Writers Who Read: Our Beloved Fiction Books

Most people have a particular genre of novels they prefer to read. Some enjoy mystery, romance, or nonfiction. But, for many, fiction books are a favorite to revel in anytime. This month, let’s take a look at some of our Forsyth Woman writers’ beloved fiction novels.

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

“The characters, the descriptive language, and the perfect amount of suspense are all the reasons why this book is very interesting,” writer Tabatha Renegar stated about her fiction pick. Where the Crawdads Sing tells the story of the “Marsh Girl” that is said to be haunting Barkley Cove, on the North Carolina coast. In 1969, Kya Clark, the rumored Marsh Girl, is suspected of murdering Chase Andrews. However, Kya portrays a different side of what people believe her to be. She has lived alone in the marsh for years. But Kya soon wants friends and to be loved. Her life takes a turn when two visitors came to town and become intrigued by Kya. According to The New York Times book review, this novel is described as “a painfully beautiful first novel that is at once a murder mystery, a coming-of-age narrative, and a celebration of nature. Owens surveys the desolate marshlands of the North Carolina coast through the eyes of an abandoned child.” Renegar can’t stop praising this book to others. “I don’t know where to begin. I loved this book so much and I truly feel that any fiction reader, man or woman, old or young, can enjoy this story!”

The Fifth Vial by Michael Palmer

Writer Debbie Barr recommends the fictional tale, The Fifth Vial. In the story, readers learn about the life of a medical student in Boston who hopes a research paper will save her career. They are also introduced to a dying scientist in a jungle Cameroon hospital, who is working on a medicine that could save lives and others millions of dollars. Lastly, as for the detective, he is working on a case to determine the identity of a man with mysterious marks on his body that was killed on a Florida highway. Throughout the twists and turns of the book, the three become connected by a single vial of blood, the fifth vial, and an illegal organ transplant trade. “This book is best described as a ‘medical suspense novel.’ “As a writer/health-wellness-medical geek, this hit my sweet spot,” commented Barr. “It is a roller coaster of a read. I couldn’t wait to find out what the ‘fifth vial’ was!”

Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

Author Janette Oke portrays a perfect love story from the Old West in her series, Love Comes Softly. The first novel, titled after the series, tells the story of Marty and Clem. The two are heading out west to build new lives for themselves and their family. However, shortly after arriving, a tragic accident claims Clem’s life, leaving Marty alone and pregnant. Then her life takes a unique turn when a frontiersman, Clark Davis, asks Marty to marry him on the day of Clem’s funeral. In addition, Marty would take on the role of mother to Davis’ daughter, Missie. Left without a choice, Marty decides to accept the proposal on the condition that if she is unhappy in the coming spring, Davis will pay for her ticket back East. Will Marty enjoy her new life or leave to go back home? Love Comes Softly takes readers on a journey through the characters’ lives and it is one that you don’t want to miss. Since its publishing, the classic Love Comes Softly novels have been turned into a popular Hallmark channel movie series.

Narrowing down our favorite fiction novels to a few can be a daunting task, but the three above are at the top of a few of our writers’ lists.



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