Monday, February 02, 2015

Sweet Reading Choices for February 2015



February is a sweet time for a new book, whether it’s for yourself or someone you love. Check out these new offerings from authors who are part of American Christian Fiction Writers, and find the perfect one to curl up with on a cold day. There’s even a new one from our own PASTimes blogger Amber Stockton! More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.


Amish Romance:
Keys of Heaven: A Healing Grace Novel by Adina Senft — Apprentice Dokterfraa Sarah Yoder grows herbs for her tinctures and tries to ignore her matchmaking relatives, but she can’t ignore her budding friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler. Henry has to resist her attraction when his pottery investors decide to market him as Amish – he has never joined the church and doesn’t plan to. When Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway, Sarah oversteps her bounds and finds that God knows best how to heal the heart. (Amish Romance from Faith Words [Hachette])


Biblical Fiction:
The Crimson Cord, Rahab’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith — Rahab’s gambling husband sells her into prostitution. Then spies infiltrate Jericho and she ends up in league with them. She offers her body for a debt she does not owe-what price will redeem her soul? (Biblical Fiction from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)


Contemporary Romance:
Winning Over the Heiress (Heartsong Presents) by Narelle Atkins — Can Sean Mitchell be redeemed? His new boss, Julia Radcliffe, isn’t so sure. After walking out on her a year ago, the bad boy with the surfer good looks is back in her life and determined to keep it that way. It took time and faith, but Sean is finally on the right path. When his past threatens his and Julia’s future, can he convince her that love can overcome every mistake? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Secretly Yours: A Riverbend Romance Novella by Valerie Comer — Chef Lindsey Solberg agrees to cater the church’s Valentine’s Day fundraising banquet as a favor to her teen sister, but she’s shocked to discover the bad boy from her high school days is now Riverbend’s youth pastor. Seriously? How could he have changed that much? Nick Harrison has prayed for years for an opportunity to make amends. Now Lindsey’s back in Riverbend and won’t give him the time of day. What’s a guy to do except leave a trail of gifts from a secret admirer? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck — American heiress Corina Del Rey reignites her career in journalism after a long fog of grief, but her past with war veteran and star rugby player Prince Stephen of Brighton catches up to her. With a little help from heaven and his brother, King Nathaniel II, can they overcome the tragedy of war, move forward, and find love again? (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Serving Up a Sweetheart by Cheryl Wyatt — Renovation contractor Colin McGrath can’t see someone in need and walk away. Which is precisely why, when a winter storm damages his new neighbor’s in-home catering kitchen, he offers his construction skills to fix it, even though he knows he is the last person his former classmate would accept help from. Meadow Larson realizes she’s having the mother of all Mondays the instant her roof caves in during a once-in-a-century blizzard, right before the most important wedding contract of her career. And the only person available to bail her out in time is the last man on Earth she can bear to be vulnerable to again. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])


Contemporary Women’s Fiction:
The Vigil by Marian P. Merritt — In Bijou Bayou fleeing an abusive boyfriend, Cheryl Broussard finds work as a Hospice nurse. While reading a dying patient’s Korean War love letters, family secrets shatter Cheryl’s beliefs about herself and shed light on the reason she first fled her hometown. Can Cheryl deal with the truth and accept a second chance with her family, old friends, and the God she never really knew? (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert — Following in her estranged father’s footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan is climbing the ladder of success providing safe drinking water for millions, when disaster strikes and she learns this kind of achievement often comes with a very high price. (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)


Historical Romance:
The Homestead Brides Collection by Mary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Becca Whitham, and Kathleen Y’Barbo — Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature, the homesteaders are placed in the path of other dreamers with whom romance sparks. And God has His hand in orchestrating each unique meeting. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
 
Brandywine Brides by Amber Stockton — A family of bookstore owners has their faith restored and love multiplied in beautiful historical Delaware. Caroline manages a bookstore while her parents would prefer she marry. Grace seeks a missing heirloom book with the help of a questionable young man. Lillian reopens the bookstore in her brother’s memory. Will each woman’s literature inspired dreams lead her to a man of faith and devotion? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis — When the heiress to England’s largest textile mills travels to Wilmington to restore cotton shipments during the American Civil War, class distinction, political loyalties, and family feuds guarantee trouble for her new romance. (Historical Romance from Harvest House Publishers)


Romantic Suspense:
Fugitive Trackdown by Sandra Robbins — A shy Southern librarian and a bounty hunter join forces to track down her father’s killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey — Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska’s Iditarod race, a growing attraction forces aside old arguments. When a girl is kidnapped, Kirra and Reef are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who also threatens to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen. (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)


Speculative:
Found and Lost (Haven Seekers #2) by Amanda G. Stevens — Violet DuBay has an opportunity to infiltrate the Christian resistance, but what she learns dents her resolve to turn them in to the Constabulary. (Speculative Fiction from David C. Cook)


The Historical Novel Society also has rounded up a lot of new titles from different authors within the genre. Just a few of these include:



  • Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Alphabet House, Dutton (psychological thriller set in WWII Germany and 1970s England)
  • Rosie Archer, The Munitions Girls, Quercus (WW2 saga set in Hampshire in 1943)
  • Jessica Blair, Just One More Day, Piatkus (WWII romance between a WAAF and an RAF pilot)
  • Barbara Taylor Bradford, The Cavendon Women, St. Martin’s (2nd in Cavendon family series set in 1920s England)
  • Hazel Gaynor, A Memory of Violets, Morrow Paperbacks (in Victorian London, the story of two long-lost sisters, whose lives take different paths, and the young woman who will be transformed by their experiences)
  • Susan Meissner, Secrets of a Charmed Life, NAL (in modern Oxford, an American scholar interviews a WWII survivor who is keeping many secrets)



Happy reading!
Leigh

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