New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

March 11, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The time of Jacob's trouble

March 10, 2020
VanLiere, Donna, 1966- author.
©2020
294 pages ; 22 cm
Includes "Where in the Word?" nonfiction explanatory material (pages 187-294).
A typical day at the rehabilitation center turns into a nightmare for Emma Grady when her favorite physical therapy patient vanishes in front of her, along with several colleagues. Fear turns to chaos as Emma begins the frantic race from Brooklyn to Queens, anxious to discover if her boyfriend is safe. Subways are closed, graves are open, and countless people have inexplicably disappeared. Mayhem erupts as terror grips the residents of New York City. Was this a terrorist attack? An alien abduction? Or has evil been unleashed? What else could make so many vanish in a moment? And not just in New York, but all over the globe. With so many people missing, Emma wonders if this is the predicted end of the world and begins a desperate search to discover the answers.

If for any reason

March 6, 2020
Walsh, Courtney, 1975- author.
©2019
408 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 405-407).
Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom's advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to "supervise." And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door-turned-baseball star who's back on the island after a career-ending injury. As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother's death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.

Loving Jenna

March 2, 2020
Lillard, Amy, author.
©2020
299 pages ; 17 cm
"Jenna Burkhart is tired of being 'special' and hearing about what she can't do. Even though she suffered a head injury in a childhood swimming accident, she wants a life of her own just like any Amish woman. But now that she, her mamm, and her mammi have moved to Wells Landing, she's having a hard time fitting in... Until she meets Buddy Miller, a boy just like her, who gives her the confidence to reach for the impossible. Like Jenna, Buddy is used to being the boy no one expects much from, the one people see as 'different.' Still, being around Jenna's lively, kind-hearted ways makes him strive ever-harder to become the self-sufficient Amish man she deserves. But in the face of family disapproval and their own fears, will Jenna and Buddy's courage be enough to give them a forever happiness together?"--Publisher.

Secrets of my heart

March 2, 2020
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2020
315 pages ; 22 cm.
"In 1879, reunited with childhood friend and lawyer Seth Carpenter, recently widowed Nancy Pritchard must search through the pieces of her loveless marriage for the truth behind her husband's death after his schemes come to light. But as they pursue answers, their feelings create complications, and dark secrets reveal themselves"--Provided by publisher.

The crow's call

February 28, 2020
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2020
319 pages ; 22 cm
Includes recipe.
Includes discussion questions.
"When Vernon King, his son, and son-in-law are involved in a terrible accident, three women are left to cope with their deaths, as they become the sole providers of the family they have left. The women's only income must come from the family greenhouse, but someone seems to be trying to force them out of business. Amy King has just lost her father and brother, and her mother needs her to help run the family's greenhouse. It doesn't seem fair to ask her to leave a job she loves, when there is still a sister and brother to help. But Sylvia is also grieving for her husband while left to raise three children, and Henry, just out of school, is saddled with all the jobs his father and older brother used to do. As Amy assumes her new role, she also asks Jared Riehl to put their courtship on hold. When things become even more stressful at the greenhouse, will Amy crumble under the pressure?"-- Publisher's description.

Her rebel heart : a novel

February 27, 2020
MacLaren, Sharlene, 1948- author.
©2020
334 pages ; 23 cm.
Includes questions for group discussion (pages 331-332).
"Cristina Stiles is left to fend for herself and her two young children while her husband goes off to fight in the Confederate army. She also has to deal with two rogue Yankee soldiers who've beaten her, stolen her food, and keep coming back to cause more trouble. Jack Fuller is a God-fearing Christian fighting for the Union. During a surprise encounter, he shoots and kills a Rebel soldier. In his final breaths, the Rebel asks Jack to deliver a letter to his wife--and he agrees. But when he arrives at Cristina's small farm in West Virginia, she assumes Jack is one of the Yankee trouble-makers, trains her rifle on him, and fires. As he lies on the ground bleeding, he explains the purpose of his visit, and out of a sense of obligation, she decides to nurse him back to health."-- Publisher marketing.

Shades of light : a novel

February 24, 2020
Brown, Sharon Garlough, author.
©2019
345 pages ; 21 cm
Even there -- Worn out -- Keeping watch -- Even the darkness.
"I was desperate. . . . I couldn't turn off the dark thoughts, no matter how hard I tried or how much I prayed. And then I spent a whole weekend in bed, and the crying wouldn't stop, and I got really scared. I've had bouts with depression before--it's kind of a cloud I've learned to live with--but this time was different. I felt like I was going under, like I'd never feel hopeful again, and then that just made my anxiety worse and it all spiraled from there." Wren Crawford is a social worker who finds herself overwhelmed with the troubles of the world. Her lifelong struggles with anxiety and depression are starting to overcome her. She finds solace in art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care along with traditional therapeutic interventions. But a complicated relationship from her past also threatens to undo her progress. Fans of Sharon Brown's bestselling Sensible Shoes Series will be delighted to discover some old friends along the way. As Wren seeks healing in this beautifully written novel, readers are invited to move beyond pat answers and shallow theology into an experience of hope and presence that illuminates even the darkness"--Amazon.

Isaiah's legacy

February 24, 2020
Andrews, Mesu, 1963- author.
[Colorado Springs, Colorado] : WaterBrook, 2020.
vii, 388 pages : maps ; 21 cm
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
Includes a reader's guide.
"The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah's most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah's Daughter. At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle's help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah's five-year-old co-regent who displays the same peculiarities as her father, she's eager to experience the royal court. But Shulle soon realizes the limits of her father's strict adherence to Yahweh's Law when Uncle Shebna teaches her of the starry hosts and their power"--Provided by publisher.

Two steps forward

February 24, 2020
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
©2020
315 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Stitches in time.
Includes discussion questions and a sneak peak at the next story (title not given) in the Three Sisters Island series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted through life on good looks and charm, but his smile has no effect on Sylvie Schrock King of Rising Star Farm. She's offered him a job because she's desperate for help on the farm, and because Jimmy understands horses like no one else. Jimmy is the son of Sylvie's neighbor Edith, who holds a serious grudge against Sylvie. While Jimmy's lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie's heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land.

Revelation : a novel

February 20, 2020
Goodwin, Bobi Gentry, author.
Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2019.
289 pages ; 21 cm
"Angela Lovelace is well trained social worker: she has been working for Child Protective Services in San Francisco for nearly five years and has never had a sleepless night. But after she finds her father's picture at the apartment of a boy whose addict mother just died, sleep is the last thing on her mind, and she sets out to uncover the truth. While Angela conducts her investigation, her siblings are struggling--her sister with infertility and her brother with substance abuse. Thrust into the bowels of brokenness, the Lovelace family must look to their faith in God and his power to discover their own resilience and put the pieces of their splintered lives back together again."--Provided by publisher.

The Fifth Avenue story society : a novel

February 17, 2020
Hauck, Rachel, 1960- author.
Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, [2020]
384 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Executive assistant Lexa is eager for a much-deserved promotion, but her boss is determined to keep her underemployed. Literature professor Jett is dealing with a broken heart, as well as a nagging suspicion his literary idol, Gordon Phipps Roth, might be a fraud. Uber driver Chuck just wants a second chance with his kids. Aging widower Ed is eager to write the true story of his incredible marriage. Coral, queen of the cosmetics industry, has broken her engagement and is on the verge of losing her great grandmother's multimillion-dollar empire. When all five New Yorkers receive an anonymous, mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they're victims of a practical joke. No one knows who sent the invitations or why. No one has heard of the literary society. And no one is prepared to reveal their deepest secrets to a roomful of strangers. Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back week after week to the old library. And it's there they discover the stories of their hearts, and the kind of friendship and love that heals their souls" -- Amazon.com

Ruby Jane

February 17, 2020
Warren, Susan May, 1966- author.
©2019
289 pages ; 22 cm
"Ruby Jane never thought she'd meet the man of her dreams while running from the police in Russia. That he'd steal her heart on a train to Siberia. But loving a former CIA officer comes with a price...a life of danger. A life of high stakes. A life where he simply disappears...He has no memory of the man he was. Mack Jones has no memory of his past... just the dark sense that he is hiding. And, he wants to stay that way. Mack likes the life he's built in a small tourist town, tucked away beyond the mountains, and has no desire to dig around in the gray areas of his memory. When his place of business catches fire and Mack rescues the owner, he makes the news, which of course alerts the past he's hoping to outrun.The only person who can help him is a mysterious woman he doesn't remember.But a woman he desperately needs"--Publisher.

Keepers of the covenant

February 13, 2020
Austin, Lynn N.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, [2014]
477 pages ; 22 cm
"In a story drawn from the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Ezra, a Jewish scholar, is called upon to deliver his exiled people from Babylon to Jerusalem--but the fight to keep God's Law is never easy"-- Provided by publisher.

The land beneath us

February 13, 2020
Sundin, Sarah, author.
©2020
371 pages : 22 cm
Sequel to: The sky above us.
Includes discussion questions (pages 369-371).
1943. Private Clay Paxton trains hard with the U.S. Army Rangers at Camp Forrest, Tennessee, determined to do his best in the upcoming Allied invasion of France. With his future stolen by his brothers' betrayal, Clay has only one thing to live for-- fulfilling the recurring dream of his death. Leah Jones works as a librarian at Camp Forrest, longing to rise above her orphanage upbringing and belong to the community, even as she searches for her real family. After Clay saves Leah's life from a brutal attack, he saves her virtue with a marriage of convenience. When he ships out to train in England for D-Day, their letters bind them together over the distance. -- adapted from back cover

When love finds you

February 5, 2020
Wise, Virginia, 1977- author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2020]
342 pages ; 17 cm
An Amish farmer with a secret and a woman with a scandalous English past fall in love, but must overcome their past mistakes to find happiness together.

The tea chest

February 4, 2020
Chiavaroli, Heidi, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2020]
xii, 439 pages ; 22 cm
Hayley Ashworth's goal is to join the Navy SEALs. First she must return to Boston to confront memories of her abusive childhood. When she comes upon an old tea chest, she opens it and finds the remarkable story of Emma Malcolm, a 1773 Patriot sympathizer. Will Emma inspire Haley to fight for love, freedom, and faith?

On this foundation

February 4, 2020
Austin, Lynn N., author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
466 pages ; 22 cm
"Inspired by the biblical account of Nehemiah, Jewish cupbearer to the King of Persia, this story tells of the many dangers in his return to Jerusalem and the great opposition his people faced in their efforts to rebuild the city wall"-- Provided by publisher.

The Amish wedding promise

February 4, 2020
Hilton, Laura V., 1963- author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
341 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from the author's The Amish secret whish (pages 329-341).
"Grace Lantz always imagined her wedding day would be a blissfully happy occasion. But after a tornado swept through town, she finds herself relieved that the ceremony is delayed. After all, her groom-to-be hasn't even bothered to check on her. Instead, it's the handsome volunteer Zeke Bontrager who selflessly offers Grace his strong shoulders to lean on. Zeke came to Hidden Springs to assist a community in need. He didn't expect to meet his soul mate. Determined to ignore his feelings, Zeke promises to help reunite kind, beautiful Grace with her groom. But after spending time together, Grace confesses that she might not want to marry her fiancée after all. Can Zeke convince her that her true love is standing right in front of her? And can she find the courage to follow her heart?" -- Amazon.

Hannah's courage

February 4, 2020
Jebber, Molly, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2020]
326 pages ; 17 cm
"Hannah Lapp's life, like a long-cherished recipe, is satisfying just the way it is. She enjoys whipping up desserts at the bakery, tutoring local children, and socializing with dear friends. One of those friends, Timothy Barkman, has made his interest in Hannah clear, but she's been in no hurry to change her circumstances. No sooner does she feel ready to grow closer to hard-working, handsome Timothy than Hannah finds she may have waited too long. Charlene Shetler intends to become Timothy's fraa. It's little wonder he's attracted to such a pretty, forthright young woman, but is the newcomer all that she seems? Only when Hannah is willing to confront some difficult truths can she move bravely toward a life of abiding faith and love . . ."--Back cover.

The Blizzard Bride

February 3, 2020
Dietze, Susanne.
Uhrichsville, Ohio : Barbour Publishing, Inc., 2020.
255 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm
Includes bibliography (p. 255)
Abigail Bracey arrives in Nebraska in January 1888 to teach school...and to execute a task for the government: to identify a student as the hidden son of a murderous counterfeiter--the man who killed her father. Agent Dashiell Lassiter doesn't want his childhood sweetheart Abby on this dangerous job, especially when he learns the counterfeiter is now searching for his son, too, and he'll destroy anyone in his way. Now Dash must follow Abby to Nebraska to protect her...if she'll let him within two feet of her. She's still angry he didn't fight to marry her six years ago, and he never told her the real reason he left her. All Dash wants is to protect Abby, but when a horrifying blizzard sweeps over them, can Abby and Dash set aside the pain from their pasts and work together to catch a counterfeiter and protect his son--if they survive the storm? Join the adventure as the Daughters of the Mayflower series continues with The Blizzard Bride by Susanne Dietze.

The Solid Grounds Coffee Company

February 3, 2020
Laureano, Carla, author.
©2020
vii, 421 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Brunch at Bittersweet Café.
"Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denver's largest publicity firm. The high-powered job, expensive condo, and designer wardrobe are all part of her plan to prove to her family that her life choices haven't been in vain. But when she's asked to cover up a client's misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career . . . and the cost is no less than her job. Ever since a devastating climbing accident in Central America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it--only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business. When Bryan returns home and offers Ana a role in his company as a solution to both their problems, she's desperate enough to consider working with the far-too-flippant and far-too-handsome climber, even though he's the polar opposite of her type A nature. As they delve deeper into the business, however, she begins to suspect there's much more to Bryan than she's given him credit for . . . and that sometimes the best plans are the ones you never see coming"-- Provided by publisher.

A girl's guide to the Outback : a novel

February 3, 2020
Kate, Jessica, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2020]
358 pages ; 21 cm
"How far will a girl go to win back a guy she can't stand? This funny, sweet, and romantic story proves that opposites do attract--and that God has a sense of humor. Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but below the surface, he's still recovering from the blow of a failed business and insecurities he can't shake. His coworker, start-up expert Kimberly Foster, is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but years of personal rejection have left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds--or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks sure do fly. When Kimberly's ambitious plans for Sam's ministry butt up against his risk-averse nature, Sam decides that obligations to family trump his work for the church. He quits the ministry and heads home to Australia to help his sister, Jules, save her struggling farm. As Kimberly's grand plans flounder, she is forced to face the truth: that no one can replace Sam. Together they strike up a deal: If Kimberly comes to work on Jules's dairy farm and lends her business brains to their endeavor, then maybe--just maybe--Sam will reconsider his future with the church. As Kimberly tries her hand at Australian farm life, she learns more about herself than she could've ever expected. Meanwhile Sam is forced to re-evaluate this spunky woman he thought he already knew. As foes slowly morph into friends, they wonder if they might be something even more. But when disaster strikes the farm, will Sam find it within himself to take a risk that could lead to love? And will Kimberly trust God with her future?"-- Back cover.

All manner of things

January 28, 2020
Finkbeiner, Susie, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2019]
441 pages ; 22 cm
"After Annie Jacobson's older brother is deployed to Vietnam during the war, tragedy at home brings their estranged father home without welcome. As tensions heighten, Annie and her family must find a way to move forward as they try to hold both hope and grief in the same hand" -- Provided by publisher.

A reluctant belle

January 28, 2020
White, Beth, 1957- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
364 pages ; 22 cm.
"With the Civil War over, Mississippi Belle Joelle Daughtry wants to establish a school to teach freed slaves. But she might have to form an alliance with her childhood nemesis and reveal her deepest secret to make changes in her world--and her heart"-- Provided by publisher.

You belong with me

January 28, 2020
Faris, Tari, 1975- author.
©2019
360 pages ; 22 cm.
Small-town realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents--unfortunately, selling houses isn't one of them. When a developer sets his sights on the historic homes in Heritage, Hannah turns to her best friend Luke for help. Will Luke risk his future and confront his past to help her succeed?

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