Monday, June 01, 2015

Fabulous fiction titles for June!



Hi, everyone! I’m not sure how we got to June so quickly, but do know that there are some great books hitting the shelves this month. Perfect for your reading time when you have a chance to escape the world for a few days this summer! Here’s a rundown, starting with books from all genres by authors of the American Christian Fiction Writers (more in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website).


Contemporary Romance:
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt — A couple who eloped during spring break during their senior year of high school — and then divorced — have to decide whether they should take a second chance at love. (Contemporary Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

A Pinch of Promise by Elizabeth Maddrey — To escape a painful negative image created by her father, physical therapist Rebecca Fischer has constructed an identity completely separate from her past. Helping Ben Taylor, her long lost love, to rehabilitate his knee threatens to shatter her intricate illusions. As Ben digs to uncover the truth of who she is, Rebecca must decide if she will trust any man with her wounded heart. (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Rodeo Reunion by Shannon Taylor Vannatter — Slade Walker, the bronc riding rodeo chaplain breaks all of widowed Raquel’s rules-find a father for her son with a safe occupation, who’s home every night. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Cozy Mystery:
Murder Freshly Baked by Vannetta Chapman — Amber Bowman, manager of The Amish Artisan Village in Middlebury, Indiana, and her young Amish friend Hanna Troyer must find a killer in order to clear an employee’s name. The only clues they have are cryptic poems and pies from the “Poison Poet”-an individual who has been sending notes containing bad poetry to warn of poisoned baked goods. (Cozy Mystery from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])


General Fiction:
Two Roads Home: A Chicory Inn Novel, Book 2 by Deborah Raney — Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before an innocent flirtation and trumped-up charges of harassment crumble it all beneath them? (General Fiction from Abingdon Press)


Historical Romance:
Beyond the Ashes by Karen Barnett – In 1906 San Francisco, a city rising from the ashes, a young widow joins her brother in his cancer research, but Ruby Marshall doesn’t anticipate finding new love. Dr. Gerald Larkspur dreams of filling his empty home with family, but when his friend’s widowed sister arrives to help research, the close quarters seem close indeed. Ruby and Gerald’s fledgling romance is challenged when Gerald develops symptoms of the very disease they’re striving to cure. When time is short, is love still worth the risk? (Historical Romance from Abingdon Press)

Love’s Rescue: A Novel (Keys of Promise) by Christine Johnson — When her mother dies, Elizabeth Benjamin heads home to Key West, determined to transform herself into the perfect Southern belle her parents always wished her to be. But nothing goes according to plan. As family secrets come to light, Elizabeth is faced with a difficult choice: to do her duty and abandon her dreams, or to leave her life of privilege behind to chase the man her father sees as little better than a pirate. (Historical Romance from Revell [Baker Publishing Group])

Family of Her Dreams by Keli Gwyn — A headstrong housekeeper who longs for a family of her own must convince a withdrawn widower she’s the right person to care for his children-and help him learn to live again. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

A Flying Affair by Carla Stewart — Daredevil Mittie Humphreys navigates her heart as well as the skies in this beguiling adventure of grit and determination during the rollicking Roaring Twenties. (Historical Romance from Faith Words [Hachette])

Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley — Pinkerton operative Maggie Michaels travels to Arizona Territory as an undercover mail-order bride to track down the notorious Whistle-Stop Bandit. If she doesn’t prove the suspect guilty before the wedding-she could end up as his wife! (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Now and Forever by Mary Connealy — An accident in the wilderness results in a Matthew Tucker, a solitary mountain man, finding himself hitched to a Shannon Wilde, a woman with a passel of relatives, a homestead, and a flock of sheep to care for. Someone clearly wants to drive Shannon off, but whoever it is apparently didn’t count on Tucker. Trying to scare Matthew Tucker just makes him mad–and trying to hurt the woman he’s falling in love with sets off something even he never expected. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker Publishing])

To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) by Tamera Alexander — A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever. (Historical Romance from Zondervan)


Romantic Suspense:
Permanent Vacancy by Katy Lee — When Gretchen Bauer begins to renovate an old Victorian house with the help of a home improvement TV show, “accidents” start to happen. Could it be a harmful ploy to boost ratings? With many neighbors disgruntled about the inn bringing strangers to their shores, Gretchen has a list of likely suspects. Should she trust the TV show host, handsome Irishman Colm McCrae? She must if she wants to keep her new business venture from turning into a five-star death trap. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Speculative Fiction:
Stealthy Steps by Vikki Kestell — My name is Gemma Keyes. Other than my name, I am utterly forgettable-so those who never paid much attention to me in the first place aren’t likely to notice that I’ve disappeared. Vanished. Oh, it’s much more complicated than that. (Speculative Fiction, Independently Published)


Supernatural Thriller:
The Tuning Station by Chris A Crawford — Atheist Ted Duncan finds himself face-to-face with a copy of himself from a parallel universe; his counterpart, however, is Christian. The pair are given controls to the Tuning Station, a machine that allows them to observe their pasts, and assigned a deceptively simple task: discover the exact moment their lives diverged. Ted believed that it was inevitable he’d leave faith and family behind. But his twin stands as a denial. What single event could have changed everything he knows to be true? (Supernatural Thriller, Independently Published)


And if you’re looking for more mainstream historical books, here are some titles that might interest you. For more info and a more complete list, visit the Historical Novel Society online.


  • Susanna Gregory, A Poisonous Plot, Sphere (latest in medieval mystery series featuring Matthew Bartholomew, a Cambridge physician/sleuth)
  • Lucretia Grindle, The Lost Daughter, Grand Central (novel of lives lost and found, set in Italy in the present and 20th century)
  • Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Keep The Home Fires Burning, Sphere (second in family saga set against the background of WWI, featuring the Hunters and their servants in 1915)
  • M.K. Hume, Tintagel, Headline (first in trilogy set in the Dark Ages, charting the life of the High King of the Britons, Magnus Maximus, a Roman officer)
  • Lucy Sanna, The Cherry Harvest, Morrow (a dangerous attraction between a Wisconsin farm wife and a German POW during WWII)
  • L.J. Trafford, Palatine: The Four Emperors – Book 1, Karnac Books (downfall of the Emperor Nero and its aftermath in the year 68 AD)
  • Sarah Winman, A Year of Marvellous Ways, Tinder Press (Cornwall 1947: unlikely friendship between a 90-year-old woman and a young soldier returned from WWII)


See what I mean? Happy reading, and if you pick up any of these titles and enjoy them, come back to leave a comment later and let us know!

~ Leigh