Whose Waves These Are by Amanda DykesWhat it is: a lyrical debut novel set in the 1940s and the 2000s.
Featuring: Annie Bliss, who goes to Ansel-by-the-Sea, Maine, when her great-uncle Bob becomes ill; Jeremiah, the handsome postman with a shirt that says, "Please go away;" and Bob, who lost his twin brother in World War II, is a key part of the tight-knit island community, and has unfinished promises to keep.
Who it's for: anyone who loves evocative soul-stirring reads with well-drawn romantic elements.
Summer by the Tides by Denise HunterWhat it's about: Restaurant manager Maddy Monroe has just lost her boyfriend and her job. So, when handsome marina owner Connor Sullivan leaves a message saying Maddy's grandmother is missing, she immediately heads to Gram's North Carolina beach house, where her two sisters (who've barely spoken since a betrayal years earlier) also show up...a reunion that has Gram's fingerprints all over it.
For fans of: lighthearted women's fiction featuring charming beach locations, sisters, and sweet romances.
Wooing Cadie McCaffrey by Bethany TurnerStarring: Cadie, who is tired of waiting for her boyfriend of four years to propose, and Will, who loves Cadie but is oblivious to her hopes for a ring.
What happens: Miscommunications cause the two to break up, but Will tries to win Cadie back using ideas pulled from her favorite rom-com movies and his former pro-athlete coworkers.
Don't miss: the adorable meet-cute at the beginning of the book; the thoughtful handling of regrets (including about premarital sex).
The Golden Bride by Kimberley WoodhouseSan Francisco, 1849: Newly widowed Olivia Brighton arrives and works at her brother’s restaurant, though the gold rush has made the city a wild, raucous place. At a Bible study, she meets Joseph, who wants to help those in need, including Chinese forced laborers.
Series alert: Like the other Daughters of the Mayflower historical romances (which are written by a variety of authors and set in different time periods), this well-researched 8th entry can be read on its own. The 9th book, The Express Bride, also by Kimberley Woodhouse, comes out this month and is set at a Pony Express station in 1860 Utah territory.
The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen CobleWhat happens: House flipper Ellie Blackmore goes to her sister Mackenzie's boat in Puget Sound for a birthday celebration -- and finds blood on the deck and Mackenzie missing.
Where could she be? Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw thinks Mackenzie stole a cocaine shipment and faked her own death. Ellie believes her sister is innocent, but where is she?
Look for: Shauna from the 1st Lavender Tides book, The View from Rainshadow Bay, who reunites with her long-lost brother in this 2nd series entry.
Sandpiper Cove: A Hope Harbor Novel by Irene HannonWhat happens: Police chief Lexie Graham stays busy raising her son and keeping Hope Harbor, Oregon safe, but finds herself intrigued by handsome church-going ex-con Adam Stone when the two try to stop the vandalism suddenly plaguing their small town.
Series alert: This is the heartwarming 3rd romance in veteran author Irene Hannon's Hope Harbor series. All of the books in the series feature themes of renewal and can be read on their own. The 5th book, Driftwood Bay, came out in April.
The Sea Before Us by Sarah SundinWhat it's about: In 1944 London, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton and Dorothy Fairfax of the Women's Royal Navy Service grow close as they create maps of Normandy's coast to aid the Allied invasion -- but both have personal insecurities and family issues to resolve.
Series alert: This is the 1st novel in the Sunrise at Normandy trilogy by Sarah Sundin, who writes compelling, well-researched WWII romances featuring realistic characters who find strength in faith. The final entry, The Land Beneath Us, will come out in February 2020.
Troubled Waters by Susan May WarrenStarring: controlling billionaire Ian Shaw, who is having money problems and desperately wants to find Esme, his runaway niece; and Sierra Rose, Ian's former assistant who now works with Montana's PEAK rescue group and knows where Esme is, but has promised not to tell.
What happens: When a charity boat trip ends in disaster, Ian and Sierra are stranded on a small island where they struggle to survive, reconnect, and trust God.
For fans of: adrenaline-fueled romantic suspense novels, like those by Dani Pettrey and Lynette Eason; previous books in Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series (this is the 4th book of six).
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