June In Review

Things are quieting down a little here at Straight off the Page. Summer has begun (at least for those of us in the Western Hemisphere…and even in Scotland that’s a little debatable!) and as such, we’re not spending quite as much time behind computers typing up reviews. But even if we’re not blogging about every book we’re reading, our writers have taken the time to put together their summer reading lists. If your to-read piles for this summer aren’t already overflowing, they will be after you take a look at our suggestions! June also saw a celebration of Amish fiction. Are you wondering what all the fuss is about? Look no further than our articles on the genre. We also had a selection of reviews and interviews covering a wide variety of genres, so we hope there’s something here to suit everyone’s tastes.


Summer Reading Lists

Heather is planning to pick up Judy Blume and Harper Lee’s new releases, as well a healthy dose of Southern fiction.

Christel‘s list is sure to appeal to fans of Historical Romance and Contemporary fiction.

Appropriately enough given June’s focus, Jodie is planning to read a lot of Amish fiction this summer.

If light reading isn’t your thing, Danyelle‘s list might appeal to you, particularly if you enjoy Science Fiction or Fantasy.


Amish Week

We kicked off our celebration of Amish fiction by sharing our most anticipated Amish novels of 2015. Although most of the books we’re looking forward to are romantic in nature, Rachel went on to share some of her favourite books that aren’t all sunshine and romance. Are you a history buff or a mystery fan? There may be an Amish novel out there that appeals to you! Rachel also discusses Amish novels that delve into more controversial and serious topics, including medical problems and the treatment of issues such as PTSD. We also shared a little about some other “Plain” communities who are commonly lumped in with the Amish, including Mennonites, Quakers and Shakers. Think all bonnet books are the same? Not exactly!

Jodie and Rachel also reviewed Amish several novels (both old and new releases) during the month of June:

A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron, reviewed by Jodie

Crossroads by Barbara Cameron, reviewed by Jodie

Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Historical/Romance), reviewed by Rachel

Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman (Mystery), reviewed by Jodie

A Simple Prayer by Amy Clipston, reviewed by Jodie

Her Brother’s Keeper by Beth Wiseman, reviewed by Rachel



Five Brides by Eva Marie Everson (Historical Romance), reviewed by Christel

Centralia by Mike Dellosso (Suspense/Thriller), reviewed by Melissa

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest by Melanie Dickerson (Fairy Tale), reviewed by Marisa

On Shifting Sand by Allison Pittman (Historical Romance), reviewed by Beth

A May Bride by Meg Moseley (Contemporary Romance), reviewed by Jodie

Fifty Shades of Christ by Emily Silver (Contemporary), reviewed by Christel

Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (Historical Romance), reviewed by Jodie

To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander (Historical Romance), reviewed by Beth & Marisa

Paradise Sky by Joe Lansdale (Western), reviewed by Melissa

Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund (Historical Romance), reviewed by Rachel


Melissa interviewed Mike Dellosso about his new release, Centralia, and asked him how difficult it was to write, the health of the Speculative market, and what he finds most helpful in a book review.


Upcoming Content

Although many of our writers are on vacation right now, stay tuned for some more reading lists, including some from our favourite authors!

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