Wednesday, June 28, 2006

2006 Christy Awards finalists

Since our library has a fairly substantial number of patrons who love to read inspirational fiction, I’ve been trying to read more inspirational books lately. But I’m sad to say that I’ve only read one book off the 2006 Christy Awards finalists list. A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist is a delightful historical romance set in 17th century America, when the Virginia colonies were getting set up. Lady Constance Morrow sneaks aboard a ship to rescue her uncle and then ends up trapped and sailing to America where she ends up getting sold as a tobacco bride. Drew O’Connor, owner of the small farm only needs a maid to look after his baby sister and do housework. After many trials, the two fall in love (hence the romance). I especially enjoyed Gist’s very smooth blend of history, romance and faith. Actually, the historical aspects were quite impressive for a romance!
Alright, back to the Christy’s…the following are the finalists with the winners to be announced on July 8, 2006.

Contemporary (Stand-Alones)
Grace at Low Tide by Beth Webb Hart (WestBow Press)
Levi's Will by W. Dale Cramer (Bethany House Publishers)
Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin (WestBow Press)
Contemporary (Series, Sequels and Novellas)
Living With Fred by Brad Whittington (Broadman & Holman)
Moment of Truth by Sally John (Harvest House Publishers)
The Road to Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro (Steeple Hill)
Historical
Glimpses of Paradise by James Scott Bell (Bethany House Publishers)
The Noble Fugitive by T. Davis & Isabella Bunn (Bethany House Publishers)
Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press)
Romance
A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (Bethany House Publishers)
Chateau of Echoes by Siri L. Mitchell (NavPress)
In Sheep's Clothing by Susan May Warren (SteepleHill)
Suspense
Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo (WestBow Press)
Last Light by Terri Blackstock (Zondervan)
River Rising by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers)
Visionary
Legend of the Emerald Rose by Linda Wichman (Kregel Publications)
The Presence by Bill Myers (Zondervan)
Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock (Bethany House Publishers)
First Novel
Like a Watered Garden by Patti Hill (Bethany House Publishers)
The Road to Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro (SteepleHill)
This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella (Paraclete Press)

Category: Inspirational

3 comments:

Kathy in FL said...

I discovered your site today (7/9/06) while trying to find a listing of the Christy winners for this year.

I agree with your comments on Bride Most Begurdging: it's a great historical romance. I was a evaluator for the Christys this year (Romance was the category I was assigned. I might have preferred to be assigned 'visionary' but ended up enjoying the romance books very much.)

There were 13 novels entered in the romance category and two of the three finalists were my personal top choices. Gist's book was one of them and the other was Chateau of Echoes. I was impressed by both of them.

I do a custom Bookletter for my Library's website on Chrisian genre fiction. I really enjoy sharing with our customers some of the best of the crop of novels available.

Kathy in FL said...

Since I posted last evening, I received an email from the Christy Awards supervisor. Their website is having problems right now but she emailed me the winners.

1. Contemporary (standalone): Levi's Will by W. Dale Cramer [He won last year in this category for Bad Ground]
2. Contemporary (series, sequels, etc.): The Road to Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro
3. Historical: Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs
4. Romance: A Bride Most Begrudging [Ye-e-sss!!] by Deeanne Gist
5. Suspense/Mystery: River Rising by Athol Dickson
6. Visionary: Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock [again: ye-e-sss! This is her 4th Christy in 4 years]
7. First Novel: This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella

Kathy in FL said...

Since I posted last evening I've received an email from a staffer with the Christy Awards. Their website is having problems but she sent me a list of the winners.

1. Levi's Will by W. Dale Cramer (Contemporary) [He won last year in this category for Bad Ground which PW listed as one of the 10 best novels of its year in ANY category/genre]
2. The Road to Home by Vanessa Del Fabbro (Contemporary-sequels, series, novellas)
3. Whence Came a Prince by Liz Curtis Higgs (Historical)
4. A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist (Romance) [YES!! This was probably my most favorite of all the romances I read through for the judging.]
5. River Rising by Athol Dickson (Suspence/Mystery) [The webmaster/reviewer for Christian Fiction Review.com said in his review that if the rest of 2006's crop of novels was like this one, we were in for a banner year!]
6. Shadow Over Kiriath by Karen Hancock (Visionary) [Again: YES!! This is her 4th Christy in 4 years. The first was for Arena which was her first published novel. And she's got one more to go in this "Legends of the Guardian-King" series.)
7. This Heavy Silence by Nicole Mazzarella (First Novel)