March 2019 New Releases

For this first month of spring, we have four lovely new historical romance novels for you, each of them exploring a unique time period in history. (Also, two of our historical heroines are wearing pants! Which was a different sort of costume to search for than our design team is used to.)

Which of these new releases will be perfect for you? To find out, click on the covers to start reading an excerpt. We’re so proud of all of these authors and their fantastic books!

Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Plot Summary: In spring 1918, British Lieutenant Colin Mabry receives an urgent message from a woman he once loved but thought dead. Feeling the need to redeem himself, he travels to France—only to find the woman’s half sister, Johanna, who believes her sister is alive and the prisoner of a German spy. As they seek answers across Europe, danger lies at every turn.

The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy

Plot Summary: City dweller John McCall never expected to find himself in the High Sierras on a wild-goose chase to find a missing child—and the presence of the strangely attractive wildcat woods-woman Penny Scott only confuses him. When he and Penny are kidnapped out of the blue by a dangerous man, they must find a way to escape before the worst happens.

When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

Plot Summary: In early 1900s Montana, Lizzy Brookstone’s role as star of an all-female wild west show is rewarding but difficult. However, trials of the heart and a mystery to be solved prove more daunting. As Lizzy and her two friends, runaway Ella and sharpshooter Mary, try to discover how Mary’s brother died, all three seek freedom in a world run by men.

The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason

Plot Summary: After her grandfather’s death, Emmaline discovers her supposedly deceased father actually lives in Canada. Shocked, she decides to go to him. Accompanied by her friend Jonathan, who harbors a secret love for her, Emmaline arrives in Toronto—to her father’s dismay. Will she give up, or will she stay? And will Jonathan have the courage to tell her the truth?

If you could step into the scene of one of these covers, which one would you pick?

February 2019 New Releases

Welcome to February! This month if you’re in the mood for a romance…or a page-turning suspense novel…or a historical view of an unusual time period…or a dual-time drama, you can find it here in our list of new releases. If you’d like to learn more, click on the covers to read an excerpt.

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

Plot Summary: Daphne Blakemoor was happy living in seclusion. But when ownership of the estate where she works passes to William, Marquis of Chemsford, her quiet life is threatened. William also seeks a refuge from his past, but when an undeniable family connection is revealed, can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and forge a new path for the future?

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Plot Summary: With a Mohawk mother and a French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it easiest to remain neutral among warring sides. But when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel, is taken prisoner by her father, he claims to have information that could end the war. At last, she must choose whom to fight for. Is she willing to commit treason for the greater good?

A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould

Plot Summary: Leisel left her Amish roots for a career in medicine. She has an English boyfriend and big dreams—but these come crashing down when her sister is diagnosed with cancer. Soon nothing is going as planned. With difficult choices to make, will she stick to the traditions of her past—or learn from the story of a WWII ancestor and embrace a life of uncertainty?

A Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan

Plot Summary: When corporate litigator Mia Shaw finds her colleague brutally murdered, she vows to make the killer pay. The accused is a friend of Noah Ramirez, who knows something doesn’t add up. As Mia takes on a case of corporate espionage, Noah becomes her only ally. But can he convince her that the killer is still on the loose—and protect her from growing threats?

A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

Plot Summary: A female accountant in 1908, Eloise Drake thought she’d put her past behind her. Then her new job lands her in the path of the man who broke her heart. Alex Duval, mayor of a doomed town, can’t believe his eyes when he sees Eloise as part of the entourage that’s come to wipe his town off the map. Can he convince her to help him—and give him another chance?

Do you seek out romances during February, or is there a different genre you typically prefer?

January 2019 New Releases

It’s a new year, and that means lots of new books! This first month of 2019 brings us three new releases from talented authors, all with different tones and styles, so there’s something for everyone, whether you enjoy eerie suspense, laugh-out-loud romance, or historical adventures. Click on a cover to read an excerpt from the first chapter of each.

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

Plot Summary: To escape an unwanted marriage, heiress Isadora Delafield flees New York. Disguising herself as a housekeeper, she finds a position at Glory Manor, the childhood home of self-made man Ian MacKenzie. Ian is unexpectedly charmed by Isadora and her unconventional ways, but when Isadora’s secret is revealed, will they still have a chance at happily-ever-after?

 

Under the Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Plot Summary: Fleeing her past, naturalist Tayler Hale accepts a position at the popular Curry Hotel in Alaska. There she must work with Thomas Smith, who calls the hotel home. As Thomas struggles to get used to the idea of a female naturalist, unexpected guests and trouble arrive at the Curry. They’ll have to band together to face the danger that follows.

 

The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Plot Summary: A century apart, two women seek their mothers in Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. In 1908, Thea’s search leads her to an insane asylum with dark secrets. In modern-day Wisconsin, Heidi Lane answers the call of a mother battling dementia. Both confront the legendary curse of Misty Wayfair—and are entangled in a web of danger that entwines them across time.

What are your reading goals for 2019?

December 2018 New Releases

As Christmas approaches, nothing sounds more appealing to me than curling up in front of a fire with a good book. This is also the season where I see social media posts about Iceland’s charming (and very real) holiday tradition of giving a gift of books on Christmas Eve and then spending the rest of the night reading and drinking hot chocolate. Anyone else out there feeling jealous of Iceland right now?

I’m happy to announce that we have some books that would perfectly fit into this amazing tradition. Check them out by clicking the covers to read an excerpt of the first chapter.

The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

Plot Synopsis: Confirmed bachelor Lieutenant Jack Hennessey is stunned to run into Hattie Walker, the girl who shattered his heart…and she’s just as surprised to find her rescuer is the neighbor she once knew. But his attempts to save her from a dangerous situation go awry, and the two end up in a mess that puts her dreams in peril—and tests his resolve to remain single.

The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

Plot Synopsis: Much has happened in Ivy Hill, and while several villagers have found new love and purpose, questions remain—and a few dearly held dreams have yet to be fulfilled. When a secretive new dressmaker arrives, the ladies suspect she isn’t who she claims to be. While the people of Ivy Hill anticipate one wedding, an unexpected bride may surprise them all.

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

Plot Synopsis: When an anonymous poem predicts a string of murders, ending with her own, FBI Behavioral Analyst Kaely Quinn is paired up with Special Agent Noah Hunter, who resents his assignment. But this brazen serial killer breaks all the normal patterns, and soon Noah and Kaely must race against time to catch the murderer before anyone else—including Kaely—is killed.

Searching for You by Jody Hedlund

Plot Synopsis: After witnessing a crime, Sophie Neumann disappears with her two young charges on an orphan train heading west. At the first stop, she faces the most difficult choice of her life. Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm when an old friend shows up, pleading for help. But how can he help her when mounting debts and past scars still haunt him?

What books do you hope to receive this year for Christmas?

November 2018 New Releases

Happy November 1st! And welcome to another great month of fiction from Bethany House, with three very different new releases. A fun bonus…two of the three have the changing leaves of autumn in the background, giving them a nice, November feel. Click on the covers for an excerpt, and happy reading!

 

A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling

Under Northern Skies #3

Plot Summary: Though her first few months in America were difficult, Nilda Carlson’s life now resembles the images that filled her dreams in Norway. But when she spots the man from her terrifying past in town, she worries her new life, and hope for love, is crashing down around her. Did danger follow her across the Atlantic?

 

Jerusalem’s Queen by Angela Hunt

Plot Summary: When her father and sister are killed, a distant relative invites Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem. Quickly betrothed to a pagan prince half her age, Salome questions God’s plan. But when she suddenly finds herself being crowned queen of Judea, she learns that a woman committed to God can change the world.

 

Mark of the Raven by Morgan Busse

The Ravenwood Saga #1

Plot Summary: Lady Selene is the heir to the Great House of Ravenwood—and to a powerful ability. But it comes with a dark secret. Tasked with assassinating the man who can destroy her family—and the only one who can bring peace to the nations—she must choose between justice and honor or legacy and power. Is she willing to pay the price for the path she chooses?

Can you think of another book with fall colors in the cover’s background?

October 2018 New Releases

Welcome to our list of new releases this month! Each time I get a delivery of our latest books, I’m always thankful for these talented authors who put in long hours to bring us page-turning tales. Enjoy the variety found here, and remember to click on the covers to start reading an excerpt!

Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Plot Summary: Socialite Anna Nicholson can’t seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she’s learned about her past continues to pull at her, so she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her find the truth. But when unflattering stories threaten her reputation and engagement, she discovers that God’s purpose for her life isn’t as simple as she had hoped.

The Christmas Heirloom by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade

Plot Summary: In this sweet collection of novellas by award-winning, bestselling authors, four charming romances are connected by an heirloom brooch passed down for over 200 years. This multigenerational compilation includes Kristi Hunter’s Legacy of Love, Karen Witemeyer’s Gift of the Heart, Sarah Loudin Thomas’s A Shot at Love, and Becky Wade’s Because of You.

The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

Plot Summary: Newly reunited with his daughter and nephew, Cameron Scott wonders if they will ever love him again. When he’s hurt protecting them, he finds himself under the care of the stubborn but beautiful Gwen Harkness—and he sees why the kids love her so. As she helps him win back their hearts, he finds himself wanting to win hers as well.

Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Plot Summary: After her village is destroyed by marauders, Sofea seeks solace in a Levitical city of refuge. Eitan is immediately captivated by her but knows that revealing his most guarded secret could mean drawing Sofea into the danger of his past. As threats from outside the walls loom, will they be able to save their lives and the lives of those they love?

Readers, what is your favorite genre to go back to? Is there a genre you know others love but that you just can’t get into?

September 2018 New Releases

In this month’s round of new releases, you’ll find espionage, revival meetings, natural disasters, and plenty of dangerous secrets. Whether you prefer a romantic read or page-turning suspense, there’s something here for you. Click on a cover that catches your eye to read an excerpt, and enjoy a fall filled with great books!

The First Love by Beverly Lewis

Plot Summary: In the summer of 1951, Amishwoman Maggie Esh is struggling with a debilitating illness and few future prospects. When tent revival meetings come to the area, Maggie attends out of curiosity. She’s been told to accept her lot in life as God’s will, but the words of the evangelist begin to stir something deep inside her. Dare she hope for a brighter future?

An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

Plot Summary: As England plunges into war, Barclay Pearce uses his skills as a thief to help his nation. But upon rescuing Evelina Manning from a mugging, he begins to wonder what his future might hold. When her father’s invention gives England a military edge, the whole family is in danger—and it may just take a reformed thief to steal the time they need to escape it.

In Times Gone By by Tracie Peterson

Plot Summary: After getting left at the altar, Kenzie Gifford flees to San Francisco, determined to never love again. But when an earthquake devastates the city and the life she’s built there, Kenzie finds herself facing a hidden danger—and two men set on winning her heart. With her life—and heart—on the line, who can she trust?

The Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

Plot Summary: Three bestselling Christian romantic suspense authors team up in this intense novella collection. In Henderson’s Betrayed, a woman cleared of a murder she didn’t commit faces another deadly betrayal. In Pettrey’s Deadly Isle, a couple is trapped on an island with a murderer. And in Eason’s Code of Ethics, two people must outrun the killers hunting them.

Readers, we want to know: for you, what is something a novel has to have to move you from “I liked it” to “I LOVED it”?

August 2018 New Releases!

Welcome to another month of beautiful covers and page-turning stories. And my, do we have a variety of genres this time! One glimpse at the cover will tell readers the kind of story that’s inside, but while the settings, characters, and plot points inside are vastly different, we know that you’ll enjoy all of them. To start reading, click on each cover for an excerpt.

Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

Summary: Tox Russell must complete his final mission before he can begin his life with Haven Cortes: retrieve the ancient sword of Goliath and destroy the Arrow & Flame Order. The AFO is determined to have the sword, and they are blackmailing part of the Wraith team to do it. Will Ram’s secret be exposed before its ramifications tear the team apart?

 

The Lady of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller

Summary: Zanna Krykos eagerly takes on her friend’s sponging business as a way to use her legal skills and avoid her family’s matchmaking. But the newly arrived Greek divers, led by Nico Kalos, mistrust a boss who knows nothing about the trade. Yet they must work together to rise above adversity after the mysterious death of a diver and the rumor of sunken treasure.

 

A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould

Summary: Marie Bachmann has always been the good Amish daughter. But when two men, a Mennonite farmhand and a bishop’s rebellious son, show interest in her, she finds herself at a crossroads. On a journey to Florida and back, she grapples with her heart, finding inspiration and hope for the future in the story of a brave Civil War–era ancestor.

 

Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

Summary: Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when she is abducted and put onto a Chicago-bound train. When Gilbert Cavendish is called to play the hero, he has no idea that the damsel in distress is his friend. Temperance is grateful for the rescue but unwilling to give up her newfound independence—not even to save her reputation. But will she do it for love?

Here’s a fun question for you, readers: take a look at how the title is arranged on each book (the font, additional graphics, logo). What does it tell you about what the book will be like?

July 2018 New Releases!

This month, we’re celebrating four fantastic summer reading releases. Take a journey through the pages to find romance, suspense, and page-turning plots. As always, feel free to try out a new-to-you author by clicking on the cover to read an excerpt. Happy reading, all!

The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason

Plot Summary: In the aftermath of tragedy, Grace hopes to reclaim her nephew from the relatives who rejected her sister because of her class. Under an alias, she becomes her nephew’s nanny to observe the formidable family up close. Unexpectedly, she begins to fall for the boy’s guardian, who is promised to another. Can Grace protect her nephew . . . and her heart?

 

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Plot Summary: Private Investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving Luke Gallagher after he disappeared. Now he’s back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal while on the brink of a biological disaster that will shake America to its core. Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next target?

 

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

Plot Summary: Annalise knows painful memories hover beneath the pleasant façade of Gossamer Grove. But she is shocked when she inherits documents that reveal mysterious murders from a century ago. In this dual-time romantic suspense novel, two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their town before it’s too late.

 

In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Peterson

Plot Summary: After her parents’ deaths, Judith Gladstone travels to San Francisco to find her last living relative. Her unrequited love, Caleb Coulter, helps her search, and when his connections lead Judith to a wealthy, influential family, she learns shocking truths about her heritage . . . and finds herself in danger from someone who wants to keep the past hidden.

What’s on your summer reading list this July?

June 2018 New Releases!

Welcome to the first month of summer! If your library is hosting a summer reading challenge, or if you just want a great book to take along on your next vacation, I’ve got some fabulous recommendations for you: these four beauties releasing from Bethany House this month! Get an early start by clicking on a cover to read an excerpt.

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

Plot: Dr. Rosalind Werner is at the forefront of a groundbreaking new water technology—if only she can get support for her work. Nicholas, Commissioner of Water for New York, is skeptical—and surprised by his reaction to Rosalind. While they fight against their own attraction, they stand on opposite sides of a battle that will impact thousands of lives.

 

A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter
HAVEN MANOR #1

Plot: Forced to run for her life, Kit FitzGilbert finds herself in the very place she swore never to return to—a London ballroom. There she encounters Graham, Lord Wharton, who believes Kit holds the key to a mystery he’s trying to solve. As much as she wishes that she could tell him everything, she can’t reveal the truth without endangering those she loves.

 

King’s War by Jill Williamson
THE KINSMAN CHRONICLES #3

Plot: The remnant of the Five Realms has finally found a home in Er’Rets. However, peace is much harder to secure, and forces from within and without threaten Trevn’s new rule. The Hadar family and their allies prepare to make one final stand in the name of Arman: There shall be war—in Er’Rets and in the Veil—to vanquish evil or be ruled by darkness.

 

More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Plot: Seeking justice against the man who destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront the person responsible. But his quest is derailed when, instead of a hardened criminal, he finds an ordinary man with a sister named Evangeline—an unusual beauty with mismatched eyes and a sweet spirit that he finds utterly captivating.

Here’s a question that divides both readers and our list of books this month: do you prefer to see the main character’s face on the cover of a book or not? Or does it not matter to you?