Five Fall Favourites Day 1: Short Stories!

Five Fall Favourites is here!!! Yay!! πŸ˜€ Welcome! I’m so glad to have you stop by! πŸ˜€

I know, I know! πŸ™‚ Here in Australia Spring has just begun . . . But since Autumn is my favourite season, I’m glad to be imagining and thinking about Autumn-y things! πŸ˜›

If you’re a book lover and looking for more books to add to your to-be-read list you’re in the right place! Every day for the next five days, myself and other authors will be sharing five of their favourites from a lovely array of genres. Be sure to stop by the other “party rooms” for more books! And don’t forget to come back tomorrow for more fun! πŸ˜€

You can find links to the other blogs by heading over to Rebekah Morris’s Literary Lodge below! Just click the button to be taken to the Five Fall Favourites headquarters! Also, thanks so much to Rebekah and Sarah for all the work they’ve put into this year’s Fall book party.

Before I share Day One’s stories with you, make yourself at home! Doesn’t the air have a delightful crispness to it as everything starts to head towards winter?! But it can be a bit chilly in the afternoons. So be sure to grab a cozy blanket before you settle down on the porch swing to read your new found books! πŸ˜€

Doesn’t that just make you want to head outside for a relax in the fresh in air?! And nothing beats one of Grandma’s quilts.

Now without further ado, I’m going to share my first five story picks with you! And just so there’s no confusion, I chose to swap out the “Real Heros” category for “Short Stories.” I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge short story person (I prefer to really get involved with the plot and characters over a substantial length of time), but short stories can still be fun every once in awhile! πŸ˜€

Five Fall Favourites: Day 1–Short Stories

Hartly Manor by Amanda Tero

There were six of them . . .
And these six children have an important lesson to learn when it comes to Mr. Hartly and his manor. Is he the scary man that Rees says he is? Or will the children discover something else as they get to know him?

Amanda’s stories are sweet, God-centred, and good for the whole family! πŸ˜€

The Art Contest by Perry Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

Two days ago, the Nazis rolled into Marie’s hometown. With her mother trapped in the countryside and her father ordered to perform piano concerts for the invaders, the 12-year-old’s life is turned upside down. When she learns there is more to her pianist father than meets the eye, Marie must work with him to sneak important information past the watching Nazis.

This is first story I’ve read by this author. I enjoy books set in WWII and this was no exception. It was a sweet story with a well-illustrated point! No matter how things appear, God is always bigger!

A Place Called Lonesome by Jesseca Wheaton

All seems lost for a wounded soldier left behind on Utah beach after the Normandy invasion. As he gives up all hope for a rescue and resigns himself to never making it off the sand, a touch on his shoulder startles him.
Is it possible that help can come from a man who is his enemy? And just where are the hardest battles of the war fought?

Yep! Another WWII story. πŸ™‚ It’s been quite awhile since I’ve read this one. But I know I enjoyed it and that it was a tear-jerker. πŸ™ Writing this is making me want to go and read it again!

Letter of Love: Edward’s Story by Amanda Tero

Edward Dixon is convinced that life is cruel, and he is not willing for anything to change his mind from that. A letter from his sister, Marie, reveals that she views life otherwise.
Will her letter, filled with love and forgiveness, make a difference in Edward’s life? Or will he stubbornly refuse to change before it’s too late?

This a a short sequel to Journey to Love: Marie’s Journey. I enjoyed Marie’s story, but I have to admit that I was probably more moved by Edward’s part of the story! So if you’ve only read Journey to Love, I’d highly recommend that you go read Edward’s story too. πŸ˜€

War and Grace: Short Biographies from the World Wars by Don Stephens

Here is a fascinating insight into the influence of the gospel on the lives of people who lived through the World Wars and the events that led up to them. Read about: The Japanese pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbor. The German pastor who was prepared to suffer imprisonment and death for the sake of his faith. The American airman who was converted while a prisoner of the Japanese and who later returned to Japan as a missionary. The Jewish girl who came to know Christ as her Saviour while in hiding from the Nazis. What did these people, and the others whose lives are told in this book, have in common? During the turbulent events of those momentous years, God was at work in their lives. He brought these thirteen people to trust, know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore to give themselves to the service of others.

Historical non-fiction (or novels and stories based on real people and events) is my favourite genre (with historical fiction close behind!). Reading of God’s faithfulness, even through adversity, is always inspiring and encouraging. We truly serve an almighty, compassionate Father.

I haven’t read all the stories in it yet, but the ones I’ve read have been good! πŸ™‚

. . . the grace of God will always triumph where evil seems to reign.

War and Grace, Don Stephens

And now for the Five Fall Favourites’ giveaway. It’s open to international entries as well (non-Americans will receive e-books instead of physical items). πŸ™‚

Grand-prize = 7 paperbacks, a mug, and an Amazon giftcard!
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Have any of you read any of the short stories above? Which one would you most like to read? πŸ˜€

Hope to see you again tomorrow for Day Two of Five Fall Favourites!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


28 responses to “Five Fall Favourites Day 1: Short Stories!”

  1. Ooh, now I really want to read all of these, especially the WWII ones!! I have a bit of a soft spot for Normandy. <3

    1. πŸ˜€ Yeah, WWII stories can be so inspiring and sobering! Hope you can pick some of these up!

  2. I’ve read Hartly Manor, The Art Contest, and I think I might have read Letter of Love: Edward’s Story. It’s been a while, but from what I remember, I loved The Art Contest!! πŸ™‚ And the grand prize looks amazing…. I really want to read O To Be Like Thee and the others look good too!

    1. πŸ˜€ I only read The Art Contest recently and it’s a sweet little read with a good message! Sounds like you’ve read a number on my list! πŸ™‚ 7 paperbacks is quite a prize, not to mention the other things!! πŸ˜‰

  3. The only one I’ve read here is A Place Called Lonesome . . . but of course, I’ll read anything by Jesseca Wheaton. πŸ˜‰

    1. πŸ˜€ It’s been ages since I read it, but I remember enjoying it too, even though it was sad πŸ™

  4. I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Amanda and Perry! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    1. You’re welcome! πŸ˜€ It’s good when you can find authors who you enjoy/trust!!

  5. I’ve read all of these except #5… WHICH I TOTALLY NEED TO READ. #WWIIobsessed I just loved β€œA Place Called Lonesome” & β€œLetter of Love.” They were sooo good!!
    Also, it’s so cool that you’re in Australia. I’ve always loved Australia! (I’m Canadian. πŸ™‚ )

    1. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ I think you must be the first Canadian to comment on my blog then! War and Grace is a good read. It’s amazing to hear how God has worked in people’s lives even through such horrible times–so inspiring!

  6. I haven’t read The Art Contest or War and Grace! I’ll have to check them out! Lovely post!!!

    1. Thanks, Ryana Lynn!! You should certainly check them out! πŸ˜€

  7. I like short stories when I want something quick to read. πŸ™‚ Great picks! I’ve read all except the last one. Maybe I should check it out.
    Thanks for being part of the party this year!

    1. I’m glad to be a part of it! πŸ˜€ Thanks for asking me! πŸ˜€ It’s been fun putting the posts together and the fun isn’t over yet! πŸ˜‰

  8. What a great list!

    1. πŸ™‚ Thanks! And thanks for stopping by!

  9. Rachel Taylor Avatar
    Rachel Taylor

    I may read the one by Amanda Terro someday.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! πŸ˜€ If you’re after sweet, innocent reads with a strong Scriptural base you should check them out! πŸ™‚

  10. Ooh, these look so interesting! I’ll have to check them out.

    1. πŸ˜€ Hope you find some new favourites, Abigail! And just as an aside, you have the same name as my main character’s mum! πŸ˜‰

  11. All the books look so good!

    1. πŸ˜€ It’s fun finding new reads!

  12. Nice list! I’ve read two of those. πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Molly! πŸ˜€ Seems like a number of people have read some of the stories on my list which is fun!

  13. Brooklyne Avatar

    All those you mentioned sound really good!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Brooklyne! Hope you can read some of them! πŸ™‚

  14. Writer Girl Avatar
    Writer Girl

    These are all going on my TBR list! Thanks!
    ~Writer Girl

    1. Excellent! πŸ˜€ I’m glad you found some new stories! Hope you enjoy them and that they point you to our Heavenly Father and His ways πŸ™‚

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