New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

September 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Palace of darkness : a novel of Petra

September 19, 2014
Higley, T. L.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 2014.
pages cm
"If you liked Francine Rivers' A Voice in the Wind, you'll love Tracy Higley's Palace of Darkness! It grabbed me from page one and never let go, Colleen Coble, USA Today best-selling author. She believed the city in stone could protect her from the past; until it threatened to destroy her future. Cassia, a destitute young widow, seeks refuge for herself and her young son, Alexander, in Petra, the home of his late father's estranged family. The capital of the flourishing Arabian empire, a city carved in rock and still free of Roman control, Petra is hidden away among towering sandstone cliffs. Cassia hopes to secure a future here with Alexander's relatives and enjoy the family life she's never known.But Alexander's father was not the man Cassia thought. He kept a great secret from her; a secret that leads an evil queen to steal Alexander from his mother and plan his destruction. As the plot against her son unfolds, Cassia finds unexpected allies in her new friend, Julian, and the mysterious followers of The Way. These strangers sacrifice everything to help Cassia rescue her son from the dark palace and the pagan queen. And they offer Cassia the love and security of a family, asking for nothing in return. With Roman soldiers poised to invade the city, Cassia learns that it will take more than her new friends to save her son's life. It will take a strength and a power beyond any Cassia has ever known; if she is willing to surrender and trust in the One True God"-- Provided by publisher.

The Christmas cat

September 19, 2014
Carlson, Melody.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
169 pages ; 23 cm
After six years abroad, Garrison Brown returns home to Vancouver to build a new life. When his beloved grandmother passes away a few weeks before Christmas, Garrison goes to her house to sort out her belongings, including six cats who need new homes. While Garrison hopes to dispense with the task quickly, his grandmother's instructions have left Garrison with some challenging requirements for the future homes of her furry friends-- plus a sizeable monetary gift for the new owners. Garrison's job is to match the cats with the right owners without disclosing the surprise gift. Along the way, he may just meet someone who can make him stay.

The confession

September 19, 2014
Whitlow, Robert, 1954-
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
406 pages ; 22 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Assistant DA Holt Douglas makes his living exposing lies and sending criminals to jail in Ashley County, Georgia. His job is always easier when defendants, instead of remaining silent, blame someone else or try to excuse their actions. With a confession in his hand, Holt knows a guilty plea will soon follow. But lurking in Holt's past is a dark secret that could end his successful career and possibly his relationship with Angelina, his hoped-for fiancée"-- Provided by publisher.

Finding love at home

September 19, 2014
Eicher, Jerry S.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2014]
335 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"Debbie is poised to marry Alvin Knepp, the Amish farmer she's loved all along. Ida Beiler is recovering from the tragic loss of her husband-to-be in a farming accident, while her younger sister Lois is still running away from her faith. Debbie takes it all in stride as she brings calm to the sorrowing Beiler family while finding happiness with the young man of her dreams"--Amazon.com.

Water walker : the outlaw chronicles

September 15, 2014
Dekker, Ted, 1962-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
457 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

A love undone : an Amish novel of shattered dreams and God's unfailing grace

September 12, 2014
Woodsmall, Cindy.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
459 pages ; 23 cm.

The story keeper

September 12, 2014
Wingate, Lisa.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm.

Hidden Blessings

September 11, 2014
Tate, Kimberly Cash.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2014].
342 pages ; 21 cm
"A terminal breast cancer diagnosis shatters Kendra Woods' life and dreams. But through the hurt and the pain, she learns to view her life - however many days that includes - in a new way. Kendra Woods has always known success. Raised in a prominent black family in well-to-do Clayton, Missouri, she had high aspirations for herself and, thus far, has met them. After graduating from law school she went to work at a prestigious law firm. Now she's just made partner and in one month will marry the man of her dreams. And it's only the beginning. Kendra envisions herself becoming a judge one day and she can't wait to have kids. But a terminal diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer shatters her world - weeks before her wedding. Kendra is devastated as the reality sets in that she could have no more than two years to live. Her fiance leaves, and as word travels around the firm, she's no longer given big cases. Kendra is angry with God and feels her life has already ended. Her path keeps crossing Lance's, a troublemaker who briefly attended her high school. Kendra has trouble letting go of the person he was a decade ago and can't believe an encounter in jail turned his life around and he's now leading a church plant in Clayton. He's becoming the unlikely source of hope she needs. Kendra is in the midst of a storm - one that's apparently here to stay. But, the hidden blessings may be just the shelter she needs"-- Provided by publisher.

Playing by heart

September 11, 2014
Mateer, Anne.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, 2014.
316 pages ; 22 cm.
"In early 20th century Oklahoma, Chet, a local coach, agrees to help Lula with her new teaching responsibilities; she soon learns more than she ever expected about life and love"-- Provided by publisher.

The legend of Sheba : rise of a queen : a novel

September 8, 2014
Lee, Tosca Moon.
New York : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.
328 pages : maps ; 24 cm
"In the tenth century BC, the new Queen of Sheba has inherited her father's throne and all its riches at great personal cost. Her realm stretches west across the Red Sea into land wealthy in gold, frankincense, and spices. But now new alliances to the North threaten the trade routes that are the lifeblood of her nation. Solomon, the brash new king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world--or of Sheba's queen. With tensions ready to erupt within her own borders and the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to test and win the king"-- Provided by publisher.

Tried & true

September 2, 2014
Connealy, Mary.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
317 pages ; 22 cm
"Wild at heart ; book one"--Title page.
"In 1860s Idaho Territory, Kylie Wilde is disguised as a man, homesteading for profit so she can live comfortably back East. But love or danger could change her mind"-- Provided by publisher.

Joyful

August 29, 2014
Gray, Shelley Shepard.
New York : Avon Inspire, [2014]
234 pages, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Randall Beiler is angry when his brother hires Elizabeth Nolt, the woman whose heart Randall broke, as a housekeeper on their family farm, but when he learns of her hard financial situation he knows it is the right thing to do, and may even give him a second chance.

A life intercepted : a novel

August 29, 2014
Martin, Charles, 1969-
New York : Center Street, 2014.
326 pages ; 24 cm
"From New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin, when a man wins everything only to lose it, he recognizes the love of his life is the only thing worth having. Twelve years ago Matthew 'The Rocket' Rising had it all. Married to his high school sweetheart and graduating as one of the winningest quarterbacks in the history of college football, he was selected as the #1 pick in the NFL. But on the night of the draft, after reaching the pinnacle of success, he plummeted. Accused of a crime with irrefutable evidence, he lost everything--his career, his reputation, his freedom, and the love of his life. Having served his sentence and never played a down of professional football, he walks out of prison with one goal--to win back his wife, Audrey, whom no one has seen since the trial. He returns to an unwelcoming reception from his hometown only to discover that Audrey has taken shelter from the media and the outside world at a convent. As chance would have it, there she has found a young man with the ability to have the football career Matthew should have had. All he needs is the right coach. Though helping the boy means Matthew violates the conditions of his release and, if discovered, will be forced to return to prison for the rest of his life, he's willing to take this singular chance to prove his innocence and win back Audrey's love"-- Provided by publisher.

A place called Hope : a novel

August 29, 2014
Gulley, Philip.
New York : Center Street, 2014.
239 pages ; 22 cm
When Quaker Pastor Sam Gardner is asked by the ill Unitarian minister to oversee a wedding in his place, Sam naturally agrees. It's not until the couple stands before him that he realizes they're two women. In the tempest of strong opinions and misunderstandings that follows the incident, Sam faces potential unemployment. Deeply discouraged, he wonders if his pastoral usefulness has come to an end. Perhaps it's time for a change. After all, his wife has found a new job at the library, his elder son is off to college, and the younger has decided to join the military once he graduates high school. Sam is contemplating a future selling used cars when he receives a call from a woman in the suburban town of Hope, Indiana. It seems Hope Friends Meeting is in desperate need of a pastor. Though they only have twelve members, they also have a beautiful meetinghouse and a pie committee (Sam is fond of pie). But can he really leave his beloved hometown of Harmony.

Wonderful lonesome

August 29, 2014
Newport, Olivia, author.
©2014
310 pages ; 22 cm.
In a struggling Amish settlement on the harsh Colorado plain in 1914, Abbie Weaver fights for the life of the church she cherishes. But the loss the community feels most deeply is the lack of a minister. Visiting bishops have stopped coming--a mystery that demands explanation. Abbie's friend Willem is fiercely determined, and although Abbie loves Willem, his choices put a wedge between them. When Abbie discovers the root of the unspoken spiritual divide that runs through the settlement, she finds herself questioning her own father's faith. Will a collision of loves and values cost her Willem forever?

Christmas at Rose Hill Farm : an Amish love story

August 29, 2014
Fisher, Suzanne Woods.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
229 pages ; 23 cm
Includes reader's extras.
"Bess Riehl is preparing Rose Hill Farm for her Christmas wedding, but her groom isn't who she thought it would be. Billy Lapp is far away from his Amish roots working as a rose rustler for Penn State and wants nothing to do with Stoney Ridge, his family, or Bess. And that suits Bess just fine. Why should she think twice about a man who left without a word, without any explanation? It's time she moved on with her life, and that meant saying yes to Amos Lapp, Billy's cousin and best friend. But as Bess and Amos's wedding day draws near, her emotions tangle into a tight knot. She loves Amos. Yet she can't forget Billy"--Amazon.com.

Angels walking

August 28, 2014
Kingsbury, Karen.
New York, NY : Howard Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2014.
360 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler's one true love Sami Dawson has moved on. A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer's who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks. A team of Angels Walking take on the mission to restore hope for Tyler, Sami, and Virginia. Can such small and seemingly insignificant actions of the unseen bring healing and redemption? And can the words of a stranger rekindle lost love? Every journey begins with a step. It is time for the mission to begin" -- from publisher's web site.

A light in the wilderness : a novel

August 28, 2014
Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2014]
314 pages : maps ; 22 cm
Includes an interview with the author.

The desire : a novel

August 28, 2014
Walsh, Dan, 1957-
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, [2014]
325 pages ; 22 cm

Chateau of secrets : a novel

August 27, 2014
Dobson, Melanie B.
New York : Howard Books, 2014.
379 p. ; 22 cm.
Includes a reading group guide.
"A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; seventy years later, her granddaughter visits the family's abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past. Gisele Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family's medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler's army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France. But when German soldiers take over the family's chateau, Gisele is forced to host them as well--while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend's baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child. A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Salvare, Gisele's granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler's army. Riley wants to research Chloe's family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored--her family isn't Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn't know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover... With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and the secrets of the past"-- Provided by publisher.

Hearts rekindled

August 25, 2014
Hall, Patty Smith.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
pages cm.

His chosen bride

August 25, 2014
Gibson, Rhonda.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, [2014]
pages cm

Wolf creek homecoming

August 25, 2014
Richards, Penny.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm

The Horseman's frontier family

August 25, 2014
Kirst, Karen.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2014.
pages cm.

An unexpected match

August 22, 2014
Roper, Gayle G.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2014]
342 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Rachel Beiler loves her job as the teacher in her Amish community. She's obedient, humble, and compliant and tries to keep the ordnung to the best of her ability. But Rachel has a secret--something that could get her shunned if she's found out. She loves knowledge and yearns for a college education. After serving a dozen years in the Army, Rob Lanier has returned from Afghanistan. But now that he's home again, he's constantly reminded of his family's fall from grace. His father--once a highly respected and wealthy community leader--has disgraced the family, and Rob can't find it in his heart to forgive him. When Rachel and Rob meet, sparks fly...."--Amazon.

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