#10--TABLE FOR FIVE by Susan Wiggs: Sometimes it takes a leap of faith in order to soar...gifted teacher Lily Robinson's best friend and her husband are killed in an accident, leaving their three young children orphaned. Sean McGuire, a playboy golfer who plays by his own rules, finds himself in the role of guardian with the death of his brother and sister-in-law. Lily and Sean work together in grief and their mutual love for the children, in order to keep them together.
#9--THE HELP by Kathryn Stockett: Stockett writes about a troubled time in American history without resorting to depressing or controversial clichés. She portrays fascinating and complex relationships between vastly different members of a household. It's a compassionate and funny story.
#8--HALF BROKE HORSES by Jeanette Walls: A true-life fictionalized version of Jeanette's no-nonsense, resourceful, and compelling grandmother, Lily. Lily broke horses by age six, rode five hundred miles on her pony alone to get a job, learned to drive a car and fly a plane. She survived tornadoes, droughts, floods, the Great Depression, and a very heartbreaking personal tragedy. She bristled at prejudice of all kinds. Written in a simple classic manner, much like Lily herself spoke.
#6--THE LAST TRUE COWBOY by Kathleen Eagle: A cowboy is as good as his word, but what if the words are "I love you?" K.C.Houston is the last of a breed of untamed men who live by their word and love by their own set of rules. To Julia, K.C. is a dream come true--he can tame a spirited horse with a single touch, he offers to help save the ranch, and he awakens in her a need she thought she'd lost. Even though he fills her days and nights with loving and passion--he never said he'd stay forever. (Note: I have read this book probably six times.)
#5--THIS CALDER RANGE by Janet Dailey: Chase Benteen Calder was bound to wrest a fortune from Montana land, where the whisper of riches swept across a sea of buffalo grass. With Lorna at his side, a woman who took the tough ways of the land as her destiny, he would breathe life into his dream.
#3--MORNING GLORY by LaVyrle Spencer: The story of Ella Dinsmore and Will Parker. Ella, widowed at 26 and with two small children, advertises for a husband, through which she meets Will, a drifter. The time is during the Depression, and Ms. Spencer writes every scene with vivid description and compelling emotion.
#2--THE OUTSIDER by Penelope Williamson: After Rachel Yoder's husband is murdered by outlaws in an act of outrageous greed, she must raise her 10-year-old son alone on the Montana Plains. One day, a handsome stranger dying from a gunshot wound walks into her ranch. With simple kindness, she treats his injury and nurses him back to health. Soon Rachel finds herself drawn to this mysterious outsider with a violent past--and must put her future on the line for a last chance at happiness.
The authors of these novels have become some of my favorites. I've read many, if not all, of each author's books.
Which book that you've read would you have placed at the #1 spot?
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