2017 top swoony reads


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Hello, reader friends! Welcome to the seventh day of our year-end celebration! This is the final swoof file (click here if you missed one) but I’m sharing my year-end favorites on Monday!

Genres, time periods, settings… we love them all! SO, what kind of fictional experience are y’all in the mood for?! Not sure? Can’t decide? I’m here for you!

We’re dedicating this final week of the year to the swoof files! Seven lists of ten(ish) books each categorized by swoof, my experience of the reads!

2017 top swoony reads on Faithfully Bookish

Last but not least… swoony reads! Grab your fans and fainting couches, these are the stories that make my knees weak and my reader heart soar! This is by no means an exhaustive list. I’m a big fan of romance so several books which earned spots in other swoof files would certainly qualify here as well. Each of these books has been featured on Faithfully Bookish in 2017 so y’all can get the scoop by clicking the covers below for more about these lovely stories!


A Note Yet Unsung
by Tamera Alexander

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Music is a powerful force! When these characters open up to one another and literally make music together, it makes my reader heart sing!


Just the Way You Are
by Pepper Basham

Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham

Second chances, fairy tales, pixie dust, and closets… this Britallachian story sweeps me off my feet! 


A New Shade of Summer
by Nicole Deese

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

Opposites attract even when they fight it. Plus kids, puppies, and small towns are a few of my favorite things!


Peace in the Valley
by Ruth Logan Herne

Peace in the Valley by Ruth Logan Herne

A hunky crooning cowboy with a heart of gold… need I say more?!


His Steadfast Love
by Julie Lessman

His Steadfast Love by Julie Lessman

“She’s bent on fun. He’s bent on faith. Till true love bridges the gap.” Another mister steady and this author always lives up to her tagline, “passion with purpose!”


The Esther Paradigm
by Sarah Monzon

The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon

 This story “will have readers saddling up their camels in search of the nearest desert cave with its sweet yet steamy romance!” (RT Book Reviews 4½ star TOP PICK) Yeah, it’s that good!


The Girl Next Door series
by Amy Leigh Simpson

When Fall Fades by Amy Leigh Simpson From Winter's Ashes by Amy Leigh Simpson

This is “clean with steam” romantic suspense from the general market so my more conservative fans might need to pass on this one or be prepared to move the fainting couch over to an open freezer.


With No Reservations
by Laurie Tomlinson

With No Reservations by Laurie Tomlinson

These two heat things up in the kitchen with vulnerability and healing.


True to You 
by Becky Wade

True to You by Becky Wade

The emotions run high in this genealogical search and the hero’s position as former Navy SEAL certainly doesn’t hurt!


Just Maybe
by Crystal Walton

Just Maybe by Crystal Walton

When these two let down their defenses, this nanny arrangement definitely has the potential to grow into more!


Which of these swoony reads have YOU experienced, reader friends?
What books would you add?



  1. // Reply

    BETH!! Thank you SO much for including His Steadfast Love in your Swoony line-up — SO appreciate it and YOU!!


  2. // Reply

    What an awesome line-up of fabulous reads. Honored to have a book among them. Nothing beats swoony heroes. Le sigh… 😉

  3. // Reply

    Aww! You are the sweetest! Thank you for including me <3 honored to be included among such wonderful talent here! Xo

  4. // Reply

    Yay for Amy Leigh’s Simpson’s books on this list.

  5. // Reply

    Great list. I read, A Note Yet Unsung and it was wonderful. 🙂 I have Peace in the Valley but I haven’t read it yet. I need to read it in January. Happy New Year!

  6. // Reply

    Thanks for mentioning True to You!! When someone says my book was ‘swoony’, that’s the best compliment I can receive. Much appreciated!

    1. // Reply

      Becky! You definitely have the swoon factor down pat! Thank you for dropping by!

  7. // Reply

    True to You is the only one from your list that I have read. I totally agree with you. Becky Wade has a gift for writing the male POV!

  8. // Reply

    Whoa!! What an honor to be in such amazing company!!! You know I’m a big fan of swoony 🙂

  9. // Reply

    I love this list! Mostly, I love that I’ve read several of these and am thankful for the reminder to move a few more up my TBR stack — especially Amy Leigh Simpson’s. I have 1 of those on high recommendation from Pepper.

    1. // Reply

      Oh yes! Ames writes SUPER swoony!! Like…high octane swoon!

  10. // Reply

    BRAVO, Beth! So many exceptional authors on this list! 🙂

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    Oh my gosh, how did I miss this??? Thank you, Bethy!!! I’m so honored to be on this list with so many wonderful authors…. Happy dancing!

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