New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

January 16, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Until we find home

January 15, 2018
Gohlke, Cathy, author.
©2017
xiv, 415 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 413-414).
In the early days of WWII, American Claire Stewart smuggles five French Jewish children across the channel before the Nazis storm Paris, and brings them to her estranged aunt's Lake District estate as refugees. Lady Miranda Langford agrees to take them in, but only if Claire stays to help care for them. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire agrees, and soon fellow American David Campbell challenges her notions of love. A portrait of life on the British home front, reminding us that bravery and family come in many forms.

Under a cloudless sky

January 15, 2018
Fabry, Chris, 1961- author.
©2017
399 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discusion questions.
"A lush and storied coal-mining town--and the good people who live there--in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit. Will the truth about the town's past be its final undoing or its saving grace?" -- tyndale.com.

A courtship on Huckleberry Hill

January 15, 2018
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
©2018
361 pages ; 18 cm
"There's nothing Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth like better than a challenge. And the chance to matchmake their feisty granddaughter is their most delightful task yet... Elsie Helmuth's plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job in Huckleberry Hill. But she's not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won't put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is... Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He'll admit Elsie's ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell - but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he'll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes - and win her heart forever." -- Back cover.

Amish Christmas abduction

January 9, 2018
Lynn, Dana R., author.
©2017
217 pages ; 17 cm.
"Inspirational romantic suspense"--Spine.
"After catching a glimpse of something she wasn't supposed to see days before Christmas, Irene Martello is run off the road and barely survives. More shocking is the backseat whimper of an Amish toddler stowaway and the familiar sight of their rescuer--the man who'd let her down years earlier. Police chief Paul Kennedy fears Irene stumbled onto a kidnapping ring with two dangerous agendas: retrieving the girl and silencing the witness for good. Only Paul can keep them safe for the holidays. Guarding Irene means risking his heart--and his secret--but to save the child and the woman he never stopped loving, it's a risk he has to take"-- Page [4] of cover.

The ladies of Ivy Cottage

January 8, 2018
Klassen, Julie, 1964- author.
©2017
444 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: The innkeeper of Ivy Hill.
Includes discussion questions (pages 443-444).
Living at Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood. She opens a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, then discovers two mysteries hidden among them. The man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Her hostess, Mercy Grove stays busy managing her girls' school. When several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause.

Holding the fort

January 8, 2018
Jennings, Regina (Regina Lea), author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
344 pages ; 22 cm
When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

An Amish courtship on Ice Mountain

January 2, 2018
Long, Kelly, author.
©2017
281 pages ; 17 cm
Nineteen-year-old caregiver Martha believes that Joel Umble, the future Bishop of Ice Mountain, is out of her league until a possible future with Joel is revealed to her in an unexpected way at the creek.

Confessions of a first lady

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Veronica and her husband Marvin served as the heads and founders of “Clover Hill Church of God in Christ” in Atlanta, GA. From the outside looking in, one would never be able to tell that this family had not always been perfect in God’s eyes. The Millhouses had three beautiful children - a son Marvin, Jr., and a set of twin girls Destiny and Dynasty. Even Marvin Jr.’s girlfriend was an example of near perfection. They were admired, loved and respected by their entire congregation. But what happens when buried secrets and hidden indiscretions get exposed for the whole world to see? Everyone has a past. Take a journey with the Millhouse family and find out firsthand how secrets, lies and betrayal can turn a family upside down.

Confessions of a first lady. 2

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2015?]
276 pages ; 23 cm
"Six months after the shocking confessions and drama unfold in the church, the Millhouse family is left trying to pick up the pieces. Nothing is ever what it seems and just when you think you have it all figured out God allows another bomb to drop. Who will be left standing when the smoke clears and can God repair all that is broken?"--Back cover.

Confessions of a first lady. 3

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2015?]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm

Hope on the plains

December 21, 2017
Byler, Linda, author.
©2017
315 pages ; 22 cm
Hannah, a feisty young Amish woman, lives on her family's farm in North Dakota. After moving halfway across the country and struggling to land on their feet, Hannah's family is finally feeling settled. The cattle business is doing well, and other Amish families have moved into the area. Feeling betrayed by Clay Jenkins and unimpressed with her own father, Hannah is hesitant to trust the men around her. Jerry Riehl, intrigued by her intelligence and strong will, will try anything to earn Hannah's respect. Just as the local Amish community begins to thrive, a terrible drought befalls the plains. Hannah's family tries to remain hopeful, but the continuing drought and a windmill fire devastate their business and the community. Running out of options, the Amish families decide to move back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Hannah is faced with difficult decisions: Should she stay in North Dakota or follow the others to Lancaster? Does Jerry deserve her trust?

Out of the ashes

December 19, 2017
Peterson, Tracie, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
331 pages ; 23 cm.
Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited in the 1920s at the Curry Hotel in Alaska, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares of war return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?

Tabitha

December 19, 2017
Kestell, Vikki, author.
[United States] : Faith-Filled Fiction, [2015].
272 pages ; 23 cm.
"Rescued from a life of depravity, Tabitha gives her heart to God and her life to nursing. As this tenacious, redeemed woman perseveres toward her vocation, her temper and stubborn independence threaten to derail her aspirations. Will Tabitha pass the trial by fire that is necessary for God to truly use her? When the Great War erupts in Europe, Tabitha hears God asking her to nurse the war wounded. However, because America has not joined in the fight, Tabitha has few options. Will the elite British Nursing Service make a place for her? Will they accept the services of an American volunteer? And what is Tabitha to do with her feelings for Mason Carpenter, the man who simply refuses to give up on her? Is it even possible for God to ordain a shared future for two such different people, both with fervent callings upon their hearts? How will Tabitha and Mason overcome the obstacles that stand between them?"--Back cover.

Vanishing point

December 14, 2017
Harris, Lisa, 1969- author.
©2017
305 pages ; 22 cm.
It's Garrett Addison's first week on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. His team is called out to a murder scene of a young girl, the third victim in a string of disappearances with one thing in common: a Polaroid photo of each victim left behind at the crime scene. When the FBI is pulled into the case, Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies Garrett blames himself, believing he doesn't have what it takes to be an agent. While he may be done with the killer, the killer is not done with him-- or Jordan.

The gift

December 13, 2017
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2017
242 pages, 16 pages; 24 cm.
"Dangerous accidents are happening to the Schwartz family. While Susanna's father believes the Vance family is responsible and trying to get them to leave the farm that once belonged to the Vances, Susanna has fallen in love with Neil Vance and believes in his goodness. Will they uncover the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse?"-- Provided by publisher.

The crooked path

December 11, 2017
Joubert, Irma, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
xi, 401 pages ; 21 cm
Includes glossary of Afrikaans words.
"As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation. Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend's older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie's dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine. Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them. Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another's company again, and they are given another chance at a life together"-- Provided by publisher.

The Austen escape

December 8, 2017
Reay, Katherine, 1970- author.
©2017
xiv, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Reay (A Portrait of Emily Price) adds to the ever-expanding genre of Jane Austen-themed literature with her latest offering. Mary Davies, an industrial engineer from Texas, has been working on augmented reality glasses for years but her work has been for naught and she has been downgraded to working on batteries. She is also secretly enamored with Nathan Hillam, a consultant working at her engineering firm who will soon be moving on to his next assignment. Her father convinces her to leave it all temporarily behind and head to Bath, England, with her emotionally fragile best friend, Isabel Dwyer. There they will immerse themselves in Austen escapism for two weeks so that Isabel can do research for her doctoral dissertation. Mary and Isabel dress up in Regency clothes and act as characters from Austen's books, and then things quickly get complicated: Isabel suffers memory loss and believes she really is part of the past. In this world of grown-up make-believe, Mary will discover much more than she ever expected about both Isabel and herself, including that Nathan is an important part of both their lives. When he hurries to Bath to help them both, will Mary make her feelings known? Unlike many books written in homage to Austen, this is not a modern retelling of any of her stories, but rather a romp among contemporary Austen fanatics. Readers eager for anything Austen-related will enjoy this clean romance that explores the concept of escapism and what it may reveal about our real lives.

The engagement plot

December 6, 2017
Phillips, Krista, author.
©2017
316 pages ; 22 cm
Six months ago William stole Hanna's heart and then shattered it on television in front of millions of people. Now he is on her home turf in Minnesota begging her to forgive him -- and to pretend to be his fianceé! Despite Hanna's objections and the growing media frenzy, neither of them can fight their growing attraction.

A dog for Christmas : an Amish Christmas romance

December 4, 2017
Byler, Linda, author.
© 2017
209 pages ; 20 cm
"One Christmas morning, while young Amish twins Henry and Harvey are sledding, they find a big black dog wandering in a field. They adopt the Newfoundland and name him Lucky, and he soon becomes their best friend and playmate. When tragedy strikes and Harvey drowns in a spring creek, Henry's only source of comfort is his furry companion. To make matters worse, the Depression is especially hard on Henry's parents who have more children than they can care for. He is sent to live with another family, where he becomes enchanted with Katie Stoltzfus. Eventually, Lucky passes away, leaving a hole in Henry's heart, and he wonders if he will ever find another friend as faithful and loving. As Henry grows up, he has other dogs, but none are as special as the Newfoundland he and his brother once cherished. When Katie marries another man, it seems Henry will never be happy again. Every passing Christmas reminds him of the people and animal friends now missing from his life. Though, no holiday story is complete without a miracle. In A Dog for Christmas, bestselling author Linda Byler delivers a beautiful Christmas story of quiet triumph in the face of lifelong adversity. After years of loneliness and longing, Henry is finally rewarded with a hard-won love, a family to call his own, and a new best friend. Could there possibly be a better gift than that?" -- book jacket.

In this moment : a novel

December 1, 2017
Kingsbury, Karen, author.
©2017
369 pages ; 22 cm
When he receives national attention and criticism for starting an after-school Bible study and prayer program, Wendell Quinn chooses attorney Luke Baxter to help him fight the battle.

The promise of dawn

November 28, 2017
Snelling, Lauraine, author.
©2017
379 pages ; 22 cm.
Minnesota, 1909. When Signe, her husband, Rune, and their three boys arrive from Norway to help a relative clear his land of lumber, they dream of owning their own farm and building a life in the New World. But Uncle Einar and Aunt Gird are hard, demanding people, and Signe and her family soon find themselves worked nearly to the bone in order to repay the cost of their voyage. At this rate, they will never have land or a life of their own. Signe tries to trust God but struggles with anger and bitterness. She has left behind the only life she knew, and while it wasn't an easy life, it wasn't as hard as what she now faces. When a new addition to the family arrives, Signe begins to see how God has been watching over them throughout their ordeal. But after all that has happened, can she still believe in the promise of a bright future?

The quilting circle

November 27, 2017
Lillard, Amy, author.
©2017
294 pages ; 17 cm.
More than friendship -- More than a promise -- More than a marriage.
United by faith, and bonded by their quilting circle, the Amish women of Wells Landing, Oklahoma are there for one another through all life's joys and challenges. Youngest quilter Clara Rose Yutzy is planning her wedding to her longtime beau--which is why she resolutely ignores newly warm feelings for her best friend, Obidiah. But Obie is certain God intends them to be together. With the Lord's help, he'll prove to Clara Rose how much he loves her. Mariana Miller prayed for a child throughout fifteen years of marriage. But now, newly widowed, Mariana discovers she's pregnant--with twins! She's more grateful than ever for her caring community--especially Reuben Weisel, her late husband's business partner and best friend. Reuben's quiet strength comforts her--until he proposes marriage. Tess Smiley is new to Wells Landing and newly married. But her marriage isn't the harmonious union she envisioned. Tess loves Jacob with all her heart, but her heart tells her she must take a stand--and ask for support. Only then does Jacob see how he has hurt her. But is he too late?

Grounded

November 27, 2017
Correll, Angela, author.
©2013
262 pages : map ; 23 cm
New York City flight attendant Annie Taylor is grounded, putting a halt to weekends in Rome and her jet-setting lifestyle. Soon her noncommittal boyfriend's true nature is revealed, and to top it all off, she loses her apartment. With nowhere else to go, Annie leaves the city for the family farm in Kentucky, a place she's avoided for years. She finds a shotgun-wielding grandmother, a farm in disrepair, and a suspicious stranger renting the old stone house. The country quiet haunts Annie with reminders of a past that can't be changed. She tries persuading her grandmother to sell the farm, but is met with stubborn refusal. Yet in the midst of her crashing life, Annie sees a glimmer of hope for a second chance. Jake Wilder is contemplating jumping off the corporate ladder to follow his passion for sustainable farming. He's almost ready to propose to Camille, a girl who wants more, not less. Annie believes Jake is about to make a terrible mistake, but does she have the right to tell him? As the summer heats up, so do Annie's unexpected feelings for Jake and her interest in the land. When a sudden phone call comes from New York, Annie is forced to choose between coming to terms with her past or leaving it all behind.

What the bishop saw

November 21, 2017
Chapman, Vannetta, author.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2017]
347 pages ; 22 cm.
"Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth A wildfire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly, Amish bachelor dead. When Bishop Henry Lapp is told the bad news, he also learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone--Amish and Englischa alike. When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious, God-given gift--one he's tried desperately to conceal all these years--to try and set the record straight. His close friend and neighbor, Emma, encourages Henry to follow God's leading. Could the clue to solving the case be locked somewhere deep in his memory? Will Henry find the courage to move forward in faith and put the right person behind bars? Is his friendship with Emma becoming something more? What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God"-- Provided by publisher.

An Amish proposal

November 20, 2017
Brown, Jo Ann, author.
©2017
216 pages ; 17 cm.
Pregnant and without options, Katie Kay Lapp is trapped between two worlds--abandoned by her baby's Englisch (sic) father, not ready to return to her Amish family. With nowhere to go, she's rescued by the unlikeliest of heroes--the man whose heart she shattered. Months ago, Micah Stoltzfus courted her, envisioned a future with her, until she chose the big city over him. Now bound by duty to protect mother and child, Micah offers a solution--marriage. Though his heart never healed, he still cares for the Amish beauty. He knows he'll be the father Katie Kay's baby needs...but can he show her he's also the love she's always wanted? --Back cover.

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