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The BEST barn books – fall 2018

Chores have taken a turn; I’m doing more on the farm from the tractor seat and by myself; working dirt and hauling manure, milking cows and feeding heifers. I love it – but what I’ve found I love more is listening to my books on audio while I do my chores!

I have always enjoyed reading, but then the job and babies took priority and finding time to sit and fall into the latest novel just didn’t happen… until I tried my first book on audio, and then I was hooked. I want to share my current 5 favorites with you!

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5 favorite book titles – Fall 2018

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse, but after many years on the job she’s taken away from caring for baby Bowers. The parents are White Supremacist and Ruth is African American.

Like many of Picoult’s stories you are drawn in to the judicial system and learn the backgrounds of all characters involved. This book was actually inspired by a hospital in Michigan and a case involving the nurses from labor and delivery. {click on the book photo to read more}

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

My first book by Kristin Hannah and I was immediately swept into Leni’s introduction to Alaska.

Her father Ernt and mother Cora have a passionate and violent marriage, Ernt is a former POW who moves the family to the remote Alaska land, where as winter comes his delicate mental state weakens and Cora and Leni learn to live in the rustic remoteness on their own. {click on the book photo to get your paper copy}

Eleanor Olephant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I fell in love with Eleanor immediately and when the story ended I truly felt like I’d lost a friend.

Eleanor comes from a troubled youth and without disclosing much has learned to live on her own, but until she meets an unlikely friend she realizes she hasn’t been living at all. {click on the book photo to add this book to your Amazon list}

The Bakers Secret by Stephen Harper

Could not put this book away, and listened to it twice!

Emma learned many things in the kitchen from Uncle Ezra, but after years of her small town being occupied by the German’s she’s convinced they will never be saved. She’s required to make bread for the occupying army but finds herself filling the shoes of Uncle Ezra beyond her baking and saving her community. {click the book photo to see ALL the reviews}

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Windgate

I had no idea about Tennessee Children’s Home Society orphanage and as the story of Rill unfolded I was intrigued and saddened that this piece of history happened.

Avery Stafford comes from wealth and privilege, but as she learns more about her grandmother and the lady from the nursing home she finds a truth her parents might not want to know. {click the book photo to order your copy}


Of the ten books I’ve recently listened to these were my 5 FAVS! Have you read/ listened to any of them? What’s next on your must read list?

If you haven’t tried Audible — here’s why I’m hooked. Clicking the link below will take you to Audible. Xo, Nicole

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  1. Pam Pam

    I have read Before We Were Yours. It was great. I will check out the others. Thanks


      Wonderful book! I hope you enjoy one of the others too – and please share suggestions with me too.

  2. Alyse Morgan Alyse Morgan

    Nicole, do you feel like Audiable was worth the splurge!? I am nervous about taking the dive but did my free book within girl wash your face and loved it!!

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