"Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter."
~ Psalm 74:17
Land of Silence by Tessa AfsharBiblical Fiction. Elianna's troubles begin with the bee, the one that stings and kills her young brother while he is in her care. Guilt-ridden, she pours herself into work at her family's textile business and breaks her betrothal to her beloved. Another tragedy on top of a chronic illness further her suffering -- but she eventually hears of a holy man named Jesus and touches the hem of his garment in the hope of finding peace and healing. Inspired by the New Testament story found in Luke 8:40-56, Mark 5:21-43, Matthew 9:18-26, Land of Silence is an uplifting, wonderfully imagined novel that makes first-century Jerusalem come to life.
The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy CambronHistorical Fiction. Juggling two story lines, author Kristy Cambron tells how two very different women leave their regular worlds behind and their journeys take them to the Big Top. First, farm girl Mabel meets and marries John Ringling and becomes the queen of the circus. Years later, England's Lady Rosamund Easling travels to America, following the beloved horse that her father, needing money, has sold to the Ringlings. Once at the circus, Rosamund becomes a bareback rider and falls in love, but there are serious challenges she must face along the way. Blending fact and fiction with subtle religious themes, this lyrical look at circus life during the jazz age is sure to please historical fiction fans.
Murder Comes By Mail by A.H. GabhartMystery. On his day off, Hidden Springs, Kentucky, Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is driving a rickety bus full of church ladies to the city to see a play. On their way, they spot a suicidal man on the edge of a bridge. Michael talks him down him while an audience that includes the local news reporter watches, but the would-be jumper claims that Michael will regret his actions. When taunting letters and photos of murder victims start arriving at the sheriff's office, Michael is inclined to agree, suspecting that the man he saved is a serial killer. Quirky characters combined with a charming small-town setting make this well-plotted mystery, the 2nd in a series, a good bet for Vannetta Chapman's fans.
Anchor in the Storm: A Novel by Sarah SundinHistorical Romance. Tenacious pharmacist Lillian Avery, who lost part of a leg when she was five, finally has a job, though it means leaving her parents in Ohio and working in Boston. At least she'll be near her brothers at the Boston Naval Yard, when they aren't out looking for U-boats and such. When suspicious prescriptions come to her attention, Lillian finds herself working with one of her brother's charming friends to catch the culprits -- and love may blossom, too. This dramatic 2nd entry in the Waves of Freedom series pairs a sweet romance with a compelling, atmospheric look at America's home front during World War II. For a look at England's home front, pick up Tracy Groot's excellent Maggie Bright.
Chasing Sunsets: A Cedar Key Novel by Eva Marie EversonGeneral Fiction. Kimberly Tucker is dealing with a difficult divorce and misses her two sons, who are spending the summer with their dad. At loose ends, she goes to her family's old summer place on Cedar Key Island, Florida, where she recalls good times from her childhood and confronts troublesome family secrets. She also meets an elderly neighbor suffering from her own heartbreaks, and the women bond and help each other heal in the beautiful island setting. This is the 1st of three novels in the Cedar Key series by author and motivational speaker Eva Marie Everson.
That Certain Summer: A Novel by Irene HannonRomance. When their hard-to-please mother suffers a stroke at the beginning of the summer, two estranged sisters reunite for the first time in years. Recently divorced, Karen stayed in her hometown of Washington, Missouri, and has borne responsibility for their mom, but with her life at a crossroads and a teenage daughter with a broken leg, she can't do it all any more. Val left town for the city and a career in theater and didn't look back, but there's pain and secrets in her past that she might have to face when she comes home. Add to this mix a single father who's just moved to town and a hurting musician who suffered a traumatic accident and you have an entertaining romantic tale about starting over.
Quaker Summer by Lisa SamsonGeneral Fiction. With a handsome husband, a loving son, a mansion on a lake, and enough money to buy whatever she wants, Heather Curridge seems to have everything a woman could want -- but she still feels unhappy and unfulfilled. She can't help but wonder if her comfortable life is keeping her from living God's will. Then, after spending the summer with two quirky Quaker sisters and a nun, Lisa begins to understand what it means to follow Christ -- and that sometimes, you really do have to lose yourself in order to find your true self. Veteran author Lisa Samson "paints an emotionally and spiritually luminous portrait of a soul beckoned by God" (Publishers Weekly).
Making Waves: A Novel by Lorna SeilstadHistorical Romance. Nineteen-year-old Marguerite Westing is thrilled to spend the summer of 1895 with her family at Iowa's Lake Manawa resort; not only is it beautiful, but she hopes she'll be able to leave her boring but wealthy suitor behind (her mother is strongly pushing the match). Once there, spunky (and a bit spoiled) Marguerite takes up sailing and falls in love with her instructor, but the summer fun ends when financial problems threaten her family. Will Marguerite marry for money to save her parents or will her heart win out? Read this witty, light-hearted 1st in a trilogy to find out.
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