New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

March 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The heart's appeal

March 16, 2018
Delamere, Jennifer, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
376 pages 22 cm.
Strong-minded and independent Julia Bernay comes to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. She witnesses a serious accident, and through her quick actions saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. Coming from a family that long ago lost its money and its respectability, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought was impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to rise above his family's stigma and set him on the path to wealth and recognition. But his well-laid plans are upended when the accident brings Julia into his life. Michael soon discovers he's met a woman every bit as stubborn and determined to make her mark on the world as he is. Sparks fly--but will they find common ground?

His risk : the Amish of Hart County

March 14, 2018
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
265, 14 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More... in the last 14 pages of the book.
When DEA agent Calvin Fisher returns to the Amish community he left at the age of fourteen, he falls for the local nursery school teacher, Alice, but soon a spike in criminal activity leaves Calvin wondering if he has brought danger to the community.

Beyond the reflection's edge

March 12, 2018
Davis, Bryan.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, ©2008.
384 pages ; 21 cm
After losing his parents, an investigator and a renowned violinist, sixteen-year-old Nathan joins forces with the daughter of a family friend to carry on his father's work, which leads them through a strange mirror into another world where dark forces await them.

In places hidden

March 2, 2018
Peterson, Tracie, author.
316 pages ; 21 cm.
1905. Caleb Coulter, a lawyer, went missing three months ago. His sister, Camriann, heads to San Francisco to find him. She meets Judith and Kenzie, who also have mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. Camri's search leads her deep into the political corruption of the city-- and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, an Irishman who Caleb saved from a false murder charge. Together they see the truth, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers of the city?

If I live

March 1, 2018
Blackstock, Terri, 1957- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2018]
331 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
THE HUNT IS ALMOST OVER. Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she's running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It's only a matter of time before someone recognizes her. Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan's life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

Across the blue : a novel

March 1, 2018
Turansky, Carrie, author.
Colorado Springs : Multnomah, 2018.
341 pages ; 21 cm
"Set in Edwardian England and ideal for readers who enjoy Julie Klassen novels, this romance about an English aviation pioneer and the girl who falls in love with him is filled with adventure and faith. Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents don't approve. They want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the English Channel, but only if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year. When James Drake, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson's new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson's newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret. James wants to win Bella's heart, but his background and lack of social standing make it unlikely her parents would approve. If he fails to achieve his dream, how will he win the love and respect he is seeking? Will Bella's faith and support help him find the strength and courage he needs when unexpected events turn their world upside down?"-- Provided by publisher.

Kill shot : a novel

March 1, 2018
Sleeman, Susan, author.
387 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Fatal mistake.
Includes reading group guide.
"Some fears haunt you forever. As the ballistics and weapon's expert for the FBI's special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets--which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper--would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong. Until they become reality. When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it's clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren't the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success in counseling military veterans with PTSD. When she discovers one of her clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI's prime witness, and suspect. Despite the mutual attraction that immediately sparks between them, Rick can't--no he won't--let Olivia interfere with his investigation. But when the sniper trains his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn't a kill shot that takes Olivia out"-- Provided by publisher.

The lost castle : a novel

March 1, 2018
Cambron, Kristy, author.
371 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother's bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret. Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too--where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer's and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family's history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty--a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault's beloved fairy tale--Ellie embarks on a journey to France's Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever"-- Provided by publisher.

Phoebe's light

March 1, 2018
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
344 pages ; 22 cm.
Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes. Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. --Back cover.

A refuge assured

March 1, 2018
Green, Jocelyn, author.
413 pages ; 22 cm
"Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge? Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate the land of his hard-won farm near Azilum, but soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they will be drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long." -- Back cover.

The sea before us

March 1, 2018
Sundin, Sarah, author.
373 pages ; 22 cm.
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans. As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship turns to love. Dorothy must resist its pull. Her bereaved father depends on her, and her heart already belongs to another man. Wyatt too has much to lose. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.

Who the bishop knows

February 28, 2018
Chapman, Vannetta, author.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2018]
347 pages ; 22 cm.
"Every year, residents of the small Amish community in Monte Vista, Colorado, look forward to the Ski Hi Stampede, the state's oldest professional rodeo. The rodeo is always good, clean entertainment for the hardworking farmers of the San Luis Valley. But this year, the Stampede turns deadly for one Amish man. Did rodeo fans see an unfortunate accident? Or something more sinister? Amish bishop Henry Lapp is known far and wide for his uncanny ability to draw and remember the smallest details of anything he's seen, skills that have served him well in past investigations. He was at the rodeo that day. The problem? He didn't see Jason Scott's death. With a murderer on the loose and members of his community being threatened, Henry must act fast. But can he solve a crime he didn't see? This time around, Henry will have to rely on his keen sense of human character and observation, skills he's honed in his role as bishop, if he hopes to crack the case. What the Bishop Knows is a story of accepting our talents, putting one another first, and trusting that God will care for His children"-- Provided by publisher.

All things bright and strange

February 8, 2018
Markert, James, 1974- author.
xiv, 354 pages ; 22 cm
"In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they've found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms. The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality once and for all. Until he finally takes notice of the changes in his town ... and the cardinals that have returned. Upon the discovery of a small chapel deep in the Bellhaven woods, healing seems to fall upon the townspeople, bringing peace after several years of mourning. But as they visit the "healing floor" more frequently, the people begin to turn on one another, and the unusually tolerant town becomes anything but. The cracks between the natural and supernatural begin to widen, and tensions rise. Before the town crumbles, Ellsworth must pull himself from the brink of suicide, overcome his demons, and face the truth of who he was born to be by leading the town into the woods to face the evil threatening Bellhaven"-- Provided by publisher.

Liza's second chance

February 8, 2018
Jebber, Molly, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
293 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes and glossary.
"Zebra inspirational romance"--Spine.
Liza Schrock had an unhappy arranged marriage and the bakery was her haven. Now, she's happy to bake and remain single even though a handsome new bachelor is in town.

The view from Rainshadow Bay

February 6, 2018
Coble, Colleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2018]
335 pages ; 22 cm.
"Her photographs capture the beauty of Puget Sound. Do they also expose a darkness that someone would kill to keep buried?"--Provided by publisher.

The Saturday Night Supper Club

February 6, 2018
Laureano, Carla, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
xii, 401 pages ; 22 cm.
Denver chef Rachel Bishop won a James Beard Award and heads up her own fine-dining restaurant-- until she is the target of a smear campaign. Alex Kanin was highlighting the pitfalls of online criticism-- and destroyed the career of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt, he agrees to help rebuild Rachel's tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, can Rachel give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

Harp on the willow

February 2, 2018
Hoff, B. J., 1940- author.
302 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"West Virginia, 1869 Three years ago, Dr. Daniel Kavanagh settled down in the quaint town of Mount Laurel and established a medical practice there. The single doctor has been nursing an unrequited crush on Serena Norman, the local schoolteacher. Just down the road lies the coal mining town of Owenduffy, considered by most in Mount Laurel to be a backwoods hamlet. When the mine company's doctor abandons his post, Daniel agrees to visit one day a week, much to the consternation of his fellow residents, including his secret love, Serena. Addie Rose, the daughter of an Owenduffy coal miner, has a gift for caring for others. When a receptionist position in Daniel's office suddenly becomes available, what windows of opportunity will God open for Addie Rose--just a job, a possible career as a nurse, or maybe something more? Harp on the Willow is a touching tale of true love, the kind that can only come from a Savior who first loved us"-- Provided by publisher.

Beneath the summer sun

January 31, 2018
Irvin, Kelly, author.
xii, 369 pages ; 22 cm
Jennie Troyer knows it's time to remarry, and with two men pursuing her, she doesn't have to look far. But after the pain she's experienced, can she open her heart to love? It's been four years since Jennie's husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it's time to shed her grief and remarry for the sake of her seven children. What they don't know is it isn't grief that's holding her back, but rather a fear of a repeat of her abusive marriage. Paul Graber has known--and loved--Jennie since they were children, and he'd hoped to court her when they were teenagers. But when he was fourteen, Paul's father died suddenly in his arms. Ever since he's been afraid of the searing pain of loss that comes from opening himself up to love. Now Jennie's free again and he's fighting to have the courage not to lose her a second time. Nathan Walker is a Mennonite book salesman who makes it a point to stop by Jennie's farm as often as he can. He's grown to care for her, but he knows he has no right to court her unless he resolves his own struggle with his faith. He will have to change everything about his life in order to join the Jamesport Amish community. But would he be embracing a new life or running from his old? The path isn't clear for any of them. These three people, drawn together by circumstances and God's plan, must come to grips with their pasts in order to discern God's plan for their futures and find peace beneath the summer sun.

Love by the numbers

January 31, 2018
Hilton, Laura V., 1963- author.
272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"After a buggy accident claims the life of her fianc⥠Lydia Hershberger makes a fresh start in Jamesport, Missouri, managing a gift store, where she meets Caleb Bontrager, the young man hired to do the bookkeeping. When false allegations by the bishop back home catch up with Lydia, can she clear her name and find lasting happiness?"--Provided by publisher.

The celebration

January 29, 2018
Brunstetter, Wanda E, author.
Uhrichsville, OH : Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2018]
316 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.

Isaiah's daughter : a novel of prophets & kings

January 29, 2018
Andrews, Mesu, 1963- author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook, 2018.
xi, 387 pages : map ; 21 cm
Includes a reader's guide.
"In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king. Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation. "Andrews (The Pharaoh's Daughter) offers her unique brand of in-depth Bible knowledge and storytelling flair... [she] is gifted at bringing the past to life..."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.

Steal away home

January 24, 2018
Coffey, Billy, author.
376 pages ; 22 cm
"Includes discussion questions"--Page 4 of cover.
"Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of those loves ruined him. Now he's counting on the other to save him. Baseball always came easy for Owen Cross. His innate talents were honed beneath the stiff hand of a father who wanted nothing more than for his son to succeed where he had failed. The girl was a little more complicated. Owen loved Micky Dullahan from the first time they met, on a lonely hill overlooking the depressed area where her troubled family had always lived. But she was from the wrong side of the tracks, and so that spot became their haven, the one place they could be together without worry of class or reputation. Owen's career progresses just as everyone expects: college, the minors, even a few stints in the big leagues. But it is on a major league field that he has the epiphany that he has always given everything to baseball--and yet it cannot love him back. Micky's advice comes back to haunt him. "You've got a second chance to love what will always love you back." And so he returns home to that hill, to the last place he ever saw her, finally ready to stop running away"-- Provided by publisher.

The masterpiece

January 22, 2018
Rivers, Francine, 1947- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
ix, 496 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Struggling to make a home for herself and her five-month old son Samuel, Grace Moore accepts a position as a personal assistant to Roman Velasco, a temperamental successful artist.

Flying blind

January 19, 2018
Jackson, Dave, 1944- author.
271 pages ; 22 cm
Nick Archer is a bush pilot for the Missionary Aviation Support Team when a boarding school in remote south-central Columbia is attacked. He escaped, but Terri Kaplan, the school nurse, is kidnapped along with two other staff members, one of whom is later killed while the other escapes. When Nick loses his vision from neglecting his eye problems at the very moment he has a chance to save Terri, he ends up flying blind.

Seeds of hope

January 18, 2018
Cameron, Barbara, 1949- author.
269 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows--and she loves her quiet way of life. Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country. But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time"--Back cover.

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