New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

February 9, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

All things bright and strange

February 8, 2018
Markert, James, 1974- author.
xiv, 354 pages ; 22 cm
"In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they've found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms. The people of Bellhaven have always looked to Ellsworth Newberry for guidance, but after losing his wife and his future as a professional pitcher, he is moments away from testing his mortality once and for all. Until he finally takes notice of the changes in his town ... and the cardinals that have returned. Upon the discovery of a small chapel deep in the Bellhaven woods, healing seems to fall upon the townspeople, bringing peace after several years of mourning. But as they visit the "healing floor" more frequently, the people begin to turn on one another, and the unusually tolerant town becomes anything but. The cracks between the natural and supernatural begin to widen, and tensions rise. Before the town crumbles, Ellsworth must pull himself from the brink of suicide, overcome his demons, and face the truth of who he was born to be by leading the town into the woods to face the evil threatening Bellhaven"-- Provided by publisher.

Liza's second chance

February 8, 2018
Jebber, Molly, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
293 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes and glossary.
"Zebra inspirational romance"--Spine.
Liza Schrock had an unhappy arranged marriage and the bakery was her haven. Now, she's happy to bake and remain single even though a handsome new bachelor is in town.

The view from Rainshadow Bay

February 6, 2018
Coble, Colleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2018]
335 pages ; 22 cm.
"Her photographs capture the beauty of Puget Sound. Do they also expose a darkness that someone would kill to keep buried?"--Provided by publisher.

The Saturday Night Supper Club

February 6, 2018
Laureano, Carla, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
xii, 401 pages ; 22 cm.
Denver chef Rachel Bishop won a James Beard Award and heads up her own fine-dining restaurant-- until she is the target of a smear campaign. Alex Kanin was highlighting the pitfalls of online criticism-- and destroyed the career of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt, he agrees to help rebuild Rachel's tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, can Rachel give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?

Harp on the willow

February 2, 2018
Hoff, B. J., 1940- author.
302 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"West Virginia, 1869 Three years ago, Dr. Daniel Kavanagh settled down in the quaint town of Mount Laurel and established a medical practice there. The single doctor has been nursing an unrequited crush on Serena Norman, the local schoolteacher. Just down the road lies the coal mining town of Owenduffy, considered by most in Mount Laurel to be a backwoods hamlet. When the mine company's doctor abandons his post, Daniel agrees to visit one day a week, much to the consternation of his fellow residents, including his secret love, Serena. Addie Rose, the daughter of an Owenduffy coal miner, has a gift for caring for others. When a receptionist position in Daniel's office suddenly becomes available, what windows of opportunity will God open for Addie Rose--just a job, a possible career as a nurse, or maybe something more? Harp on the Willow is a touching tale of true love, the kind that can only come from a Savior who first loved us"-- Provided by publisher.

Beneath the summer sun

January 31, 2018
Irvin, Kelly, author.
xii, 369 pages ; 22 cm
Jennie Troyer knows it's time to remarry, and with two men pursuing her, she doesn't have to look far. But after the pain she's experienced, can she open her heart to love? It's been four years since Jennie's husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it's time to shed her grief and remarry for the sake of her seven children. What they don't know is it isn't grief that's holding her back, but rather a fear of a repeat of her abusive marriage. Paul Graber has known--and loved--Jennie since they were children, and he'd hoped to court her when they were teenagers. But when he was fourteen, Paul's father died suddenly in his arms. Ever since he's been afraid of the searing pain of loss that comes from opening himself up to love. Now Jennie's free again and he's fighting to have the courage not to lose her a second time. Nathan Walker is a Mennonite book salesman who makes it a point to stop by Jennie's farm as often as he can. He's grown to care for her, but he knows he has no right to court her unless he resolves his own struggle with his faith. He will have to change everything about his life in order to join the Jamesport Amish community. But would he be embracing a new life or running from his old? The path isn't clear for any of them. These three people, drawn together by circumstances and God's plan, must come to grips with their pasts in order to discern God's plan for their futures and find peace beneath the summer sun.

Love by the numbers

January 31, 2018
Hilton, Laura V., 1963- author.
272 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"After a buggy accident claims the life of her fianc⥠Lydia Hershberger makes a fresh start in Jamesport, Missouri, managing a gift store, where she meets Caleb Bontrager, the young man hired to do the bookkeeping. When false allegations by the bishop back home catch up with Lydia, can she clear her name and find lasting happiness?"--Provided by publisher.

The celebration

January 29, 2018
Brunstetter, Wanda E, author.
Uhrichsville, OH : Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2018]
316 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.

Isaiah's daughter : a novel of prophets & kings

January 29, 2018
Andrews, Mesu, 1963- author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook, 2018.
xi, 387 pages : map ; 21 cm
Includes a reader's guide.
"In this epic Biblical narrative, ideal for fans of The Bible miniseries, a young woman taken into the prophet Isaiah's household rises to capture the heart of the future king. Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation. "Andrews (The Pharaoh's Daughter) offers her unique brand of in-depth Bible knowledge and storytelling flair... [she] is gifted at bringing the past to life..."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)"-- Provided by publisher.

Steal away home

January 24, 2018
Coffey, Billy, author.
376 pages ; 22 cm
"Includes discussion questions"--Page 4 of cover.
"Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of those loves ruined him. Now he's counting on the other to save him. Baseball always came easy for Owen Cross. His innate talents were honed beneath the stiff hand of a father who wanted nothing more than for his son to succeed where he had failed. The girl was a little more complicated. Owen loved Micky Dullahan from the first time they met, on a lonely hill overlooking the depressed area where her troubled family had always lived. But she was from the wrong side of the tracks, and so that spot became their haven, the one place they could be together without worry of class or reputation. Owen's career progresses just as everyone expects: college, the minors, even a few stints in the big leagues. But it is on a major league field that he has the epiphany that he has always given everything to baseball--and yet it cannot love him back. Micky's advice comes back to haunt him. "You've got a second chance to love what will always love you back." And so he returns home to that hill, to the last place he ever saw her, finally ready to stop running away"-- Provided by publisher.

The masterpiece

January 22, 2018
Rivers, Francine, 1947- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
ix, 496 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Struggling to make a home for herself and her five-month old son Samuel, Grace Moore accepts a position as a personal assistant to Roman Velasco, a temperamental successful artist.

Flying blind

January 19, 2018
Jackson, Dave, 1944- author.
271 pages ; 22 cm
Nick Archer is a bush pilot for the Missionary Aviation Support Team when a boarding school in remote south-central Columbia is attacked. He escaped, but Terri Kaplan, the school nurse, is kidnapped along with two other staff members, one of whom is later killed while the other escapes. When Nick loses his vision from neglecting his eye problems at the very moment he has a chance to save Terri, he ends up flying blind.

Seeds of hope

January 18, 2018
Cameron, Barbara, 1949- author.
269 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows--and she loves her quiet way of life. Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country. But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time"--Back cover.

Kappy King and the puppy kaper

January 17, 2018
Lillard, Amy, author.
247 pages ; 21 cm.
"First in a new series"--Cover.
In the Amish community of Blue Sky, Pennsylvania, kapp maker Kathryn King looks into the suspicious death of her neighbor, Ruth Peachey, as Ruth's daughter and shunned former Amish woman Edie tries to clear her mentally challenged brother of suspicion.

Firefly Cove

January 16, 2018
Bunn, T. Davis, 1952- author.
viii, 310 pages ; 22 cm.
Since the age of seven, Lucius Quarterfield has known he is dying. But now, at twenty-eight, his time is finally running out. So he's returning to the one place he ever felt happy, near the only woman he ever truly wanted. He's going to make each moment count because he knows that everything is about to change ... he just can't know exactly how.--Adapted from book jacket.

Until we find home

January 15, 2018
Gohlke, Cathy, author.
xiv, 415 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 413-414).
In the early days of WWII, American Claire Stewart smuggles five French Jewish children across the channel before the Nazis storm Paris, and brings them to her estranged aunt's Lake District estate as refugees. Lady Miranda Langford agrees to take them in, but only if Claire stays to help care for them. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire agrees, and soon fellow American David Campbell challenges her notions of love. A portrait of life on the British home front, reminding us that bravery and family come in many forms.

Under a cloudless sky

January 15, 2018
Fabry, Chris, 1961- author.
399 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discusion questions.
"A lush and storied coal-mining town--and the good people who live there--in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit. Will the truth about the town's past be its final undoing or its saving grace?" --

A courtship on Huckleberry Hill

January 15, 2018
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
361 pages ; 18 cm
"There's nothing Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth like better than a challenge. And the chance to matchmake their feisty granddaughter is their most delightful task yet... Elsie Helmuth's plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job in Huckleberry Hill. But she's not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won't put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is... Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He'll admit Elsie's ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell - but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he'll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes - and win her heart forever." -- Back cover.

Amish Christmas abduction

January 9, 2018
Lynn, Dana R., author.
217 pages ; 17 cm.
"Inspirational romantic suspense"--Spine.
"After catching a glimpse of something she wasn't supposed to see days before Christmas, Irene Martello is run off the road and barely survives. More shocking is the backseat whimper of an Amish toddler stowaway and the familiar sight of their rescuer--the man who'd let her down years earlier. Police chief Paul Kennedy fears Irene stumbled onto a kidnapping ring with two dangerous agendas: retrieving the girl and silencing the witness for good. Only Paul can keep them safe for the holidays. Guarding Irene means risking his heart--and his secret--but to save the child and the woman he never stopped loving, it's a risk he has to take"-- Page [4] of cover.

The ladies of Ivy Cottage

January 8, 2018
Klassen, Julie, 1964- author.
444 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: The innkeeper of Ivy Hill.
Includes discussion questions (pages 443-444).
Living at Ivy Cottage, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford is determined to earn her own livelihood. She opens a subscription library with the many books she has inherited or acquired through donations, then discovers two mysteries hidden among them. The man who once broke her heart helps her search for clues, but will both find more than they bargained for? Her hostess, Mercy Grove stays busy managing her girls' school. When several men take an interest in Ivy Cottage, she assumes pretty Miss Ashford is the cause.

Holding the fort

January 8, 2018
Jennings, Regina (Regina Lea), author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
344 pages ; 22 cm
When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

An Amish courtship on Ice Mountain

January 2, 2018
Long, Kelly, author.
281 pages ; 17 cm
Nineteen-year-old caregiver Martha believes that Joel Umble, the future Bishop of Ice Mountain, is out of her league until a possible future with Joel is revealed to her in an unexpected way at the creek.

Confessions of a first lady

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2014]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm
Veronica and her husband Marvin served as the heads and founders of “Clover Hill Church of God in Christ” in Atlanta, GA. From the outside looking in, one would never be able to tell that this family had not always been perfect in God’s eyes. The Millhouses had three beautiful children - a son Marvin, Jr., and a set of twin girls Destiny and Dynasty. Even Marvin Jr.’s girlfriend was an example of near perfection. They were admired, loved and respected by their entire congregation. But what happens when buried secrets and hidden indiscretions get exposed for the whole world to see? Everyone has a past. Take a journey with the Millhouse family and find out firsthand how secrets, lies and betrayal can turn a family upside down.

Confessions of a first lady. 2

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2015?]
276 pages ; 23 cm
"Six months after the shocking confessions and drama unfold in the church, the Millhouse family is left trying to pick up the pieces. Nothing is ever what it seems and just when you think you have it all figured out God allows another bomb to drop. Who will be left standing when the smoke clears and can God repair all that is broken?"--Back cover.

Confessions of a first lady. 3

December 28, 2017
Boone, Denora M., author.
[United States] : David Weaver Presents, [2015?]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 23 cm

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