As many of you know, Heartsong Presents asks the club members to vote on their favorite book from the series each year. We post those results in January after members have received all thirteen shipments of books and have had a chance to send in their votes.
Well, on my “front end” of the job, I have overseen all thirteen cycles of 2008 through the copy edit process and am well into working on the 2009 releases. I was talking to Becky on Monday about how I could let readers, authors, and hopeful authors know my favorite Heartsongs from 2008. I wanted to be careful in doing this because it is not my desire to hurt any author’s feelings who doesn’t make “the list.” Authors and editors work hard on each Heartsong to make it the very best it can be. That said, there are some Hearstong books that shine a little brighter than the rest in my mind and are the ones I enjoyed working on the most. And so with this post, I’d like to start a tradition of making a Heartsong Presents Editor’s Picks list each year.
To make this list as fair as possible, my trusty content review editor Rachel Overton gave me her input, as well. That’s because while I do acquire each book and oversee the editing process of it, I do not read all 52 titles per year word-for-word. But between the two of us, we do read every story completely.
So, without further ado, here are the 2008 (HP#777 - #828) Heartsong Presents Editor’s Picks:
#1 – Walk with Me (#822) by Becky Melby and Cathy Wienke
#2 – Out of the Blue (#806) by Janice A. Thompson
#3 – Buffalo Gal (#818) by Mary Connealy
#4 – In Pursuit of Peace (#802) by Jennifer Johnson
#5 – Only Today (#805) by Jeri Odell
#1 – (This one’s a tie for first place for a three-book series set in New Hampshire that all release in 2008) Return to Love (#800), A New Joy (#811), and Abiding Peace (#827) by Susan Page Davis
#2 – A Time to Laugh (#787) by Kelly Eileen Hake
#3 – Alias, Mary Smith (#824) by Rachel Druten
#4 – Wild at Heart (#816) by Vickie McDonough
#5 – A Treasure Reborn (#795) by Pamela Griffin
There you have ‘em! If you can’t read every Heartsong every year, then those are the ones I’d most recommend reading from 2008. Now I’m curious to see how my picks compare with reader favorites in January!