Every single book that was suggested was one I had already read.
I have since found the Christy Awards website (although the Wikipedia page can be less cluttered and confusing in my opinion).
I have also discovered the Novel Crossings page which lists award winners from several different awards.
Both of these have been helpful and both have led me to some authors I would never have stumbled across otherwise.
One of my new favorite authors is Chris Fabry. I started with his book June Bug, about a little girl traveling with her father who finds herself on the Walmart wall of missing children. It is the second of a trilogy, but I read this one first and had no trouble figuring out the different characters. Mr. Fabry gives credit to Les Mis and I can see some influence there, but it is a unique and charming story on its own. Perhaps I like it so much because it ends in the Appalachian Mountains. Perhaps it is just because Mr. Fabry is an excellent story-teller. Likely it is a combination of both.
I have read all three of his Dogwood stories, and Every Waking Moment. Now that was a story with which I connected. I enjoy the way the plot unfolds. There are a few twists and turns along the way, but that is not overdone. The characters are nicely developed. Check out the link above for an in-depth review.
It looks like this weekend will be a good one to curl up on the porch with a cup of coffee and a good book. I hope you find these suggestions helpful!