Top 5 Favorite contemporary books

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Top of the morning to ya!

It is a top 5 list post! Most of the books I have reviewed are Historical, so I am doing something different.

Contemporary books!

I like a good contemporary book, sometimes I want the book to refer to text messages or a TV show, rather than carrier pigeon or pony express.

So, here are my top 5 favorite books in the modern area…and when I say top 5, I don’t mean top 5, these are just the most recent contemporary reads that I have liked.

First up, a “modern classic.”

I love finding books that are retellings of either classic fairy tales or classic books. If I can’t read or handle the actual “classic” I find an alternative version.   

I’ve tried to read Jane Austin’s books, but the language, for me, is hard to follow. So, I found some retellings of the books, and this one was my favorite.

This is a modern-day, retelling of Pride and Prejudice.

Lizzie Bennet is a grad student still living at home with her parents, and her two sisters; beautiful Jane and reckless Lydia. This book is Lizzie’s “diary” of the adventures of her life becoming a YouTuber, meeting the rich and handsome Bing Lee and the difficult William Darcy, and the trials and tribulations of all the Bennet sisters.

I loved this modern adaptation. It was an easy stress-free read, that kept me turning the pages.

I reviewed this book before, but I feel I need to mention it again.

This one takes place in both present and past times. The past date is during the Salem Witch Trials.

Mercy Hayworth is a simple farmer’s daughter with her whole life ahead of her. She is young, intelligent, and most importantly, she is innocent. But Mercy can do something few can do during that time era; she can read and write…she writes stories and she keeps a diary of her life during that horrible time.

Lauren is a college student and is employed by a mysterious older woman to transcribe the 400-year-old journal of Mercy Hayworth.

At first, it was just a job for Lauren to make extra money for college, but quickly Lauren is pulled into the incredible story of Mercy Hayworth and the other young women accused during the trials.

While these women were judged and tried way too quickly, Lauren discovers she has made the same mistake, and unlike Mercy, she can fix it.

While Mercy is a fictional character, the author includes/writes about real people who were accused during that horrible time.

This book, to me, was not only a good read but a good challenge as well. Giving a lesson in judging too quickly and even though you see something as to be true, not everything is at it seems sometimes.

Next up is a Young Adult book.

Last year I discovered Author Kasie West. She writes Young Adult books and has become a favorite author to turn to when I need a simple read. The first book I read of hers, (and my favorite out of all her books) was

This book reminded me of the movie You’ve Got Mail. Which is a good thing because I love that movie.

Lily, is a quirky, music-loving high school student. She wears high tops and sews a variety of patches on to her clothing. She knows she’s a little different, but she embraces it and that’s what I loved about her.

One day while spacing out in chemistry class, a subject that bores her, she scribbles song lyrics on her desk. When she returns to chemistry the next day, she sees that someone wrote the next line of the lyrics. As she starts exchanging notes with this mysterious pen-pal, they discover they have a lot in common.

And so, begins a mystery of who the pen-pal is, and if they will ever meet face to face.

As I said, it has a lot of notes of You’ve Got Mail.

This book was insanely cute, as all of Kasie West’s books are. They are simple, romantic reads that I go to a lot.

I am not a fan of Amish books, but I have found three that I like. This was one of them

Margo Hartman is an international pop star, and she needs a break from being in the public eye, touring, and most of all, her mother and manager dictating her life. On the last night of her concert tour, she’s ready to take a break but instead, she’s bombarded with upcoming events and opportunities. So, Margo decides to leave.

The open road calls and Margo’s stress level lowers with the miles. Until she ends up in a Dutch town in Ohio. A town that is made up of Amish and Mennonite families. And then things get weird. People start to recognize her—but not for the reason they should. Margo has an uncanny resemblance to a local Amish woman, and it is raising all sorts of questions. Especially since Margo is keeping her identity a secret. And when someone tries to harm her, her quick stop in town becomes a bit more permanent.

Sheriff’s deputy Brock Moore is keeping his real identity a secret as well, but for a completely different reason.

Both are determined to find answers, but their mutual attraction stands in the way of either of them doing it alone. As answers surface, will they be the ones they are searching for?

And last but not least

This novel follows two women in search of answers to their past. Their search will bring them to the most unexpected result.

The present-day character, Heidi receives a mysterious letter from her mother seeking her help, she then travels home to Pleasant Valley Wisconsin where she soon learns nothing is as it seems.

Thea is the past character and she is searching for answers about her mother and her past which she knew nothing about. She soon becomes entangled in a mystery in both the people and a mysterious structure on the edge of 1908 Pleasant Valley.

I will give you a bit of a warning, if you read at night, don’t read this one, it is a daytime book.

It is an intricately woven story full of deception, hurt, forgiveness, love, and redemption

One interesting item about the author that she carefully and respectfully brings her readers into the world of special needs.

She shines a light on subjects seldom discussed or explored and brings dignity where scorn and ridicule often are the first thought.

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