Saturday, December 7, 2013

December New Releases in Christian Fiction

New Releases in Christian Fiction for December 2013 include all new releases from Tracie Peterson, Mary Connealy, Kathleen Y'Barbo, Gilbert Morris, Lynette Sowell, Ruth Reid and Sarah E. Ladd among many others.

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Choose your December favourites and be in to win a new release title from one of these authors (with thanks to Abingdon Press & Thomas Nelson Publishers):
  • Lynette Sowell
  • Dorothy Love
  • Sarah E. Ladd
  • Ruth Reid
  • Erin Healy
  • Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid & Mary Ellis
  • William Sirls
  • Suzanne Field
  • Neta Jackson

See the end of the blog post for contest entry details. Contests end 15 December 2013 NZDT.


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Alaska Brides Collection 
Tracie Peterson, Mary Connealy, Cathy Marie Hake, Kathleen Y'Barbo

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781624167393

Purchase: 
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Experience five Alaska adventures through the lives of determined women who overcome the many challenges to build their lives in the wilderness. From the gold rush, through a diphtheria epidemic, to the building of the Alcan Highway, readers will enjoy the stubborn fight each woman displays as love comes into her life. Will the women also give up fighting God and let Him lead them through America’s last frontier?


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Beauty for Ashes (Love Endures)
Grace Livingston Hill

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance/Classic
  • 1 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781624163210

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Rich. Beautiful. Engaged.

Nothing marred Gloria Sutherland. . .until the night her fiancĂ© was shot and killed in a speakeasy while dancing with another girl. To avoid the swirling gossip, Gloria travels to her father’s childhood home in Maine, seeking peace but doubting she’ll ever find it again.

Then she meets Murray MacRae, a neighbor and promising young businessman. Murray’s faith begins to revive Gloria’s hope. . .if only her past remains hidden. Surely no beauty could rise from those ashes.


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Matchmaker Weddings (Brides & Weddings)
Annalisa Daughety & Kim O'Brien

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Romance
  • 1 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781624167379

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Matchmakers need not apply when a pair of faux relationships becomes true love.

A Wedding Blunder in the Black Hills by Kim O'Brien
Millie has a mother who keeps setting her up on disastrous blind dates; David is being stalked by an amorous former patient. The solution? A fake romance where no one gets nagged, and no one gets hurt. Until they start to care.

A Wedding Date in Hot Springs, Arkansas by Annalisa Daughety
Violet hires a matchmaker so she’s sure to have a date for her little sister’s wedding. But her match just happens to be an old college classmate, one she didn’t like then and doesn’t like now. Maybe he’ll do. . .it’s just one night.


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Mississippi Brides (Romancing America)
Diane Ashley & Aaron McCarver

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781624167331

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Head to Mississippi in a 3-in-1 collection of historical romances. 

Alexandra Lewis’s life no longer makes sense. After her father’s death in a shootout, she feels pressure to carry out her duty to her family and wed, regardless of love.

Abigail LeGrand won’t be hindered by marriage. Until she catches the eye of an itinerate preacher.

Caroline Pierce never dreamed someone like Luke Talbot would propose. But the promise of marital bliss quickly turns to civil strife as they disagree on everything from slavery to faith.

Can God change hearts before love drifts away with the river?


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Sabrina's Man (Western Justice #2)
Gilbert Morris

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Western/Romance
  • 1 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781616267599

Purchase: 
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Join Sabrina and Waco on a Wild West ride through Indian Territory. Sabrina’s pampered life comes to a screeching halt when a vile conman steals away her younger sister. When her daddy’s money can’t buy justice, Sabrina takes matters into her own delicate but stubborn hands and heads west to track down the outlaw. To Sabrina’s disgust, her solitary hope for saving Marianne seems to be Waco Smith, an only slightly reformed ex-criminal himself. Will these two unlikely allies bond over more than just a shared mission of rescue and revenge?


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Tempest's Course (Quilts of Love)
Lynette Sowell

  • Abingdon Press
  • Contemporary/Romance
  • 1 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781426752766

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Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal town of Fairhaven to restore the centuries-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Grey House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored. There she meets Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Grey House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline.

Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore the quilt, she is buoyed by occasional afternoon visits from Tom and other Fairhaven town members, and is drawn into their lives. And each night, as she reads stories in a daily journal penned by Mary Grey, she learns details about her newfound community members that help her see that their lives are as vivid and interwoven as the quilt pieces she is working to restore. But, when Kelly discovers a truth about Tom’s heritage hidden in the journal, she must decide if keeping the past to herself is the only way to ensure the hope of a future with Tom.


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An Amish Miracle 
Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid & Mary Ellis

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Amish/Romance
  • 3 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401688707

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Always Beautiful by Beth Wiseman
Becky Byler is eighteen and overweight. She is overwhelmed by the embarrassment she feels when comparing herself to other girls her age. Having lost all hope, she considers taking her own life. As she stands before rushing water, unable to swim, Becky begs God for a miracle. In just several months, Becky sees her prayers answered as food and temptation lose their hold over her. She’s finally pleased with how she looks, but does she like the person she has become? And has the man she has dreamed of been right beside her all along, loving her exactly as she is?


Always His Providence by Ruth Reid
Widow Rosa Hostetler has one month to pay her delinquent taxes before the county auctions her farm. She’s prepared to sell whatever is necessary to pay the lien, but she isn’t willing to request money from the community’s widow fund. She’s embarrassed and refuses to admit she needs help. Rosa depends on income from selling eggs, but when that income is threatened, only a miracle can help Rosa accept the kindness of a neighbor.

Always in My Heart by Mary Ellis
 Hope Bowman believes God is punishing her for giving up her firstborn son when she was a teenager. She’s hidden this secret from her husband, who is thankful for their daughters but longs for a son. Hope prays desperately, but the son God sends her isn’t a new baby. It’s the fifteen-year-old boy she gave up years ago.



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The Painted Table 
Suzanne Field

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Drama
  • 3 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401689704

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The Norwegian table, a century-old heirloom ingrained with family memory, has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget—a childhood disrupted by her mother’s mental illness.

Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother’s obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint and heavy with unsettling memories.

After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. She must confront her mother’s torment if she wants to defend herself against it.

Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is a beautiful portrait of inherited memory. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact—like a family member—can bear the marks of one’s past . . . as well as intimations of one’s redemption.


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Carolina Gold
Dorothy Love

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Historical/Romance
  • 10 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401687618

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The war is over, but at Fairhaven Plantation, Charlotte's struggle has just begun.

Following her father’s death, Charlotte Fraser returns to Fairhaven, her family’s rice plantation in the South Carolina Lowcountry. With no one else to rely upon, smart, independent Charlotte is determined to resume cultivating the superior strain of rice called Carolina Gold. But the war has left the plantation in ruins, her father’s former bondsmen are free, and workers and equipment are in short supply.

To make ends meet, Charlotte reluctantly agrees to tutor the two young daughters of her widowed neighbor and heir to Willowood Plantation, Nicholas Betancourt. Just as her friendship with Nick deepens, he embarks upon a quest to prove his claim to Willowood and sends Charlotte on a dangerous journey that uncovers a long-held family secret, and threatens everything she holds dear.

Inspired by the life of a 19th-century woman rice farmer, Carolina Gold pays tribute to the hauntingly beautiful Lowcountry and weaves together mystery, romance, and historical detail, bringing to life the story of one young woman’s struggle to restore her ruined world.


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The Yada Yada Prayer Group (The Yada Yada Series #1) [REPRINT]
Neta Jackson

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Chick Lit
  • 10 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401689834

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What do an ex-con, a former drug addict, a real estate broker, a college student and a married mother of two have in common?

Nothing, or so I thought. Who would have imagined that God would make a prayer group as mismatched as ours the closest of friends? I almost didn’t even go to the Chicago Women’s Conference—after all, being thrown together with five hundred strangers wasn’t exactly my “comfort zone.” But something happened that weekend to make us realize we had to hang together, and the Yada Yada Prayer Group” was born! When I faced the biggest crisis of my life, God used my newfound Sisters to show me what it means to be just a sinner saved by grace.

Jackson examines the many facets of forgiveness, grace, racial prejudice and healing in this enjoyable follow-up to "The Yada Yada Prayer Group." When a wildly diverse group of women gets together to pray, they have no idea how God's gonna rock their world.


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The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down (The Yada Yada Series #2) [REPRINT]
Neta Jackson

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Chick Lit
  • 10 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401689841

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The Yada Yada Prayer Group seems invincible—until tension and distrust shake its very foundation.

Jodi Baxter is slowly recuperating from a horrific car accident, but before she’s fully recovered, other problems arise within the Yada Yada Prayer Group—big problems. The turmoil starts when a heroin-addicted woman charges into a prayer meeting with a knife and isn’t afraid to use it.

Things really take a turn for the worse when grim accusations are made against Jodi’s husband. Racial division, pain, and pride are tearing this close-knit group of women apart, and Jodi isn’t sure if she and her spiritual sisters will be able to survive the mess.

The Yada Yadas are forced to get down to the nitty-gritty in their relationships and in their prayers. But is forgiveness possible—not just of their closest friends . . . but also of their enemies?

The wildly diverse group of women from Book One has weathered many storms, but these beautiful new relationships are now stretched to the limit. Following a robbery, a lynching, and a mother's loss, they discover that getting down on their knees is the most freeing place of all. 


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The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real (The Yada Yada Series #3) [REPRINT]
Neta Jackson

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Chick Lit
  • 10 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401689858

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The sisters of the Yada Yada Prayer Group are learning how to be real—with each other and with God.

After a particularly exhausting year with the Yada Yada Prayer Group, all Jodi Baxter wants is a break. She even asks God for a little “dull and boring” in the new year. Instead she finds that when you’re open to His plans, life is unpredictable—in the best and hardest ways.

Jodi’s life is suddenly full of changes, and they can be described as anything but boring. Out of all the Yada Yadas, God has Leslie “Stu” Stuart move into the Baxter’s upstairs flat, which requires a lot of patience—and tongue-biting—on Jodi’s part. She’s continually unnerved by guilt stemming from the accident and dreads the day when she comes face-to-face with Hakim’s mother. Plus, Bandana Woman, who was safely locked up in prison, has returned. Phew!

Through prayer and friendship, the Yada Yadas are getting real. Dull and boring? Not a chance.

Book Three finds Jodi Baxter's oasis turned upside down when her upstairs neighbors move out and her nemesis, Leslie (Stue) Stuart, moves in. The smartly designed companion prayer journal includes thought-provoking quotes from the three novels, with related scriptures and nuggets for life-application. 


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The Sinners' Garden
William Sirls

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Speculative/Drama/Supernatural
  • 17 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401687380

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In the small Lake Erie township of Benning, someone is at work cultivating a supernatural garden.... 

Andy Kemp's young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face.  Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger. As Andy's mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy's pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.

Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store.

As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.

Soon, they realize who the gardener is, and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.


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A Miracle of Hope (Amish Wonders #1)
Ruth Reid

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary/Amish/Romance
  • 31 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401688295

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How far can God's mercy reach?

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?



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Stranger Things 
Erin Healy

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Speculative/Suspense/Thriller
  • 31 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401689582

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In the forest’s burned-out hollow, a house of dark secrets also glows with bright promise.

Serena’s career as a high school biology teacher comes to a halt when an angry student makes shocking accusations. Stunned and suspended, Serena retreats to the forest where she usually finds peace of mind. But on this day she encounters a killer and his prisoner—as well as a stranger who dies to save Serena’s life.

The stranger, Christopher, had dedicated his life to rescuing girls from forced prostitution—starting with his sister Amber. They formed a tiny nonprofit organization to protect girls and have been working furiously to bring down John Roman, the powerful criminal who first took Amber and has ruined scores of young women's lives since.

When Christopher’s grieving colleagues suspect Serena of being in league with Roman, her life spirals further out of control. How will she clear her name? Why did this stranger protect her with his life? And what is the meaning of the visions she sees every time she visits the gutted house where he died?



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The Headmistress of Rosemere (Whispers On The Moors #2)
Sarah E. Ladd

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Historical/Romance
  • 31 December 2013
  • ISBN: 9781401688363

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Patience Creighton has dedicated herself to the Rosemere School for Young Ladies. But the return of the enigmatic master of the estate puts everything she loves at risk.

Bright, sensible Patience knows what is expected of her. At twenty-five, her opportunity for a family of her own has passed, so she invests herself in teaching at her father’s school for girls. When her father dies suddenly and her brother moves away to London, she is determined to make the school successful.

Confirmed bachelor William Sterling also knows what is expected of him, but mistake after mistake has left him teetering on ruin’s edge. As master of Eastmore Hall he owns a great deal of property -- including the land where Rosemere School is located -- but possesses little money to manage its upkeep. When debtors start calling, he is desperate to find a new source of income, even if it means sacrificing Rosemere.

When a fire threatens the school grounds, William must decide to what lengths he is willing to go to protect his birthright. And when Patience’s brother returns with a new wife to take over management of the school, Patience suddenly finds herself unsure of her calling. After a surprising truth about William’s past is brought to light, both William and Patience will have to seek God’s plans for their lives—and their hearts.


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ENTER THE GIVEAWAYS

Tell us in the blog comments below which of the November new releases you are looking forward to reading most (as many or as few as you like) and then you are eligible to enter the contests to win one of the following:

Open to Entrants in the USA (with thanks to Abingdon Press & Thomas Nelson Publishers):

  • Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell
  • Carolina Gold by Dorothy Love
  • The Headmistress of Rosemere by Sarah E. Ladd
  • A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
  • Stranger Things by Erin Healy
  • The Amish Miracle by Beth Wiseman, Ruth Reid & Mary Ellis
  • The Sinners' Garden by William Sirls
  • The Painted Table by Suzanne Field
  • The Yada Yada Prayer Group, The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Down & The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Real by Neta Jackson

Entries close 15 December 2013 @ 3am PST/5am CST/6am EST/10pm AEST/11.59pm NZST

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