I've been focusing on reading books the past couple of weeks that have been on my to-read list for years, and this past week, I started Denise Hunter's New Heights series. The series was written in the early to mid 2000s, and it has since finished (3-book series). The first book, Mending Places, was really. really. really. good. There were twists and turns I didn't predict, and I am anxious to read the next books to see what else Ms. Denise has up her sleeve! While I thoroughly enjoy Denise's other books, this book was, by far, my favorite so far. If she's on your to-read list, I would start with this book.
I cannot complain about finding good Christian authors anymore. Partly, this is due to Ms. Christy at Southern Sassy Things - her blog has introduced me to a whole slew of Christian authors. And Susan May Warren is one of them. I started reading her Deep Haven series this week with the first book, Happily Ever After. There are three other books in the series (this series is still being continued), and I'm looking forward to reading the other three. I found this book to be subtly strong (if that makes sense!) in its Christian references, which makes it a great read for anyone.
A year or so ago, I read Clea Simon's first Dulcie Schwartz book, Shades of Grey. I liked it, but I wasn't excited about reading the second book. However, it's nearly impossible for me to not read a series once I've started, so when the second book became available through an interlibrary loan, I ordered it. And I am so glad I did. The second book was far better in plot and character than the first, though I felt the ending fell flat. Also, there was a lot of building up with the storyline about Dulcie and her boyfriend, and it did not end the way I expected (and I felt the building up, for what it actually built up to, was too much). Still, I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, which is coming out later this year.
I saw Sarah Strohmeyer's The Penny Pinchers Club at Barnes and Noble and thought it looked like a good read. Sometimes I'm wrong about these things, but while the story was slow in the beginning, it picked up quickly about a third of the way through. I also learned a new way of "pinching pennies" so to speak, which makes any book worth my time. Sarah also has cute books for tweens with titles like the Cinderella Pact and the Sleeping Beauty Proposal. She has an adult fiction book, Kindred Spirits, coming out later this year - this book sounds really, really good.