Isaiah's Daughter by Mesu AndrewsWhat it's about: When five-year-old Ishma is orphaned, the prophet Isaiah takes her in, eventually adopting her and naming her Hephzibah, which means "delight of the Lord." Growing up, she becomes friends with Hezekiah, a prince who's destined to become the King of Judah...and her husband.
Who's it for? Those who like sweeping, well-crafted stories about lesser-known historical figures and those who like learning about the Old Testament through fiction.
Until We Find Home by Cathy GohlkeWhat it's about: In May 1940, Nazis are headed for Paris, and American Claire Stewart, working with the French Resistance, shepherds young Jewish children to a boat headed for England. Things don't go as planned, and Claire, who has no experience with kids, must go too. In England, she takes her charges to her estranged aunt's Lake District estate, where she meets a kind man and learns more about children and God.
Look for: cameos by Beatrix Potter and C.S. Lewis in this well-researched novel depicting the plight of young refugees.
Imperfect Justice by Cara PutmanWhat it's about: Likable lawyer Emilie Wesley helps abused women, and is shocked when a client, Kaylene, is accused of murdering one of her daughters, severely injuring the other, and then killing herself. Video evidence suggests Kaylene is guilty, but neither Emilie nor Kaylene's brother, Reid, believe she would harm her girls...though their father might. Reid fights for custody of hospitalized Kinley and tries to clear Kaylene's name; Emilie helps, even as she deals with a stalker.
Series alert: Though this is the 2nd compelling romantic suspense novel in the Hidden Justice series, it can be read on its own.
The Masterpiece by Francine RiversFeaturing: successful artist Roman Velasco (who secretly indulges in the street graffiti that gave him solace as a troubled foster kid), and cash-strapped unwed mother Grace Moore (who had her own troubled childhood).
What it's about: In this character-driven story, Grace becomes Roman's personal assistant, enabling her to support her infant son and put some distance between them and the family that almost adopted him...but she finds Roman's worldly ways as challenging as he finds her faith.
A Time to Dance by Karen KingsburyFeaturing: John and Abby Reynolds, a seemingly picture-perfect couple whose marriage is on the rocks. Before they can tell their kids they are divorcing, their daughter announces she's getting married in six months. John and Abby decide to pretend things are okay until after the wedding, which means maybe love can bring them back together.
Series alert: This is the 1st of two books in the Timeless Love series.
The movie: In 2016, Jennie Garth and Dan Payne brought the conflicted couple to life on the small screen.
The Shunning by Beverly LewisWhat it's about: Katie Lapp, a 22-year-old Amish woman from Hickory Hollow, Pennsylvania, stumbles across a satin infant gown in her parents' attic, leading to a devastating confession from her parents that completely changes her life.
Series alert: To continue Katie's story, read the next two books in the Heritage of Lancaster County trilogy, The Confession and The Reckoning.
The movie: Beverly Lewis' The Shunning, a 2011 Hallmark movie directed by Michael Landon Jr., stars Danielle Panabaker and Sherry Stringfield.
The Mountain Between Us by Charles MartinWhat it's about: When their plane crashes in snow-covered mountains, a gifted surgeon and a young magazine writer grow close as they try to survive weeks in the wilderness and confront painful truths about their personal lives.
The movie: Originally published in 2011, The Mountain Between Us was adapted as a film in 2017 starring acclaimed actors Idris Elba and Kate Winslet. Fans of the book will find some details have been changed, including the introduction of a steamy romantic scene and some swearing.
The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William Paul YoungWhat it's about: Four years after evidence of his kidnapped daughter's murder is found in an abandoned shack, Mackenzie Allen Philips finds a note from "Papa" (his wife's name for God), asking him to return to the cabin. When he does, he meets three people -- an African American woman, a Middle Eastern man, and an Asian woman -- who change his life.
The movie: Starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, and Tim McGraw, the 2017 film based on William Paul Young's controversial bestseller boasts a soundtrack including several Christian musicians.
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