Here are some of the best fiction books I've read lately...


The Red Tent by Anita Diamant - masterful storytelling that vividly depicts the ancient biblical world as told through the eyes of Dinah, Jacob's only daughter. Unique with a wonderful ending.


The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman - a beautiful story, beautifully told, a poignant internationally best-selling debut novel from a fellow Michigan author.




The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein - an amazing story told from the dog's point of view, unique and wonderfully touching. 



Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford - a debut novel, excellent writing, great story, good ending

Sentimental Journey by Jill Barnett - Historical Romance WWII, category book recommended by Ken Atchity; excellent writing!!! Love this author almost as much as Sparks.




Wool, Shift, and Dust by Hugh Howey (one of my new favorite authors) - a 3 book series - futuristic sci-fi, similar to Hunger Games but excellent writing and much more adult, fast paced, really good conflict, motivation, emotion. The author self published as novellas then got a major publishing print deal, retained e-publishing rights and has now sold movie rights. You go Hugh!


The Witness by Nora Roberts - excellent! Great writing, structure and although it started out sounding like suspense, it was an awesome love story





The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd - An example of beautiful writing; fantastic first person voice, a beautiful story, sad but had a nice ending (I can't wait to read her newest one)




Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie - Wow!  Biography - she was amazing and after a rather slow start it was a well told story about a truly remarkable woman of great strength and fortitude. Inspiring and a great read!