February New Releases

February 2018 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Biblical:

A Passionate Hope, Hannah’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith — Hannah has spent her life trusting God, loving her husband, putting up with abuse from a second wife and still she has no child–until one day she discovers the secret to her own heart’s longings and rejoices in what will soon become God’s promised hope. (Biblical from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Contemporary Romance:

Focus On Love by Candee Fick — In the standalone sequel to Dance Over Me, photographer-turned-actress Liz meets a freelancer who has put his career on hold, but when Ryan shows her what true love is all about, her life may never be the same. (Contemporary Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

Love by the Numbers by Laura V. Hilton — 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? (Contemporary Romance from Whitaker House)

Historical Romance:

This Treacherous Journey by Misty M. Beller — Widowed and with child, Emma Malcom is fleeing arrest. Innocent of her husband’s crimes, she and her brother hope to make it through the Rockies to Canada for a clean start. When a city woman, heavy with child, appears on Simeon Grant’s doorstep with her injured brother, her presence resurrects memories he’s worked hard to forget. Widowed and childless because of his own bad choices, can he overcome the past that haunts him to give her the safety she needs? Will Emma break through the walls around Simeon’s heart before it’s too late, or will the dangers of these mountains be the end of them all? (Historical Romance, ACFW Qualified Independently Published)

The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron — Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman speaks of a secret past and castle ruins. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . . But her grandmother suffers from Alzheimer’s, and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley to unearth its secrets before time silences them forever. (Historical Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

The English Lieutenant’s Lady by Evelyn M. Hill — I’m not your enemy.” He held her gaze, willing her to believe the lie. It’s 1845. Britain and America both claim the Oregon Territory, and neither side is willing to back down. To survive, British Lieutenant Geoffrey Montgomery and American Lia Griggs both are pretending to be someone they’re not. The last thing either of them wants is to fall in love. And as the threat of war grows stronger, choosing to stay together could cost them everything they have. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

The Widow of Rose Hill by Michelle Shocklee — Widowed during the war, Southern slave owner Natalie Ellis strikes a bargain with a Union Colonel to save her plantation and her son’s inheritance: in exchange for use of her family’s property, the army will provide workers to bring in her cotton crop. Natalie Ellis is everything Colonel Levi Maish loathes: a Southern slave owner. But the plight of the beautiful Widow Ellis stirs to life his compassion and the heart he’d thought hardened by war. While the army camps on her land, Levi finds himself contemplating a future with Natalie and Samuel. But when he learns where her husband perished during the war, he knows a life with Natalie is impossible. How could she ever forgive him for what he’d done in battle on the banks of the Bull Run? (Historical Romance from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas)

The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin — As D-day approaches, an American naval officer and a British Wren work together on invasion plans. But if he succeeds, will he destroy what she loves most? (Historical Romance from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky — A determined young aviator who strives to be the first to fly across the English Channel also longs to win the heart of an aspiring journalist who is secretly covering the race across the Channel. (Historical Romance from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])

The Mail-Order Brides Collection by Megan Besing, Noelle Marchand, Donna Schlachter, Sherri Shackelford, Michelle Shocklee, Ann Shorey, Liz Tolsma, Jennifer Uhlarik, and Kathleen Y’Barbo — Nine advertisements for brides lead to inconvenient complications in romance. Traveling west alone on a promise of marriage, each woman has her reasons to accept a husband sight unseen. Some are fleeing poverty or abuse while others simply seek hope for a brighter future. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

Romantic Suspense:

High Treason by DiAnn Mills — CIA Operative Monica Alden and FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson face the challenge of their careers when a Saudi Prince’s life is threatened on American soil. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House)


Kill Shot by 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 and feared their effects in the hands of the wrong people. Now his fear is coming true. The ammunition been stolen, and the Knights are called in to find the thief and stop the killings. When therapist Olivia Dobbs discovers one of her military clients moments after he is murdered, she becomes both the FBI’s prime witness, and suspect. But with a sniper now training his rifle on her, Rick must recall all the skills he learned as a Marine sniper to make sure the next bullet fired isn’t a kill shot that takes Olivia out. (Romantic Suspense from Faith Words [Hachette])

Supernatural Thriller:

The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart — In this fresh take on the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, James L. Rubart explores the war between the good and evil within each of us—and one man’s only chance to overcome the greatest divide of the soul. (Supernatural Thriller from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)

Western:

Cheyenne Sunrise by Janalyn Voigt — Can a woman with no faith in men learn to trust the half-Cheyenne trail guide determined to protect her? (Western by Mountain Brook Ink)

 

 

 

 

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Keturah

Keturah

ISBN-13: 9780764230240 Publisher: Bethany House

Lisa Bergren’s latest release Keturah is an intriguing, historical novel that I enjoyed more than I thought possible. The story takes place in the late 1700s and centers around Keturah and her two sisters. When the three learn their father has met an untimely demise, they know someone must tend to his affairs to help save their home. Ket decides she will operate the plantation their father started in the Caribbean and sets out on an adventure. When Ket’s old friend Gray appears to be doing the same, he becomes her ally. But will she be able to run the plantation and keep her family from losing all they love? Will her heart get in the way?

Colonial history is typically not one of my favorite subjects, but when I heard Lisa Bergren was going to be writing a novel set in the period, I thought I would give the time period another go. I was not disappointed! Keturah was not the typical colonial tale, and that is why I believe I liked it so much.

First, it was set in the Caribbean, which is a historical area I have very little knowledge about—unless one counts The Pirates of the Caribbean. So, it was fun to explore this land with the characters. The rich descriptions of the islands made the setting come alive.

Second, Keturah deals with the very harsh realities of slavery and the limits placed on women in this time. I became so enthralled with the story that the unfairness of many situations made me physically sad and angry—that’s how one knows she is reading a good book, though.

Third, and one of my favorite parts of the book, Bergren incorporates so many aspects of this historical period, including grand balls and pirates, that I felt as if I were in the period every time I opened the book.

Most of all the tale of a young woman doing everything in her power to overcome the stereotypes and limits put on her and finding her faith make all the other parts of this book come to life. Between the men of the island and the new environment, Ket and her sisters find new challenges around every corner—including love.

I enjoyed Keturah very much and cannot wait to read the next books in the series!

Oath of Honor

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ISBN-13: 9780800727215 Publisher: Revell

Lynette Eason does it once again with her latest book, Oath of Honor, book one in the Blue Justice Series. I love the characters and am excited for the rest of this series. It’s high-action, high-octane and high-romance. Izzy St. John’s determined to find the killer of her partner. She winds up in the middle of a suspenseful mess that could involve one of her family members, but the accusations may be pointing at her as well.

I am a huge fan of Lynette Eason’s books and each one gets better than the last. Oath of Honor is a must read.

Callum’s Compass

Callum's Compass CoverCallum’s Compass is a powerful trip from the past to the present. Wounds from her history provide the catalyst for Kat to move beyond the familiar in an effort to solve an unknown. Sara Foust writes a suspenseful and intriguing tale of adventure. She weaves the importance of forgiveness and healing without preaching full on. This debut novel proves to be a fabulous beginning. I can’t wait for book two in the series!

Mending Broken Branches

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ISBN-13: 9780825444265 Publisher: Kregal

Mending Broken Branches is a powerful bible study and devotional wrapped in one. Because of the flexibility of the lessons it can be self-paced or done in a group setting. I was excited to work through the book and have found it to be a worthwhile study that offers counseling, wisdom and biblical application.

The book addresses the heavy topic of family hurts, but it doesn’t do the blame game. Rather it dissects issues into individual passages of time, Past, Present and Future and further breaks those down into chapters addressing specific topics.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It is an exceptional tool in healing the wounds of family dysfunction.

Devotions for the Hungry Heart

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ISBN-13: 9781683224327 Vendor: Shiloh Run Press

I love starting a new devotional and I’ve truly enjoyed Devotions for the Hungry Heart. The book is broken down into twenty weeks with six days of devotions in each week and because they aren’t dated, it can be started at any time. It would make a great gift too.

Each day offers a scripture and brief story. But what makes this book extra special is the added recipes. Shellie Rushing Tomlinson offers fun and interesting comments with scripture. Devotions for the Hungry Heart is a delightful read and a great investment.

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus

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ISBN-13: 9780801017155 Publisher: Baker

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus is beyond an entertaining or educational experience. It’s beyond a bible study. It’s the kind of book you keep close for reference, soaking in every word. Lois Tverberg writes like no one else I’ve read. Her talent and commitment for showing the truth in scripture with the authenticity and richness of Jewish culture creates a full experience for the reader. Understanding Jewish tradition and perspective are vital, and this book begins with a powerful invitation. “It’s entirely possible for a person to expend a great deal of energy getting to a destination, yet arrive there with their head and thoughts remaining at the original point of departure.” (Page 25).

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus is the best investment I’ve made, and I give this book five out of five stars. It’s a must read.