New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

July 27, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

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.

To love a stranger : a novel

July 6, 2016
Coble, Colleen, author.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
209 pages ; 21 cm
"Bessie Randall had no intention of moving to Wyoming. But could the life she would never choose be better than the one she had planned? Bessie is shocked when she finds out that her sister Lenore has used her name to correspond with a soldier she's never met--and that she's actually married the man by proxy with Bessie's name. And if Bessie contests it, her sister could go to jail for forgery. Bessie has always felt responsible for her younger sister, and she believes she has no choice but to do the honorable thing and travel west to meet up with Jasper Mendenhall. With his sister Jessica's reprimand about marrying sight-unseen still ringing in his ears, Jasper is shocked when he meets the stagecoach. The little wren who meets him is not the beauty whose picture he holds in his hand. Jasper plans to annul the marriage and send Bessie back to Boston. She's a city girl and he's not sure she could even survive--much less be happy--at Fort Bowie. But Jasper's orders to return to Fort Bowie are moved up, and he has no choice but to take Bessie with him. To his surprise, he finds much to like in the quiet young woman: things like humor and grit. But even those qualities may not be enough as the Apaches move in, determined to eradicate the fort in their midst. Can God mend their hearts together in spite of the circumstances?"-- Provided by publisher.

The Amish midwife's courtship

June 27, 2016
Williford, Cheryl, author.
©2016
217 pages ; 17 cm.
"Love inspired inspirational romance"--Cover.
Molly Ziegler is proud of being a successful midwife. At age twenty-one, she's unmarried and fodder for gossip in her Amish community. Even as her meddling mother urges her to marry the town's most eligible bachelor; Molly wants more. And in newcomer Isaac Gruber, she has found her way out. If Isaac will pretend to court her, her mother has to stop matchmaking, once and for all. What Molly didn't plan on are the unexpected feelings the businessman stirs in her.

The divided family

June 27, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2016
114 pages ; 19 cm
"Meet 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?"-- Provided by publisher.

The saddle maker's son

June 27, 2016
Irvin, Kelly, author.
©2016
xiii, 364 pages ; 22 cm
Rebekah Lantz feels imprisoned by circumstances she didn't create. Tobias Byler is haunted by regret. Can two young runaways from half a world away teach them the healing power of true family? Rebekah isn't like her sister, but the watchful gaze of her family and small, close knit Amish community makes her feel as if she's been judged and found lacking. The men avoid her and the women whisper behind her back. She simply longs for the same chance to be a wife and mother that her friends have. Tobias Byler only wants to escape feelings for a woman he knows he should never have allowed to get close to him. Moving with his family to isolated Bee County, Texas, seemed the best way to leave his mistakes behind. But even a move across the country can't erase the past that accompanies his every thought. A surprise encounter with two half-starved runaway children forces both Rebekah and Tobias to turn to each other to help a sister and brother who have traveled thousands of miles in search of lives of unfettered peace and joy. In doing so, Rebekah and Tobias discover the key to forgetting the past is the one that will open the door to love and the future they both seek"-- Provided by publisher.

Saving Jane Doe : a novel

June 27, 2016
Purcell, Carolyn, author.
©2016
228 pages ; 23 cm
"Suffering complications after obtaining an illegal abortion, a young mother of three nearly loses her life and does lose her family. Saving Jane Doe is the story of her quest to restore her relationship with her children."--Amazon website.

Sarah's surrender

June 23, 2016
McDonough, Vickie, author.
©2016
318 pages ; 22 cm.
Sarah refuses Luke's marriage proposal, while also realizing she want a home of her own. She sees the 1901 Oklahoma Territory land lottery as her chance. Luke follows her to be helpful however he can, but she continues to resist. Will he have to give up his dream so hers will come true?

Delilah : treacherous beauty

June 17, 2016
Hunt, Angela Elwell, 1957-
Bloomington, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
347 pages ; 22 cm.
Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself. When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

No other will do

June 17, 2016
Witemeyer, Karen, author.
©2016
364 pages ; 22 cm
Men are optional. That was the credo Emma Chandler's suffragette aunts taught her and why she started a successful women's colony in Harper's Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one she trusts enough to ask. Malachi Shaw has finally earned the respect he's always craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma's telegram arrives, he leaves his job behind and rushes to Harper's Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she's not a girl any longer. She's a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn't deserve. As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.-- adapted from author website.

All summer long : a San Francisco romance

June 13, 2016
Carlson, Melody, author.
©2016
315 pages ; 22 cm.
When budding chef Tia D'Amico moves to San Francisco to help her aunt restore an old luxury yacht's restaurant, she discovers that the newly hired captain is her old crush, Leo Parker -- and he's engaged. As Tia learns her new job, figures out the business and struggles with secrets, loyalties, and her uncle's severe medical condition, she and Leo become friends. But could it become more than friendship?

The dog that whispered : a novel

June 13, 2016
Kraus, Jim, 1950- author.
New York ; Boston : FaithWords, 2016.
323 pages ; 21 cm
"Bestselling author Jim Kraus returns with a heartwarming tale about a dog who has people convinced he can talk. Wilson Steele is a single professor and Vietnam veteran who likes living alone, insisting it's too late for him to have a family. His mother disagrees. When she impulsively adopts a rescued black lab mix, she insists Thurman is special, and has whispered of the coming of grandchildren. Wilson brushes the notion off as fantasy. When his mother learns of her retirement community's 'no pets' policy, she forces Wilson to take the lovable dog. Wilson notices Thurman's growls do sound like words, but he knows he's just projecting his own thoughts on the animal. If Wilson is talking to neighbors on their walks, and spending time with Emily, a widow with three children, it isn't because Thurman encouraged him. After all, everyone knows dogs can't talk can they?"-- Provided by publisher.

A haven on Orchard Lane

June 10, 2016
Blackwell, Lawana, 1952- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
407 pages ; 22 cm
Charlotte Ward, a once famous stage actress, fails in trying to restart her career. Her daughter Rosalind moves her to a quiet English coastal village. As Charlotte and Rosalind reestablish their relationship Rosalind is drawn into a romance.

A daughter's dream

May 27, 2016
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York, NY : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
238, 18 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Includes "P.S.: insights, interviews, and more", with discussion questions, a recipe, an interview with the author, and a preview of A Sister's Wish, the next book in the Charmed Amish Life series.
In Shelley Shepard Gray's second book in her Charmed Amish Life series, a young teacher and farmer discover they have much in common, especially when it comes to healing old wounds from the past.

The alliance : a novel

May 24, 2016
Petersheim, Jolina, author.
©2016
xii, 371 pages ; 22 cm

Murder comes by mail

May 23, 2016
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947- author.
©2016
346 pages ; 22 cm
"Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane doesn't particularly enjoy being touted as the hero of Hidden Springs after pulling a suicidal man back from the edge of the Eagle River bridge in front of dozens of witnesses--a few of whom caught the breathtaking moments with their cameras. But the media hype doesn't last long as a new story pushes its way into the public consciousness of Hidden Springs' concerned citizens. Photos of a dead girl arrive in the mail, and Michael becomes convinced she was murdered by the man he saved. With a killer one step ahead, things in Hidden Springs begin to unravel. Now Michael must protect the people he loves--because the killer could be targeting one of them next"-- Back cover.

The Amish firefighter

May 20, 2016
Hilton, Laura V., 1963- author.
©2016
269 pages ; 22 cm
"Just as a friendship begins to grow between Greta Miller and Josh Yoder, danger and scandal pull Greta away from the Amish, leaving her rejected by those she loves and seeking to prove her innocence"-- Provided by publisher.

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