New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

January 13, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The returning

January 12, 2017
Dekker, Rachelle, author.
©2016
xiii, 415 pages ; 22 cm.
"Seer series."
As the Seers send warriors to rescue Elise and bring restoration to the Authority City, ultimate victory in this battle against the powerful forces of evil rests with the strangely powerful girl who has felt forgotten but was never abandoned.

Just a kiss : a Summer Harbor novel

January 12, 2017
Hunter, Denise, 1968- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
324 pages ; 22 cm
Includes an excerpt from Barefoot Summer.
"Riley Callahan's plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are ruined when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan"-- Provided by publisher.

For the record

January 6, 2017
Jennings, Regina (Regina Lea), author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
329 pages ; 22 cm
"Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle's newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she's ever had comes riding into town. Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he's the law in this town--and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes. The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies' pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he's definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero--and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him" -- provided by publisher.

Conspiracy of silence

January 6, 2017
Kendig, Ronie, author.
©2016
413 pages ; 22 cm.
Four years after a tragic mission decimated his career and his team, Cole "Tox" Russell is persona non grata to the United States. And that's fine --he just wants to be left alone. But when a dormant, centuries-old disease is unleashed, Tox is lured back into action. Partnered with FBI agent Kasey Cortes, Tox has to pull together a team to begin a globe-spanning search for answers --and a cure. As their quest leads them from continent to continent, it slowly becomes clear they're not just fighting a plague --but battling against an ancient secret society whose true goals remain hidden. With time running out and opposition growing on every side, the key to everything may rest in an antique codex, the Crown of Jerusalem --but will Tox and his team be able to trust each other enough to break this century-spanning conspiracy of silence?

The innkeeper of Ivy Hill

January 5, 2017
Klassen, Julie, 1964- author.
©2016
444 pages : map ; 23 cm.
Includes discussion questions (pages 443-444).
"Tales from Ivy Hill, book one"--T.p.
When her husband dies suddenly, Jane Bell becomes the reluctant landlady of The Bell, an inn in the village of Ivy Hill. Jane has no idea how to manage a business, but with the town's livelihood at stake and a large loan due, she must quickly find a way to save the inn. Despite their strained relationship, Jane turns to her mother-in-law, Thora, for help.

Queen

January 5, 2017
Larson, R. J., author.
Atlanta, GA : Elk Lake Publishing, ©2015.
366 pages : maps ; 23 cm
"Fantasy inspired by the Book of Esther… Bel-Tygeon, the fallen god-king of Belaal, has bowed to the Infinite and accepted life as a mortal. Now he is desperate to return to his kingdom. Hunted by his enemies, he accepts refuge among the Eosyths, at the bidding of Serena of Clan Darom. But Serena and her family are also Bel-Tygeon’s enemies, and he must conceal his true name and royal rank from them--even when he realizes that Serena is the woman he has sought for years. The woman he loves. The woman he longs to proclaim as his queen. Yet she can never be his. Serena of Clan Darom wants nothing more than to protect her family and to save her people, the Eosyths, from their many enemies. She cannot afford to fall in love with a madman. A stranger. Yet honor dictates that she must shelter Ty and protect him with her life. Will one act of kindness destroy everything she’s worked for and believed? And how can the unknowable Infinite, worshiped by her lord-father, ever help her in their struggle to survive?"--Provided by publisher.

Christmas cookie mystery

January 3, 2017
Miller, Naomi, author.
©2016
166 pages ; 21 cm
Includes recipe index (page 166).
"Amish Sweet Shop mystery."
"With a winter chill settling in and Christmas right around the corner, no one would expect a mystery, but a mystery does indeed appear... Katie Chupp is spending her days catering to the holiday rush, but she soon finds herself in the midst of a secret project that attracts more attention than she wants. And when one local family finds a very unexpected surprise at their door, this is one mystery that may never be solved... even by Katie."--Page 4 of cover.

Blueberry cupcake mystery

January 3, 2017
Miller, Naomi, eauthor.
©2016
109 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Amish Sweet Shop mystery."
"Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and making delicious treats...not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem. But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief...besides finding another place to do the baking and get orders to the customers. Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town's Independence Day Celebration?"--Page 4 of cover.

It is well

December 23, 2016
Shipman, James D., author.
©2016
308 pages ; 21 cm.
"Jonathan Beecher, a middle-aged widower and small-town store owner, has never asked for much. But lately, all too much is being asked of him. The bombing of Pearl Harbor plunges America into World War II and deeply fractures Jonathan's own family. His eldest son, a civilian contractor, is trapped on a Japanese-occupied island in the Pacific. Jonathan's freckless younger son ignores his father's pleas to stay home and joins the army. And his bright, devoted daughter, who Jonathan hoped would go to college, elopes with a brutally abusive man instead. Jonathan has always met adversity with quiet faith, but as his emotional and financial losses accumulate, so do his doubts. In the midst of his pain, Sarah, a widow herself, emerges as a kind, compelling friend. Powerfully drawn to Sarah, Jonathan struggles to remain true to his late wife." -- Provided by publisher.

The cherished quilt

December 21, 2016
Clipston, Amy, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2016]
xiii, 305 pages ; 22 cm.
"Emily Fisher is eager to meet the new employee at her father's shop in Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania. But when Christopher Hochstetler arrives, his cold demeanor freezes her attempts at building a friendship. Longing for a fresh start, Christopher travels from Ohio to Bird-in-Hand to work at his uncle's shop. Christopher's heart is still wounded from memories of home, and making new friends is the last thing on his mind--he knows the pain that comes with losing those you love. When Emily is kind to him, he tries to remain distant, but he soon finds himself stealing glances at her throughout the day. When Christopher shares his tragic reasons for leaving home, Emily decides to make a quilt for him as a gesture of their friendship. Even though he is not a member of the church, she's found someone with whom she can imagine a future. The two are quickly falling in love when a family emergency calls Christopher back to Ohio without warning. Emily finishes the quilt, in spite of her pain. But when Christopher receives it, will he have the courage to follow his heart?"-- Provided by publisher.

Amish Christmas blessings

December 12, 2016
Perry, Marta, author.
New York : Harlequin Love Inspired, 2016.
220 pages ; 17 cm.
The midwife's Christmas surprise / Marta Perry -- A Christmas to remember / Jo Ann Brown.
The midwife's Christmas surprise by Marta Perry -- "Three years ago, the man Anna Zook hoped to marry left her and their Amish community for the English world. Now devoted to proving her abilities as a midwife, Anna has given up on marriage and children for herself. But when Benjamin Miller returns, now a changed man, can delivering a Christmas baby reunite these two hurting hearts? "--Pg. 4 of cover.

Plain Christmas : a plain fame novel

December 5, 2016
Price, Sarah, 1969- author.
©2016
254 pages ; 21 cm.
It's been nine years since Cuban singer Alejandro Diaz's limousine collided with a young Amish woman named Amanda Beiler as she was crossing a New York City street; an accident that ignited the couple's cross-cultural romance. Amanda loves her husband and their three children, but their fast-paced, lavish Miami lifestyle troubles her. Will her kids grow up never knowing what it's like to simply be, without chauffeurs, social media, and paparazzi complicating their lives? When she receives a letter from her mother in Pennsylvania inviting the family to visit for Christmas, she seizes the chance to show her children a different way of life.

Back in the saddle : a novel

December 5, 2016
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : Multnomah Books, 2016.
309 pages ; 21 cm.
"Here comes a captivating western romance and family-centered drama with a heart of gold, featuring plenty of cowboys and family drama, from prolific author and networker Ruth Logan Herne"-- Provided by publisher.

The cottage

December 5, 2016
Phillips, Michael R., 1946- author.
©2016
405 pages : genealogical table, map ; 23 cm.
"In the Shetlands, Loni Ford discovers her inheritance is not at all what she expected, nor is local leader David Tulloch. A city girl at heart, she is surprised at how much she enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of the place. But change threatens that peace, as does a dangerous man intent on controlling the island--and Loni is all that's standing in his way"-- Provided by publisher.

Home on the range : a novel

December 5, 2016
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
©2016
303 pages ; 21 cm.
"Can the brother left behind and a woman without hope work together for the good of two precious children? Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family's large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions--but his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. He'd be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick's wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans. For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Gray's Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble. Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?"-- Provided by publisher.

The shattered vigil

December 5, 2016
Carr, Patrick W., author.
©2016
457 pages : map ; 22 cm
Their victory over the dark forces during the feast of Bas-solas should have guaranteed safety for the continent. Instead, Willet and the rest of the Vigil discover they've been outsmarted by those seeking to unleash the evil that inhabits the Darkwater. Jorgen, the member of the Vigil assigned to Frayel, has gone missing, and new attacks have struck at the six kingdoms' ability to defend themselves. Just when the Vigil thought they had quenched the menace from their enemy in Collum, a new threat emerges: assassins hunting the Vigil, men and women who cannot be seen until it's too late. The orders of the church and the rulers of the kingdoms, fearing the loss of the Vigil's members altogether, have decided to take them into protective custody to safeguard their gift. On Pellin's orders, the Vigil scatters, leaving Willet to be taken prisoner by the church in Bunard. In the midst of this, Willet learns of the murder of an obscure nobleman's daughter by one of the unseen assassins. Now he must escape his imprisonment and brave the wrath of the church to find the killer in order to turn back this latest threat to the northern continent.

Tangled webs : a novel

December 5, 2016
Hannon, Irene, author.
©2016
358 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Thin ice.
"After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not."--Provided by publisher.

The inheritance

December 5, 2016
Phillips, Michael R., 1946- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
428 pages ; 22 cm.
"Despite her business success in Washington, DC, a woman troubled by questions about her roots and identity receives a surprising letter from a solicitor's firm; meanwhile, the death of a clan patriarch in Scotland's Shetland Islands paralyzes the economy of an entire community"--Provided by publisher.

Healing Ruby : a novel

December 1, 2016
Westall, Jennifer H., author.
©2014
4, 363 pages ; 23 cm

Another day, another Dali : a Serena Jones mystery

November 21, 2016
Orchard, Sandra, author.
©2016
344 pages ; 22 cm.
When her grandmother asks her to look into a friend's forged Dali painting, Serena Jones finds herself enmeshed in a case involving a ring of art thieves with ties to corrupt cops and her grandfather's murder.

Because it's Christmas

November 21, 2016
Spencer, Katherine, 1955- author.
©2016
x, 341 pages ; 24 cm
"The holiday season brings changes and challenges to many in Cape Light. But on one silent night, peace and harmony will prevail. Sophie Potter is grateful for so many happy years among her beloved apple trees. But her family insists that she can no longer live alone. So Sophie makes a deal to spend one last Christmas on Potter Orchard. Luckily, her grandson James arrives in time to help her make plans for the best holiday gathering Cape Light has ever seen. James isn't planning on staying in Cape Light. An aspiring writer, he's eager for adventure and plans to take off on a trip around the world. But once James meets Zoey Bates, he starts to understand that leaving Cape Light might cost him the greatest adventure of all--falling in love. Meanwhile, after more than fifteen years as Cape Light's mayor, Emily Warwick has lost the election to her lifelong rival, Charlie Bates. Emily is delighted to have more time for her family, but when a group of citizens begin fighting to preserve the town's character, Emily can't shake her desire to protect her town. Soon she finds herself back on a familiar battleground with Charlie and her family. It's not the place anyone wants to be. Especially on Christmas"-- Provided by publisher.

Where two hearts meet : a novel

November 18, 2016
Johnson, Liz, 1981- author.
©2016
376 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The Red Door Inn.
"In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful"--Amazon.com.

Wild Montana skies : a novel

November 17, 2016
Warren, Susan May, 1966- author.
©2016
348 pages ; 22 cm
Search-and-rescue pilot Kacey Fairing returned home to Montana determined to put the past behind her and start a new life. But that won't be easy: her new partner is the man who broke her heart.

A Baxter family Christmas : a novel

November 9, 2016
Kingsbury, Karen, author.
©2016
xvii, 249 pages ; 19 cm
"As Christmas nears, John Baxter makes a bold gesture--he invites a stranger to share Christmas Eve dinner with his family. But not just any stranger. This woman is the recipient of his daughter Erin's heart. John knows the invitation will impact each of his adult kids and their families. But will they choose to embrace their guest? And how will the woman's presence affect his granddaughter--the one who feels the loss of her mother most keenly?"--Jacket flap.

An Amish family Christmas : a charmed Amish life Christmas novel

November 3, 2016
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2016
viii, 288 pages ; 21 cm.
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..." -- Cover.
"Following the tragic death of his father, Levi Kinsinger returns to Charm, Ohio. His young widowed neighbor, Julia, requests his help for a Christmas project. that helps them both find a sense of purpose. As their friendship grows into an attraction, Julia struggles with how to share a dark secret she harbors."--Provided by publisher.

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