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Best barn books – winter 2019

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! The book links provided will take you to paper back purchases, just in case your not an Audible freak like me!!

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5 favorite book titles – Winter 2019

The Alice Network by Katie Quinn

Two very strong and powerful women come together in this novel, one a spy from the Great War in 1915 and the other an American college girl, pregnant and unmarried in 1947. The pairing of these women tells a story of heroism and not giving up, of course a bit of love and a whole lot of determination. In alternating chapters you’ll fall in love with these women and it’s one of the best books I’ve read, IMO!

If you are a fan of The Nightengale or The Bakers Secret from my last recommended list, than I’m confident you’ll fall in love with this story too. {click on the book photo to read more about all the books}

The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catherina Ingelman-Sundberg

Martha Andersson is full of a lot more energy than I have and she’s 79! This light hearted story reminds us that our elderly family members are very full of spunk and completely capable of pulling off the greatest art theft of all time — at least this group from Diamond House retirement is!

White collar crime it’s how I’d like to spend my days, and this humorous book was a perfect easy read after some of the other novels!

Room by Emma Donoghue

For Ma this room is awful, but for five-year-old Jack this room is EVERY THING. Jack and his Ma only watch a little television, they go on adventures, he knows how to read and write, and he has friends like ‘duvet’ and ‘snake’. But Ma remembers what life was like, before she was kidnapped, and spent her days inside this eleven-by-eleven foot shed.

This book reminded me that as parents we are completely capable of helping our children grow in the right direction, it is our responsibility to help them reach all their potentials even when the circumstances are not perfect.


The Olive Branch by Jo Thomas

Confession, I sat on this book for close to six months before reading it, but then I couldn’t put it down. Ruthie Collins does the kind of thing people say dream about, she buys a villa in Italy during a drunken evening with friends! After moving and upsetting the new neighbors Ruthie is determined to yield her first olive crop and move back home, but Marco Bellanouvo is no longer the enemy….

If you are a fan of Under The Tuscan Sun, I think you’ll love this story just as much!

Where The Crawdad’s Sing by Deliah Owens

In Barkley Cove people know about “the marsh girl” but very few people actually interact with her. Kya Clark is a very unique young woman, who is forced to be self reliant and tough as nails. The two men that fall in love with her, change her life in different ways!

I first heard about this book from The Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine book of the month, and I’m so glad I did.


Have you read any of these? Did you love them, or where they not your style? Let me know! Xo, Nicole

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