New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

August 29, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A love transformed

August 26, 2016
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2016
332 pages ; 22 cm.
When Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned, but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy. When secrets from Adolph's past threaten everyone she loves, Clara must fight to remain where she can fulfill her dream.

Season of glory

August 25, 2016
Bergren, Lisa Tawn, author.
©2016
400 pages ; 21 cm.
"The power of the Remnants and their people are growing, threatening Pacifica's careful plans for domination. Among the Trading Union, village after village, outpost after outpost, and city after city are drawn to people of the Way and agree to stand against those who hunt them. As the Pacifica government seeks to annihilate the Remnants, the emperor Keallach finds himself focusing instead on his lost brother... and Andriana. While her heart belongs firmly to Ronan, Andriana still feels a connection to Keallach she can't deny. But welcoming him as a Remnant may mean leading the enemy directly into their ranks"--Dust jacket.

The wish

August 19, 2016
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
326 pages ; 23 cm
Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own. Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.

Without warning

August 18, 2016
Eason, Lynette, author.
©2016
346 pages ; 22 cm.
Restaurant owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business. Another attack and his niece's urgings make him consider a bodyguard from the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, and they must figure out who's behind the intimidation and threats before the attacks turn deadly.

The long journey to Jake Palmer

August 17, 2016
Rubart, James L., author.
©2016
392 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions, pages 379-380.
Includes an excerpt from The five times I met myself, by James L. Rubart.
"What if a balm for your greatest pain appeared in a lost corridor on the far side of a remote lake? Would you search for it? Or dismiss it as nonsense? Jake Palmer's annual lake-house vacation with longtime friends was supposed to be relaxing--it was supposed to take his mind off his recent divorce. But when he meets an elderly man early one morning on the lake, his world tips on its side. The old man claims there's a forgotten corridor at the far end of the lake that few ever discover. But for those who do, and follow to where it leads, they'll find answers to their deepest questions of loss. At first, the search just seems like a distraction. But does he really want to find it? The Long Journey to Jake Palmer explores profound loss and how to take hold of real hope when there seems to be none"-- Provided by publisher.

Fraying at the edge

August 17, 2016
Woodsmall, Cindy, author.
New York : WaterBrook, 2016.
viii, 344 pages ; 21 cm.
"Family, community, faith, and love. These "quilt blocks" sewn together made Ariana's beautiful life. When they are pulled to pieces, will anything familiar remain? The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she's immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother, and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana's worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can help steady Ariana's tilting ground between the two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals? At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life--no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can't leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn't belong in either family. New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they pray for the wisdom and strength they'll need to follow God's threads into unexpected futures? Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series"-- Provided by publisher.

The selfless act

August 15, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2016
123 pages ; 20 cm.
Businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he most pay for his own mistakes and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish siblings?

When death draws near : a Gwen Marcey novel

August 11, 2016
Parks, Carrie Stuart, author.
©2016
330 pages ; 22 cm.
"Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she's faced with her own mortality. Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky--a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the "accidental" deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her there, Gwen turn her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity there--a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren't the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth--and convince anyone to believe her--before she becomes a victim herself? In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects"-- Provided by publisher.

The artisan's wife

August 11, 2016
Miller, Judith, 1944- author.
©2016
333 pages ; 22 cm.
Ainslee McKay's world is upended when her twin sister secretly elopes and leaves Ainslee alone to move to Weston, West Virginia, to fulfill their obligation at the McKay family's new tile works. While her brother, Ewan, agrees to travel with her and help her learn the ropes, she still intends to sell this business she no longer wants if a buyer can be found. When the talented Levi Judson arrives to show Ainslee his designs for new tiles, she's impressed by his skill and passion for the business but feels she must keep her true plans for the business a secret from him. And though Levi hopes for a long, successful career at McKay Tile Works, he's hiding his true reason for coming to Weston. Can the growing feelings between them survive if the truth comes to light---or is a future together as uncertain as the future of the tile works itself?

A tapestry of secrets

August 10, 2016
Thomas, Sarah Loudin, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
296 pages ; 22 cm
Perla Phillips has carried a secret for over sixty years. When she sees her granddaughter, Ella, struggling in life, Perla decides to share her story--then suffers a debilitating stroke before she can do so. As Ella and her aunt begin to look into their grandmother's past, they'll learn more than they expected about Perla, faith, and each other.

The wedding shop

August 10, 2016
Hauck, Rachel, 1960- author.
©2016
374 pages ; 22 cm
"From New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes The Wedding Shop. -- Two women separated by decades. Both set out to help others find their dreams when their own have crumbled. It's the early 1930s, but Cora Scott is walking in stride as a career woman after having inherited her great aunt's wedding shop in Heart's Bend, Tennessee, where brides come from as far away as Birmingham to experience her famed bridal treatment. Meanwhile, Cora is counting down the days until her own true love returns from the river to make her his bride. But days turn into months and months to years. All the while, Birch Good continues to woo Cora and try to show her that while he is solid and dependable, he can sweep her off her feet. More than eighty years later, former Air Force Captain Haley Morgan has returned home to Heart's Bend after finishing her commitment to military service. After the devastating death of her best friend, Tammy, and discovering the truth about the man she loved, Haley is searching for her place in life. When Haley decides to reopen the romantic but abandoned wedding shop where she and Tammy played and dreamed as children, she begins a journey of courage, mystery, and love. As Cora's and Haley's stories intertwine through time in the shadow of the beloved wedding shop, they both discover the power of their own dreams and the magic of everyday love"-- Provided by publisher.

Deadly encounter

August 4, 2016
Mills, DiAnn, author.
©2016
390 pages ; 21 cm.
Airport ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston's airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man's motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747. Special agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, but his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. But when Stacy's gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidents that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted, so they must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

Ben-Hur, a tale of the Christ

August 2, 2016
Wallace, Carol, 1955-
Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2016.
x, 409 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
"As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace's Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew's great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today's audience. The story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend Messala betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path."--Amazon.com

Guide me home : a novel

August 2, 2016
Sawyer, Kim Vogel, author.
©2016
338 pages ; 21 cm
1907. After tragedy leaves its mark on Rebekah Hardin's family she plans to help her parents and six siblings honor her beloved brother's memory and alleviate their poverty by working as a guide in the dangerous cave system. Kentucky’s renowned Mammoth Cave presents profitable opportunities in for hardworking, capable men, but Rebekah is determined to do the job-- even if it means disguising herself. Under the wing of experienced guide Tolly Sanford, "Reb" begins to learn the complexities of the cave and the two are joined by an aspiring young cartographer, Devlin Bale. Can the God who designed miles of underground astonishment shape Devlin's ambitious plans and free Reb from the weight from the past?

Seasons in Paradise

August 2, 2016
Cameron, Barbara, 1949- author.
Nashville : Abingdon Press, [2016]
319 pages ; 22 cm.

Eden Hill : a novel

July 26, 2016
Higgs, Bill (Christian writer), author.
©2016
392 pages ; 21 cm
In unchanging Eden Hill Kentucky, Virgil T. Osgood's simple life as the owner of the only service station in town is complicated by a new station opening up across the road.

Fetching sweetness

July 26, 2016
Mentink, Dana, author.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2016]
221 pages ; 21 cm
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent. But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.

A bee in her bonnet

July 25, 2016
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
New York : Kensignton Publishing, 2016.
330 pages ; 18 cm
Lively, determined, and independent, Poppy Christner isn't about to let some vandal keep making mischief on her family's farm. She's been outrunning boys and standing up for picked-on children ever since she was a girl--no matter how much her prideful, arrogant, schoolmate Luke Bontrager insulted her. So Poppy certainly doesn't need his interference now, especially since he's made it plain he prefers demure, ladylike companions. In fact, if Luke doesn't stop helping her find the culprit--and growing humble and remorseful-- she'll be forced to notice how handsome his change-of-heart is making him. And that could mean falling in love--maybe for a lifetime...

The loyal heart

July 11, 2016
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2016]
309 pages ; 22 cm.
"Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn't expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places. Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything. After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone. Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can. He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well."-- Provided by publisher.

A beauty refined

July 8, 2016
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2016
315 pages ; 22 cm.
Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem. Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom. Meeting Ian has changed everything. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.

Where hope prevails

July 8, 2016
Oke, Janette, 1935- author.
©2016
317 pages ; 23 cm.
"When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever. But the town's rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education--one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond. At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father's company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?"--Provided by publisher.

Deep shadows

July 8, 2016
Chapman, Vannetta, author.
Eugene Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2016]
365 pages ; 21 cm.
Shelby Sparks and Max Berkman are hiking above the Colorado Bend River when the night sky is filled with the aurora borealis. A beautiful sight, Shelby realizes that it also signals the end of life as they know it. A major solar flare is the only thing that would cause the aurora to be seen so far south, and such an event would destroy all modern technology--including electricity. What follows is a fight for survival as the town of Abney comes to terms with the fact that they must work together or perish. Can God protect them against nature's destructive force? Will neighboring towns work with them, or try to take what meager resources they have? And what of Shelby's son, Carter? How will she provide him with the insulin he needs to survive? As Deep Shadows stretch across the land, Shelby and Max will be pushed to their limits, where they'll discover if they have the faith and strength to become a part of the Remnant of Christ.

The courtship basket

July 7, 2016
Clipston, Amy, author.
©2016
302 pages ; 22 cm
"Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself. Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she's loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Rachel is determined to keep her mind off the pain, and she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities. Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel's class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal. With her parents' old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John's grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can't deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship. The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?"-- Provided by publisher.

The second half : a novel

July 7, 2016
Snelling, Lauraine, author.
New York : FaithWords, 2016.
350 pages ; 21 cm
A story of a couple who put their plans for a peaceful retirement on hold to assume guardianship of their young grandchildren.

The promise of Jesse Woods

July 6, 2016
Fabry, Chris, 1961- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2016]
415 pages ; 22 cm
"1972. While the Vietnam War rages overseas and his beloved Pirates battle back-to-back World Series titles, Matt Plumley's family moves to Dogwood, West Virginia, where he quickly bonds with two unlikely friends for a preacher's kid: Dickie Darrel Lee Hancock, a mixed-race boy, and Jesse Woods, a tough-as-nails Appalachian girl. As the trio traipses the hills and hollers, Matt falls for Jesse, and their promises to each other draw him deeper into her terrifying reality. One night, the river of Jesse's secrets overflows and Matt joins her in a rescue that saves one life and ends another and mysteriously severs the bond of their friendship. Years later, Matt is pulled back to Dogwood, haunted by memories of the momentous summer and news of Jesse's upcoming wedding. He always suspected there was more to the story of that fateful night, and he's determined to learn the truth behind the only promise Jesse Woods ever broke."--Back cover.

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