgomery needs rescuing.  What happens from that moment on will keep you turning pages until the very end.

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This is my favorite book that includes a dog as a main character.  After reading this book, I wanted a dog just like Einstein.

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The Negotiator is the first book in the O’Malley series by Dee Henderson.  Dee creates wonderful characters in this series; characters you grow to know and love so much that when you reach the series end, you want more.  You don’t want to leave these characters,  you want the story of the rest of their lives (at least I did).

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If you have never read this original story of Bambi, and the only Bambi you are familiar with is the Disney Bambi, you don’t know what you are missing.  I found this book in one of my elementary classrooms where the teacher had us choose a book from the shelf, read it and do a project of some kind on it.  After reading this book, Bambi took on much more meaning to me.  I am a huge animal lover.  I grew up watching and loving t.v. shows like “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom” and “The Adventures of Grizzly Adams”.

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I love historical romance novels (that’s why I am writing them).  Anyway, I read the prequel to Love Unexpected and then couldn’t wait to get my hands on Love Unexpected.  They have made me a big fan of Jody Hedlund and I cannot wait to read the rest of Jody’s historical novels.

All of the stories on this list have made a big impact upon me.  If I can remember a story’s basic plot line and its characters for many years, that means it has made a big impact upon me, and the stories on this list will live on in my memory.  Their characters are like good friends.

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