New Releases – March 12 – 17

Dear Readers,

Beware of the ides of March.  I don’t think that really has anything to do with anything now a days, but it is a fun quote from Shakespeare.  It is in his tragedy Julius Caesar and for some reason in my family we like to use it.

Here a few titles you only have to enjoy.

Happy Reading,

If I Live – Terri Blackstock – #3 If I Run Series – Casey is hiding again–in Memphis this time–but it’s different now. She knows without a doubt that Dylan believes her and is doing all he can to help bring Brent’s killer to justice. He’s become an unexpected friend . . . and even, maybe, something more. Hope makes everything more bearable.  Casey makes a deal with the DA to turn over all the evidence she and Dylan have gathered against Keegan and Rollins–only to discover that the DA is in league with them too. After a desperate escape, who can they possibly turn to now?

Across the Blue – Carrie Turansky – Isabella Grayson, the eldest daughter of a wealthy, English newspaper magnate, longs to become a journalist, but her parents want her to marry well and help them gain a higher standing in society. After she writes an anonymous letter to the editor that impresses her father, her parents reluctantly agree she can write a series of articles about aviation and the race to fly across the Channel if she promises to accept a marriage proposal within the year.  When James Grant, an aspiring aviator, crashes his flying machine at the Grayson’s new estate, Bella is intrigued. James is determined to be the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize Mr. Grayson’s newspaper is offering. He hopes it will help him secure a government contract to build airplanes and redeem a terrible family secret.

A Most Noble Heir – Susan Ann Mason – When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl’s heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station.  Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope–believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father’s demanding expectations.  At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan’s new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together.

The Man He Never Was – James L. Roubart – Torren Daniels has been missing for two and a half years. His wife has moved on and is in a serious relationship. His kids have accepted his death. So when he shows up on their front porch two years and six months to the day he disappeared, they’re shocked and not sure how to react, mostly because Torren was a man full of platitudes and promises–which he broke 90 percent of the time–and a wicked temper. None of them can say they’re truly glad he’s back. Good man to the community, the business world. But behind closed doors? Not so much.  But Torren has changed. Radically changed. His wife and kids come first. He keeps his promises to them, and they truly become his priority in life. There’s joy. Playfulness. Love. A real commitment to God that was only a cliche before he vanished. The man he’d always been to those outside his family is now true for them as well. He’s been given a second chance. To see what life could be like if he could finally live out of the man he’s always wanted to be.  Torren has absolutely no memory of the time he was away and no explanation for the change in him. He doesn’t care. The old man has died and he’s finally the man he’s always longed to be deep down.  But as the months go on, his memory slowly returns. And the more the memories come, the more Torren slips back into being the man he was before. How can he hang on to the new man he’s become? And who is he really? The man he was . . . or the man he is?


New Releases March 4-10

Dear Readers,

Ah March, hope for warmer temps.  Outdoor reading is coming soon.  Well you can do what I did a few weeks and build a fire and enjoy.

Here are a couple new titles to add to the list.

Happy Reading,

As Bright as Heaven – Susan Meissner – In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life.  But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without–and what they are willing to do about it.

The Lost Castle – Kristy Cambron – A thirteenth century castle, Chateau de Doux Reves, has been forgotten for generations, left to ruin in a storybook forest nestled deep in France’s picturesque Loire Valley. It survived a sacking in the French Revolution, was brought back to life and fashioned into a storybook chateau in the Gilded Age, and was eventually felled and deserted after a disastrous fire in the 1930s. As Ellie Carver sits by her grandmother’s bedside, she hears stories of a castle . . . of lost love and a hidden chapel that played host to a secret fight in the World War II French resistance. But her grandmother is quickly slipping into the locked-down world of Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history.

Words from the Heart –  Kathleen Fuller – #4 An Amish Letters Novel – Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is grateful for the distraction.  Noah Schlabach isn’t from Birch Creek, or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious items he might find up there?

The Innkeeper’s Daughter – Michelle Griep – Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king–and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.  All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse–where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Paul, Apostle of Christ – Angela Hunt – novelization of the movie – Paul, Apostle of Christ is the story of two men. Luke, as a friend and physician, risks his life every time he ventures into the city of Rome to visit Paul, who is held captive in Nero’s bleakest prison cell. Before Paul’s execution, Luke resolves to write another book, one that details the beginnings of “the Way” and the birth of what will come to be known as the church. But Nero is determined to rid Rome of Christians.  Paul has survived so much–floggings, shipwreck, starvation, stoning, hunger and thirst, cold and exposure–yet as he waits for his appointment with death, he is haunted by the shadows of his past. He wonders if he has been forgotten . . . and if he has the strength to finish well.

New Releases February 26 – March 3

Dear Readers,

Ah March, the beginning of spring.  Time to get ready for spring reads.  Any on this list you would add to your spring reads?

Happy Reading,

Love by the Numbers – Laura V. Hilton – After a buggy accident claims the life of her fiance, Lydia Hershberger makes a fresh start in Jamesport, Missouri, managing a gift store. It isn’t long before she meets the young man hired to handle the bookkeeping–Caleb Bontrager, whose handcrafted cuckoo clocks are sold in the store.   And it isn’t long before Caleb has made up his mind about her: bright and sparkly but not right for him. Alarmed by his attraction to her, he determines to settle down with someone more practical. Less sparkle. More logic. But he can’t seem to shake his feelings for Lydia.
When false allegations by the bishop back home catch up with Lydia and threaten to ruin her reputation, can she clear her name and find lasting happiness? Or will her sunny disposition fade away into heartbreak?

Lydia, Woman of Philippi – Diana Wallis Taylor – Smart, strong, and a follower of the Jewish God, Lydia has nonetheless always quietly conformed to the expectations of the wealthy Roman society surrounding her. Even though married off at fifteen to a man she dislikes, she is determined to be a faithful wife. But when her husband is killed some years later, Lydia vows never to remarry and returns to her father’s house in Thyatira with her twelve-year-old daughter. There, a new life begins to emerge.  As she is trained in the family dye business, Lydia’s shrewd management quickly creates profit, prestige–and envy. At odds with her jealous brother, who is a staunch Roman and can’t understand her obsession with the Jewish religion, Lydia finds herself yet again at the mercy of a patriarchal society. Will fleeing to Philippi be enough to protect herself and those under her care? Will she keep her vow to widowhood when a handsome Greek God-fearer turns out to be more than just an employee? ​And when she meets a strange man named Paul the apostle by the river one Sabbath day, will Lydia have the courage to once more let her life be dramatically changed–this time forever?

The View from Rainshadow – Colleen Coble – #1 Lavender Tides – Shauna McDade is single mom to a five-year-old son after her husband was killed in a climbing accident. Her aerial photography business is on the verge of bankruptcy after a string of mechanical failures that don’t seem coincidental. She recently took pictures for an environmental study and noticed a dark spot in the Juan de Fuca Strait. Her pictures created a furor when it was discovered that the runoff is coming from one of the largest lavender growers in the valley, a family business inherited by Shauna’s estranged cousin.  When her mentor and business partner is murdered, Shauna realizes that she’s in danger too. Fearing for her son, she turns to the only ally she has. Nate Bannister was her husband’s best friend–and is the person she blames for his death. Nate is only too happy to try to assuage his own guilt over Jack’s death by helping her in any way he can. But the lavender fields are a shroud for something much darker, and these are secrets that someone will do anything to keep buried

The Mayflower Bride – Kimberly Woodhouse – Mary Chapman boards the Speedwell in 1620 as a Separatist seeking a better life in the New World. William Lytton embarks on the Mayflower as a carpenter looking for opportunities to succeed–and he may have found one when a man from the Virginia Company offers William a hefty sum to keep a stealth eye on company interests in the new colony. The season is far too late for good sailing and storms rage, but reaching land is no better as food is scarce and the people are weak. Will Mary survive to face the spring planting and unknown natives? Will William be branded a traitor and expelled?

Kill Shot – Susan Sleeman – As the ballistics and weapon’s expert for the FBI’s special task force nicknamed the White Knights, Rick Cannon has known the Department of Defense was developing self-steering bullets. Rick feared these smart bullets–which have one hundred percent accuracy that can turn even a novice into a lethal sniper–would eventually end up in the hands of the wrong people. But since the ammunition was still in the development stage, he figured they had plenty of time before that happened. He was wrong. Dead wrong.  Until they become reality.  When a homeless vet is killed with a smart bullet, it’s clear that the ammunition has been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. But they aren’t the only ones desperate to find the killer. Therapist Olivia Dobbs is well known for her success

The Celebration – Amish Cooking Class – Wanda Brunstetter – Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister, who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult–and that is where the trouble arises.  Miranda Cooper is living the life of a single mom to her two kids while separated from her husband, but Trent is trying to worm his way back into her heart.  Denise McGuire’s life as a wife, mom, and real estate broker is full and spilling over.  Darren Keller, single dad and firefighter, and Ellen Blackburn, single mom and nurse, find a few things in common.  Will hearts be healed over plates of Amish food?

New Releases – February 19 – 24

Dear Readers,

When you read this I will have just returned from a vacation of reading in the sunshine and on the beach.  It is my annual travel to where it is warm and sunny to help me survive the rest of the winter here in Michigan.  Really it is just an excuse to read more.  Thank goodness there was plenty of books to take along.

Happy Reading,

The Death Beat – Fiona Veitch Smith – #3 Poppy Denby Investigates – When London Daily Globe editor Rollo Rolandson has to return to New York for three months, he takes his star reporter, Poppy Denby, with him. Poppy is very excited to be working on the world-famous New York Times and looks forward to immersing herself in the arts and entertainment of Manhattan. Instead, she is allocated the death beat–journalese for obituaries–and tied to her desk.  But our intrepid young reporter has a nose for a story, and when a European prince dies in a luxury penthouse apartment, she starts to investigate. She follows a sordid trail involving illegal immigrants, forced labor, eugenics, sexual scandals . . . and an unexpected ghost from her past. From the speakeasies of Greenwich Village to the sweatshops of the Garment District, Poppy Denby seeks justice for the victims of a shameful crime.

Their Daring Heart – Sharlene McLaren – #1 Forever Freedom Series – Levi Albright rebelled against his Quaker roots to fight for abolition in the Union army in the first year of the Civil War. Two years later, 19-year-old destitute orphan Josephine Winters, with chopped hair, boy’s clothes, and new name, “Snipp,” enlists in the Union army out of sheer desperation.   Just over five feet tall and barely weighing as much as a newborn calf, Snipp seems to Levi to be barely old enough to hold “his” gun. But despite being teased by the regiment, Snipp quickly earns admiration for skill with a musket and unequaled bravery. When Levi explains one night that he is a Quaker leading a regiment, it leads to a late-night discussion of faith and a developing friendship.  But Snipp’s secret can only be hidden for so long. After an injury forces Josie to reveal her real identity, Levi is angered by her deception. Worse, Josie is marched out of the company without a chance to explain–or even say goodbye. Will their friendship survive? Or will the hatred saturating the war-torn nation affect even the heart of a peace-loving Quaker?

Firefly Cove – Davis Bunn – #2 Miramar Bay Series – Since the age of seven, Lucius Quarterfield has known he is dying. Doctors told him he had a “bad ticker” and might not live to see his next birthday. But somehow, the frail yet determined boy managed to hang on and surprise everyone. The bullies who teased him. The family who neglected him. The professionals who offered little hope for a normal life. To their surprise, Lucius not only survived to adulthood, he thrived, turning a small car dealership into a successful chain. But now, at twenty-eight, his time is finally running out. So he’s returning to the one place he ever felt happy, near the only woman he ever truly wanted—the California seaside town of Miramar Bay…

How to Break a Paradox – Ruthann Witter – #1 The Laelaps Files – “They weren’t here to steal. They were here to kill me… worse yet, I had the dreadful sense that this wasn’t the end. It was the beginning of something worse. Something much worse.”
Working as an undercover hacker for the FBI, Amber Gibson lives her life from one daring encounter to another; she thrives on it. But when her world is turned up-side-down, she is forced to live with one foot in reality and one in the cyber realm. Coaxed out of her isolation by a solitary friendship, she soon finds herself surrounded by caring people. Associating with them would endanger their lives, but perhaps it would be worth the risk. Attempting to conceal her broken past, she does her best to begin again and carry out the charade of a normal life. However, bridging the two worlds proves immensely more dangerous than Amber anticipated. Too late, she learns that, unlike computers, reality cannot be reprogrammed.



New Releases February 12 – 17

Dear Readers,

The middle of February.  The hardest month of the winter.  Snow, cold, and dark days are still the norm.  Spring is still a couple months away and I am kind of sick of sitting inside and reading.  At least there are some great new titles to join me.

Happy Reading,

The Sea Before Us – Sarah Sundin – #1 Sunrise at Normandy – In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a “Wren” in the Women’s Royal Naval Service, who pieces together reconnaissance photographs with holiday snapshots of France–including those of her family’s summer home–in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt turns into naval bombardment plans for D-day.  As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn into something more. But both of them have too much to lose to give in to love . . .

Light on the Hill – Connilyn Cossette – #1 City of Refuge – Though Israel has found relative peace, Moriyah has yet to find her own. Attempting to avoid the scorn of her community, she’s spent the last seven years hiding behind the veil she wears. Underneath her covering, her face is branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods, a shameful reminder of her past captivity in Jericho and an assurance that no man will ever want to marry her.  When her father finds a widower who needs a mother for his two sons, her hopes rise. But when their introduction goes horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee for her life. Seeking safety at one of the newly established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face and the enemies–and unexpected allies–she will encounter on her way.

A Passionate Heart – Hannah’s Story – Jill Eileen Smith – #4 Daughters of the Promised Land – Hannah and her husband, Elkanah, share a deep and abiding love, for each other, for their God, and for his tabernacle at Shiloh. Greatly disturbed by the corruption of the priests, they long for restoration and pray for a deliverer. But nothing changes as the years pass. Years that also reveal Hannah to be barren.  Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Disgraced and taunted by her husband’s new wife, Hannah turns again to prayers that seem doomed to go unanswered. Do her devotion and kindness in the face of Peninnah’s cruelty count for nothing? Why does God remain silent and indifferent to her pleas?

Cold, Cold heart – Christine Poulson – After the events of Deep Water, scientist Katie Flanagan has gained an undeserved reputation as a troublemaker. Her research career has foundered. When an accident creates an opening at an Antarctic station, she seizes the opportunity, flying in on the last plane before winter and the months of darkness close off all escape routes. Unfortunately for Katie, a revenge-seeking killer is at large at the station.  Meanwhile patent lawyer Daniel Marchmont has been asked by a venture capitalist to conduct background research into a company involved in Antarctic experiments. His investigations threaten to uncover scientific fraud and expose powerful individuals, some of them at the Antarctic station. Hitting too close to the truth, Daniel’s sleuthing puts Katie in fresh danger.  Then the power at the research station fails. Will the killer help save them all . . . or kill them one by one?


New Releases – January 29 – February 3

Dear Readers,

We have so many new titles rolling it.  It is almost overwhelming because I don’t know which one to pick up and read first.  I usually have 3 or 4 books going at the sametime, maybe now I need to have 5 or 6 just to catch up.

Happy Reading,

The Second Bride – Katharine Swartz – Ellen Tyson’s idyllic village life is derailed when Annabelle moves in. The teenage daughter from her husband’s first marriage, Annabelle is seventeen, surly, and defiant. And she has no interest in being part of her father’s second family.  When a death certificate from the 1870s, hidden beneath the floorboards of their attic, is discovered during a renovation, Ellen tries to use it as a way to get closer to Annabelle. But as both women learn about Sarah Mills who died in 1872, they find the past reflected in their own lives in strange and startling ways.

An Extra Mile – Sharon Garlough Brown – #4 Sensible Shoes – The women of Sensible Shoes are navigating both deep joy and devastating loss. Can they find equilibrium in the midst of all that has changed?  Mara: While faced with the turmoil of divorce and chaos at home, she is also listening for a call to serve others with courage and creativity.  Hannah: As she grieves the twin losses of her dear friend and her Chicago ministry position, she also begins to embrace the joys and challenges of a new marriage.  Charissa: Overwhelmed by her pregnancy and the demands of her teaching schedule, she is in need of even more grace for herself and others.  Becca: Bereft and filled with regrets, can she find hope for the future and a way home?

Phoebe’s Light – Suzanne Woods Fisher – #1 Nantucket Legacy – Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she’s doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a “minder” on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Mitchell, a man whom she loathes.  Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary’s journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe’s shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way–just in time.

Keturah – Lisa Bergren – #1 The Sugar Baron’s Daughters – In 1772 England, Lady Keturah Banning Tomlinson and her sisters find themselves the heiresses of their father’s estates and know they have one option: Go to the West Indies to save what is left of their heritage.  Although it flies against all the conventions, they’re determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, conventions are the least of their concerns. On the infamous island of Nevis, the sisters discover the legacy of the legendary sugar barons has vastly declined–and that’s just the start of what their eyes are opened to in this harsh and unfamiliar world.

Amber Eyes – S.D. Grimm – #2 Children of the Blood Moon – In the aftermath of loss and betrayal, Jayden must come to terms with the fact that her fight with the enemy isn’t over. Evil rarely binds itself to one individual, and the evil that hunts Jayden–the Mistress of Shadows–has found a new pawn. One who might be the key to opening the Mistress’s prison.  As the underground prison cracks, darkness seems to take hold of everyone Jayden trusts. Loss almost crippled her once, and while she isn’t sure she can seal the fissure alone, pushing her friends away might be the only way to save them–and keep them from being consumed. She hopes to make the right choice because the wrong one could cost her everyone she loves.

Samson – Eric Wilson – Novelization of the major movie of the same title – Releasing in theaters nationwide 2/16/18   After losing the love of his life to a cruel Philistine prince, a young Hebrew with supernatural strength defends his people, sacrificing everything to avenge his love, his people, and his God.

New Releases – January 21 – 27

Dear Readers,

We had a January thaw around here a few weeks ago.  It was 60’s degrees one day and the first thing I thought of was sitting outside and reading.  But then the next day it snowed and that thought was put aside.

So indoor reading for a few more months and here are a few more titles to help us into spring.

Happy Reading,

Beneath the Summer Sun – Kelly Irvin -#2 An Every Amish Season – Jennie Troyer knows it’s time to remarry, and with two men pursuing her, she doesn’t have to look far. But after the pain she’s experienced, can she open her heart to love?  It’s been four years since Jennie’s husband died in a farming accident. Long enough that the elders in her Amish community think it’s time to shed her grief and remarry for the sake of her seven children. What they don’t know is it isn’t grief that’s holding her back, but rather a fear of a repeat of her abusive marriage.

Loving Isaac – Heather Kaufman – Pastor Matthew Schofield loves his books, his writing, and his small Oklahoma congregation. His life is studious and predictable, just the way he likes it. And then he meets Hana Howard and her son, Isaac, who are anything but quiet, anything but predictable, and his world is forever changed.  Hana Howard is a single mother of a son with autism, living out of her sister’s basement. She’s running from a painful past that she never imagined would be a part of her story, and she’s looking to the future with not much hope. And then she meets Matthew Schofield, a quiet, thoughtful man who forms a surprising bond with her son, Isaac, and she’s challenged to view God and His promises in a whole new light.

High Treason – Diann Mills – When Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal visits Houston to seek cancer treatment for his mother, an attempt on his life puts all agencies on high alert. FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is the lead on the prince’s protective detail because of their long-standing friendship, but he’s surprised–and none too happy–when the CIA brings one of their operatives, Monica Alden, in on the task force after the assassination attempt.

The Saturday Night Supper Club – Carla Laureano – Denver chef Rachel Bishop has accomplished everything she’s dreamed and some things she never dared hope, like winning a James Beard Award and heading up her own fine-dining restaurant. But when a targeted smear campaign causes her to be pushed out of the business by her partners, she vows to do whatever it takes to get her life back . . . even if that means joining forces with the man who inadvertently set the disaster in motion.
Essayist Alex Kanin never imagined his pointed editorial would go viral. Ironically, his attempt to highlight the pitfalls of online criticism has the opposite effect: it revives his own flagging career by destroying that of a perfect stranger. Plagued by guilt-fueled writer’s block, Alex vows to do whatever he can to repair the damage. He just doesn’t expect his interest in the beautiful chef to turn personal.
Alex agrees to help rebuild Rachel’s tarnished image by offering his connections and his home to host an exclusive pop-up dinner party targeted to Denver’s most influential citizens: the Saturday Night Supper Club. As they work together to make the project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there’s life–and love–outside the pressure-cooker of her chosen career. But can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?