New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

July 20, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The writing desk

July 19, 2017
Hauck, Rachel, 1960- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]
405 pages ; 22 cm
"Tenley Roth's first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she's locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration? With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer's block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart's been missing. A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she'll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn't know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own. Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase"--Amazon.com

His guilt

July 17, 2017
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York, NY : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
268, 24 pages ; 24 cm.
Returning to the Amish community that wrongly blamed him for an assault two years earlier, Mark protects the only woman who believed him, Neeta, who wonders at the identity of the real culprit in the wake of new attacks.

A spy's devotion : book one in the regency spies of London series

July 17, 2017
Dickerson, Melanie, author.
Grand Haven, Michigan : Waterfall Press, 2016.
314 pages ; 21 cm.
In England's Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life--but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal--and to fulfill a dying soldier's last wish by delivering his coded diary. At the home of the Wilherns, one of England's most powerful families, Langdon attends a lavish ball where he meets their beautiful and intelligent ward, Julia Grey. Determined to maintain propriety, he keeps his distance--until the diary is stolen and all clues lead to Julia's guardian.

Abiding Mercy

July 13, 2017
Reid, Ruth, 1963- author.
© 2017
342 pages ; 22 cm.
"Sixteen-year-old Faith has worked full-time in her parents' restaurant since she finished eighth grade. She loves her Amish community--and the romantic attentions of her longtime friend, Gideon. When her sister seems to be getting too friendly with Englischers, and her parents are in a buggy accident, Faith wants to escape into her dream of joining the church and getting married. But then a local newspaper runs a story about a child named Adriana who was kidnapped fifteen years earlier, and everything Faith has held true comes into question. Suddenly the community Faith has known her whole life seems unreal. Can she even trust her own family? And how will she ever find home again if she no longer belongs in the world she knows best?"--Amazon.com.

A name unknown

July 7, 2017
White, Roseanna M., 1982- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
428 pages ; 22 cm.
Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family's history, their very name? Peter Holstein, given his family's German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered. But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors' scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he's more than his name?

Egypt's sister : a novel of Cleopatra

July 7, 2017
Hunt, Angela Elwell, 1957- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
374 pages ; 22 cm
Chava, daughter of the royal tutor, grows up with Urbi, a princess in Alexandria's royal palace. When Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra, Chava finds herself imprisoned and sold into slavery. Cast off and alone in Rome, Chava must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God's will for her life.

Beloved hope

June 30, 2017
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2017
330 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Treasured grace.
Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, she lives with her sisters, Grace and Mercy, and Grace's new husband, Alex. As she spends her days tending their flock of sheep, Hope's mind and soul are slowly healing. Yet, though she was once surrounded by suitors, she has no interest in giving her heart again after the man she loved died in her arms. Hope's precarious new peace is shattered when those responsible for the massacre are captured and put on trial. She is asked to testify against them, but she's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days. As Hope struggles to free herself from the pain of her past, Lance Kenner, an Army lieutenant, brings an unexpected ray of light into her life. But what will Lance think of her if he learns the truth behind her anguish? And what secrets lie in his past?

Sweetbriar Cottage

June 30, 2017
Hunter, Denise, 1968- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
311 pages ; 21 cm
"When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down ... Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself and the former love of his life. But then Noah gets a letter from the IRS claiming he and Josephine are still married. Still angry over the demise of their marriage, he confronts her for the first time in months. They discover that Josephine neglected to file the final paperwork and they are, in fact, still married. Josephine is no happier about the news than Noah. Maybe the failed marriage--and okay, the botched divorce--was her fault, but her heart was shattered right alongside his, more than he would ever believe. The sooner they put this marriage behind them, the better for both of their sakes. But when Josephine delivers the final paperwork to his ranch, the two become stranded in his cottage during the worst spring snowstorm in a decade. For Noah, being trapped with Josephine is a test of endurance. He wrestles with resentment and his inability to forgive her, but underneath it all the embers of love still glow. Josephine's very survival depends on her ability to fight the feelings that never went away. And bearing up under the heavy burden of guilt is no picnic either. Old wounds surface and tempers flare as the storm brews outside. But when their situation worsens, they are forced to connect in a way they never have before. Josephine finally opens up about her tragic past, and Noah realizes she's never been loved unconditionally by anyone--including him. Will Noah accept the challenge to pursue Josephine's heart? And can she finally find the courage to trust Noah?"-- Provided by publisher.

Weddings at Promise Lodge

June 28, 2017
Hubbard, Charlotte, 1953- author.
©2017
310 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes.
"Zebra inspirational romance"--Spine.
It's love at first sight for Christine Bender when widower bishop Monroe Burkholder comes to Promise Lodge, but the arrival of a young woman who claims Monroe has "ruined" her leads to complications.

Just look up : a novel

June 27, 2017
Walsh, Courtney, 1975- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2017]
405 pages ; 21 cm.
After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home--a quaint tourist town full of memories she'd just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work--something her eclectic family doesnt understand.

Ascension of larks

June 22, 2017
Linden, Rachel, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
315 pages ; 21 cm
"When globetrotting photographer Magdalena Henry loses the only man she's ever loved, she risks her stellar career to care for his widow and young children on a remote island in the Pacific Northwest. Free-spirited and fiercely independent, Maggie adores her life of travel and adventure. But she has a secret. She can't let go of her first and only love, renowned architect Marco Firelli, now married to her best friend Lena. When Marco drowns in a kayaking accident, Maggie rushes to the Firelli family's summer home on San Juan Island. Once there she discovers that Marco was hiding something that could destroy his family. As fragile, perfectionistic Lena slowly falls apart, Maggie tries to provide stability for Marco and Lena's three young children. When Maggie is offered a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the world's most prestigious photography competition, she thinks she's found the answer to their problems. Then Lena makes a choice with unexpected and devastating consequences, forcing Maggie to grapple with an agonizing decision. Does she sacrifice the golden opportunity of her career or abandon the Firellis just when they need her the most? Gradually the island begins to work its magic. A century-old ritual to beckon loved ones home offers hope in the midst of sorrow. And a guilt-ridden yet compelling stranger hiding on the island may offer Maggie a second chance at love, but only if she can relinquish the past and move forward to find joy in unexpected places"-- Provided by publisher.

An Amish summer : four novellas

June 21, 2017
© 2017
xi, 372 pages ; 22 cm
A Reunion in Pinecraft / by Shelley Shepard Gray -- Summer Storms / by Amy Clipston -- Lakeside Love / by Kathleen Fuller -- One Sweet Kiss / by Kelly Irvin.
Summer storms: Ariana is counting down the days until her wedding to Jesse. They have been friends longer than Arianna can remember, and that friendship turned into love over the past couple of years. But when Arianna's brother Tobias, who happens to be Jesse's best friend, gets them both into trouble, Arianna's father puts an end to her engagement to Jesse. Some summer storms pass quickly, but Arianna is afraid the damage from this one may be too much to repair.

Under a summer sky : a Savannah romance

June 21, 2017
Carlson, Melody, author.
©2017
312 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: All summer long : a San Francisco romance.
"High school art teacher Nicole Anderson is looking forward to a relaxing summer in Savannah, house-sitting and managing an art gallery for a family friend. The house is luxurious in a way that only old money could make it, and the gallery promises interesting days in a gorgeous setting. Yet it isn't long before her ideal summer turns into more than she bargained for: a snooty gallery employee who's determined to force her out, a displaced adolescent roosting in the attic, and two of Nicole's close childhood friends--who also happen to be brothers--vying for her attention. With a backdrop of a beautiful historical city, incredible architecture, and even an alleged ghost or two, combined with the opportunity for romance . . . anything can happen!" -- Back cover.

Fatal mistake : a novel

June 13, 2017
Sleeman, Susan, author.
©2017
387 pages ; 21 cm
"An FBI agent must protect the woman who can identify a terrorist bomber in bestselling author Susan Sleeman's riveting romantic suspense novel. Each day could be her last ... but not if he can help it. Tara Parrish is the only person ever to survive an attack by the Lone Wolf bomber. Scared and emotionally scarred by her near death, she goes into hiding with only one plan--to stay alive for another day. She knows he's coming after her, and if he finds her, he will finish what he started. Agent Cal Riggins has had only one goal for the past six months--to save lives by ending the Lone Wolf's bombing spree. To succeed, he needs the help of Tara Parrish, the one person who can lead them to the bomber. Cal puts his all into finding Tara, but once he locates her, he realizes if he can find her, the Lone Wolf can, too. He must protect Tara at all costs, and they'll both need to resist the mutual attraction growing between them to focus on hunting down the bomber, because one wrong move could be fatal"-- Provided by publisher.

Luther and Katharina : a novel of love and rebellion

June 12, 2017
Hedlund, Jody, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, [2015]
x, 386 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's guide (pages 385-386).
"In the 16th century, nun Katharina von Bora's fate fell no further than the Abbey. Until she read the writings of Martin Luther. His sweeping Catholic church reformation—condemning a cloistered life and promoting the goodness of marriage—awakened her desire for everything she'd been forbidden. Including Martin Luther himself. Despite the fact that the attraction and tension between them is undeniable, Luther holds fast to his convictions and remains isolated, refusing to risk anyone's life but his own. And Katharina longs for love, but is strong-willed. She clings proudly to her class distinction, pining for nobility over the heart of a reformer. They couldn't be more different. But as the world comes tumbling down around them, and with Luther's threatened life a constant strain, these unlikely allies forge an unexpected bond of understanding, support and love. Together, they will alter the religious landscape forever" --Back cover.

Love story : a novel

June 9, 2017
Kingsbury, Karen, author.
©2017
xvi, 335 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Includes a reading group guide.
"Decades ago, John and Elizabeth Baxter lived a love story that is still playing out in the lives of their adult children and grandchildren. But few of them know the exact details of that story or the heartbreak that brought the two together. Now in high school, Ashley Baxter Blake's oldest son, Cole, must write a family history paper for a freshman English class. He decides to interview his grandfather about that long ago love story. John is hesitant, not sure if he can take the sorrow of reliving his love story with Elizabeth--especially now that he is remarried. But he agrees and allows his heart to go places it hasn't gone in decades. At the same time, Baxter family friend Cody Coleman is working through the breakup of his complicated relationship with Andi Ellison. He is determined to move on when a chance sighting changes his plans--and heart. Can Cody convince Andi to give their love another try or is it time for them to say goodbye, for good?"-- Provided by publisher.

Return to Huckleberry Hill

June 7, 2017
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
©2017
363 pages ; 17 cm.
"Reuben Helmuth is plenty bitter. John King, his best friend--or so he thought--is engaged to the girl Reuben loved. Humiliated, Reuben flees from Ohio to his grandparents' home on Huckleberry Hill, where he knows he'll find comfort. He's enjoying wallowing in his misery--until John's sister, Fern, shows up. She won't stop pestering Reuben about forgiveness--or trying to help him find love again. Yet Fern's efforts only reawaken Reuben's long-buried feelings--for her.... With her brother too ashamed to face Reuben, it's fallen to Fern to help mend fences. But as she and the Helmuths do all they can--even organizing a knitting club event filled with eligible girls--it may take one more challenge to inspire Reuben to forget his heartache, recognize his own blunders, and embrace the true love that's right in front of him...."--page [4] of cover.

Cape Refuge

June 7, 2017
Blackstock, Terri, 1957-
Grand Rapids, Mich : Zondervan, ©2002.
385 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
"Not too far off the Georgia coast lies the small island of Cape Refuge. Wade and Thelma Owens run a halfway house there that caters to wayward souls just out of prison. So when Wade and Thelma turn up brutally murdered, the town goes into shock, concerned that one of the Hanover House residents is a murderer who could strike again. When police discover that the murder weapon belongs to the Owens's son-in-law Jonathan Cleary, he's arrested for murder. Shattered by her parents' deaths, Morgan Cleary struggles to keep Hanover House running while her husband sits in jail. Her sister Blair is no help. Blair wants no part of her parents' ministry or their faith. They'd devoted themselves tirelessly to serving God, only to be brutally murdered. Why didn't God protect them? She wants to dump the ministry and sell the house--until her determined search to find the true killer uncovers some startling family secrets. As the killer runs free, a lethal race against time ensues, with far more than Hanover House at stake" --Back cover.

The sweet smell of magnolia and memories

June 6, 2017
McHale, Celeste Fletcher, 1961- author.
©2017
281 pages ; 22 cm
Jacey and Colin shared the three most intense days of their lives together, waiting for help as Mississippi floodwaters surrounded them. Jacey knew Colin was the love of her life-- until her rescue boat went under water, along with Colin's last name and pieces of Jacey's memory. As the maid of honor in her friend's wedding a year later, the last person she expects to see is Colin. The biggest surprise, though, is that the man of her dreams is the preacher. As Jacey's memories come flooding back, she is forced to take a fresh look at herself, and the fact that she's spent her life afraid of love.

Bread of angels

June 6, 2017
Afshar, Tessa, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2017]
xv, 398 pages : 22 cm
Purple . The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world. But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant's daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything. With only her father's secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances-along with her father's precious dye-help her become one of the city's preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can't outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

With you always

June 6, 2017
Hedlund, Jody, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
359 pages ; 22 cm.
When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She's had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children's Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn't want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance. The son of one of New York City's wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother's shadow and is determined to win his father's challenge. He doesn't plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

Amish brides

June 5, 2017
Beckstrand, Jennifer author.
©2017
329 pages ; 21 cm
The reluctant groom / Jennifer Beckstrand -- Joshua's bride / Molly Jebber -- A summer wedding in paradise / Amy Lillard.
"Three brides prepare for their weddings according to uniquely Amish traditions in three novella"-- Provided by publisher.

The farmers' market mishap

May 24, 2017
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
© 2017
205 pages ; 21 cm
"Sequel to The lopsided Christmas cake" - Cover.
"Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma's time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love. Through a mishap at the farmers' market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill--50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won't work for her. Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp. Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?" -- provided by publisher.

A stranger at Fellsworth

May 24, 2017
Ladd, Sarah E., author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

Peace in the valley : a novel

May 19, 2017
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : Multnomah, 2017.
341 pages ; 18 cm.
"In spite of past differences, Trey Walker Stafford would never forget how his uncle, a cowboy and rancher, adopted him and made him part of the family. He'd left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam's wishes and returns discouraged about life and love after tragically losing his wife. Trey feels that he's living a lie, singing of love and happily-ever-afters while dealing with an emptiness within. Will sacrificing part of himself to help Sam fill the void? Or could it come from befriending the single mother who needs help with her farm? Can Trey find the "Peace in the Valley" he's sought for so long?"-- Provided by publisher.

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