I combined a couple of weeks here as there was very few new releases between Christmas and New Year. I am sure each of these titles will fit very nicely in with the reading challenge list.
Under a Cloudless Sky – Chris Fabry – 1933. In the mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, two young girls form an unbreakable bond against the lush Appalachian landscape, coal dust and old hymns filling their lungs and hearts. Despite the polarizing forces of their fathers–one a mine owner, one a disgruntled miner –Ruby and Bean thrive under the tender care of Bean’s mama, blissfully unaware of the rising conflict in town and the coming tragedy that will tear them apart forever. 2004. Hollis Beasley is taking his last stand. Neighbors up and down the hollow have sold their land to Coleman Coal and Energy, but Hollis is determined to hold on to his family legacy on Beulah Mountain. Standing in his way is Buddy Coleman, an upstart mining executive who hopes to revitalize the dying town by increasing coal production and opening the Company Store Museum. He’ll pay homage to the past–even the massacre of 1933–while positioning the company for growth at all costs.
Until We Find Home – Cathy Gohlke – For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the storylines she hopes will one day grace the novels she wants to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris, reality feels more akin to fear. With nowhere to go, Claire throws herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, begging Lady Miranda Langford to take the children into her magnificent estate. Heavily weighted with grief of her own, Miranda reluctantly agrees . . . if Claire will stay to help. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire has few options. But her tumultuous upbringing–spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends–has ill-prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder, challenges her notions of love. Nor could she foresee how the tentacles of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home and risking the only family she’s ever known.
The Empowered – Craig Parshall – #2 A Trevor Black novels – A mysterious voodoo death in Washington, DC, seems ripe for ex-attorney Trevor Black’s unusual talents, drawing him to the depths of the New Orleans bayou. But the shadow empire quickly outmatches Trevor’s special gifting when a carefully staged murder in his hotel room puts him at the top of the suspect list and his daughter goes missing, leaving a note suggesting a connection to the local cult religion. Frantic, Trevor must not only evade an evil assailant but fight to protect Heather from the forces of darkness clutching at her soul. Running out of time and pursued by a supernatural enemy as old as history itself, Trevor uncovers a human trafficking ring that extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.