Must-Reads for October (Fiction)

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers
— Anne of Green Gables

October is one of my fave months of the year! Crisp temps, gorgeous autumn colors, hot apple cider & apple cider donuts & HoneyCrisp apples (yum! now i’m hungry!), and … my birthday haha.

In the meantime, there are SO MANY GREAT BOOKS releasing in October. Y’all I can’t even. I want you to read ALL THE BOOKS, and narrowing down the list is killing me. (No melodrama here, nope.) In fact, I’m just going to have to break it up into two posts. Come back on Thursday for must read nonfiction titles for October.


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Miles From Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti (Gilead, Oct. 16) - Ruchti’s characters and stories are always wrapped in hope, grace, heart, and wit. Her new release is about a couple on the threshold of their one-year anniversary - and a divorce - who get stuck together on a three thousand mile road trip with an at-risk tween. As only Ruchti can do, this promises to be a story that will have you feeling all the feels and leave you with your heart both warmed and challenged.

When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham (Woven Words Publications, Oct 25) - This charming small-town romance is a mix of cultures and emotions - ranging from laugh-out-loud humor, where’s-my-fan swooning, and oh-my-heart tenderness. A shy but steady British hero. An unexpected mother-to-be. United by a shared love of music and gentle hearts. Not to be missed by fans of contemporary romance!

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Patti Callahan (Thomas Nelson, Oct 2) - Any reader who has a special place in their bookish heart for CS Lewis will definitely want to grab this gorgeously-done novel that focuses on the woman he called his ‘whole world’. But all readers - whether they are fans of Lewis or not - will be quickly captivated with Joy Davidman as she finds her voice and an unexpected new love.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife…
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The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter by Hazel Gaynor (William Morrow, Oct 9) - Gaynor consistently writes exquisite, richly-atmospheric stories, the timelines often slipping seamlessly from one era to the next. In her new release, inspired by true events, she highlights female lighthouse keepers from 1838 England and 1938 Rhode Island, connected by a half-finished portrait and a deadly hurricane.

Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale, Oct 9) - FBI Special Agent April Ramos unexpectedly finds herself in charge of a baby whose mother has disappeared - and then finds herself being abducted at gunpoint by the baby’s father, Jason Snyder, who insists he’s being framed for murder.If you’re a fan of romantic suspense, then you need to be reading DiAnn Mills’ books! Fast-paced and high-stakes suspense with great character development are her trademarks, and Burden of Proof looks to be no exception.

Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker (Revell, Oct 2) - Already a #1 new release in Christian Fantasy on Amazon, the latest release from this award-winning author is intense and unique. In fact, Dekker really deserves his own genre as he creates fantastic plots that blur the lines between the fictional, physical, and spiritual realms like no other author does. Second in this ‘profound and multilayered allegorical’ duology, Rise of the Mystics profiles ‘one girl’s quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity’

Emerald Illusion by J. Rodes (Rooted Publishing, Oct 25) - This beautiful twist on The Wizard of Oz also carries a soul-deep allegory told with heart, imagination, and the kind of excellence fans expect from this author. All the feels. All the possibilities. All the don’t-bother-me-I’m-reading vibes. Young adult readers and adults alike will fall in love with Emerald Illusion and it’s stirring story.

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The Christmas Remedy by Cindy & Erin Woodsmall (WaterBrook, Oct 23) - The newest Amish Christmas romance from this stellar mother-in-law/daughter-in-law writing team gives readers a twist on the ‘typical’ story line for this genre. An Old Order heroine with permission to continue her education and work at a local pharmacy. A hero who tugs her heart, despite her resolve to stay unmarried in order to keep her job within the guidelines of her faith. A mystery that they must solve together. Cozy up and settle in with this great holiday read!

The Gift that I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford (Thomas Nelson, Oct 23) - Even kids can make the world a better place - because they have God’s love to share through their talents, gifts, and personalities. This absolutely adorable and sweet picture book is one that parents and kids will love reading together - for the colorful illustrations, lilting text, and touching message. A Christmas gift idea too!