The Healer’s Touch by Connilyn Cossette

Release date: December 2019

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Plot summary: Tikva has been suffering from blood loss for years and no physician has provided relief or a cure. Tikva’s encounter with The Healer will change her life forever. This novel is a fictional depiction of the woman with the issue of blood in the Gospels. More info to come.


No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky (June 25, 2019)

No Ocean Too Wide: A Novel   -     By: Carrie Turansky

Release date: June 25, 2019

Author: Carrie Turansky

Plot summary: When Laura McAlister learns her three siblings have been taken from their mother and emigrated to Canada without her mother’s knowledge, Laura determines to search for them and reunite the family. But lack of funds and resistance from authorities push her use a false name and take a position with a child emigration society to gain passage to Canada. Andrew Fraser, a wealthy lawyer, is surprised to see his mother’s former lady’s maid on board ship escorting a group of child immigrants, especially when she uses a different name. Laura eventually convinces Andrew to help her search for her siblings and uncover the truth about the treatment of British Home Children. Romantic feelings grow between this unlikely couple, and though they have different backgrounds, they share a growing faith and desire to seek justice and relief for the children who are mistreated.

Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette (coming in 2020)

Release date: TBA

Author: Connilyn Cossette

Plot summary: This novel brings a conclusion to Cossette’s Cities of Refuge series. Like Flames in the Night follows new characters Tirzah and Liyam on a journey filled with adventure, emotional twists and turns, and romance. More details to come.

Summer Guests by Mary Alice Monroe (June 11, 2019)

Summer Guests  -     By: Mary Alice Monroe

Release date: June 11, 2019

Author: Mary Alice Monroe

Plot summary: When a hurricane threatens the coasts of Florida and South Carolina, an eclectic group of evacuees flees for the farm of their friends Grace and Charles Phillips in North Carolina: the Phillips’s daughter Moira and her rescue dogs, famed equestrian Javier Angel de la Cruz, makeup artist Hannah McLain, horse breeder Gerda Klug and her daughter Elise, and island resident Cara Rutledge. They bring with them only the few treasured possessions they can fit in their vehicles. Strangers to all but the Phillips, they must ride out the storm together. During the course of one of the most challenging weeks of their lives, relationships are put to the test as the evacuees are forced to confront the unresolved issues they have with themselves and with each other. But as the storm passes, they realize that what really matters isn’t what they brought with them to the mountains. Rather, it’s what they’ll take with them once they leave.

My Dearest Dietrich by Amanda Barratt (June 9, 2019)

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love  -     By: Amanda Barratt

Release date: June 9, 2019

Author: Amanda Barratt

Plot summary: Maria knows the realities of war. Her beloved father and brother were both killed on the battlefield, so she certainly doesn’t want to fall for somebody who could share their fate. But when Dietrich arrives to comfort the family, Maria learns romance isn’t logical.

All Manner of Things (June 4, 2019)

All Manner of Things  -     By: Susie Finkbeiner

Release date: June 4, 2019

Author: Susie Finkbeiner

Plot summary: When Annie’s older brother, Mike, enlists as an Army medic in 1967, he hands her a slip of paper with information regarding their long-estranged father. “If anything should happen to me,” he says, “let him know.” As Annie and her family pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, can they somehow pull together—in spite of past hurts?

The King’s Mercy by Lori Benton (June 4, 2019)

The King's Mercy: A Novel  -     By: Lori Benton

Release date: June 4, 2019

Author: Lori Benton

Plot summary: When captured rebel Alex MacKinnon is granted the king’s mercy – exile to the Colony of North Carolina – he’s indentured to Edmund Carey as a blacksmith. Against his will, Alex is drawn into the struggles of Carey’s slaves and those of his stepdaughter, Joanna Carey. Joanna is expected to wed her father’s overseer, Phineas Reeves, but finds herself drawn instead to the new blacksmith. As their unlikely relationship deepens, successive tragedies strike the Careys. When blame falls unfairly upon Alex he flees to the distant mountains where he encounters Reverend Pauling, a preacher and prisoner of the Cherokees. Haunted by his abandonment of Joanna, Alex tries to settle into life with the Cherokees, until circumstances thwart yet another attempt to forge his freedom and he’s faced with the choice that’s long hounded him: continue down his current path or embrace the faith of a man like Pauling, whose freedom in Christ no man can steal. But the price of such mercy is total surrender, and perhaps Alex’s very life.

When the Tiger Roars by Graeme Cann (May 14, 2019)

Release date: May 14, 2019

Author: Graeme Cann

Plot summary: This novel tells the story of the Sampians. They lived in valley inhabited by tribes of primitive people whose culture was largely impacted by the fact that they were spirit worshippers. Their belief that the spirits were easily angered and that they could only be placated by constant worship and sacrifices meant that they were a fearful and superstitious people. A series of circumstances led to them moving to a new valley named Loloma. The story of Loloma is the story of a people who believed that it was possible to recapture the values and qualities of a past time – but in the pursuit of a dream – which was in fact their own worst enemy.

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany Turner (May 21, 2019)

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey  -     By: Bethany Turner

Release date: May 21, 2019

Author: Bethany Turner

Plot summary: After four years of dating Will, Cadie questions his love for her and sends him packing. Their breakup only makes Will more determined to become the man Cadie wants him to be. With the help of his work buddies and tactics drawn from Cadie’s favorite romantic comedies, he devises a “foolproof” plan. What could possibly go wrong? This looks like an interesting novel, I’m excited to read and review it!

The Printed Letter Bookshop by Katherine Reay (May 14, 2019)

The Printed Letter Bookshop  -     By: Katherine Reay

Release date: May 14, 2019

Author: Katherine Reay

Plot summary: One of Madeline Cullen’s happiest childhood memories is of working with her Aunt Maddie in the quaint and cozy Printed Letter Bookshop. But by the time Madeline inherits the shop nearly twenty years later, family troubles and her own bitter losses have hardened Madeline’s heart toward her once-treasured aunt-and the now struggling bookshop left in her care.While Madeline intends to sell the shop as quickly as possible, the Printed Letter’s two employees have other ideas. Reeling from a recent divorce, Janet finds sanctuary within the books and within the decadent window displays she creates. Claire, though quieter than the acerbic Janet, feels equally drawn to the daily rhythms of the shop and its loyal clientele, finding a renewed purpose within its walls. When Madeline’s professional life takes an unexpected turn, and when a handsome gardener upends all her preconceived notions, she questions her plans and her heart. She begins to envision a new path for herself and for her aunt’s beloved shop-provided the women’s best combined efforts are not too little, too late. This will be Reay’s latest romantic standalone novel. I hope it turns out to be more than a save-the-bookshop-and-fall-in-love-with-the-local-gardener tale.

Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn (May 7, 2019)

Becoming Us #1  -     By: Robin Jones Gunn

Release date: May 7, 2019

Author: Robin Jones Gunn

Plot summary: Christy Miller’s back—with four other young moms who gather to share meals and personal stories while tackling parenting and the hard truths of life. The group bonds as they raise their children together and find ways to challenge, encourage, and help each other to become the nurturing mothers they wished they’d had when they were growing up. This will be Gunn’s first book in her new Haven Makers series.

Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt (May 7, 2019)

Moments We Forget, hardcover  -     By: Beth K. Vogt

Release date: May 7, 2019

Author: Beth K. Vogt

Plot summary: Jillian Thatcher has spent most of her life playing the family peacemaker, caught in the middle between her driven, talented older sister and her younger, spotlight-stealing twin sisters. Then on the night of her engagement party, a cancer diagnosis threatens to once again steal her chance to shine.Now, Jillian’s on the road to recovery after finally finishing chemo and radiation, but residual effects of the treatment keep her from reclaiming her life as she’d hoped. And just when her dreams might be falling into place, a life-altering revelation from her husband sends her reeling again. This is the second book in Vogt’s Thatcher Sisters series.

The Inn at Hidden Run by Olivia Newport (May 1, 2019)

The Inn at Hidden Run  -     By: Olivia Newport

Release date: May 1, 2019

Author: Olivia Newport

Plot summary: Meri’s family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It’s only a matter of time. What she doesn’t count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family’s history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm—and in town—Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn’t know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces. But none of that changes the fact that Meri’s family is closing in to haul her back to her “real” life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time. This novel will be the first in Newport’s Tree of Life Series.

The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis (April 2, 2019)

The Tinderbox  -     By: Beverly Lewis

Release date: April 2, 2019

Author: Beverly Lewis

Plot summary: With her Amish parents’ twentieth anniversary approaching, eighteen-year-old Sylvia Miller stumbles across a surprise-the old brass tinderbox her clock-maker father keeps in his Lancaster County shop has been left unlocked. Against her better judgment, Sylvia opens the cherished heirloom, not realizing that what she is about to discover will splinter apart her happy life. Sylvia’s bewilderment grows when her father confronts her about snooping in the box. To her amazement, the respected convert to the Old Order reacts as if he has something to hide. Burdened by the weight of his deception, Earnest Miller decides he must reveal the details about his past to his beloved wife, Rhoda. The long-kept secret alters everything for the close-knit family, jeopardizing Earnest and Rhoda’s relationship, as well as threatening Sylvia’s recent engagement to the preacher’s grandson. This will be Lewis’ latest standalone novel.

The Forgotten Road by Richard Paul Evans (April 30, 2019)

The Forgotten Road #2  -     By: Richard Paul Evans

Release date: April 30, 2019

Author: Richard Paul Evans

Plot summary: Chicago celebrity and successful pitchman Charles James is supposed to be dead. Everyone believes he was killed in a fiery plane crash. But thanks to a remarkable twist of fate, he’s very much alive and ready for a second chance at life—and love. Narrowly escaping death has brought Charles some clarity: the money, the fame, the fast cars—none of it was making him happy. The last time he was happy—truly happy—was when he was married to his ex-wife Monica, before their connection was destroyed by his ambition and greed. Charles decides to embark on an epic quest: He will walk the entire length of Route 66, from Chicago to California, where he hopes to convince Monica to give him another shot. Along the way, Charles is immersed in the deep and rich history of one of America’s most iconic highways. But the greater journey he finds is the one he takes in his heart as he meets people along the road who will change his perspective on the world. This is Evan’s second installment in his Broken Road series.

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes (April 30, 2019)

Whose Waves These Are  -     By: Amanda Dykes

Release date: April 30, 2019

Author: Amanda Dykes

Plot summary: Anthropologist Annie Sawyer races against time and tide! When she’s summoned to her great-uncle Robert’s side in coastal Maine, Annie notices stone ruins on a nearby island that trigger both professional curiosity and long-ago memories. But with Robert failing fast, can she find answers—and mend the decades-old chasm in her family—before it’s too late?

The Heart of a King by Jill Eileen Smith (April 30, 2019)

The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon  -     By: Jill Eileen Smith

Release date: April 30, 2019

Author: Jill Eileen Smith

Plot summary: King Solomon was wealthy and wise beyond measure. He could-and did-have anything he wanted, including many women from many lands. But for all his wisdom, did he or the women in his life ever find what they searched for all of their lives? In this novel, you’ll find yourself whisked away to ancient Israel, where you’ll meet Solomon and four of the women he loved: Naamah the desert princess, Abishag the shepherdess, Siti the daughter of a pharaoh, and Nicaula the queen of Sheba. As you experience the world of Solomon through his eyes and the eyes of these women, you’ll ask yourself the ultimate question: Did Solomon’s wisdom ultimately benefit him and those he loved or did it betray them? This novel will be Smith’s latest standalone work of Biblical fiction.

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel by James Markert (April 9, 2019)

Midnight at the Tuscany Hotel  -     By: James Markert

Release date: April 9, 2019

Author: James Markert

Plot summary: Run by renowned sculptor Robert Gandy and his wife and muse, Magdalena, the Tuscany Hotel hosted guests of a certain kind—artists, actors, scientists, and engineers who left their worries behind so that they could create their latest masterpieces. Surrounded by lore, the hotel was rumored to free the mind and inspire artists’ gifts. But tragic circumstances force Robert and his family to move. After thirteen months at war, Vittorio Gandy is haunted by memories, and his former life is unrecognizable. Once a gifted painter, now he can’t bear the vivid, bleeding colors on a canvas. His young son doesn’t remember him, and his wife, Valerie, is scared of him. But the most disconcerting change is in Vitto’s father, Robert Gandy, who has fallen from being a larger-than-life sculptor to a man whose mind has been taken by Alzheimer’s. When Robert steals away in the night, Valerie, Vitto, and his new acquaintance and fellow veteran John go to the only place Robert might remember—the now-abandoned Tuscany Hotel. When they find him there, Robert’s mind is sound and his memories are intact. Before long, word gets out that drinking from the fountain at the hotel can restore the memories of those suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia. The rooms once again fill up with guests—not artists this time, but people seeking control over their memories and lives. Vitto desperately wants to clear his own mind, but as he learns more about his mother’s life and her tragic death, he begins to wonder whether drinking the water comes at a price. 

The Memory House by Rachel Hauck (April 2, 2019)

The Memory House  -     By: Rachel Hauck

Release date: April 2, 2019

Author: Rachel Hauck

Plot summary: When Beck Holiday lost her father in the North Tower on 9/11, she also lost her memories of him. Eighteen years later, she’s a tough New York City cop burdened with a damaging secret, suspended for misconduct, and struggling to get her life in order. Meanwhile a mysterious letter arrives informing her she’s inherited a house along Florida’s northern coast, and what she discovers there will change her life forever. Matters of the heart only become more complicated when she runs into handsome Bruno Endicott, a driven sports agent who fondly recalls the connection they shared as teenagers. But Beck doesn’t remember that, either. Decades earlier, widow Everleigh Applegate lives a steady, uneventful life with her widowed mother after a tornado ripped through Waco, Texas, and destroyed her new, young married life. When she runs into old high school friend Don Callahan, she begins to yearn for change. Yet no matter how much she longs to love again, she is hindered by a secret she can never share. Fifty years separate the women but through the power of love and miracle of faith, they each find healing in a beautiful Victorian known affectionately as The Memory House.

A Royal Father by Linda Fergerson (April 1, 2019)

A Royal Father: The Lion and the Butterfly Book Three  -     By: Linda Fergerson

Release date: April 1, 2019

Author: Linda Fergerson

Plot summary: Jerusha, a young Jewish widow in first century Jerusalem, needs a father for her sons. Effah, a powerful and dark figure from her childhood, offers marriage. His proposal will save her inheritance from being ripped away by the corrupt Jewish priests. But she cringes at the thought of him being her sons’ father. Or her husband. Antonius, an aloof Roman soldier, with ghosts in his past, befriends her sons and is a follower of the Way. He waits in the shadows for her love, while she wrestles with trusting Father God’s mysterious plan? Will she succumb to Effah and marry a man she despises, to save her sons’ inheritance? Or, in a culture where Roman soldiers are hated by Jews, risk the loss of everything by reaching out to the aloof roman soldier. This is the third book in Fergerson’s The Lion and the Butterfly series.

Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens (April 1, 2019)

Shadow Among Sheaves  -     By: Naomi Stephens

Release date: April 1, 2019

Author: Naomi Stephens

Plot summary: Shadow Among Sheaves is an allegory based on the Book of Ruth – set in 1857 India. In the midst of a bloody battle, India-born Rena marries British officer Edric. Following Edric’s death, she accompanies his mother back to England, where Lord Baric is forced to choose—will he preserve his British reputation or yield to his attraction to Rena? This novel looks like it could be an interesting take on a historical romance. I look forward to reading and reviewing it soon!:)

Golden Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse (April 1, 2019)

Golden Bride  -     By: Kimberley Woodhouse

Release date: April 1, 2019

Author: Kimberley Woodhouse

Plot summary: Olivia Brighton finds herself widowed and working her brother’s restaurant in San Francisco during the height of the rush for gold. Even though she receives at least twenty marriage proposals a day, she will never marry a gold miner. Her brother’s friend Joseph Sawyer has gotten caught up in local politics and the plight of Chinese in forced labor. The more Joseph gets pulled into investigating crime in the city, the less Olivia sees of the compassionate man. And just when she thinks she could love again, a fire threatens to steal all hope. This novel will be the the eighth installment in the multi-author Daughters of the Mayflower series.

The Last Year of the War by Susan Meissner (March 19, 2019)

The Last Year of the War  -     By: Susan Meissner

Release date: March 19, 2019

Author: Susan Meissner

Plot summary: Susan Meissner’s latest historical drama is set during the end of World War 2. Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943–aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity. The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences. But when the Sontag family is exchanged for American prisoners behind enemy lines in Germany, Elise will face head-on the person the war desires to make of her. In that devastating crucible she must discover if she has the will to rise above prejudice and hatred and re-claim her own destiny, or disappear into the image others have cast upon her.

The House on Lowell Street by Linda A. Keane (March 14, 2019)

The House on Lowell Street: A Novel  -     By: Linda A. Keane

Release date: March 14, 2019

Author: Linda A. Keane

Plot summary: Keane’s newest novel, releasing next month, is based on a true event, the strike of the Kalamazoo corset workers in 1912. Rose Morrison’s comfortable life as a banker’s wife is upended when her husband suddenly dies. His secret and formidable debts are now hers to somehow pay. To support herself and her son, Rose takes in boarders―but only women with impeccable references. Eventually, though, she reluctantly lowers her standards and boards two seamstresses from the corset factory, who help her clean. Trouble is brewing at the factory, where a union contract is about to expire. A charismatic organizer arrives from New York to lead the talks and draws Rose into the conflict between the workers and a factory owner bent on killing the union. As Rose’s affection and sympathy grow for her boarders, she is confronted with confusing moral choices. It is not enough to care; one must also act. This novel carries a powerful message that, if executed well, could change the future of historical Christian novels.

The Persian Gamble by Joel C. Rosenberg (March 12, 2019)

Release date: March 12, 2019

Author: Joel C. Rosenberg

Plot summary: Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to somehow elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem-Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin. While frantically negotiating with his contacts in the White House, Marcus learns that the unstable North Korean regime plans to use the international chaos as a smokescreen to sell nuclear weapons to Iran. With the fate of the entire free world on the line, Marcus makes a deal with the U.S. government-he will go back to work as an international operative and track down the WMDs before they end up in the hands of those with the determination and the means to use them. Marcus and Oleg worked together once before to avert a world war. Can they now find a way to stop world destruction? Rosenberg is releasing this, his latest standalone political thriller, towards the middle of next month.

Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin (March 5, 2019)

Far Side of the Sea  -     By: Kate Breslin

Release date: March 5, 2019

Author: Kate Breslin

Plot summary: In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life–a woman he believed to be dead. Traveling to France to answer her urgent summons, he desperately hopes this mission will ease his guilt and restore the courage he lost on the battlefield. Colin is stunned, however, to discover the message came from Jewel’s half sister, Johanna. Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence, found Jewel’s diary and believes her sister is alive in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them. When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives. This novel is Breslin’s latest work of standalone historical fiction and will release early next month.

The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr (November 2019)

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Release date: November 2019 (specific day TBA)

Author: Patrick Carr

Plot summary: Fleeing for his life after his adoptive father is put to death by a ruthless Parthian queen, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, escapes the city. There he begins an epic journey filled with peril, close escapes, and dangerous battles. Over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can’t forget and the promise that the world will never be the same. This appears to be Carr’s first standalone novel and will release sometime in November of this year. We can’t wait!

Author’s note: This post will be continually updated as more information is released.

Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse (March 5, 2019)

Almost Home  -     By: Valerie Fraser Luesse

Release date: March 5, 2019

Author: Valerie Fraser Luesse

Plot summary: With America’s entrance into the Second World War, the town of Blackberry Springs, Alabama, has exploded virtually overnight. Workers from all over are coming south for jobs in Uncle Sam’s munitions plants and they’re bringing their pasts with them, right into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading family home turned boardinghouse. An estranged young couple from the Midwest, unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi, a shattered young veteran struggling to heal from the war they’re all hoping Dolly’s house will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind. But the house has a past of its own. When tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and their ability to discover the truth about what happened to a young bride who lived there a century before. This will be Luesse’s latest historical standalone novel.

Courting Mr. Emerson by Melody Carlson (March 5, 2019)

Courting Mr. Emerson  -     By: Melody Carlson

Release date: March 5, 2019

Author: Melody Carlson

Plot summary: When the fun-loving and spontaneous artist Willow West meets buttoned-up, retired English teacher George Emerson, it’s not exactly love at first sight. Though she does find the obsessive-compulsive man intriguing. Making it her mission to get him to loosen up and embrace life, she embarks on what seems like a lost cause and finds herself falling for him in the process. A confirmed bachelor, George vacillates between irritation and attraction whenever Willow is around which to him seems like all too often. He’s not interested in expanding his horizons or making new friends; it just hurts too much when you lose them. This is Carlson’s latest standalone romance novel.

When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson (March 5, 2019)

When You Are Near #1  -     By: Tracie Peterson

Release date: March 5, 2019

Author: Tracie Peterson

Plot summary: After her father’s death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, takes over management of the traveling show. In her new role, she has to work with both Wesley DeShazer, the man who once broke her heart, and Jason Adler, her financial partner. Soon, she finds herself torn between the two men. Ella Fleming is fleeing a forced betrothal when she stows away on the Brookstone train. Lizzy finds her and gives her a job in the costume department, but Ella has a secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza. When Mary Reichert, a former sharpshooter for the show, learns that her brother, August, has been killed, she refuses to believe it was an accident. She returns to the show to find the truth, but is she seeking justice or vengeance? As the three women work together to discover how August died, Lizzy strives to hold the show together. Can she keep the Brookstone Extravaganza alive without losing the desire of her heart? This book is the first installment in Peterson’s new Brookstone Brides Series.

The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy (March 5, 2019)

The Unexpected Champion #3  -     By: Mary Connealy

Release date: March 5, 2019

Author: Mary Connealy

Plot summary: City dweller John McCall never expected to be out in the High Sierras of 1868 on a wild-goose chase to find the Chiltons’ supposedly lost grandson. But now that he’s out here, things have gotten even more complicated, mostly due to Penny Scott. She’s not like any woman he’s ever met-comfortable in the woods, with a horse, and with a gun (shocker). When Penny and John are taken against their will by a shadowy figure looking for evidence they don’t have, both realize they’ve stumbled into something dangerous and complicated. With their friends and family desperately searching for them, Penny and John must make a daring escape. When they emerge back into the real world, they are confronted with a kidnapper who just won’t stop. They must bring a powerful, ruthless man to justice, even as this city man and country woman fight a very inconvenient attraction to each other (first world probs). This will be Connealy’s third installment in her High Sierra Sweethearts series.

Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan (May 28, 2019)

Murder in the City of Liberty  -     By: Rachel McMillan

Release date: May 28, 2019

Author: Rachel McMillan

Plot summary: Rachel McMillan is releasing the much anticipated second book in the Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery Series in late May. The novel continues the stories of Reggie and Hamish, Determined to make a life for herself, Reggie Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expected her to marry and escaped to Boston. What she never expected to discover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing would develop into a business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca. Their latest case arrives when Errol Parker, the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues, hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks. Errol believes these are hate crimes linked to the outbreak of war in Europe, and he’s afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes. When Hamish has his careful constructed life disrupted by a figure from his past, he is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan. Much like the first novel in the series, this one looks exciting and intriguing. I hope to read and review it before or soon after it is released!

Grace & Lavender by Heather Norman Smith (March 1, 2019)

Grace & Lavender  -     By: Heather Norman Smith

Release date: March 1, 2019

Author: Heather Norman Smith

Plot Summary: Colleen Hill is always busy, constantly on a quest to make life more interesting. When the ladies’ group at her church partners with the local children’s home, Colleen jumps in as usual, volunteering to share her passion for cooking with a troubled teenager named Grace. But Colleen must balance the new project with her pursuit of becoming a contestant on a television game show, along with all the other ideas her brain continually spins out. Her daughter Melody is quite different. She lives a calm, simple life and is content with who she is. That is, until an unexpected opportunity to work with Grace, too, pushes her to reevaluate life and dare to take on bigger dreams. The path starts with a newly-found interest in soap-making and leads her to responsibilities she didn’t even know she wanted, including helping Grace understand the meaning of her name. This is Smith’s first ever book – a coming of age standalone novel.

Convergence by Ginny Yttrup (March 1, 2019)

Convergence  -     By: Ginny Yttrup

Release date: March 1, 2019

Author: Ginny Yttrup

Plot summary: The past can haunt us or propel us forward—so claims psychology professor Denilyn Rossi—and there is a shadow she can’t shake. With her encouragement, a student, Adelia Sanchez, plans to entrap the man who attacked her. When Adelia’s present and Denilyn’s past converge with a brute bent on murder, will they survive? This novel is Yttrup’s latest standalone suspense.

The White City by Grace Hitchcock (March 1, 2019)

The White City   -     By: Grace Hitchcock

Release date: March 1, 2019

Author: Melody Carlson

Plot summary: While attending the Chicago World’s Fair in 1893, Winnifred Wylde believes she witnessed a woman being kidnapped. She tries to convince her father, an inspector with the Chicago police, to look into reports of mysterious disappearances around the White City. Inspector Wylde tries to dismiss her claims as exaggeration of an overactive imagination, but he eventually concedes to letting her go undercover as secretary to the man in question—if she takes her pistol for protection and Jude Thorpe, a policeman, for bodyguard. This novel is the second installment in Hitchcock’s True Colors series.

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse (April 30, 2019)

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!

A Spy in Exile by Jonathan de Shalit (February 5, 2019)

A Spy in Exile  -     By: Jonathan de Shalit

Release date: February 5, 2019

Author: Jonathan de Shalit

Plot summary: Jonathan de Shalit’s latest novel is being released early next month. This standalone book tells the story of Ya’ara Stein. After Ya’ara is forced out of her job at the Mossad—the secret intelligence service of Israel—she is called upon by the Prime Minister for a classified job. Known for her aptitude, beauty, and deadliness, Stein is asked to set up a secret unit that will act independently, answerable only to the Prime Minister. This streamlined and deadly unit, filled with bright young men and women recruited and trained by Stein, quickly faces threats both old and new. Descendants of the lethal militant Red Army Faction have returned to terrorize Europe and fears of a radical Islam splinter group force the unit to distinguish between facts and smoke screens. As Stein’s cadets struggle to crush these threats, they soon discover how easily the hunter can become the hunted. This looks like an interesting novel that will appeal to readers looking for a faith-based crime read.

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: Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

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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.

The King’s Shadow by Angela Hunt (August 6, 2019)

King's Shadow: A Novel of King Herod's Court  -     By: Angela Hunt

Release date: August 6, 2019

Author: Angela Hunt

Plot Summary:  Two women occupy a place in Herod’s court. The first, Salome, is the king’s only sister, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, a people God will never accept or approve. The second woman, Zara, is a lowly handmaid who serves Salome, but where Salome spies conspiracies and treachery, Zara sees hurting people in need of understanding and compassion. Powerful and powerless, Idumean and Jew, selfish and selfless–both women struggle to reach their goals and survive in Herod the Great’s tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe. This novel is the fourth installment in Hunt’s Silent Years series.