The Laws of Attraction by Mary ConnealyWyoming, 1871: Seamstress Nell Armstrong strikes a bargain with overwhelmed widowed father Brand Nolte: if he'll allow his daughters to work in her shop, she'll sew them new dresses.
But then... a threat to Nell prompts Brand to propose a marriage of convenience, and he quickly discovers that Nell is no damsel in distress.
Reviewers say: Author Mary Connealy’s "lively writing keeps the reader fully engaged in this drama of faith in action" (Publishers Weekly), the 2nd in the Wyoming Sunrise series (after Forged in Love).
The All American by Susie FinkbeinerStarring: the Harding sisters, 16-year-old Bertha, a natural athlete who dreams of playing professional baseball, and precocious 11-year-old Flossie, an avid reader who struggles to fit in.
What happens: After their father is accused of being a member of the Communist party, the girls must adjust to their new lives in the small Michigan town where the family has moved in search of a fresh start.
Why you might like it: Opening in 1952, this richly detailed historical novel follows a turbulent year in the life of a close-knit American family.
Her Only Wish by Shelley Shepard GrayThe premise: A sheltered childhood with overprotective parents inspires Amish woman Betsey Detweiler to travel to Pinecraft, Florida, where she plans to reconnect with friends while checking items off her Life List.
First up? Betsey takes golf lessons with handsome instructor August Troyer, who's looking to settle down after a peripatetic upbringing with missionary parents.
Series alert: Her Only Wish is the 2nd book in the A Season in Pinecraft series, after Her Heart's Desire.
Cold Pursuit by Nancy MehlWhat happens: Former FBI agents River Ryland and Tony St. Clair, who now run a private investigation firm in St. Louis, Missouri, investigate the disappearance of a teenage boy -- unaware that a serial killer has the duo in his sights.
Is it for you? This opening installment of the Ryland and St. Clair series, a "twisting thriller that blends modern-day Christianity with razor-sharp suspense" (Booklist), tackles some heavy issues, including mental illness and recovery from trauma.
Heirlooms by Sandra ByrdAfter the Korean War... young Navy widow Helen Devries opens her Whidbey Island home to another young widow, Choi Eunhee. Together they manage, bonding over common losses and a shared secret.
In contemporary times... Cassidy Quinn inherits her family home and a task from her grandmother Helen: sort through a locked hope chest with Grace Kim, Eunhee's granddaughter.
Reviewers say: "gorgeous...this is a gem" (Publishers Weekly); "women's fiction as it is meant to be written" (Library Journal).
The Christmas Spirit by Debbie MacomberWhat it's about: Each believing the other's job is easier, Pastor Peter and his best friend, bartender Hank, decide to trade places until Christmas Eve and, in the process, gain new perspectives on life and love.
Why you might like it: The present-day framing narrative of a woman telling her grandchildren a story introduces this heartwarming holiday tale by bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
The Sowing Season by Katie PownerTwo lost souls: After selling his family's dairy farm, 63-year-old Gerrit Laninga finds himself at loose ends, while 15-year-old Rae Walters isn't sure she wants to follow the Plan designed to get her into law school.
An unlikely friendship: A chance meeting leads to a strong bond as two people with almost nothing in common learn from and help each other.
Reviewers say: This debut novel of intergenerational friendship offers "a hopeful story of rediscovering oneself amidst life’s changing seasons" (Booklist).
Sister Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson RobyMeet: suddenly single Serena, looking for love; Michelle, engaged but having second thoughts; Kenya, happily married but troubled by her husband's ex; and recently divorced Lynette, who's tentatively reentering the dating pool.
Why you might like it: This standalone novel by the author of the Reverend Curtis Black series follows four lifelong friends who rely on their faith as they support one another through good times and bad.
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