New Arrivals · Christian Fiction

April 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The forgotten road : a novel

April 19, 2018
Evans, Richard Paul, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
259 pages ; 21 cm.
"The second novel in a trilogy about a man on an inspirational pilgrimage across Route 66 to find his way back to himself"--Provided by publisher.

Perfection : a novel

April 18, 2018
Wade, Kathleen, author.
[Las Vegas, NV] : Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press, 2018.
v, 387 pages ; 20 cm
"Maggie Walsh has entered the convent. Her brother thinks she's wasting her life. Her sister doubts she has what it takes. Her mother is heartbroken; her father is happy. Her boyfriend pledges to wait until she "gets it out of her system." Abandoning her dreams to be an actress or a writer, Maggie embraces Church teaching that says the convent is the path to perfection. She sets out to prove--to herself and her family--that she can do it. She'll follow her higher calling, no matter what. It is 1960. Church reform is a few years away, but when it comes, radical changes unfold swiftly. Maggie embraces that change. Her brother, Jack, who tries at every turn to get Maggie to come to her senses, involves Maggie in civil-rights and anti-war activities-- forcing her into conflict with her superiors. Should she keep the peace in the convent or follow her conscience? A charismatic fellow teacher, Will, captures Maggie's time and attention. Then Stan, Maggie's first love, returns home from a Navy tour. Seeking perfection seemed so simple; now, it is anything but. Maggie must choose: a solitary life with God or the true love of another person?"--Back cover.

Mama B : a time for war : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
©2014
180 pages ; 21 cm
"Mama B knows she needs to get a handle on her bulging waistline, so she visits an exercise class at the local recreation center. But when the dancing style isn't quite her cup of tea, she and her longtime friend, Ophelia, start a class of their own. Soon Mama B finds herself compelled to take in yet another wayward soul from the class. But will Frank agree to open his home to strangers? When the exercise class comes under attack, Mama B has to figure out her place in the Lord's army while hoping her strong position won't backfire against Frank. And just when things seem to be looking up for the young woman whom she has been divinely appointed to help, Mama B's temper gets the best of her and threatens to unravel the very mission God has called her to complete."--Back cover.

A time to dance

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
©2013
132 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B thought her life would return to normal, but when her nephew, Derrick, comes knocking on her door, she has to reconsider. Though she's not known for housing marital fugitives, she realizes Derrick is looking for more than a place to stay; he needs help finding his way back to God. Of course, help is almost Mama B's middle name until Henrietta crosses the line with her accusations about Mama B's intentions with the recently widowed pastor. Mama B isn't looking for romance with either the pastor or her suitor, Dr. Wilson--but will love come looking for her?"--Back cover.

A time to love

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
©2013
142 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B was supposed to be helping people at the community food pantry, but Eunice needs more than just a bag full of canned goods. Though Eunice has plenty money, she can't seem to manage what matters most in life. Maybe if she stopped all the "cigarette-ment" (as Henrietta says) she might turn out all right. Dr. Wilson's not letting up on his pursuit of Mama B. Will he come on too strong and scare her away, or will Mama B throw caution to the wind and fall in love at age 72? Catch up with Mama B again in the small town of Peasner, TX. She's still servin' wisdom and humor as only she can"--Back cover.

Mama B : a time to mend : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
©2014
173 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a excerpt from the novel Stepping down, by Michelle Stimpson.
"Mama B's address has changed, but her heart for people is still the same. When a young neighbor with special needs (Jeffrey) passes out on her back porch, Mama B springs into action help him recover in more ways than one. But intervening in Jeffrey's dysfunctional home life leads Mama B to go poking where Frank doesn't want her to venture. How can she submit to her heart and her new husband at the same time?"--Page 4 of cover.

A time to speak

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
©2012
160 pages ; 21 cm.
Publisher as found on Amazon.com.
"The good folks at Mt. Zion Baptist are doing their best to keep the church flowing smoothly while Pastor Phillips takes time off to be with his wife in her final days. Beatrice "Mama B" Jackson even opens her home so that the women's groups can continue to meet faithfully after some "rascal" stole the copper from the church's air conditioning unit. With her semi-estranged granddaughter and great-grandson staying in the guest room, Mama B soon has a full house. When the interim preacher and his wife start touting messages that don't line up with the Bible, Mama B wonders how and if she can intervene without causing strife in the congregation or discouraging the young couple. However, Mama B can only take so much of this foolishness. Though her own faith might be intact, she can't have her great-grandson believing that God is a Sugar Daddy in the sky. Soon enough, Mama B will realize that there is much more at stake than she or anyone else at Mt. Zion ever imagined. And it's time to speak"--Back cover.

An unfinished death

April 18, 2018
Henderson, Dee, author.
Springfield, IL : Dee Henderson, [2017]
349 pages ; 23 cm.
"Connie August, a Christian combat medic, one who had experienced healings and miracles on the battlefield similar to those in scripture, wasn't looking to make waves back home now that she was retired from the service. Ryan Cooper, CEO of a religious-affiliated private hospital, had seen too many of Chicago's children die from gun violence, young mothers die from cancer, and random illness take both the young and old. He wanted the vibrancy of God's healing to be a predictable experience again. A friend introduced them at a party. He wanted to understand what she'd experienced. She wanted him to give a chaplain friend a job when he retired from the service. They struck a deal that would change both their lives and soon begin to reverberate across Chicago.-- Page [4] of cover.

An Amish heirloom

April 12, 2018
Nashville : Zondervan, 2018.
385 pages ; 22 cm
A Legacy of love / by Amy Clipston -- The Cedar chest / by Beth Wiseman -- The Treasured book / by Kathleen Fuller -- A Midwife's dream / by Kelly Irvin.
"From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four novellas about the meaning and tradition found behind every family heirloom"-- Provided by publisher.

My rock

April 6, 2018
Simmons, Pat, 1959- author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Generations Quest Press, [2018]
vi, 310 pages ; 23 cm
"Caregivers series Book 1. Every caregiver needs a caregiver"--Cover.
"For Tabitha Knicely, caring for an eighty-nine year old independent woman is challenging, frustrating, and a few times, entertaining. As Aunt Tweet's wandering leads her into a path of a handsome neighbor, Tabitha begins to wonder if God was directing her aunt's path for a reason. Marcus Whittington considers himself a good guy with a generous heart and a winning personality. But that wasn't the case when he accuses his neighbor of being irresponsible when it comes to the care of an elderly relative. He soon learns that even a caregiver needs pampering every now and then"--Back cover.

Pelican Point

April 5, 2018
Hannon, Irene, author.
©2018
358 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Sandpiper Cove.
After inheriting a crumbling lighthouse, Army doctor Ben Garrison is more than ready to get rid of it. Then he meets Marci Weber, the determined editor of the Hope Harbor Herald, who wants to save the landmark. Can she make him see her point of view?

No one ever asked : a novel

April 3, 2018
Ganshert, Katie, author.
[Colorado Springs] : WaterBrook, 2018.
368 pages ; 21 cm
"When an impoverished school district loses its accreditation and the affluent community of Crystal Ridge has no choice but to open their school doors, the lives of three very different women converge: Camille Gray--the wife of an executive, mother of three, long-standing PTA chairwoman and champion fundraiser--faced with a shocking discovery that threatens to tear her picture-perfect world apart at the seams. Jen Covington, the career nurse whose long, painful journey to motherhood finally resulted in adoption but she is struggling with a happily-ever-after so much harder than she anticipated. Twenty-two-year-old Anaya Jones--the first woman in her family to graduate college and a brand new teacher at Crystal Ridge's top elementary school, unprepared for the powder-keg situation she's stepped into. Tensions rise within and without, culminating in an unforeseen event that impacts them all. This story explores the implicit biases impacting American society, and asks the ultimate question: What does it mean to be human? Why are we so quick to put labels on each other and categorize people as "this" or "that", when such complexity exists in each person?"-- Provided by publisher.

Plain confession

March 30, 2018
Miller, Emma, author.
©2018
279 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Plain missing.
"An Amish mystery"--Cover.
When Rachel Mast returned to Stone Mill, Pennsylvania, she unwittingly became a bridge between the closed Amish community and the Englisher police. Daniel Fisher's death may not have been a hunting accident; his family does not seem surprised at his death, and his brother-in-law confesses. Is he trying to protect someone? Now, as Rachel prepares for her wedding, she's drawn into an investigation that could end in a different ceremony-- her funeral.

The road home

March 27, 2018
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
316 pages ; 23 cm
"Sent from Michigan to Pennsylvania following the tragic death of her Amish parents, Lena Rose Schwartz grieves her loss and the separation from her nine siblings. Beside the fact that Lena has never been so far from home, she hasn't met the family she will now be living with. But worse than that is having to live apart from her close-knit brothers and sisters. How will they manage without her to care for them--especially six-year-old Chris? And will her new beau, Hans Bontrager, continue to court her despite the many miles between them? Yet even as Lena Rose holds on to hope for a reunion with those she loves most, she discovers that Lancaster holds charms of its own. Is she willing to open her heart to new possibilities?

Beneath the surface

March 26, 2018
Blackburn, Lynn Huggins, author.
©2018
348 pages ; 22 cm.
"After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help. Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all. Dive Team Investigations series." -- Publisher's annotation.

Coldwater

March 26, 2018
Parker, Samuel, 1974- author.
©2018
315 pages ; 22 cm.
"Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the only home he'd ever known. An empty shell of a man who now lived--if it could be called living--in the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had let off. Now he's on the run from men who've tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force creeps inside him, threatening and destructive. Who--and what--it will destroy next is the only real question. From the bold voice that brought readers down Purgatory Road comes a new pulse-pounding, spine-rattling tale of vengeance and justice that will have them up all night" -- page [4] of cover.

Keturah

March 26, 2018
Bergren, Lisa Tawn, author.
©2018
345 pages ; 22 cm.
"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 for women of the time, they're determined to make their own way in the world. But once they arrive in the Caribbean, proper gender roles 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 unfamiliar world. Keturah never intends to put herself at the mercy of a man again, but every man on the island seems to be trying to win her hand and, with it, the ownership of her plantation. She could desperately use an ally, but even an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend leaves her questioning his motives. Set on keeping her family together and saving her father's plantation, can Keturah ever surrender her stubbornness and guarded heart to God and find the healing and love awaiting her?"--Amazon.com

The Mayflower bride

March 26, 2018
Woodhouse, Kimberley, 1973- author.
©2018
253 pages ; 22 cm
"Mary Elizabeth 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?" -- Provided by publisher.

A passionate hope : Hannah's story

March 26, 2018
Smith, Jill Eileen, 1958- author.
©2018
362 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Redeeming grace : Ruth's story.
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. As years pass, Hannah remains barren. Pressured by his family to take another wife, Elkanah marries Peninnah, who quickly begins to bear children. Why does God remain silent and indifferent to Hannah's pleas?

Words from the heart

March 26, 2018
Fuller, Kathleen, author.
©2018
xiii, 283 pages ; 22 cm.
"'Her fingertips brushed against something else in the box of doilies. She lifted a bundle of letters, neatly tied with a thin red ribbon...' 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? As Noah and Ivy work side by side, they come across a different kind of treasure: a packet of letters written during the Korean War. Soon they are swept up in the story of two young people falling in love--even as they remain determined not to fall in love themselves. Words from the Heart is a moving story of lost love letters, fragile fears, and the beauty of taking another step forward"-- Provided by publisher.

Beneath a prairie moon : a novel

March 23, 2018
Sawyer, Kim Vogel, author.
©2018
342 pages ; 21 cm
Includes Reader's guide (pages [341]-342].
"Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her. Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?"-- Provided by publisher.

A home for Hannah

March 21, 2018
Lillard, Amy, author.
©2018
329 pages ; 18 cm
Fifteen years. That's how long it's been since Hannah McLean set foot in the Amish community where she was raised. Through it all her heart has never forgotten Pontotoc--or Aaron Zook, her first love. Now widowed, and left with little more than her hurting teenager and her prayers, she returns home, even knowing she and her son may be turned away. When Aaron learns Hannah has returned, he nearly falls to his knees. He's a strong man, but lately the care of his three motherless children and family land have been more than he can handle. Now providence has delivered the first woman he loved, and with her, the rush of feelings they once shared.

Seasons of her soul

March 20, 2018
Ector, Tammi, author.
©2018
335 pages ; 22 cm.
"Young Lee Edwards, is rooted and grounded in faith. With God in her life and college ahead, her future is bright as summer. Then handsome, charismatic Todd Gallagher sweeps Lee into a whirlwind romance-- bringing a season of change. Fall arrives, as decisions swirl around Lee--should she choose college and career or marriage? Todd hides a dark past; storms soon threaten and violence erupts at his hands. Winter commences as Lee's faith falters and she struggles to survive...it seems winter has come to stay--or has it? Can Lee return to her first love -- her Christian roots --and have the life she'd planned? Will Spring ever return to her soul?"--from Back cover.

The heart's appeal

March 16, 2018
Delamere, Jennifer, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
376 pages 22 cm.
Strong-minded and independent Julia Bernay comes to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. She witnesses a serious accident, and through her quick actions saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. Coming from a family that long ago lost its money and its respectability, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought was impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to rise above his family's stigma and set him on the path to wealth and recognition. But his well-laid plans are upended when the accident brings Julia into his life. Michael soon discovers he's met a woman every bit as stubborn and determined to make her mark on the world as he is. Sparks fly--but will they find common ground?

His risk : the Amish of Hart County

March 14, 2018
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2018
265, 14 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More... in the last 14 pages of the book.
When DEA agent Calvin Fisher returns to the Amish community he left at the age of fourteen, he falls for the local nursery school teacher, Alice, but soon a spike in criminal activity leaves Calvin wondering if he has brought danger to the community.

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