A Moonbow Night by Laura FrantzHistorical Romance. In the Kentucky frontier of April 1777, Tempe Tucker and her family have secrets they must protect while they operate the Moonbow Inn along the Shawnee River. When handsome Sion Morgan, a surveyor with the British Loyal Land Company, and those in his group need a guide, Tempe, who knows the area well (and was once engaged to Daniel Boone's son), agrees to help. But as a young woman traveling in dangerous territory leading a group of men, she has challenges ahead. Packed with atmosphere and intricate details, A Moonbow Night provides a sweet romance and insight into the struggles colonists faced, including with their faith.
The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill by Julie KlassenHistorical Fiction. John Bell, the innkeeper at Ivy Hill's coaching inn, unexpectedly died in 1819. Now, a year later, his genteel wife, Jane, is the reluctant, very hands-off owner of the starting-to-fail inn. But when the bank tells her there's a huge debt coming due, she feels obligated to save The Bell, especially for the townspeople who depend on it. Teaming up with Thora, the mother-in-law she doesn't get along with but who once ran the inn herself (and who has reasons of her own for wanting to help), Jane discovers a new sense of purpose and direction. The charming 1st entry in a new series, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill features a large cast of characters and offers fans of English villages and historical fiction a delightful read; the 2nd, The Ladies of Ivy Cottage, should come out in December.
Rescue Me by Susan May WarrenRomantic Suspense. Deputy Sam Brooks, a member of the PEAK rescue team, faces a life-and-death situation, causing him to spill his heart to his girlfriend. Except the room was dark and it was actually Sierra's sister, flower child Willow, he talked to...and kissed. Willow, who's hoping to be named her church's youth pastor, has loved Sam for years, but wants her sister to be happy, and they agree to never mention what happened. But when the two of them lead a youth group trip in Glacier National Park, disaster strikes and they must work together to save themselves and the teens in their care -- and they might just find a way to understand their feelings for each other. Buckle up: this exciting 2nd book in the Montana Rescue series features outdoor adventures, suspense, and a fast-paced plot.
Love Comes Home: A Novel by Ann H. GabhartHistorical Fiction. As soldiers return home from World War II, the four Merritt sisters of Rosey Corner, Kentucky dream and wonder what God has in store for their future. Kate hopes to start a family with her fiancé, who fought in Europe; Evangeline wants a nice house and encourages her husband, who was a prisoner of war, to pastor a large church; Victoria raises her young daughter alone and mourns her husband even as another man hopes to court her; and young Lorena wonders about her birth family, who abandoned her during the Great Depression. If you like romantic books where the characters feel like people you know, check out the Rosey Corner series about these loving sisters (you can read this 3rd book or start with Angel Sister in order to watch relationships develop over time).
The Photograph by Beverly LewisAmish Fiction. Twenty-year-old Eva as well as her older sister Frona and her 18-year-old sister Lily are in dire straits. All are unmarried, their parents are dead, and their older brother has just announced that he and his family are taking over their Lancaster County, PA house and farm; he also says only one of the sisters can live there, and the other two must marry or move to Indiana with a distant relative. Each is upset, but Lily runs away. Meanwhile, Jed, an Amish man from Ohio, travels to the area to visit a buggy maker. On his way there, he finds a book and a photograph of an Amish girl. Since the Amish aren't allowed to have photos taken, Jed's intrigued, especially when he thinks he meets the girl in Lancaster County. Set in the 1980s, this heartwarming standalone book by a veteran author features an intriguing set-up and secondary characters that fans will recognize.
The Miner's Lady by Tracie PetersonHistorical Romance. In an 1890s iron mining community in Minnesota, two families -- the Panettas and the Calarcos -- have been feuding for half a century, but when a Romeo and Juliet situation happens, that might change. First, 17-year-old Isabella Panetta falls for Orlando Calarco; then when her older sister Chantel agrees to help the young couple, she spends time with Orlando's older brother in order to distract him and falls for him! When a mining accident occurs, one family has a change of heart, but the other clings to old wounds. Will the couples find a way to love amidst all of the hate? You'll need to read this delightful final entry in the Shining Waters trilogy (after The Ice Cutter's Daughter and The Quarryman's Bride) to see if/how love conquers all.
Lizzy & Jane: A Novel by Katherine ReayGeneral Fiction. Elizabeth, a talented chef, has her own restaurant in New York City -- but her heart hasn't been in her job lately, and the customers have noticed. When her financial backer brings in a fixer chef to save the day, Elizabeth takes a break and heads to Seattle, where her estranged sister, Jane, is fighting breast cancer. This "layered and nuanced story of faith and hope" (Library Journal) provides a peek in to the life of a chef as well as a realistic look at the complex relationships between sisters. Readers who enjoy contemporary novels about women's lives and relationships will want to give Katherine Reay a try.
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