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.

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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: Hidden Among the Stars by Melanie Dobson

Hidden Among the Stars by [Dobson, Melanie]

Release date: September 4, 2018

Author: Melanie Dobson

Melanie Dobson, an award-winning author of several novels, is releasing a new standalone book early next month. Dobson is known for writing books that explore deeper and more lasting topics and end with important life lessons. Her new novel, titled Hidden Among the Stars, is set in the late 1930’s and tells the story of a few of the many courageous individuals who hid Jews in their homes during the Nazi regime. Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy. Especially when the Nazis come to scour the estate and find both Luzia and the treasure gone. Eighty years later, Callie Randall is mostly content with her quiet life, running a bookstore with her sister and reaching out into the world through her blog. Then she finds a cryptic list in an old edition of Bambi that connects her to Annika’s story . . . and maybe to the long-buried story of a dear friend. As she digs into the past, Callie must risk venturing outside the safe world she’s built for a chance at answers, adventure, and maybe even new love. This novel seems like it has a lot of potential to be a great Christian film. However, this can only happen if Dobson develops strong characters and avoids a love triangle between Max, Annika, and Luzia. I look forward to reading this novel and hope it will exceed my expectations!

Upcoming Christian Novels: The First Love by Beverly Lewis

The First Love by [Lewis, Beverly]

Release date: September 4, 2018

Author: Beverly Lewis

Beverly Lewis is releasing a new standalone novel titled The First Love early next month. Lewis is known as one of the first authors to embrace the heart-rending Amish romance novels that are now commonly seen in Christian bookstores everywhere. Here at BOR, Lewis is known as a writer of Amish fiction who has a lot of untapped potential. To my shock and pleasure, Lewis seems to be taking a different turn in The First Love by questioning the rigidity of the Amish faith. This apparent breakthrough novel tells the story of Maggie Esh, a young Amish woman struggling with a chronic illness…and inner turmoil. It’s the summer of 1951, and Maggie is in need of some hope. Maggie is used to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet Maggie wishes she were more like other courting-age girls so she could live a normal, healthy life. To make matters more complicated, Dat has recently remarried, less than a year after her mother died. And while her stepmother is kind, Rachel is much younger than Mamm, and she simply doesn’t understand Maggie or her illness the way Mamm did. When tent revival meetings come to the area, Maggie is curious, and the words of the Mennonite preacher challenge her to reconsider what she knows about faith. Can she learn to trust God even when hope seems a distant dream? I look forward to this new novel by Lewis and am extremely grateful that she, the pioneer of Amish fiction, is turning over a new leaf. If she succeeds in this effort, many other authors of Amish fiction are likely to follow her lead.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Swimming in the Deep End by Christina Suzann Nelson

Swimming in the Deep End by [Nelson, Christina Suzann]

Release date: September 25, 2018

Author: Christina Suzann Nelson

Christina Suzann Nelson, a new face in the writing world, is releasing her second novel, titled Swimming in the Deep End. This thought-provoking new novel appears to take a everyday look at a common pro-life argument. Nelson’s first novel a 50/50 split of positive and mixed reviews from readers and critics, so I am interested to see what she has to offer the world of Christian fiction. This new novel tells the story of four people, Jillian Connors, her daughter Gabby, Margaret Owens, and Stacy Meyers. Jillian has the perfect daughter: loving and smart, she’s an Olympic hopeful with a bright future. But when Gabby becomes pregnant, Jillian fears that future is lost. Worse, she must confront her own secret past and hope the decisions she’s made don’t drown their whole family. Gabby can’t believe God let this happen to her. She knew the risks, but who thinks about that when they’re in love? Now she has to face the consequences–and the disappointed stares from everyone who thought she was the perfect Christian girl. At least she has the baby’s father, Travis. Nothing can tear them apart, right? Margaret Owens had determined dreams for her son. She’s furious that Gabby’s pregnancy jeopardizes his college baseball scholarship and terrified that Travis will be trapped in a life of struggle and poverty–the life she’s tried so hard to save him from. She’ll do anything to protect him–even if it means forcing him to leave Gabby. Stacey Meyers is aching for a child of her own. But the son she was meant to adopt was taken before she could hold him in her arms. It feels like she’ll never stop mourning; even the move to this new town hasn’t distracted her from the pain. How can she and her husband find peace? Is there any hope of a family in their future? And in the midst of all this . . . an unborn baby. Whose arms will hold him in the end? I am very interested in reading this new novel and think that it has the potential to be a great Christian film!

Upcoming Christian Novels: In Times Gone By by Tracie Peterson

In Times Gone By (Golden Gate Secrets Book #3) by [Peterson, Tracie]

Release date: September 4, 2018

Author: Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is releasing the third installment in her Golden Gate Secrets series early next month. The Golden Gate Secrets series has thus far provided readers with the girl-meets-boy-in-historical-setting plots that fans of Peterson have come to expect and enjoy. I was impressed by Peterson’s attempt to create an original plotline in In Places Hidden, and hope that she will build upon this foundation in her new novel. In Times Gone By continues the story of Kenzie Gifford, a minor character from the previous novel. After getting left at the altar, Kenzie flees to San Francisco to start her life over, determined never to love again. She’s made new friends and has a good job in the office of her cousin’s chocolate factory. The only thorn in her side is Dr. Micah Fisher, who insists on pursuing her despite her constant rejection. Then the Great 1906 Earthquake strikes the city, and everything changes. The devastation all around her makes Kenzie reevaluate her outlook on life–and possibly even her feelings for Micah. But then her world is rocked again when her ex-fiancé appears, full of apologies and determined to win her back. But Arthur already broke her heart once. Does she dare trust him again? The sudden arrival of a hidden danger will expose the motivations of all involved, but it could cost Kenzie her life–as well as her heart. This plotline seems pretty run-of-the-mill for a historical romance, so let’s hope that Peterson surprises us.

 

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: Deep Calling Deep by Carole Towriss

Deep Calling Deep

Release Date: September 2018

Author: Carole Towriss

Carole Towriss is the third author in the group of talented writers who are crafting The Psalm Series. Her contribution to this much-anticipated series is the third book, titled Deep Calling Deep. As you may have guessed, Towriss has chosen Psalm 42 as her non-fiction base for this fictional tale. Towriss is a well-known author of Biblical fiction who can be recognized by her strong characters and engaging storylines. Deep Calling Deep tells the story of Praetorian Prefect Sextus Burris, the Apostle Paul, and Timothy. The Prefect has spent his life fighting for the glory of Rome, but that glory has lost its shine. As both his health and his career crumble, he is drawn toward the seemingly inexhaustible peace of one of his Jewish prisoners, the Apostle Paul. The moment Timothy hears his mentor and surrogate father Paul has been arrested, he rushes to Rome. Under the looming threat of execution, Timothy struggles to make sense of what is happening. Finally, an unexpected crisis requires him to reexamine everything, and places their hope for Paul’s freedom on the shoulders of Praetorian Prefect Sextus Burris. I have high hopes for this new series and hope to read and review all three books soon!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Through the Autumn Air by Kelly Irvin

Through the Autumn Air - By: Kelly Irvin

Release date: August 14, 2018

Author: Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is releasing the third book in her Every Amish Season series next month. Irvin is known for writing Amish fiction and has won several awards for her work in this genre. In light of this, I can assume that her interpretation of Amish life is different from the dozens of other writers who desperately try to depict the same. This new novel, titled Through the Autumn Air, tells the story of Mary Katherine. Mary is a widow with ten grown children, and her energetic nature means that she is always willing to step in and help her neighbors and friends. Now that her last child is married, she pours her abundant creative spirit into writing stories, even as she speaks aloud to her late husband every day (???). Her dream is to open a bookstore with an ‘English’ friend, but the church elders want her to work in an Amish-owned store instead. When her childhood friend Ezekiel offers her a position as a cook in the restaurant he opened after his wife died, she knows she should accept…however, she is hesitant to spend her days slaving over a hot stove. When a mysterious ‘English’ stranger breaks into her house to make himself a sandwich (???) one autumn night, Mary Katherine doesn’t call the sheriff. She turns to Ezekiel. They both see that Burke is need of more than a meal, and Ezekiel offers him the job at the restaurant. As they set out to care for their new friend, Mary Katherine and Ezekiel find themselves often working together. Mary Katherine is drawn to Ezekiel, but she remembers the terrible risk of giving her heart to someone. Can two people in the autumns of their lives and so well-versed in the pain of loss put the past behind them and trust in the hope that comes with each new season? I have two concerns about this novel. First, what is with the emphasis on Mary talking to her dead husband? This sounds much too similar to a certain Christian movie I’ve seen before…(Before All Others). Second, why would someone break into a home for the sole purpose of…making a sandwich? At the very least, this novel’s storyline appears to be a mix of eccentric and predictable. I hope that Irvin will prove me wrong, however, with the odds already against her, my hope wears thin.

Upcoming Christian Novels: When We Were Young by Karen Kingsbury

Release Date: October 23, 2018

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury is releasing another installment in the Baxter family series in October of this year. Kingsbury’s original claim to fame was the Baxter family series, but I wonder if it should have ended some time ago. I, for one, enjoyed the original Baxter family series, but the newer books have thus far not lived up to the same standard. This new novel tells the story of Noah and Emily Carter. From their first meeting, to their stunning engagement and lavish wedding, to their happily-ever-after, the Carters were meant to be together. Theirs is a special kind of love and they want the world to know. They’ve been letting more than a million adoring fans follow their lives on Instagram, since the day Noah proposed to Emily. But behind the carefully staged photos and encouraging posts, their life is anything but a fairy tale and Noah’s obsession has ruined everything. Now, Noah and Emily have decided to call it quits and Noah is leaving in the morning. But when Noah wakes the next day, everything is different. Emily is gone and the kids are years older. Like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol bizarre and strange events continue throughout the night so that Noah is certain he’s twenty years older, and he is desperate for a second chance. But it would take a miracle to return to yesterday. This plotline has potential, but the into the future concept is a bit overused. I hope that Kingsbury will surprise us in this new novel.

Upcoming Christian Novels: By the Waters of Babylon by Mesu Andrews

By the Waters of Babylon: A Captive’s Song – Psalm 137

Release Date: August 2018

Author: Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews is releasing book two of The Psalm Series sometime next month. The Psalm Series is a collection of novellas focusing on the historical backdrop of various chapters in the book of Psalms. The series does not belong to Andrews alone, but is a collaboration between multiple authors. Andrews is a renowned and well-established author of Biblical fiction who has never disappointed in anything she undertakes, so I expect great things from her newest project. By the Waters of Babylon is Andrews’ fictional depiction of the historical backdrop of Psalm 137. The novel tells the tale of a young woman who is among the Israelite captives captured by a mercenary Scythian prince. The desperate group is driven towards Babylon by both hatred and hope. The young woman has chosen to endure captivity with the hope of being reunited with her husband. But will he be there when she reaches Babylon? Will the prince risk the Scythian throne–and his life–to believe in the Hebrew God? Can they both find what they seek when they meet the prophet Ezekiel…by the waters of Babylon? The Psalm Series looks like it has the potential to be an intriguing Christian miniseries, as it is already in a similar format. I am excited to read and review this novella!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Auschwitz Lullaby by Mario Escobar

Auschwitz Lullaby - By: Mario Escobar

Release date: August 7, 2018

Author: Mario Escobar

Mario Escobar is releasing his newest novel, titled Auschwitz Lullaby, early next month. Escobar is known for writing historical fiction that explores the mysteries of the past, and this novel is no different. Auschwitz Lullaby is based on the true story of Helene Hannemann, her husband, and five children. The Hannemanns were victims of the horrors performed in the Auschwitz concentration camp. On an otherwise ordinary morning in 1943, Helene Hannemann is preparing her five children for the day when the German police arrive at her home. Helene’s worst fears come true when the police, under strict orders from the SS, demand that her children and husband, all of Romani heritage, be taken into custody. Though Helene is German and safe from the forces invading her home, she refuses to leave her family—sealing her fate in a way she never could have imagined. After a terrifying trek across the continent, Helene and her family arrive at Auschwitz and are thrown into the chaos of the camp. Her husband, Johann, is separated from them, but Helene remains fiercely protective of her children and those around her. When the powers-that-be discover that Helene is not only a German but also a trained nurse, she is forced into service at the camp hospital, which is overseen by the notorious Dr. Mengele himself. Helene is under no illusions in terms of Dr. Mengele’s intentions, but she agrees to cooperate when he asks her to organize a day care and school for the Romani children in the camp. Though physically and emotionally brutalized by the conditions at Auschwitz, Helene musters the strength to protect the children in her care at any cost. Through sheer force of will, Helene provides a haven for the children of Auschwitz—an act of kindness and selflessness so great that it illuminates the darkest night of human history. This novel promises to be gritty and thought-provoking. I am very interested in reading and reviewing this novel, and think that it has the potential to be a great Christian film.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

Called to Protect #2 - By: Lynette Eason

Release date: July 31, 2018

Author: Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason is releasing the second installment in her Blue Justice series at the end of next month. Eason is known for writing mysteries, thrillers, and romantic suspense novels with an engaging storyline. This new book, titled Called to Protect, is in the romantic suspense genre and promises to be, at the very least, a good read. Called to Protect tells the story of Chloe St. John, a K-9 cop who was recently dumped by her fiancé for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank, her K-9 partner, is just about the only male she likes. She’s over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on solving a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin that just landed in her lap. When US Marshall Blake MacCallum’s daughter goes missing, he’s ordered to kill the judge he’s protecting and tell no one about his daughter’s disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him…and he wonders if he can trust himself. This novel looks like it has the potential to be a great Christian movie because it deals with more than just romance. I hope to read and review it soon!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Her Fear by Shelley Gray

Her Fear - By: Shelley Gray

Release date: July 24, 2018

Author: Shelley Gray

Shelley Gray is releasing a new installment in her Amish Of Hart County series late next month titled Her Fear. Gray has written many books during her career, and ninety percent of them have been in the Amish genre. This new novel appears to be more than your typical romance story, as Gray inserts some mysterious and pro-life themes into an otherwise commonplace tale. Her Fear tells the story Sadie Detweiler, a girl whose life has taken an unexpected turn. Sadie never imagined she’d move to Kentucky, yet here she is: a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl banished by unforgiving parents to live with kin she barely knows. The men are gruff and her cousins are secretive. Worst of all, elderly matriarch Verba becomes mysteriously ill shortly after Sadie moves in. When EMT Noah Freeman arrives, Sadie immediately notices he’s unlike any other Amish man she’s met. Noah is warm, confident, and has an easy way with practically everyone in the community, both Amish and English. Though Sadie is drawn to him, she has little hope he will reciprocate her feelings once he learns she’s with child. Noah can’t understand how a girl as sweet and lovely as Sadie ended up sleeping on a cot in Verba Stauffer’s kitchen. He also senses Sadie is terrified of something. Concerned, he checks up on her. Eventually they strike up a friendship and soon their attraction is undeniable. When Verba later dies at the hospital and her death is followed by two others, Noah’s boss wants him to dig around the Amish community for clues. He agrees—for Sadie’s sake—because only the truth will keep her safe and by his side. For the most part, Gray’s novels have carried an intriguing central idea, but in my opinion some did not reach their full potential. I have reason to believe that this novel will be different, and hope to read and review it soon!

 

Upcoming Christian Novels: River to Redemption by Ann H. Gabhart

River to Redemption - By: Ann H. Gabhart

Release date: July 3, 2018

Author: Ann H. Gabhart

Ann Gabhart is releasing a new novel early next month titled River to Redemption. Gabhart is known in the world of Christian fiction as an author who writes original and thought-provoking stories with great characters and an intriguing storyline. This new novel has received rave reviews by loyal readers and new fans alike; I hope that it will live up to the praise. In this book, Gabhart tells the partly true story of Adria Starr. Adria, orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. Louis passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. Twelve years later, he is being sold by his owners despite his heroic actions. Nineteen-year old Adria has never forgotten what Louis did for her, and is determined to find a way to buy his freedom. However, in 1840’s Kentucky, she’ll face an uphill battle. This novel looks like it has great potential to be a good Christian film. I can’t wait to read it!

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker

The Edge of Over There - By: Shawn Smucker

Release date: July 3, 2018

Author: Shawn Smucker

Shawn Smucker, who is known for writing fiction with psychological and speculative themes, is releasing the much-anticipated sequel to The Day the Angels Fell. The novel, aptly titled The Edge of Over There, tells the story of Abra Miller, a young woman in search of the Tree of Life.  Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra’s life had been predictable. After the Tree and the lightning and the angels, everything felt tenuous, like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. She spent years looking for signs of that other world, waiting for it to break through. When it didn’t, her friendship with Sam Chambers grew cold and distant, and they both wondered how any of it could actually have happened. Four years later, 16-year-old Abra’s long-delayed quest to find the next manifestation of the Tree of Life is renewed when she sees a woman walking up the road–a woman who looks exactly like Sam’s dead mother. The woman directs her to New Orleans where she will find the grave of Marie Laveau, one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. As Abra enters The Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust. But….she’s starting to think that some doorways should never be opened. Smucker has always succeeded in writing an intriguing storyline, and I am interested to see what he does in this new novel.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Jerusalem’s Queen by Angela Hunt

Jerusalem's Queen: A Novel of Salome Alexandra #3 - By: Angela Hunt

Release Date: November 6, 2018

Author: Angela Hunt

Angela Hunt is writing a new novel that will be released in November of this year. The novel, titled Jerusalem’s Queen, is the third installment in her Silent Years series. Hunt has always been an authentic and talented author, and I have always enjoyed reading her work. However, I have had mixed feelings about this most recent series. Egypt’s Sister was full of historical fact, too much, in fact. Judah’s Wife was much better because she returned to her more personal style of storytelling. I hope that in this new novel, she will once again return to her roots; to the style of writing that was used to craft her greatest novels. Jerusalem’s Queen tells the story of Salome. Born in the small village of Modein, a town made famous by the warrior Maccabees, Salome Alexandra knows better than to harbor grand dreams for her future. She pales in comparison to her beautiful older sister, and though she learns to read at an early age, girls are not valued for their intellectual ability. When her father and sister are killed, John Hyrcanus, a distant relative, invites Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem, where her thirst for knowledge is noticed and indulged. Salome is shocked when her guardian betroths her to a pagan prince, for his decision causes her to question HaShem’s plan. When Hyrcanus finally marries her to a boy half her age, she questions her guardian’s sanity. Despite the fact that Salome spends much of her life as a pawn ordered about by powerful men, she learns that a woman committed to HaShem can change the world. I am interested in reading and reviewing Hunt’s newest novel and expect great things from this favorite author of ours!

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Hope of Azure Springs by Rachel Fordham

The Hope of Azure Springs  -     By: Rachel Fordham

Release date: July 3, 2018

Author: Rachel Fordham 

Rachel Fordham, a new face in the world of Christian fiction, has written her first novel that is set to be release early next month. The novel, titled The Hope of Azure Springs, is a romance novel that explores the hardships of those living in the wild west. I am interested to see what kind of author Fordham is, and how she compares to others in her genre. The Hope of Azure Springs tells the stories of Em and Caleb. Seven years ago an orphan called Em finally arrived at her new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. Secrets from Em’s past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone. Caleb, the town sheriff, is concerned with securing justice for the waifish and injured. At first he sees Em as just part of his job. Caleb is determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself…and he expects success. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart. This novel seems like it has potential, therefore, I hope to read and review it soon!

 

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: Formula of Deception by Carrie Stuart Parks

Formula of Deception - By: Carrie Stuart Parks

Release date: July 3, 2018

Author: Carrie Stuart Parks

Carrie Stuart Parks is releasing her newest standalone mystery/suspense novel early next month. Parks is known for writing in this genre, and has personal experience with much of what she writes about. Her newest novel, titled Formula of Deception, has received mixed reviews from readers and critics alike. Readers have complained that it has too many characters and sub-plots, and critics have observed that it does not stand out from it’s genre. I hope that this is not the case, and that this novel has the potential to be an intriguing Christian film. In the novel Parks tells the story of Murphy Anderson. Murphy changed her name and appearance and moved to Kodiak, Alaska, to avoid the press and publicity following the murder of her twin sister. In spite of this effort, local authorities discover she’s an artist and request her help in drawing a dying man’s memories. By doing this, she unintentionally ends up in the limelight again-and may be back in the killer’s crosshairs. The deathbed confessions of an Alaskan hunter has Murphy drawing five bodies discovered on remote Ruuwaq Island ten years ago. However, what investigators discover there has them mystified. Evidence suggests that the bodies may have been deliberately destroyed, and what they uncover in an abandoned World War II Quonset hut only brings more questions. As one by one the people who were at the hut die, Murphy knows there is something much deeper at stake. What happened there during WWII? And who is willing to kill to keep those secrets buried? I am interested in reading this novel and discerning if the criticism surrounding it is warranted.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Dead Drift #4 - By: Dani Pettrey

Release date: July 3, 2018

Author: Dani Pettrey

Dani Pettrey is releasing a new romantic suspense novel early next month. Pettrey is known for writing both novels in this genre and inspirational fiction. This new novel, titled Dead Drift, is the fourth installment in Pettrey’s Chesapeake Valor series. The book tells the intertwining stories of Luke Gallagher and Kate Maxwell. Seven years ago, Luke vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When he returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target’s latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core. Kate Maxwell, a private investigator, has never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. She also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he’s back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster. Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next mark? This novel seems to have a well-structured plot-line, and as such, I hope that Dani Pettrey will focus on developing her characters so that this novel will stand out in a crowded genre.

Upcoming Christian Novels: When Through Deep Waters by Rachelle Dekker

When Through Deep Waters - By: Rachelle Dekker

Release Date: July 3, 2018

Author: Rachelle Dekker

Rachelle Dekker, who is the daughter of famous thriller and fantasy author Ted Dekker, is releasing her newest novel early next month. Dekker has proven herself to be a talented author in the past, and I hope that she will continue to be more consistent than her father in developing well-rounded characters and plots. Her new book, titled When Through Deep Waters, is a psychological thriller about a woman whose life has been broken by circumstances beyond her control. When Alicen’s perfect life is shattered by tragedy and guilt, she flees to a secluded town in Montana where she once felt safe. When she begins to hear voices and see mysterious figures near a mountain river, she questions her sanity. Are the apparitions visions that can bring her healing—or sinister deceptions? Alicen will have to determine truth from falsehood and choose whom she will serve. This plot-line is intriguing and definitely has potential. I am interested in reading Dekker’s new novel and hope to add it to our Wish List!

Upcoming Christian Novels: The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

The House at Saltwater Point - By: Colleen Coble

Release date: July 3, 2018

Author: Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble is releasing her newest title early next month. As with all her novels, this one is in the romantic suspense genre. Coble is known to this blogger as an above average novelist who has the potential to give her readers more. Her new novel, titled The House at Saltwater Point, appears to have a complex plot structure and good characters. The book tells the story of Ellie Blackmore, a talented house flipper, and Grayson Bradshaw, a member of the coast guard. When Ellie’s sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? Grayson believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy. Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. I await this new novel with anticipation and hope to add it to the Wish List soon!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills

Burden of Proof, Hardcover - By: DiAnn Mills

Release date: October 9, 2018

Author: DiAnn Mills

DiAnn Mills just let us know that she is releasing a new novel titled Burden of Proof in October of this year. Mills is known for writing fiction in the romantic suspense genre, and this novel appears to be no different. We have enjoyed reading Mills’ novels in the past and are excited to read and review this new book. The novel tells the story of April Ramos, an FBI special agent who finds herself in a conflicting situation. Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, April is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms…and disappears. She is worried for the the child’s safety, however, this feeling quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts uses her negotiation skills to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder. As Jason spins a somewhat unbelievable tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after she overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. Yet, aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people. This new novel looks slightly different from Mills’ other novels, in a good way. All you readers out there can expect a review of this new novel soon!

Upcoming Christian Novels: Minding the Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Minding the Light #2 - By: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Release date: July 3, 2018

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Suzanne Woods Fisher has written a new historical romance novel that will come out in early July. Fisher has written a couple dozen novels that all have historical romance themes. Likewise, the majority of her books are either about the Amish or the Quakers. Fisher seems to admire their way of living, as she continually creates characters with these faiths. For the most part, Fisher’s novels have received average ratings from objective reviewers. Therefore, I would like to see her branch out in this new title. The novel, titled Mind the Light, is the second installment in her Nantucket Legacy series. It tells the story of three people caught in the age-old love triangle, and not one can seem to find their way out. Captain Reynolds (Ren) Macy left his bride six years ago on a sailing expedition that would change his life forever. When Ren left he looked forward to the day when he would return to Nantucket Island with a ship’s hold full of whale oil. When that day finally arrived, Ren discovered that everything had changed in his absence. Everything. Unlike most islanders, bold and spirited Daphne Coffin doesn’t defer to Ren as an authoritative whale-master, but sees through his aloofness to the aching heart beneath. She encourages him to return to his Quaker roots and “mind the Light,” finding solace in God and community. As Ren becomes the man she believes him to be, she finds herself falling in love with him. This love, however, is impossible, because her heart has already been claimed by Tristram Macy. Tristram is Ren’s business partner, cousin, and best friend. It has been said that love always comes at a cost, but what happens when the price is too high? At the very least, I hope that Fisher will employ a few plot twists and a little wow factor into this new title. Without these changes, it will probably not make it onto the Wish List.

Upcoming Christian Novels: Arms of Mercy by Ruth Reid

Arms of Mercy - By: Ruth Reid

Release date: June 5, 2018

Author: Ruth Reid

Ruth Reid, who is known for writing fiction in the Amish genre, is releasing a new Amish tale that is set to come out early next month. This new novel, titled Arms of Mercy, is the second installment in her Amish Mercies series. Thus far the series has contained enough unique content to make an interesting Amish miniseries, however, I think the plots could be better with a little more wow factor. Arms of Mercy tells the stories of Catherine Glick and Elijah Graber. Catherine is expecting her boyfriend of five years to propose. Instead, the unexpected arrival of an old boyfriend, Elijah, sends her life spiraling out of control. When a rash decision damages her current relationship, Catherine leaves for Florida to work in her cousin’s bakery—anything to flee the source of her shame. Elijah knows he hurt Catherine when he left their Amish district six years ago. He’s determined to explain his actions, even if it means following her to Florida. Perhaps their two-day bus trip together will provide enough time for him to make his case and win her back. Just when Elijah is starting to tear down the walls Catherine has built, their bus skids on an icy road—and amid the mayhem and tragedy that follow, Catherine disappears. Elijah’s friends urge him to prepare for the worst, but Elijah holds on to his hope in God and refuses to give up his search for Catherine. With supernatural nudging from the most unexpected places, Elijah sets out to find the love he once lost—no matter the cost. This plot has at least a few different aspects when compared to most Amish plots, so I am interested in reading and reviewing it.

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

The Love Letter - By: Rachel Hauck

Release Date: June 12, 2018

Author: Rachel Hauck 

Rachel Hauck has written a new novel titled The Love Letter that is set to come out in the middle of next month. Hauck is known for writing inspirational fiction with an emphasis on romance. As I am not familiar with her writing, I am interested to see what she has to offer to readers and screenwriters. Her new novel tells the story of an actress named Chloe and a screenwriter named Jesse. Chloe is the daughter of a big-name Hollywood actor, so her career is virtually in the bag before it has even begun. But she is determined to make her own mark, step out of the shadow of her parent, and find a love that lasts forever. When Jesse meets her, he believes she’s perfect to play the role of Esther Longfellow, the woman to whom his Revolutionary War grandfather wrote a heartfelt message. Will a love letter from the past have an impact on their future? I hope that Hauck will do something different with this rather familiar romance plot and give readers something of substance to think about at the conclusion.

Upcoming Christian Novels: What Blooms From Dust by James Markert

What Blooms from Dust - By: James Markert

Release Date: June 26, 2018

Author: James Markert

James Markert is releasing his newest novel late next month. Those who enjoyed his famous book, The Requiem Rose, will likely enjoy this new mysterious title. Markert is known for writing uniquely unusual fiction with a flair for the dramatic. His new novel tells the story of a prisoner on death row named Jeremiah Goodbye. Just as Jeremiah is set to meet his fate in the electric chair, a tornado tears down the prison walls, and he is given a second chance at life. He flips a coin and decides to return to his home town of Nowhere, Oklahoma, to settle the score with his twin brother Josiah. Upon his return, he enters a world he doesn’t recognize—one that has been overtaken by the Dust Bowl. Not to mention the gift he once relied on to guide him is as unrecognizable as the path back to Nowhere. After one jolt in Old Sparky, Jeremiah sees things more clearly and begins to question the mysterious circumstances surrounding the murders he was accused of. On his journey home, he accidentally rescues a young boy who follows him the rest of the way, and the pair arrive at their destination where they are greeted by fearful townspeople. When the Black Sunday storm hits the very next day, the residents of Nowhere finally begin to let the past few years of hardship bury them under the weight of all that dust. Unlikely heroes, Jeremiah and his new companion, Peter Cotton, try to protect the townspeople from themselves, but Jeremiah must face his nightmares and free himself from the guilt of flipping the coin on those men who died. This novel is certainly different and could make an interesting Christian film in the right hands. I am excited to read and review it!

Upcoming Christian Novels: King’s War by Jill Williamson

King's War #3 - By: Jill Williamson

Release Date: June 19, 2018

Author: Jill Williamson

In this final volume of the Kinsman Chronicles, an epic confrontation is about to begin. The Hadar family has acknowledged its mistakes and tried to establish peace, but war seems certain. This will be the mightiest battle of all – a war to determine whether good or evil will reign in the land.

Upcoming Christian Novels: A Rebel Heart by Beth White

A Rebel Heart #1 - By: Beth White

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Author: Beth White

Beth White is releasing her newest historical romance novel early next month. This new novel, titled A Rebel Heart, is the beginning of White’s new Daughtry House series. In the past White has written promising fiction that doesn’t quite meet the mark. Still, to be fair, I have not yet seen an author of historical romance who can compare to Lynn Austin. My high standards stem from Austin’s acclaimed Refiner’s Fire series; a work of art that is a lesson to all authors of how to write historical fiction in the romance genre. In this new novel, I would like to see White take a few risks and surprise us with her originality. White’s new novel tells the story of Selah, a southern belle, and Levi, a Pinkerton agent who are drawn together by circumstance. Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family’s Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land. Former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he’ll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to “supervise” while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose. Selah isn’t sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee, but she’d do almost anything to save her home. Appearances tell me that this book series has the potential to be a good Christian historical miniseries. However, time will tell me if this novel is better or business as usual for White.

Upcoming Christian Novels: The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler-Younts

The Solace of Water - By: Elizabeth Younts Byler

Release Date: June 5, 2018

Author: Elizabeth Byler-Younts

Elizabeth Byler-Younts is releasing her newest novel early next month. Titled The Solace of Water, the novel’s themes touch on many subjects relevant to today’s culture. From broken family systems and unhealthy relationships to racial division, Byler-Younts takes on many challenging topics and might have just written a “revolutionary” Amish novel. Byler-Younts has always been a creative and unique author, and this newest work might be her best to date. The novel has much potential to be a Christian film and I can’t wait to read it! The Solace of Water tells the story of three people, Delilah Evans, a broken mother, Emma Mullet, a woman filled with longing, and Sparrow, a burdened daughter. After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing she imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet. Yet, the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways. Sparrow, Delilah’s eldest daughter, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain. She is never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all. With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness. At first glance this novel could be similar in quality in Chris Fabry’s powerful Dogwood and has great potential in the film category. Don’t let us down Elizabeth Byler-Younts! We expect great things!