With You Always by Jody HedlundHistorical Romance. Life in 1857 New York City is tough for 19-year-old immigrant Elise. She'd promised her dying parents she would care for her four siblings, but she hasn't been able to provide a home or enough food. Desperate, Elise accepts the New York Children's Aid Society's offer of a job in Illinois, requiring her to leave her siblings behind. Meanwhile, Thornton Quincy competes with his brother to see who can marry and create a sustainable town along a railway line in six months; the winner gets their wealthy father's business. Giving readers a sweet love story grounded in faith, this 1st in the Orphan Train series also highlights a lesser known part of the trains' history.
Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra by Angela HuntBiblical Fiction. Set during the "silent years," the period between the Old and New Testaments, Egypt's Sister focuses on Chava, the Jewish daughter of a royal tutor in Alexandria, Egypt. Chava grows up playing with Urbi, a princess, and even hears God speak to her about their lives being linked. But after Urbi becomes Queen Cleopatra and a rift occurs between the two, Chava is sold into slavery, landing in Rome. The 1st in the Silent Years series focuses on Chava's personal relationship with God and draws a fascinating picture of ancient times.
Ascension of Larks by Rachel LindenGeneral Fiction. Adventurous photographer Magdalena "Maggie" Henry may have grown up poor, but now she's a huge success who loves her job. She also relishes vacationing on Washington's San Juan Island at the home of her friends, architect Marco, his wife (and Maggie's college roommate) Lena, and their three kids. But those times are also painful for Maggie; Marco is the only man she's ever loved. After Marco unexpectedly dies, Maggie rushes to help grief-stricken Lena and the kids, balancing her own pain, her career, newly discovered secrets, a compelling new friendship, and another tragic event. This beautifully written debut novel has a subtle faith message and thoughtfully examines love, loss, and healing.
Abiding Mercy by Ruth ReidAmish Fiction. Faith Pinkham may only be 16, but she's devoted to the Amish church. She works in her family's restaurant, likes an Amish boy who seems to like her back, and is content...even if she doesn't always get along with her sister. But her world is knocked askew when she learns that her real name is Adriana, and that she was kidnapped as a toddler and left on her Amish family's doorstep. With the outside world (in the form of police and wealthy biological parents) now a very real part of her life, Faith's future looks nothing like she'd planned. This 1st in the Amish Mercies series offers readers a fresh story with thought-provoking questions and a charming romance.
Rules of Murder by Julianna DeeringHistorical Mystery. In the early 1930s English countryside, a party at Drew Farthering's country estate proves deadly when a man is murdered. Farthering, his best friend Nick (who's also the butler's son), and Madeline, a lovely American guest, all enjoy a good mystery novel and set out to try and solve the crime themselves. Christian fiction readers who adore Golden Age mystery authors like Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers will be intrigued by this 1st in a series; the 6th entry, Death at Thorburn Hall, comes out in November.
Murder Comes by Mail by A.H. GabhartMystery. On his day off, Hidden Springs, Kentucky, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is driving a rickety bus full of church ladies to the city to see a play. On their way, they spot a suicidal man on the edge of a bridge. Michael talks him down, but the would-be jumper claims that Michael will regret his actions. When taunting letters and photos of murder victims start arriving at the sheriff's office, Michael is inclined to agree, suspecting that the man he saved is a serial killer. Quirky characters combined with a charming small-town setting make this well-plotted mystery, the 2nd in a series, a good bet for Vannetta Chapman's fans.
Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Shepard GrayHistorical Mystery. It seems like Gilded Age Chicago debutante Eloisa Carstairs has everything -- she's beautiful, wealthy, and has many male admirers -- but an assault by a suitor has left her secretive and nervous. When she meets Sean Ryan, a Irish cop who's working security at a high society ball, she likes and trusts him, even though he is several rungs down the social ladder. Ryan is drawn to Eloisa, too, and with a killer on the loose targeting socialites, he'll do everything in his power to keep her safe and catch the murderer. Second in the Chicago World's Fair mystery trilogy, this enchanting novel will please fans who enjoy romance and suspense with their mysteries.
Sister Eve, Private Eye by Lynne HintonMystery. What's a 40-year-old Harley-riding nun to do when her private detective father falls ill during a murder case? If you're Eve Divine, you take a sabbatical from the convent and work the case yourself! After all, she has a knack for detection...and she's been wondering if the Benedictine Order in Pecos, New Mexico is really the place for her. But before she sorts out her own future, she needs to figure out who killed a prominent Hollywood writer/director. This is the 1st book in an entertaining series.
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