October 2020 New Releases

This fall is a bonanza of delightful books for readers, including seven new releases from Bethany House in October: historical, suspense, contemporary, and even a novella collection. There’s a lot of fun to be had this month, and I’m excited to introduce you to these books, including an excerpt from each when you click on the cover.

Backlash by Rachel Dylan
Capital Intrigue #2


Plot Summary: After one of her team members is murdered and the CIA opens an internal investigation on her, Layla Karam reluctantly turns to her ex-boyfriend and private investigator Hunter McCoy to help clear her name and uncover the real killer. With threats on all sides, Layla must put her trust in the man who broke her heart and hope they both come out alive.

 

The Kissing Tree by Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, Amanda Dykes, Nicole Deese

Plot Summary: From the mid-1800s to modern day, these novellas each tell a tale worthy of swooning. These bestselling authors’ unique voices are on display in stories where each couples’ winding path to love happens under the shade an enormous Texas oak tree.

 

The Sowing Season by Katie Powner

Plot Summary: Forced to sell his family farm after sacrificing everything, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga no longer knows what to do with himself. 15-year-old Rae Walters has growing doubts about The Plan her parents set to help her follow in her father’s footsteps. When their paths cross just as they need a friend the most, Gerrit’s and Rae’s lives change in unexpected ways.

A Haven for Her Heart by Susan Anne Mason
Redemption’s Light #1

Plot Summary: Haunted by painful memories, Olivia Rosetti is singularly focused on running her maternity home for troubled women. Darius Reed is determined to protect his daughter from the prejudice that killed his wife by marrying a society darling. But when he’s suddenly drawn to Olivia, they will learn if love can prove stronger than the secrets and hurts of the past.

 

Forever by Your Side by Tracie Peterson
Willamette Brides #3

Plot Summary: Accompanied by her best friend, Thomas Lowell, Constance Browning returns from studying in the East to catalog the native peoples of Oregon—and to prove that her missionary parents aren’t involved in a secret conspiracy to goad the oppressed tribes to war. As tensions rise amid shocking revelations, Constance may also have a revelation of the heart.

 

The Shepherd’s Wife by Angela Hunt
Jerusalem Road #2

Plot Summary: When her husband is thrown into debtor’s prison, Pheodora—sister of Yeshua of Nazareth—pins her hopes on the birth of two spotless goats to sell for the upcoming Yom Kippur sacrifice so that she can provide for her daughters and survive. Calling on her wits, her family, and her God, can she trust that He will hear and help a lowly shepherd’s wife?

 

Her Secret Song by Mary Connealy
Brides of Hope Mountain #3

Plot Summary: To overcome her fears of the outside world, Ursula Nordegren treks down Hope Mountain where she discovers a badly wounded man. Wax Mosby is remorseful over driving out the Wardens, but when he’s hurt, the last person he expects to rescue him is a beautiful woman related to them. As they weigh the cost of living new lives, an unlikely bond forms between them.

 

Do you have recent book that will make its way onto your “keeper shelf”? Share it with us in the comments.

 

September 2020 New Releases

Welcome to fall, readers! And with it, a chance to pick up some of these brand-new releases from some beloved authors. There are plenty of thrills, secrets, and fascinating characters within their pages. We’re excited to announce them to you, and be sure to click on the covers to read an excerpt.

 

An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen

Plot Summary: Haunted by an old secret and the shadows of his past, gentleman Richard Brockwell prefers to stay away from Ivy Hill—until his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life unless he returns for Christmas. Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with all of its divine hope, unforeseen surprises, and unexpected romantic encounters, work its magic in his heart?

 

The Stone Wall by Beverly Lewis

Plot Summary: Eager to begin a new chapter as a Lancaster County tour guide, Anna searches for the answers of her grandmother’s past and an old stone wall—both a mystery due to the elderly woman’s Alzheimer’s. And when Anna grows close with a Mennonite man and an Amish widower, she’s faced with a difficult choice. Will she find love and the truth, or only heartbreak?

 

The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus by Jaime Jo Wright

Plot Summary: In 1928, Bonaventure Circus outcast Pippa Ripley must decide if uncovering her roots is worth putting herself directly in the path of a killer preying on the troupe. Decades later, while determining if an old circus train depot will be torn down or preserved, Chandler Faulk is pulled into a story far darker and more haunting than she imagined.

 

A Portrait of Loyalty by Roseanna M. White

Plot Summary: A skilled cryptographer, Zivon Marin fled Russia determined to offer his skills to the Brits. Lily Blackwell is recruited to the intelligence division to help the war with her unsurpassed camera skills. But when her photographs reveal Zivon is being followed, his loyalty is questioned and his enemies are discovered to be closer than he feared.

I’m sure, like me, you take your chance to read wherever you can, but do you have a favorite reading spot?

August 2020 New Releases

Wow, can you believe that August is already here? As you enjoy some relaxation this summer month, we hope you’ll bring a book along, and we’d love for you to check out our four fabulous new releases! Whether you want a contemporary love story with a dash of wit or a quilting-inspired Amish tale with a historical storyline, if you’re craving a Regency romance with an aristocratic flair or a page-turning suspense novel, we’ve got just the story for you. Click on the cover to read an excerpt. We hope you enjoy them!

 

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray
A State of Grace Novel

Plot Summary: After hitting rock bottom, January decides she has nothing to lose in working at her aunt’s church—while hiding a lack of faith. A minor deception until she meets the church’s guitarist and sparks fly. Can she avoid disaster—especially when a handsome landscape architect has an annoying ability to push her to deal with feelings she’d rather keep buried?

 

Piecing It All Together by Leslie Gould
Plain Patterns #1

Plot Summary: Dumped by her fiancé a week before the wedding, Savannah Mast flees California for her Amish grandmother’s farm, where she becomes unexpectedly entangled in the search for a missing Amish girl. When she discovers her childhood friend, Tommy Miller, is implicated as a suspect, she must do all she can to find the Amish girl and clear his name.

 

Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter
Hearts on the Heath

Plot Summary: When a strange man appears to be stealing horses at the neighboring estate, Bianca Snowley jumps to their rescue. And when she discovers he’s the new owner, she can’t help but be intrigued—but romance is unfeasible when he proposes they help secure spouses for each other. Will they see everything they’ve wanted has been there all along before it’s too late?

Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman
Homeland Heroes #2

Plot Summary: Terrorists have been smuggled into the country intent on unleashing a deadly attack, and FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking it down—only, Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner and can’t be in the same room as him. As threats ensue, the two are pushed to the breaking point in a race to save countless lives.

 

Are any of these on your TBR list, readers?

July 2020 New Releases

We can’t believe it’s already July, and we’re excited to introduce you to six new releases from Bethany House, all of them perfect for summer reading. You’ll meet everyone from a long-beloved matriarch to reoccurring series favorites to entirely new characters…and the people who inhabit these stories are ready to tell their tales. Get to know them by reading an opening excerpt when you click on the cover, and see what catches your eye!

Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere
Love Along the Wires #1

Plot Summary: Years of hard work enabled Douglas Shaw to escape a life of desperate poverty—and now he’s determined to marry into high society to prevent reliving his old circumstances. But when Alice McNeil, an unconventional telegrapher at his firm, raises the ire of a vindictive co-worker, he must choose between rescuing her reputation and the future he’s always planned.

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

Plot Summary: Reeling from the loss of her parents, Lucie Clairmont discovers an artifact under the floorboards of their London flat, leading her to an old seaside estate. Aided by her childhood friend Dashel, a renowned forensic astronomer, they start to unravel a history of heartbreak, sacrifice, and love begun 200 years prior—one that may offer the healing each seeks.

 

The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey
Coastal Guardians #2

Plot Summary: When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. But mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all, and they find themselves racing to discover the killer’s identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

 

Love’s Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller
Hearts of Montana #2

Plot Summary: After her son goes missing, Joanna Watson enlists Isaac Bowen—a man she prays has enough experience in the rugged country—to help. As they press on against the elements, they find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

 

A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund
The Bride Ships #3

Plot Summary: Upon discovering an abandoned baby, Pastor Abe Merivale joins efforts with Zoe Hart, one of the newly arrived bride-ship women, to care for the infant. With mounting pressure to find the baby a home, Abe offers his hand as Zoe’s groom. But after a hasty wedding, they soon realize their marriage of convenience is not so convenient after all.

 

A Blessing to Cherish by Lauraine Snelling

Plot Summary: After several years of widowhood and hardship, Ingeborg focuses on the good she’s been given while she watches her widowed stepson fall in love once again. But not everything is comfortable for Ingeborg; one of her dearest friendships is changing—and she will have to decide if her settled life is worth more to her than a future she hardly dares to imagine.

We’d love to know: what have you been reading this summer? (Fiction or nonfiction, your choice!)

June 2020 New Releases

Welcome to summer, readers! I was telling a friend the other day that while a lot of my summer plans have changed, reading books in a hammock is still at the top of my list. If that’s on your summertime agenda too, then I have some adventurous, hope-filled recommendations for you! This month is a powerhouse of historical titles to take you to a different time and place. Read along by clicking on the covers to get to an excerpt.

At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer
Hanger’s Horseman #1

Plot Summary: Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine’s brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything—even his team—to save her.

 

A Single Spark by Judith Miller

Plot Summary: Wanting to do her part in the Civil War effort, Clara McBride goes to work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal. Her supervisor, Lieutenant Joseph Brady, is drawn to Clara but must focus on preventing explosions in the factory. When multiple shipments of cartridges fail to fire and everyone is suspect, can the spark of love between them survive?

 

The Way of Love by Tracie Peterson
Willamette Brides #2

Plot Summary: Faith Kenner is pursuing her dream to become a doctor and use her gift to help the native populations on reservations. When she meets Andrew Gratton, a handsome riverboat captain who has been injured, a friendship grows between them—but will the secret of her heritage and rising tensions with the native people prevent them from finding true happiness?

 

A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden
Hope and Glory #2

Plot Summary: Secretary to the first lady of the United States, Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of high society—but is hiding a terrible secret. Immediately suspicious of Caroline, but also attracted to her, secret service agent Nathaniel Trask must battle his growing love for her as the threat to the president rises and they face adventure, heartbreak, and danger.

 

What’s your favorite summertime reading spot?

May 2020 New Releases

Need to travel through the pages of a book? These spring releases have you covered. By opening the pages, you can hunt butterflies on an expedition to India, roam the Canadian prairie, find love in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, and explore Gilded Age New York City. We love this collection of books and hope that you find the perfect novel to keep you turning pages late into the night. Click on a cover to read an excerpt, and enjoy!

 

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

Plot Summary: Determined to uphold her father’s legacy, newly graduated Nora Shipley joins an entomology research expedition to India to prove herself in the field. In this spellbinding new land, Nora is faced with impossible choices—between saving a young Indian girl and saving her career, and between what she’s always thought she wanted and the man she’s come to love.

 

Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

When Hope Calls #1

Plot Summary: In this sweeping companion to the Hallmark TV series When Hope Calls, Lillian Walsh rushes to a reunion after discovering the sister she believed dead is likely alive. But Grace has big dreams beyond anything Lillian is prepared for. Can Lillian set aside her own plans and join her sister in an adventure that will surely change them both?

 

Stay With Me by Becky Wade

A Misty River Romance

Plot Summary: Led to her hometown by a mysterious letter, Genevieve Woodward wakes in an unfamiliar cottage with the confused owner staring down at her. The last thing Sam Turner wants is to help a woman as troubled as she is talkative, but he can’t turn her away when she needs him most. Will they be able to let go of the façades and loneliness they’ve always clung to?

 

Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano

American Heiresses #3

Plot Summary: When Beatrix Waterbury’s train is disrupted by a heist, scientist Norman Nesbit comes to her aid. After another encounter, he is swept up in the havoc she always seems to attract—including the attention of the men trying to steal his research—and they’ll soon discover the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos.

 

Have you read a book that inspired you to visit the setting in person? Tell us about it.

April 2020 New Releases

We hope that you’re all finding plenty of time to read…and if you need new suggestions, here’s a fantastic list for you! These new releases are great for a night in, because once you start them, you won’t want to stop! If you’d like to test out the author’s writing style, click on the covers below to read an excerpt. And if you’re interested in buying them, each title is linked to the Baker Book House website, where they’re offering free (US) delivery for online orders while their store is closed. Enjoy!

 

Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese

Plot Summary: After many matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there’s only one goal Lauren is committed to now—the one that will make her a mother. But to satisfy the adoption agency’s requirements, she must remain single, which proves to be a problem when Joshua appears. With an impossible decision looming, she will have to choose between the two deepest desires of her heart.

 

Daughter of Cana by Angela Hunt
Jerusalem Road #1

Plot Summary: When a wedding guest tells Tasmin to have the servants fill the pitchers with water, she reluctantly obeys and is amazed when it turns into the finest wine ever tasted in Cana. But when her twin brother, Thomas, impulsively chooses to follow the Teacher from Nazareth, she decides to follow the group and do whatever she must to bring her brother home.

 

Kings Falling by Ronie Kendig
The Book of the Wars #2

Plot Summary: On a mission to recover the Book of the Wars, Leif and his team are diverted by a foretelling of formidable warriors who will decimate the enemies of the ArC, while Iskra uses her connections to hunt down the book. As they try to stop the warriors, failure becomes familiar, and the threats creep closer to home, with implications that could tear them apart.

 

Dead End by Nancy Mehl
Kaely Quinn Profiler #3

Plot Summary: When multiple corpses are found, their remains point to a serial killer with a familiar MO but who’s been in prison for over twenty years—Special Agent Kaely Quinn’s father. In order to prevent more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she’s hated for years. In a race against time, will this case cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?

 

Have you read anything this month that you’d want to recommend to others? Tell us about it!

March 2020 New Releases

Here at Bethany House, March is a great month for historical romance! Get to know these five leading ladies, from several eras of history, as they uncover intrigue, find love, and make sense of the changing world around them. You can start reading an excerpt of each of them by clicking on the covers. Enjoy!

Secrets of My Heart by Tracie Peterson
Willamette Brides #1

Plot Summary: Reunited with childhood friend and lawyer Seth Carpenter, recently widowed Nancy Pritchard must search through the pieces of her loveless marriage for the truth behind her husband’s death after his schemes come to light. But as they pursue answers, their attraction to each other creates complications, and dark secrets reveal themselves.

 

The Runaway Bride by Jody Hedlund
The Bride Ships #2

Plot Summary: Arabella Lawrence fled on a bride ship wearing the scars of past mistakes. Now in British Columbia, two men vying for her hand disagree on how the natives should be treated during a smallpox outbreak. Intent on helping a girl abandoned by her tribe, will Arabella have the wisdom to make the right decision, or will seeking what’s right cost her everything?

 

Selah by Lisa Bergren
The Sugar Baron’s Daughters #3

Plot Summary: When a Methodist preacher with a call to serve the slaves of Nevis settles at Selah’s family plantation, their shared purpose brings them together—despite her guardians’ concern over a romance that promises little security. As the Revolutionary War builds in the States and starvation looms, the future of the plantation and its people hangs in the balance.

 

Woman of Sunlight by Mary Connealy
Brides of Hope Mountain #2

Plot Summary: After they’re forced off their land by a ruthless cattle baron, Mitch Warden follows his family to the mountain, but he doesn’t expect to fall smitten with a woman dressed like Robin Hood. Intent on reclaiming his land, he must journey to the city—and when Ilsa insists on joining, the mismatched pair find themselves on an adventure they’ll never forget.

 

Like Flames in the Night by Connilyn Cossette
Cities of Refuge #4

Plot Summary: On a hunt for his daughter’s killer, Liyam’s last hope is a bargain to rescue a strong-willed woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted. Can Tirzah convince him to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will his thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, God, and the woman he’s come to love?

 

Which of these historical costumes would you be most interested in wearing? (Assuming everyone else around you wore a similar fashion.)

February 2020 New Releases

Forget valentines, what I want this February are more books! If you’re like me, then I’ve got some great recommendations for you. Women’s fiction, fantasy, historical mystery, historical romance…there’s something for everyone in this great lineup of new titles. Check out the plot summaries, or click on the covers to start reading an excerpt. You might just get pulled in…

More Than We Remember by Christina Suzanne Nelson

Plot Summary: After a life-altering car accident, one night changes everything for three women. As their lives intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they’ve been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?

 

Cry of the Raven by Morgan Busse
The Ravenwood Saga #3

Plot Summary: As the war with the Dominia Empire begins, Lady Selene and Damien must use their gifts to secure the borders and save those devastated by war. But conflict, betrayal, and hatred begin to spread between the Great Houses—and the only one who can unite them is Selene. Will she survive? Or is she destined to fall like the dreamwalkers before her?

 

Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
The Windy City Saga #1

Plot Summary: As Chicago’s Great Fire destroys their bookshop, Meg and Sylvie Townsend make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of reporter Nate Pierce. But the trouble doesn’t end there—their father is committed to an asylum after being accused of murder, and they must prove his innocence before the asylum truly drives him mad.

 

The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason
Canadian Crossings #3

Plot Summary: Determined to keep his family together, Quinten travels to Canada to find his siblings and track down his employer’s niece, who ran off with a Canadian soldier. When Quinten rescues her from a bad situation, Julia is compelled to repay him by helping him find his sister—but soon after, she receives devastating news that changes everything.

 

What do you think is a sure way for someone to say “I love you” to a reader in their life, besides buying them books?

January 2020 New Releases

Welcome to 2020! And what a great lineup of new releases we have to start off a new year! Take a look at each of these page-turning novels and see what stands out to you. You can start reading by clicking the cover. Enjoy!

 

End Game by Rachel Dylan
Capital Intrigue #1

Plot Summary: When elite members of the military are murdered on the streets of Washington, D.C., FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini must work together to bring the perpetrator to justice. As the stakes rise in a twisted conspiracy and allies turn to enemies, the biggest secret yet to be uncovered could be the end of them all.

 

Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
The Treasures of Nome #1

Plot Summary: When her grandfather’s health begins to decline, Havyn is determined to keep her family together. But everyone has secrets—including John, the hired stranger who recently arrived on their farm. To help out, Havyn starts singing at a local roadhouse—but dangerous eyes grow jealous as she and John grow closer. Will they realize the peril before it is too late?

 

On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White
The Codebreakers #2

Plot Summary: All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster for the deaths of his squadron. As Nurse Arabelle Denler watches him every day, though, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. But when an old acquaintance shows up and seems set on using him in a plot that has the codebreakers of Room 40 in a frenzy, new affections are put to the test.

 

What elements do you think stand out about each of these covers? (I’m always gathering these little details for future cover discussion meetings.)