He Should Have Told the Bees by Amanda CoxThe death of her father upends apprentice beekeeper Beckett "Beck" Walsh's quiet and predictable life, and that's before she learns that he's left his apiary to both Beck and a stranger named Callie Peterson. Read-alikes: Katie Powner's The Sowing Season; Christina Suzanne Nelson's Shaped by the Waves; Kathryn Cushman's Finding Me.
Lost and Found by Suzanne Woods FisherTrudy Yoder has long been in love with her friend, birdwatcher Micah Weaver, who, in turn, carries a torch for Trudy's sister, Shelley. Now Shelley, who left their Old Order Amish community in Stoney Ridge, Pennsylvania for Nashville to pursue a musical career, is back, and her return changes everything. Although Lost and Found shares a setting with the author's A Season on the Wind and Anything But Plain, no knowledge of previous books is required.
A Christmas to Remember by Beverly JenkinsWelcome back to Henry Adams, Kansas, where Bernadine Brown prepares to wed her sweetheart, Mal, and Reverend Paula Grant finds herself drawn to a new arrival. This 11th Blessings novel (following On the Corner of Hope and Main) stands on its own, but newcomers who enjoy this novel's well-drawn characters and small-town charm may be inspired to check out book 1, Bring on the Blessings.
An American Immigrant by Johanna Rojas VannWhile on assignment in Bogotá, Miami-based journalist Melanie Carvajal sees her complicated relationship with her Colombian mother in a new light after reconnecting with extended family and discovering her mother's diary. This debut offers a nuanced depiction of a loving but fraught mother-daughter bond and an ultimately uplifting story of family and faith.
The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn AustinIn 1951, best friends Audrey Barrett and Eve Dawson look forward to starting new holiday traditions with their five-year-old sons, but the arrival of the Sears Christmas Wish Book prompts the pair to show their kids the true meaning of the holiday. This charming, nostalgic novel features characters from If I Were You, highlights the meaning of the season, and shows hearts healing from the tragedies of war.
An Amish Christmas Wedding: Four Stories by Amy Clipston, Kelly Irvin, Kathleen Fuller, and Vannetta ChapmanFour faith-filled Amish novellas by bestselling authors showcase romantic love during the Christmas season. From reunited exes (in Amy Clipston's "Evergreen Love" and Kathleen Fuller's "Wreathed in Joy") to later-in-life love (Vanetta Chapman's "A Christmas Prayer"), these heartwarming tales offer holiday comfort and joy.
The Christmas Promise by Richard Paul EvansDreading her first Christmas since the untimely deaths of her father and estranged twin sister, PICU nurse Richelle Bach finds solace in her work and her writers' group, where she meets widower Justin Ek, a charming man with a secret. This moving holiday read by Richard Paul Evans (The Noel Letters) offers a modern take on the parable of the prodigal son as it introduces a sympathetic heroine finding new love while dealing with grief.
The Christmas Table by Donna VanLierePregnant newlywed Lauren Mabrey buys a used table and discovers a secret drawer containing annotated recipe cards. Her quest to locate the original owner connects her to events of 40 years ago, which are revealed in a parallel narrative. This heartwarming 11th in the Christmas Hope series includes familiar characters and locations (such as the charming Glory's Place), but can be read as a standalone -- and recipes are included!
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