- Watership Down by Richard Adams – amazing characterization of rabbits and the power of friendship.
- Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis – classics that fuel the imagination especially the glimpses into creation, personal sacrifice, and heaven.
- O’Malley series and Uncommon Heroes series by Dee Henderson – inspirational romantic suspense at its best that tackles tough issues like justice and mercy.
- Not My Will by Francena Arnold – a guaranteed tear-jerker romance with a redemption thread.
- Most of the Regency and Scottish historical romances by Judith McNaught or Julie Garwood – swoon-worthy flawed heroes with feisty heroines overcoming impossible tangles to find their happily-ever-after
- Yashua’s Bridge by Sandi Rog – a powerful tale of persecution and forgiveness with more-than-a-glimpse of heaven
As you can tell, I’m a sucker for a good love story and enjoy an intwined mystery or obstacle to overcome. I like to visit different places and prefer British settings to western, prairie, or Amish stories. (Because of a suppressed Princess dream perhaps?) And I crave a story with a message that resonates with me long after I’ve closed the pages.
Then again, who would limit an author to just one shelf? That’s a guaranteed way to get yourself vilified or killed off in my next novel.
What about you? What are your favorite books? Favorite genres? Based on what’s on my shelf, what books do you think I’d like?