Collateral Damage by Lynette EasonFeaturing: traumatized former military psychologist Brooke Adams, now working in a private practice in South Carolina; Asher James, an ex-soldier fighting PTSD, who goes to Brooke for help.
The problem: Arriving at Brooke's office for the first time, Asher finds a dead body. When it looks like Brooke was the intended target, the two go on the run in a case involving powerful secrets and events that took place while Brooke and Asher were both serving in Afghanistan.
Series alert: This 1st in the Danger Never Sleeps series offers readers a compelling romantic suspense story, tough topics, and a twisty ending. Look for the 2nd book, Acceptable Risk, in the fall.
The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy CambronWhat happens: At the turn of the 19th century, farm girl Mabel marries John Ringling and becomes the queen of the circus, though life isn't always easy. In the 1920s, England's Lady Rosamund Easling arrives in the U.S. hoping to locate the beloved horse that her father has sold to the Ringlings and becomes a circus bareback rider.
Why you might like it: Juggling two story lines in two time periods, author Kristy Cambron's lyrical novel has romantic elements and blends fact and fiction to show two very different women leaving their regular worlds behind as their journeys take them to the Big Top.
A Sparkle of Silver by Liz JohnsonWhat it's about: Ben, a security guard at a St. Simons Island, Georgia historic estate, catches Millie, who works as a 1920s party-guest reenactor, snooping. Millie's looking for a relative's hidden diary which she thinks will reveal her great-grandfather's identity and lead to a treasure, allowing her to better care for her grandmother with dementia. With secrets and money worries of his own, Ben agrees to help her.
Why you might like it: This 1st stand-alone installment of the evocative, faith-filled Georgia Coast series incorporates 1920s diary entries into its present-day narrative, offering readers glimpses of the past.
The Ladies of Ivy Cottage by Julie Klassen1820 England: After her father dies, impoverished gentlewoman Rachel Ashford stays at Ivy Cottage with her friend Mercy Groves, who runs a school for girls. Resolving to earn her own livelihood, Rachel uses the books she inherited from her father to start a circulating library, but there's trouble ahead for both Rachel and Mercy.
Series alert: This heartwarming 2nd entry in a sweet trilogy features a large cast of characters and offers fans of English villages and Regency fiction a delightful read. Newcomers may want to start with the 1st book, The Innkeeper of Ivy Hill.
All Things Bright and Strange by James MarkertStarring: suicidal 22-year-old World War I veteran and amputee Ellsworth Newberry, who's mourning the death of his wife and the loss of his professional baseball dreams.
What happens: In 1920 Bellhaven, South Carolina, all the flowers bloom, even out-of-season ones, and a mysterious “healing” chapel in the woods appears -- but things aren't as they seem. As people turn on each other, Ellsworth fights against evil forces to save the town.
For fans of: darker reads, supernatural stories, Stephen King, Frank Peretti, and Ted Dekker.
In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley WoodhouseThe prologue: In 1917, led by local John Ivanoff, Henry Brennan dies while climbing Alaska's Denali with his greedy business partner Frank.
Six years later: Cook's assistant Cassidy Ivanoff and her recreational guide father John, who's not been himself since Henry's death, work at the luxurious Curry Hotel at the base of Denali. Meanwhile, Allan Brennan makes his way to the hotel seeking the truth about his father in this well-researched 1st in the Heart of Alaska trilogy.
Read this next: any of Tracie Peterson's other Alaska-set novels; Karen Barnett's Vintage National Park series, which combine historical romance and mystery in richly detailed western U.S locations.
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