New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

September 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The cost of betrayal : three romantic suspense novellas.

September 19, 2018
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers, [2018]
375 pages ; 22 cm
Betrayed / by Dee Henderson -- Deadly isle / by Dani Pettrey -- Code of ethics / by Lynette Eason.
A collection of romantic suspense novellas, including "Betrayed" where a woman cleared of a murder she didn't commit faces another deadly betrayal.

The Christmas prayer

September 17, 2018
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
© 2014
170 pages ; 18 cm.
Three lone wagons on the California Trail become trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by a sudden snowstorm. Stuck in tight quarters with others makes Cynthia Cooper reevaluate her reasons for being engaged to fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she has to reconsider here dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

Everything she didn't say

September 10, 2018
Kirkpatrick, Jane, 1946- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
341 pages : map ; 22 cm
In 1911, Carrie Strahorn wrote a memoir entitled Fifteen Thousand Miles by Stage, which shared some of the most exciting events of 25 years of traveling and shaping the American West with her husband, Robert Strahorn, a railroad promoter, investor, and writer. That is all fact. Everything She Didn't Say imagines Carrie nearly ten years later as she decides to write down what was really on her mind during those adventurous nomadic years. Certain that her husband will not read it, and in fact that it will only be found after her death, Carrie is finally willing to explore the lessons she learned along the way, including the danger a woman faces of losing herself within a relationship with a strong-willed man and the courage it takes to accept her own God-given worth apart from him. Carrie discovers that wealth doesn't insulate a soul from pain and disappointment, family is essential, pioneering is a challenge, and western landscapes are both demanding and nourishing. Most of all, she discovers that home can be found, even in a rootless life. With a deft hand, New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick draws out the emotions of living--the laughter and pain, the love and loss--to give readers a window not only into the past, but into their own conflicted hearts. Based on a true story.

A Christmas by the sea

September 10, 2018
Carlson, Melody, author.
©2018
167 pages ; 23 cm
When Wendy Harper inherits her family's beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. But the neglected property needs renovation before it can be so, so Wendy and her young son Jackson move in to fix the place up. Soon the town-- and local craftsman Caleb Colton-- make it difficult for Wendy to resists their charms.

The outside child

August 30, 2018
Warren, Tiffany L., author.
©2018
298 pages ; 20 cm
"A Dafina book."
"He's the down-to-earth, loving, and protective man she never thought she'd find. And with her own successful career, Chenille plans to be more than just a famous athlete's wife. She's determined to balance work, marriage, and motherhood, as the couple awaits their first child . . . Until their son is born with a crippling heart ailment. Until a devastated Brayden starts putting his career above everything else, taking comfort from anywhere but home . . . Little by little, Chenille picks up the pieces as she and Brayden try to make their marriage work once more. But when he fathers a baby that the mother can't keep, will this be the final blow? Or can they find a way past betrayal into unexpected hope--to at last have a future worth everything?"--Provided by publisher.

The first love

August 23, 2018
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
296 pages ; 23 cm
"In the summer of 1951, Amishwoman Maggie Esh is struggling with a debilitating illness and few future prospects. When revival meetings come to the area, Maggie attends out of curiosity, and the words of the evangelist begin to stir something deep inside her. Dare she hope for a brighter future?"-- Provided by publisher.

As the tide comes in : a novel

August 17, 2018
Woodsmall, Cindy, author.
[Colorado Springs] : WaterBrook, [2018]
342 pages ; 21 cm
"A New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island. After losing two loved ones in a devastating tornado and suffering a head injury, Tara Abbott flees to St. Simons Island, where her disorientation causes the lines between imagination and reality, past and present to blur. There she encounters island residents Julep Burnside, Luella Ward, Sue Beth Manning, and Dell Calhoun--The Glynn Girls--who have been friends since Bible camp, forty years earlier. When Julep's son Gavin identifies a troubled soul in need of help, can the Glynn Girls guide Tara back to herself?"-- Provided by publisher.

Swimming in the deep end

August 17, 2018
Nelson, Christina Suzann, author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Kregel Publications, 2018.
286 pages ; 22 cm
Jillian Connors has the perfect daughter: loving and smart, she's an Olympic hopeful with a bright future. But when Gabby becomes pregnant, Jillian fears that future is lost. Worse, she must confront her own secret past and hope the decisions she's made don't drown their whole family.

A Love for Leah

August 13, 2018
Lillard, Amy, author.
©2018
viii, 327 pages ; 18 cm
Independent-minded Leah Gingerich has always been outspoken. And even though she is now a progressive Mennonite, she's rediscovering the joys of family traditions back in her Amish hometown. Yet she can't help but clash with her handsome new Amish neighbor, Jamie Stoltzfus. He's too hard-headed and old-line to see that his traumatized young nephew, Peter, needs faith and help--or that a woman who stands up to him may be what he needs to heal. After a devastating tragedy, Jamie moved to Pontotoc with his nephew for a fresh start. Holding fast to his beliefs is the only way he feels he can aid Peter--and himself. But somehow, Leah's freethinking ways and feisty challenges are sparking a happiness he's never felt before. Soon, Jamie can't imagine his life without her. But are their differences ultimately too great to overcome--or can love bridge their way to a future together?

Called to protect

August 1, 2018
Eason, Lynette, author.
©2018
311 pages ; 22 cm.
For the past year Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. Now a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap. When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. When their cases cross, will they be able to trust each other? -- adapted from back cover

A rumored fortune

August 1, 2018
Politano, Joanna Davidson, 1982- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
412 pages ; 22 cm
Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first. Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they'll not soon forget.

A simple singing

July 31, 2018
Gould, Leslie, 1962- author.
Minneapolis : Bethany House, [2018]
362 pages ; 22 cm.
"For years Marie Bachmann thought of herself as the "good" daughter. She was the most loving to their mother, the most dedicated to their Amish way of life. But when a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in her she can't help but be flattered--until her mother sends her off to Florida. While there, Marie begins spending time with bad-boy Eli Jacob, the bishop's son from back home. When Gordon shows up in Florida to volunteer in a homeless shelter, her life becomes even more complicated. At the same time her aunt begins telling her of a Civil War-era ancestor and the woman's uncommon bravery . . . a story that begins to work at Marie's heart. Marie hopes returning home may simplify life, but Eli soon follows. As Marie grapples with whether she should court Eli or leave the church for Gordon, the story of Annie Bachmann shines a light on what God has for Marie's future."--Back cover.

The hope jar

July 27, 2018
Brunstetter, Wanda E, author.
Uhrichsville, OH : Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2018]
311 pages ; 22 cm
"A homeless girl finds an unlikely family. What happens when making an elderly Amish couple very happy means going along with a lie that gets bigger by the day? Michelle Taylor is not who her new family in Lancaster County believes her to be. The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends and even considers the idea of romance among them. Finding an old blue jar in the barn that is filled with slips of paper containing thoughts, quotes, and prayers by an unknown author becomes a boost to Michelle s budding faith but also convicting. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?"--Back cover

Thief of Corinth

July 25, 2018
Afshar, Tessa, author.
©2018
379 pages ; 21 cm
"After years spent living with her mother and oppressive grandfather in Athens, Ariadne runs away to her father's home in Corinth, only to discover the perilous secret that destroyed his marriage: though a Greek of high birth, Galenos is the infamous thief who has been robbing the city's corrupt of their ill-gotten gains. Desperate to keep him safe, Ariadne risks her good name, her freedom, and the love of the man she adores to become her father's apprentice. As her unusual athletic ability leads her into dangerous exploits, Ariadne discovers that she secretly revels in playing with fire. But when the wrong person discovers their secret, Ariadne and her father find their future - and very lives - hanging in the balance. When they befriend a Jewish rabbi named Paul, they realize that his radical message challenges everything they've fought to build, yet offers something neither dared hope for."--P. [4] of cover.

Her fear

July 23, 2018
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2018
261, 14 pages ; 24 cm
Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews & More (14 pages).
An "EMT falls for a woman with ties to an Amish community where people are dying similar, suspicious deaths"--Cover.

The best of intentions

July 19, 2018
Mason, Susan Anne, author.
©2018
349 pages ; 22 cm
"In the aftermath of World War I, Grace hopes to reclaim her nephew, Christian, from the relatives who rejected her sister because of her class. Under an alias, she goes to Toronto and becomes her orphaned nephew's nanny. Observing the family up close, she begins to fall for Andrew Easton, the boy's guardian. Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who is sure to make a terrible stepmother. Can Grace protect her nephew... and her heart?"--P. [4] of cover.

The book in room 316

July 19, 2018
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2018.
306 pages : 21 cm
When grief drove her husband into the arms of his best friend's wife, Savannah Graham thought revenge was the only way her heart can heal from the betrayal. Ollie Moss has lost the love of his life, his wife Elizabeth-- along with his desire to live, despite the love from his children, and his beloved grandson Samuel. Anna Rodriguez's decision to break the law in order to get a job and provide for her three children is threatening life as she knows it. Trey Brown is a hustler so he can save his little brother-- but now the gangs want him to join their ranks. At The Markham Hotel, each hopes to find solace, comfort, answers. And each learns that through faith there is always a way forward. -- adapted from back cover.

Firestorm : a novel

July 16, 2018
Hilton, Laura V., 1963- author.
New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, [2018]
235 pages ; 22 cm.
"Where there's smoke, there is fire"--T.p.
"Bridget Behr's family migrates from an Amish community in Ohio to the isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where they are forced to live in tents until the house and barn they bought are rebuilt. When a devastating forest fire ravages the county, will they dare to fight for the future they'd hoped for in Mackinac County?"--Provided by publisher.

Peace of mind

July 16, 2018
McLaughlin, CaSandra, author.
[United States] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
151 pages ; 22 cm

Through it all

July 16, 2018
McLaughlin, CaSandra, author.
[United States] : [publisher not identified], [2015]
161 pages ; 22 cm.

Amish celebrations : four stories

July 13, 2018
Wiseman, Beth, 1962- author.
©2018
xiv, 449 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
The gift of sisters -- A new beginning -- A perfect plan -- A Christmas miracle.
The gift of sisters: Hannah and Elizabeth are fraternal twins approaching their sixteenth birthday--a time when they will be allowed to spread their wings and enjoy their rumschpringe. The sisters couldn't be more different: Hannah is outgoing and beautiful, while Elizabeth is shy and withdrawn. And when newcomer Abraham Stoltzfus arrives in Lancaster County, both women fall head over heels for him, each fighting for his affections in their own ways and driving the sisters to turn on each other. Who will Abraham choose? And will Hannah and Elizabeth reunite after a devastating heartbreak?

Home on Huckleberry Hill

July 12, 2018
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
347 pages ; 17 cm
"Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's irrepressible eighty-something matchmakers Anna and Felty Helmuth are at it again. And this time they're willing to rough it to get the job done... Mary Anne Neuenschwander knows she should be content with what Gotte has given her. She has a comfortable house, a fruitful farm, and a good, steady husband. But after nearly six years of marriage, she still longs for a baby. Yet her husband, Jethro, seems to care more about fishing than about his wife. Unable to bear Jethro's indifference, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods where he won't have to be bothered. But when her mammi and dawdi find out what she's done, they'll stop at nothing--including a little camping trip of their own--to help save their granddaughter's marriage... Jethro's greatest blessing is his beloved wife, Mary Anne. Nothing else in his life has turned out anywhere near the way he expected. Rather than burden Mary Anne with his disappointment, he shields her by spending less and less time at home and more time on the river. But when he finds that she's moved out, he's shocked. What will people think? What is Mary Anne thinking? And what clever plans are her grandparents hatching?..."-- Back cover.

Engraved on the heart

July 6, 2018
Johnson, Tara, 1978- author.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2018]
389 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 287-289).
"Reluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines―until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad." -- Publisher annotation.

When through deep waters

July 6, 2018
Dekker, Rachelle, author.
©2018
385 pages ; 22 cm
"Alicen McCaffrey finally has the life her mother always dreamed for her: beautiful home in Santa Monica, successful husband, adorable daughter. Then tragedy blows her carefully assembled façade to pieces. Worse yet - Alicen feels solely responsible. At rock bottom, she decides to accompany a childhood friend back to Red Lodge, Montana, where they spent summers together as kids.The peaceful mountain landscape, accented with lush forests and small-town charm, brings back happy memories of time spent with her beloved, eccentric Grandma Josephine. Alicen begins to hope that perhaps things could be different here. Perhaps the oppressive guilt will lift - if only for a moment. But when Alicen starts hearing voices and seeing mysterious figures near the river in the woods, she begins to fear she's completely lost her sanity, as it's rumored her grandmother did. Or might there be more to Red Lodge than meets the eye? Could the voices and visions be real - and her only means of finding the healing she so desperately needs? Or will they prove to be her final undoing?" -- ONIX annotation.

The fashion designer

July 5, 2018
Moser, Nancy, author.
©2018
306 pages : illustrations; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"The American Dream thrives in 1912 New York City Annie Wood, the housemaid-turned-pattern designer in The Pattern Artist, jumps at the chance to design her own clothing line when a wealthy New York couple offers to finance her endeavor. Joining the project is Annie's new husband, Sean Culver, her best friend at Butterick, Maude Nascato, and a mother figure, Edna Holmquist. Annie and her colleagues give up their careers, risking everything to follow a shared passion: clothes that are both fashionable and functional for modern, busy women in 1912. Personal and financial setbacks test old relationships and new romances while threatening to keep the business from ever selling a single dress. No one said it would be easy. But the promise of the American Dream holds a deep hope for those who work hard, trust God, and never give up." -- P. [4] of cover.

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