June 2021 New Releases

This June is full to the brim of wonderful new novels, including these six from Bethany House. We hope that you’re able to make time for some summer reading. These releases come highly recommended for that, whether you’re looking for a beach read, a road trip audiobook, or a quiet staycation page-turner.

Sustaining Faith by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
When Hope Calls #2

Plot Summary: With more children on their way from England who need caring homes, Lillian and Grace must use every ounce of gumption to keep their mission alive. But when startling information about the past surfaces and a new arrival comes via suspicious circumstances, they’ll have to decide what is worth fighting for and what is better left in God’s hands.

The Heart’s Charge by Karen Witemeyer
Hanger’s Horsemen #2

Plot Summary: On a mission to deliver a baby to a nearby foundling home, Mark Wallace and Jonah Brooks encounter two women who capture their attention. When a handful of urchin children from the area go missing, a pair of Horsemen are exactly what the women need. As they work together to find the children, will these two couples find love as well?

Power Play by Rachel Dylan
Capital Intrigue #1

Plot Summary: Recruited to join an FBI task force after witnessing an attack, Vivian Steele finds her by-the-book ways clashing with Diplomatic Security Agent Jacob Cruz. When Vivian’s past comes back to haunt her and secrets hidden by the government thrust her into a web of danger, can she accept Jacob’s reckless ways as exactly what she needs to stay alive?

Seeds of Change by Lauraine Snelling with Kiersti Giron
Leah’s Garden #1

Plot Summary: After turning the tables on a crooked gambler, Larkspur Nielsen flees her home with her sisters on a wagon train bound for Oregon. Knowing four women will draw unwanted attention, she dons a disguise as a man. But maintaining the ruse is harder than she imagined, as is protecting her sisters from difficult circumstances and eligible young men.

To Find Her Place by Susan Anne Mason
Redemption’s Light #2

Plot Summary: In the midst of WWII, Jane Linder pours all of her dreams for a family into her career at the Toronto Children’s Aid Society. Garrett Wilder has been hired to overhaul operations at the society and hopes to earn the vacant director’s position. But when feelings begin to blossom and they come to a crossroads, can they discern the path to true happiness?

On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright

Plot Summary: In search of her father’s lost goods, Adria encounters an eccentric old woman who has filled Foxglove Manor with dangerous secrets that may cost Adria her life. Centuries later, when the senior residents of Foxglove under her care start sharing chilling stories of the past, Kailey will have to risk it all to banish the past’s demons, including her own.

Where will you be reading a book this summer?

May 2021 New Releases

It’s the start of our summer publishing season, and we can’t wait for you to take a look at these latest Bethany House releases. Four strong leading ladies, pictured on the covers, head up these four novels. You’ll see hints at their stories on the outside, but take a look inside by clicking on the covers to read an excerpt. Enjoy!

The Nature of a Lady by Roseanna M. White
Secrets of the Isles #1

Plot Summary: Fleeing to the beautiful Isles of Scilly, Lady Elizabeth Sinclair stumbles upon dangerous secrets left behind by her cottage’s former occupant and agrees to help the missing girl’s brother, Oliver Tremayne, find his sister. As the two work together, they uncover ancient legends, pirate wrecks, betrayal, and the most mysterious phenomenon of all: love.

Let It Be Me by Becky Wade
A Misty River Romance

Plot Summary: When pediatric heart surgeon Sebastian Grant meets Leah Montgomery, his fast-spinning world comes to a sudden stop. And when Leah receives surprising news while assembling a family tree, he helps her comb through old hospital records to learn more. But will attaining their deepest desires require more sacrifices than they imagined?

Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark
Heirloom Secrets

Plot Summary: In 1929, a spark forms between Eliza, a talented watercolorist, and William, a young man whose family has a longstanding feud with hers over a missing treasure. Decades later, after inheriting Eliza’s house and all its secrets from a mysterious patron, Lucy is determined to preserve the property, not only for history’s sake but also for her own.

Woman of Words by Angela Hunt
Jerusalem Road #3

Plot Summary: Asked by Mary to record stories of Yeshua while the eyewitnesses are still alive, Matthew, a disciple, reluctantly agrees. But the longer they work together, the more difficult their task becomes as they face threats and opposition. And when Matthew works to save his people, he realizes that the job he hesitantly accepted may be his God-given destiny.

How often do you open up a book from an author who is new to you to read the first few lines?

April 2021 New Releases

We’re delighted to introduce you to the four stunning novels releasing from Bethany House this month. I’m imagining all four protagonists in the same room: an engaging beauty influencer, a brilliant FBI agent, a daring female jockey, and a compassionate Amish woman. Sounds like the perfect team to me! If you want to learn more, take a glimpse inside each book by reading the excerpt linked to the cover.

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese

Plot Summary: Molly McKenzie has made social media influencing a lucrative career, but nailing a TV show means proving she’s as good in real life as she is online. So she volunteers with a youth program. Challenged at every turn by the program director, Silas, and the kids’ struggles, she’s surprised by her growing attachment. Has her perfect life been imperfectly built?

Night Fall by Nancy Mehl
The Quantico Files #1

Plot Summary: When authorities contact the FBI about bodies found on freight trains–all killed the same way–Alex Donovan is forced to confront her troubled past when she recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving behind. In a race against time, Alex must decide how far she will go–and what she is willing to risk–to put a stop to the Train Man.

Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter
Hearts on the Heath

Plot Summary: When his reputation is threatened, Aaron Whitworth makes the desperate decision to hire a circus horse trainer as a jockey for his racehorses. Most men don’t take Sophia Fitzroy seriously because she’s a woman, but as she fights for the right to do the work she was hired for, she finds the fight for Aaron’s guarded heart might be a more worthwhile challenge.

A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould
Plain Patterns #2

Plot Summary: Few are pleased Sophie Deiner has returned to her Amish community, but a sudden illness leaves her no choice. She befriends a group of migrant workers but is appalled by their living conditions. She soon finds her advocacy for change opposed by her ex, the farm foreman, and that her efforts only makes things worse. Has she chosen a fight she can’t win?

Which of these genres (contemporary romance, suspense, historical, or Amish) do you tend to be drawn to?

March 2021 New Releases

Our fiction team here at Bethany House can’t wait to introduce you to five books, in different genres, to fill your shelves. Whether you’re taking a trip across the historical Lake Superior or enjoying the natural beauty of India, these new releases will transport you to a different time and place for an armchair adventure. Be sure to enjoy an excerpt of each by clicking on the cover.

Destined for You by Tracie Peterson
Ladies of the Lake #1

Plot Summary: After smallpox kills her mother and siblings, Gloriana Womack is dedicated to holding together what’s left of her fractured family. Luke Carson arrives in Duluth to shepherd the construction of the railroad and reunite with his brother. When tragedy strikes, Gloriana and Luke must help each other through their grief and find their lives inextricably linked.

My Dear Miss Dupré by Grace Hitchcock
American Royalty

Plot Summary: Upon her father’s unexpected retirement, his shareholders refuse to allow Willow Dupré to take over the company without a man at her side. Presented with twenty-five potential suitors from New York society’s elite, she has six months to choose which she will marry. But when one captures her heart, she must discover for herself if his motives are truly pure….

A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy

Plot Summary: When a stranger appears in India with news that Ottilie Russell’s brother must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, she is shattered by the secrets that come to light. But betrayal and loss lurk in England too, and soon Ottilie must fight to ensure her brother doesn’t forget who he is, as well as stitch a place for herself in this foreign land.

Braced for Love by Mary Connealy
Brothers in Arms

Plot Summary: After his father’s death, Kevin Hunt inherits a ranch in Wyoming–the only catch is it also belongs to a half brother he never knew existed. But danger follows Kevin, and he suspects his half brother is behind it. The only one willing to stand between them is Winona Hawkins–putting her in the cross hairs of a perilous plot and a risk at love.

Hours to Kill by Susan Sleeman
Homeland Heroes

Plot Summary: Attacked and left in a coma, FBI Special Agent Addison Leigh has no memory of the incident or her estranged husband when she wakes. Full of regret over letting his military trauma ruin their marriage, Deputy U.S. Marshal Mack Jordan promises to hunt down the man who attacked her, and soon it becomes clear that the killer won’t rest until Addison is dead.

What attracts you to the cover of a book?

February 2021 New Releases

Happy February, everyone! Even if some of your new year goals and resolutions have proven challenging, I hope you added an easy one on there: reading more books. If so, here are some great suggestions to help you stay on track. Whether you’re looking for romance, intrigue, or drama, we’ve got a book for you. Enjoy browsing the new releases below, and click on the cover if you’d like to read the first chapter.

The Way It Should Be by Christina Suzann Nelson

Plot Summary: Zara Mahoney was enjoying newlywed bliss until her life is upended by her estranged sister, Eve, and Zara must take custody of her children. Eve’s struggles lead her to Tiff Bradley, who’s determined to help despite the past hurts the relationship triggers. Can these women find the hope they—and those they love—desperately need?

Shadows of the White City by Jocelyn Green
The Windy City Saga #2

Plot Summary: When Sylvie Townsend’s Polish ward, Rose, goes missing at the World’s Fair, her life unravels. Brushed off by the authorities, Sylvie turns to her boarder and Rose’s violin instructor, Kristof Bartok, for help searching the immigrant communities. When the unexpected happens, will Sylvie be able to accept the change that comes her way?

The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden
Hope and Glory #3

Plot Summary: Luke Delacroix’s hidden past as a spy has him carrying out an ambitious agenda—thwarting the reelection of his only real enemy. But trouble begins when he falls for Marianne Magruder, the congressman’s daughter. Can their newfound love survive a political firestorm, or will three generations of family rivalry drive them apart forever?

Do you keep track of the books you read each year? If so, how?

January 2021 New Releases

Welcome to a brand-new year! We’re excited for all that 2021 will hold…especially when it comes to filling out many of your “keeper shelves.” If you’re looking to use a Christmas gift card or just need a cozy read to cuddle up with, we’ve got some fantastic releases this January for you to check out. Click on the cover to start reading and see what’s perfect for you!

Endless Mercy by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
The Treasures of Nome #2

Plot Summary: When Madysen Powell’s supposedly dead father shows up, her gift for forgiveness is tested and she’s left searching for answers. Daniel Beaufort arrives in Nome, longing to start fresh after the gold rush leaves him with only empty pockets, and finds employment at the Powell dairy. Will deceptions from the past tear apart their hopes for a better future?

Faith’s Mountain Home by Misty Beller
Hearts of Montana #3

Plot Summary: Nate Long has always watched over his twin, even if it’s led him to be an outlaw. When his brother is wounded in a shootout, it’s their former prisoner, Laura, who ends up nursing his wounds at Settler’s Fort. She knows Nate wants a fresh start, but struggles with how his devotion blinds him. Do the futures they seek include love, or is too much in the way?

Dreams of Savannah by Roseanna M. White

Plot Summary: After receiving word that her sweetheart has been lost during a raid on a Yankee vessel, Cordelia Owens clings to hope. But Phineas Dunn finds nothing redemptive in the horrors of war, and when he returns, sure that he is not the hero Cordelia sees, they both must decide where the dreams of a new America will take them, and if they will go there together.

A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund
Colorado Cowboys #1

Plot Summary: After being robbed on her trip west to save her ailing sister, Greta Nilsson is left homeless and penniless. Struggling to get his new ranch running, Wyatt McQuaid is offered a bargain—the mayor will invest in a herd of cattle if Wyatt agrees to help the town become more respectable by marrying…and the mayor has the perfect woman in mind.

Is there a new or upcoming release in 2021 that you’re excited about? Tell us about it!

December 2020 New Releases

Happy December, readers! I hope as Christmas comes near that you’re able to celebrate this season in a meaningful way and find time for reflection and peace in the midst of all the chaos. Here at Bethany House, we’re always in favor of quiet evenings with books by the fireside, whether there are stockings hung from the mantel or not. Take a look at these four new novels and read an excerpt of each…we hope you’ll find a new favorite!

Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings
The Joplin Chronicles #1

Plot Summary: Assigned to find the kidnapped daughter of a mob boss, Pinkerton operative Calista York is sent to a rowdy mining town in Missouri. But she faces the obstacle of missionary Matthew Cook. He’s as determined to stop a local baby raffle as he is the reckless Miss York whose bad judgement consistently seems to be putting her in harm’s way.

To Dwell among Cedars by Connilyn Cossette
The Covenant House #1

Plot Summary: Determined to bring the Ark of the Covenant to a proper resting place, Levite musician Ronen never expected that Eliora, the Philistine girl he rescued years ago, would be part of the family he’s to deceive. As his attempts to charm her lead in unexpected directions, they question their loyalties when their beliefs about the Ark and themselves are shaken.

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark
Heirloom Secrets

Plot Summary: In 1946, Millie Middleton left home to keep her heritage hidden, carrying the dream of owning a dress store. Decades later, when Harper Dupree’s future in fashion falls apart, she visits her mentor Millie. As the revelation of a family secret leads them to Charleston and a rare opportunity, can they overcome doubts and failures for a chance at their dreams?

A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen

Plot Summary: Laura Callaway daily walks the windswept Cornwall coast, known for many shipwrecks but few survivors. And when a man with curious wounds and an odd accent is washed ashore, she cares for him while the mystery surrounding him grows. Can their budding attraction survive, and can he be returned to his rightful home when danger pursues them from every side?

What about you, readers? Are you able to read during the Christmas season, or are you planning to curl up with a good book post-holidays?

November 2020 New Releases

As the days get shorter, that just means more time to sit beside a fireplace (or cozy lamp) and read, right? If you’re in the mood for some page-turners, look no farther than these five new releases for the month. We hope you enjoy getting to know the stories within. Click on each cover if you’d like to read the first chapter!

To Steal a Heart by Jen Turano
The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency #1

Plot Summary: Gabriella Goodhue had put her past as a thief behind her, until a woman in her boardinghouse is unjustly accused and she is caught gathering evidence by Nicholas Quinn, a fellow street urchin against whom she holds a grudge. Nicholas refuses to lose her twice and insists they join forces—but their feelings are tested when danger follows their every step.

Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green

Plot Summary: In this epistolary novel from the WWII home front, Johanna Berglund is forced to return to her small Midwestern town to become a translator at a German prisoner of war camp. There, amid old secrets and prejudice, she finds that the POWs have hidden depths. When the lines between compassion and treason are blurred, she must decide where her heart truly lies.

The Promised Land by Elizabeth Musser

Plot Summary: Desperate to mend her marriage and herself, Abbie Jowett joins her son in walking the famed Camino pilgrimage. During their journey, they encounter an Iranian working in secret to help refugees and a journalist searching for answers from her broken past—and everyone is called into a deep soul-searching that threatens all their best laid plans.

Soul Raging by Ronie Kendig
The Book of the Wars #3

Plot Summary: Done waiting for answers, former Navy SEAL Leif Metcalf seizes control and teams up with his greatest enemy—a move that comes with a deadly risk. Torn apart by opposing views on how to handle Leif’s act of treachery, team Reaper hunts one of their own—agreeing only on starting, not stopping, the final battle prophesied in the Book of the Wars.

The Right Kind of Fool by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Plot Summary: When deaf teen Loyal Raines stumbles upon a dead body in the nearby river, his absentee father, Creed, is shocked the boy runs to him first. Pulled into the investigation, Creed discovers that it is the boy’s courage, not his inability to hear, that sets him apart, and he will have to do more than solve a murder if he wants to win his family’s hearts again.

What’s the most common way you discover a new author? Recommendation from a friend, an interesting cover, social media?

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?