"Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants."
~ Deuteronomy 32:2
Hearts Made Whole by Jody HedlundHistorical Romance. When her widowed father dies, Caroline Taylor takes over caring for her four siblings and tending Michigan's Windmill Point Lighthouse. But she's not allowed to be the light keeper because she's a woman, and wounded Civil War veteran Ryan Chambers gets the job. Since the family has nowhere to go, Ryan lets them stay for a bit. That's good, since it becomes clear that he's not up to the job due to the opium and alcohol he uses to dull the pain from his war injuries. But when odd things start happening, it's also clear that someone wants Caroline gone. Realistic characters, a sweet romance, a touch of suspense, and the healing power of faith combine to make this a delightful 2nd book in the loosely related Beacons of Hope series.
The Potter's Lady by Judith MillerHistorical Romance. Newly graduated from the Philadelphia School of Design for Women in 1872, Irish immigrant Rose McKay is delighted when her brother, Ewan, buys a West Virginia pottery (she's positive her artistic talents will help it succeed). At first, she clashes with employee Rylan Campbell over the way things are done, but a growing affection develops between them. A major problem, however, remains: Rylan thinks Rose's would-be beau, the owner of a rival pottery business, is up to no good. As success eludes their pottery, Rose and Rylan trust God and pin their hopes on winning a big design contest. This 2nd in the Refined by Love series is just as entertaining as the first book, The Brickmaker's Bride, which shares Ewan's story.
Someday Home: A Novel by Lauraine SnellingGeneral Fiction. Three women trust God and start over by sharing a house with each other. Lynn lives in a beautiful Minnesota lake house, but after her husband unexpectedly dies, she knows it's too big for just her. She welcomes into her home Judith, who's adrift after spending years caring for her wealthy father (who left her empty promises and gave everything else to charity), and sophisticated real estate agent Angela, who learned at her 25th wedding anniversary dinner that her husband was a cheat who wanted a divorce. This atmospheric book provides an intriguing and realistic look at women dealing with turmoil by leaning on each other and God.
Her Brother's Keeper: An Amish Secrets Novel by Beth WisemanAmish Fiction. After Charlotte Dolinsky's brother goes to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for work, he falls in love, joins the Amish...and commits suicide. Unable to get satisfactory answers and unwilling to move on without knowing exactly what happened, Charlotte masquerades as an Amish woman who's distantly related to her brother's former love. As she partakes of the family's hospitality, Charlotte gets the answers she was looking for even as her faith begins to grow and she becomes uncomfortable with her deceit. With darker themes than many Amish books, Her Brother's Keeper by veteran author Beth Wiseman is the thought-provoking 1st in a new series.
The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta JacksonChick Lit. If you haven't discovered the Yada Yada sisters yet (there are now 7 books in the popular series), here's your chance to start at the beginning and meet the seemingly mismatched members of a new Chicago-area prayer group. Narrated by third-grade teacher and self-professed Christian good girl Jodi, the prayer group also includes Yo-Yo, an ex-con; Ruth, a Messianic Jew; Flo, a recovering drug addict; and several others from such far-flung places as South Africa and Honduras. These women engage in plenty of witty banter as they become friends and as they turn to God while facing a variety of challenges.
Just Beyond the Clouds: A Novel by Karen KingsburyRomance. Special education teacher Elle Dalton is convinced that it’s crucial to help her adult students, including her sister Daisy, have some sort of independence. Bull Rider Cody Gunner doesn't agree; a young widower, he doesn't want to risk losing someone else he loves -- someone like his brother Carl Joseph, who has Down syndrome and is in Ellie’s class. But will Cody change his mind once he spends more time with Elle, for whom he develops unanticipated feelings? This moving sequel to A Thousand Tomorrows, which also features Cody, provides a heartwarming look at people with Down syndrome and those who love them.
The Dead Don't Dance: A Novel of Awakening by Charles MartinGeneral Fiction. After devastating losses leave him grasping for hope, South Carolina farmer Dylan Styles takes a job as a teacher at the local community college. Teaching college students is a job he's always wanted...he just expected his home life to be different. Though he questions God, he struggles along with help from his friends, Amos, an African American deputy, and Bryce, an alcoholic Vietnam Vet. This Christy-nominated first novel by bestselling author Charles Martin is populated with appealing, quirky characters. After finishing this heartfelt book, be sure to read the sequel, Maggie.
Where Courage Calls: A When Calls the Heart Novel by Janette OkeHistorical Romance. What is a wealthy Toronto lady doing in a remote coal-mining village in the wilds of western Canada? She's the town's new teacher! But Beth Thatcher wasn't expecting that she'd be doing her teaching in a saloon or that her boarding house wouldn't have electricity or indoor plumbing. Still, she takes to her task with heart and soul, especially once she learns that many of the children lost their fathers in a terrible mining accident. This companion story to the Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart follows Beth as she adjusts to her new surroundings and gains the romantic attentions of two Canadian Mounties.
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