New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

January 30, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Blood infernal

January 29, 2015
Rollins, James, 1961-
New York, NY : William Morrow, [2015]
405 pages ; 24 cm.
"As an escalating scourge of grisly murders sweeps the globe, archaeologist Erin Granger must decipher the truth behind an immortal prophecy foretold in the Blood Gospel, a tome written by Christ and lost for centuries: The shackles of Lucifer have been loosened, and his Chalice remains lost. It will take the light of all three to forge the Chalice anew and banish him again to his eternal darkness. With the Apocalypse looming, Erin must again join forces with Army Sergeant Jordan Stone and Father Rhun Korza to search for a treasure lost for millennia. But the prize has already fallen into the hands of their enemy, a demon named Legion, before whom even the walls of the Vatican will fall. The search for the key to salvation will take Erin and the others across centuries and around the world, from the dusty shelves of the Vatican's secret archives to lost medieval laboratories, where ancient alchemies were employed to horrific ends. All the while, they are hunted, besieged by creatures of uncanny skill and talent. As clues are dug free from ancient underground chapels and found frozen in icy mountain caverns, Erin will discover that the only hope for victory lies in an impossible act--one that will destroy not only her, but all she loves. To protect the world, Erin must walk through the very gates of Hell and face the darkest of enemies: Lucifer himself. "-- Provided by publisher.

Petticoat detective

January 28, 2015
Brownley, Margaret, author.
Ulrichsville, Ohio : Shiloh Run Press, [2014]
318 pages ; 22 cm.
Pinkerton detective Jennifer Layne is working undercover as a parlor girl named Amy on a high profile case when a girl who is central to her investigation turns up dead, and handsome Tom Colton is a prime suspect.

The dandelion field

January 27, 2015
Springer, Kathryn.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2015]
341 pages ; 22 cm
A handsome firefighter must convince a single mom who doesn't believe in happy endings to take a chance on a new beginning with him,

Still life

January 27, 2015
Parrish, Christa.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
342 pages ; 21 cm
"Ada escaped her family's self-enclosed world to elope with a mysterious stranger. Five months later, she's a widow ina strange new world. Ada was born into a fringe religious sect named for her father, The Prophet. But her lifelong habit of absolute obedience was shattered when she fled the family compound to elope with photographer Julian Goetz. Katherine Walker's marriage was a sham. She and Will rarely spoke without yelling -- and never touched. Her affair brings her both escape and guilt. When a tragic plane crash takes Julian from Ada and exacerbates Katherine's sense of shame, both women become desperately unsure of where they belong in the world -- until the devotion of an artistic young boy conspires to bring them together. From award-winning novelist Christa Parrish, Still Life is a cunningly complex work that captures themes of abusive religion, supernatural love, and merciful escape. It will resonate with anyone who has ever felt called to a drastic change -- or tried to hear the small whisper of God's voice"-- Provided by publisher.

Always on my mind

January 27, 2015
Warren, Susan May, 1966-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014]
xiv, 380 pages : map ; 21 cm.
After a failed dig in Honduras, aspiring archaeologist Casper Christiansen heads home to Minnesota to face his unresolved feelings for Raina Beaumont, the woman of his dreams. But when he arrives unannounced on her doorstep, he receives the shock of a lifetime: Raina is pregnant with someone else's baby. Helping his older brother, Darek, prepare the family resort for its grand reopening, one of Casper's new jobs constantly brings him into contact with Raina. Can they possibly overcome past mistakes and current choices to discover a future together?

The promise of Palm Grove

January 26, 2015
Gray, Shelley Shepard.
New York, NY : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
260, 16 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Includes P.S. insights, interviews & more ...
"Amish brides of Pinecraft ; Book one."
"A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she's pledged to wed and the man her heart desires"-- Provided by publisher.

Taken for English

January 26, 2015
Newport, Olivia.
Uhrichsville, Ohio : Barbour Pub., Inc., c2014.
363 p. ; 22 cm.
Family history clearly shows it's never been easy living a plain life in the English world. Will the changes and challenges Annie now faces as a young Amish woman test her newfound faith in good ways or bad?--[p.4] of cover.

Keys of heaven

January 26, 2015
Senft, Adina.
New York : FaithWords, 2015.
298 pages ; 21 cm
"A healing grace novel"--Cover.

Lady elect 2 : lady Arykah reigns

January 26, 2015
Nichols, Nikita Lynnette
Wyandanch, NY : Urban Books, c2015.
282 p. ; 21 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"Urban Christian."
Five weeks after she's raped, brutally beaten and loses her unborn child, Arykah Miles-Howell returns to church determined to reclaim her title as the First Lady of Freedom Temple Church of God in Christ, even if she has to deal with her husband's ex-girlfriend, who is trying to take her place on the front pew.

Huckleberry spring

January 21, 2015
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
346 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Huckleberry harvest (pages [343]-346).
"Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married--except for planning their next matchmaking venture. And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . . Ever since the Helmuths' grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben's Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . . Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can't, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret. Leaving once more is the only option. Yet Emma's courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill"--Page [4] of cover.

The matchmaker : an Amish retelling of Jane Austen's Emma

January 21, 2015
Price, Sarah, 1969-
Lake Mary, Florida : Realms, [2015]
285 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Emma's interference in her friends' lives backfires, will the consequences be more than she bargained for? Set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, The Matchmaker is an Amish retelling of Emma and covers the same issues of love, relationships, and pride within the community"-- Provided by publisher.

The Amish clockmaker

January 20, 2015
Clark, Mindy Starns.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, 2015.
340 pages ; 22 cm.
Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family's tack and feed store when a surprising property dispute puts the remodel on hold--and raises new questions about the location's mysterious past. Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Known for his hot temper, Clayton was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife, a crime almost everyone--including his own family members--believed he'd committed, even after charges were dropped. Isolated and feeling condemned by all, Clayton eventually broke from the church, left Lancaster County, and was never heard from again. Now the only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family's business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put Matthew on the trail of a murderer?

Checkmate

January 19, 2015
James, Steven, 1969-
New York : Signet, [2014]
533 p. ; 19 cm.
A climactic chapter in the bestselling series, The Bowers Files. Special Agent Patrick Bowers gets drawn into a ruthless story that a killer is determined to tell the world when an FBI facility is attacked. A fast-paced thriller full of plot twists and turns, Checkmate brings this series to an unforgettable conclusion.

Full steam ahead

January 19, 2015
Witemeyer, Karen.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers, [2014]
348 pages ; 22 cm
"In this 1850s romance Darius Thornton is not the sort of man debutante Nicole Renard could ever marry. But can she stop her heart from surging full steam ahead?"-- Provided by publisher.

Where trust lies

January 15, 2015
Oke, Janette, 1935-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
333 pages ; 23 cm.
"After teaching in a 1920s mining town in western Canada, Beth Thatcher no longer feels at home among her wealthy family in the East, and her heart is torn between two very different worlds"-- Provided by publisher.

The third target

January 15, 2015
Rosenberg, Joel C., 1967-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, [2015]
x, 433 pages ; 24 cm
"When New York Times foreign correspondent J.B. Collins hears rumors that an al-Qaeda splinter cell--ISIS--has captured a cache of chemical weapons inside Syria, Collins knows this is a story he must pursue at all costs. Does the commander of the jihadist faction really have the weapons? If so, who is the intended target? The U.S.? Israel? Or someone else? With tensions already high, the impending visit of the American president to the region could prove to be the spark that sets off an explosion of horrendous proportions"--Amazon.com.

A woodland miracle

January 9, 2015
Reid, Ruth, 1963-
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
x, 342 pages ; 22 cm
"For a disadvantaged young woman and a displaced young man, a lasting love is going to take more than chance--it's going to take a miracle. Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken body--and her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own in the timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is anunlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs. Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his dad's patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber camp--and he's neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home. But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity. Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her father's wishes...and Ben's. Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way into the district. It isn't long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Ben in a chase that will not only endanger their lives...but test their love"-- Provided by publisher.

A thing of beauty

January 9, 2015
Samson, Lisa, 1964-
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
289 pages ; 22 cm
"It's a wonder to behold what happens when love moves in. Former child star Fiona Hume left the biz a decade ago, after she left rehab. She retreated to Baltimore and bought an old mansion downtown with dreams of restoring it into a masterpiece--maybe creating an artist's studio for herself. And living an artist's life. That was the plan. Ten years later, Fiona's huge house is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores, yard sales, or picked up from the side of the road. Each piece was destined for a project, but all she's got so far is a piece of twine with some antique buttons threaded down its length. Her money has almost run out. She will soon lose her house and will be forced back into acting. So it is that Fiona comes to rent out a room to a local blacksmith, Josiah. Little by little, Josiah magically transforms Fiona's home into something beautiful. She comes to life again. Her relationships heal and she experiences, perhaps for the first time, what it means to be human, what it means to be loved, and what it means when we let go and allow the wondrous workings of forces far bigger than we are to take over"-- Provided by publisher.

The beekeeper's son

January 9, 2015
Irvin, Kelly, author.
©2014
x, 342 pages ; 22 cm
"The Amish of Bee County"--Cover.
"A strange, mystical place allows Deborah and Phineas to see themselves and others with new eyes. When Deborah Lantz arrives in Bee County, Texas, she expects to find a great oasis of citrus groves and olive trees. Instead, she finds a tiny Amish district struggling to make ends meet on a barren, drought-stricken land. Deborah longs to go home to the lush, green countryside of Tennessee, but she wants her mother, a widow with six children, to be happy again. Even if that means accepting Stephen as her future stepfather. She can't believe God created such an ugly place filled with strange animals, twisted, stunted trees, and not a drop of rain for months. Then she meets the beekeeper's son. Phineas King's face is disfigured by scars from an accident that killed his mother and destroyed his trust in God. Through their encounters both begin to realize the beauty in all of God's creation. Deborah walks through the strange land of figs, Mexican squash, and wild cucumbers to see Phineas, who finds solace in his work keeping the bee hives and harvesting honey for his father. Both are rarely alone, but always lonely. Deborah begins to see Bee County through Phineas's eyes and Phineas learns to see himself through hers"-- Provided by publisher.

Brentwood's ward

January 5, 2015
Griep, Michelle, author.
Uhrichsville, Ohio : Shiloh Run Press, [2015]
314 pages ; 22 cm
Includes author's note and discussion questions.

At home in last chance : a novel

December 29, 2014
Armstrong, Cathleen.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, 2014.
295 pages ; 22 cm.
"A place to call home ; #3"--Title page.

Courting Emily

December 29, 2014
Lillard, Amy, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
358 pages ; 18 cm
The bishop's daughter, Emily Ebersol, longing to marry a faithful Amish man and live out her days within the community, finds herself torn between two very different men--Luke Lambright, her childhood sweetheart who has returned to Wells Landing, and Elam Rhiel, a loyal, steady man.

Plain killing

December 26, 2014
Miller, Emma, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]
282 pages ; 21 cm
"An Amish mystery"--Cover.
Rachel Mast finds the Amish are no more immune from crime than the people they call the English. It's been years since restless Rachel fled her family's farm as a teen. Starting with only the eighth-grade education afforded most Amish kids, she earned an MBA from Wharton and became successful in business. But Rachel never felt at home in the English world. So she came back to run a bed-and-breakfast in Stone Mill, near central Pennsylvania's thriving Amish community. Now she lives between the two worlds. Her boyfriend, Evan Parks, is a state trooper, but her best friend remains her cousin Mary Aaron Hostetler. Her uncle Aaron and aunt Hannah, tolerant of Rachel's English ways, allow her to drive Mary Aaron and a group of Amish teens to swim at the local quarry, where they're horrified to find the body of Beth Glick. Like Rachel, Beth left Amish life, but unlike Rachel, she left after her baptism and therefore was shunned by the community. What caused her to come back, dressed in Amish garb, to a place she knew she would be unwelcome? Rachel is determined to find out. Ignoring Evan's pleas for caution, she investigates the paths of teens leaving Stone Mill. A panicked call from Hannah Verkler, who disappeared years ago, convinces Rachel she's on the right track. But Hannah's call is from New Orleans. Can Rachel and Mary Aaron find Hannah in a city that represents everything the Amish reject?

Love's abundant harvest

December 22, 2014
Shriver, Beth, author.
©2014
291 pages ; 21 cm.
"When a fire takes Lucy's livelihood and the life of her overbearing husband, she is on her own with a baby on the way. Overwhelmed with all the responsibilities of the farm, she goes to stay with her grandmother. There, she feels safe and gets to know Manny, a handsome widower who checks in on the ladies. Lucy's shy and gentle ways are appealing to Manny, but accepting love and affection comes hard for her. Will spending time with her grandmother's wise friends teach her the true meaning of Christian fellowship and love?"--Page [4] of cover.

To love, honor, and perish

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author.
Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], c2013.
262 p. ; 22 cm.
How could God let this happen? Just when crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire's life is on the right track, the unthinkable happens. Gabby's fiancé, Riley Thomas, is shot and remains in life-threatening condition only a week before their wedding. Gabby is determined to figure out who pulled the trigger, even if investigating puts her own life at risk. But as she digs deeper into the facts surrounding the case, she discovers secrets better left alone. Doubts arise in her mind and the one man with answers is on death's doorstep. An old foe from the past returns and tests everything Gabby is made of--physically, mentally, and spiritually. Will her soul survive the challenges ahead? Or will everything she's worked for be destroyed?"--P. [4] of cover.

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