July 2019 New Releases

Good thing you don’t need a passport or visa to travel through books, because our two July fiction releases will take you all over the globe, to ancient Israel in Until the Mountains Fall, and to Russia, the Bahamas, Greece and many other countries in Storm Rising. Click on the covers below to read an excerpt of each of these page-turning books, perfect for summer reading.

 

Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig

Plot Summary: Once lost to history, the Book of the Wars has resurfaced, and its pages hold ancient secrets—and dangers. Former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalfe has been tasked with capturing the ancient text, but a Bulgarian operative snatches it, determined to secure her freedom. When a series of strange storms erupts, they must form an alliance to thwart impending disaster.

Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

Plot Summary: Recently widowed, Rivkah flees Kedesh, refusing to submit to Torah law and marry her husband’s brother. Malakhi has secretly loved Rivkah for years, but after her disappearance, he throws himself into the war against the Canaanites and is forced to confront not only his wounds, but also hers—including the shocking truth that has kept her from returning.

 

Since these books both have the protagonists on the cover, what do you feel like you know about them already just from a quick glance?

June 2019 New Releases

June is all about historical romance here at Bethany House, but what a wide variety of fun stories we have for you! (And some beautiful covers, as well.) Take a look at all four of these new releases, and if you’d like to read more, click on the covers to read an excerpt.

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund

The Bride Ships #1

Plot Summary: After facing desperate heartache and loss, Mercy agrees to escape a bleak future in London and join a bride ship. Wealthy and titled, Joseph leaves home and takes to the sea as the ship’s surgeon to escape the pain of losing his family. He has no intention of settling down, but when Mercy becomes his assistant, they must fight against a forbidden love.

 

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

The Codebreakers #1

Plot Summary: In the midst of the Great War, Margot De Wilde spends her days deciphering intercepted messages. But after a sudden loss, her world is turned upside down. Lieutenant Drake Elton returns wounded from the field, followed by a destructive enemy. Immediately smitten with Margot, how can Drake convince a girl who lives entirely in her mind that sometimes life’s answers lie in the heart?

 

Wherever You Go by Tracie Peterson

Brookstone Brides #2

Plot Summary: Mary is one of the best sharpshooters in the country, but unless the man who killed her brother is brought to justice, her accomplishments seem hollow. Journalist Christopher is covering her show, and he is immediately captivated by Mary—but getting close to someone would threaten to bring his past to light. Can they find healing from the past together?

More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

Plot Summary: After being railroaded by the city council, Abby needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed, and a man she can control—not the stoic lumberman Zacharias, who always seems to exude silent confidence. She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. But as trust grows between them, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.

 

Which of these eras would you be most interested in actually living in?

May 2019 New Releases

Take a look at these lovely new releases for May! We here at Bethany House are so excited for you to read the stories of Britt, Annie, and Selene for the first time, each with their own unique personalities and dreams and struggles. (There have to be struggles, of course…otherwise there wouldn’t be a story!) Click on each cover to read a first chapter…and enjoy!

Sweet on You by Becky Wade

Bradford Sisters #3

Plot Summary: Britt and Zander have been best friends since they met thirteen years ago, but unbeknownst to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long. When Zander’s uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Washington to investigate. As they work together to uncover his uncle’s tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also come to light?

 

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

Plot Summary: In the wake of WWII, a grieving fisherman submits a poem to a local newspaper asking readers to send rocks in honor of loved ones to create something life-giving—but the building halts when tragedy strikes. Decades later, Annie returns to the coastal Maine town where stone ruins spark her curiosity, and her search for answers faces a battle against time.

 

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

The Ravenwood Saga #2

Plot Summary: Exiled and on the run, Selene Ravenwood is in search of the real reason her family was given the gift of dreamwalking…but first she must adapt to her marriage with the man she was originally assigned to kill. With war impending and a dark being after her gift, she finds herself at a crossroads—but time is running out and soon her choice will be made for her.

 

So, readers, which of the water-themed backgrounds on these books is your personal favorite? (There’s at least one thing all of these books have in common, besides great stories, of course!)

 

April 2019 New Releases

These new releases from Bethany House this month will transport you to new times and places, from Lancaster County to the West Indies, from London to the coast of Africa. Adventure, romance, and secrets abound…just click on any of the covers to start the story by reading an excerpt.

The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis

Plot Summary: When Sylvia Miller finds her father’s old tinderbox left unlocked, her curiosity is piqued. She opens the box and uncovers secrets best left alone. A confrontation with her father leads to a shocking revelation that will forever change not only her own life but also that of her family and her Amish community.

Verity by Lisa Bergren

Plot Summary: Englishwoman Verity Banning decides to start a business importing horses and other goods the residents of the West Indies need. This trade brings her to New York, where she meets revolutionary Ian McKintrick. As a friend to many Loyalists, Verity has always favored a peaceful resolution. But when a Patriot lays claim to her heart, she’ll have to decide for what—and whom—she will fight.

The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere

Plot Summary: At loose ends in 1881, Cara Bernay befriends a carefree artist, the brother of the handsome but infuriating Henry Burke, the Earl of Morestowe. Recognizing the positive influence she has on his brother, Henry invites her to accompany them back to their estate. When secrets on both sides come out, Cara devises a bold plan with consequences for her heart.

Outbreak by Davis Bunn

Plot Summary: Along the coast of West Africa, strange algae is growing and mysterious deaths are rising—until suddenly, with the sea currents’ shift, the deaths stop. Professor Theo Bishop and biological researcher Avery Madison are the only ones who know the truth. Will the authorities heed their warning before it happens again?

What is a book you’re excited about this spring, whether it’s one of these books or another title?

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?