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Catching the Wind by Melanie DobsonGeneral Fiction. In 1940, 13-year-old Dietmar Roth arrives home to Nazi soldiers harassing his parents. Doing as his mother quietly instructs, he flees, taking his 10-year-old neighbor Brigitte with him; they make it out of Germany but are separated in England. Now 90, Dietmar thinks tenacious investigative journalist Quenby Vaughn might be the one who can finally find Brigitte. Quenby clashes with wealthy Dietmar's young lawyer, but agrees to help. With a compelling dual timeline narrative, Catching the Wind is an inspiring, well-researched novel that readers won't soon forget.
Life After: A Novel by Katie GanshertGeneral Fiction. A bomb goes off on a Chicago train, killing 22 people. Autumn Manning survives, but a year later still can't remember what happened, and can't seem to move on either. Wondering why God let her live when so many lost their lives, she's drawn to the victims' families and records them sharing memories of their loved ones. Autumn connects with one family in particular, a husband and kids who lost their wife and mother -- but secrets from the past complicate matters for everyone. Addressing grief and guilt, this poignant, thought-provoking book is unputdownable.
Threads of Suspicion: An Evie Blackwell Cold Case by Dee HendersonMystery. Part of a new missing persons task force organized by Illinois' governor, Detective Evie Blackwell and her new partner David Marshal investigate two cold cases in the same county: a college student who disappeared nine years earlier and a PI who disappeared a few years after the student. Digging up new details, Evie and David learn that these cases might be related...and also might be connected to people they know. With Christian cops, procedural details, and a satisfying end, this 2nd Evie Blackwell novel should please mystery fans.
True to You by Becky WadeRomance. When lonely genealogist Nora Bradford acts as a hostage in a role-playing scenario, she's delighted to be "rescued" by swoon-worthy former Navy SEAL John Lawson and babbles out a quick introduction. Intrigued by her job, John turns to Nora for help when a medical condition means he needs to find his birth parents. As these two opposites work together, they grow closer, but will circumstances push them apart? Becky Wade writes fun romances with likable, faith-filled characters, and True to You, the delightful 1st in the Bradford Sisters series, is no exception.
The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen CobleRomantic Suspense. When Claire Dellamore unexpectedly shows up at Ocean's Edge, a Maine hotel, it's to help her dad close a business deal -- but she uncharacteristically has a panic attack. What is it about the hotel that's bothering her? Then she meets Luke Elwell and learns that she disappeared from the hotel when she was a child. Luke -- whose mother also disappeared years ago, but was never found -- helps Claire sort out the past. In this 1st in the fast-paced Sunset Cove series, what they discover are family secrets, danger, and -- maybe -- love.
The Proposal at Siesta Key by Shelley Shepard GrayAmish Romance. Finally standing up to her over-protective parents (who've never gotten over the murder of their other child 12 years ago), 24-year-old Penny Troyer takes a job at the local Pinecraft, Florida bed and breakfast. When she grows close to a guest, a handsome Mennonite amputee who travels the country sharing his testimony, it also causes trouble at home. Amish fiction fans who'd enjoy a trip to a sun-kissed beach should enjoy this moving tale of friendship, self-discovery, and love, the 2nd in a series.
Once Upon a Prince: The Royal Wedding Series by Rachel HauckContemporary Romance. Susanna Truitt has waited for Adam to propose for 12 long years. She expects a ring when he meets her on the beach in front of her family's St. Simon's Island, Georgia restaurant, but gets dumped instead. Later, vacationing Prince Nathaniel of the Kingdom of Brighton helps Susanna with a flat tire and immediately falls for her. Can they discover the power of God's love to heal hearts and bring together two people with different backgrounds? This 1st in a trilogy should please fans of modern-day fairy tales.
The Guest Book: A Novel by Marybeth WhalenGeneral Fiction. When she was five, Macy Dillon drew a picture in the guest book of her family's Sunset Beach rental house. The next year, she found that a boy had made a drawing in response. The pair do this for over ten years, growing close but not knowing who the other is; then Macy's dad dies, and the tradition ends. Now a single mom to her own adorable 5-year-old daughter, Macy heads back to the cottage with her mother and older brother to remember her father -- and, with God's help, Macy's also determined to find the boy from the guest book. This is the heartwarming 2nd in the loosely connected Sunset Beach novels.
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