Upcoming Christian Novels: Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

Flights of Fancy #1  -     By: Jen Turano

Release date: January 1, 2019

Author: Jen Turano

Plot Summary: Jen Turano’s latest novel is coming out early next month. The novel, which looks like a romantic comedy, has to potential to be an interesting Christian movie. Flights of Fancy tells the story of Isadora Delafield, and her run-in with Ian MacKenzie. Isadora may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she’s always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania. Ian is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he’s unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner. Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora’s secret threaten those they love, they’ll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after. I hope that this novel is as good I as I think it can be. 


Upcoming Christian Novels: The Line Between by Tosca Lee

The Line Between  -     By: Tosca Lee

Release date: January 29, 2019

Author: Tosca Lee

Plot summary: Tosca Lee’s newest novel is coming out late next month. The novel – a thriller –  tells the story of Wynter Roth. Turned out of a self-contained doomsday cult, Wynter finds herself in a land plagued by a dementia epidemic. When her sister steals medical samples that could provide answers, Wynter teams up with Chase Miller to smuggle them to a Colorado lab—not certain if he’s reliable. In a world on the brink of madness, what—and whom—do you trust? This novel sounds interesting; I hope that it will overcome the usual pitfalls of this genre and stand out. 

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

The Curse of Misty Wayfair  -     By: Jaime Jo Wright

Release date: January 22, 2019

Author: Jaime Jo Wright

Plot summary: Jaime Jo Wright is releasing her newest standalone novel, a time travel mystery, late next month. The novel tells the intersecting stories of Thea Reed and Heidi Lane. Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin, in 1908. When clues lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a post-mortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death. A century later, Heidi receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman who haunts the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life. As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, can they overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined?

Upcoming Christian Novels: Of Fire and Lions by Mesu Andrews

Of Fire and Lions

Release Date: March 2019

Author: Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews, a talented author of Biblical fiction, is releasing the second book in her A Novel of Prophets and Kings series. Andrews is known for crafting raw and real characters who grow closer to God through their struggles, and for her dedication to Biblical accuracy. This new novel, titled Of Fire and Lions, tells the story of Belili, wife of the prophet Daniel. Survival. A Hebrew girl first tasted the need of it when she escaped death nearly seventy years ago as the Babylonian army ransacked Jerusalem and took their finest as captives. She honed her skill while living among the Medes, bowing her knee to both gods and men. Now, as Daniel’s wife and matriarch of her family, Belili thinks she’s safe and can live out her days in Babylon without fear—until the night Daniel is escorted to King Belshazzar’s palace to interpret mysterious handwriting on a wall. On that very night, the Medo-Persian Army invades, and Belili’s tightly-wound secrets begin to unravel. As Yahweh’s sovereign hand guides Jerusalem’s exiles to the end of captivity, can the frightened Hebrew girl break the chains of survival and dare to live in truth? And how will the conqueror, King Darius, respond to Babylon’s longest-living wise man, a man who prays to Yahweh alone? Experience, with Daniel and Belili, the majesty and splendor of Yahweh, the God of fire and lions. I am excited to read this new novel and hope that Andrews will continue to live up to her own high standards.

Upcoming Christian Novels: We Hope for Better Things by Erin Bartels

We Hope for Better Things  -     By: Erin Bartels

Release date: January 1, 2019

Author: Erin Bartels

Plot Summary:

Erin Bartels first novel is coming out early next month. Bartels, an experienced writer, has much to bring to the table, and we expect great things from her writing! When unemployed reporter Elizabeth agrees to look in on a great aunt, she has no idea that one visit to her 150-year-old Michigan farmhouse will lead to a mystery stretching back to the days of the Underground Railroad! Confronted with one riddle after another, will Elizabeth discover that the key to her future lies with the past? This novel looks very interesting. I hope to read and review it here at BOR soon!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

Flight of the Raven #2  -     By: Morgan L. Busse

Release date: April 30, 2019

Author: Morgan L. Busse

Plot Summary: Selene Ravenwood, once the heir to House Ravenwood, is now an exile. On the run and free of her family’s destiny, Selene hopes to find the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking. But first she must adapt to her new life as wife to Lord Damien Maris, the man she was originally assigned to kill. While adjusting to her marriage and her home in the north, her power over dreams begins to grow. As the strongest dreamwalker to exist in ages, her expanding power attracts not only nightmares but the attention of the Dark Lady herself. With a war looming on the horizon and a wicked being after her gift, Selene is faced with a choice: embrace the Dark Lady’s offer, or search out the one who gave her the gift of dreamwalking. One path offers power, the other offers freedom. But time is running out, and soon her choice will be made for her. I look forward to Busse’s new novel with anticipation!

Upcoming Christian Novels: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz

A Bound Heart  -     By: Laura Frantz

Release date: January 1, 2019

Author: Laura Frantz

Plot summary: Laura Frantz is releasing her newest medieval romance early next month. The novel, titled A Bound Heart, tells the story of Magnus and Lark. Magnus is a prosperous Scottish laird; Lark a beekeeper whose tincture might help Magnus’s mate conceive. When his wife dies suddenly, accusations fly, and Magnus and Lark find themselves sent to Virginia as indentured servants. Will a new land bring new hope—and love? I hope that this plot delivers (no pun intended), more than what is described. 

Upcoming Christian Novels: Under the Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

Under the Midnight Sun #3  -     By: Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse

Release date: January 1, 2019

Author(s): Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Plot summary: 

Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse are releasing their sequel to Out of the Ashes, which is also the third book in their Heart of Alaska series. The novel tells the stories of Tayler Hale and Thomas Smith. Tayler is ahead of her time as one of the first women naturalists. She has always loved adventure and the great outdoors, and her remote job location also helps keep her away from the clutches of the man to whom she once made a foolish promise. It seems she must keep running, however, and in secret, her boss from Yellowstone arranges for a new job . . . in Alaska. The popular Curry Hotel continues to thrive in 1929 as more visitors come to Alaska and venture into the massive national park surrounding Denali. Recent graduate Thomas Smith has returned to the hotel and the people he considers family. But when a woman naturalist comes to fill the open position and he must work with her, everything becomes complicated. The summer brings unexpected guests and trouble to Curry. With his reputation at stake, will Thomas be able to protect Tayler from the danger that follows? Unfortunately, this looks like a very typical Peterson plot. I was hoping for more after the promising book that preceded this one. Maybe Peterson and Woodhouse will surprise us. 

Upcoming Christian Novels: Two Weeks by Karen Kingsbury

Two Weeks, hardcover  -     By: Karen Kingsbury

Release date: April 2, 2019

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Plot Summary: Karen Kingsbury’s latest installment in the Baxter family series is coming out in April of next year. The newest novel, Two Weeks, tells the story of Cole Blake and his true love, Elise. Cole, son of Landon and Ashley Baxter Blake, is months away from going off to college and taking the first steps towards his dream—a career in medicine. But as he starts his final semester of high school he meets Elise, a mysterious new girl who captures his attention—and heart—from day one. Elise has her heart set on mending her wild ways and rediscovering the good girl she used to be. But not long after the semester starts, she discovers she’s pregnant. Eighteen and alone, she shares her secret with Cole. Undaunted by the news, and in love for the first time in his life, Cole is determined to support Elise—even if it means skipping college, marrying her, and raising another man’s baby.When Elise decides to place her baby up for adoption, she is matched with Aaron and Lucy Williams, who moved to Bloomington, Indiana to escape seven painful years of infertility. Two Weeks is a story about love, faith, and what it really means to be a family. I hope that Kingsbury will surprise us in this new novel.

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall

The Liberty Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #6)

Release date: December 1, 2018

Author: MaryLu Tyndall

Plot Summary: MaryLu Tyndall is releasing her latest novel, The Liberty Bride,  early next month. This novel is the sixth installment in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, a project that several historical romance authors have collaborated on. The novel tell the stories of Emeline Baratt and Owen Masters. A trip home from England to Maryland in 1812 finds Emeline a captive on a British warship and forced to declare her allegiance between the British and Americans. Remaining somewhat politically neutral on a ship where her nursing skills are desperately needed is fairly easy—until she starts to have feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. However, when the captain sends her and Lieutenant Owen on land to spy, she must choose between her love for him and her love for her country.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Holiday Amnesia by Lynette Eason

Holiday Amnesia  -     By: Lynette Eason

Release date: December 1, 2018

Author: Lynette Eason

Plot Summary: Lynette Eason is releasing the third novel in her Wrangler’s Corner series early next month. The novel tells the story of Robin Hardy and Toby Potter. With no memory, who can she trust? Robin survived an explosion in her university lab–but her memories are gone. With danger lurking behind every Christmas tree, she needs shelter from the attackers she can’t identify. She’ll trust fellow professor Toby to safely hide her away. But when his secrets come between them, the truth could mean the difference between life and death this holiday season. Unfortunately, this looks like a very simple plotline with weak character arcs. We’ve been there and done the whole woman-has-amnesia-and-falls-in-love-with-captor/protector plot. This novel is sure to satisfy readers’ desires for a plot-line and characters reminiscent of a Hallmark movie. I hope Eason proves me wrong.

Upcoming Christian Novels: No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford

No Safe Place  -     By: Sherri Shackelford

Release date: December 31, 2018

Author: S

Plot Summary: Sherri Shackelford, a romantic suspense author for Love Inspired, is releasing her newest novel on the last day of this year. No Safe Place tells the hair-raising story of Beth Greenwood, and the conundrum faced by Corbin Ross. Corbin lives by the law. Beth’s running for her life. After Beth uncovers a money-laundering scheme tying her company to the organization that murdered her mentor, she knows she needs to go into hiding. With ruthless killers in pursuit, she’s forced to rely on Corbin’s protection–even as his investigation suggests Beth is complicit in embezzlement. Can their uneasy alliance develop into something deeper–and keep them alive? This novel looks like it has a great plot – when compared to most Love Inspired novels – I only hope that Shackelford will not neglect her character development. 

Upcoming Christian Novels: Bodyguard for Christmas by Carol J. Post

Bodyguard for Christmas (Love Inspired Suspense) by [Post, Carol J.]

Release date: D

Author: C

Plot Summary: Carol J. Post, a Love Inspired suspense author, is releasing her newest novel just in time for the Christmas season. This new novel, titled A Bodyguard for Christmas, tells the intersecting stories of Jasmine McNeal and Colton Gale. She has one chance to save them both. When his young son is nearly kidnapped, attorney Colton needs a Christmas refuge—and a live-in bodyguard. Though former military police officer Jasmine McNeal fights to shield them 24/7, she refuses to get attached. But growing close to the little boy and his father might be her only shot at keeping them alive—and becoming a family beyond the holidays. This novel seems both interesting and commonplace. I hope Post will surprise me with an original novel that holds the attention from cover to cover.

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

The Bride of Ivy Green #3  -     By: Julie Klassen

Release date: December 4, 2018

Author: Julie Klassen

Plot Summary: Julie Klassen is releasing the conclusion to her Tales From Ivy Hill series early next month. The novel tells the story of Jane Bell. Much has happened in idyllic Ivy Hill in recent months, and while several villagers have found new love and purpose, questions remain–and a few dearly held dreams have yet to be fulfilled. Jane is torn. Gabriel Locke is back and has made his intentions clear. But Jane is reluctant to give up her inn and destine another man to a childless marriage. Then someone she never expected to see again returns to Ivy Hill. Mercy Grove has lost her school and is resigned to life as a spinster, especially as the man she admires seems out of reach. Should she uproot herself from Ivy Cottage to become a governess for a former pupil? Her decision will change more lives than her own. A secretive new dressmaker arrives in the village, but the ladies soon suspect she isn’t who she claims to be. Will they oust the impostor, or help rescue her from a dangerous predicament?In the meantime, everyone expects Miss Brockwell to marry a titled gentleman, even though her heart is drawn to another. While the people of Ivy Hill anticipate one wedding, an unexpected bride may surprise them all.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher

Who I Am with You  -     By: Robin Lee Hatcher

Release date: December 11, 2018

Author: Robin Lee Hatcher

Plot Summary: Robin Lee Hatcher is releasing a new standalone novel towards the middle of next month. Who I Am With You tells the story of Jessica and Ridley. After losing her husband and daughter in a car accident, Jessica pulls away from friends as she faces tragedy, pregnancy, and her loss of faith alone. Meanwhile, her new next-door neighbor Ridley is trying to escape the disgrace that ended his career by retreating to his family’s vacation property. Can they help each other?

Upcoming Christian Novels: Searching for You by Jody Hedlund

Searching for You #3  -     By: Jody Hedlund

Release date: December 4, 2018

Author: Jody Hedlund

Plot Summary: Jody Hedlund is releasing the third installment in her Orphan Train series early next month. The novel could bring this series to a conclusion, however, nothing is confirmed. Much like the other books in the series, Searching for You tells the story of Sophie Neumann, a woman familiar with the term orphan. Despite years on the run, Sophie is determined to care for two young children. She won’t abandon them the way she thinks her older sisters abandoned her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing 1850s New York is her only option. Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. When the train stops in Illinois for the first placement of orphans, Sophie faces the most difficult choice of her life. Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that haunt him, he’s in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby train pleading for his help?

Upcoming Christian Novels: Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

Mind Games #1  -     By: Nancy Mehl

Release date: December 4, 2018

Author: Nancy Mehl

Plot Summary: Kaely Quinn’s talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she’s demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis. When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, the reporter’s ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem’s predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis. Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else–including Kaely herself–is killed.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Leaving Lavender Tides by Colleen Coble

Leaving Lavender Tides  -     By: Colleen Coble

Release date: December 4, 2018

Author: Colleen Coble

Plot Summary: Colleen Coble is releasing a new novella early in December of this year. The novella appears to be the conclusion to her Lavender Tides series, and finishes the story of Shauna and Zach Bannister. Having narrowly avoided tragedy in their hometown of Lavender Tides, Washington, Shauna and Zach Bannister are finally on a honeymoon cruise through the Hawaiian islands. Lost in the glow of their newfound love, they eagerly anticipate basking in the warmth of the lush tropics. But soon the newlyweds begin receiving mysterious threats. After Zach survives two attempts on his life – staged as freak accidents – Shauna ominously receives flowers from a stranger. The lovers become unwitting detectives in an urgent pursuit to discover the identity of their murderous stalker.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Lights on the Mountain by Cheryl Anne Tuggle

Lights on the Mountain: A Novel  -     By: Cheryl Anne Tuggle

Release date: December 15, 2018

Author: Cheryl Anne Tuggle

Plot Summary: Cheryl Anne Tuggle is releasing her newest standalone novel in December. The novel tells the story of Jess Hazel. Love, loss, and the memory of an otherworldly encounter haunt the days and nights of a Pennsylvania dairy farmer. Barely old enough to vote when he loses his parents in an accident and inherits the family farm, Jess struggles to find meaning in the life he has always loved. Unable to shake the memory of a strange light he has seen hovering on the mountain peak above his valley home, he embarks on a pilgrimage, a halting inner odyssey riddled with fits and false starts. Like the creek which cuts through the Allegheny foothills of its Western Pennsylvania setting, hope runs through every chapter of this novel. The beauty of the story lies in the unlikely people Jess encounters along the way, transmitters of a grace which at first hounds, then quietly eludes. Through events both tragic and joyous, Jess is led on a journey of self-discovery through ancestral sin, unexpected love, loss, holiness, compassion, forgiveness and redemption.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Tell Her No Lies by Kelly Irvin

Tell Her No Lies  -     By: Kelly Irvin

Release date: November 13, 2018

Author: K

Plot Summary: Kelly Irvin is releasing her newest romantic suspense standalone novel next month. The novel tells the story of Nina Fischer. Nina carries a camera wherever she goes – so she can view life through a filter. Safely. After her mother abandoned her to the streets, Nina has kept people at a distance, including her uncle, who adopted Nina and her sister. Wealthy and proud, he is a good man, a fair judge, and someone many in San Antonio admire.But when he is murdered, and the detective assigned to the case accuses Nina of the crime, she knows she must act. She’s determined to use her journalism background to find the real killer. The two men in her life want to help, but can she trust them? She’s known Rick since they were children, but now he’s an attorney whose political aspirations seem more important than Nina’s tragic loss. And then there’s Aaron, a news videographer; using their friendship could break the biggest story of his career. Following the evidence leads Nina on a journey of discovery into her father’s shocking masquerade as a law-abiding, family-loving Christian. Unlocking these secrets could prove fatal, but it’s the only way Nina will ever be able to trust love again.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

Mark of the Raven #1  -     By: Morgan L. Busse

Release Date: November 6, 2018

Author: M

Plot Summary:  Morgan L. Busse is releasing the first installment in her new Ravenwood Saga early next month. The novel tells the story of Lady Selene. Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood and the secret family gift of dreamwalking. As a dreamwalker, she can enter a person’s dreams and manipulate their greatest fears or desires. For the last hundred years, the Ravenwood women have used their gift of dreaming for hire to gather information or to assassinate. As she discovers her family’s dark secret, Selene is torn between upholding her family’s legacy–a legacy that supports her people–or seeking the true reason behind her family’s gift. Her dilemma comes to a head when she is tasked with assassinating the one man who can bring peace to the nations, but who will also bring about the downfall of her own house. One path holds glory and power, and will solidify her position as Lady of Ravenwood. The other path holds shame and execution. Which will she choose? And is she willing to pay the price for the path chosen?

Upcoming Christian Novels: Chosen People by Robert Whitlow

Chosen People  -     By: Robert Whitlow

Release date: November 6, 2018

Author: Robert Whitlow

Plot Summary: Robert Whitlow, and established and talented author, is releasing his newest work early next month. During a terrorist attack near the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a courageous mother sacrifices her life to save her four-year-old daughter, leaving behind a grieving husband and a motherless child. Hana Abboud, a Christian Arab Israeli lawyer trained at Hebrew University, typically uses her multi-language skills to represent international clients for an Atlanta law firm. When her boss is contacted by Jakob Brodsky, a young Jewish lawyer aggressively pursuing a lawsuit on behalf of the family under the US Anti-Terrorism laws, he calls on Hana’s expertise to take point on the case. After careful prayer, she joins forces with Jakob, and they quickly realize the need to bring in a third member for their team, an Arab investigator named Daud Hasan, based in Israel.To unravel the case, this team of investigators goes from the streets of Atlanta to the alleys of Jerusalem, a world where hidden motives thrive, the risk of death is real, and the search for truth has many faces. What they will uncover will forever change their understanding of justice, heritage, and what it means to be chosen for a greater purpose.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Through the Wilderness by Janice Cole Hopkins

Release Date: November 1, 2018

Author: Janice Cole Hopkins

Plot Summary: Janice Cole Hopkins is releasing a new standalone novel early next month. The novel tells the story of Faith Allen. Faith went to live with her aunt and uncle in the Kentucky mountains after her parents died. They hadn’t been cruel, but they hadn’t been loving and kind either; and they expected her to work hard. When their son strikes it rich in the California gold rush, they pack up to head to California via the Oregon Trail. Astonished at the attention Lucille Staten, the most sought-after woman around and beautiful beyond description, is giving him at the ball, Jacob Parker agrees to retrieve her wrap from her bedroom, although he knew he shouldn’t go there. When she follows and they’re caught, he’s forced to marry her. However, he still has hopes for a happy future together as he and her father make plans for the young couple to head west on the Oregon Trail. The trail holds many more dangers than either Faith or Jacob imagined, and tragic circumstances throw them together. Can Jacob accept his second chance for love and a family and can Faith move past her marriage of convenience that crushed childhood fantasies? Even more pressing, will they survive the mounting hardships to have a future?

Upcoming Christian Novels: The King’s Shadow by Angela Hunt

Release date: Spring 2019

Author: Angela Hunt

Plot Summary:  The King’s Shadow is the fourth installment in Angela Hunt’s The Silent Years series and is expected in spring of 2019. This novel tells the fictional story of a woman (likely of royal blood) who lived between 67 B.C. and the year Christ was born. We have it in good authority that this is Hunt’s final Intertestamental novel, and possibly the final novel in this series.

FYI: This post will be updated as more information is released regarding this novel.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

Release Date: July 2, 2019

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Plot Summary: In this third installment of her Cities of Refuge series, Connilyn Cossette tells the story of Rivkah and Malakhi (they were children in the previous novel). Recently widowed, Rivkah flees Kedesh, refusing to submit to Torah law and marry her husband’s brother. Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but after her disappearance, he throws himself into the war against the Canaanites and is forced to confront not only his wounds, but also hers including the shocking truth that has kept her from returning.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Where There’s a Will by Amy Rognlie

Where There's a Will (Short Creek Mysteries Book 2) by [Rognlie, Amy]

Release Date: November 1, 2018

Author: Amy Rognlie

Plot Summary: Amy Rognlie is releasing the second novel in her Short Creek Mysteries series early next month. Rognlie is known for writing down-home novels with simple yet nostalgic plots. Where There’s a Will tells the story of Callie Erickson. A mysterious postcard, a decades-old mystery, and a cranky realtor have suddenly thrown Callie’s plans into a tailspin. Callie, Todd and friends have their hearts set on building Hope House, a home for sex-trafficking victims. But before they can make much headway, Callie is confronted with the mysterious death of someone much closer to her than she’d like. Was it murder? Callie isn’t so sure, but with Todd’s help, she’s doing her best to find out, even as she is drawn deeper into their relationship. Can she trust herself to love him? In the meantime, Aunt Dot and Harry are dealing with intrigue of their own. Will Harry’s missing relatives ever be found? As Callie delves deeper, she learns startling answers to these questions and to the questions of her own heart. I am very interested in reading Rognlie’s new novel. 

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Making of Mrs. Hale by Carolyn Miller

The Making of Mrs. Hale (Regency Brides: A Promise of Hope) by [Miller, Carolyn]

Release Date: November 27, 2018

Author: Carolyn Miller

Plot Summary:  Carolyn Miller is releasing the third book in her Promise of Hope series late next month. Miller is known for writing historical romance novels set during the Regency era, and this one is no different. Julia Hale ran off to be married in Gretna Green, following romance instead of common sense. But her tale isn’t turning into a happily ever after. Her new husband is gone and she doesn’t know where—or if he’s ever coming back. Julia has no option but to head home to the family she betrayed by eloping and to hope they’ll forgive her. Especially now that she might be carrying a baby from her brief marriage. Will Julia and her family 
learn how restoration can occur by finding hope and healing through a deep relationship with God? Ms. Miller has a lot of potential as an author, and I am excited to read her newest book!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Five Years in Yemen by Luana Ehrlich

Five Years in Yemen: A Titus Ray Thriller by [Ehrlich, Luana]

Release date: October 9, 2018

Author: Luana Ehrlich

Plot Summary:

Popular author of suspense/thrillers, Luana Ehrlich, is releasing the latest story featuring her famous Titus Ray character early next month. Five Years in Yemen is the fifth installment in her Titus Ray series, and tells the story of…you guessed it…Titus Ray. After Titus accepts an assignment to bring rogue CIA contractor Jacob Levin back to the States, he learns the operation has been put on hold pending Presidential approval. That’s fine with him. He’s looking forward to spending time in Oklahoma with his fiancée, Nikki Saxon. But then, his boss needs a favor. After that, everything changes. It begins in Springfield, Missouri, where he interviews a former CIA employee about the missing Jacob Levin. It continues in Detroit, Michigan, where he and Nikki spend Thanksgiving with his relatives. It leads to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he encounters a killer. It ends in Somahi, Yemen, where he finally discovers the truth. Along the way, he’s forced to deal with issues about his personal life, confront questions about his past, and make decisions about his future. Can he trust God for the answers? Will Nikki agree with his decision? How will he handle the outcome?

Upcoming Christian Novels: Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh

Things Left Unsaid  -     By: Courtney Walsh

Release Date: October 30, 2018

Author: Courtney Walsh

Plot Summary: Walsh is releasing her newest standalone novel, Things Left Unsaid, late next month. The novel tells the story of Lyndie and her late friend Cassie. Though thrilled about her best friend’s marriage, Lyndie hadn’t anticipated the emotional storm her return to Sweethaven would evoke—reminders of her childhood friend Cassie’s death and long-buried secrets. Meanwhile, the bride—the last to see Cassie alive—carries an impossible burden of guilt. Will they end their silence and reveal the truth?

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

The Cumberland Bride (Daughters of the Mayflower #5)

Release Date: October 1, 2018

Author: Shannon McNear

Plot Summary: McNear is releasing her contribution to the Daughters of the Mayflower series early next month. The novel, titled The Cumberland Bride, tells the story of Kate Gruener and Thomas Bledsoe. In 1794, when Kate’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. She sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

Upcoming Christian Novels: Isaiah’s Legacy by Mesu Andrews

Release date: February 2020

Author: Mesu Andrews

Plot Summary: 
Isaiah’s Legacy tells the story of Manasseh and his mother Hephzibah—after Hezekiah’s death. It introduces a new heroine, Manasseh’s wife, Meshullemeth (Shulle). This story is both tragic and triumphant.  We expect only the best from Andrews!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Eternity Between Us by Stephenia H. McGee

Eternity Between Us by [McGee, Stephenia H.]

Release Date: October 9, 2018

Author: Stephenia H. McGee

Stephenia H. McGee is back with another historical romance set during the Civil War era. The novel, titled Eternity Between Us, is based off of firsthand accounts of the Civil War. As I am not familiar with McGee’s writing, I am interested to see what she has to offer! An unnatural thunder rumbled through the air, carrying with it not thoughts of rain but of smoke and trepidation…After being forced to use a pistol against invaders, Evelyn Mapleton is no longer the timid girl her extended family expects. The more her aunt and cousin resent her new independence, the more Evelyn is determined she’ll make her missing father proud by taking up his cause and aiding Confederate soldiers–even if she has to outmaneuver the Yankees guarding her home to do it. Samuel Flynn’s life is consumed with two priorities: learning to become a proper guardian for the young orphans he’s adopted and obtaining his physicians license. When his final testing sends him to a Federal Army field hospital, the last thing he expects is to be entranced by a mysterious woman. But when Evelyn’s misguided exploits put her life in danger, will he risk everything he’s worked for to save a woman he thinks is his enemy?

Upcoming Christian Novels: When the Heart Sings by Liz Tolsma

When the Heart Sings (Music of Hope) by [Tolsma, Liz]

Release date: October 9, 2018

Author: Liz Tolsma

Liz Tolsma, author of several award-winning titles, has written a new book that is set to come out next month. This new novel, titled When the Heart Sings, begins a new series titled Music of Hope. Set in 1943 Poland, the novel explores the cruelty inflicted upon Polish Jews during World War two. The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their peaceful farm to the harsh confines of a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory. The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear—but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price…When the Heart Sings looks like a captivating read, I’m sure all of us are excited to read it!

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

The Reluctant Warrior (High Sierra Sweethearts Book #2) by [Connealy, Mary]

Release date: October 2, 2018

Author: Mary Connealy

Mary Connealy is releasing the second book in her High Sierra Sweethearts series early next month. Connealy is known by the public for writing historical romances, and by BOR for having untapped potential. The Reluctant Warrior tells the story of Cameron and Gwen. Cameron, a Union army officer, is used to being obeyed, but nothing about this journey to Lake Tahoe has gone as expected. He’s come to fetch his daughter and nephew, and seek revenge on the people who killed his brother. Instead he finds himself trapped by a blizzard with two children who are terrified of him and stubborn but beautiful Gwen, who he worries may be trying to keep the children. When danger descends on the cabin where they’re huddled, Cam is hurt trying to protect everyone and now finds Gwen caring for him too. He soon realizes why the kids love her so much and wonders if it might be best for him to move on without them. When she sees his broken heart, Gwen decides to help him win back their affection – and in the process he might just win her heart as well. I hope that this novel will surprise me, and that Connealy will discover the potential she has to be great.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Return of the Song by Phyllis Clark Nichols

Return of the Song #1 - By: Phyllis Clark Nichols

Release date: September 18, 2018

Author: Phyllis Clark Nichols

Phyllis Clark Nichols is releasing her first non-Christmas novel later this month. This new book begins a new series by Nichols titled The Rockwater Suite. Return of the Song tells the story of Caroline Carlyle. Caroline’s dreams were crushed when her fiancé died six weeks before their wedding. For years she wrestled with aching loss and shattered faith, struggling to find the inspiration that once came so easily. Abandoning her half-finished piano compositions, Caroline trades her old ambitions for the comfort and familiarity of life as the town’s piano teacher. But Caroline’s world turns upside down when a mysterious stranger enters her life. Filled with courage and fresh purpose, Caroline embarks on a quest to track down the beloved, rare piano she played as a child. Her search leads her to Rockwater, the Kentucky estate of a wealthy gentleman, where Caroline finds her heart may be composing a surprising new song. This novel seems equally interesting and simplistic. I hope that Nichols will surprise us with something unique and intriguing.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Stormy Haven by Elizabeth Goddard

Release date: September 4, 2018

Author: Elizabeth Goddard

Elizabeth Goddard is the successful author of over thirty novels and novellas, and almost all of these are in the romance genre. She just wrote the second installment in The Coldwater Bay Intrigue series that came out today! Her new novel, titled Stormy Haven, is a romantic suspense title that tells the story of two people who are caught up in the same drama. When someone tries to kill former government agent Jonna Strand, Ian Brady comes to her rescue. Now Ian must keep Jonna safe and catch the would-be killer—without revealing he was sent undercover to protect her. But when Jonna learns the truth, can she look past his secrets and lean on him to ensure they live through the storm-ridden night? Let’s hope that this novel stands out from it’s overcrowded genre.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Everything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick

Everything She Didn't Say - By: Jane Kirkpatrick

Release date: September 4, 2018

Author: Jane Kirkpatrick

Jane Kirkpatrick, an esteemed author of historical fiction, is releasing a new standalone novel titled Everything She Didn’t Say early next month. The novel is based off of true events, and is sure to enthrall fans everywhere. In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir entitled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, which shared some of the most exciting events of 25 years of traveling and shaping the American West with her husband, Robert Strahorn, a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. That is all fact. Everything She Didn’t Say imagines Carrie nearly ten years later as she decides to write down what was really on her mind during those adventurous nomadic years. Certain that her husband will not read it, and in fact that it will only be found after her death, Carrie is finally willing to explore the lessons she learned along the way, including the danger a woman faces of losing herself within a relationship with a strong-willed man and the courage it takes to accept her own God-given worth apart from him. Carrie discovers that wealth doesn’t insulate a soul from pain and disappointment, family is essential, pioneering is a challenge, and western landscapes are both demanding and nourishing. Most of all, she discovers that home can be found, even in a rootless life. This novel seems like it has a lot of potential, and I am excited to read and review it!

Upcoming Christian Novels: A Baby for the Minister by Laurel Blount

A Baby for the Minister  -     By: Laurel Blount

Release date: September 1, 2018

Author: Laurel Blount

Laurel Blount is a fairly new face in the writing world, and is thus far known for writing romance novels with somewhat unconventional plot-lines. This new novel, titled A Baby for the Minister, is the second book in her Love Inspired series. The novel tells the story of two people who are thrown together through an unusual set of circumstances. Jilted at the altar, pregnant Natalie Davis has no one she can turn to—until Jacob Stone steps in. The single minister is drawn to her and wants to help…even if it goes against his congregation’s wishes and could cost him his job. But when she refuses to accept charity, can he convince her she’s more than a ministry project? Honestly, I don’t know what to expect from this novel, but I hope that Blount will surprise us with a unique tale that reinforces the importance of life.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Rise of the Mystics by Ted Dekker

Rise of the Mystics (Beyond the Circle Book #2) by [Dekker, Ted]

Release date: October 2, 2018

Author: Ted Dekker

Ted Dekker is back with the second novel in his Beyond the Circle series. At this point, some fans are wondering just how many spin-offs he can make of the original Circle series, while others are hoping that these endless prequels and sequels will help them better understand the original storyline. Ah well, Dekker may come through with a great storyline and jaw-dropping characters, which will cause me to put my foot in my mouth and exclaim “wonders never cease!” (Tim Downs humor). Rise of the Mystics spearheads the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once, and disproves the theory that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams. Rachelle Matthews, who was born and raised in Eden, Utah, discovered just how false this theory is when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she was the 49th Mystic (shocker!), the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her (typical). If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness. In The 49th Mystic, Rachelle found the first three of those five seals through great peril and mind-altering adventure (thanks for the recap). But two seals remain hidden and the fate of both worlds hangs in their balance. As Rachelle Matthews sits deep in a dungeon, Vlad Smith is just getting started (but of course). Thomas Hunter’s world is about to be turned inside out. The mystics say that there is no defense against the Fifth Seal–but finding it will cost Rachelle everything. So begins the final volume of high stakes in one girl’s quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. Honestly, I do not have high hopes for this novel (as evidenced in my sarcastic jibes), however, I hope that Dekker will turn over a new leaf and find the light in the darkness of his stories.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Shelter of the Most High (Cities of Refuge Book #2) by [Cossette, Connilyn]

Release Date: October 2, 2018

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Connilyn Cossette is releasing the second book in her Cities of Refuge series in early October. Cossette is known for writing Biblical fiction with modern themes, and true to form, this new novel is in that genre. Shelter of the Most High tells the story of a girl named Sofea. Sofea’s father is a pagan high priest, a fact that troubles Sofea. She finds solace from her troubles in the freedom of the ocean. But when marauders attack her village on the island of Sicily, she and her cousin are taken across the sea to the shores of Canaan. Eitan has lived in Kedesh, a City of Refuge, for the last eleven years, haunted by a tragedy in his childhood and chafing at the boundaries placed on him. He is immediately captivated by Sofea, but revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing her into the danger of his past. As threats from outside the walls loom and traitors are uncovered within, Sofea and Eitan are plunged into the midst of a murder plot. Will they break free from the shackles of the past in time to uncover the betrayal and save their lives and the lives of those they love? I am excited to read Cossette’s new novel and hope that it will be as good or better than the first novel in the series!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Legacy of Mercy ( Book #2) (Waves of Mercy) by [Austin, Lynn]

Release date: October 2, 2018

Author: Lynn Austin

Legacy of Mercy is the much-anticipated sequel to Lynn Austin’s Waves of Mercy. Austin is known for writing in two genres, historical romance and Biblical fiction. Austin has written several landmark novels in both of these genres, and is currently considered as the standard in the historical romance genre by BOR. She has always written novels with strong characters and emotional depth, and I hope that this novel will be no different. Having returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can’t seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she’s learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her find the truth. But as she meets people who once knew her mother and hears stories about the past, Anna soon discovers that some secrets are better left hidden. At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands that her choice to seek God’s purpose for her life isn’t as simple as she had hoped. When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje’s been helping new Dutch immigrants, including a teen with a haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face. As per usual, it looks like Austin has crafted another excellent novel, however, the plotline seems very similar to her best-seller, A Proper Pursuit. I hope that Austin will take care to make Legacy of Mercy stand out from her other works in this genre.

Upcoming Christian Novels: American Omens by Travis Thrasher

American Omens: The Coming Fight for Faith - By: Travis Thrasher

Release date: February 12, 2019

Author: Travis Thrasher

Travis Thrasher, a well-known author of Christian fiction in varying genres, is releasing a new standalone novel titled American Omens in February of next year. Thrasher has always been a bit of an enigma as a writer. However, it is apparent that he has trouble settling down in a genre. There is nothing wrong with writing in multiple genres, but in Thrasher’s case, it seems like his talent is spread too thin. As demonstrated in The Second Thief, Thrasher’s strong point is psychological/suspense fiction, and it seems like he is returning to his roots in this new novel. In the US in 2038, a secret society is imposing its agenda on outspoken Christian leaders, killing when necessary. Corporate regulations restrict religious expressions and policies. A recent convert, Hutchence, uses creative and guerilla-like techniques to spread the Gospel of Jesus. This enigmatic man enlists a rag-tag group of individuals to help him proclaim a warning to the rest of the country: God is sending his judgment on our nation, and his first act will be to destroy Chicago. One recruit is a young and talented computer analyst who specializes in mastering algorithms for corporate and political use, and who is on the run from the company she works for, while trying to discover the truth about her father’s mysterious disappearance. Another is a conspiracy-theory-junkie & survivalist who has discovered proof of assault on people of the Christian faith. And a widower with three girls is recruited by this mysterious Hutchence to help lead a return to God in America. There is so much that could go wrong with this novel, and yet so much potential for good. I hope that Thrasher will paint the frequently used religious/political persecution plotline in a new light, and avoid falling into the typical traps these types of novels usually do.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

Murder at the Flamingo - By: Rachel McMillan

Release Date: July 10, 2018

Author: Rachel McMillan

Rachel McMillan is releasing her newest novel, a historical mystery, early next month. McMillan is known for writing unique novels that strive to bring fresh concepts to the world of Christian fiction. If McMillan succeeds in writing a well-developed murder mystery with Christian themes in this new novel, then she could revolutionize the world of Christian film by providing content that Christians and non-Christians alike would enjoy. This new novel, titled Murder at the Flamingo, has received five-star reviews from critics and readers, and seems to have a lot of potential. Murder at the Flamingo examines the life and current situation of Hamish DeLuca.  Hamish has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times — including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Pressured by his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionable nightclub in Scollay Square. When he meets Luca’s “right hand man” Reggie, Hamish wonders if his dreams for a more normal life might be at hand. Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, heir to a New Haven fortune, has fled fine china, small talk, and the man her parents expect her to marry. Reggie wants to make a life as the self-sufficient city girl she’s seen in her favorite Jean Arthur and Katharine Hepburn pictures, so she runs away to Boston, where she finds an easy secretarial job with the suave Luca Valari. However, as she and Hamish work together in Luca’s glittering world, they discover a darker side to the smashing Flamingo nightclub. When a corpse is discovered at the Flamingo, Reggie and Hamish quickly learn there is a vast chasm between the haves and the have-nots in 1937 Boston—and that there’s an underworld that feeds on them both. As Hamish is forced to choose between his conscience and loyalty to his beloved cousin, the unlikely sleuthing duo work to expose a murder before the darkness destroys everything they’ve worked to build. I am very excited to read this novel and am sure it will make it onto the wish list!

Upcoming Christian Novels: To the Moon and Back by Karen Kingsbury

To the Moon and Back, The Baxter Family Series - By: Karen Kingsbury

Release Date: May 29, 2018

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is writing the latest installment in her beloved Baxter family series! Her newest novel, titled To the Moon and Back, is set to be released in May of this year. The plot features two people who suffered the tragic death of their parents on the same day, and a prospective matchmaker named Ashley Baxter Blake. These two people, Brady Bradshaw and Jenna Phillips, are desperate to find each other and renew the connection that they made on that fateful day. Ashley meets Brady during a spring break trip to view the memorial dedicated to the Oklahoma City bombing, the Survivor Tree. Brady and Jenna were children when the Oklahoma City bombing killed their loved ones. Ashley learns that every year, Brady visits the memorial site on the anniversary to remember his late mother. Brady and Jenna met ten years ago at the same memorial and connected through mutual grief and the need to be loved. They never saw each other again. Every year when Brady returns, he leaves a note for Jenna in hopes that he will find her again. Ashley agrees to help him locate his true love and sets off on an exciting adventure. This novel appears to be a full on romance, in typical Kingsbury style. I have seen Kingsbury write great books, and the Baxter family series has been her best collection of writings to date. However, I have also seen her cave to sensationalism and cheap romance plots. I hope that this newest novel will uphold the reputation of the Baxter family series and add another poignant piece to this well-known puzzle.