February 2015 Christian Fiction

February 2015 Releases in Christian Fiction

New Releases in Christian Fiction for February 2015 include 30 titles from Abingdon Press, Barbour Publishing, Bethany House Publishers, Harvest House Publishers, Howard Books, Revell Books, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Tyndale House Publishers, WaterBrook Multnomah, Zondervan Publishing and other publishing houses of CBA Trade fiction.

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February 2015 Christian Fiction
February 2015 Christian Fiction

Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most and you can enter the Rafflecopter draw.

Contest entries close Wednesday February 11 NZDT.

Be in to win a copy of one of the following:

ONE TRUE PATH by Barbara Cameron (2 print copies – USA only)
VINES OF ENTANGLEMENT by Lisa Carter (2 print copies – USA only)
THE HOMESTEAD BRIDES COLLECTION by Mary ConnealyDiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, Becca Whitham (2 print copies – USA only)
MEEK AND MILD by Olivia Newport (2 print copies – USA only)
DEADLY ECHOES by Nancy Mehl (2 print copies – USA & CANADA only)
SABOTAGED by Dani Pettrey (2 print copies – USA & CANADA only)
WHERE TRUST LIES by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan (2 print copies – USA & CANADA only)
LOVE ON THE MEND by Karen Witemeyer (1 Kindle copy – WORLDWIDE)
THE LAST HEIRESS by Mary Ellis (2 print copies – USA only)
HEAVEN HELP HEIDI by Sally John (2 print copies – USA only)
THE AMISH CLOCKMAKER by Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner (2 print copies – USA only)
MIRIAM’S SECRET by Jerry S. Eicher (2 print copies – USA only)
HUCKLEBERRY SPRING by Jennifer Beckstrand (2 print copies – USA only)

THE CRIMSON CORD by Jill Eileen Smith (2 print copies – USA & CANADA only)
THE TROUBLE WITH PATIENCE by Maggie Brendan (2 print copies – USA & CANADA only)
WHERE RIVERS PART by Kellie Coates Gilbert (2 print copies – USA & CANADA only)
BETTING ON HOPE by Debra Clopton (1 print copy – USA only)
AN AMISH CANDLE by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Vannetta Chapman (1 print copy – USA only)
MIRACLE AT THE HIGHER GROUNDS CAFE by Max Lucado (1 print copy – USA only)
REMEMBER THE LILIES by Liz Tolsma (1 print copy – USA only)
BENEATH THE FORSAKEN CITY by C.E. Laureano (2 print copies – USA only)
HOW TO CATCH A PRINCE by Rachel Hauck (1 print copy – USA only)
TWISTED INNOCENCE by Terri Blackstock (1 print copy – USA only)
ALL DRESSED UP IN LOVE by Ruth Logan Herne (4 Kindle copies – WORLDWIDE)


One True Path

(Amish Roads #3)

One True Path
One True Path

Barbara Cameron

  • Abingdon Press
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781426766220

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Amish marriages are forever. Abram Lapp believes he could love his neighbor forever, but Rachel Ann is enjoying her Rumschpringe, exploring Englisch life with a very Englisch boy named Michael. As Abram watches Rachel Ann stray from the life he had hoped for them, he regrets not telling her that his feelings for her have deepened.

Rachel Ann loves the freedom she has away from the familiar Amish rules and responsibilities. But when tragedy strikes and her brother is critically wounded in an accident, she begins to feel a pull toward home. She struggles with guilt and throws herself into working two jobs to help with hospital expenses. Leaning on Michael for support, she realizes he might not be the man she needs…or wants. Could the husband she has hoped for be waiting right next door?

 


Vines of Entanglement

(A Novel)

Vines of Entanglement
Vines of Entanglement

Lisa Carter

  • Abingdon Press
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781426795442

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A tangled web of lies characterizes the life Laura Mabry has built for herself and her son after the tragic death of her husband. But Laura’s carefully constructed world slides off its axis when she stumbles upon the body of a young college student on the recreational trails of Raleigh’s Greenway. What’s worse, Detective Jon Locklear is Laura’s worst nightmare…and her dream come true.Jon has spent years trying to forget Laura. Past experience has taught him that he can’t trust her, but old habits—like old loves—die hard. When the killer turns his attention on Laura, Jon may be the only one who can save her.

Truth and murder lurk just around the corner for Laura. Can she find the courage to face her deepest fears and unravel the lies of her past before she and her son become the Greenway Killer’s next victims.

 


Meek and Mild

(Amish Turns of Time #2)

Meek and Mild
Meek and Mild

Olivia Newport

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781628366327

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The leadership in an Old Order Amish community requires shunning friends and family whose only offense is to embrace the new Protestant practice of Sunday school among the Mennonites, but teaching Bible stories to children is one of Clara Kuhns’ great joys. Clara’s on the verge of saying yes to Andrew Raber’s marriage proposal, but now he is flagrantly refusing to submit to the bishop’s authority by owning a car. When the lot falls to Moses Beachy to become the new bishop, the community waits for him to take bold steps toward change. Clara and Andrew step together into a more progressive Amish faith as the Beachy Amish take form.

 


The Homestead Brides Romance Collection

{Nine Pioneering Couples Risk All for Love and Land}

The Homestead Brides Collection
The Homestead Brides Collection

Mary ConnealyDiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Kathleen Y’Barbo, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, Becca Whitham

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781630586867

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Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature the homesteaders are placed in the path of other dreamers with whom romance sparks. And God has His hand in orchestrating each unique meeting.

 


Valley of Choice Trilogy

(Valley of Choice)

Valley of Choice
Valley of Choice

Olivia Newport

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical/Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781630585037

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A riveting trilogy takes readers through both modern and historical days in the life of Colorado Amish.

Englisher Annie Friesen escapes a business deal gone bad and hides at the home of Amishman Rufus Beiler. When Annie hears the stories of how she shares a common ancestor with Rufus, she feels both cultures colliding within her. But is her love for Rufus strong enough for her to give up the only life she’s ever known?

 

 


Brandywine Brides

(Romancing America)

Brandywine Brides
Brandywine Brides

Amber Stockton

  • Barbour Publishing
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781630584542

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Three romances by Amber Stockton take readers into beautiful historical Delaware, where a family of bookstore owners has their faith restored and love multiplied. Caroline manages a bookstore while her parents would prefer she marry. Grace seeks a missing heirloom book with the help of a questionable young man. Lillian reopens the bookstore in her brother’s memory. Will each woman’s literature inspired dreams lead her to a man of faith and devotion?

 

 


Deadly Echoes

(Finding Sanctuary #2)

Deadly Echoes
Deadly Echoes

Nancy Mehl

  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780764211584

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After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents’ murder. Sarah enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul’s concern encourages Sarah’s growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

 


Sabotaged

(Alaskan Courage #5)

Sabotaged
Sabotaged

Dani Pettrey

  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780764211966

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Finally Returned Home, Reef McKeena
Finds His Beloved Alaska Facing Its Greatest Threat

Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska’s arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night.

Kirra’s uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank’s daughter has been kidnapped. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl’s life–but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen.

 


Where Trust Lies

(Return to the Canadian West #2)

Where Trust Lies
Where Trust Lies

Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan

  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780764213182

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She loves her friends and students in the West, but family obligations have called her home. Where does she truly belong?

After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday–a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected.

There’s one special thing to look forward to–letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again–and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined?

Then comes a great test of Beth’s faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?

A companion story to Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart TV series!

 


Love on the Line

(A Full Steam Ahead Novella)

Love on the Mend
Love on the Mend

Karen Witemeyer

  • Bethany House Publishers
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781441264961

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A Historical Western Romance Short Story From Bestselling Author Karen Witemeyer

After serving as a doctor during the War Between the States, Jacob Sadler wants nothing more than to establish a quiet country practice in rural Texas. But he knows he’ll never find peace until he buries the pain of his past. To that end, he accepts a job in Cold Spring, Texas–the town he’s avoided for seventeen years–and discovers his past is definitely still alive and kicking.

When a new doctor arrives in town and saves her brother’s leg, Mollie Tate quickly puts him on a hero’s pedestal. But then the new doc insults her “Uncle” Curtis. Years ago, Curtis Sadler rescued Mollie when no one else cared. How could he possibly be the villain the new doctor believes him to be?

Jacob doesn’t know what to make of the young woman who assists him like a seasoned nurse one minute only to take a strip out of his hide the next. Yet the sparks that fly between them make him feel more alive than he has in a long time. As respect for his young nurse turns into something deeper, can he set aside the pain from his past to embrace this new love, or are some sins too big to be forgiven?

 

 


Keys of Heaven

(Healing Grace #2)

Keys of Heaven
Keys of Heaven

Adina Senft

  • FaithWords
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781455548668

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Sarah Yoder is learning to help the people in her Amish community as a Dokterfraa, creating teas and tinctures from the herbs she grows. But her latest patient seems to have a problem that can’t be resolved with Sarah’s remedies-a woman who, in Sarah’s mind, would flourish anywhere other than where she lives. Meanwhile, as Sarah’s relatives attempt a little matchmaking between her and a visiting Amish man, she struggles to let God show her His choice of partner and not allow her friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler, to grow into anything more.

Henry has seen some success as a potter since a major store commissioned his work for their catalog. But the trouble is they want to market him as Amish. Though he was raised in the faith and lives in Amish country, Henry has never joined church and doesn’t plan to. Which also means, despite the attraction between them, he must keep his distance from Sarah. But what will happen when Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway whose Englisch family is blind to how lost their son has become? The plant Sarah calls Keys of Heaven can grow in impossible places, but it’s hard for people to find their own place, which creates quite a temptation for Sarah to take matters into her own hands…

 

 


The Last Heiress

(A Novel)

The Last Heiress
The Last Heiress

Mary Ellis

  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780736950527

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Bestselling author Mary Ellis (A Widow’s Hope) presents The Last Heiress, a new romantic standalone that intertwines the lives of a British manufacturing heiress and an American merchant caught in the turbulent time of the War Between the States.

Amanda Dunn set sail from England for Wilmington, North Carolina, hoping to somehow restore shipments of cotton for her family’s textile mills, which have been severely disrupted by the American Civil War. But when she meets Nathaniel Cooper, her desire to conduct business and quickly return to England changes.

Amanda’s family across the sea deems the hardworking merchant unsuitable for the lovey and accomplished heiress. And when Nate himself begins to draw away, Amanda has her own battle for a happy future on her hands.

As the War Between the States heats up, Nate’s brother, a Confederate officer, comes for a visit. Nate begins to think about joining up–not in support of slavery but to watch his brother’s back. Yet will this potentially life-changing decision put the union between him and Amanda she so wishes for in jeopardy?

 

 


Heaven Help Heidi

(Family of the Heart #2)

Heaven Help Heidi
Heaven Help Heidi

Sally John

  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780736954686

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Welcome to the Casa de Vida–eleven quaint bungalows located three blocks from the Pacific Ocean in tiny Seaside Village, California. Owner Liv McAlister never advertises vacancies beyond a small hand-lettered sign out front, preferring to trust that God will send the right tenant at just the right time. And He always does.

Heidi Hathaway’s life has been turned upside down. After an accident leaves her injured, unable to work, and incapable of negotiating the stairs in her multilevel oceanfront condo, she leases her home and moves into a cozy little cottage in the charming garden complex where her friend Piper lives. There she finds so much more than a place to rest and recover.

Piper Keyes knows Jared is not coming back from Afghanistan. After making it through the fifth anniversary of his death, she wonders if she’s at last ready to get on with life. She gingerly explores new avenues–photography, cooking, and buying her own boutique–and learns to open her heart again.

The most comforting thing about living at the Casa is that the women there become each other’s mentors and confidantes, learning from their own mistakes and arriving at new, healed places in their lives.

 

 


The Amish Clockmaker

(The Men of Lancaster County #3)

The Amish Clockmaker
The Amish Clockmaker

Mindy Starns Clark & Susan Meissner

  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780736957380

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From bestselling authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner, The Amish Clockmaker (Book 3 in the Men of Lancaster County series) explores the men of an Amish community in Lancaster County, how their Amish beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who change their lives.

Newlywed Matthew Zook is expanding his family’s tack and feed store when a surprising property dispute puts the remodel on hold–and raises new questions about the location’s mysterious past.

Decades earlier, the same building housed a clock shop run by a young Amish clockmaker named Clayton Raber. Known for his hot temper, Clayton was arrested for the murder of his beloved wife, a crime almost everyone–including his own family members–believed he’d committed, even after charges were dropped. Isolated and feeling condemned by all, Clayton eventually broke from the church, left Lancaster County, and was never heard from again.

Now the only way Matthew can solve the boundary issue and save his family’s business is to track down the clockmaker. But does this put Matthew on the trail of a murderer?

A timeless novel of truth, commitment, and the power of enduring love, where secrets of the past give way to hope for the future.

 

 


Miriam’s Secret

(Land of Promise #1)

Miriam's Secret
Miriam’s Secret

Jerry S. Eicher

  • Harvest House Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780736958790

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Bestselling author Jerry S. Eicher (more than 600,000 books sold) brings new characters and surprising challenges to lovers of Amish fiction in the Land of Promise series.

In this first book, Miriam Yoder has a secret. Her compassionate care for Amos Bland during his last days resulted in her receiving a large inheritance. When Ivan Mast indicates his intentions at romance, Miriam suspects he’s discovered her hidden wealth and has plans that aren’t inspired by his love for her.

Seeking a fresh start where no one knows her, Miriam accepts a teaching position in faraway Oklahoma where she meets Wayne Yutzy, a local greenhouse employee. His interest in her seems genuine and when he proposes, Miriam accepts. Happiness surely awaits the newly engaged couple….or does it?

 


The Accidental Empress

(A Novel)

The Accidental Empress
The Accidental Empress

Allison Pataki

  • Howard
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781476790220

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New York Times bestselling author Allison Pataki follows up on her critically acclaimed debut novel, The Traitor’s Wife, with the little-known and tumultuous love story of “Sisi” the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph.

The year is 1853, and the Habsburgs are Europe’s most powerful ruling family. With his empire stretching from Austria to Russia, from Germany to Italy, Emperor Franz Joseph is young, rich, and ready to marry.

Fifteen-year-old Elisabeth, “Sisi,” Duchess of Bavaria, travels to the Habsburg Court with her older sister, who is betrothed to the young emperor. But shortly after her arrival at court, Sisi finds herself in an unexpected dilemma: she has inadvertently fallen for and won the heart of her sister’s groom. Franz Joseph reneges on his earlier proposal and declares his intention to marry Sisi instead.

Thrust onto the throne of Europe’s most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world.

With Pataki’s rich period detail and cast of complex, bewitching characters, The Accidental Empress offers a captivating glimpse into one of history’s most intriguing royal families, shedding new light on the glittering Hapsburg Empire and its most mesmerizing, most beloved “Fairy Queen.”

 

 


Huckleberry Spring

(The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill #4)

Huckleberry Spring
Huckleberry Spring

Jennifer Beckstrand

  • Kensington Zebra
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781420136494

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Nothing gives Anna and Felty Helmuth greater satisfaction than seeing their grandchildren happily married–except for planning their next matchmaking venture. And as springtime comes to Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin, the air is filled with promise. . .

Ever since the Helmuths’ grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben’s Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi. . .

Gardening side by side with pretty, nurturing Emma is a sweet kind of torture for Ben. She could have her pick of suitors who can offer what he can’t, and he cares too much to burden her with his secret. Leaving once more is the only option. Yet Emma’s courage is daring him to accept the grace that flourishes here, and the love that has been calling him back to Huckleberry Hill. . .

 


The Matchmaker

(The Amish Classics #2)

The Matchmaker
The Matchmaker

Sarah Price

  • Realms
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781629980041

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When Emma’s interference in her friends’ lives backfires, will the consequences be more than she bargained for?

Emma Weaver is twenty-one years old and has found a passion for playing
matchmaker with her friends.  Her neighbor, Gideon King, warns her about
interfering in people’s lives, but she disregards his advice and plans to set up
Paul, the son of the bishop, with her friend Hannah.

But when Paul misinterprets Emma’s attention, believing she has feelings
for him, he begins asking her to ride in his buggy after Sunday singings and
shows up at her house for Friday evening visits.  As she tries to repair the
damage that’s been done and mend the hearts that have been broken, she
finds herself in trouble with the community.  Will she learn her lesson and
stop meddling in the affairs of others?  Will she find a love of her own?

 


The Crimson Cord

(Daughters of the Promised Land #1)

The Crimson Cord
The Crimson Cord

Jill Eileen Smith

  • Revell Books
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780800720346

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Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband’s debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho’s walls–or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

Under Jill Eileen Smith’s talented hand, the familiar story of Rahab bursts forth in high definition. Readers will find themselves fully immersed in a world of dark and dusty streets, clandestine meetings, and daring escapes as a mysterious biblical figure claims her full humanity–and a permanent place in readers’ hearts.

 


The Trouble With Patience

(Virtues and Vices of the Old West #1)

The Trouble With Patience
The Trouble With Patience

Maggie Brendon

  • Revell Books
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780800722647

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Patience Cavanaugh has lost hope in romance. The man she yearned to marry is dead and her dreams are gone with him. Now she is consumed with the restoration of a dilapidated boarding house in order to support herself. Despite her desire for solitude, Jedediah Jones, the local sheriff with a reputation for hanging criminals, becomes an ever-looming part of her life. It seems like such a simple arrangement: Patience needs someone with a strong back to help her fix up the boardinghouse, and Jedediah needs a dependable source of food for himself and his prisoners. But Patience gets more than she bargained for as she explores the depths of the “hanging lawman”–and finds both betrayal and love.

With a keen eye to historical detail and a deft hand at romantic tension, Maggie Brendan invites readers to a Montana gold rush boomtown, where vices and virtues are on full display and love is lying in wait.

 


Where Rivers Part

(Texas Gold #2)

Where Rivers Part
Where Rivers Part

Kellie Coates Gilbert

  • Revell Books
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780800722739

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Following in her estranged father’s footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust–not least of all her own father.

Kellie Coates Gilbert’s emotionally complex and gripping novel fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive those who have hurt us most. Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this story will sweep readers relentlessly along until the satisfying conclusion.

 


Betting on Hope

(Four Hearts Ranch #1)

Betting on Hope
Betting on Hope

Debra Clopton

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781401690496

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A bet gone wrong. A small town’s meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it’s beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie’s bosses know this is the opportunity she’s been looking for to launch her career—and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the betthat he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he’d like, but he knows it’s the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru’s fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do—for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.

 


An Amish Cradle

(A Novella Collection)

An Amish Cradle
An Amish Cradle

Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Vannetta Chapman

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780529118677

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In His Father’s Arms by Beth Wiseman

Ruth Anne Zook is excited that she and her best friend are due with their children the same week. But when Ruth Anne’s baby is born with Down Syndrome, she and her husband struggle to understand God’s plan.

A Son for Always by Amy Clipston

Carolyn and her husband Joshua are thrilled to be pregnant with their first child. A teenager when she had her son Benjamin, Carolyn still feels obligated to work to secure Ben’s future, even though Josh adopted Ben. She struggles to realize that Josh will love and protect both of their children equally.

A Heart Full of Love by Kathleen Fuller

Ellie’s mother loves to meddle in her personal life—especially now that Ellie’s pregnant. Since Ellie is blind, her mother worries that she won’t be able to handle the baby. When Ellie gives birth to twins, her mother insists on moving in. Just as everyone reaches the breaking point, a miracle draws them closer to each other and to God.

An Unexpected Blessing by Vannetta Chapman

At 42, Etta thought her time of having children was over, but she’s pregnant again. She goes into labor during a blizzard, and complications with the delivery raise fear. Etta struggles to accept Gotte’s wille for the baby and her son, David, who moved away two years earlier in search of what he would do with his life.

 


Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

(A Heavenly Novel)

Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe
Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe

Max Lucado with Eric Newman & Candace Lee

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780718000882

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What if you could ask God anything? What would you ask? And how would he answer?

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Thena curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an evenmore curiousstring of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now thecafé has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

 


Remember the Lilies

(A Novel)

Remember the Lilies
Remember the Lilies

Liz Tolsma

  • Thomas Nelson Publishers
  • Historical
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781401689148

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Interred by the Japanese, missionary Irene Reynolds comes across a mysterious note while working at the censor’s office. She memorizes the parts she must black out and delivers it to wealthy nightclub owner Rand Sterling. Before she knows what’s happening, she’s drawn into a web of secrets and danger.

Rand Sterling wants nothing more than to reopen his nightclubs once the war ends. But slimy Frank Covey wants his hand in the till—and has news that could threaten Rand’s reputation if it became public. More importantly, beautiful and intriguing Irene Reynolds cannot discover this information if he expects to persuade her to become his wife.

When Irene is attacked by a sinister Japanese guard and their secrets are exposed, they must learn the true meaning of forgiveness—if they can stave off starvation until the American troops bring freedom.

 


Beneath the Forsaken City

(The Song of Seare #2)

Beneath the Forsaken City
Beneath the Forsaken City

C.E. Laureano

  • Tyndale House Publishers
  • Speculative
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781612916316

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Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more.

Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost?

Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?

 


Rise of the Fallen

(Wars of the Realm #2)

Rise of the Fallen
Rise of the Fallen

Chuck Black

  • WaterBrook Multnomah
  • Speculative
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781601425041

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A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity’s fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator’s most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man.

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them.

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity’s survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?

 

 


Gift of Grace

(Tennessee Dreams #3)

Gift of Grace
Gift of Grace

Sharlene MacLaren

  • Whitaker House
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9781629112886

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It was a leap of faith for Grace Fontaine to bid farewell to her beloved fiance, Jess Travis, and send him on a four-month stint on the transatlantic luxury liner The Lone Star. But the trip from Boston to London and back again would increase his salary fivefold and would bring the couple that much closer to realizing their dream of marrying and starting a family. When Grace learns that the ship was captured by pirates, her hope deflates — and it eviscerates entirely when the pirate ship is apprehended, with no survivors reported.

Two years later, Grace receives word from a doctor in Paris, Tennessee, that her wealthy great-aunt, Iris Brockwell, is on her deathbed and requires round-the-clock care. Grace volunteers, figuring there is nothing left for her in Boston. It isn’t long after her arrival in Paris that she meets a charming, driven lawyer named Conrad Hall, who wastes no time sweeping her off her feet and soon proposes marriage. Given his promises to love, protect, and care for her and her great-aunt, how can Grace refuse?

Weeks before the wedding, an unexpected guest shows up and threatens to throw a wrench in the plans. Will Grace go through with her marriage to Conrad? Or will an unforeseen turn of events change her mind?

 


How to Catch a Prince

(Royal Wedding Series #3)

How to Catch a Prince
How to Catch a Prince

Rachel Hauck

  • Zondervan Publishing
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780310315544

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Behind him, beside him, before him, the synchronized cathedral bells began to ring out.

One, two, three . . .

Then she said it first. The words his heart burst to share. “I love you, Stephen. You are my true prince.”

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever?

American heiress Corina Del Rey caught her prince once. But the tragedy of war kept her too long in a fog of grief. Now she’s shifting her life forward, reigniting her career as a journalist. Still, nothing can relieve her of the secret and the love she carries in her soul.

Prince Stephen of Brighton is one of the world’s most eligible bachelors and a star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life. His days in Afghanistan with the Royal Air Command will mark him forever. And he can’t shake their dark shadow.

But when his brother, King Nathaniel, confronts him with a document the prince thought long buried and forgotten, Stephen is forced to face the pain of his past and the love he left behind.

With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

 


Twisted Innocence

(Moonlighters #3)

Twisted Innocence
Twisted Innocence

Terri Blackstock

  • Zondervan Publishing
  • Contemporary
  • February 2015
  • ISBN: 9780310332367

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Holly Cramer’s past choices have finally caught up to her, but she never expected them to endanger her baby.

Though Holly’s stumbled through most of her adult life as a party girl, she longs to live a more stable life for her daughter. Then police show up to question her about the whereabouts of Creed Kershaw, Lily’s father. She has kept his identity a secret from friends and family—she never even told him about the pregnancy. Now he’s a person of interest in a drug-related murder case.

Determined to keep him out of their lives and turn him over to police, Holly uses her private investigating skills to search for him. But her bravado backfires when he turns the tables and takes her and the baby hostage. As desperate hours tick by, Holly realizes his connection to Leonard Miller—the man who has gunned down several members of her family. Creed claims he’s innocent and that Miller is after him too. His gentleness with Lily moves her, but she can’t trust a man who has held her at gunpoint . . . even if he reminds her so much of herself.

Dangers old and new threaten Holly and her baby, and lives are demanded as sacrifices for love. Through a complex web of mistakes and regret, redemption is the one hope Holly has left to hold on to.

 


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