Like Patricia Davids mentioned in a recent post, readers really do like to ask which of the books we’ve written are our personal favorites. I’ve heard some authors say they can’t answer that because it’s like picking between your own children. And while that’s one way of looking at it, I find myself narrowing in on a handful of books that just sort of wormed its way into an extra special place in my heart.
So, as Patricia did, I’m going to share a few of my very favorite books to date. Just don’t tell the others, okay?
Let It Sew (book # 6 in my Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries written as Elizabeth Lynn Casey): While I loved everything about writing this 12-book series, this particular book just resonated with me. It was set at Christmas time, which I love… My daughters helped me mold one of the characters… I got to serve up a little much needed justice (albeit in a fiction sense) to said character… and I adore the cover.
A Churn for the Worse (book # 5 in my An Amish Mystery series): In this book, someone is methodically moving through Heavenly, PA’s Amish country victimizing its people. On one farm, an Amish farmer is murdered in his own barn while his family is little more than twenty yards away, playing games at the kitchen table. At another farm, the contents of a desk have been scattered about as if someone has been searching for something. The one thing in common? An English man who shows up at the door asking for a glass of water or directions. I loved the cat-and-mouse aspect of this story, as well as the way in which Claire, my main character, puts herself in danger to catch the predator.
Éclair and Present Danger (book #1 in my Emergency Dessert Squad Series): To this day, I still think this series was my most creative as it had fun, quirky characters and a unique premise. The fact that emergency-themed desserts were part of the mix was simply the icing on the proverbial cake.
Portrait of a Sister (my first foray into women’s fiction): This book was about me taking a chance on me. I had a pull to write a bigger book, one the delved into life altering choices and the emotion behind them. And then, to have Delilah of Delilah radio select it as her July 2018 Book Club Pick? I’m still speechless at times when I think about that… Haven’t read it yet? Well, you might be pleased to know that Portrait of a Sister is just 2.99 in the e-book format this month—a huge sale, for sure. But hurry, this unbelievable price won’t last long!!
A Daughter’s Truth (my second foray into women’s fiction): There is something about this book that has stayed with me since the moment I started writing it. Because no matter who you are, you’ve undoubtedly found yourself standing at a crossroad in life—the kind that leaves you gasping for air, your head reeling. And in that moment, we all have to decide if we’re going to let the “thing” that put us there beat us, or if we’re going to pick up and keep moving. It’s a story I think we can all relate to for that reason and so far, readers seem to agree. If you haven’t picked up this book, I hope you give it a try.
There you go. My top five books—in no particular order—of the 33 I’ve had published to date. If you haven’t read them yet, I hope you consider giving them a try. And remember, that 2.99 price for the digital version of Portrait of a Sister will not last long. When September wraps up, so, too, will that price.
Have you read any of the books on this list?
Laura Bradford is the national bestselling author of over 30 books, including the newly released women’s fiction novel, A Daughter’s Truth. Portrait of a Sister, her first women’s fiction novel was a July 2018 Book Club Pick for Delilah of Delilah Radio and a Summer Book Club pick for Southern Lady Magazine. For more information about Laura and her books, visit: www.laurabradford.com