A Million Little Choices by Tamera AlexanderShortly after Claire and Stephen Powell move to Atlanta hoping to save their marriage, Claire discovers a hidden room in the antebellum mansion they're living in -- along with the Civil War-era diary of Charlotte Thursmann, which details Charlotte's plans to escape her abusive husband, accompanied by enslaved woman Nettie. This novel by Christy Award Hall of Famer Tamera Alexander offers "a heartfelt commentary on faith and the redemptive power of forgiveness" (Publishers Weekly).
Calling on the Matchmaker by Jody HedlundDedicated to her volunteer work with the Sisters of Charity, aspiring nun Finola Shanahan has no interest in Riley Rafferty, the suitor chosen by the matchmaker her family has hired. But as she gets to know him, Finola starts to wonder if God has a different plan for her. Set in 1849 St. Louis, Missouri, this opening installment of the Shanahan Match series introduces a close-knit Irish American family. For fans of: Regina Jennings' Joplin Chronicles; Karen Witemeyer's Patchwork Family series.
A Winter by the Sea by Julie KlassenWhen Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, decides to spend the winter of 1819 in Sidmouth, Devonshire, the Summers sisters welcome three of his staff to their boarding house -- one of whom, James Thomson, His Royal Highness's private secretary, finds a kindred spirit in bookish Emily Summers. A Winter by the Sea is the 2nd book in the On Devonshire Shores series, after The Sisters of Sea View.
Julia Monroe Begins Again by Rebekah MilletAs she contemplates the next stage of her life, 40-year-old widow and empty nester Julia Monroe runs into Samuel Reed, the Green Beret who broke her heart more than 20 years ago and now wants to make amends. Set in New Orleans, this 1st book in the Beignets for Two series offers a sweet second chance romance and a lively supporting cast. For fans of: Melody Carlson's Second Time Around; Victoria Bylin's Someone Like You; Bethany Turner's The Do-Over.
To Spark a Match by Jen TuranoMiss Adelaide Duveen would be lost without her lifelong pal, private investigator Gideon Abbott, who's always getting her out of trouble. When the accident-prone socialite gets mixed up in his latest case, their friendship evolves into something more. As with the author's American Heiresses series, this 2nd Matchmakers romance, after A Match in the Making, is set in Gilded Age New York and features a spirited heroine and a mystery. Read-alikes: Grace Hitchcock's American Royalty series; Jennifer Delamere's Love Along the Wires.
The Words Between Us by Erin BartelsTo escape the shadow of her infamous father and his crimes, Michigan bookseller Robin has spent most of her life living under an assumed name and never letting anyone get too close...until her first love, Peter Flynt, unexpectedly reenters her life. Alternating between between past and present-day timelines, this novel explores themes of faith and forgiveness. Read-alikes: Nicole Deese's The Words We Lost; Denise Hunter's Bookshop by the Sea.
Authentically, Izzy by Pepper BashamIn this gentle epistolary romance, single librarian Izzy Edgewood bonds over books with Brodie, the shy Scottish bookseller she meets on a dating app, while also getting acquainted IRL with college professor Miles. Which man is right for her? If only God could give her a sign! Authentically, Izzy is the 1st book in the Skymar series, which continues with Positively, Penelope and Loyally, Luke. Read-alikes: Courtney Walsh's The Happy Life of Isadora Bentley or Becca Kinzer's Dear Henry, Love Edith.
The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay HarrelSeeking a fresh start, counselor and abuse survivor Sophia Barrett moves to Port Willis in Cornwall and finds a job in a bookstore owned by American expat Ginny Rose and her estranged husband. Sophia's discovery of an old diary sends the women on a quest to learn more about its author, a Victorian clergyman's daughter wrestling with her own relationship challenges. This moving stand-alone novel introduces readers to the charming Cornish village that serves as the setting for the author's Port Willis romances.
The Bookseller's Promise by Beth WisemanWhen a rare book dealer offers Amish bookshop owner Jake Lantz $100,000 for an old book left to him by his grandfather, Jake and his assistant, Eva Graber, investigate the volume's history hoping to uncover its significance in this 1st installment of the Amish Bookstore series. For fans of: Kathleen Fuller's Amish of Birch Creek books, Wanda Brunstetter's Friendship Letters series, or Amy Clipston's An Amish Legacy novels.
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