Sea Glass Cottage: A Hope Harbor Novel by Irene HannonSecond chance at romance: After her wealthy dad's death and a bad marriage, Christi Reece arrives in Hope Harbor needing money and hoping Jack Colby, who once loved her, will loan it to her.
What happens: Jack wants nothing to do with the woman who betrayed him a decade ago, but life-changing news finds him caring for a child and in need of Christi's help.
Series alert: Following Blackberry Beach, this charming 8th Hope Harbor novel welcomes newcomers and offers longtime fans a chance to hang out with friends, including taco truck owner Charley.
The Catch by Lisa HarrisBack in action: Deputy U.S. Marshal Madison James and her partner Jonas Quinn deal with murder, a missing child, and the unknown person who's been targeting Madison for years, while also sorting out their feelings for each other.
Series alert: This final book in the U.S. Marshals trilogy offers an action-packed romantic suspense story and works for first-time readers to the series.
For fans of: Lynette Eason, Terri Blackstock, and Dani Pettrey.
I'll Be Seeing You by Robin Lee HatcherWhat it is: a dual-timeline romance featuring slightly spoiled college student Brianna, and, back in 1941, teenager Daisy, who has a crush on Brandan, her sister's Army Air Corps boyfriend.
What happens: Brianna unhappily interviews her great-grandmother Daisy for a class project and develops an interest in a new guy. Meanwhile, decades earlier, Daisy comforts Brandan after a fuss between him and Daisy's sister, leading to complications for them all.
Reviewers say: "Hatcher skillfully illustrates her message that God transforms bad into good for those with faith" (Publishers Weekly).
A Time to Bloom by Lauraine Snelling with Kiersti GironJuly 1866: Teacher Delphinium "Del" Nielsen and her three sisters celebrate their one-year anniversary in Nebraska, where they've started a garden in honor of their mother.
What happens: The sisters decide to open a boarding house, and their brother comes to visit with his injured friend, R.J., whom Del grows close to. But Del wonders what the future holds since teachers aren't allowed to marry and her sisters need her income.
Series alert: This is the 2nd novel of the Leah's Garden series, but readers can pick up here even if they haven't read the 1st entry, The Seeds of Change.
The Souls of Lost Lake by Jaime Jo WrightWhat it is: a Gothic-tinged dual timeline novel set in Wisconsin's Northwoods in both the present and decades ago.
What happens: A young camper goes missing from the Bible camp where Wren Blythe, who's decided not to go to college, lives and works with her dad and other staff members. Meanwhile, in 1930, Ava, who was labeled a killer by gossips at age 13 despite little evidence, struggles with memory loss and the mystery of her past.
Reviewers say: "a tale of intoxicating menace, eerie elegance, and satisfying suspense" (Booklist).
Ever Faithful: A Vintage National Parks Novel by Karen BarnettStarring: park ranger's daughter Elsie, who longs to attend college, and Brooklynite Nate, who conceals the illiteracy that would bar him from President Roosevelt's Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933.
What happens: Elsie takes a job teaching CCC men at Yellowstone National Park and falls for Nate even as a series of fires occur.
Series alert: This evocative, sweet historical romance with a touch of mystery is the 3rd in the Vintage National Parks series by Karen Barnett, who was herself a park ranger.
All That We Carried by Erin BartelsStarring: Olivia, an atheist lawyer who spends her days prosecuting criminals, and her younger sister, Melanie, who has a successful YouTube channel and takes what she likes from a variety of spiritual beliefs.
What happens: The estranged sisters, who haven't spoken in the decade since their parents' deaths in a car accident, embark on a week-long hiking trip in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Who it's for: those who like stories that examine sibling relationships, have allegorical elements, or feature evocative natural settings.
A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott1871 Arizona Territory: After her photographer father's death, strong-willed Meg Pero escapes her staid aunt's home in the east to take his place as part of a U.S. Army survey of the Grand Canyon.
What happens: Meg finds the crew is led by the man she once loved, Captain Ben Coleridge, and that he has a secondary motive for the journey -- locating his own father, who went missing months ago.
Why you might like it: This evocative 1st entry in the American Wonders Collection has a charming second-chance romance, a bit of suspense, and offers an intriguing look at early photography.
Sunrise by Susan May WarrenThe setup: After his bush pilot father crashes and is injured, Dodge Kingston, a pararescue jumper and military vet, returns to Alaska for the first time since he was 18 and takes over his estranged dad's routes.
What happens: Echo, a wilderness guide and the high school girl Dodge once loved, goes missing. He sets out to find her, but bad weather, a grizzly bear, and dangerous poachers impede his mission.
Series alert: This is the evocative 1st romantic suspense novel in Sky King Ranch. The 2nd entry, Sunburst, was just released and takes place in both Alaska and Nigeria.
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