May 2018 New Releases!

Welcome to May, everyone! We’ve got some new books (and lovely covers) for you to admire. All three this month are technically second books in series, but they all stand alone and are connected by setting or reoccurring characters. We hope you enjoy them…and to help you get a sneak peek, you can click on each cover to read an excerpt.

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

Plot Summary: Marianne Neumann became a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society with one goal: to find her lost sister. Her fellow agent, Andrew Brady, is a former schoolteacher with a way with children and a hidden past. As they team up placing orphans in homes in Illinois, they grow ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy changes one of their lives forever.

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

Plot Summary: When prosecutor Sophie Dawson is the lone witness to a gang-related double homicide, her world is turned upside down. Private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to protect Sophie from the gang, but she’s more concerned about prosecuting her latest case than the threat to her life. Sophie wants to stand for what’s right, but can Cooper keep her safe?

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Plot Summary: Willow Bradford is content taking a break from modeling to run her family’s inn until she comes face-to-face with NFL quarterback Corbin Stewart, the man who broke her heart—and wants to win her back. When a decades-old family mystery brings them together, they’re forced to decide whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

 

Do you have a genre you find yourself drawn to more than others?

April 2018 New Releases!

Welcome to the first full month of spring! Whether it’s warm and sunny where you are or snowy and freezing like it is here in Minnesota where Bethany House is located, we hope that you’ll enjoy this batch of April books! We’ve got a wide variety of genres—Amish, fantasy, historical, suspense, Western, and contemporary romance. And don’t you just love the new covers for the Jane Austen series?

If you’d like to try out an author’s style, click on the cover to be taken to an excerpt. Happy reading!

The Road Home by Beverly Lewis

Synopsis: Sent from Michigan to Pennsylvania, Lena Rose Schwartz grieves the death of her Amish parents and the separation from her siblings as well as her beau, Hans Bontrager. She longs to return home to those she loves most. However, she soon discovers that Lancaster County holds charms of its own. Is she willing to open her heart to new possibilities?

The Wounded Shadow by Patrick W. Carr

Synopsis: As the influence of the Darkwater Forest grows, the kings and queens of the north desperately try to contain its power while Willet Dura and the Vigil seek the truth of its origins. But danger stalks the rulers of the kingdoms and the Vigil. Together, they must discover a path to keep their land safe, or surrender their world to the growing darkness.

A Breath of Hope by Lauraine Snelling

Synopsis: Though Aunt Gerd has softened towards them, Uncle Einar remains a harsh landlord as two more Carlsons, Nilda and Ivar, join Signe and Rune at the farm in Minnesota. When tragedy lays a dark secret bare, the Carlsons and Strands will have to come together and become a true family.

Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl

Synopsis: U.S. Marshal Casey Sloane is tasked with escorting a reporter to testify before a grand jury regarding a missing environmentalist. At first, the assignment seems routine. But when it becomes dangerously clear that there’s more to the story than anyone knows, Casey and two other Marshals—one a man from her past—will have to do whatever it takes to survive.

The Accidental Guardian by Mary Connealy

Synopsis: Trace Riley has been self-appointed guardian of the trail ever since his own wagon was attacked. When he finds the ruins of a wagon train, he offers shelter to survivor Deborah Harkness and the children she saved. Trace and Deborah grow close working to bring justice to the trail, but what will happen when the attackers return to silence the only witness?

Possibilities, Amanda, and First Impressions by Debra White Smith

Synopsis: In these updated Jane Austen retellings, three young women must trust God with their futures.

In First Impressions, Lawyer Eddi Boswick tries out for a production of Pride and Prejudice in her small Texas town. When she’s cast as the lead, Elizabeth Bennet, her romantic co-star is none other than the town’s most eligible—and arrogant—bachelor.

In Possibilities, When Allie falls in love with a young man her family thinks is unworthy of her wealthy Southern upbringing, she yields to the pressure and ends the relationship. But when they find themselves in the same city years later, can she face her regrets before he falls for someone else?

In Amanda, A bit of a busybody, Amanda always has her friends’ best interests at heart. She prides herself on her matchmaking skills . . . but when nothing seems to be going according to plan on the beautiful island of Tasmania, can she learn to listen to her own heart?

 

Are any of these books on your to-be-read list?

March 2018 New Releases

Our new releases this month will take you on a variety of adventures, whether that’s navigating romance and class differences in Victorian England, protecting the manuscripts of the Bible in the first century, or finding love in the American West. If any of these “sneak peek” descriptions seem intriguing to you, try out the first few chapters by clicking on the cover to read an excerpt. I hope your March is full of good books (and enough time to read them).

Paul, Apostle of Christ by Angela Hunt

Paul Apostle of Christ

Synopsis: In this powerful novelization, the apostle Paul, bound in chains in Nero’s bleakest prison, awaits his execution. Luke, a friend and physician, risks his life to visit him. Resolved to write another book, these two men race against time and history—and an emperor determined to rid the world of Christianity—to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.

A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason

Synopsis: Stable hand Nolan Price’s life is upended when he learns that he is the heir of the Earl of Stainsby. Caught between two worlds, Nolan is soon torn between his love for kitchen maid Hannah Burnham and the expectations and opportunities that come with his rise in station. He longs to marry Hannah, but will his intentions survive the upstairs–downstairs divide?

In Places Hidden by Tracie Peterson

Synopsis: In the early 1900s, Camri Coulter’s search for her missing brother, Caleb, leads her deep into the political corruption of San Francisco—and into the acquaintance of Irishman Patrick Murdock, who her brother helped clear of murder charges. As the two try to find Caleb, the stakes rise and threats loom. Will Patrick be able to protect Camri from danger?

A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears

Synopsis: Mercy McClain joined the school board to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child. When the worst offender from her school days applies for a teaching position, she is dead set against it. Yet Aaron Firebrook claims to be a changed man. Can he earn Mercy’s trust—and her support for the challenges to come?

The Heart’s Appeal by Jennifer Delamere

Synopsis: Julia Bernay has come to London to become a doctor—a glorious new opportunity for women during the reign of Victoria. When she witnesses a serious accident, her quick actions save the life of barrister Michael Stephenson. He rose above his family’s stigma, but can he rise to the challenge of the fiercely independent woman who has swept into his life?

What a great group of books and authors! Is there a title on this list that you’re most excited about?

New Releases: February 2018

I’m excited to present the three historical fiction releases coming from Bethany House this month. Beautiful covers, beautiful stories…this is a month’s worth of books that you need to check out. As always, click on the cover to read an excerpt of each book.

Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren

Plot Synopsis: In 1772, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters inherit their father’s estates and travel to the West Indies to see what is left of their legacy. On the island of Nevis, every man seems to be trying to win Keturah’s hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. Set on saving their heritage, can she trust God with her future—and her heart?

A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette

Plot Synopsis: After being branded during the battle of Jericho, Moriyah has had no prospects for marriage—until now. She hopes to please the man, but things go horribly wrong and she is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the Levitical cities of refuge, she is unprepared for the dangers she faces, and the enemies—and allies—she encounters on her way.

A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green

Plot Synopsis: Vivienne Rivard fled revolutionary France and seeks a new life for herself and a boy in her care, who some say is the Dauphin. But America is far from safe, as militiaman Liam Delaney knows. He proudly served in the American Revolution but is less sure of his role in the Whiskey Rebellion. Drawn together, will Liam and Vivienne find the peace they long for?

Okay, readers, a fun question for you: would you rather live in Israel during the time of the Old Testament, on a Caribbean island in colonial times, or just after the Revolutionary War in Pennsylvania? (Hint: there’s a lot more hardship and adventure in all of these places than you might think, so choose carefully!)

New Releases: January 2018

It’s a brand new year, readers! And with it, I’m delighted to introduce you to four brand new books. (If you have observant family members, you may have received a bookstore gift card for Christmas like I did…so here are some great suggestions for how to use it.) Click on each cover to start reading an excerpt.

I hope the new year so far has been full of hope and excitement for what’s to come!

Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Plot: Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited in the 1920s at the Curry Hotel in Alaska, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel’s nightmares of war return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what’s been broken for so long?

 

A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White

Plot: At the outset of WWI, high-end thief Willa Forsythe is hired to steal a cypher from famous violinist Lukas De Wilde. Given the value of his father’s work as a cryptologist, Lukas fears for his family and doesn’t know who to trust. He likes Willa—and the feeling is mutual—but if Willa doesn’t betray him as ordered, her own family will pay the price.

 

Judah’s Wife by Angela Hunt

Plot: The miraculous story of the Maccabees told through the eyes of a woman who learns that love requires both courage and sacrifice. Seeking safety after a hard childhood, Leah marries a strong and gentle man of the nation of Judah. But when the ruler of the land issues a life-altering decree, her newfound peace—and the entire Jewish heritage—is put in jeopardy.

Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears

Plot: The path to love is filled with twists and turns in these stories of entangled romance with a touch of humor from four top historical romance novelists! Includes Karen Witemeyer’s The Love Knot, Mary Connealy’s The Tangled Ties That Bind, Regina Jennings’s Bound and Determined, and Melissa Jagears’s Tied and True.

 

What books are on your to-be-read list for 2018?

New Releases: December 2017

It’s almost Christmas time! And if you’re like me, presents shaped like books are the most exciting of all. (Even as a kid, I’d snoop under the tree to count how many perfectly smooth rectangular packages had my name on them.) If you know and love a reader (or want to leave hints for your own wish list) take a look at the books below…there’s a gift for just about every fiction lover’s style releasing this month!

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage

by Julie Klassen

Synopsis: In the confines of Ivy Cottage, friendships thrive, romances blossom, and mysteries await! Gentlewoman Rachel Ashford has moved into Ivy Cottage with the two Miss Groves, where she discovers mysteries hidden among her books. Together with her one-time love Sir Timothy, she searches for answers—and is forced to face her true feelings.

Buy for Someone Who: Loves British dramas and all things Jane Austen, enjoys getting to know a delightful cast of characters.

The House on Foster Hill

by Jaime Jo Wright

Synopsis: Fleeing a stalker, Kaine Prescott purchases an old house sight unseen in Wisconsin, which turns out to have a dark history: a century earlier, an unidentified woman was found dead on the grounds. As Kaine tries to settle in, she learns the story of her ancestor Ivy Thorpe, who, with the help of a man from her past, tried to uncover the truth about the death.

Buy for Someone Who: Wants a page-turning suspense novel with lots of twists and turns, can’t choose between historical and contemporary genres.

Holding the Fort

by Regina Jennings

Synopsis: When dance hall singer Louisa Bell visits Fort Reno to see her brother, she is mistaken for the governess that the harried Major Daniel Adams is waiting for. Between his rowdy troops and his two daughters, he has more responsibility than he can handle alone. Eager for the opportunity, Louisa sets out to show the widower that she is a perfect fit.

Buy for Someone Who: Loves to laugh and get to know lovable characters, can’t resist a hard-won happy ending to a delightful romance.

The Probing

by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky

Synopsis: In cycle three of the series, the Harbingers team investigates more mysterious and fascinating supernatural occurrences in Hollywood, a small town in North Carolina, and elsewhere. Can they keep the growing darkness at bay? This fast-paced and ongoing collection reads like your favorite TV series, with each linked episode written by a talented author.

Buy for Someone Who: Enjoys Stranger Things and other speculative stories, wants something a little edgy and fast-paced.

What’s a book that you’d love to receive for Christmas this year?

November 2017 New Releases!

Happy November, everyone! One thing I love about this month’s round of books (besides the great stories, of course) is how they’re all historical fiction, but even the covers give you glimpses of how they’re different in tone. From the sassy glint in the eyes of Jen’s heroine to the lovely atmosphere of Sarah’s to the crisp pop of color and drama on Julianna’s, they each hint at the humor, romance, and mystery inside. If you’d like to test them out, click on the covers to read an excerpt of each!

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

Plot: When shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair’s mother catches Gertrude Cadwalader, paid companion to the light-fingered Mrs. Davenport, returning a pilfered item, she comes to the wrong conclusion. However, Harrison is eager to mend fences once he realizes the error. After a real thief starts preying on society, can Gertrude and Harrison catch the culprit?

 

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Plot: After a terrible mine accident in 1954, Judd Markley abandons his poor Appalachian town for Myrtle Beach. There he meets the beautiful and privileged Larkin Heyward, who dreams of helping people like those he left behind. Drawn together amid a hurricane, they wonder what tomorrow will bring—and realize that it may take a miracle for them to be together.

 

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

Plot: Drew Farthering finds a new mystery on his hands when he arrives at Thorburn Hall in Scotland for the 1935 British Open. His host, Lord Rainsby, asks Drew to investigate a suspected embezzler—then dies in a suspicious accident the next day. However, the house is full of guests with potential motives. Can Drew discover the killer among them?

What stands out to you about the covers of any of these books? (I’m a fan of all of them!)

October 2017 New Releases

Happy fall, readers! You’ve come to the right place for five amazing new book suggestions. Go ahead and add them to your TBR pile, Kindle list, or Christmas gift suggestions. (Yes, it’s far too early to start thinking about the holidays, but I know many overachievers who like to get their shopping done long before Thanksgiving. It’s crazy.) For a look at what’s inside, click on the cover of each to start reading a first chapter.

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey

Plot: When a terrorist investigation leads FBI agent Declan Grey to a closed immigrant community, he turns to crisis counselor Tanner Shaw for help. Despite the tension between them, he needs the best of the best on this case. Under imminent threat, they’ll have to race against the clock to stop a plot that could cost thousands of lives—including theirs.

Where We Belong by Lynn Austin

Plot: Despite Victorian society’s strict rules for women, Rebecca and Flora Hawes’ desire for adventure has led them to the Sinai Desert. Accompanied by their young butler and their maid, the sisters search for a biblical manuscript. On their exotic journey, they experience challenges and wonders, and recall the events that brought them to this time and place.

A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould

Plot: Returning for her father’s funeral, Jessica faces the Amish life—and love—she left behind years prior. Struggling with regrets, she learns about the life of a Revolutionary War–era ancestor who confronted some of the same choices she has. Will Jessica find peace during her visit, along with the resolution she hopes for?

A Dangerous Legacy by Leslie Gould

Plot: Telegraph operator Lucy Drake is a master of Morse code, but the presence of Sir Colin Beckwith at a rival news agency puts her livelihood at risk. When Colin’s reputation is jeopardized, Lucy agrees to help in exchange for his assistance in recovering her family’s stolen fortune. However, the web of treachery they’re diving into is more dangerous than they know.

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Plot: When an explosion at the mine kills workers and damages the CR Company, the Boden family is plunged deep into the heart of trouble yet again. As they try to identify the forces against them once and for all, Cole Boden finds himself caught between missing his time back in the east, and all that New Mexico offers—namely, his family and cowgirl Melanie Blake.

Question for you, readers: with cooler weather on the way, do you drink coffee, tea, or another warm beverage while reading?

Announcing Our September New Releases!

A new month means a new list of books to add to your TBR pile. Take a look at these beauties…don’t you just want to ask the lead characters what their expressions indicate? Be sure to click on each of the covers to read an excerpt.

The Proving by Beverly Lewis

Having left the Amish life for the English world, Amanda Dienner is shocked when she learns that her mother has passed and left her Lancaster County’s most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. The catch is she has to run it herself for one year, acting as hostess. Amanda accepts the terms, but coming home to people she left behind won’t be easy.

Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

After surviving the Whitman Massacre as a child, Mercy still prays for peace between the native peoples and the white settlers of Oregon Territory. Longing for purpose, she travels to another mission to help a friend. There she meets Adam, a handsome young minister. When tragedy strikes yet again, Mercy and Adam must rely on their faith to make it out alive.

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan has been appointed lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical in a claim involving an allegedly dangerous new drug. She hires a handsome private investigator to do some digging, but when a whistleblower is found dead, it’s clear the stakes are higher than ever. Will this case prove deadly for Kate?

Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig

Suddenly shot at a picnic, Tox discovers it’s a strange invitation to join an old sniper pal’s quest for revenge over his fallen team. Despite the injury, Tox feels sympathetic to the cause—and battles a growing darkness within himself. But when he learns Alec is using a deadly ancient artifact in his plan, Tox must fight the monster without becoming one.

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

The Duke of Riverton has chosen his future wife with the same logic he uses to make every decision. However, his perfect bride eludes his suit, while the beautiful Isabella Breckenridge seems to be everywhere. When the time comes, will Griffith and Isabella be able to set aside their pride and initial notions to embrace their very own happily-ever-after?

 

Just for fun…knowing a little about the story, what emotion would you say is dominant on each of the cover characters’ faces?

August 2017 New Releases

It’s nearing the end of summertime, but there’s still plenty of time for a few great summer reads!

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This month, Bethany House is releasing four books from four different genres: legal suspense, historical family saga, contemporary romance, and supernatural thriller. When we say there’s something for everyone on this list, we mean it! Read the descriptions, admire the covers, and click on the books to read an excerpt of each.

Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson

Plot Summary: Defense Attorney Ian Wells is struggling to build a law practice while caring for his sick mother. When a new client offers a huge sum to take on a simple trust fund case, he can’t afford to say no. But when the investigation leads to a decades-old mystery linking the trust to dangerous criminals, he realizes this case could cost him his career.

 

The Promise of Dawn by Lauraine Snelling

Plot Summary: In 1910, Signe, her husband, and their boys emigrate from Norway to Minnesota, dreaming of one day owning a farm of their own. But the relatives they’ve come to stay with are harsh and demanding. As Signe’s family is worked to the bone to repay the cost of their voyage, can she learn to trust God through this trial and hold on to hope for a better future?

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

Plot Summary: Nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. Instead, she’s focused on caring for her patients and her teenage sister, Lucy. Mia is shocked when she learns Lucy is pregnant and plans to marry her boyfriend. She’s determined to stop the wedding, but she wasn’t expecting best man Jake Tanner, a handsome police officer with a wary heart so like her own.

The Assault by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Gansky

Plot Summary: In cycle two of the series, the Harbingers team investigates more unsettling mysteries that drive them to the breaking point. Will they be strong enough to keep overcoming the world’s dark forces? Fast-paced and ongoing, this thrilling collection reads like your favorite TV series, with each linked episode written by a talented author.

Here’s a question for you, readers: do you have a go-to genre, or is your reading taste more eclectic?