Five Top Favorite Reads

My favorite fiction books

My fondness for fiction, especially historical fiction, began seven years ago when I read The Help. After The Help I read The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer. Before these two books I’d read only a few fiction books.

What makes a fiction book rate high on my list? When the characters and the story become so real I forget I’m reading fiction. I also appreciate well-written, clean reads that teach me new things about history.

My top five favorite reads in alphabetical order are:

The Help – Kathryn Stockett
                The Help started me on the adventure of reading fiction. This is a story of triumph over prejudice, mostly racial but also class distinction. It is a moving, funny, sad and eye-opening book. Being from the North I appreciated what I learned about racial prejudice in the Deep South in the ‘60s. This book received many awards.

These is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901, Arizona Territories – Nancy E. Turner
                This is my absolutely favorite historical fiction book. I love stories about frontier expansion. This book is based on the author’s family memories. It has been described as “a heartfelt, exciting, moving American saga.”¹ The other two books in the series are also good reads. This book received an award.

Safely Home – Randy Acorn
                This story rates high in authenticity. It is so real it seems like non-fiction. The story is about two college friends who reconnected. One man is an America; the other man is Chinese, living under persecution. Safely Home received 2002 Gold Medallion Award. Royalties from this book are given to support the persecuted church. This book received an award.

The Spymistress – Jennifer Chiaverini
                The Spymistress is a fictional account of a real but little known woman, Elizabeth Van Lew, who did amazing undercover work for the Union, in Richmond, Virginia. She built the Richmond underground and helped men escape the notorious Libby Jail. No one expected a genteel, southern belle was working for the North. I discovered the author Jennifer Chiaverini after she published many books. I have since read other books by her. She is an outstanding author.

The War that Saved My Life – Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
                This book is a new discovery. Surprisingly, it is a children’s book! It is so authentic; I had to remind myself it was fiction. I loved the characters. This story is about Ada, a physically handicapped, abused girl who, with her brother escapes to the country, as WW2 descends on London. As a result, Ada’s life completely turns around, as does the woman who gives Ada and her brother Jamie a home. The War that Saved My Life has won many awards. This story continues in The War I Finally Won.

Be Ye Glad! 📚



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Lena Rae
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Author: Lena Rae

I love Jesus! He is my eternal hope, fullness of joy, calm in the storm and so much more. I enjoy reading, cooking, blogging and bird watching. I have two wonderful kids and a loving husband. God is good.

10 thoughts on “Five Top Favorite Reads”

  1. Most of us have a list like this, but usually it is only in our heads! Thanks for sharing yours. Books should inspire, and it seems these have done that for you.

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  2. Thanks for sharing!! My goal is to make time to read a good enjoyable book…I spend a lot of time in self-help books and those aren’t typically relaxing, more so makes me cringe when I consider how much better I could do in different areas!

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  3. Thank you for all these books! I simply adored The War that Saved My Life, it was the gem that introduced me to the world of historical fiction. I loved the sibling relationship between Ada and Jamie and the newfound family they found. 😊

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