Debbie Macomber has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Her novels have spent over 1,000 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Thirteen of these novels hit the number one spot. As if that weren't achievement enough, her annual Christmas novels have been such huge hits that five of them have been turned into original Hallmark Channel movies.
Her books celebrate family, friendship, and even a little romance. And they have proven to be perennially popular, so it's good news that readers can revisit some of her classic works—also available in eBook—including That Wintry Feeling, Friends—And Then Some, and The Way to a Man's Heart.
We asked her to name her favorite reads of 2020, and here's what she had to say:
"Now more than ever books are impacting people. We all face difficulties within our lives, and how comforting it is to immerse yourself in a book—my book, another author’s book, any book. Books provide entertainment, an escape, and can even be an inspiration!"
Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
Where the Lost Wander follows the May family as they traverse the Overland Trail in 1853. This story kept me up reading late into the night. Days later, the love Naomi May shared with the half-breed John Lowry lingered in my mind. After reading such a powerful romance, I have two thoughts. One is admiration for the author. And the other—wishing I’d thought of this idea.
The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
This story is unlike any other I've read this year and I loved it! It’s set in 1953 Tehran and begins in a stationery shop/bookstore where Roya meets Bahman. The two begin to fall in love during a time of political upheaval. There is a bittersweet quality to this book, and it really is a must read.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
I so enjoy a story that goes from the very beginning of one life until the end. This story tells of four generations, with Sunja at the epicenter. The setting begins in 1900 Korea and tells of the traumas faced by this family as it endured hardships from the Japanese during this time. Being unfamiliar with these tensions, I was fully drawn into the story. It’s an epic saga and worth the extra time it will take to devour it.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
I’d heard a lot of buzz about this book long before I decided to read it. The appeal came when I heard it involved two rival authors who lived next to each other on Lake Michigan. Augustus writes deep literary fiction and his inspiration well has gone dry. In moves January Andrews, romance novelist who lived a romantic, carefree life, until it wasn’t. Her own well is empty. Then comes the challenge. Augustus will write a romance, and January will try her hand at a literary fiction. That’s where the fun begins. You don’t need to be an author to enjoy this fun beach read.
Author photo by Stephanie Dyane Photography
Debbie Macomber shares four books that provided her with entertainment, escape, and even inspiration in 2020.