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?

August 2020 New Releases

Wow, can you believe that August is already here? As you enjoy some relaxation this summer month, we hope you’ll bring a book along, and we’d love for you to check out our four fabulous new releases! Whether you want a contemporary love story with a dash of wit or a quilting-inspired Amish tale with a historical storyline, if you’re craving a Regency romance with an aristocratic flair or a page-turning suspense novel, we’ve got just the story for you. Click on the cover to read an excerpt. We hope you enjoy them!

 

Love and a Little White Lie by Tammy L. Gray
A State of Grace Novel

Plot Summary: After hitting rock bottom, January decides she has nothing to lose in working at her aunt’s church—while hiding a lack of faith. A minor deception until she meets the church’s guitarist and sparks fly. Can she avoid disaster—especially when a handsome landscape architect has an annoying ability to push her to deal with feelings she’d rather keep buried?

 

Piecing It All Together by Leslie Gould
Plain Patterns #1

Plot Summary: Dumped by her fiancé a week before the wedding, Savannah Mast flees California for her Amish grandmother’s farm, where she becomes unexpectedly entangled in the search for a missing Amish girl. When she discovers her childhood friend, Tommy Miller, is implicated as a suspect, she must do all she can to find the Amish girl and clear his name.

 

Vying for the Viscount by Kristi Ann Hunter
Hearts on the Heath

Plot Summary: When a strange man appears to be stealing horses at the neighboring estate, Bianca Snowley jumps to their rescue. And when she discovers he’s the new owner, she can’t help but be intrigued—but romance is unfeasible when he proposes they help secure spouses for each other. Will they see everything they’ve wanted has been there all along before it’s too late?

Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman
Homeland Heroes #2

Plot Summary: Terrorists have been smuggled into the country intent on unleashing a deadly attack, and FBI Agent Kiley Dawson and ICE Agent Evan Bowers are charged with taking it down—only, Kiley blames Evan for the death of her former partner and can’t be in the same room as him. As threats ensue, the two are pushed to the breaking point in a race to save countless lives.

 

Are any of these on your TBR list, readers?

July 2020 New Releases

We can’t believe it’s already July, and we’re excited to introduce you to six new releases from Bethany House, all of them perfect for summer reading. You’ll meet everyone from a long-beloved matriarch to reoccurring series favorites to entirely new characters…and the people who inhabit these stories are ready to tell their tales. Get to know them by reading an opening excerpt when you click on the cover, and see what catches your eye!

Line by Line by Jennifer Delamere
Love Along the Wires #1

Plot Summary: Years of hard work enabled Douglas Shaw to escape a life of desperate poverty—and now he’s determined to marry into high society to prevent reliving his old circumstances. But when Alice McNeil, an unconventional telegrapher at his firm, raises the ire of a vindictive co-worker, he must choose between rescuing her reputation and the future he’s always planned.

Set the Stars Alight by Amanda Dykes

Plot Summary: Reeling from the loss of her parents, Lucie Clairmont discovers an artifact under the floorboards of their London flat, leading her to an old seaside estate. Aided by her childhood friend Dashel, a renowned forensic astronomer, they start to unravel a history of heartbreak, sacrifice, and love begun 200 years prior—one that may offer the healing each seeks.

 

The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey
Coastal Guardians #2

Plot Summary: When an accident claims the life of an oil-rig worker off the North Carolina coast, Coast Guard investigators Rissi Dawson and Mason Rogers are sent to take the case. But mounting evidence shows the death may not have been an accident at all, and they find themselves racing to discover the killer’s identity before he eliminates the threat they pose.

 

Love’s Mountain Quest by Misty M. Beller
Hearts of Montana #2

Plot Summary: After her son goes missing, Joanna Watson enlists Isaac Bowen—a man she prays has enough experience in the rugged country—to help. As they press on against the elements, they find encouragement in the tentative trust that grows between them, but whether it can withstand the danger and coming confrontation is far from certain in this wild, unpredictable land.

 

A Bride of Convenience by Jody Hedlund
The Bride Ships #3

Plot Summary: Upon discovering an abandoned baby, Pastor Abe Merivale joins efforts with Zoe Hart, one of the newly arrived bride-ship women, to care for the infant. With mounting pressure to find the baby a home, Abe offers his hand as Zoe’s groom. But after a hasty wedding, they soon realize their marriage of convenience is not so convenient after all.

 

A Blessing to Cherish by Lauraine Snelling

Plot Summary: After several years of widowhood and hardship, Ingeborg focuses on the good she’s been given while she watches her widowed stepson fall in love once again. But not everything is comfortable for Ingeborg; one of her dearest friendships is changing—and she will have to decide if her settled life is worth more to her than a future she hardly dares to imagine.

We’d love to know: what have you been reading this summer? (Fiction or nonfiction, your choice!)

June 2020 New Releases

Welcome to summer, readers! I was telling a friend the other day that while a lot of my summer plans have changed, reading books in a hammock is still at the top of my list. If that’s on your summertime agenda too, then I have some adventurous, hope-filled recommendations for you! This month is a powerhouse of historical titles to take you to a different time and place. Read along by clicking on the covers to get to an excerpt.

At Love’s Command by Karen Witemeyer
Hanger’s Horseman #1

Plot Summary: Ex-cavalry officer Matthew Hanger leads a band of mercenaries who defend the innocent, but when a rustler’s bullet leaves one of them at death’s door, they seek out help from Dr. Josephine Burkett. When Josephine’s brother is abducted and she is caught in the crossfire, Matthew may have to sacrifice everything—even his team—to save her.

 

A Single Spark by Judith Miller

Plot Summary: Wanting to do her part in the Civil War effort, Clara McBride goes to work in the cartridge room at the Washington Arsenal. Her supervisor, Lieutenant Joseph Brady, is drawn to Clara but must focus on preventing explosions in the factory. When multiple shipments of cartridges fail to fire and everyone is suspect, can the spark of love between them survive?

 

The Way of Love by Tracie Peterson
Willamette Brides #2

Plot Summary: Faith Kenner is pursuing her dream to become a doctor and use her gift to help the native populations on reservations. When she meets Andrew Gratton, a handsome riverboat captain who has been injured, a friendship grows between them—but will the secret of her heritage and rising tensions with the native people prevent them from finding true happiness?

 

A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden
Hope and Glory #2

Plot Summary: Secretary to the first lady of the United States, Caroline Delacroix is at the pinnacle of high society—but is hiding a terrible secret. Immediately suspicious of Caroline, but also attracted to her, secret service agent Nathaniel Trask must battle his growing love for her as the threat to the president rises and they face adventure, heartbreak, and danger.

 

What’s your favorite summertime reading spot?

May 2020 New Releases

Need to travel through the pages of a book? These spring releases have you covered. By opening the pages, you can hunt butterflies on an expedition to India, roam the Canadian prairie, find love in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains, and explore Gilded Age New York City. We love this collection of books and hope that you find the perfect novel to keep you turning pages late into the night. Click on a cover to read an excerpt, and enjoy!

 

A Mosaic of Wings by Kimberly Duffy

Plot Summary: Determined to uphold her father’s legacy, newly graduated Nora Shipley joins an entomology research expedition to India to prove herself in the field. In this spellbinding new land, Nora is faced with impossible choices—between saving a young Indian girl and saving her career, and between what she’s always thought she wanted and the man she’s come to love.

 

Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

When Hope Calls #1

Plot Summary: In this sweeping companion to the Hallmark TV series When Hope Calls, Lillian Walsh rushes to a reunion after discovering the sister she believed dead is likely alive. But Grace has big dreams beyond anything Lillian is prepared for. Can Lillian set aside her own plans and join her sister in an adventure that will surely change them both?

 

Stay With Me by Becky Wade

A Misty River Romance

Plot Summary: Led to her hometown by a mysterious letter, Genevieve Woodward wakes in an unfamiliar cottage with the confused owner staring down at her. The last thing Sam Turner wants is to help a woman as troubled as she is talkative, but he can’t turn her away when she needs him most. Will they be able to let go of the façades and loneliness they’ve always clung to?

 

Storing Up Trouble by Jen Turano

American Heiresses #3

Plot Summary: When Beatrix Waterbury’s train is disrupted by a heist, scientist Norman Nesbit comes to her aid. After another encounter, he is swept up in the havoc she always seems to attract—including the attention of the men trying to steal his research—and they’ll soon discover the curious way feelings can grow between two very different people in the midst of chaos.

 

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April 2020 New Releases

We hope that you’re all finding plenty of time to read…and if you need new suggestions, here’s a fantastic list for you! These new releases are great for a night in, because once you start them, you won’t want to stop! If you’d like to test out the author’s writing style, click on the covers below to read an excerpt. And if you’re interested in buying them, each title is linked to the Baker Book House website, where they’re offering free (US) delivery for online orders while their store is closed. Enjoy!

 

Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese

Plot Summary: After many matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there’s only one goal Lauren is committed to now—the one that will make her a mother. But to satisfy the adoption agency’s requirements, she must remain single, which proves to be a problem when Joshua appears. With an impossible decision looming, she will have to choose between the two deepest desires of her heart.

 

Daughter of Cana by Angela Hunt
Jerusalem Road #1

Plot Summary: When a wedding guest tells Tasmin to have the servants fill the pitchers with water, she reluctantly obeys and is amazed when it turns into the finest wine ever tasted in Cana. But when her twin brother, Thomas, impulsively chooses to follow the Teacher from Nazareth, she decides to follow the group and do whatever she must to bring her brother home.

 

Kings Falling by Ronie Kendig
The Book of the Wars #2

Plot Summary: On a mission to recover the Book of the Wars, Leif and his team are diverted by a foretelling of formidable warriors who will decimate the enemies of the ArC, while Iskra uses her connections to hunt down the book. As they try to stop the warriors, failure becomes familiar, and the threats creep closer to home, with implications that could tear them apart.

 

Dead End by Nancy Mehl
Kaely Quinn Profiler #3

Plot Summary: When multiple corpses are found, their remains point to a serial killer with a familiar MO but who’s been in prison for over twenty years—Special Agent Kaely Quinn’s father. In order to prevent more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she’s hated for years. In a race against time, will this case cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?

 

Have you read anything this month that you’d want to recommend to others? Tell us about it!