Good morning, friends! :D Welcome to day three!
Today's post will be a little bit different. Instead of five favorite books, I'll be sharing five favorite series of books. So the linking will be a bit different (unless otherwise indicated, the title-links will lead to the Goodreads book page), but I hope y'all enjoy. :D We've got a good variety, with a fantasy, three historicals (Civil War, WWII, and 1830s) and a contemporary.
Stories by Firefly is the boat room today! Grab a stack of books, hop in one of the readied boats, and drift off to a nice, quiet spot for some reading. ^_^
The Blades of Acktar by Tricia Mingerink // 4 books + 1 novella
(Mmm...not exactly a series synopsis, but it's the best I can find. I suppose I'll just have to ramble a little extra about these....which won't be hard! :P)
Two years ago, if you had told me that I would be putting an independently-published fantasy series among my favorite series of books I would have laughed. "Me? Love fantasy? Nah." But this series...it's SO GOOD. I think I probably like these so much because they're what I call 'realistic fantasy'. It's set in a medieval-ish fantasy world, but everything that happens is things that technically could happen. (No talking animals or magic or anything like that.) It's a beautiful story of redemption and grace. There's heartache and pain and brokenness (so much hurt – I love it). Sweet romance (mostly toward the end, y'all, don't start gagging yet), epic brother-brother, brother-sister, and sister-sister relationships, and real, relatable truths. I'd better move on now, because if I even get started on Leith, Shad, Renna, and Lord Alistair, we'll be here all day... ;)
A Life of Faith: Millie Keith by Martha Finley // 8 books
The A Life of Faith: Millie Keith novels follow the exciting life and times of Millie Keith, a girl of strong Christian faith growing up on the Indiana frontier in the mid-1800s. Adapted from Martha Finley's 1876 sequel to the popular Elsie Dinsmore novels, these revised and updated, modern-language books introduce readers to yet another delightful Christian heroine.
Oh goodness, y'all, these books are just so amazing!! I'd received many recommendations for these books, and then when a friend gave me the first two books last summer, I knew I had to read them. And I'm so glad I did! These books bring to life an amazing, Christian family and their frontier life. With all the humorous incidents and amazing string of characters, I know I'll be re-reading these for years to come. :D
**I'm currently reading book-6 and have not yet read book-7 or book-8, so I cannot 100% recommend those. But I can't imagine they're terrible... ;D
Wings of the Nightingale by Sarah Sundin // 3 books
Three World War II flight nurses discover friendship, love, and peril in the skies and on the shores of the Mediterranean.
I read this series with a book-loving friend last year and I loved it!! WWII fiction is a favorite of mine and, ahh, these are so good! My favorite of this series would have to be With Every Letter. Mellie and Tom were amazing apart and adorable together. <3 Historically rich with amazing writing, lovable characters, and beautifully drawn-out faith strands. These were not the first books I'd read by Sarah Sundin, and they will not be the last. :D
Avery's Battlefield + Avery's Crossroad by Deanne K. Klingel
Avery and his dog, Gunner, have a good life in Kanawha Valley a loving family, a prosperous farm, and a warm community of friends. But when the long unrest between the North and the South ignites into war, Avery's peaceful world is shattered. His father, brother, and uncle leave home, each drawn away by the war. Soon Avery and Gunner must begin a dangerous journey that will take them across the paths of people on both sides of the struggle.
Avery's skills as a doctor and his dog Gunner's friendly personality make the pair a welcome sight to the soldiers in the Civil War hospitals. But mending wounds is not the only challenge Avery faces. Dwindling supplies, insufficient medical facilities, and local troublemakers add to the stress of the war. Avery realizes that the real wounds of the war the wounds of the soul will take years to heal. But he finds hope for the future in his deepening friendship with Claire, a girl from back home who shares his passion for helping the wounded. Together they pray for the long war to end.
I suppose these are technically boy books, but I have read them two (or three?) times. And I'm due a re-read! I really enjoyed reading about the Civil War through teenage-Avery's eyes. The first book is more of an adventure story as he set out on a journey – originally to locate his uncle – and ends up in medical school! As I remember it, the second book shows more of the harshness and cruelties of war. Love these! <3
Summerhill Secrets by Beverly Lewis // 10 books
Set in rural Pennsylvania's Amish country, SummerHill Secrets follows the true-to-life struggles and heartfelt triumphs of fifteen-year-old Merry Hanson. Teen girls will come to love, laugh, and cry with the impulsive Merry as she encounters intriguing mysteries while also struggling to be the best she can be in God's eyes.
I just love these books!! Summerhill Secrets were some of the first Amish-related books I read and are still among my favorites. I loved reading about Merry's friends, life, and struggles. I've read these books multiverse times and they've been carried around quite a bit, as you can tell by the beat-up covers in the above picture. I mean, how cool would it be to have a distantly-related Amish family living next door?
Last time I checked, we were getting super close to the needed number of giveaway entrants (75) to add a second place prize. Be sure to enter (by clicking here) and have your friends and family enter too! :D
How are y'all enjoying the party so far? Any feedback on the pictures? I wanted something special for the series. :)