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There's nothing quite like finishing off a cool autumn day with a bonfire and some smores. So I think it is fitting that we are ending Five Fall Favorites with Bonfires and going over my favorite books of the year, so far.

This whole series was not only amazingly written, but impactful. This last book made me so happy with its inspiring ending. I couldn't read anything else for a couple of days because they seemed so pale in comparison. 

This book is the perfect mix of history and fiction. I love how real this story is about emotions and desires, yet handled in a godly way. I've never liked books that pretended that girls could choose not to have feelings almost as much as I disliked books that acted as if we have no control over them. I knew a little bit about David Brainard and quite a bit about Jonathan and Sarah Edwards, but this book made me want to read more about their lives.  

I've wanted to read this book since the day it came out. I finally read it on Kindle Unlimited and will probably be buying the paperback early next year because it was so good. This is a deep look at the sanctity of life and what that really means. This book isn't easy to get through, but it is powerful.

I loved the first book in this series but I think I enjoyed this one even more. I fell in love with this family in the first book and it was so fun to see them again and continue their story. If you like Jane Austen, only you want something with more faith in it, this book is for you.

White is a masterful storyteller. While I love many authors, there are a few that just stand out, and she is one of them. This story gripped my heart and didn't let go. I was a puddle of emotion during the whole book (as my sisters will attest to).


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  1. This Five Fall Favorites party has been so much fun! That last one on your list looks really good! :)

  2. I've never read any of these, but they look epic! (And Monster nearly creeped me out for a sec... XD)

  3. I havne't read any of these, but I want to read "A Holy Passion." "Beloved and "The Lost Heiress" sound good too!

    Thanks for sharing so many wonderful books, Sarah! I've enjoyed coming over each day to see what you had to say. *settles around the bonfire to talk books*

  4. This Five Fall Party has been the BEST! Already looking forward to next year's. (and Monster looks. . . interesting )

  5. I haven't read any of these, but I've been wanting to try Roseanna White's books for awhile. :) Thanks for sharing your favorites all week!

  6. OK, so when I did my list I 100% forgot it was 5 books not 10. But I'll keep it 10 because it's a good list. xP So. My 10 Top Favourite Books of the Year. o.O This will be hard. Partly remembering and partly choosing.
    1. “Emma” by Jane Austen. Hands down the best.
    2. “Unbroken” by Rebekah A. Morris. So good.
    3. “Home Fires of the Great War” by Rebekah A. Morris. ❤
    4. (we're already getting near the end... :[]) “Uncle Tom's Cabin” by Harriet Beecher Stowe. Heartbreakingly beautiful.
    5. (halfway! *gulp*) “Rose in Bloom Series” by Louisa May Alcott. (*smirks at how I managed to sneak in two books*)
    6. “What Katy Did Next” OR “Clover” by Susan Coolidge. I can't remember if I read them both this year or if I just read ”Clover”, but they're both wonderful. (*look how I managed to slip in two books again mwahaha*).
    7. “Wilderness Ways” by William J. Long. I love all his works so far but this is the only one I've read this year. (Hoarding the others xD).
    8. “Jack & Jill” by Louisa May Alcott. ❤
    9. (*has a hard time figuring out which books are special enough to fit in the last two slots*) “Dictionary of Troublesome Words” by Bryson. Yeah, I love words and I love to laugh. (Also not finished).
    10. (*drumrolllll* *racks brains trying to think of a special book*) “Around the World in Eighty Days.” So I just read the first two chapters so far. But they were A-MAZ-ING. So the rest of the book ought to be as good, right??

    ~Katja L.