New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

October 22, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The midwife's dilemma

October 21, 2016
Parr, Delia, author.
Minneapolis, Minneosta : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
317 pages ; 22 cm.
Midwife Martha Cade has decided. When he returns in February, she is going to marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. That is the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it's changing too fast, from her daughter's obvious affection for the town's young doctor to Martha realizing she's ready to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger.

Greater love : a novel

October 20, 2016
Kinsey, Carol.
[S.l.] : Breautumnwood Publishing, c2015.
285 p. ; 23 cm.
Trey Netherland is undercover. Rainey Meadows has been deceived. She wants answers. He wants the bad guy. Together, Rainey and Trey find themselves in the heart of Columbia both searching for different things. As Rainey struggles to learn who she is, Trey is torn between the lies he's told and the truth that is fighting to reach his heart. Tangled in a dangerous plot, can Rainey trust the man whose lies put her heart in turmoil? Will Trey finally cry out to the only one who can truly set him free? There is only one truth and it's in him they find greater love.

The Christmas secret

October 14, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
136 pages ; 21 cm
In 1880's Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother's diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her. Can David root out the truth about the past and bring back his bride? Or is the truth destined to bring an ultimate end to their romance?

The Amish Christmas kitchen

October 12, 2016
264 pages ; 21 cm
Baking love on Ice Mountain / Kelly Long -- The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill / Jennifer Beckstrand -- The special Christmas cookie / Lisa Jones Baker.
"Something's always baking in an Amish oven, and at Christmastime, all the ingredients for joy are at hand. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Amish home, and the Plain peace of hearts joined by love." (from back cover).

Loving Isaac

October 12, 2016
Kertz, Rebecca, author.
219 pages ; 17 cm.
"Heartwarming inspirational romance"--Cover.
Isaac Lapp must make a choice: remain part of the Amish community and pursue a future with his childhood friend Ellen Mast, or build a life in the non-Amish world beyond Happiness, Pennsylvania.

Rebecca's bouquet

October 12, 2016
Baker, Lisa Jones, author.
viii, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
"Three young Amish women, gifted with hand-carved hope chests to hold their treasures and their dreams for the future, find the inspiration they need to help them reconcile love and faith in the most unexpected ways ... The last thing Rebecca Sommer dreamed her plan to wed would bring is a heart-wrenching choice. She thought she and her betrothed, William, would spend the rest of their lives in Illinois' heartland, raising a family in their close-knit Amish hometown. But when he must travel far out of state to save his ailing father's business, Rebecca braves her relatives' disapproval--and her own fears--to go work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, William's growing interest in English ways may be the one challenge even her steadfast faith can't meet ... William knows he couldn't ask for a more loyal wife-to-be. And the bravery that helps Rebecca tackle every obstacle makes her even more admirable. He simply won't ask her to sacrifice her deepest beliefs, no matter how right they are for each other. But the patience and care that crafted Rebecca's hope chest is somehow showing them there's more than one way prayers can be answered--and hearts brought together forever ..."--Page [4] of cover.

An Amish harvest : four novellas

October 11, 2016
415 pages ; 22 cm
Includes recipes.
Under the harvest moon / Beth Wiseman -- Love and buggy rides / Amy Clipston -- A quiet love / Kathleen Fuller -- Mischief in the autumn air / Vannetta Chapman.
"Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn. -- Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman. When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again. until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi's heart--and give Brock his own second chance at love? -- Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston. Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret--and lead them to a life together? -- Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman. When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends--and discover an unexpected new love -- A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller. Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he's different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love--and the blessing of God--be enough to overcome their doubters?"--Provided by publisher.

A sister's wish

October 10, 2016
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York, NY : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
243, 16 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Cover.
"Amelia Kinsinger may seem like the perfect Amish woman, but she is harboring a secret: She's been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Life hasn't been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home and landed in prison. Now back in Charm, he's determined to put his wild past behind him and make a new life."--Provided by publisher.

Kissing Father Christmas : a novel

October 7, 2016
Gunn, Robin Jones, 1955- author.
179 pages ; 22 cm
"Bestselling and award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn returns to the cozy English village of Carlton Heath, with a winter romance to melt your heart. A year-and-a-half ago, Anna flew from Minnesota to Carlton Heath to attend the wedding of her cousin, Ian, to an American woman named Miranda. The beautiful event ended with Anna receiving an unexpected, unforgettable kiss from groomsman Peter. Now Anna is delighted to be invited back for Christmas with her family, dreams of romance dancing in her head. But when she finally sees him again, Peter insists his only interest in Anna is as a friend. Anna is hurt, and becomes even more confused when Peter takes her on a romantic tour of London. Is Anna's heart misleading her, or is there a reason Peter is denying what he feels?"-- Provided by publisher.

Christmas at Promise Lodge

October 6, 2016
Hubbard, Charlotte, 1953- author.
342 pages ; 18 cm.
"Promise Lodge series"--T.p. facing.
After an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, Preacher Amos Troyer, wondering if the Lord has sent him a message, must call upon faith, hope and charity to find the right pathùand prays for a Christmas blessing to convince widowed Mattie Schwartz to walk it with him.

A family under the Christmas tree : a novel

October 5, 2016
Reed, Terri, author.
New York : Howard Books, 2016.
226 pages ; 21 cm
"In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog--but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom. David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy, who he's only seen once a year since he was born. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog--who leads him to Sophie. Sophie Griffith has spent her life travelling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment--helping her grandmother for a few weeks--is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake--but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn't help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park--and leads her to David. Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as they spend more time together, they start falling for each other even though they know it can't go anywhere. Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction as he tries to comfort Troy. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they wonder whether it's more than a holiday romance"-- Provided by publisher.

A gathering in Hope : a novel

October 4, 2016
Gulley, Philip, author.
258 pages ; 22 cm.
"Thanks to an unexpected windfall, Sam Gardner's congregation (with the exception of a few malcontents) is eager to expand their meetinghouse. But before building can commence, the County Environmental Board and the Department of Natural Resources put the quietus on the plan. A colony of endangered Indiana bats have made the tree beside the meetinghouse, and the meetinghouse attic, their place of hanging, mating, and living, which poses a big problem for the congregation. Aside from the fact that their fanged visitors are engaging in sinful acts on church property, until these bats leave for hibernation, Hope Friends Meeting is left without a gathering place. And when an over-zealous Leonard Fink takes matters into his own hands, he may even land himself--and Sam--in jail"-- Provided by publisher.

A love made new

September 29, 2016
Fuller, Kathleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, [2016]
302 pages ; 22 cm
"It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can't help but feel that if she'd only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the wedding aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail's two sisters have found love, while all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry. Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community--his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he's baffled by the call he's received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away. Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may just discover a love powerful enough to lift the heavy burden of grief weighing her down and restore her hope in a promising future"--Provided by publisher.

The apostle killer

September 28, 2016
Beard, Richard, 1967- author.
331 pages ; 23 cm
Set in a hazy Middle East that seems at once ancient and modern, The Apostle Killer features Gallio, an aging, hardboiled investigator who has one last chance to save his career: He's got to prove Christ's resurrection was a hoax. To uncover the conspiracy behind the so-called resurrection, Gallio figures all he needs is for one of the apostles to crack. The only problem is that one by one, the apostles keep dying--and in ever more grotesque ways--just before Gallio gets to them. Racing to save both his case and the witnesses he needs to solve it, Gallio begins to suspect he's become the unwitting pawn in the plot to kill the apostles . . . but who's behind it? And to what end? Gallio realizes even his own superiors are not to be trusted.

A lady unrivaled

September 26, 2016
White, Roseanna M., 1982- author.
408 pages ; 22 cm.
Lady Ella Myerston knows of the danger that haunts her brother, and she intends to put an end to it. While visiting her friend Brook, the true owner of the Fire Eyes diamonds, Ella accidentally gets entangled in an attempt to blackmail the dashing, newly reformed Lord Cayton. Will she become the next casualty of the alleged curse?

Catching heat

September 20, 2016
Cantore, Janice, author.
xv, 405 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart's parents, she's desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind-the governor's wife-behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.

The Christmas angel project

September 20, 2016
Carlson, Melody, author.
166 pages ; 23 cm
Five women from different walks of life have become close friends through their book club---enjoying one another's company even more than they enjoy the books. So when the leader of the book club unexpectedly passes away on the cusp of the Christmas season, the four remaining friends are stunned. They relied on Abby for inspiration and motivation. She was the glue that held them together, and they're sure that without her the group can't continue. When the group gathers "one last time" to open a bag Abby's husband gives them, they find Abby had made each of them an angel ornament for Christmas, crafted especially for each woman and accompanied by a sweet and personal note. Inspired by their beloved friend, together Cassidy, Louisa, Grace, and Belinda decide to commit themselves to becoming Christmas Angels to others in need. Each woman will use her life situation and talents to reach out and help others in her own unique way--little knowing that her own life and her relationships will be changed forever.

Under the shadow of a steeple : a novel

September 14, 2016
Kinsey, Carol.
[Place of publication not identified] : Breautumnwood Publishing, c[2013]
225 p. ; 23 cm.
It's not easy being a teenager in foster care. Tormented by verbal abuse and the threat of being separated from her brothers, Hailey knew something had to change. Hoping to find the peace they long for, Hailey, Hayden and Grant and their foster sister, Kyra, set out on a journey that would change their lives forever. Can Hailey keep her family together by running away? Will God heal their hurting hearts and help them find the love they long for? Hailey hopes to find protection under the shadow of a steeple.

Until proven innocent : a novel

September 14, 2016
Kinsey, Carol.
[Place of publication not identified] : Breautumnwood Publishing, c[2014]
269 p. ; 23 cm.
Bethany Young is running from the law. Accused of a murder she didn't commit, Bethany's life is in the hands of one of her accusers. Embarking on an irreversible journey, Deputy Tanner Brenly and Bethany work to unravel the secrets that tangle her life. How can Bethany prove she's innocent when all the evidence points to her? How can she expect Tanner to believe what even she cannot prove? Together, Bethany and Tanner must wait and trust in the Lord until proven innocent.

The undoing of Saint Silvanus

September 13, 2016
Moore, Beth, 1957- author.
468 pages ; 25 cm
Jillian Slater hadn't seen her father or his mother in almost 20 years until, on the news that her father had finally drunk himself to death, Adella Atwater, the manager of her grandmother's apartment house, calls and says Jillian's expenses would be paid if she'd fly in to New Orleans for the burial. What Adella didn't tell her was that the apartment house bears the dead weight of a long and painful history. As an investigation into her father's death unfolds, Jillian is drawn into the lives of the colorful collection of saints and sinners who pass through Saint Silvanus. Is her family actually cursed, or is it just this crazy old house that holds them all under its spell?

The Hawaiian quilt

September 9, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E, author.
Uhrichsville, Ohio : Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2016]
279 pages ; 21 cm
"Join Mandy Frey as she and three friends leave their Amish community in Indiana for the trip of a lifetime to Hawaii. But when Mandy and one of her friends miss the cruise ship after a port of call on Kauai, how will they adjust and get back home?"

This road we traveled

August 29, 2016
Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, [2016]
340 pages : illustration ; 22 cm

A love transformed

August 26, 2016
Peterson, Tracie, author.
332 pages ; 22 cm.
When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned, but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy. When secrets from Adolph's past threaten everyone she loves, Clara must fight to remain where she can fulfill her dream.

Season of glory

August 25, 2016
Bergren, Lisa Tawn, author.
400 pages ; 21 cm.
"The power of the Remnants and their people are growing, threatening Pacifica's careful plans for domination. Among the Trading Union, village after village, outpost after outpost, and city after city are drawn to people of the Way and agree to stand against those who hunt them. As the Pacifica government seeks to annihilate the Remnants, the emperor Keallach finds himself focusing instead on his lost brother... and Andriana. While her heart belongs firmly to Ronan, Andriana still feels a connection to Keallach she can't deny. But welcoming him as a Remnant may mean leading the enemy directly into their ranks"--Dust jacket.

The wish

August 19, 2016
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
326 pages ; 23 cm
Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own. Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.

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