Thursday, January 2, 2014

January New Releases in Christian Fiction

Happy New Year!! 

New Releases in CBA Trade Christian Fiction for January 2014 include 35 new releases and reprints from Abingdon Press, B&H Fiction, Barbour Publishing, Bethany House Publishers, Center Street, Harvest House Publishers, Revell Books, River North, Thomas Nelson, WaterBrook Multnomah and other publishing houses of CBA Trade fiction.

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Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most and you can enter the Rafflecopter draw. 

Contest entries close Friday January 17 NZDT.



Be in to win a copy of one of the following:

The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis
Solomon's Song by Roberta Kells Dorr
Songs of the Shenandoah by Michael K. Reynolds
Shadowed By Grace by Cara C. Putman
All Things Hidden by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse
Dare to Love Again by Julie Lessman
Huckleberry Hill by Jennifer Beckstrand 
Once Upon a Winter's Heart by Melody Carlson
Scraps of Evidence by Barbara Cameron


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The Quaker and the Rebel (Civil War Heroines #1)
Mary Ellis

  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780736950503

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Bestselling author Mary Ellis presents The Quaker and the Rebel, Book 1 of her brand-new Civil War historical romance series, which tells the stories of brave women in times of testing and the men who love them.

Emily Harrison's life has been turned upside down. At the beginning of the Civil War, she bravely attempted to continue her parents' work as conductors in the Underground Railroad until their Ohio farm was sold in foreclosure. Now alone, she accepts a position as a governess with a doctor's family in slave-holding Virginia. Perhaps she can continue her rescue efforts from there.

Alexander Hunt is the doctor's handsome nephew. While he does not deny a growing attraction to his uncle's newest employee, he cannot take time to pursue Emily. Alex is not at all what he seems--rich, spoiled, and indolent. He is the elusive Gray Wraith, a Quaker leader of Rebel partisans. A man of the shadows, he carries no firearm and wholeheartedly believes in Emily's antislavery convictions.

The path before Alex and Emily is complicated and sometimes life threatening. The war brings betrayal, entrapment, and danger to both of them. Amid their growing feelings for each other, can they find faith in God amid the challenges they face and trust in the possibility for a bright future together?


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Solomon's Song [REPRINT]
Roberta Kells Dorr

  • River North
  • Historical/Biblical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780802409553

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The sadness and the tenderness of life are felt so acutely in the presence of beauty, and love is revealed more in our sorrow than in our joy. -Solomon, from Solomon's Song

The wisest of all kings, beloved son of King David and his wife Bathsheba, builder of a prosperous empire, lover to many wives and concubines-King Solomon was once merely a son of David with no guarantee of ever taking the throne. On the cusp of adulthood, with no direction in life, Solomon found himself infatuated . . . in love with a lowly shepherdess, a young maiden chosen for his father to serve David in his later years.

Overhead clouds ceased to discharge life-giving rain, and the anxious people looked to King David for relief from the famine. In their weakness they turned from Yahweh and sacrificed to foreign gods. But David's eldest son, Adonijah had a plan, one that could cost the Benjamites their lives. Revenge.

Solomon was still Bathsheba's eldest son's and with it came certain family expectations. His mother wanted nothing less than the throne for her eldest living son. He must marry a princess first, and then he can marry any common woman he desired. 

Solomon struggled against family expectations and his chief rival, his own brother, Adonijah; he fought against the most disappointing aspect of his quest to become ruler, "Love is nothing, when pitted against strength and power."


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Songs of the Shenandoah (Heirs of Ireland #3)
Michael K. Reynolds

  • B&H Fiction
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781433678219

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At the onset of the Civil War, Seamus heeds his wife’s wishes to return to her beloved family farm in the South, where he takes a post as chaplain for General Stonewall Jackson’s brigade. As Seamus ministers to the troops, his sister Clare ministers in a different way—by being a powerful voice in the Northern cause toward freeing the slaves. All this while their youngest brother Davin, who became wealthy during the Gold Rush, struggles to find love and identity in a fallen world.

It’s a clash of loyalties and beliefs that threaten the entire family, each of them trying to hear God’s encouragement in the midst of the tragedy of war. The dramatic conclusion to the acclaimed Heirs of Ireland Series.


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Shadowed By Grace
Cara C. Putman

  • B&H Fiction
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781433681783

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Shadowed by Grace is a dramatic story inspired by the Monuments Men of World War II by acclaimed author Cara C. Putman.

Desperate to save her dying mother, Rachel accepts her newspaper’s assignment to travel to Italy to capture images dangerously close to the front lines of WWII. Her real motive – to find the father she never knew -- an artist she hopes can offer the comfort and support both she and her mother need to survive.

It’s an unlikely situation for love and faith to flourish, but soon Rachel not only finds herself, but also her long-lost earthly father, and ultimately, the man her Heavenly father created to cherish and provide for her.


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Call of the Prairie (Pioneer Promises #2)
Vickie McDonough

  • Whitaker House
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781603749626

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A Young Woman Dreaming of Freedom...
Sophie Davenport feels like a prisoner in her own house. In her twenty–two years, her overprotective parents have taken every possible measure to keep her from anything that might exacerbate her asthma–in other words, just about everything but reading and needlework. Yet Sophie longs for adventure...and for love. She corresponds clandestinely with a would–be suitor, until they meet and her wheezing scares him off. It seems her fragile health just might sentence her to a lifetime of monotonous inactivity.

A Young Man Dreaming of a Family...
Josh Harper is far more bookish than his brawny brothers. The middle child, he enjoys helping at his family's stagecoach stop in Kansas, where he spends a great deal of time crafting furniture and other items out of wood. But, before long, his book smarts draw him to the nearby city of Windmill, where he begins work as manager of his uncle's bank. He also looks after his niece and nephew, who spend their weeks in town to attend school. The change of scenery is welcome, but Josh yearns for a family of his own. Too bad eligible females are not plenteous on the prairie.

A Reality That Seems to Stand in the Way...
When Sophie's aunt, a resident of Windmill, falls ill and requires help, Sophie volunteers. Despite his hesitation, her father finally relents and lets her go, as there is no other option. Her new role brings her into contact with the children boarding at her aunt's home–and with the handsome uncle of two of them. Is there a larger purpose in her coming to Windmill? Or will Josh Harper reject her, if not for her frail health, then for the rocky nature of their relationship?


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Beowulf (A Breed Apart #3)
Ronie Kendig

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Suspense/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781616266394

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Beowulf—a hulky, brindle-coated bullmastiff—is the only “boy” for Timbrel Hogan. And she has a history to remind her why. But when Timbrel, a handler at A Breed Apart, embarks on a mission to detect WMDs in Afghanistan, she reunites with Tony “Candyman” VanAllen and her no-other-man philosophy is challenged.

While tension mounts between Timbrel and Tony, the team comes under fire after Beowulf gets a “hit.” When tragedy threatens Tony’s career and Timbrel’s courage, they must maneuver through an intricate plot and a mission like no other. . . .


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A Girl to Come Home To [REPRINT]
Grace Livingston Hill

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Classic/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624163227

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A war hero wounded by love, Rodney Graeme returns home to face the aftermath of a broken engagement. But the past won’t fade without a fight. His ex-fiancée, Mrs. Jessica De Groot, insists on keeping old friendship alive.

Meanwhile, New Yorker Diana Winters is visiting a friend in town and sorting through her own love woes after receiving a marriage proposal she’s not sure she should accept. Just as Diana’s presence begins to salve Rodney’s hurt, Jessica’s jealousy flares and the real reason for her interest in her ex-beau comes to light, threatening new love. . .and government secrets.


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Blessings (Sommerfeld Trilogy #3) [MASS-MARKET REPRINT]
Kim Vogel Sawyer

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Mennonite/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167218

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Trina Muller has always had a passion for healing animals. But when she reveals her dream of going to veterinary college, both parents and beau object. Why can’t she accept that God’s will is for her to be a wife and mother?

Graham Ortmann loves Trina, but how can he possibly marry someone who is determined to go against the dictates of the Old Order Mennonite fellowship? Which life will Trina ultimately choose—one with love or one in pursuit of her dream?

Sommerfeld Trilogy in Mass-Market Editions:
Book 1 - Bygones
Book 2 - Beginnings


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The Bride Blunder (Prairie Promises #3) [MASS-MARKET REPRINT]
Kelly Eileen Hake

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167225

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Come visit Buttonwood for a marriage mistake like no other in the third novel of Kelly Eileen Hake’s Prairie Promises Series.

In the Nebraskan Territory of 1859, Gavin Miller writes home to request the hand of Miss Marguerite Chandler. Unfortunately, while he never forgot Marguerite was the French word for Daisy, he’d failed to recall that the two cousins shared their grandmother’s name, and Marge was the nickname of the wrong Miss Marguerite Chandler!

When his surprise bride comes to Buttonwood, unexpectedly followed by the very cousin he’d meant to marry, will Gavin be able to solve The Bride Blunder?

Prairie Promises Series in Mass-Market Editions:
Book 1 - The Bride Bargain
Book 2 - The Bride Backfire


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Finally a Bride (Texas Boardinghouse Brides #3) [MASS-MARKET REPRINT]
Vickie McDonough

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167232

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Keep your eyes wide open for romance in Lookout, Texas. Noah Jeffers enters town determined to make up for past misdeeds. Reporter Jacqueline Davis is determined to nail her story. Will she uncover Noah’s secret before he can capture her heart?

With nowhere else to go, ex-con Carly Payton returns to the Lookout boardinghouse. Garrett Corbett is looking for an upstanding wife, not some jailbird. What will he do when overpowered by Carly’s unassuming appeal? Does love deserve a second look?

Texas Boardinghouse Brides Series in Mass-Market Editions:
Book 1 - The Anonymouse Bride
Book 2 - Second Chance Brides


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The Raven Saint (Charles Towne Belles #3) [MASS-MARKET REPRINT]
MaryLu Tyndall

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167249

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Join bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall for a seafaring historical full of romance, intrigue, action, and adventure.

Grace Westcott has piously served God her whole life. Captain Rafe Dubois cannot pass up the opportunity to earn more gold toward the hospital he’s building for the poor by kidnapping Admiral Westcott’s youngest daughter. But when the missionary and the mercenary meet, it’s full-sail-ahead into tumultuous waters!

Find out what happens when a bitter mercenary who’s sworn off God falls in love with a pious woman determined to change him.

Charles Towne Belles Series
 in Mass-Market Editions:
Book 1 - The Red Siren
Book 2 - The Blue Enchantress

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Simple Choices (The Harmony Series #3) [MASS-MARKET REPRINT]
Nancy Mehl

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Mennonite/Suspense
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167256

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Set your GPS for the small town of Harmony, Kansas, where a city girl becomes embroiled in mystery and romance.

Graphic designer Gracie Temple is engaged to Sam Goodrich. As she returns from chaperoning her protégée, Hannah Mueller, during summer art classes in the city, Gracie is eager to finish her wedding plans and marry the man of her dreams.

 But unexpected events threaten to disrupt the peaceful lives of those in Harmony—and Gracie’s wedding. Hannah goes missing, and Gracie’s happy plans become a mess of suspicion and fear. Will Gracie ever find contentment and marital bliss in Harmony?

The Harmony Series in Mass-Market Editions:
Book 1 - Simple Secrets
Book 2 - Simple Deceit

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Gingham Mountain (Lassoed in Texas #3) [MASS-MARKET REPRINT]
Mary Connealy

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167263

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All aboard for a delightful, suspense-filled romance, where a Texan is torn between his attraction to a meddlesome schoolmarm and the charms of a designing dressmaker.

When Hannah Cartwright meets Grant, she’s determined to keep him from committing her orphans to hard labor on his ranch. How far will she go to ensure their welfare?

Grant is determined to provide a home for the two kids brought in by the orphan train. Can he keep his ragtag family together while steering clear of love and marriage?

Lassoed in Texas Series in Mass-Market Editions:
Book 1 - Petticoat Ranch
Book 2 - Calico Canyon

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High Plains Hearts (Romancing America)
Janet Spaeth

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167348

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Travel to the plains in three North Dakota romances where dreams grow big and hearts are drawn to love.

  • When coffeehouse owner Jake shows interest in Angel’s Roost gift shop owner Tess’s angelic wares, Tess wonders about their future—and what Jake really believes about angels. 
  •  Lily has suffered a string of devastating losses. Maybe helping rebuild flood-destroyed Wildwood will revive her dreams, too. 
  • When a sale ad for a defunct North Dakota resort blew up against Olivia’s Boston-bound car, it caught her attention. . .then her determination to bring new life there again.


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A Time to Laugh Romance Collection
Wanda E. Brunstetter, Gail Sattler, Janice Thompson

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167409

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Get set for six lighthearted adventures in romance from three leading authors.

  • Lois rebounds into the arms of a clown. 
  • Shy Tabby takes a ventriloquism class. 
  • Distrustful Shannon has a secret admirer. 
  • Carolyn is pursued by man who is opposite of her dreams.
  • Taffie tries to save the family business.  
  • Tangie puts a Broadway career on hold. 

Enjoy a few laughs as the brokenhearted learn that a little bit of playful romance can turn life’s disappointments around.


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The Brides of Webster County Omnibus [REPRINT]
Wanda E. Brunstetter

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Contemporary/Amish/Romance
  • 1 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781624167430

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Enjoy the bestselling Brides of Webster County series of four novels all under one value-priced cover. This jumbo volume encases four beloved novels by New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter.

Four Missouri women struggle to fit to the expectation of their Amish community and to trust God when life hands them unexpected challenges of widowhood, parenting, careers, and dating.

Brides of Webster County on Amazon Kindle:
Book 1 - Going Home
Book 2 - On Her Own
Book 3 - Dear to Me
Book 4 - Allison's Journey


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The Dancing Master
Julie Klassen

  • Bethany House
  • Historical/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764210709

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Finding himself the man of the family, London dancing master Alec Valcourt moves his mother and sister to remote Devonshire, hoping to start over. But he is stunned to learn the village matriarch has prohibited all dancing, for reasons buried deep in her past.

Alec finds an unlikely ally in the matriarch's daughter. Though he's initially wary of Julia Midwinter's reckless flirtation, he comes to realize her bold exterior disguises a vulnerable soul--and hidden sorrows of her own.

Julia is quickly attracted to the handsome dancing master--a man her mother would never approve of--but she cannot imagine why Mr. Valcourt would leave London, or why he evades questions about his past. With Alec's help, can Julia uncover old secrets and restore life to her somber village...and to her mother's tattered heart?

Filled with mystery and romance, The Dancing Master brings to life the intriguing profession of those who taught essential social graces for ladies and gentlemen hoping to make a "good match" in Regency England.


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All Things Hidden
Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse

  • Bethany House
  • Historical/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764211195

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Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse Team Up to Deliver a Stunning Depression-Era Drama

Gwyn Hillerman loves being a nurse at her father's clinic on the beautiful Alaskan frontier. But family life has been rough ever since her mother left them, disdaining the uncivilized country and taking Gwyn's younger sister with her.

In Chicago, Dr. Jeremiah Vaughan finds his life suddenly turned upside down when his medical license is stripped away after an affluent patient dies. In a snowball effect, his fiance breaks their engagement. In an attempt to bury the past, Jeremiah accepts Dr. Hillerman's invitation to join his growing practice in the isolated Alaska Territory.

Gwyn and Jeremiah soon recognize a growing attraction to each other. But when rumors of Jeremiah's past begin to surface, they'll need more than love to face the threat of an uncertain future.


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A Match Made in Texas
Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, Carol Cox

  • Bethany House 
  • Historical/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780764211768

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In the small town of Dry Gulch, Texas, a good-hearted busybody just can't keep herself from surreptitiously trying to match up women in dire straits with men of good character she hopes can help them. How is she to know she's also giving each couple a little nudge toward love?

A Cowboy Unmatched
Neill isn't sure who hired him to repair Clara's roof--he only knows Clara desperately needs his help. Can he convince this stubborn widow to let down her guard and take another chance on love?

An Unforeseen Match
Hoping to earn an honest wage on his way to the land rush, Clayton ends up on Grace's doorstep, lured by a classified ad. He may have signed on for more than he expected though--and he may have found the one woman who can keep him from moving on.

No Match for Love
Andrew can't fathom how refined Lucy ended up as the caretaker to his dotty aunt, and somehow her arrival has prompted even more bizarre occurrences around the ranch. When they join forces to unearth the truth, will the attraction between Andrew and Lucy develop into more?

Meeting Her Match
When the tables are turned and a tenderhearted meddler becomes the beneficiary of a matchmaking scheme, her world is turned upside down. As her entire life changes, will she finally be able to tell the banker's son how much she cares for him?


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Dare to Love Again (The Heart of San Francisco #2)
Julie Lessman

  • Revell Books
  • Historical/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800721664

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Spunky Allison McClare is determined to be a fearless, independent woman, resorting to a mammoth hat pin for protection on her way to and from the school where she teaches. But when she takes a notion to explore the wild Barbary Coast she quickly discovers she is no match for rum-soaked brute strength.

Detective Nick Barone would rather do almost anything than teach this petite socialite jiu-jitsu, but it seems he has little choice in the matter. Sparks fly every time the two meet until a grudging friendship develops into something deeper. But when Nick suddenly leaves town, Allison realizes he's a fraud just like all the rest of the men she's cared for. Does she dare love again?

The lushness of the glorious Gilded Age beautifully showcases Lessman's passion as a writer in this engaging love story written with humor and heart. From the glamour of San Francisco's Nob Hill to the seedy gambling dens of the Barbary Coast, Dare to Love Again is a journey to find a love that never fails. Fans will love revisiting the world of the cousins McClare, and new readers will seek more of Julie's passion-filled novels.


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No One To Trust (Hidden Identity #1)
Lynette Eason

  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary/Suspense
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800722081

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Summer Abernathy wakes up one morning to find her husband missing, three men in her home intent on finding him, and the life she's been living based on a lie. Which Kyle Abernathy did she marry? The computer programmer she met in line at the bank? Or the one who was apparently using that image as a cover story?

The search for her husband--and answers--takes Summer ever deeper into a world of organized crime where people are used one moment and discarded the next. And with her deepest relationship of trust already shattered, Summer doesn't know who to believe.

Always thrilling, Lynette Eason outdoes herself in this taut, breakneck story of lies, loyalties, and love that will have readers up all night to discover the truth hidden in the shadows.


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She Shall Be Praised (Women of Hope #3)Ginny Aiken
  • FaithWords
  • Historical/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780892968466

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When socialite Emma Crowell stops the carriage on the way to Portland to 'exercise' her new puppy, the last thing she expects is to be left behind in decidedly unsuitable attire, let alone kidnapped. Fortunately, she is soon found by local rancher Peter Lowery. Unfortunately, he has no intention of abandoning his livelihood to take her back to civilization until the fall. He will, however, provide food, shelter and safety, and in return he expects Emma to earn her keep.

Emma is surprised to find she enjoys the challenges of life at the cabin and feels drawn to Peter and his young son Robby. But though willing to learn, no matter how she tries, she never seems to live up to expectations. As Emma seeks God's guidance and aspires to the picture of womanhood shown in the 31st chapter of Proverbs, Peter comes to realize that he may be underestimating the strength and character behind this woman's beauty.
 


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A Promise Kept
Robin Lee Hatcher

  • Thomas Nelson
  • Historical/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401687656

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God was going to save her marriage, Allison was sure of it. But neither her husband nor her marriage had been saved.

What had become of His promise?

Tony Kavanagh had been Allison’s dream-come-true. They were in love within days, engaged within weeks, married and pregnant within a year. Her cup bubbled over with joy . . . but years later, that joy had been extinguished by unexpected trials.

The day Allison issued her husband an ultimatum, she thought it might save him. She never expected he would actually leave. She was certain God had promised to heal; it was clear that she'd misunderstood.

Now, living in the quiet mountain cabin she inherited from her single, self-reliant Great Aunt Emma, Allison must come to terms with her grief and figure out how to adapt to small town life. But when she finds a wedding dress and a collection of journals in Emma’s attic, a portrait of her aunt emerges that takes Allison completely by surprise: a portrait of a heartbroken woman surprisingly like herself.

As Allison reads the incredible story of Emma’s life in the 1920s and 1930s, she is forced to ask a difficult question: Does she really surrender every piece of her life to the Lord?

Drawing from her own heart-wrenching story of redemption, A Promise Kept is Robin Lee Hatcher’s emotionally charged thanksgiving to a God who answers prayers—in His own time and His own ways.



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Luminary (The Anomaly #2)
Krista McGee

  • Thomas Nelson
  • Speculative/Fantasy/Young Adult
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401688745

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Thalli thought escaping to the surface would mean freedom. But is she any less of an anomaly aboveground?

After escaping an underground annihilation chamber, Thalli, Berk, Rhen, and John find themselves fleeing across the former United States, aboveground for the first time. As the defectors cross the for gotten landscape, the three youths see things the y had only read about on screens: horses, rain, real books—and a colony of unsanctioned survivors living the ancient way in a town called New Hope.

When the citizens of New Hope reveal the truth of what happened years ago, Thalli is left unsettled and skeptical of everything she’s ever been told. Can she trust anything from the State, including her own feelings for Berk? When she volunteers for a peace mission to New Hope’s violent neighbor, Athens, her confusion mounts as the supposedly ruthless Prince Ale x turns out to be kind and charming. Although everyone in New Hope warned her not to, she can’t help but fall for him.

Meanwhile, John’s unwavering faith in the goodness of the Designer begins to make its mark on Thalli’s heart. But can Thalli really come to trust in a generous, protective Designer who rules over all things? Would that not be setting herself up for another betrayal?

The time for her to decide is now . . . because the State is closing in.


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Huckleberry Hill (The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #1)
Jennifer Beckstrand

  • Kensington Zebra
  • Contemporary/Amish/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781420133561

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With their thirteen children grown, Anna and Felty Helmuth are ready for their next adventure — trying their hands at matchmaking. Huckleberry Hill just might turn out to be the most romantic spot in Wisconsin.

 Moses Zimmerman knew his grandparents couldn't resist trying to find him a wife. But he never expected it would be a woman tall enough to look him in the eye, and honest enough to make him question a promise holding him to his past.


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Once Upon a Winter's Heart
Melody Carlson

  • Center Street
  • Contemporary/Romance
  • 7 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781455528110

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Emma Burcelli has suffered over a decade of dating disasters. But she concludes that love is officially dead when her grandfather Poppi suddenly passes, leaving her grandmother Nona devastated. To help out, Emma works in the family bookstore, which Nona insists must be decked out in sweetheart décor as Poppi would have done for Valentine's Day. Although she feels like a V-Day Scrooge, Emma quickly learns to enjoy the task with the help of a handsome family friend, Lane Forester, who shows her that hanging hearts is much more fun when done to the tune of Dean Martin. As Emma and Lane share time and memories of Poppi, she reconsiders the notion that romance is alive.

Just as Emma's heart begins to lift, however, she learns her sister has already staked a claim on Lane. Emma's mother and sister insist Lane only sees her as a future sister-in-law, but she can't help wondering if it could be something more.


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The Calling (The Inn at Eagle Hill #2)
Suzanne Woods Fisher

  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary/Amish/Romance
  • 14 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800720940

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Twenty-year-old Bethany Schrock is restless. Her love life has derailed, her faith hangs by a thread, and she is spending the incredibly hot summer days wading through a lifetime's accumulation of junk at the home of five ancient Amish sisters. About the only thing that holds her interest is the spirited and dangerously handsome Jimmy Fisher--and he seems bent on irritating her to no end.

When the sly old sisters and a guest at the Inn get Bethany involved in running the local soup kitchen and starting a community garden, she suddenly finds herself wondering, Shootfire! How did that happen? Despite her newfound purposefulness, a gnawing emptiness about a childhood mystery continues to plague her. Encouraged by Jimmy Fisher, she will seek out the answers she craves--and uncover a shocking secret that will break her heart, heal it, and point her to love.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher delivers her trademark twists, turns, and tender romance in this delightful and exciting visit to the deceptively quiet community of Stoney Ridge.


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Smitten Book Club (Smitten Series #3)
Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, Denise Hunter

  • Thomas Nelson
  • Contemporary/Romance
  • 14 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401687168

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The century-old Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship is no ordinary book club choice. But for the little book club in Smitten, Vermont, it might be their best pick yet!

The thick, leathery tome Heather pulled out of the dusty cardboard box was definitely coming home with her. Not only was The Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship an appealing curiosity by virtue of its title; it was also written by Smitten, Vermont native Pearl Chambers, a local gentlewoman from three generations back.

Little did Heather know the repercussions this little curiosity would have on her and her friends’ romantic exploits.

When Heather and her fellow book club members begin passing the book around, their respective interpretations are unleashed on their respective love lives . . . for better or for worse. Is it a mystery? An idealist fantasy? An intimation of Jane Austen? As romantic love finds its way to each woman, the Guide proves itself both surprisingly prescient and hilariously irrelevant.

What’s more, a handwritten inscription indicates that the arcane book might hold the only extant clues leading to buried gold—exactly what one of the members needs to keep her house. How could they not go treasure hunting?

In this remarkable collaborative novel, besties Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt tackle the tale of the Gentlewoman’s Guide by writing for one book club member apiece. Smitten Book Club is a hopeful, hilarious story of friendship and healing, written by friends for friends.



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Snapshot
Lis Wiehl

  • Thomas Nelson
  • Contemporary/Suspense
  • 14 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781401689520

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Two little girls, frozen in black and white. One picture worth killing for.

The Civil Rights Movement is less than a distant memory to Lisa Waldren—it is someone else’s memory altogether, passed on to her through the pages of history. Her life as a federal prosecutor in Boston feels utterly remote from the marches in the South that changed her father’s generation—and the entire nation—forever.

But the truth is, she was there.

When a photograph surfaces showing a blond, four-year-old Lisa playing with an African-American girl at a civil rights march in Fort Worth, Lisa is faced with a jarring revelation: the girls may have been the only witnesses who observed the real killer of civil rights leader Benjamin Gray . . . and therefore the only ones who can exonerate the death row inmate falsely accused of the murder.

Soon, Lisa finds herself in the dangerous world her father had shielded her from as a child. After some searching, the Waldrens find the other little girl from the photo and, in the process, uncover conspiracy mere steps away from the likes of Bobby Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and J. Edgar Hoover.

Based on real events and a photograph snapped by author Lis Wiehl’s own G-man father, Snapshot is a remarkably original marriage of mystery and history.


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The Quilted Hearts Omnibus
Mona Hodgson

  • WaterBrook Multnomah
  • Historical/Romance
  • 21 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780307731142

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Like a beautiful patchwork quilt, the three novellas in The Quilted Heart tell stories of lives stitched together with love and God’s unending grace.

Once a week, Elsa Brantenberg hosts the Saint Charles Quilting Circle at her farmhouse on the outskirts of the riverside town of St. Charles, Missouri. The ladies who gather there have all experienced heartache related to the intense hardships of the Civil War, and together, they are facing their painful circumstances with friendship and prayer. Can the tattered pieces of their hearts be stitched together by God’s grace?

Dandelions on the Wind
When Maren Jensen took a job on Elsa Brantenberg’s St. Charles, Missouri farm, she never expected to call the place her home. As she grows to love Mrs. Brantenberg and her granddaughter, Gabi, Maren is transformed from a lonely mail-order bride-without-a-groom to a beloved member of the Brantenberg household. But when Gabi’s father, Rutherford “Wooly” Wainwright, returns to the farm unexpectedly, everything changes for Maren, and she feels compelled to find another job. Are her choices in obedience to God, or is she running from His plan?

Bending Toward the Sun
Dedicated to her education and to helping her father in his general store, Emilie Heinrich is convinced she doesn't have time for love. But when a childhood friend returns to St. Charles, Missouri, after serving in the Civil War, his smile and charm captures Emilie’s eye and her heart. Will she be forced to choose between honoring her father and a future with a husband and family of her own?

Ripples Along the Shore
Change is brewing in St. Charles. A group of brave souls are preparing to head west on the Boone's Lick Wagon Train, led by the mysterious and handsome Garrett Cowlishaw, who served as a Confederate soldier in the war that killed Caroline’s husband. Despite her dislike for him, Caroline is tempted to join the wagon train and start fresh somewhere new, but when Mr. Cowlishaw forbids her—a single woman—to travel with them, will one man’s prejudice destroy Caroline’s hope for a new future? Or will the ripples of God’s love bring the answer she needs?


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Echoes of Mercy
Kim Vogel Sawyer

  • WaterBrook Multnomah
  • Historical/Romance
  • 21 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780307731272

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Sometimes a secret must be kept for the truth to be revealed.

When a suspicious accident occurs at the famous Dinsmore Chocolate Factory in Sinclair, Kansas, Caroline Lang goes undercover as a factory worker to investigate the circumstances surrounding the event and how the factory treats its youngest employees—the child workers. Caroline’s fervent faith, her difficult childhood, and compassionate heart drove her to her job as an investigator for the Labor Commission and she is compelled to see children freed from such heavy adult responsibilities, to allow them to pursue an education.

Oliver Dinsmore, heir to the Dinsmore candy dynasty, has his own investigation to conduct. Posing as a common worker known as “Ollie Moore,” he aims to find out all he can about the family business before he takes over for his father. Caroline and Oliver become fast friends, but tension mounts when the two find themselves at odds about the roles of child workers. Hiding their identities becomes even more difficult when fate brings them together over three children in desperate need. When all is revealed, will the truth destroy the love starting to grow between them?


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With Autumn's Return (Westward Winds #3)Amanda Cabot
  • Revell Books
  • Historical/Romance
  • 21 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9780800734619

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Elizabeth Harding arrives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to establish her medical practice thanks to the wooing of her two older sisters who extolled the beauty of the land. She's certain she'll have a line of patients eager for her expertise and gentle bedside manner. However, she soon discovers the town and its older doctor may not welcome a new physician. Even more frustrating, the handsome young attorney next door may not be ready for the idea of a woman doctor. For his part, Jason Nordling has nothing against women, but he's promised himself that the woman he marries will be a full-time mother.

Despite their firm principles, Elizabeth and Jason find that mutual attraction--and disdain from the community--is drawing them ever closer. And when the two find themselves working to save the life and tattered reputation of a local woman, they'll have to decide how far they're willing to go to find justice--and true love.


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Scraps of Evidence (Quilts of Love)
Barbara Cameron

  • Abingdon Press
  • Contemporary/Suspense/Romance
  • 21 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781426752780

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Tess has taken some ribbing from her fellow officer, Logan, for her quilting hobby. He finds it hard to align the brisk professional officer he patrols with during the day with the one who quilts in her off-time. Besides, he’s been trying to get to know her better and he’d like to be seeing her during those few nights a week she spends with her quilting guild.

Then one afternoon Tess and Logan visit her aunt in the nursing home, and the woman acts agitated when Tess covers her with the story quilt. Aunt Susan is attempting to communicate a message to them about Tess’s uncle. There’s a story behind this quilt, they realize, one that may lead them to a serial killer. Will they have a chance to have a future together, or will the killer choose Tess for his next victim before they find him?


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Butterfly Palace
Colleen Coble

  • Thomas Nelson
  • Contemporary/Suspense/Romance
  • 21 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781595547835

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Elegance and wealth. Privilege and politics. The extravagance of the Butterfly Palace overwhelmed Lily’s senses and nearly smothered her painful memories. She pushed away her misgivings . . . She was perfectly safe in this huge house.

Austin, Texas—1904: Abandoned by the love of her life and still mourning the loss of her mother, Lily Donaldson has turned her back on the pain and come to Austin for a fresh start, working for the Marshall family as a kitchen maid in their luxurious mansion, the Butterfly Palace. The tasks before her are legion, and her mistress less than pleasant, but at least Lily’s new life will be, if nothing else, distracting.

But one night, while serving at a dinner party, Lily recognizes the man who abandoned her, Andy, her liaison from the livery stable, the blacksmith’s son . . . sitting among the distinguished guests. Though he recognizes her, Andy does not acknowledge her aloud, and Lily is left reeling, flabbergasted, and irate.

But before she can get an explanation, the path of the Servant Girl Killer swerves very close to the Butterfly Palace, sowing terror among the maids. Having come to Austin to start anew, Lily suddenly feels trapped in a spider web. How can she know who to trust in a house where lies come dressed in fine suits and deceit in silk gowns the colors of butterfly wings?



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Eyes Wide Open
Ted Dekker

  • Worthy Press
  • Speculative/Suspense/Thriller
  • 21 January 2014
  • ISBN: 9781617952739

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Who am I?

My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen and I'm about to die.

I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking.

Some will say that I m not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don t even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

My name is Christy Snow. I'm seventeen. I'm about to die.

So who are you?

In a return to the kind of storytelling that made Black, Showdown and Three unforgettable, Ted Dekker drags that question into the light with this modern day parable about how we see ourselves.

Humming with intensity and blindsided twists, Eyes Wide Open is raw adrenaline from the first page to the last pure escapism packed with inescapable truth. Not all is as it seems. Or is it? Strap yourself in for the ride of your life. Literally.


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