Today and next week, I want to share some of my favorite books that are available to download on the Kindle (both fiction and nonfiction). Unless a series is a special Kindle price, the links should have the paperback window available to click on should you want a hold-in-your-hand book. I'm concentrating only on those available for the Kindle because it is taking awhile to get purchases from Amazon.
You don't have to have an actual Kindle, the Kindle app can be downloaded on Amazon so you can read on your tablet or even your smart phone. I have a Kindle Paperwhite that I love because it is easy on my eyes but I also read using the Kindle app on my tablet.
I know I talk a lot about the books by Goudge (Elizabeth, not Eileen) but I also love books by D. E. Stevenson. I first heard of them from my friend, Kristi. They used to be very hard to find so hardback copies were pricey. Now many are available in paperback and some available at an inexpensive price only on Kindle.
Lanier calls D. E. Stevenson "Goudge lite", they are very similar in that they take place in England and/or Scotland but they are less "spiritual" than Goudge's books. Both women were excellent story tellers.
I love the series that includes Vittoria Cottage, Music in the Hills, and Winter and Rough Weather (the American title was Shoulder the Sky). It begins with the story of Caroline Dering in England and continues with the story of her son who moves to the farm of his aunt and uncle in Scotland.
I liked Vittoria Cottage very much but I loved Music in the Hills and Winter and Rough Weather (my copy is titled Shoulder the Sky) because of the way they bring Scotland alive to my imagination.
Info: Vittoria Cottage... here, Music in the Hills... here, Winter and Rough Weather (aka: Shoulder the Sky)... here.
There are a few Kindle "packages" where they put Stevenson books together for one small price, too. They include:
The Bel Lamington Novels (two books) were very hard to locate for a long time. I was so happy to see them come out as a package for the Kindle at such a small price. Both are wonderful and in them we get a glimpse of old friends from the above series of books.
The Novels of D. E. Stevenson is a bundled set of three stand alone books including Still Guides the Stream, Blue Sapphire, and The House on the Cliff. I haven't read them but I did recently purchase the Kindle package to have them available.
The first Stevenson book I read was Miss Buncle's Book, a very amusing light hearted look at what happens in a village when a book is published that seems to be talking about real life people in that village. No one suspects Miss Buncle as the writer. This is a book to read if you need cheering up! A sequel is Miss Buncle Married, which I liked but I loved Miss Buncle's Book.
Info: Miss Buncle's Book... here and Miss Buncle Married... here.
There are other excellent D. E. Stevenson books but I need to get on to some other authors. ;)
I was going to add quite a few books here but this is already long. I will add more next week!
I was asked if there are any books similar to one of my favorites called An Everlasting Meal. (If you haven't read it, do so soon!) There is one similar that I purchased many years ago for the Kindle (the hardback was expensive). It sounds like a downer but it isn't at all. It is called The Feast Nearby. The subtitle is: How I lost my job, buried a marriage, and found my way by keeping chickens, foraging, preserving, bartering, and eating locally (all on $40 a week).
I have read all of this book twice and parts of it a few times. Like An Everlasting Meal, it provides a lot of thought about how we can eat healthier and cheaper by learning to cook and paying attention to our food. Although the author is not a person of faith, it is a very interesting story of how one can be on top of the world one day and have their entire world change overnight... and how that change ends up making her life much better as she learned a new way of living and cooking. It also takes place in Western Michigan, close to where we lived when my daughter was growing up.
Info: An Everlasting Meal... here and The Feast Nearby... here.
Would you believe a book I
Info: Faithful Women & Their Extraordinary God... here.
I plan to be back next week with some more of my favorites to read to "take me away from it all".
Disclaimer: Most links to Amazon.com are Associate links.
Note: Please forgive any typos as I'm trying to write as fast as possible while my internet is acting odd (our poor rural DSL server is getting a lot of strain these days).
Image: The Lord of the Rings film