Westward Hearts by Melody Carlson
Kentucky, 1854—Elizabeth Martin has mourned her husband’s death for three years, but now she feels ready to fulfill the dream they had shared—to take their two children west. The little party travels from Kentucky to Kansas City, where they join a substantial wagon train. Elizabeth soon finds herself being drawn to the group’s handsome guide, Eli Kincade. The long journey and deepening relationships challenge the travelers to their core, and Eli’s mysterious past leaves Elizabeth with more questions than answers. She knows there’s no turning back, but she wonders, What have I gotten myself into?
The Villa by Ben Rolphe (Book Three in series)Mattie Branson is nineteen and completing her first year of studies at a Bible college. Two of her closest friends have been called to spend two months assisting a woman missionary in Guatemala, a most dangerous and dark place. Hernado Banderas is the CEO of a major import-exporting company but has been abusing his position by smuggling drugs into the United States. As a result of the pressures being applied by the Columbian drug cartels, he feels forced to make the decision to engage in the 'human trafficking' trade. Once again, evil attacks. The wicked ways of man play out in a story that will test the faith of those involved.
Two Destinies by Elizabeth Mussler (Book Three in series)Now 1994, France faces unrest and rising poverty while neighbor Algeria is in the midst of a blood civil war. Risléne Namani, a French woman born to Algerian parents, converts to Christianity and falls in love with Eric Hoffmann, a Christian, committing the unpardonable sin in the eyes of her Muslim family. Eric must find a way to rescue her—from a forced marriage in Algeria, or even death. A powerful, relevant tale of social struggle, heartache, cultural conflict, and faith put to the ultimate test.
Trinity: Military War Dog by Ronie Kendig (reviewed)A year ago in Afghanistan, Green Beret Heath Daniel’s career was destroyed. Along with his faith. Now he and his military war dog, Trinity, train other dogs and their handlers. Though his passion is to be back in action, the medical discharge has forced Heath—and Trinity—to the sidelines. Military intelligence officer Darci Kintz is captured while secretly tracking the Taliban. Only one dog can handle the extreme conditions to save her. Trinity. Only one man can handle Trinity. Time is running out on the greatest—and most dangerous—mission of their lives.
Tangled Secrets by Carol Preston (to be reviewed)In tragic circumstances Beth and her brothers are left in England to grow up without their parents. When Beth's childhood dream to be reunited with her father in Australia finally eventuates she finds that dreams do not always come true. The reality she faces is a tangled web of disappointment, deceit and mistakes. Will she ever find true love? And will she discover she doesn't have to be alone before it is too late? Set in the early colonial days of New South Wales and based on real characters in the mid 1800s.
Shattered Silence by Margaret Daley (to be reviewed)A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders. While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?
Sandwich, with a Side of Romance by Krista Phillips (to be reviewed)Sandwich represents hope for twenty-year-old Maddie Buckner and Kyle, the eleven-year-old brother Maddie wants to spring out of foster care. Then she loses her new job after less than an hour on the clock. It’s all Reuben-the-Jerk’s fault, and she’s determined to make him right the wrong. He does so, reluctantly, by giving her a job at his restaurant, The Sandwich Shop. Then crazy things start happening at the restaurant, and Kyle’s foster parents apply to adopt him. To stop it all, Maddie must learn the art of humbling herself and accepting the help God has arranged, risking her heart to Reuben in the process. And she’d rather eat a million corned-beef on rye sandwiches than do that.
The Reunion by Dan Walsh (to be reviewed)
Aaron Miller was an old, worn-out Vietnam vet, a handyman in a trailer park. Forty years prior, he saved the lives of three young men in the field only to come home from the war and lose everything. But God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life. Aaron is about to be found. And the one who finds him just might find the love of his life as well. Expert storyteller Dan Walsh pens a new tale filled with the things his fans have come to love--forgiveness, redemption, love, and that certain bittersweet quality that few authors ever truly master.
Love's Reckoning by Laura FrantzOn a bitter December day in 1785, Silas Ballantyne arrives at the door of master blacksmith Liege Lee in York, Pennsylvania. Just months from becoming a master blacksmith himself, Silas is determined to finish his apprenticeship and move west. But Liege soon discovers that Silas is a prodigious worker and craftsman and endeavors to keep him in Lancaster. Silas becomes interested in both of Liege's daughters, the gentle and faith-filled Eden and the clever and high-spirited Elspeth. When he chooses one, will the other's jealousy destroy their love?
The Love of Divena by Kay Marshall Strom (Book Three in series)India 1990. In the final book of the Blessings of India series, Shridula, old and stooped at fifty-nine, makes her painful way to pay homage to the elephant god Ganesh, lord of success and destroyer of evils and obstacles. “Why are we Hindus instead of Christians?” her seventeen-year-old granddaughter Divena asked. “Because we are Indian,” said Shridula. So begins a spiritual journey for Divena as she struggles against an entire culture to proclaim a faith close to her heart while rocking the world of two families.
A Hidden Truth by Judith Miller (Amana series)When Karlina Richter discovers that a new shepherd will be sent to her village, she fears she'll no longer be allowed to help her father with the sheep. She'll be relegated back to kitchen work, stuck inside all day. Her fears increase when the new shepherd shows little interest in the flock--or in divulging why he's suddenly been sent to East. Is he keeping secrets that will impact Karlina's family? Dovie Cates visits the Amana Colonies to learn more about the place where her mother grew up. But when Dovie begins to ask questions about her mother's past, no one seems willing to reveal anything, so she decides to take matters into her own hands.
A Heartbeat Away by Harry KrausSurgeon Tori Taylor rules the operating room with a precision that makes residents feel faint, nurses cower, and colleagues take notes. But even with the honor of being a respected surgeon, Tori finds herself alone in her moment of desperation—dying on her own operating table. She needs a heart transplant, but what she receives is far more than a donor organ. Tori discovers that memories are surfacing in her mind that are not her own. As her ordered life grows more and more chaotic, Tori’s new heart begins to melt her icy walls from the inside out. This new heart of flesh is transforming her heart of stone, and there’s no going back.
At Every Turn by Anne MateerCaught up in a whirlwind of religious fervor when two missionaries speak at her church, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. It's 1916, and the latest advancements in car engines allow some to post speeds upwards of seventy miles per hour! When she discovers her father's company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events, she conspires with her father's mechanic, Webster, to secretly train and compete. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?
Amish White Christmas Pie by Wanda BrunstetterStep into Amish country for this bittersweet holiday romance. Here you ll meet Will Henderson, a young man tortured by his past, and Karen Yoder, a young woman looking for answers. Add a desperate father searching for his son, and you have all the ingredients for a first-class romance that will inspire and enthrall.
The 13: Fall by Robbie Cheuvront and Erik Reed (to be reviewed)Join CIA operative Jonathan Keene in a battle against America’s greatest enemy. Although initially investigating the disappearance of border agents along the US/Mexico border, Keene soon discovers another enemy waiting right at America’s doorstep. This enemy is swift—with sights set on something more precious than gold. As the US is pushed into a situation it hasn’t seen since its inception, Keene is forced to face a past he’d rather leave buried. Can Keene—and America—survive?
Healing Love by Laura Hilton (Book One of series)Life gets a lot harder for Amish midwife Kristi Lapp when a buggy wreck lands her in the hospital and leaves her with a pronounced limp. Shane Zimmerman moved to Seymour for a fresh start. The veterinarian is still reeling from the loss of his young wife, who died in childbirth. Shane isn’t Amish, although his grandparents were, and Ira Lapp would rather his daughter marry an aging Amish widower than a young Englischer. Kristi and Shane can’t deny the strong attraction between them, So their on–again, off–again relationship persists. But will they find a way to stay together? Or are their differences too divisive to resolve?
Sneak by Evan Angler (Book Two in series, Young Adult)Logan Langly went in to get his Mark, but he backed out at the last minute. Now he's on the run from government agents who will stop at nothing to capture him. Logan and his friends discover a vast network of the Unmarked, who help them travel safely. Along the way, the Dust receives some startling information from the Markless community, opening their eyes to the message of Christianity and warning that humanity is now entering the End of Days. Can Logan even sacrifice his own freedom, choosing to act through faith alone?
Material Witness by Vanetta Chapman (to be reviewed)Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is killed in the parking lot of Daisy's Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer's boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie. This time it's a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he's looking for something or someone. Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure ... this time it's nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.
Sadie's Montana series by Linda BylerThe Miller family’s move from Ohio to Montana was, for the most part, uneventful, except that Sadie Miller had to leave her beloved horse, the palomino named Paris. Still, she likes the Montana snows and her job at Aspen East Ranch serving the ranch hands. Unexpectedly, Ezra appears, the man who seems to be perfect in every way and fully intends to marry Sadie. But does she love him back? And who is this fascinating Mark, who helps rescue a dying horse and shows up at the Amish hymn-sing though he is English? Why can’t she get his dark eyes and tall stature out of her mind?
There’s horse trouble in Montana again. Only this time, horses aren’t being stolen, they’re being shot. Still, Sadie rides, despite daily warnings from Dorothy down in the kitchen of Aspen East Ranch. But Sadie’s getting used to ignoring Dorothy’s advice. Sadie’s heart is set on Mark even though Dorothy tells her to steer clear after he ditches her in the middle of their first date. Mark, on the other hand, finds it hard to tell Sadie the secrets of his past. As Sadie’s world spins out of control, her palomino, Paris, remains her sole confidant. But does Sadie put Paris in danger every time they go riding? Or, together, can they discover who these mysterious snipers are?
Her Amish Man by Erin BatesBecause Leah McKenzie’s mother was “shunned” for marrying an outsider, Leah has never known her Amish relatives. Then she is framed for a murder she didn’t commit, and she needs somewhere to hide until she can clear her name. Confident no one would think to search for her in an Amish community, she heads for her grandmother’s home in Illinois. A safe haven is all Leah is looking for, but she soon finds herself entranced by the simplicity of the old-fashioned lifestyle. What she doesn’t expect is to find a man there who stirs her heart.
Found by Shelley Shepherd Gray (Book Three in series)As the search for Perry Borntrager's killer continues, Jacob Schrock feels like his world is about to crumble. He's good at keeping secrets—including his love for Deborah, Perry's sister. But when Deborah takes a job at his family's store and their friendship blossoms, Jacob senses everything is about to be revealed. Deborah has been searching for a slice of happiness ever since her brother's body was discovered. Will she believe what everyone seems to think is the truth . . . or listen to her heart, and hope there is still one more person who is keeping secrets in Crittenden County?
Christmas at Holly Hill by Martha Rogers
It is October 1898, and Clayton Barlow has just returned home after serving time in prison for his part in a bank robbery. His family welcomes him, but the townspeople are skeptical. Bored with life in the small town but determined to make a new start, he goes to work with his father, hoping to regain the town’s trust. Clayton recognizes the schoolteacher at the Prairie Grove School as his childhood friend, Merry Lee Warner, and old feelings surface. Still, he doubts that he could ever get a woman like Merry to love him. As the townspeople prepare for Christmas, their suspicions about Clayton lead to trouble. Will the trusting heart of an unlikely new friend be enough to restore Clayton’s relationships with his neighbors and reunite him with God and Merry?
The Roman, The Twelve and The King by Jenny L Cote (Children's Fiction)In 1735 London, composer George Friedric Handel is upsettingly passed over by the King of England for the most important musical post in the world. In order to inspire Handel, the Order of the Seven revisits the life of Christ, following Jesus and his twelve disciples through the joy and controversy of Jesus’ ministry leading up to the Passion. The Enemy tried to prevent Messiah’s birth – now he will stop at nothing to ensure his death through the Pharisees, Herod, Pilate and Judas. But everything becomes clear as to why the Cross is the Divine Plan all along.
To Write a Wrong by Robin CarrollIn Angola State Penitentiary, a man is serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Riley Baxter is an eager reporter desperate for a story to make a name for herself. Hayden Simpson has his hands full with keeping his little sister in line, worrying about his job as Police Commissioner, and dealing with his past emotional baggage. The last thing he needs is someone blowing the lid off his emotional bucket. But when Riley Baxter storms into his life, and they must work together to uncover the truth of the past . . . before someone shuts Riley up for good.
The Girl in the Glass by Susan MeissnerSince she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence, Italy.
When her dad finally tells Meg to book the trip, she prays that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents’ divorce. In Florence, Sophia Borelli introduces Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city. Sofia claims that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great Renaissance masterpieces. Sophia, Meg, and Nora each must answer the question: What if renaissance isn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?
The Bridge by Karen KingsburyMolly Allen lives alone in Portland, but her heart is back in Franklin, Tennessee, where five years ago she walked away from a man she cannot forget, a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since. Ryan Kelly lives in Franklin and spends plenty of time at The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—remembering the long hours he and Kelly once spent there. Now, Ryan and Molly’s favorite bookstore is in trouble. And in the face of tragedy, miracles begin to unfold.
The Brink of Chaos by Tim LaHaye and Craig ParshallIn the third book of The End series, Joshua Jordan remains in Israel during his self-imposed 'exile' out of the reach of U.S. authorities who have trumped-up false criminal treason charges against him. Following the nuclear attack by Russia, Israel is cleaning up the bodies of dead enemy soldiers for 7 months and setting out on its 7 year plan---both per the prophecies in Ezekiel. Are the recurring dreams Joshua has had about the coming rapture from God. And is the end sooner than anyone expects?
The Blue Door by Christa Kinde (to be reviewed) (Young Adult)ZonderKidz launches an exciting supernatural series for kids 11 and up. The Blue Door, the first book in The Threshold Series, introduces Prissie Pomeroy, a teen who discovers she can see what others cannot: angels all around. Even more startling is the surprising secret she uncovers about people she thought she knew. As she wrestles with this unexpected ability she must come to grips with the spiritual battles surrounding her. Especially when she learns she received this gift because God has a unique role for her in his bigger plan. But if she's to fulfill it, she'll need faith like never before.
Apostle Islands by Tommy ZurhellenApostle Islands is the sequel to the story of the modern Messiah begun in Nazareth, North Dakota, and picks up Sam's story as he emerges from forty days and nights in the North Dakotan Badlands. Supported by his loyal band of rough-and-ready bikers, Sam struggles to find his way and fulfill his mission on the shores of Lake Superior. His popularity spreads as he saves wedding receptions and cures cancer patients, but as he soon finds out, radical ideas and a diehard following are two easy ways to make enemies. Especially with the FBI.
The Unreconciled by Eric YoungA Caliph rules America after the Christian Holocaust. Denisa Graceon, archeologist, is employed by an enigmatic Cardinal to locate Christian relics there. Beginning her search at the University of Virginia, where Jefferson s dream has become an oppressive nightmare, Denisa meets the Imam s debonair son, who, abhorring the radical Islamic vision, leads a clandestine rebellion and, hypnotized by her intellectual exuberance, aids her quest. Searching deep in Appalachia s wilderness she discovers the Unreconciled, the last American Christians. Immersed in Christianity, she is born again and becomes enamored by Hawkeye , the swarthy, Adonis, who guards the very relic she had come to steal. When she learns the Caliph plans to annihilate them, she realizes only she can save them.
Journals of Corrie Bell Hollister by Michael PhillipsI'm not sure if these are reprints or new releases.
Pursued as a Union spy within Confederate territory, Corrie Belle Hollister's desperate attempt to escape on horseback was cut short by an explosion of sound. The pain from the deadly bullet lasted only a moment-followed by numbness. Then nothingness as blackness overcame the light. Through a sequence of dramatic events, Corrie learns more about God's goodness and faithfulness. (Book 7 in series)
Over two years have passed since Corrie Belle Hollister left Miracle Springs and the family she loves. Now after all her adventures and travels, with the Civil War behind her, Corrie returns home to California and has brought with her Christopher's proposal. In her time away she has grown and matured into a young woman. Will her family see the difference? It is time for Corrie to decide where she belongs-and where is the home for her heart? (Book 8 in series)
I've read The Reunion and The Bridge, both are very good. Dan Walsh is soooo talented!ReplyDelete