The 49th Mystic by Ted DekkerWhat it's about: Blind, 16-year-old Rachelle Matthews and her father live in isolated, off-the-grid Eden, Utah. Rachelle has long had nightmares about a "Shadow Man," but now her sleeping world becomes real, and she learns she's the 49th mystic who must save both places.
Series alert: This is the 1st in the Beyond the Circle duology, which is set in the same world as the award-winning author's The Circle series.
Try this next: For more thrilling speculative fiction, try books by Rachelle Dekker (Ted Dekker's daughter) or Tosca Lee's Progeny series.
Hurricane Season by Lauren K. DentonFeaturing: Jenna, single mom to two young daughters; her sister, Betsy, who's struggling with infertility; and Betsy's dairy farmer husband, Ty, all of whom share narration duties.
What happens: To attend a photography workshop, Jenna leaves her girls with Betsy and Ty -- but two weeks of childcare expands to more as Jenna's work gets noticed. Meanwhile, Betsy and Ty continue to grow apart, and a hurricane heads for their South Alabama farm.
For fans of: authentic, character-driven Southern stories.
Honeysuckle Dreams: A Blue Ridge Romance by Denise HunterWhat happens: Brady Collins finds himself in a custody battle after his ex-wife dies. His wealthy former in-laws want his six-month-old son, Sam...and they have shocking news: Sam isn't his biological child. Brady's attorney says if he were married, his case would be stronger, so his friend, radio host Hope Daniels, acts as his fiancée, then wife.
Who it's for: This 2nd in the Blue Ridge Romance series is perfect for fans of heartwarming small-town love stories or romances featuring marriages of convenience.
The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. LaddWhat it's about: In 1812 England, the Industrial Revolution comes to the Yorkshire village of Amberdale in the form of young veteran Henry Stockton, who plans to honor his grandfather's wish and modernize the family wool mill. But in this look at faith, family, and loyalty, he doesn't count on falling for pretty Kate Dearborne, whose traditional weaver family has long been the enemy of the Stocktons.
For fans of: Julie Klassen, as well as anyone who likes atmospheric Regency romances, especially those about the working class.
Send Down the Rain by Charles MartinWhat it's about: After the Vietnam War, Joseph became a loner in the North Carolina mountains. Decades later, he helps a mother and children in a dire situation, which leads him home to Florida. He reconnects with his troubled childhood sweetheart, Allie, who's just lost her second husband and her restaurant -- but large secrets loom.
Reviewers say: "Martin beautifully captures the essence of Christian principles of sacrifice and forgiveness" (Publishers Weekly).
Try this next: Chris Fabry's The Promise of Jesse Woods, which also has a young man returning home years later to a girl he can't forget.
Tidewater Inn: A Hope Beach Novel by Colleen CobleWhat happens: House restorer Libby Holladay learns that the father she thought had been dead for years only died a month ago, that he left her a rundown inn on a remote Outer Banks island, and that she has two half-siblings who aren't happy about the will. Meanwhile, Libby's business partner Nicole is abducted, and the police suspect Libby is involved. Can a handsome Coast Guard lieutenant help Libby sort it all out?
Series alert: Fans of the author's Rock Harbor series will remember the character of Bree and enjoy her role in this first book in the Hope Beach series (followed by Rosemary Cottage).
The Promise of Palm Grove by Shelley Shepard GrayWhat it is: A modern-day Amish romance set in Pinecraft, a large Amish and Mennonite neighborhood in Sarasota, Florida.
Starring: Amish vacationer Leona, who finds herself torn between Edmund, her overbearing fiancé back home in Ohio, and Zachery, the easygoing local man who captures her heart.
Series alert: This is the charming opening book of bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray's Amish Brides of Pinecraft series, all of which take place at least partially at the lovely Orange Blossom Inn.
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie KlassenWhat it's about: The innkeeper of The Bell dies suddenly and his genteel wife, Jane, becomes the reluctant owner. With a large loan due, Jane and her resentful mother-in-law, Thora, must find a way to save the inn since both they and the town depend on the business.
Series alert: Set in a charming English village in the 1820s, this is the 1st of three books in Julie Klassen's delightful Tales from Ivy Hill.
Reviewers say: The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill "delivers everything fans of gentle historical-romance novels could ever want" (Booklist).
The Inn at Rose Harbor by Debbie MacomberWhat happens: After her husband died in a chopper crash in Afghanistan, Jo Marie Rose left Seattle for a quaint nearby town to open a bed and breakfast. But when the first guests arrive, they bring their own troubles and need for healing.
Series alert: The Rose Harbor series is set in the same town as Debbie Macomber's bestselling Cedar Cove novels, which were the basis for the Hallmark TV show of the same name starring Andie MacDowell; The Inn at Rose Harbor opens the series and is followed by Rose Harbor in Bloom.
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