New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

November 13, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The painted castle

November 12, 2019
Cambron, Kristy, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
381 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Bestselling author Kristy Cambron concludes the Lost Castle novels with this sweeping tale of art and secrets long buried in England.

The threshing floor

November 8, 2019
Bentley, Ray (Pastor), author.
[Place of publication not given] : N/T, 2019. ©2019
323 pages ; 24 cm
Sequel to: On the mountain of the Lord.
Publisher information from jacket.
While Jack Garrison is forever a changed man free of his bitterness, his future looks uncertain. After protecting him from a terrorist attack, the girl he loves, Bette Deekmann, struggles to stay alive all while harboring a dangerous secret. As her past comes to light, Jack finds himself wondering-- who is she, really? As his visions of the past continue to draw him into Israel's history, Jack begins to see that both Bette and Israel are a part of God's bigger plan as well as the focus of an age-old battle-- a violent and dangerous war. -- adapted from back cover

An Amish cookie club Christmas

November 7, 2019
Price, Sarah, 1969- author.
©2019
299 pages ; 17 cm
Includes cookie recipes.
Includes an excerpt from An Amish cookie club courtship.--Pages [293]-299
"Baking cookies every other Friday for their respective church districts gives Edna Esh and three of her closest friends a chance to give to the Plain community and strengthen their bond with each other. Now, with the blessings of Christmas in the air, they may even whip up a recipe for love . . ."--Page 4 of cover

A Christmas home

November 7, 2019
Perry, Marta, author.
©2019
291 pages ; 17 cm.
"After ten years spent keeping house and raising her younger siblings, Sarah Yoder returns home to Promise Glen determined to make a fresh start. Her new job with neighbor Noah Raber's furniture business seems promising - until she and the woodworker clash over everything from the best way to reach new costumers to how to raise his mischievous six-year-old twin boys. Though Sarah longs for a home of her own, she fights the appeal of this ready-made family, resolved to maintain a professional distance. But when she and Noah both agree to help with the school's annual Christmas program, Sarah finds her heart touched by the motherless boys and Noah's quiet strength. Thrown together at work and at the school, their feelings continue to grow, and Sarah struggles to keep Noah at arms' length. Loving Noah may seem impossible, but with faith, love, and a little help from their close-knit community, there may yet be a Christmas home for them both."--Publisher description.

The more the merrier : an Amish Christmas romance

November 7, 2019
Byler, Linda, author.
©2019
184 pages ; 20 cm
It's 1931, and times are tough for the Miller family, who are raising eight children in the midst of the Great Depression. When Eli Miller passes away unexpectedly, and then a fire destroys their barn, Annie has no idea how she'll make ends meet. The Amish community rallies around her and the children, as is their custom, but as days turn into weeks and then into months, Annie's friends and neighbors return to their own routines and seem to expect Annie to do the same. Annie knows she needs to stay strong for the children and figure out a way to keep everyone warm and clothed and fed, but she is heartbroken and exhausted. She reminds herself that God will provide, but every day feels like an uphill battle. When Annie receives a letter from a widower with six children of his own, she tries to put it out of her mind. Her critical mother reminds her that it's too soon to start a new friendship with a man, and warns her that blending a family will be complicated. In the weeks and months to follow, Annie must learn to make her own decisions--and accept the consequences, good and bad--face her past, and embark on a new journey that will transform her and her large, complicated family. When life seems especially complicated one summer, she finds herself saying that by Christmas everything will start to come together, but she has no idea the challenges--and ultimately blessings--headed her way.

New beginnings at Promise Lodge

November 7, 2019
Hubbard, Charlotte, 1953- author.
©2019
309 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes.
"Spring blossoms with new life and new beginnings for the flourishing Amish community of Promise Lodge. And as a just-opened bakery sweetens the air with fresh-baked goodness, residents will find that change can be a most joyous test . . ."--Publisher.

Stitches in time

November 7, 2019
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
©2019
329 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Mending fences.
Includes an excerpt from the next book in the series (pages [303]-318).
"New to Stoney Ridge, schoolteacher Mollie has come to town for a fresh start. When Luke Schrock, new to his role as deacon, asks the church to take in foster girls from a group home, she's the first to raise her hand. The power of love, she believes, can pick up the dropped stitches in a child's heart and knit them back together. The 11-year-old twins she takes in bring her sleepless nights and police visits... and then the girls accuse Mollie of drug addiction. When they girls show an interest in horses, horse trainer Sam Schrock gets drawn into Mollie's chaotic life. Will love knit together the dropped stitches in his own heart?"--Provided by publisher.

Synapse

November 1, 2019
James, Steven, 1969- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
370 pages ; 22 cm
"From the critically-acclaimed author whom Publishers Weekly has called a "master storyteller" comes a taut new thriller where things are not always as they appear to be ... Thirty years from now, when Kestrel Hathaway, a pastor in Cincinnati, witnesses a terror attack, she's drawn into a world of conspiracies and lies that she and Jordan, her cognizant robot, have to untangle before it's too late. With the help of counterterrorism agent Nick Vernon, she needs to stop a second, more brutal attack, that could leave thousands dead. And the clock is ticking. Deftly weaving suspense and intrigue into a rich, resonant tale that explores faith and what it really means to be human, James offers us a glimpse into the future and into our own hearts. Synapse is an unforgettable, gripping story of dreams shattered, truth revealed, and hope reborn"-- Provided by publisher.

Smoke screen

October 31, 2019
Blackstock, Terri, 1957- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
338 pages ; 23 cm
Nate Beckett has spent his life fighting wildfires instead of the lies and rumors that drove him from his Colorado home town. His mother begs him to come to Carlisle now that his father has been released from prison, but it isn't until he's sidelined by an injury that he's forced to return and face his past. But that means facing Brenna too. Fourteen years ago, Nate was in love with the preacher's daughter. When Pastor Strickland discovered Brenna had defied him to sneak out with Nate, the fight between Strickland and Nate's drunken dad was loud-and very public. Strickland was found murdered later that night, and everyone accused Roy Beckett. When the church burned down, people assumed it was Nate getting even for his father's conviction. He let the rumors fly and left Carlisle without looking back. Now, Brenna is stunned to learn that the man convicted of murdering her father has been pardoned. The events of that night set her life on a bad course, and she's dealing with a brutal custody battle with her ex and his new wife where he's using lies and his family's money to sway the judge. She's barely hanging on, and she's turned to alcohol to cope. Shame and fear consume her. As they deal with the present-including new information about that fateful night and a wildfire that's threatening their town-their past keeps igniting. Nate is the steady force Brenna has so desperately needed. But she'll have to learn to trust him again first.

A perfect silhouette

October 23, 2019
Miller, Judith, 1944- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers, [2019]
329 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1850, Mellie helps her family by finding employment creating silhouette portraits at a daguerreotype shop. When romance slowly blossoms with one of her charming customers, her life seems to have fallen perfectly into place. But when the unexpected happens, she struggles to find happiness in spite of hidden secrets" -- Provided by publisher.

An Amish Christmas Bakery : four stories

October 22, 2019
Nashville : Zondervan Fiction, [2019]
xv, 400 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Cookies and cheer / Amy Clipston -- Loaves of love / Beth Wiseman -- Melting hearts / Kathleen Fuller -- Cakes and kisses / Kelly Irvin.
Melting Hearts by Kathleen Fuller: When her aunt Carolyn begs for help during the busy Christmas rush, Mattie Shetler eagerly packs her bags and heads to Birch Creek. She doesn't know her uncle has also asked for help with the bakery's new expansion from Peter Kaufman, Mattie's sworn enemy. As the two work together, Mattie discovers not all is as it seems. With Christmas just around the corner, Mattie and Peter open their hearts for the greatest gifts of the season: forgiveness and maybe even love.

One more river to cross

October 16, 2019
Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, [2019]
345 pages : map ; 23 cm
Based on true events, this compelling survival story by award-winning novelist Jane Kirkpatrick is full of grit and endurance. Beset by storms, bad timing, and desperate decisions, 8 women, 17 children, and one man must outlast winter in the middle of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in 1844.

What comes my way

October 1, 2019
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2019
295 pages ; 23 cm.
Ella Fleming is on the run from her past and the secrets that could tear her family apart. As a member of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, a wild west show comprised of all-female performers, her uncanny talent for trick riding impresses the viewers. Only while performing can she forget the truth about who she really is - the daughter of a murderer. Phillip DeShazer blames himself for his father's death and has done his best to bury his guilt in work and drink. Realizing he needs something more, he seeks answers and finds support and kindness from the beautiful Ella Fleming. However, the more she comes to his rescue, the more his guilt grows. He's fallen in love with her and feels confident that she returns his feelings, but until he can overcome the past and let God guide his future, Phillip knows he's not worthy of Ella's love. Uncertain of what will come their way, Ella and Phillip must learn to trust God even when the road they travel takes them in different directions. Only then can love be a part of their journey.

A Christmas haven : an Amish Christmas romance

September 30, 2019
Woodsmall, Cindy, author.
Colorado Springs : WaterBrook, 2019.
200 pages ; 21 cm
Old Order Amish Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community's ways so she can grow the business of her dreams: planning parties. As long as she's stuck living without modernization, she can barely get her business on its feet. But if she leaves too soon, she'd cause trouble for her sister, Holly, who is planning her wedding to Joshua Smucker. All of their plans become twice as complicated when an old car crashes into the storefront of Greene's Pharmacy, carrying a Swartzentruber (ultra-conservative sect) Amish man, Arlan, and his very ill sister.

Mary Grace and the Clarmont girls

September 24, 2019
Downing, Debra Burr, author.
©2019
viii, 154 pages ; 23 cm.
"Mary Grace's world was turned upside down the summer her father was transferred to Canada. Life in Georgia was all she had ever known. Now, she would have to leave that world and all her friends behind. At sixteen that was not an easy thing to do, but she did have a dream that meant everything to her. She wanted to become a Clarmont girl, to attend that beautiful Canadian girls' boarding school that looked like an English castle. Will the Canadian girls accept her as one of them? Will her parents understand why she wants this so much? And what about boys, an all girl's school is not exactly the way to meet any guys, or is it?"--Back cover.

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.

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