New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

September 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The girl behind the red rope

September 16, 2019
Dekker, Ted, 1962- author.
©2019
330 pages ; 24 cm
Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history. When evil in its purest form is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure--and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red perimeter.

A family for Gracie

September 12, 2019
Lillard, Amy, author.
©2019
300 pages ; 18 cm
Gracie Glick is known for being a helper, but now that she longs for a family of her own, she needs to help herself. Since there's few eligible men in her small Amish community, Gracie proposes to Matthew Byler, without really knowing his hopes and dreams for the future.

The loyal one

September 12, 2019
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2019
282 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Katie Steury hires her old friend Harley Lambright to remodel her rundown old house into a charming bed and breakfast, she does so with trepidation. Though they are longtime friends, they've always had a rocky relationship, thanks to her being partly responsible for his most recent breakup. But while they may not always get along, she needs someone to trust with her secrets, and Harley is nothing if not trustworthy and loyal. Katie has always reminded Harley of a bright hummingbird—she is small and flighty, moves a mile a minute, and she possesses a very sharp beak. He's hesitant to accept the job because of his history with Katie. But when he realizes that Katie's been hiding her mother's hoarding, he agrees to help her because it's clear she needs someone on her side. Both soon discover that clearing the debris in one old house also means they have to do some clean-up in their lives, forcing them to reevaluate their past and their future. This somewhat painful process reveals that Katie isn’t the only one with secrets. As the house gets a second chance, so, too, does their relationship. Now all they have to do is open their hearts—and hope and pray that their new bond will also stand the test of time."--Back cover.

The words between us : a novel

September 11, 2019
Bartels, Erin, 1980- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
372 pages : map ; 22 cm
A reclusive bookstore owner hoped she'd permanently buried her family's sensational past with a new name. But when the novels she once shared with an old crush begin appearing in the mail, it's clear her true identity is about to be revealed, threatening the new life she has painstakingly built.

Fatal strike

September 9, 2019
Mills, DiAnn, author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2019]
382 pages ; 21 cm
"There's a killer on the loose in Galveston, targeting law enforcement officials and using a fatal injection of snake venom to take them down. Authorities have reasons to believe the Veneno gang is behind the hits, and FBI Agents Leah Riesel and Jon Colbert team up to track down those responsible."-- Provided by publisher.

Listening to love : an Amish journey novel

September 5, 2019
Wiseman, Beth, 1962- author.
©2019
xii, 304 pages ; 22 cm.
"Lucas Shetler lives in a strict Old Order Amish district. His community hasn't embraced the technology common in other Amish communities, so they live without phones and keep food refrigerated with ice blocks. Lucas's family is intent on staying detached from the outside world. Natalie Collins is the furthest from Amish one can be. She's grown up with any convenience she could want but is carrying a past of pain and broken relationships with her family. She's pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, and falling in love with Lucas isn't in the plan. As Natalie and Lucas start to reckon with a future that neither of them expected, they encounter family opposition from all sides. As the people they love try to force their own plans onto the couple, Lucas and Natalie realize how difficult it will be to stay true to themselves and one another"-- Provided by publisher.

The timepiece

August 28, 2019
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
326 pages ; 23 cm
"As the only daughter, Sylvia Miller of The Tinderbox has always held a special place in her Old Order family, one Adeline Pelham jeopardizes when she shows up at the Millers' Hickory Hollow farm. It isn't that Adeline means to be a threat, but her very existence is a reminder of the painful secret that has so recently upended the Miller household. And with Sylvia and her mother still struggling to come to terms with that news, this is a challenging time to welcome an Englisher--especially this Englisher--into their midst. Despite the Millers' unexpected hospitality, Adeline is well aware that she's treading on Sylvia's turf, and she feels guilty about doing so when Sylvia is grappling with issues of her own. Not only is Sylvia trying to rebuild her trust in her father, but she's uncertain what to make of her once-promising engagement to Titus Kauffman, who hasn't pursued her since she confronted him. Adeline wishes she could help Sylvia, but she's not sure that either she or Sylvia is ready for that level of closeness in their relationship. Can God make something good come out of the mistakes of the past? Or does Adeline's arrival mark one too many surprises for the Millers and their Amish community?"--Amazon.com.

Finding Lady Enderly

August 21, 2019
Politano, Joanna Davidson, 1982- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
392 pages ; 22 cm
Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

More to life

August 21, 2019
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
260 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Freshly forty-five, Aja James knows that her life is good, complete with a loving, wealthy husband, well-adjusted children, and a beautiful home. Yet the truth is, she feels painfully unfulfilled, stuck in the present, haunted by a painful past. When a friend suggests a girls' trip to a tropical paradise, Aja hopes a change of scene will also change her perspective. On vacation, filled with fun and freedom, Aja is relieved to find her spirits lifting. But her good time also shines a light on what's troubling her: from her siblings to her husband and kids, she's spent nearly her whole life taking care of everyone—except herself. She's lost her spark. She's lost her identity. Desperate to turn things around, Aja makes an impulsive decision—one that outrages her family and stuns her friends. But it may also be her wisest choice. Because it's only through learning what she could lose—and what's truly worth keeping—that Aja can transform this temporary fix into real, lasting happiness."--Back cover.

When you've been blessed : (feels like heaven)

August 19, 2019
Thompson, Adrienne, 1973-
©2012
214 pages ; 23 cm
"A gospel singer's world is ripped apart by an unexpected revelation, leaving her wondering if anything is really as it seems, and sending her on a journey towards healing and an unlikely love."--Amazon website.

Mountains of Grace

August 9, 2019
Irvin, Kelly, author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2019]
xii, 354 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm.
Schoolteacher Mercy Yoder loves her life in the tiny village of West Kootenai in Montana, then a wildfire forces her family to evacuate to the small town of Eureka. John Hostetler, Mercy's beau, sorts through the damage left by the fire, helping Mercy set up a makeshift school. Eureka is filled with fire personnel, media, and rubberneckers-- more contact with the outside world than Mercy has ever experienced. A chance encounter with a smoke jumper, Travis Cooper, leads to longer conversations about her Amish beliefs and life. The Yoder home was one of the houses destroyed in the fire, and Mercy struggles to accept that everything they owned is gone. How can it be God's will that her family start over with nothing? --Provided by publisher.

Yours truly, Thomas

August 9, 2019
Fordham, Rachel, 1984- author.
©2019
314 pages ; 22 cm
A young woman working at the Dead Letter Office in 1883 opens a series of heartbreaking love letters. She's determined to find their rightful owner and make things right. But a trip to Azure Springs, Iowa, may provide love and healing for more than just the letter writer.

A glitter of gold

August 7, 2019
Johnson, Liz, 1981- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
356 pages ; 22 cm.
"When pirate wreck tour guide Anne Norris finds evidence of an undiscovered shipwreck, she seeks the help of museum director Carter Hale to uncover the truth and treasure that could save her business. But can she trust him with her secrets and her heart?"-- Provided by publisher.

Vow of justice

August 7, 2019
Eason, Lynette, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, [2019]
316 pages ; 22 cm.
"When Allison Radcliffe is killed, FBI Special Agent Linc St. John goes after her killer with a vengeance until he discovers she's been in hiding. He must put aside their unfinished business before she becomes the next victim"-- Provided by publisher.

Married to a stranger

August 7, 2019
Hilton, Laura V., 1963- author.
New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, [2019]
269 pages ; 22 cm
"He marries her out of need. She marries him to escape. What does love have to do with it? When her father falsely accuses a stranger of dishonoring her, Bethel Eicher finds herself promised in marriage to a man she's never met. Not exactly a dream come true, but since she has spent several years caring for her handicapped mother, she's already considered an old maid at twenty-five—and she longs to escape her lonely life as permanent caregiver. When newly-called Amish preacher Gideon Kaiser learns he's been accused of a dishonorable act, he's horrified. But his wife died in childbirth and his baby needs a mother, so he figures marrying a woman he's never met could be beneficial. How can Bethel and Gideon possibly make their marriage work—especially when the truth behind the accusations is revealed?"--Back cover.

Love and other mistakes : a novel

August 2, 2019
Kate, Jessica, author.
Nashville, TN : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
344 pages ; 22 cm
"Includes discussion questions"--Back cover.
"There's a fine line between love and hate...And some mistakes-including love-are begging to be made again and again."--Provided by publisher.

A pure heart : a novel

August 1, 2019
Hassib, Rajia, author.
New York : Viking, [2019]
305 pages ; 24 cm
"A powerful novel about two Egyptian sisters--their divergent fates and the secrets of one family Sisters Rose and Gameela Gubran could not have been more different. Rose, an Egyptologist, married an American journalist and immigrated to New York City, where she works in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Gameela, a devout Muslim since her teenage years, stayed in Cairo. During the aftermath of Egypt's revolution, Gameela is killed in a suicide bombing. When Rose returns to Egypt after the bombing, she sifts through the artifacts Gameela left behind, desperate to understand how her sister came to die, and who she truly was. Soon, Rose realizes that Gameela has left many questions unanswered. Why had she quit her job just a few months before her death and not told her family? Who was she romantically involved with? And how did the religious Gameela manage to keep so many secrets? Rich in depth and feeling, A Pure Heart is a brilliant portrait of two Muslim women in the twenty-first century, and the decisions they make in work and love that determine their destinies. As Rose is struggling to reconcile her identities as an Egyptian and as a new American, she investigates Gameela's devotion to her religion and her country. The more Rose uncovers about her sister's life, the more she must reconcile their two fates, their inextricable bond as sisters, and who should and should not be held responsible for Gameela's death. Rajia Hassib's A Pure Heart is a stirring and deeply textured novel that asks what it means to forgive, and considers how faith, family, and love can unite and divide us"-- Provided by publisher.

The healing jar

July 30, 2019
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2019
315 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions and a recipe.
"Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late twenties still living at home with her parents and grandparents. She thought love had passed her by until she meets Jesse Smucker, a widower with a baby daughter. She quickly falls in love with them both and accepts Jesse's proposal of marriage, but Jesse breaks off their engagement when he realizes he can't marry only for convenience. Resigned to living single, Lenore throws herself into caring for her elders. While working in her grandmother's garden, she digs up an old jar. Will Lenore find healing for her broken heart and solve long-buried family secrets by reading the note contained inside?" --Amazon.com.

Fragments of fear

July 22, 2019
Parks, Carrie Stuart, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
328 pages ; 22 cm
"From award-winning author Carrie Stuart Parks comes a new novel with danger that reaches from a New Mexico Anasazi archaeological dig to micro- and nano-chip technology"-- Provided by publisher.

The enlightenment of bees

July 18, 2019
Linden, Rachel, author.
©2019
328 pages ; 22 cm
"At 26, idealistic baker Mia West has her entire life planned out: a Craftsman cottage in Seattle, baking at The Butter Emporium, and the love of her life, her boyfriend Ethan, by her side. But when Ethan breaks up with her instead of proposing on their sixth dating anniversary (with the Tiffany blue box in his pocket), Mia's carefully planned future crumbles. Adrift and devastated, she determines to find new meaning in her life by helping those in need. Guided by recurring dreams about honeybees that seem to be leading her toward this new path in life, Mia joins her vivacious housemate Rosie on an around-the-world humanitarian trip funded by the reclusive billionaire, Lars Lindstrom. Along with a famous grunge rock star, an Ethiopian immigrant, and an unsettlingly attractive Hawaiian urban farmer named Kai, Mia and Rosie embark on the trip of a lifetime. From the slums of Mumbai to a Hungarian border camp during the refugee crisis, Mia's eyes are opened and her idealistic vision is challenged as she experiences the euphoria, disillusionment, and heartbreaking reality of humanitarian work abroad. As Mia grapples with how to make a difference in an overwhelmingly difficult world, circumstances force her to choose between the life she thought she wanted and the unexpected life she has built."--Provided by publisher.

The Amish cookie club

July 10, 2019
Price, Sarah, 1969- author.
©2019
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.
©2019
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.
©2019
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.

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