Celebrating our Award Nominees and Winners!

It’s award season, and with it comes recognition for some great books! The Carol award finalists were announced earlier this week, with winners to be presented at the ACFW conference in August. Several were from the Bethany House family, and I’m excited to show them off. You can click on each cover to read an excerpt.


Finding Me
Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman

After her father’s death, Kelli discovers a shocking secret: She has a family she’s never known. She may want answers, but are some doors better left shut?

Historical Romance:


Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden

When a librarian and a prominent congressman join forces to solve a mystery, they become entangled in secrets more perilous than they could have ever imagined.

Worthy Pursuit

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

A teacher on the run. A tracker in pursuit. Can Charlotte and Stone learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?


Until the Harvest

Until the Harvest by Sarah Loudin Thomas

When a family tragedy derails his studies, Henry returns home feeling lost. Can a gifted young girl and her older sister help him find his way again?

Young Adult:


Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Timothy Grey plans to earn a title by capturing Lady Merry and her band of orphan thieves. But will he carry out his mission when he meets their dauntless leader face-to-face?

Also, a special congratulations to Susan Anne Mason for winning a Christy Award in the Best First Novel category for Irish Meadows. Irish Meadows also joined Taken by Dee Henderson and The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen to win Christian Retailing’s Best Awards. Also recently announced was Patrick W. Carr’s INSPY award win for The Shock of Night. We’re excited for you!

To celebrate, we’re doing a giveaway on the blog. Comment below with an answer to this question: what’s a time period or setting you would enjoy reading a novel about? I’ll choose 5 winners on Tuesday, July 5 to win their choice of one of these five Carol finalist titles. Winners will be notified by a reply to their comment.

50 thoughts on “Celebrating our Award Nominees and Winners!

  1. Many of the authors that I read are in this lineup of winners,congrats to all.
    I enjoy reading the books that are about second chances ,someone struggling in their life choices and when they realize two are meant to be together to help one another…it is like night and day.
    I like to read about earlier times because they seemed to be more peaceful ,late 1800’s. not so much rushing and women were treated more like a jewel. “Precious”.

  2. I would like to see a book that features military wives, set on a military base either in the USA, or an American base in another country! Another setting I would like would be in Hawaii, or another tropical location like that.

    Becky adult4becky AT aol DOT com

  3. I think my favorite would be contemporary. i do read some historical. As for setting, Canada would be a good choice.

  4. Congratulations to Bethany House and its award-winning authors! I would enjoy reading novels during the tall ship era on the Pacific Coast, including Canada and Alaska into the Arctic.

  5. First of all congrats to all the finalists and winners. I love reading books from the 1800- early 1900’s. I love the time period and imagining the struggles of the people of that time. So different from how it is now.

  6. I love historical fiction, particularly the Wild West (mid to late 1800s in the U.S.) and Regency England…but I also have a ton of fun reading other historical fiction and learning about time periods I’m not as familiar with.

  7. One would not think that’s a difficult question! I love reading a good book from almost any setting and era. (Not into the futuristic or time travel though.) Congrats to the winners and runners up this award season. There are some wonderful Christian fiction books out there that really do make a difference in their readers’ lives.

  8. I enjoy reading about several time periods: Regency England, 19th Century America and the Medieval period.

  9. I love reading a variety of time periods. I get most excited about a historical that makes me want to dig deeper into the facts like Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund for the Reformation.

  10. I enjoy civil war and ww 11. thanks!! love Julie klassen know she used to be one of the authors I read editor. want to try dee henderson

  11. I especially enjoy the Civil War and WWII eras but I would never limit my reading to just those time periods! Congratulations to all of the winners and I’m sure that the judging was difficult because there were exceptional nominees this year.
    Thank you for this giveaway!!

  12. Historical fiction is my favorite. With this year being the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, I’d like to read stories that are set in the parks. Maybe that talk about the foundation of a particular park or a survival tale. Something with vivid imagery and lots of interesting park facts.

    Another commenter (Becky) mentioned something military. As a military vet and spouse, I’d like that too.


  13. A big congratulations to all the nominees and winners! Your hard work paid off! God bless you all!
    I would love to read more books set in the 1950s or 1960s. There was so much going on. Also, we need a lot more fiction about the first Christians during the Roman Empire! What a fascinating time! Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I enjoy the Civil War Time period as well as when pioneers came West. Thanks for the opportunity to win and Congratulations to the winners!

  15. I have read a few of the winners books. The others will be added to my list.🗒
    I think I would like to read something from 1930’s dealing with the depression or a time after that where they are recovering from the depression but it is still very fresh. Thank you!!

  16. Congratulations to these authors! I’ve read Karen and Sarah’s books and would like to read the others. I enjoy books in various time periods. I haven’t read many set during 1900-1915 though. I’m not sure if this is a neglected time period or if I just haven’t discovered the books.

  17. I normally like to reads books set in the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. I have been reading more contemporary stuff lately, but usually prefer historicals.

  18. I absolutely love reading about the colonial and US Revolutionary War period! I’m absolutely fascinated with the people who helped our great nation take shape!

  19. Congratulations to all the winners.
    I love all historical fiction but my favorite is Civil War era. I love reading how they made it thru the hard times and the rebuilding of their lives after the war.
    I like contemporary fiction of real life situations.
    I love the Amish books because of their simplicity of life.
    I also love the western romance books in the almost lawless country and how they had to sometimes make their own laws. The old west is so interesting.
    So you can see I love to read a lot.

  20. I’ve always enjoyed Regency period novels. Blame it on all the Jane Austen I love to read. I also enjoy the ones of old America West as families start moving out, claiming settlements and land and doing the American dream.

  21. I love reading almost any historical period. It’s all so intriguing to me and makes me really want to visit more places!

  22. I love anything medival or regency inspired time periods. However, all of these books are fantastic. And western time periods of America always have a great amount of grit.

  23. Congrats everyonr! What an honor. I look forward to getting to know each Author real soon! BE Blessed and Have a Great Day!

  24. I would like to read an historical fiction about the 14th century. So little is written during this era and I love learning about the details of life in each historical time.

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