September 2021 New Releases

Looking for something fun to read this September? We’ve got six new releases for you to explore, all of them set in different eras and locations, from the wilds of the War of 1812 to modern day Lancaster county. Take a look at the summary, click on the covers to read the excerpts, and see what stands out to you.

The Beginning by Beverly Lewis

Plot Summary: Susie Mast’s Old Order life has been shaped more by tragedy than her own choices. But when she decides to stop waiting on her childhood friend and accept another young man’s invitation, she soon realizes her mistake. Will family secrets and missed opportunities dim Susie’s hopes for the future? Or is what seems like the end only the beginning?

Crossed Lines by Jennifer Delamere
Love along the Wires

Plot Summary: Mitchell Harris is captivated by Emma Sutton, but when his best friend also falls in love with her and asks for help writing her letters, he’s torn between desire and loyalty. Longing for a family, Emma is elated when she receives a love note from a handsome engineer but must decide between the writer of the letters and her growing affection for Mitchell.

Under the Texas Mistletoe by Karen Witemeyer

Plot Summary: Spiced with Witemeyer’s signature blend of humor, thrilling frontier action, and sweet romance, this charming holiday novella collection includes three novellas, “An Archer Family Christmas,” “Gift of the Heart,” and a brand-new story, “A Texas Christmas Carol,” along with a Christmas devotion, holiday recipes, and fun facts about 1890s Christmas celebrations.

A Warrior’s Heart by Misty M. Beller
Brides of Laurent

Plot Summary: On assignment to help America win the War of 1812, Evan MacManus is taken prisoner by Brielle Durand–the key defender of her people’s secret French settlement in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. But when his mission becomes at odds with his growing appreciation of Brielle and the villagers, does he dare take a risk on the path his heart tells him is right?

Carved in Stone by Elizabeth Camden
The Blackstone Legacy #1

Plot Summary: When lawyer Patrick O’Neill agrees to resurrect an old mystery and challenge the Blackstones’ legacy of greed and corruption, he doesn’t expect to be derailed by the kindhearted family heiress, Gwen Kellerman. She is tasked with getting him to drop the case, but when the mystery takes a shocking twist, he is the only ally she has.

The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green

Plot Summary: After Pearl Harbor, sweethearts Gordon Hooper and Dorie Armitage were broken up by their convictions. As a conscientious objector, he went west to fight fires as a smokejumper, while she joined the Army Corps. When a tragic accident raises suspicions, they’re forced to work together, but the truth they uncover may lead to an impossible–and dangerous–choice.

Do you ever re-read novels? If so, what makes a book worthy of a second read?

August 2021 New Releases

In this last full month of summer, we hope you’re able to steal a moment to read. We have a contemporary romance, a novel set in WWI, a Regency mystery, and a Gilded Age romance releasing this month, and we love recommending them to readers! Be sure to click on the covers if you’d like to read an excerpt.

Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes

Plot Summary: Mireilles finds her world rocked when the Great War comes crashing into the idyllic home she has always known, taking much from her. When Platoon Sergeant Matthew Petticrew discovers her in the Forest of Argonne, three things are clear: she is alone in the world, she cannot stay, and he and his two companions might be the only ones who can get her to safety.

To Write a Wrong by Jen Turano
The Bleecker Street Inquiry Agency

Plot Summary: Daphne Beekman is a mystery writer by day, inquiry agent by night. She happily works behind the scenes, staying away from danger. But when Herman Henderson arrives on the doorstep, desperate for someone to investigate numerous attempts on his life, Daphne finds herself in the thick of a case she’s determined to solve–and finds her heart in jeopardy as well.

The Barrister and the Letter of Marque by Todd M. Johnson

Plot Summary: As a barrister in 1818 London, William Snopes defends the poor against the powerful–but that changes when a struggling heiress arrives at his door with a mystery surrounding a missing letter from the king’s regent and a merchant’s brig. As he digs deeper, he learns that the forces arrayed against them are even more perilous than he’d imagined.

Love and the Silver Lining by Tammy L. Gray
A State of Grace Novel

Plot Summary: After her dreams of mission work are dashed, Darcy Malone has no choice but to move in with the little sister of a man she’s distrusted for years. Searching for purpose, she jumps at the chance to rescue a group of dogs. But it’s Darcy herself who’ll encounter a surprising rescue in the form of unexpected love, forgiveness, and the power of letting go.

Do you pre-order books you know you’ll want to buy, or get them after release?

July 2021 New Releases

We hope that you’re enjoying a summer full of excellent fiction! These three page-turners are the latest from Bethany House, and we can’t wait for you to meet the characters within them.

Forever My Own by Tracie Peterson
Ladies of the Lake #2

Plot Summary: While caring for her grandmother, Kristin encounters the brother she long thought dead. In shock, she volunteers to care for her brother’s injured friend, Ilian. As Ilian recovers, an attraction sparks between them, but both are dealing with problems that have no easy answers. With no clear way forward, can love ever thrive and the past be forgiven?

Between the Wild Branches by Connilyn Cossette
The Covenant House #2

Plot Summary: After a heartbreaking end to her friendship with Lukio, Shoshana thought she’d never see him again. But when, years later, she is captured in a Philistine raid and enslaved, she is surprised to find Lukio is now a famous and brutal fighter. With deadly secrets and unbreakable vows standing between them, finding a way to freedom may cost them everything.

A Man With a Past by Mary Connealy
Brothers in Arms #2

Plot Summary: Falcon Hunt awakens without a past–or at least he doesn’t recall one. When he makes a new start by claiming an inheritance, it cuts out frontierswoman Cheyenne from her ranch. Soon it’s clear someone is gunning for him and his brothers, and as his affection for Cheyenne grows, he must piece together his past if they’re to have any chance at a future.

What’s a book you’ve read already this summer that stood out to you?

June 2021 New Releases

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

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

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

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

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

Power Play by Rachel Dylan
Capital Intrigue #1

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

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

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

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

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

On the Cliffs of Foxglove Manor by Jaime Jo Wright

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

Where will you be reading a book this summer?

May 2021 New Releases

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

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

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

Let It Be Me by Becky Wade
A Misty River Romance

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

Paint and Nectar by Ashley Clark
Heirloom Secrets

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

Woman of Words by Angela Hunt
Jerusalem Road #3

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

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

April 2021 New Releases

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

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese

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

Night Fall by Nancy Mehl
The Quantico Files #1

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

Winning the Gentleman by Kristi Ann Hunter
Hearts on the Heath

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

A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould
Plain Patterns #2

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

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

March 2021 New Releases

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

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

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

My Dear Miss Dupré by Grace Hitchcock
American Royalty

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

A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy

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

Braced for Love by Mary Connealy
Brothers in Arms

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

Hours to Kill by Susan Sleeman
Homeland Heroes

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

What attracts you to the cover of a book?

February 2021 New Releases

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

The Way It Should Be by Christina Suzann Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

January 2021 New Releases

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

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

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

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

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

Dreams of Savannah by Roseanna M. White

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

A Cowboy for Keeps by Jody Hedlund
Colorado Cowboys #1

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

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

December 2020 New Releases

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

Courting Misfortune by Regina Jennings
The Joplin Chronicles #1

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

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

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

The Dress Shop on King Street by Ashley Clark
Heirloom Secrets

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

A Castaway in Cornwall by Julie Klassen

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

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