New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

April 21, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The hideaway

April 20, 2017
Denton, Lauren K., author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 2017.
345 pages ; 22 cm
"When her grandmother's will wrenches Sara back home from New Orleans, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever did in life. After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags's ramshackle B & B in Sweet Bay, Alabama. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans. Instead, she learns Mags has willed her The Hideaway and charged her with renovating it--no small task considering Mags's best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there. Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career. Amid sheetrock dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected. Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother. With help from Mags's friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed Mags's destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways. When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choice--stay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she's grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans"-- Provided by publisher.

You'll think of me

April 14, 2017
Hatcher, Robin Lee, author.
©2017
308 pages ; 22 cm
"Brooklyn Myers escaped her broken home and her embittered, unloving father by eloping to Reno at the age of 17. But when she was pregnant with their first child, her husband abandoned her as well. Not welcome back home in Thunder Creek, Brooklyn stayed in Reno and raised her daughter Alycia on her own, doing her best to make sure Alycia never knew the heartache and rejection Brooklyn herself had known. When her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies, he leaves the family home in Thunder Creek to his daughter. Believing it is the best way to give her daughter a stable home, Brooklyn does what she thought she would never do. She goes home to the orchard and wine country of Southwest Idaho. There, she encounters Chad's best friend, Derek Johnson, a part time sheriff's deputy who also owns an organic produce farm next door. Derek was never a fan of former bad girl Brooklyn Myers, but he made a promise to his dying friend that he would be the father to Alycia that Chad had never been."--Provided by publisher.

To the farthest shores

April 14, 2017
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948- author.
©2017
330 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in nurse Jenny Bennett's life at the Presidio army base, but he's in an impossible situation. Six years ago he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke her heart. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those years, he can't tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk. When a threat from Ryan's past puts everything in danger, can they face the odds against them-- despite her determination not to fall for him again?

Sandpiper cove

April 14, 2017
Hannon, Irene, author.
©2017
341 pages ; 22 cm
Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities-- including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either-- but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? When Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different-- and better-- future planned for them than either could imagine.

The chapel car bride

April 14, 2017
Miller, Judith, 1944- author.
©2017
341 pages ; 22 cm
"With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives. Luke Hughes shares Hope's love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn't until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager's cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?"--Amazon.com.

The elusive Miss Ellison

April 13, 2017
Miller, Carolyn, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Kregel Publications, 2017.
303 pages ; 22 cm.
Handsome appearance counts for naught unless matched by good character and actions. That's the firm opinion of not-so-meek minister's daughter Lavinia Ellison. So even though all the other villagers of St. Hampton Heath are swooning over the newly returned seventh Earl of Hawkesbury, she is not impressed. If a man won't take his responsibilities seriously and help those who are supposed to be able to depend on him, he deserves no respect from her. In Lavinia's pretty, gray eyes, Nicholas Stamford is just as arrogant and reckless as his brother--who stole the most important person in Livvie's world.Nicholas is weighed down by his own guilt and responsibility, by the pain his careless brother caused, and by the legacy of war he's just left. This quick visit home to St. Hampton Heath will be just long enough to ease a small part of that burden. Asking him to bother with the lives of the villagers when there's already a bailiff on the job is simply too much to expect. That is, until the hoydenish, intelligent, and very opinionated Miss Ellison challenges him to see past his pain and pride. With her angelic voice in his head, he may even be beginning to care. But his isn't the only heart that needs to change. These two lonely hearts may each have something the other needs. But with society's opposition, ancestral obligations, and a shocking family secret, there may be too many obstacles in their way.

The memory of you

April 6, 2017
West, Catherine (Catherine J.), author.
©2017
341 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 339-340).
"When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she's forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She's avoided her grandparents' sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died--the awful summer Natalie's nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie's father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so. And Natalie never says no to her father. Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family's winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he's not so sure he likes the woman she's become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her. But finding freedom from the past means facing it" --Back cover.

Always close to home

April 6, 2017
Eicher, Jerry S., author.
©2017
347 pages ; 22 cm.
"Twins Laura and Lydia Mast keep few secrets from each other, but even Laura doesn't know how great the ache Lydia holds in her heart ever since Laura started dating the charming John Yoder. When will it be Lydia's turn for love? Despite having a willing suitor in the vainglorious Wendell Kaufman, a man who once unsuccessfully pursued her sister, Lydia's attention is fixed on Milton Beiler. Milton hasn't paid Lydia the least bit of attention, and worse still, he's on rumspringa and conflicted about permanently joining the church. Meanwhile, Laura's world is turned upside-down when a tragic accident threatens her dreams of becoming John's frau. Despite the obstacles in her path, Laura remains steadfast in her faith. Will Lydia's love for Milton win out over his love for the world, and is Laura strong enough to face an uncertain future with John? Only the Lord has the answers the Mast sisters so desperately search for"-- Provided by publisher.

Long time gone

April 6, 2017
Connealy, Mary, author.
©2017
301 pages ; 22 cm.
The Boden clan face a plot to take their ranch dating back to a decades-old secret.

Raging storm

April 6, 2017
Chapman, Vannetta, author.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2017]
349 pages ; 22 cm
When a solar flare wiped out all modern technology, the small town of Abney, Texas, was thrown into chaos. Shelby Sparks and her teenage son, Carter, have finally found refuge, but Shelby knows she can't remain hidden forever. Carter is a type 1 diabetic in need of insulin--and Shelby will risk a trek to Austin to make sure he gets it. Shelby's best friend and high-school sweetheart, Max Berkman, won't even consider letting her make the perilous journey alone. Together, they take to the streets--only to discover that while things are desperate in Abney, Austin has turned into an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy. Shelby and Max's search for medical supplies will lead them into dangerous territory, where the only thing more uncertain than finding what they need is the hope of making it out of the city alive.

Upon a spring breeze : an every Amish season novel

April 6, 2017
Irvin, Kelly, author.
©2017
viii, 344 pages ; 22 cm.
Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann, Caleb, one minute, and the next she's burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter. Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb's death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy's beautiful mother as well. When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy and the possibility of love?

Marrying Jonah

April 4, 2017
Lillard, Amy, author.
©2017
331 pages ; 17 cm
Everyone in town knows that Sarah Yoder is enamored with Jonah Miller, even though he's been with his girlfriend, Lorie, for years. But all that changes when Lorie runs off with another man. Inconsolable, his faith in love shattered, Jonah resists everyone's attempts to ease his pain until the unexpected happens. Sarah is not the woman he years for, yet he asks for her hand in marriage, if only out of honor. Jonah tries to look toward to future - and finally begins to see Sarah for who she really is.

When tides turn

March 30, 2017
Sundin, Sarah, author.
©2017
391 pages ; 22 cm.
"When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston--both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he's torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?"--Amazon.com

An Amish home : four novellas

March 28, 2017
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
vii, 406 pages ; 22 cm
A cup half full / by Beth Wiseman -- Home sweet home / by Amy Clipston -- A flicker of hope / by Ruth Reid -- Building faith / by Kathleen Fuller.
A Cup Half Full by Beth Wiseman Sarah Lantz always dreamed of the perfect home, the perfect husband, the perfect family. When she married Abram, she knew she was on her way to securing her perfect life. All of that changes in one moment when an accident leaves her unable to walk and confined to a wheelchair, dashing all of her dreams. As Abram starts to transform their home, Sarah begins a transformation in her spirit, and she begins, once again, to see her cup as half full. Home Sweet Home by Amy Clipston Down on their luck and desperate after they are evicted from their small apartment, Chace and Mia O Connor reluctantly take Chace s Amish boss up on his offer to rent them the daadi haus located on his property. They are certain they will never feel at home in the rustic cabin without any modern conveniences, and they start to blame each other for their seemingly hopeless situation. But with the help of their new Amish friends, Chace and Mia begin to enjoy their cozy cabin and realize that home really is where the heart is. Building Faith by Kathleen Fuller Faith Miller knows that carpentry is an unlikely hobby for a young Amish woman, but she loves the work and it keeps the memory of her grandfather alive. So when her cousin asks Faith to build the cabinets in her new home, Faith is only too happy to take on the job, even if it is the most ambitious project she has ever taken on. The only catch is that she has to work with her ex-fiance, Silas. As they work to build Martha s kitchen, can they put the past behind them and start to build faith in one another again? A Flicker of Hope by Ruth Reid Fifteen years ago, Thomas and Noreen King were blissful newlyweds. Young, naive, and in love, life was rosy ... for a while. Then trials and tribulations rocked their foundation, shattering them emotionally, and soon, their marriage was in shards. All hope for restoring their previously unshakable union seems lost. When fire destroys their home, Thomas and Noreen are left to sift through the rubble. As uncovered items from the remains of the house shake loose memories of the past, Thomas and Noreen begin to draw closer and a flicker of hope and love is re-ignited.

The ebb tide

March 27, 2017
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
328 pages ; 23 cm
When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter's nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Curious by nature, Sallie loves reading and learning, and she fears that her chances of making a good match with an Amish farmer will be hampered because of it. Though she loves taking care of nine-year-old Autumn Weaver during the week, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Edward Kreider, a young marine biology student who talks freely about all he's learning and asks about her interests, unlike the guys she grew up with. Sallie wonders if this is the kind of relationship she's been longing for. Then again, Ed isn't from her community--and he's Mennonite, not Amish. Sallie is afraid of what her parents would think about her new friendship. But that's not all she's fearful of. When unexpected danger threatens Autumn, Sallie will have to put her fears aside. Will this be a summer to remember, or one to forget?

If I'm found

March 24, 2017
Blackstock, Terri, 1957- author.
©2017
359 pages ; 21 cm.
"Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her? Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn't commit. Dylan Roberts--her most relentless pursuer--is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He's let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn't come easily. As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who's also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture--and if she's captured, she has no doubt she'll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail."--Jacket.

Her secret

March 24, 2017
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York, NY : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
247, 16 pages ; 20 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
After a stalker went too far, Hannah Hilty and her family had no choice but to leave the bustling Amish community where she grew up. Now she's getting a fresh start in Hart County, Kentucky, if only she wasn't too scared to take it. Hannah has become afraid to trust anyone, even Isaac, the friendly Amish man who lives next door. She wonders if she'll ever return to the trusting, easy-going woman she once was. For Isaac Troyer, the beautiful girl he teasingly called 'The Recluse' confuses him like no other. When he learns of her past, he knows he's misjudged her. However, he also understands the importance of being grateful for God's gifts, and wonders if they will ever have anything in common. But as Hannah and Isaac slowly grow closer, they realize that there's always more to someone than meets the eye.

Written in love

March 24, 2017
Fuller, Kathleen, author.
©2017
x, 325 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"When a postal error creates pen pals of two young Amish people, can they put behind their past mistakes to see the bright future God has written for them?"-- Provided by publisher.

The illusionist's apprentice

March 20, 2017
Cambron, Kristy, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
356 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 353-354).
"Harry Houdni's one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own"-- Provided by publisher.

For love & honor

March 20, 2017
Hedlund, Jody, author.
©2017
239 pages ; 21 cm
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed? Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family's safety, what other choice does he have? As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

Shine like the dawn : a novel

March 8, 2017
Turansky, Carrie, author.
©2017
338 pages ; 21 cm
"In a quiet corner of northern Edwardian England, Margaret Lounsbury diligently works in her grandmother's millinery shop, making hats and caring for her young sister. Several years earlier, a terrible event reshaped their family, shattering an idyllic life and their future prospects. Maggie is resilient and will do what she must to protect her sister Violet. Still, the loss of her parents weighs heavily on her heart because she wonders if what happened that day on the lake might not have been an accident. When wealthy inventor and industrialist William Harcourt dies, his son and Maggie's estranged childhood friend, Nathaniel, returns from his time in the Royal Navy and inherits his father's vast estate, Morningside Manor. He also assumes partial control of his father's engineering company and the duty of repaying an old debt to the Lounsbury family. But years of separation between Nate and Maggie have taken a toll, and Maggie struggles to trust her old friend. Can Maggie let go of the resentment that keeps her from forgiving Nate -- and reconciling with God? Will the search for the truth about her parents' death draw the two friends closer or leave them both with broken hearts?" -- Back cover.

Treasured grace

March 6, 2017
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2017
314 pages ; 23 cm.
"Heart of the frontier, 1"--T.p.
With the aid of trapper Alex Armistead, widow Grace Martindale uses her midwifery skills to help the natives in the untamed Oregon Country, but not everyone welcomes her presence, and she finds herself in more danger than she could have imagined.

Without warning : a J. B. Collins novel

March 6, 2017
Rosenberg, Joel C., 1967- author.
©2017
xiii, 453 pages ; 24 cm.
"After ISIS terrorists attack the U.S. Capitol building during the president's State of the Union address, the entire world waits to see how the most powerful nation on earth will respond. But the Taylor administration is more committed to political correctness than to justice, and it falls to other nations to lead the way in hunting down Abu Khalif, the criminal and religious mastermind who leads the Islamic State. When New York Times journalist J. B. Collins, reeling from a tragedy closer to home, suddenly finds himself in possession of vital information that could help in the search, he is once again thrust into the crosshairs of global politics. But this time it's personal. As he joins the hunt for the world's most wanted and dangerous man, his quest takes him from Bar Harbor, Maine, to Tel Aviv to Cairo to Istanbul and beyond. Through it all, he has one goal: find Abu Khalif and hold him accountable for his terrible actions. But the clock is ticking, and more attacks are coming. Will Collins locate the ISIS emir before it's too late? He will stop at nothing to do so. But at what cost?"-- Book jacket.

Redeeming grace : Ruth's story

March 1, 2017
Smith, Jill Eileen, 1958- author.
©2017
360 pages ; 22 cm.
When famine visits Bethlehem, Boaz holds out hope for rain while his relative Elimelech moves his wife Naomi and their sons to Moab. For a while, it appears the Lord is blessing Elimelech's family, and his sons marry two lovely Moabite women. But calamities strike, one after another, leaving Naomi alone in a foreign land with only her childless daughters-in-law for comfort. When news reaches Naomi that the famine in Bethlehem has lifted, only Ruth will hazard the journey to her mother-in-law's homeland. Destitute and downhearted, Naomi resigns herself to a life of bitter poverty, but Ruth holds out hope for a better future. And Boaz may be the one God has chosen to provide it.

Summer on Sunset Ridge

February 28, 2017
MacLaren, Sharlene, 1948- author.
©2017
317 pages ; 23 cm.
"Forever freedom series"--Cover.
"As tensions between North and South simmer over slavery, Sheriff Clay Dalton's path collides with a plainspoken yet passionate young abolitionist named Rebecca Albright, and the two find themselves propelled on a journey to discover just who God has called them to be, soon realizing that each holds a key to the other's answer"-- Provided by publisher.

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