Must-Reads for November

Some of the days in November carry the whole memory of summer as a fire opal carries the color of moonrise.
— Gladys Taber, Stillmeadow Daybook

Welcome to November!

Time for pumpkin spice and everything nice, family, thanksgiving, falling leaves and football. And books. Always books. All the books.

So many books, so little time. Yet, I’m gonna take a stab at narrowing it down.

Without further ado… Here’s a (very abbreviated) list of must-reads for November

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Fiction

Wait For Me by Susan May Warren (Revell, Nov. 6) - Warren ties up her popular Montana Rescue series with a love story that has been brewing from the beginning. Jess and Pete have not had an easy road to be together, and it looks like it’s not going to get any easier. Happily-ever-after is worth the fight though, and readers are ready to cheer them on!

The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller (Kregel, Nov. 27) - Another series wrap-up, this one takes readers to the Regency era and Julia Hale’s troubled marriage. Miller’s delightful writing style, the right balance of wit and depth, gives life to equally delightful characters and swoon-worthy romance. Don’t be sad that A Promise of Hope series is over, though. Miller continues her Regency Brides universe with the Daughters of Aynsley series in March 2019!

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Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin (Thomas Nelson, Nov. 13) - Beloved for her Amish novels, Irvin heads in a different direction with her first contemporary romantic suspense novel. Exploring complex issues like nature vs. nurture, family secrets, and not knowing who to trust, this novel promises to be richly layered and riveting.

Slay in Character by Lynn Cahoon (Kensington, Nov. 27) - Cahoon continues her Cat Latimer series with her trademark skill at plotting, setting, and characterization. Readers will feel right at home in this cozy mystery, despite the fact that poor Cat’s writer’s retreat inevitably include a murder. This bunch of romance writers who join Cat at a ghost town are sure to be entertaining as well!

Amish Christmas Emergency by Dana R. Lynn (Love Inspired Suspense, Nov. 1) - Combine four of my fave genres into one? Amish. Christmas. Romance. Suspense. Yes please! Lynn writes great characters, and these Love Inspired Suspense novels will keep you on your toes from the first page to the last. It’s best not to relax until you reach the end, but fortunately these are quick reads so you won’t have to hold your breath for too long ;)

Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse (Bethany House, Nov. 6) - Busse kicks off a brand new fantasy series (The Ravenwood Saga) with solid worldbuilding and layered characters. The story revolves around a young woman who discovers her family’s long-held - and disturbing - secret: the Ravenwood women are dreamwalkers with the power of life or death.

Non-Fiction

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst (Thomas Nelson, Nov. 13) - TerKeurst knows what it feels like when life isn’t turning out as planned. Yet she also understands that our heartbreak can be divine appointments for our souls to experience God as never before. With personal (vulnerable) insight, wisdom, humor, and heart, TerKeurst relentlessly points readers back to the Father.

Sacred Questions by Kellye Fabian (NavPress, Nov. 6) - This isn’t just another devotional book. Rather, Fabian goes beyond inspiration and zeroes in on transformation. Each day’s devotion helps readers establish a daily practice of reading Scripture and responding to it, with carefully crafted questions to examine the heart. This book takes daily devotions to the next level!

The Soul at Rest by Tricia McCary Rhodes (NavPress, Nov 6) - Rhodes invites us into a 40-day guided prayer experience, ideal for anyone who struggles with having a consistent prayer life. Rhodes emphasizes the contemplative, restful nature of prayer - directing readers to a place where prayer feels like a gift instead of something that’s ‘supposed’ to be done.

Odd(ly) Enough by Carolanne Miljavac (Shiloh Run, Nov. 1) - This popular social media personality is hilarious, snarky, and relatable, drawing you in with her authenticity and sense of humor. She encourages women to embrace themselves as God made them and courageously pursue the purpose He created for them.