Freedom's Ring: A Novel by Heidi ChiavaroliGeneral Fiction. Using parallel story lines, this heartfelt debut novel follows two troubled Boston women, Liberty Caldwell in 1770 and Annie David in 2015. A special signet ring connects their stories -- Liberty, who lost her brother in the Boston Massacre, falls for one owner of the ring, a Redcoat, while Annie tries to recover emotionally from the Boston Marathon bombing, where her unknown rescuer gave her the ring to hold on to. As both women try to move forward, they must decide whether to face their future through dependence on God's strength, or their own.
An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann HunterRegency Romance. Griffith, the Duke of Riverton, has finally decided to take a wife. He wants a family-oriented lady, so the logical-minded duke does his research and focuses his attention on quiet Frederica St. Claire. But he's surprised when he falls for her beautiful, new-to-London cousin Isabella Breckenridge...even so, Isabella has secrets that could ruin it all. This last entry in the Hawthorne House series, which chronicles the tales of the Hawthorne siblings, is a delightful romance peopled with characters you'll love.
Cherished Mercy by Tracie PetersonHistorical Romance. In 1855 Oregon Territory, a letter arrives asking midwife Mercy Flanagan to travel to Rogue River Valley and aid her pregnant friend. Mercy, who survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, goes even though tensions between whites and Native Americans are increasing. While there, she meets a handsome young minister, but in the wake of a tragedy, their relationship and faith are tested. This is the 3rd book in the Heart of the Frontier trilogy; if you want to start with the 1st book, pick up Treasured Grace.
The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine SnellingHistorical Fiction. To immigrate to the United States or not? That is the question facing pregnant Signe and her family. They go...and then wish they hadn't. After a difficult trip from Norway to Minnesota, they are met with demanding relatives who force them to endure harsh labor to repay their passage. Giving fascinating insight into early-1900s' life and the trials immigrants faced, The Promise of Dawn is the moving 1st book in the Northern Skies series; if you're looking forward to the 2nd, A Breath of Hope, it comes out in April.
An Amish Family Christmas by Shelley Shepard GrayAmish Romance. It's a freezing-cold December evening in Charm, Ohio when Julia Kemps locks herself and her young daughter out of their rental house. Luckily, Levi Kinsinger passes by and helps. This leads to Julia and Levi working together on a Christmas surprise for Penny, and as Christmas grows closer, so do they -- but both have secrets and pasts they're trying to forget. Award-winning author Shelley Shepard Gray's 4th in The Charmed Amish Life series is a sweet Christmas romance. Looking for Gray's newest? Pick up the just-released The Gift, which is also an Amish Christmas story.
A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen KingsburyGeneral Fiction. Family patriarch John Baxter has invited an unexpected -- and unwanted, by some -- guest to his family's Christmas Eve celebration: an atheist who received the heart of his daughter Erin after she, her husband, and three of their four kids died in a car accident. John thinks the family can help the troubled woman, but John's daughter Ashley believes that the niece she's now raising isn't ready for this. If you've been following the Baxters' stories, you'll find yourself among friends; if you're new, it's fine to start here. Want the latest in the series? Pick up In This Moment, out November 7th.
Twelve Days of Christmas by Debbie MacomberRomance. Julia Padden's grumpy (but handsome) neighbor, Cain Maddox, rebuffs her every attempt at friendliness. Julia, who works at a department store to pay for college, has the chance for a professional social media job, but needs to gain blog followers. When she chronicles her attempts to be kind to Cain, her readership skyrockets...maybe too much. If Cain finds out she's been writing about him, how kind will he be? Though bestselling author Debbie Macomber isn't published by a Christian fiction publisher, she is a Christian whose books celebrate inspirational topics. If you're looking for her 2017 Christmas novel, it's called Merry and Bright.
The Christmas Town by Donna VanLiereGeneral Fiction. Christmas is definitely not 20-year-old Lauren Gabriel's favorite time of year; it's when families get together, and as a foster child, she never really had one -- but, as a grocery store cashier, she can't escape the songs and decorations. After work one day, she goes for an aimless drive and ends up in a small town. Drawn into the lives of the people there, she volunteers for Glory's Place, a charity that helps single moms and families during hard times. Has Lauren finally found a place she can call home? Read this heartwarming seasonal tale, the 9th in the loosely connected Christmas Hope series, to find out.
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