New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

July 11, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Amish cookie club

July 10, 2019
Price, Sarah, 1969- author.
297 pages ; 18 cm
Includes recipes.
"Every other Friday, Edna Esh and three of her childhood friends meet to bake sugar cookies for their respective church districts on worship Sunday. It's a time to give to the Plain community -and give support to each other as they share their joys and fears . . .Edna's friend, Vera Bontrager, has a problem. Her outspoken twenty-year-old daughter, Myrna, has been fired from her job. Again. Myrna's family really needs her to chip in, but she's clearly unsuited to customer service - not to mention that her sharp tongue scares away any boy who might come courting. But Edna has an idea - and his name is Ezekiel Riehl. A widower with four young children, Ezekiel needs help. His house and his brood are a mess; his demeanor is gruff. It's no surprise Myrna takes an immediate dislike to him. Yet she has no choice but to take on the challenge - and soon she starts to create order out of chaos. In fact, the kids begin to depend on Myrna - and so does Ezekiel. The truth is, she's fallen in love with him. But if he's to prove he's not looking for a marriage of convenience, he'll have to convince her of what's in his heart . . ."--Publisher description.

Window on the bay : a novel

July 8, 2019
Macomber, Debbie, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
315 pages ; 25 cm
Jenna Boltz's life is at a crossroads. After a messy divorce nearly twenty years ago, she raised her two children on her own, juggling motherhood with her beloved job as a Seattle intensive care nurse. Now that Paul and Allie have gone to college and moved out, Jenna can't help but wonder what her future holds. Her best friend, Maureen, is excited for Jenna's newfound independence. Now is the perfect time to finally book the trip to Paris they've been dreaming of since their college days. But when it comes to life's other great adventure -- dating -- Jenna still isn't sure she's ready to let love in... until an unexpected encounter begins to change her mind. When Jenna's elderly mother breaks her hip, Dr. Rowan Lancaster saves the day. Despite his silent, stoic exterior, Rowan is immediately smitten with Jenna. And even though Jenna is hesitant about becoming involved with another surgeon, she has to admit that she's more than a little intrigued. But when Jenna's children approach her with shocking news, she realizes that she needs to have faith in love and embrace the unexpected -- before the life she has always dreamed of passes her by.

Amish outsider

July 3, 2019
Perry, Marta, author.
378 pages ; 17 cm.
"In the wake of his estranged wife's murder, widower Michael Forster returns to the Amish community he'd left as a teen. He wants a fresh start for himself and his daughter, Allie, away from those who still believe he's guilty. In River Haven, a quieter life seems possible. If only Allie's Amish schoolteacher, Catherine Brandt, was easier to ignore. A problem solver by nature, Cathy can tell Allie's withdrawn demeanor isn't due to shyness. But getting through to Allie also means breaching her father's hardened defenses. What starts as persistence soon grows into an attraction neither Cathy nor Michael saw coming. When the past suddenly threatens both his daughter and the woman he loves, Michael must risk everything to save them"--Back cover.

Underestimating Miss Cecilia

June 28, 2019
Miller, Carolyn, 1974- author.
340 pages ; 22 cm
"Cecilia Hatherleigh keeps secret her unrequited love for Edward Amherst, the earl's son next door. Instead of pining away, she decides to turn her focus toward living out her newfound faith. Meanwhile, a London riot awakens Edward to the responsibilities due his family name, which means it's time to restore his abandoned legal career and make a marriage of convenience. When misadventure strikes at a house party, the two are thrown together."--Publisher description.

The crossing at Cypress Creek

June 25, 2019
Hillman, Pam, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2019]
iv, 412 pages ; 21 cm
"Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O'Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother's doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn't certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won't stay long. Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she's addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady. Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother's logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he's been seeking for one closer to home"--Publisher.

Surfside sisters : a novel

June 24, 2019
Thayer, Nancy, 1943- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2019]
304 pages ; 24 cm
A woman from Nantucket returns home to find that reunions aren't always so simple in this heartwarming novel from the New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding and Secrets in Summer. Growing up, Lara always dreamed of leaving Nantucket to become a writer. Now that she's a bestselling novelist living in New York City, she realizes that success isn't what she thought it would be. Confused, and with a harrowing case of writer's block, Lara misses the island way of life more than ever. But going back to Nantucket out of the blue isn't so easy, as a deep rift with her childhood best friend, Isabelle, has kept the two from speaking for years. When her mother is laid off from her job and becomes depressed, Lara reluctantly comes home, leaving a failed relationship and hopefully her other troubles behind. But facing her estranged best friend is harder than she expects. And falling for Isabelle's brother, Sebastian--who was also Lara's teenage crush--only complicates things. Lara soon realizes that she must remedy the mistakes of her past in order to find true happiness.


June 21, 2019
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
347 pages ; 17 cm

Cross my heart : a legacy of faith novel

June 19, 2019
Hatcher, Robin Lee, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
302 pages ; 21 cm.
"Two broken paths lead toward God's redemption in the next installment of Robin Lee Hatcher's Legacy of Faith series. Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning have so much in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Idaho valley. Ashley runs a horse rescue operation, while Ben has started an equine therapy barn on his great-great grandfather's farm--and both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them. But they share something else that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with ten years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley's brother, Dylan, is an opioid addict, currently residing in court-ordered rehab. Ashley has promised herself she would never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction--because in her mind, addicts can never be fully cured. But with God, all things are possible. Will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance, or will her brother's mistakes jeopardize her future with Ben?"-- Provided by publisher.

Stepping down

June 17, 2019
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
[CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform]
271 pages ; 22 cm
"Mark has been pastoring New Vision church for six years now, and all his hard work is about to pay off as the church approaches mega-church status. But while Mark has been busy building the church, his own household has been crumbling to pieces. After ignoring divine guidance, Mark finds himself caught up in the appearance of a scandal that threatens to tear the church apart. And his wife's secrets only add insult to near-fatal injury. Sharla would have done just about anything to be a mother...and, actually, she did. She was willing to pay the price for her mistakes, but she never dreamed someone else might have to suffer instead. How close can she come to confessing her past without jeopardizing her future?"-- From back cover.

Not with the church's money

June 17, 2019
Stimpson, Michelle.
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016.
161 pages ; 21 cm
"When the pastor of Lee Chapel passes away suddenly, his son, Willie Lee, Jr., is supposed to pick up the mantle. But 'church' was never Willie Jr.'s forte...until his uncle Joseph convinces him that becoming the next pastor might prove beneficial financially. Willie's mother, Ephesia, hopes that her son will be able to fill his father's shoes, but she has doubts. And Willie's Aunt Galatia has no problem voicing her opinions about Willie Jr.'s deficiencies. In fact, she hopes that her husband (Joseph) will soon be able to take over the job of shepherding the church. Amidst this uncertainty, Willie's wife decides now would be a good time to leave, which means Willie Jr. must obtain and keep a job--something he hasn't ever really had to do. Will the pressures of making ends meet cause Willie Jr. to abuse his position and the church's money? Will he ever be able to live up to the prophecy his deceased father told? And will he learn his most valuable lessons before it's too late?"--Back cover.

Ever faithful : a vintage national parks novel

June 13, 2019
Barnett, Karen, 1969- author.
Colorado Springs : WaterBrook, [2019]
343 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more--and the woman who must confront his deception"-- Provided by publisher.

Wherever you go

June 11, 2019
Peterson, Tracie, author.
312 pages ; 22 cm
In 1901, Mary, an accomplished sharpshooter, can't rest until the man who killed her brother is brought to justice. Journalist Christopher is immediately captivated by Mary--but getting close to someone would threaten to bring his past to light. Can they find healing from the past together?

The farmer's bride

June 7, 2019
Fuller, Kathleen, author.
xii, 292 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: The teacher's bride.
Includes discussion questions.
Having grown up in poverty, Seth Yoder refuses to be financially insecure again. His passion is woodcarving, but he's vowed to work on his father’s successful farm, even though his heart is in his craft. Martha Detweiler is the only single woman in a community full of young men, and they're all competing for her favor... except Seth Yoder. Cevilla Schlabach, Birch Creek's resident matchmaker, convinces Seth to give the impression that he and Martha are dating. Will the ruse convince their family and friends to leave them alone? -- adapted from back cover

The return

June 5, 2019
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
331 pages ; 22 cm
As the Amish settle in America, Tessa wishes Hans would notice her. When tragedy strikes--close to home and close to her heart--she discovers the cost of true love.

When crickets cry

May 23, 2019
Martin, Charles, 1969- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2006]
ix, 336 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel of the heart"--Cover.
It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives. Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry--and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.

A welcome at our door

May 22, 2019
Clipston, Amy, author.
xv, 320 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: A seat by the hearth.
Includes discussion questions.
"Over the last few years, Cindy Riehl--the youngest of the Riehl children--has watched her siblings find love and happiness in Lancaster County. But as her family has settled down and grown, Cindy has continued to grieve her mother, whose death left an enormous hole in her heart. Since that haunting day, Cindy has struggled to find peace and wonders if the community is the place for her--and if her faith in God will ever feel the same as it once did. When a handsome and kind Englisher named Drew crosses Cindy's path one surprising day, the two of them become fast and easy friends. Drew dreams of starting a family after some losses of his own, and before long, he and Cindy discover that their feelings for each other are romantic. As they spend more time together--often in secret--Cindy is drawn further and further away from the Amish community and the family she loves. In time, she is faced with a difficult choice that threatens to upend her world. Will Cindy find contentment and love, and will she ever find restored comfort in God and her beloved community?"--Provided by publisher.

The Inn at Hidden Run

May 17, 2019
Newport, Olivia, author.
255 pages : color illustration ; 22 cm.
"Meri's family has been producing doctors for so many generations that no one remembers why, so when she flunks out of medical school, she runs as far from her parents as she can get. In the small mountain town of Canyon Mines, Colorado, she takes a job at the Inn at Hidden Run B&B. And waits. It's only a matter of time. What she doesn't count on is genealogist Jillian Parisi-Duffy and her father, Nolan, having her back when it takes everything she has not to bolt again but to stay and face the truth that only unfolding her family's history will reveal. While Nolan works on keeping Meri calm--and in town--Jillian pulls out of her gems of information she doesn't know she has and arranges the puzzle pieces. But none of that changes the fact that Meri's family is closing in to haul her back to her 'real' life. When their arrival inflames tensions and Meri finally does bolt, Nolan and Jillian may be out of time"--Page 4 of cover.

The refuge

May 16, 2019
Gabhart, Ann H., 1947- author.
390 pages ; 23 cm
Darcie and Walter Goodwin join a Shaker village to escape a cholera epidemic, but when Walter dies, Darcie is left alone--and lonely. Can love live again for this widow in a community that doesn't believe in marriage?

A second chance : an Amish romance

May 16, 2019
Byler, Linda, author.
New York, New York : Good Books, [2019]
333 pages ; 22 cm

The Outlaw chronicles trilogy

May 13, 2019
Dekker, Ted, 1962- author.
864 pages ; 22 cm.
All titles previously released.
Eyes wide open -- Water walker -- Hacker.
"It all begins with Christy Snow in Eyes Wide Open: seventeen, buried alive in a coffin, and about to die. Is what she's experiencing real? Or is she suffering a delusional breakdown? In Water Walker, Alice Ringwald is a thirteen-year-old orphan suffering from amnesia. She is still adjusting to her new life when suddenly she is kidnapped by a strange man. Finally, in Hacker, skilled computer expert Nyah Parks is using her technical knowledge to get money for her mom's life-saving medical treatment. When Nyah cracks the wrong firewall, it's not just her mother's life that is in danger. Nyah is forced into one last hack that will either save her or kill her. Humming with intensity, The Outlaw Chronicles Trilogy is a raw adrenaline rush from the first page to the last from master of suspense Ted Dekker"--Page 4 of cover.

Becoming us : a gather novel

May 3, 2019
Gunn, Robin Jones, 1955- author.
New York : Multnomah, 2019.
308 pages ; 21 cm
"From the author of the best-selling Christy Miller and SisterChicks series comes a new book of community, friendship, and tackling the hard things of life with God and loved ones around a table"-- Provided by publisher.

Shadow over Kiriath

May 1, 2019
Hancock, Karen.
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, 2005.
463 pages : map ; 22 cm.
"Abramm's coronation is still underway, and rival leaders are plotting their return to power. Will Abramm hold onto victory, or will his enemies succeed in destroying his beloved realm?"--Provided by publisher.

A perfect Amish match

May 1, 2019
Chapman, Vannetta, author.
New York, NY : Love Inspired Books, [2019]
218 pages ; 17 cm
"Love inspired inspirational romance"--Spine.
After three failed relationships, Amish bachelor Noah Graber would rather disappoint his parents than try again. But when matchmaker Olivia Mae Miller agrees to provide courting lessons, Noah's perfect match becomes clear--it's Olivia Mae herself! With ailinggrandparents at home, she hadn't planned on love or marriage. Might a future with Noah be everything she's been missing?

The road home

April 26, 2019
Evans, Richard Paul, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2019.
320 pages ; 21 cm.
"Chicago celebrity and pitchman Charles James is supposed to be dead. Everyone believes he was killed in a fiery plane crash, a flight he narrowly missed. But thanks to that remarkable twist of fate, he's very much alive and ready for a second chance at life and love. Escaping death has brought Charles some clarity: the money, the fame, the expensive cars; none of it brought him true joy or peace. The last time he was truly happy was when he was married to his ex-wife Monica, before their relationship was destroyed by his ambition and greed. In the exciting and provocative series that began with The Broken Road and The Forgotten Road, Charles is still on his pilgrimage across the iconic Route 66 in The Road Home. He intends to finish his trek from Amarillo to Santa Monica, despite learning that his ex-wife is now planning to marry another man. With the initial reason for his trip in jeopardy, he still has lessons to learn along the way before he discovers—and arrives at—his true destination."--Inside dust jacket.

Hope on the inside

April 18, 2019
Bostwick, Marie, author.
New York : Kensington Books, ©2019.
357 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Hope Carpenter finds new purpose in a new phase of life when her husband's forced retirement strains both their savings and their marriage. Seeking inspiration and a financial boost, Hope gets a job teaching crafts to inmates at a local women's prison with surprising results. At first, Hope feels foolish and irrelevant, struggling to relate to women whose choices seem so different from her own. But with time, and the encouragement of the prison chaplain, she begins to discover common ground with the inmates, in their worries about their children and families, their fear of having failed those who need them. Just like her, they want to make something of themselves, but believe it might be impossible. Embarking on an ambitious quilting project, Hope and her students begin to bond. Together, piece by piece, they learn to defy expectations--their own and others'--and to see that it's never too late to stitch together a life that, even in its imperfections, is both surprising and beautiful.

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