New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

August 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Joyful

August 29, 2014
Gray, Shelley Shepard.
New York : Avon Inspire, [2014]
234 pages, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Randall Beiler is angry when his brother hires Elizabeth Nolt, the woman whose heart Randall broke, as a housekeeper on their family farm, but when he learns of her hard financial situation he knows it is the right thing to do, and may even give him a second chance.

A life intercepted : a novel

August 29, 2014
Martin, Charles, 1969-
New York : Center Street, 2014.
326 pages ; 24 cm
"From New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin, when a man wins everything only to lose it, he recognizes the love of his life is the only thing worth having. Twelve years ago Matthew 'The Rocket' Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and graduating as one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was selected as the #1 pick in the NFL. But on the night of the draft, after reaching the pinnacle of success, he plummeted. Accused of a crime with irrefutable evidence, he lost everything--his career, his reputation, his freedom, and the love of his life. Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, he walks out of prison with one goal--to win back his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his hometown only to discover that Audrey has taken shelter from the media and the outside world at a convent. As chance would have it, there she has found a young man with the ability to have the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Though helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and, if discovered, will be forced to return to prison for the rest of his life, he's willing to take this singular chance to prove his innocence and win back Audrey's love"-- Provided by publisher.

A place called Hope : a novel

August 29, 2014
Gulley, Philip.
New York : Center Street, 2014.
239 pages ; 22 cm
When Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It's not until the couple stands before him that he realizes they're two women. In the tempest of strong opinions and misunderstandings that follows the incident, Sam faces potential unemployment. Deeply discouraged, he wonders if his pastoral usefulness has come to an end. Perhaps it's time for a change. After all, his wife has found a new job at the library, his elder son is off to college, and the younger has decided to join the military once he graduates high school. Sam is contemplating a future selling used cars when he receives a call from a woman in the suburban town of Hope, Indiana. It seems Hope Friends Meeting is in desperate need of a pastor. Though they only have twelve members, they also have a beautiful meetinghouse and a pie committee (Sam is fond of pie). But can he really leave his beloved hometown of Harmony.

Wonderful lonesome

August 29, 2014
Newport, Olivia, author.
©2014
310 pages ; 22 cm.
In a struggling Amish settlement on the harsh Colorado plain in 1914, Abbie Weaver fights for the life of the church she cherishes. But the loss the community feels most deeply is the lack of a minister. Visiting bishops have stopped coming--a mystery that demands explanation. Abbie's friend Willem is fiercely determined, and although Abbie loves Willem, his choices put a wedge between them. When Abbie discovers the root of the unspoken spiritual divide that runs through the settlement, she finds herself questioning her own father's faith. Will a collision of loves and values cost her Willem forever?

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm : an Amish love story

August 29, 2014
Fisher, Suzanne Woods.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
229 pages ; 23 cm
Includes reader's extras.
"Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isn't who she thought it would be. Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge, his family, or Bess. And that suits Bess just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word, without any explanation? It's time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes to Amos Lapp, Billy's cousin and best friend. But as Bess and Amos's wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle into a tight knot. She loves Amos. Yet she can't forget Billy"--Amazon.com.

Angels walking

August 28, 2014
Kingsbury, Karen.
New York, NY : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.
360 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler's one true love Sami Dawson has moved on. A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer's who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks. A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step. It is time for the mission to begin" -- from publisher's web site.

A light in the wilderness : a novel

August 28, 2014
Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2014]
314 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Includes an interview with the author.

The desire : a novel

August 28, 2014
Walsh, Dan, 1957-
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, [2014]
325 pages ; 22 cm

Chateau of secrets : a novel

August 27, 2014
Dobson, Melanie B.
New York : Howard Books, 2014.
379 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes a reading group guide.
"A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; seventy years later, her granddaughter visits the family's abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past. Gisele Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family's medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler's army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France. But when German soldiers take over the family's chateau, Gisele is forced to host them as well--while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend's baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child. A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Salvare, Gisele's granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler's army. Riley wants to research Chloe's family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored--her family isn't Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn't know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover... With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and the secrets of the past"-- Provided by publisher.

Hearts rekindled

August 25, 2014
Hall, Patty Smith.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
pages cm.

His chosen bride

August 25, 2014
Gibson, Rhonda.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2014]
pages cm

Wolf creek homecoming

August 25, 2014
Richards, Penny.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm

The Horseman's frontier family

August 25, 2014
Kirst, Karen.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
pages cm.

An unexpected match

August 22, 2014
Roper, Gayle G.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2014]
342 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Rachel Beiler loves her job as the teacher in her Amish community. She's obedient, humble, and compliant and tries to keep the ordnung to the best of her ability. But Rachel has a secret--something that could get her shunned if she's found out. She loves knowledge and yearns for a college education. After serving a dozen years in the Army, Rob Lanier has returned from Afghanistan. But now that he's home again, he's constantly reminded of his family's fall from grace. His father--once a highly respected and wealthy community leader--has disgraced the family, and Rob can't find it in his heart to forgive him. When Rachel and Rob meet, sparks fly...."--Amazon.

The River

August 20, 2014
Lewis, Beverly, 1949-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
316 pages ; 23 cm.
"When two sisters return home for a visit after leaving the Amish world, both are troubled by the secrets--and the people--they left behind"-- Provided by publisher.

Somewhere safe with somebody good

August 19, 2014
Karon, Jan, 1937- author.
New York : G.P. Putnams Sons, [2014]
511 pages ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"A new Mitford novel"--Jacket.
"After five hectic years of retirement from Lord's Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, to Mitford where he - and his beloved friends and family - face the challenge of settling into the next phase of their lives"-- Provided by publisher.

Mucky streak

August 15, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], c2014.
281 pages ; 22 cm.
"After her last encounter with a serial killer, Gabby St. Claire feels her life is smeared with the stain of tragedy. Between the exhaustion of trying to get her fiancé back on his feet, routine night terrors, and potential changes looming on the horizon, she needs a respite from the mire of life. At the encouragement of her friends, she takes on a short-term gig as a private investigator: a cold case that's eluded investigators for ten years. The mass murder of a wealthy family seems impossible to solve but quickly gets interesting as Gabby brings more clues to light. Add to the mix a flirtatious client, travels to an exciting new city, and some quirky--albeit temporary--new sidekicks, and things get really complicated. With every new development, Gabby prays that what she's calling her "mucky streak" will end and the future will become clear. But every answer she uncovers leads her closer to danger--both for her life and for her heart." P. [4] of cover.

Suspicious minds

August 15, 2014
Barritt, Christy.
Grand Rapids, MI : Kregel Publications, c2008.
233 p. ; 21 cm.

Skip Rock shallows [electronic resource]

August 15, 2014
Watson, Jan.
Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2012.
1 online resource (ix, 375 p.)
Lilly Gray Corbett, a recent medical school grad, accepts an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky, while her beau, Paul does his residency in Boston, but a handsome and oddly familiar miner soon gets her attention.

Tears fall at night

August 7, 2014
Miller, Vanessa.
[CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform]
159 pages ; 21 cm.
"Life was good, God was blessing and the Marshall family was riding high, until Carmella Marshall's husband, Nelson asks for a divorce and then moves in with his girlfriend--who also happens to be her twenty-three-year-old daughter's best friend--her son gets arrested, her daughter drops out of college, the bills go unpaid, and then Carmella has a nervous breakdown. The Marshalls have ups and downs like any other family. However, Carmella always thought that God would see them through anything. But when Nelson left and her life fell apart, she realized just how weak she could become, without the strength of God guiding her way. Through prayer, praise, and a love that bonds families together, Carmella renews her trust in the Lord and discovers a way to turn her life around. In TEARS FALL AT NIGHT, the Marshalls discover that even when everything goes wrong, they can still lift their hands and praise God anyhow."-- From back cover.

Hazardous duty : a novel

August 6, 2014
Barritt, Christy.
[United States] : Princeton Halls Press, [2012, c2006].
260 p. ; 22 cm.

Organized grime

August 6, 2014
Barritt, Christy.
[United States] : Princeton Halls Press, 2011.
279 p. ; 22 cm.

The healing quilt

August 4, 2014
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
Uhrichvills, OH : Shiloh Run Press, 2014.
310 pages ; 23 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Return of the half-stitched Amish Quilting Club"--Cover.

Hide and seek

July 31, 2014
Struecker, Jeff, 1969-
Nashville, Tenn. : B & H Pub. Group, c2012.
xxiii, 369 p. ; 22 cm.
J.J. Bartley, a special operations team leader, is tasked with rescuing Amelia Lennon, a foreign affairs officer who is on the run after witnessing the foiled kidnapping of her government contact in Kyrgyzstan.

Prelude for a Lord

July 31, 2014
Elliot, Camille.
©2014
viii, 343 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions on pages 341-342.

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