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?

July 2017 New Releases

Welcome, readers, to another fabulous set of Bethany House books! If your summer reading list is dwindling (and even if it isn’t), here are some great choices for you to pick up. Read a blurb, admire the lovely covers, and click on them to read an excerpt of each novel.

A Name Unknown by Roseanna M. White

Plot: Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the thieves that have helped her survive on the streets of London. Pickpockets no longer, they’ve learned how to blend into high society and now work as thieves for hire. But when a client assigns Rosemary to determine whether a friend of the king is loyal to Britain or Germany, she’s in for the challenge of a lifetime.

Why: A spy pretending to be a librarian. We really shouldn’t need to say anything else…but we will. This is the first in a series that you won’t want to miss, following a family of thieves on their adventures in Edwardian England. If you’re looking for a page-turning dash of suspense in your historical romance, this series is for you!

Egypt’s Sister by Angela Hunt

Plot: Chava, the Jewish daughter of a royal tutor, vowed to be faithful to her childhood friend Queen Cleopatra. But after they argue, Chava is ripped from her family and her privileged life and sold into slavery. When she finds herself alone in Rome, she must choose between love and honor, between her own desires and God’s will.

Why: Ever wonder what happened between the Old and New Testament to set the stage for Jesus’ arrival? Even if you haven’t, you’ll love the way Angela vividly brings this time period to life, with all of its conflict and chaos and hope. This one is also starting a series called The Silent Years.

Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson

Plot: Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at a terrible cost. Safe now, her mind and soul are healing. However, this peace is shattered when she is asked to testify at the trial of those responsible. As she confronts the pain of her past, an army lieutenant brings a ray of light into her life. But can she trust him with the truth?

Why: Tracie Peterson delivers her trademark deep historical romance, and this series has the added interest of being based closely on real people and events. The themes of this story are raw and relevant, and you’ll find plenty of moments to cheer for as the characters fight to choose grace for others and hope for the future.

The Legacy by Michael Phillips

Plot: Loni Ford is slowly adjusting to her unexpected inheritance in the Shetland Islands. She is falling in love with the quiet hamlet of Whales Reef, with its simple ways, and with chieftain David Tulloch. But some of the locals have misgivings. When the community faces a major crisis, can Loni and David keep Whales Reef from fracturing apart?

Why: This novel concludes inspiration-fiction legend Phillips’s trilogy set in Scotland, concluding multiple intriguing plot threads (and making you want to book a trip to the Shetland Islands as soon as possible). With part in the past and part in the present, it’s the perfect stay-cation.

Four very different time periods and settings are represented in these new releases…which one would you most want to live in, readers?

June 2017 New Releases

According to the calendar, the first day of summer isn’t until Tuesday, June 20, but you can get started on summer reading long before that! We’ve got some great releases coming out this month from five talented authors. Want to try them out? Click on each cover to read an excerpt.

Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl
Defenders of Justice #2

Four years ago, Kate O’Brien and her twin were attacked by a serial killer and only Kate survived. She’s been in witness protection ever since her testimony led to a conviction. When new evidence is found suggesting they got the wrong man, Kate is terrified. With a target on her back, can U.S. Marshal Tony DeLuca keep her safe until the new trial begins?

With You Always by Jody Hedlund
Orphan Train #1

When an 1850s financial crisis leaves orphan Elise Neumann and her sisters destitute, Elise seizes their only hope: to find work out west through the Children’s Aid Society and send money home. On the rails, she meets privileged Thornton Quincy, who suddenly must work for his inheritance. From different worlds, can these two help each other find their way?

The Captain’s Daughter by Jennifer Delamere
London Beginnings #1

When unfortunate circumstances leave Rosalyn Bernay penniless in 1880s London, she takes a job backstage at a theater and finds herself dreaming of a career in the spotlight. Injured soldier Nate Moran is also working behind the scenes, but he can’t wait to return to his regiment in India until he meets Rosalyn.

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer
Ladies of Harper Station

Grace Mallory is tired of running. But when she learns that the villain who killed her father is closing in, she has no choice. Grace is waylaid, however, by Amos Bledsoe, who hopes to continue their telegraph courtship in person. With Grace’s life—and his heart—on the line, can Amos shed his shyness and become the hero she requires?

High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

In 1917, British nurse and war widow Evelyn Marche is trapped in German-occupied Brussels. She works at the hospital by day and as a waitress by night. But she also has a secret: She’s a spy for the resistance. When a British plane crashes in the park, Evelyn must act quickly to protect the injured soldier who has top-secret orders and a target on his back.

What’s on your summer reading list, readers?

May 2017 New Releases!

It’s a new month, and that means I’ve got some beautiful covers and compelling stories to share with you! Enjoy these sneak peeks at four books that just appeared on shelves this week. (To read an excerpt, click on each cover.)

Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

Synopsis: After her Canaanite family is killed by the Hebrews, Alanah disguises herself as a warrior and enters the battle to avenge her loved ones. She never intended to survive. When Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, finds her unconscious among the dead, he faces an impossible dilemma: The only way to protect this wounded woman—the enemy of his people—is to marry her.

First Lines: Forging through the teeming mass of Canaanite soldiers in this vast army camp, I’d never felt more alone. A tendril of hair tickled the side of my neck and I jammed the errant strand under my bronze helmet, hoping no one had glimpsed the flash of red against my shoulder. The scaled armor I wore, heavy as it was, disguised my form to good effect. If I was vigilant to keep my guard raised, no one would ever know a woman walked among them until they found my body on the battlefield tomorrow.

A Love So True by Melissa Jagears

Synopsis: Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville. She works daily to help get children out of the town’s red-light district, but she longs to help the women there as well. Intrigued by Evelyn, David Kingsman lends his support to her cause. Though they begin work with the best of intentions, complications arise.

First Lines: If David Kingsman had any chance of making his father proud, this next decision could be it. Of course, Father was just as likely to disown him for it, but if David’s projections were correct, it would be worth it. Hopefully.

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

Synopsis: With the public eye fixed on the governor’s new Missing Persons Task Force, Detective Evie Blackwell and her new partner, David, are under pressure to produce results. While they investigate two missing-persons cases in Chicago, Evie and David’s conviction that justice is truly possible for all will be tested to the limit.

First Lines: As Governor Bliss came to the podium, Lieutenant Evie Blackwell dug her hands into her coat pockets, grateful the January cold would keep this press announcement on schedule and limited to twenty minutes. His inauguration just the day before had been sunnier and a few degrees warmer. She did her best to ignore the television cameras trained on the podium, knowing she and the other officers on the stage were now in their view frame, and that this clip would run on the local evening newscast.

True to You by Becky Wade

Synopsis: After a broken engagement, genealogist Nora Bradford decides focusing on her work and her novels is safer than romance. But when John, a former Navy SEAL, hires her to help find his birth mother, the spark between them is undeniable. However, he’s dating someone, and Nora is hesitant. Is she ready to abandon her fictional heroes and risk her heart for real?

First Lines: Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn’t all fun and games. Nope, thought Nora Bradford. Not at all. Not even when said gunman was an actor toting a fake gun and you’d volunteered your time to play the role of hostage for noble reasons.

Are there any books you’re looking forward to this spring? How about sharing the first few lines of a book you’re currently reading?

April 2017 Bethany House Books

Since we’ve officially (by the calendar, at least) moved on from winter, I can welcome you to a list of great spring books! (Who needs spring cleaning when you can have spring reading instead?)

I’m excited to introduce our lineup of new releases to you, in all different genres and settings. There’s something here for everyone! To take a closer look, click on each cover to read an excerpt. Enjoy, readers!

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

Sallie Riehl comes to Cape May for the summer as a nanny, yet what the Amish young woman discovers about herself and the broader world during those unforgettable weeks challenges her plans for the future. Has she been too hasty with her promises, or will she only find what her heart is longing for back home in Paradise Township?

 

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

In the first cycle of the Harbinger series, four strangers discover they have extraordinary gifts and are brought together to fight a growing darkness. Meet the members of the Harbingers team—each written by an acclaimed author—in four linked episodes! Fast-paced and ongoing, this thrilling suspense collection reads like your favorite TV series.

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

Naval officer Ryan Gallagher broke Jenny’s heart six years ago when he abruptly disappeared. Now he’s returned but refuses to discuss what happened. Furious, Jenny has no notion of the impossible situation Ryan is in. With lives still at risk, he can’t tell Jenny the truth about his overseas mission—but he can’t bear to lose her again either.

 

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Miss Permilia Griswold, the wallflower behind The Quill gossip column, knows everything that goes on in the ballrooms of New York. When she overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Asher Rutherford, she’s determined to warn him. Away from society’s spotlight, Asher and Permilia discover there’s more going on behind the scenes than they anticipated.

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

Hope Irvine always sees the best in people. While traveling on the rails with her missionary father, she attracts the attention of a miner named Luke and a young mine manager. When Luke begins to suspect the manager is using Hope’s missions of mercy as a cover for illegal activities, can he discover the truth without putting her in danger?

 

Confession time: what chore or responsibility are you most likely to postpone so you can read a good book?

Quotes and Themes: March 2017 New Releases

I love finding quotable gems in our novels, ones that hint at the conflict and themes of each, so I’ve created a few to give you a sneak peek into this month’s books. (For a longer sneak peek, click on a book cover to read an excerpt.) Feel free to share the memes if you’ve read either of these books or they’re on your To-Be-Read pile!

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

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On the grueling trail west, Grace Martindale loses her new husband and her last vestige of security. Upon arriving in Oregon Country, she uses her midwifery skills to help the other settlers, and—with the aid of fur trapper Alex Armistead—the Cayuse tribe. But peace between the groups is fragile, and tension soon leads to violence.

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Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

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The Boden clan thought their troubles were over with the death of a dangerous enemy. But with new evidence on Cole’s shooting, Justin can’t deny that the plot to take their ranch was bigger than one man. While the doctor and his distractingly pretty assistant help Cole, Justin has to uncover the trail of a decades-old secret as danger closes in.

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Is there a quote you especially enjoyed from a book you read recently?