Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

As one who enjoys both reading and watching fantasy, it’s interesting to compare book adaptations. The best, like Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Peter Jackson’s interpretations, bring the story to life even at the cost of some of the richness of the books. I keep...

Mitford series by Jan Karon

I find unsettled times a good time to revisit Jan Karon’s 14 books in the Mitford series, set in small-town North Carolina. Karon captures interesting individuals, faces challenges big and small, and sometimes surprises us. But these stories are always full...

Admiral Hornblower by C.S. Forester

For all those who read Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander series (or watched the movie with Russell Crowe), you should discover the first naval adventure series about Horatio Hornblower written by C. S. Forester. Written around the time Britain faced Germany...

The Book of Candlelight by Ellery Adams

This is another mystery somewhere between cozy and mystical. Set in a small North Carolina town where the rain never seems to quit, we return to delightful characters (and meet a few new ones) where the owner of the town bookstore selects book to help people deal with...

Andrew by Jennifer Beckstrand

Jennifer Beckstrand brings us another new series of humorous and heartwarming Amish fiction. In Andrew we meet Betsy Weaver again, the middle-aged Amish woman with hair dyed blue, cats named after rock stars, and a shotgun, but we also meet the irrepressible twins...