New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

December 2, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Healing Ruby : a novel

December 1, 2016
Westall, Jennifer H., author.
©2014
4, 363 pages ; 23 cm

Another day, another Dali : a Serena Jones mystery

November 21, 2016
Orchard, Sandra, author.
©2016
344 pages ; 22 cm.
When her grandmother asks her to look into a friend's forged Dali painting, Serena Jones finds herself enmeshed in a case involving a ring of art thieves with ties to corrupt cops and her grandfather's murder.

Because it's Christmas

November 21, 2016
Spencer, Katherine, 1955- author.
©2016
x, 341 pages ; 24 cm
"The holiday season brings changes and challenges to many in Cape Light. But on one silent night, peace and harmony will prevail. Sophie Potter is grateful for so many happy years among her beloved apple trees. But her family insists that she can no longer live alone. So Sophie makes a deal to spend one last Christmas on Potter Orchard. Luckily, her grandson James arrives in time to help her make plans for the best holiday gathering Cape Light has ever seen. James isn't planning on staying in Cape Light. An aspiring writer, he's eager for adventure and plans to take off on a trip around the world. But once James meets Zoey Bates, he starts to understand that leaving Cape Light might cost him the greatest adventure of all--falling in love. Meanwhile, after more than fifteen years as Cape Light's mayor, Emily Warwick has lost the election to her lifelong rival, Charlie Bates. Emily is delighted to have more time for her family, but when a group of citizens begin fighting to preserve the town's character, Emily can't shake her desire to protect her town. Soon she finds herself back on a familiar battleground with Charlie and her family. It's not the place anyone wants to be. Especially on Christmas"-- Provided by publisher.

Where two hearts meet : a novel

November 18, 2016
Johnson, Liz, 1981- author.
©2016
376 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: The Red Door Inn.
"In her kitchen at the Red Door Inn, executive chef Caden Holt is calm, collected, and competent. But when her boss asks her to show off their beautiful island to impress a visiting travel writer and save the inn, Caden is forced to face a world much bigger than her kitchen--and a man who makes her wish she was beautiful"--Amazon.com.

Wild Montana skies : a novel

November 17, 2016
Warren, Susan May, 1966- author.
©2016
348 pages ; 22 cm
Search-and-rescue pilot Kacey Fairing returned home to Montana determined to put the past behind her and start a new life. But that won't be easy: her new partner is the man who broke her heart.

A Baxter family Christmas : a novel

November 9, 2016
Kingsbury, Karen, author.
©2016
xvii, 249 pages ; 19 cm
"As Christmas nears, John Baxter makes a bold gesture--he invites a stranger to share Christmas Eve dinner with his family. But not just any stranger. This woman is the recipient of his daughter Erin's heart. John knows the invitation will impact each of his adult kids and their families. But will they choose to embrace their guest? And how will the woman's presence affect his granddaughter--the one who feels the loss of her mother most keenly?"--Jacket flap.

An Amish family Christmas : a charmed Amish life Christmas novel

November 3, 2016
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2016
viii, 288 pages ; 21 cm.
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..." -- Cover.
"Following the tragic death of his father, Levi Kinsinger returns to Charm, Ohio. His young widowed neighbor, Julia, requests his help for a Christmas project. that helps them both find a sense of purpose. As their friendship grows into an attraction, Julia struggles with how to share a dark secret she harbors."--Provided by publisher.

Becky meets her match

November 1, 2016
Byler, Linda, author.
©2016
227 pages ; 20 cm
"An Amish Christmas romance".
Quick-witted, independent sixteen-year-old Becky Esh leaves her Wisconsin home to care for her parents in Pennsylvania, where her secret struggles with self-consciousness about her weight come to the fore at a Christmas party for young Amish people.

From this day forward

October 27, 2016
Snelling, Lauraine, author.
©2016
358 pages : genealogical table ; 23 cm.
Deborah MacCallister, head nurse at the Blessing hospital, has loved Toby Valders since her school days, but she's had enough of their on-again, off-again relationship. Toby truly cares for Deborah, but he's never felt like he could commit to marriage or a family. When Anton Genddarm, the new schoolteacher, comes to town, the young women of Blessing see a chance to force Toby's hand with a little strategic matchmaking. But real sparks fly between Deborah and Anton, and she finds herself in an even more complicated situation. The attention she gets from Anton makes Toby do some serious soul-searching, but is it too late? Then Deborah receives an invitation to study the latest advances in nursing at a hospital in Chicago, and she faces a hard choice. To leave or stay? Should she give up on the dream of Toby and accept the interest of Anton?

Waves of mercy

October 27, 2016
Austin, Lynn N., author.
©2016
378 pages ; 22 cm
Geesje de Jonge crossed the ocean at age seventeen with her parents and a small group of immigrants from the Netherlands to settle in the Michigan wilderness. Fifty years later, in 1897, she's asked to write a memoir of her early experiences as the town celebrates its anniversary. Reluctantly at first, she soon uncovers memories and emotions hidden all these years, including the story of her one true love. At the nearby Hotel Ottawa Resort, 23-year-old Anna Nicholson is trying to recover from a broken engagement. She begins having nightmares of being aboard a steamship during a violent storm, and begins to question who she is and whether she wants to return to her privileged life in Chicago. Neither Geesje nor Anna, who are different in every possible way, can foresee the life-altering revelations awaiting them before the summer ends. -- adapted from website.

The devoted : a novel

October 27, 2016
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
©2016
330 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions and a recipe.
Ruthie Stoltzfus loves her family must decide about her future. Should she stay Amish, or leave? She's passed the GED, saved her money, but can't quite set her journey into motion. Patrick Kelly came to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to "everything Plain." Every moment is to be cherished, especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor. Ruthie's ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is rebellious, headstrong, defiant. He'll do anything to win Ruthie back-- anything-- and Patrick Kelly is getting in his way.

Long way gone

October 26, 2016
Martin, Charles, 1969- author.
©2016
309 pages ; 25 cm
"'No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.' At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O'Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding on a six-string guitar and the bold wager that he had talent. But his wager soon proved foolish. Five years after losing everything, he falls in love with Daley Cross, an angelic voice in need of a song. But just as he realizes his love for Daley, Cooper faces a tragedy that threatens his life as well as his career. With nowhere else to go, he returns to his remote home in the Colorado Mountains, searching for answers about his father and his faith. When Daley shows up on his street corner twenty years later, he wonders if it's too late to tell her the truth about his past and if he is ready to face it. A radical retelling of the story of the prodigal son, Long Way Gone takes us from tent revivals to the Ryman Auditorium to the tender relationship between a broken man and the father who never stopped calling him home"-- Provided by publisher.

The midwife's dilemma

October 21, 2016
Parr, Delia, author.
Minneapolis, Minneosta : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
317 pages ; 22 cm.
Midwife Martha Cade has decided. When he returns in February, she is going to marry Mayor Thomas Dillon. That is the only decision in life in which she feels confident these days. Everything else around her feels like it's changing too fast, from her daughter's obvious affection for the town's young doctor to Martha realizing she's ready to pass on her role as midwife to someone younger.

Greater love : a novel

October 20, 2016
Kinsey, Carol.
[S.l.] : Breautumnwood Publishing, c2015.
285 p. ; 23 cm.
Trey Netherland is undercover. Rainey Meadows has been deceived. She wants answers. He wants the bad guy. Together, Rainey and Trey find themselves in the heart of Columbia both searching for different things. As Rainey struggles to learn who she is, Trey is torn between the lies he's told and the truth that is fighting to reach his heart. Tangled in a dangerous plot, can Rainey trust the man whose lies put her heart in turmoil? Will Trey finally cry out to the only one who can truly set him free? There is only one truth and it's in him they find greater love.

The Christmas secret

October 14, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2011
136 pages ; 21 cm
In 1880's Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother's diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her. Can David root out the truth about the past and bring back his bride? Or is the truth destined to bring an ultimate end to their romance?

The Amish Christmas kitchen

October 12, 2016
©2016
264 pages ; 21 cm
Baking love on Ice Mountain / Kelly Long -- The Christmas Bakery on Huckleberry Hill / Jennifer Beckstrand -- The special Christmas cookie / Lisa Jones Baker.
"Something's always baking in an Amish oven, and at Christmastime, all the ingredients for joy are at hand. Wrap yourself in the warmth of the Amish home, and the Plain peace of hearts joined by love." (from back cover).

Loving Isaac

October 12, 2016
Kertz, Rebecca, author.
©2016
219 pages ; 17 cm.
"Heartwarming inspirational romance"--Cover.
Isaac Lapp must make a choice: remain part of the Amish community and pursue a future with his childhood friend Ellen Mast, or build a life in the non-Amish world beyond Happiness, Pennsylvania.

Rebecca's bouquet

October 12, 2016
Baker, Lisa Jones, author.
©2016
viii, 294 pages ; 17 cm.
"Three young Amish women, gifted with hand-carved hope chests to hold their treasures and their dreams for the future, find the inspiration they need to help them reconcile love and faith in the most unexpected ways ... The last thing Rebecca Sommer dreamed her plan to wed would bring is a heart-wrenching choice. She thought she and her betrothed, William, would spend the rest of their lives in Illinois' heartland, raising a family in their close-knit Amish hometown. But when he must travel far out of state to save his ailing father's business, Rebecca braves her relatives' disapproval--and her own fears--to go work by his side. And though she finds herself ever more in love with the dedicated, resourceful man he proves to be, William's growing interest in English ways may be the one challenge even her steadfast faith can't meet ... William knows he couldn't ask for a more loyal wife-to-be. And the bravery that helps Rebecca tackle every obstacle makes her even more admirable. He simply won't ask her to sacrifice her deepest beliefs, no matter how right they are for each other. But the patience and care that crafted Rebecca's hope chest is somehow showing them there's more than one way prayers can be answered--and hearts brought together forever ..."--Page [4] of cover.

An Amish harvest : four novellas

October 11, 2016
©2016
415 pages ; 22 cm
Includes recipes.
Under the harvest moon / Beth Wiseman -- Love and buggy rides / Amy Clipston -- A quiet love / Kathleen Fuller -- Mischief in the autumn air / Vannetta Chapman.
"Faith, hope, and love remain forever in season in this collection of four richly absorbing novellas set amidst the wonder of an Amish autumn. -- Under the Harvest Moon, by Beth Wiseman. When Naomi Dienner is suddenly widowed, she never expects to find love again. until she meets Brock Mulligan, an English family friend hired at harvest time. As a sinister presence begins to threaten Naomi, Brock seeks to prove himself trustworthy while struggling with growing feelings for Naomi and her children. Will God open Naomi's heart--and give Brock his own second chance at love? -- Love and Buggy Rides, by Amy Clipston. Janie Lantz is a cashier at Lancaster Souvenirs and Buggy Rides, where Jonathan Stoltfuz is a buggy driver. A frightening accident brings Janie and Jonathan together in a blossoming friendship, yet daunting obstacles stand between them and something deeper. Can love kindle into flames that burn away fear and regret--and lead them to a life together? -- Mischief in the Autumn Air, by Vannetta Chapman. When items start going above market value at his auction house, Eli Wittmer is first thrilled, and then puzzled. But when the house is broken into, Eli and his new bookkeeper, Martha Beiler track down a trail of clues. Will they solve the mystery before the fall festival ends--and discover an unexpected new love -- A Quiet Love, by Kathleen Fuller. Dinah Hochstetler, quiet and bookish, longs for marriage but hides in her shyness. Amos Mullett, a simple farmer, knows he's different but aches for a loving wife. As Dinah and Amos navigate a budding romance, will the power of love--and the blessing of God--be enough to overcome their doubters?"--Provided by publisher.

A sister's wish

October 10, 2016
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York, NY : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
243, 16 pages : illustration ; 21 cm.
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Cover.
"Amelia Kinsinger may seem like the perfect Amish woman, but she is harboring a secret: She's been in love with bad boy Simon Hochstetler for as long as she can remember. Life hasn't been kind to Simon. He ran away from an abusive home and landed in prison. Now back in Charm, he's determined to put his wild past behind him and make a new life."--Provided by publisher.

Kissing Father Christmas : a novel

October 7, 2016
Gunn, Robin Jones, 1955- author.
©2016
179 pages ; 22 cm
"Bestselling and award-winning author Robin Jones Gunn returns to the cozy English village of Carlton Heath, with a winter romance to melt your heart. A year-and-a-half ago, Anna flew from Minnesota to Carlton Heath to attend the wedding of her cousin, Ian, to an American woman named Miranda. The beautiful event ended with Anna receiving an unexpected, unforgettable kiss from groomsman Peter. Now Anna is delighted to be invited back for Christmas with her family, dreams of romance dancing in her head. But when she finally sees him again, Peter insists his only interest in Anna is as a friend. Anna is hurt, and becomes even more confused when Peter takes her on a romantic tour of London. Is Anna's heart misleading her, or is there a reason Peter is denying what he feels?"-- Provided by publisher.

Christmas at Promise Lodge

October 6, 2016
Hubbard, Charlotte, 1953- author.
©2016
342 pages ; 18 cm.
"Promise Lodge series"--T.p. facing.
After an accident threatens to change the course of his life forever, Preacher Amos Troyer, wondering if the Lord has sent him a message, must call upon faith, hope and charity to find the right pathùand prays for a Christmas blessing to convince widowed Mattie Schwartz to walk it with him.

A family under the Christmas tree : a novel

October 5, 2016
Reed, Terri, author.
New York : Howard Books, 2016.
226 pages ; 21 cm
"In this heartwarming tale set during the Christmas season, a single father and a fashion photographer are brought together by a young boy and a mischievous Bernese mountain dog--but first they must learn to set aside their differences if they are willing to let their relationship bloom. David Murphy never knew much about kids. But when his brother dies unexpectedly, David is granted custody of his six-year-old nephew, Troy, who he's only seen once a year since he was born. He already has his hands full running his business, and he has no idea how to help the grieving boy. When Troy runs off one day, David finds him at a park playing with an adorable and rambunctious Bernese mountain dog--who leads him to Sophie. Sophie Griffith has spent her life travelling around the world as a photojournalist. She has never stayed in one place for long, and her new assignment--helping her grandmother for a few weeks--is just temporary. Once Christmas day comes, Sophie is off the hook and can leave for a new adventure. Caring for her grandmother is a piece of cake--but caring for her new Bernese mountain dog, Riggs, is a different story. It doesn't help that Riggs strikes up a friendship with a lost little boy one day at the park--and leads her to David. Neither David nor Sophie have time for romance. But as they spend more time together, they start falling for each other even though they know it can't go anywhere. Sophie will be gone after Christmas, and the last thing David needs is another distraction as he tries to comfort Troy. But as their faith and growing love for the boy and dog unites them, they wonder whether it's more than a holiday romance"-- Provided by publisher.

A gathering in Hope : a novel

October 4, 2016
Gulley, Philip, author.
©2016
258 pages ; 22 cm.
"Thanks to an unexpected windfall, Sam Gardner's congregation (with the exception of a few malcontents) is eager to expand their meetinghouse. But before building can commence, the County Environmental Board and the Department of Natural Resources put the quietus on the plan. A colony of endangered Indiana bats have made the tree beside the meetinghouse, and the meetinghouse attic, their place of hanging, mating, and living, which poses a big problem for the congregation. Aside from the fact that their fanged visitors are engaging in sinful acts on church property, until these bats leave for hibernation, Hope Friends Meeting is left without a gathering place. And when an over-zealous Leonard Fink takes matters into his own hands, he may even land himself--and Sam--in jail"-- Provided by publisher.

A love made new

September 29, 2016
Fuller, Kathleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, [2016]
302 pages ; 22 cm
"It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can't help but feel that if she'd only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the wedding aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail's two sisters have found love, while all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry. Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community--his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he's baffled by the call he's received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away. Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may just discover a love powerful enough to lift the heavy burden of grief weighing her down and restore her hope in a promising future"--Provided by publisher.

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