I’m not sure why, but somewhere between my teens and my twenties, I stopped reading stories. It probably had something to do with working full time, moving a bunch, getting married and moving a bunch more. But suddenly all I read were incredibly great quality books that would help improve my life but did little to feed my heart and imagination. It also had to do with a bad pick or two in fiction that sort of left me wondering if there were any decent, clean stories out there that I wouldn’t feel gross after reading. Thank goodness, I have friends who not only love books and have amazing recommendations but became authors themselves. Reading their books reminded me of all the reasons why I love reading, and how much healthier and happier I am when I allow myself to read something other than just quality self-improvement books. And as it turns out, some of their books reminded me of what it’s like to wish a story didn’t have to end.
Each unforgettable character has enriched me in some way, and I’m always a mix of sorry to see it end and delighted because it was so perfect when I’ve read the last word in their story and tuck the book away for a new one. But once in a while, I meet some characters who really captures my heart through their story. Those are the ones who I think about long after the stories are over, and I just wish there was one more chapter, one more book so that I could spend a little more time with my bookish favorites.
Christian Fiction Series that I wish Continued
While there are a good handful of solo books that fall under this “I need more!” category, there are a couple of series in particular that I just can’t help but hope the authors will find more reasons to write more books for. Ready to find out what my “please never end” book series are?
When Rachelle was writing this trilogy, I had the honor of being a part of her launch. I may have started the books skeptical about whether or not I would enjoy a historical romance series, but it did not take me very many pages to fall in love with Gwyneth and Dirk and the friends that were intwined in their stories. I laughed when Gwyn finally knew she loved Dirk. I cried when they lost their first child to a miscarriage, relating to that loss. I rejoiced with Margreid found love and faith. And it warmed my heart when they were all safe and secure in their home at last.
By the time I finished the last volume, I was hooked. I mean, really hooked on this family and their stories. I didn’t want to say goodbye! Luckily, I didn’t have to!
Follow The Dawn and prequel Letters Home
I read the prequel last Christmas. The sweet letters Margried sent home to her sister made me cry. I had to know what happened to Anna. Did she ever get any of the letters? Was she safe? Did she and Margreid ever see each other again? I was delighted when I finally realized that Rachelle’s NEW RELEASE on February 7th, 2020, is Anna’s story.
It’s hard to pick between an amazing set of books, but I think Follow The Dawn is Rachelle’s best book yet. It answered so many of my questions beautifully. It made me sob, but for all good reasons. Anna and Tudder may be my newest favorite couple and their story is perfectly told.
But if I am honest? I am still hoping there’s one more book in the works. I need to know Millicent’s story next!
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Shadows Over England and COdeBreaker Series by Roseanna M White
As a life-long history lover, it is only natural that one of my top favorite genres in fiction is Historical Fiction. A good plot, a historical setting and details that are at least mostly accurate to a time period and I’m hooked. But not all historical fiction is created equal and among my top five authors who write historical novels, Roseanna M. White is right at the top.
I fell hard for the characters in the Shadows Over England series. Each story has an amazing and unique plotline while seamlessly tying into the characters that you’ve come to love in a way that doesn’t seem forced or impossible to imagine. I couldn’t figure out which book was my favorite among the three in this series, but I was delighted when the brand new series, The Codebreakers, picks up with one of my favorite characters, telling her story in one of the most unexpected ways. I am eager for the next time I have a little spending money so I can snag the next book in the lineup!
Time travel is usually pretty far from my preferred genres when it comes to fiction. I was prepared to dislike this series but I ended up really getting hooked on the storyline and the characters. It’s a different twist on time travel and it has it’s mushy romantic moments, it’s heartache and unexpected losses. But it deals with some pretty intense issues gently, as well. If you are looking for something different, you should give this a try!
I have a serious weakness for a good Christmas story and it overcame my unreasonable aversion to contemporary fiction. A friend gifted me most of the books in the christmas stories of Rockland Chronicles and Chautona’s gifted story weaving captured my heart almost immediately. I devoured each book, which though can easily be read as stand-alone books allude to characters and plots of previous books, in just a little over a week’s time. And I was disappointed that there were not imminent plans for more.
This year, in her latest Christmas release, she alluded to some of the characters in the book and I was absolutely delighted by that! And then I discovered that many of her books bump into each other and have related regions and stories. This means, of course, I simply have to read…all of them.
I have to say, if you haven’t read Chautona, you simply must go find her and read the Rockland Chronicles!
A few more series that I’m dying to finish…
I haven’t finished all of the books in these series, but I can already tell that I don’t want them to end! These series really tell some amazing stories, so you’ll want to get them on your wishlist too.
I was immediately intrigued when I started reading this series first book and the heroine heard melody or dissonance depending on who was talking. While this trait isn’t a strong trait of the first book, Sarah Sundin writes amazing World War Fiction and I was completely wrapped up in the twists and turns of Allie’s story. At the end, I wasn’t ready for it to be over. I got hints of what the rest of the books in the series may be about and I’m eager to get my hands on them and finish off the series so I can wish for more.
Thankfully for me, Sarah Sundin has a lot of other amazing looking series so even if I’m sad that this one ends, I have already put all the others on my wishlist for a future book splurge.
The first book I read by Tricia Goyer was not a series book, but it definitely fit in the “please give me more of this story!” category. And Emma Hanson’s story in the first of the London Chronicles did the same thing for me. Two people with two secret lives unaware that they are both working towards the same goal are faced with some life-threatening risks and crazy adventures and of course, a chance to find true love. I’m eager to read the second book and see if my favorite characters reappear or how the stories are tied together!
Have a series you loved and wish had more books to tell more of the story?
I want to know! Drop me a comment and give me more fodder for my amazon wishlist. ;)