February 2020 New Releases

Forget valentines, what I want this February are more books! If you’re like me, then I’ve got some great recommendations for you. Women’s fiction, fantasy, historical mystery, historical romance…there’s something for everyone in this great lineup of new titles. Check out the plot summaries, or click on the covers to start reading an excerpt. You might just get pulled in…

More Than We Remember by Christina Suzanne Nelson

Plot Summary: After a life-altering car accident, one night changes everything for three women. As their lives intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they’ve been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?

 

Cry of the Raven by Morgan Busse
The Ravenwood Saga #3

Plot Summary: As the war with the Dominia Empire begins, Lady Selene and Damien must use their gifts to secure the borders and save those devastated by war. But conflict, betrayal, and hatred begin to spread between the Great Houses—and the only one who can unite them is Selene. Will she survive? Or is she destined to fall like the dreamwalkers before her?

 

Veiled in Smoke by Jocelyn Green
The Windy City Saga #1

Plot Summary: As Chicago’s Great Fire destroys their bookshop, Meg and Sylvie Townsend make a harrowing escape from the flames with the help of reporter Nate Pierce. But the trouble doesn’t end there—their father is committed to an asylum after being accused of murder, and they must prove his innocence before the asylum truly drives him mad.

 

The Brightest of Dreams by Susan Anne Mason
Canadian Crossings #3

Plot Summary: Determined to keep his family together, Quinten travels to Canada to find his siblings and track down his employer’s niece, who ran off with a Canadian soldier. When Quinten rescues her from a bad situation, Julia is compelled to repay him by helping him find his sister—but soon after, she receives devastating news that changes everything.

 

What do you think is a sure way for someone to say “I love you” to a reader in their life, besides buying them books?

January 2020 New Releases

Welcome to 2020! And what a great lineup of new releases we have to start off a new year! Take a look at each of these page-turning novels and see what stands out to you. You can start reading by clicking the cover. Enjoy!

 

End Game by Rachel Dylan
Capital Intrigue #1

Plot Summary: When elite members of the military are murdered on the streets of Washington, D.C., FBI Special Agent Bailey Ryan and NCIS Special Agent Marco Agostini must work together to bring the perpetrator to justice. As the stakes rise in a twisted conspiracy and allies turn to enemies, the biggest secret yet to be uncovered could be the end of them all.

 

Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse
The Treasures of Nome #1

Plot Summary: When her grandfather’s health begins to decline, Havyn is determined to keep her family together. But everyone has secrets—including John, the hired stranger who recently arrived on their farm. To help out, Havyn starts singing at a local roadhouse—but dangerous eyes grow jealous as she and John grow closer. Will they realize the peril before it is too late?

 

On Wings of Devotion by Roseanna M. White
The Codebreakers #2

Plot Summary: All of England thinks Phillip Camden a monster for the deaths of his squadron. As Nurse Arabelle Denler watches him every day, though, she sees something far different: a hurting man desperate for mercy. But when an old acquaintance shows up and seems set on using him in a plot that has the codebreakers of Room 40 in a frenzy, new affections are put to the test.

 

What elements do you think stand out about each of these covers? (I’m always gathering these little details for future cover discussion meetings.)

December 2019 New Releases

December at Bethany House is full of traditions, including decorating the office, eating dishes at our famous potluck (which is today), and attending our Christmas service project, but one of my favorite things to celebrate is the release of our new books this festive month! In case you need to snag a holiday gift for a reader on your list, these new releases would be perfect. (Click on the covers to read the first chapter of each.)

 

The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen

Plot Summary: While Benjamin investigates a mysterious death, evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames. There, Isabelle is trapped by fear and has a recurring dream about a man’s death. Or is it a memory? When a murder brings everyone under suspicion, and the search for truth brings secrets to light, she realizes her island sanctuary will never be the same.

 

Seconds to Live by Susan Sleeman
Homeland Heroes #1

Plot Summary: When cybercriminals hack into the U.S. Marshal’s Witness Protection database and auction off personal details to the highest bidder, FBI Agent Sean Nichols begins a high-stakes chase to find the hacker. Trouble is, he has to work with U.S. Marshal Taylor Mills, who knows the secrets of his past, and the seconds are slipping away before someone dies.

 

The Major’s Daughter by Regina Jennings
The Fort Reno Series #3

Plot Summary: Caroline Adams returns to Indian Territory craving adventure after tiring of society life. When she comes across swaggering outlaw Frisco Smith, his plan to obtain property in the Unassigned Lands sparks her own dreams for the future. When the land rush begins, they find themselves battling over a claim—and both dig in their heels.

 

Echoes among the Stones by Jaime Jo Wright

Plot Summary: Mystery begins to follow Aggie Dunkirk when she exhumes the past’s secrets and uncovers a crime her eccentric grandmother has been obsessing over. Decades earlier, after discovering her sister’s body in the attic, Imogene Flannigan is determined to obtain justice. Two women, separated by time, vow to find answers . . . no matter the cost.

 

And now, an important question, readers: how do you request books as Christmas gifts? A wish list? Subtle hints? Clipped-out catalog listings? Inquiring minds want to know.

November 2019 New Releases

Our November new releases are finally here! Grab a warm beverage of choice and curl up with these page-turners in all different genres. There’s something for everyone in this list. (Don’t forget to check out the first chapter by clicking on the covers.)

When I Close My Eyes by Elizabeth Musser

Plot Summary: Famous author Josephine Bourdillon is in a coma, her memories surfacing as her body fights to survive. But those around her are facing their own battles: Henry Hughes, who agreed to kill her for hire out of desperation, is uncertain how to finish the job now, and her teenage daughter, Paige, is overwhelmed by fear. Can grace bring them all into the light?

 

A Pursuit of Home by Kristi Ann Hunter
Haven Manor #3

Plot Summary: When she learns the family she thought dead might be alive and in danger, Jess Beauchene knows her secrets can only stay buried for so long. Desperation brings her to Derek Thornbury, an expert in history and artifacts, to help her decipher the clues in an old family diary. Will their search to uncover the truth of the past lead to a future together?

 

When Silence Sings by Sarah Loudin Thomas

Plot Summary: After the rival McLean clan guns down his cousin, Colman Harpe chooses peace over seeking revenge with his family. But when he hears God tell him to preach to the McLeans, he attempts to run away—and fails—leaving him sick and suffering in their territory. He soon learns that appearances can be deceiving, and the face of evil doesn’t look like he expected.

 

The End of the Magi by Patrick W. Carr

 

Plot Summary: Fleeing for his life after his adoptive father is put to death by a ruthless Parthian queen, Myrad, a young magi acolyte, escapes the city. There he begins an epic journey filled with peril, close escapes, and dangerous battles. Over everything shines the dream of a star that Myrad can’t forget and the promise that the world will never be the same.

 

Serving Up Love by Tracie Peterson, Karen Witemeyer, Regina Jennings, and Jen Turano

Plot Summary: This intriguing novella collection crosses the country—from Kansas to Texas, the Grand Canyon to New Mexico—with tales of sweet romance while exploring the fascinating history of the Harvey girls: young women seeking adventure and independence who worked in hotels throughout the country from the early 1880s to the late 1920s.

 

Here’s a question for you, readers: how do you choose what book you’re going to read next?

October 2019 New Releases

Our trio of fantastic new releases this month are all historical romances set west of the Mississippi River, in Montana, Colorado, and California…all of them with mountains in the backgrounds of the covers to different degrees. Aren’t they beautiful? To see inside, just click on each cover to read an excerpt. Happy reading!

 

Hope’s Highest Mountain by Misty M. Beller
Hearts of Montana #1

Plot Summary: On her way to deliver vaccines to a mining town in the Montana Territory, Ingrid Chastain never anticipated a terrible accident would leave her alone and badly injured in the wilderness. When rescue comes in the form of a mysterious mountain man, she’s hesitant to trust him, but the journey ahead will change their lives more than they could have known.

 

Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy
Brides of Hope Mountain #1

Plot Summary: Growing up in Colorado, Josephine Nordegren has been fascinated by, but has shied away from, the outside world—one she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When Dave Warden, a rancher, shows up at their secret home with his wounded father, will Josephine and her sisters risk stepping into the world to help, or remain separated but safe on Hope Mountain?

 

What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson
Brookstone Brides #3

Plot Summary: Only while trick riding can Ella Fleming forget the truth about who she really is—the daughter of a murderer. Phillip DeShazer buries the guilt he feels for his father’s death in work and drink, and his guilt continues to grow the more Ella Fleming comes to his rescue. Will they be able to overcome their pasts and trust God to guide their futures?

 

Have you visited any states in the western part of the U.S.? (Living there counts too!) If so, which was your favorite?

 

September 2019 New Releases

As the seasons change, we’re excited to introduce you to some new fiction, perfect for a cozy fall day. (Or any other day, really.) This month, we have two books exploring the Amish way of life and two more that take you back to turn-of-the-century America. We hope you enjoy this preview of our September releases. As always, you can click on the cover to start reading the first chapter of each book!

 

The Timepiece by Beverly Lewis
(Releases September 17)

Plot Summary: In this continuation of The Tinderbox, when young Amishwoman Sylvia Miller’s world is upended by the arrival of Englisher Adeline Pelham—whose existence is a reminder of a painful family secret—Sylvia must learn to come to terms with the past while grappling with issues of her own. Is it possible that God can make something good out of the mistakes of days gone by?

The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden
Hope and Glory #1

Plot Summary: Gray Delacroix has dedicated his life to building a successful global spice empire, but it has come at a cost. Tasked with gaining access to the private Delacroix plant collection, Smithsonian botanist Annabelle Larkin unwittingly steps into a web of dangerous political intrigue and will be forced to choose between her heart and her loyalty to her country.

 

Diamond in the Rough by Jen Turano
American Heiresses #2

Plot Summary: Fulfilling a bargain made with her wealthy grandmother, Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season. Forced to travel to America to help his cousin find an heiress to wed, bachelor Reginald Blackburn is asked to give Poppy etiquette lessons, and he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.

 

An Amish Christmas Kitchen by Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd

Plot Summary: This cheerful and heartwarming Amish novella collection captures the heart of the Christmas season with a trio of heartfelt stories from bestselling authors Leslie Gould, Jan Drexler, and Kate Lloyd. All three tales feature a unique Amish recipe perfect for the Christmas table!

What’s currently on your reading list, everyone?

August 2019 New Releases

Welcome to August, everyone! As summer winds down, it’s the perfect time to pick up a few page-turning novels to keep you awake late into the night. (What better way to enjoy the longer daylight hours than to pretend that you’re just going to read one more chapter?) We’re excited to introduce you to five new releases this month from Bethany House. Click on a cover to start reading an excerpt!

Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl
Kaely Quinn Profiler #2

Plot Summary: FBI profiler Kaely Quinn visits Nebraska to care for her ailing mother. She can’t help but notice suspicious connections among a series of local fires, so she calls on her partner, Noah Hunter, to help find the arsonist. Together they unwittingly embark on a twisted path to catch a madman who is determined his last heinous act will be Kaely’s death.

 

The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey
Coastal Guardians #1

Plot Summary: When a Coast Guard officer is found dead and another goes missing, Special Agent Finn Walker faces his most dangerous assignment yet. Complicating matters is the arrival of investigative reporter Gabby Rowley, who’s on a mission to discover the truth. Can they ignore the sparks between them and track down this elusive killer?

 

A Perfect Silhouette by Judith Miller

Plot Summary: To help support her family and make use of her artistic skill, Mellie finds employment at a daguerreotype shop, where she creates silhouette portraits. When romance begins to blossom with one of her charming customers, her life seems to have fallen perfectly into place—but when the unexpected happens, will she find happiness despite her hidden secrets?

 

King’s Shadow by Angela Hunt
The Silent Years

Plot Summary: Two women occupy a place in Herod’s court: the king’s only sister, Salome, a resentful woman who has been told she is from an inferior race, and her lowly handmaid, Zara, who sees the hurt in those around her. Both women struggle to reach their goals and survive in Herod the Great’s tumultuous court, where no one is trustworthy and no one is safe.

 

A Song of Joy by Lauraine Snelling
Under Northern Skies #4

Plot Summary: New to America, Norwegian immigrant Nilda Carlson is encouraged by her wealthy mentor to better herself and the community of Blackduck. While her ideas to help other immigrants meet resistance, she finds delight in her piano lessons with a handsome schoolteacher. But with a detective digging into her past and a rich dandy vying for her hand, Nilda must decide which future she will choose.

Have any of you read a previous book from all five of these authors? (Between them, they’ve written well over one hundred books!)

July 2019 New Releases

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

 

Storm Rising by Ronie Kendig

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

Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

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

 

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

June 2019 New Releases

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

A Reluctant Bride by Jody Hedlund

The Bride Ships #1

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

 

The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White

The Codebreakers #1

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

 

Wherever You Go by Tracie Peterson

Brookstone Brides #2

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

More Than Words Can Say by Karen Witemeyer

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

 

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

May 2019 New Releases

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

Sweet on You by Becky Wade

Bradford Sisters #3

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

 

Whose Waves These Are by Amanda Dykes

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

 

Flight of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

The Ravenwood Saga #2

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

 

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