February 2014 ACFW New Releases
So the groundhog saw his shadow and predicted an extended winter. What do you care? You’ve just discovered a whole list of new Christian fiction releases to cuddle up with while the snow swirls outside. Read on!
Falling for the Farmer by Narelle Atkins — Kate Lawson is a runaway bride. And she’s incredibly grateful when Jack Bradley offers her a job on his apple farm. Working side by side in the orchards with her best friend’s brother seems like the perfect way to get over her disastrous engagement. Until Kate finds herself falling hard for the handsome farmer. (Contemporary Romance from Heartsong Presents [Harlequin])
Protecting the Widow’s Heart by Lorraine Beatty — Stranded in a lakeside cabin, widow Ginger Sloan and her son must accept help from the owner, a wounded cop who is looking for peace and quiet, not love. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
Ryan’s Father by June Foster — His greatest desire is to please God, but his next greatest desire threatens to unhinge him. (Contemporary Romance from WhiteFire Publishing)
Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck — Regina Beswick never dreamed of faraway places. She’s happy with her life as a classic car mechanic and owner of a restoration shop. But an unexpected visitor and the discovery of a fairytale, drawn by her great-grandma, causes Regina to wonder if she might be destined for something more. (Romance from Zondervan)
Londonderry Dreaming by Christine Lindsay — Can an artist who speaks best through her paintings, and a music therapist who speaks best through his music, ever find the words to talk about their past that tore them apart? (Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])
Love’s Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey — Following the Civil War, a suitor from Cassie Haddon’s privileged past threatens her budding attraction to Jacob West, a local business owner. (Historical Romance from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)
Love Finds Faith by Martha Rogers — Micah is the prodigal forced into a role he doesn’t want, but the faith of a crippled young woman gives him hope for the future. (Historical Romance from Realms [Charisma Media])
The Cowboy Takes a Wife by Davalynn Spencer — When Annie Whitaker and her merchant father set out for Cañon City and the Pikes-Peak-or-Bust gold rush, Annie mines much greater wealth than gold from the heart of a runaway preacher. (Historical Romance from Heartsong Presents [Harlequin])
South Carolina Brides by Vickie McDonough — Visit historic South Carolina where secrets disrupt the lives of three women. A cousin’s quest takes a drastic turn when she falls for the man she thought she despised. A young woman’s sheltered world crumbles after she finds a badly beaten stranger on a nearby plantation. And a sister’s heart is torn when the neighbor who killed her brother in a duel returns home a changed man. Between betrayal and lies, is there room for love? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Jenny’s Choice by Patrick E. Craig — A touching story of devotion and triumph over adversity. (Historical Romance from Harvest House Publishers)
The Thief by Stephanie Landsem — In this evocative follow-up to The Well, a Roman centurion longing for peace and a Jewish woman hiding a deadly secret witness a miracle that transforms their lives and leads them to the foot of the cross. (Historical from Howard [Simon & Schuster])
The Widow’s Suitor by Rose Ross Zediker — Cora Anderson isn’t looking for love. The young widow is just trying to make a life on the prairie for herself and her newborn son. When handsome newcomer Luke Dow shows up at her cabin door, she soon relies on the man’s help with her homestead…and dares to dream of the future. Luke came to the small South Dakota town to build a hotel and make his fortune. But he never expected to care for anyone, let alone the beautiful Cora and her baby boy. When Cora’s land claim is challenged by a neighbor, Luke will do all he can to protect her and her home-and claim her heart. (Historical from Heartsong Presents [Harlequin])
Permanent Resident at the Purse Table by Keisha Bass — Plus-sized woman seeks validation in small-minded man. (Contemporary from Urban Christian)
A Stillness of Chimes by Meg Moseley — Ghost sightings, rumors, family secrets, and a lingering unrequited love—and that’s just the beginning of teacher Laura Gantt’s summer vacation. (Contemporary from Waterbrook/Multnomah [Random House])
Wildwood Creek by Lisa Wingate — 150 years ago, the citizens of Wildwood Creek mysteriously disappeared. Now a reenactment docudrama seeks to recreate the events surrounding Wildwood’s demise. But when Allie Kirkland finds herself in the position of Wildwood’s frontier schoolteacher, Bonnie Rose, will Bonnie’s tragic history repeat itself? (Contemporary from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)
The Baby Rescue by Margaret Daley — Colton Phillips vows to keep his heart out of the job, but his unwanted attraction to Lisette lowers his guard. Now Lisette Sutton-and an innocent child-are in grave danger, and Colton will stop at nothing to save them. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
On the Pineapple Express by H.L. Wegley — How much is she willing to risk to save a group of girls from international human traffickers? (Romantic Suspense from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])
Poison Town by Creston Mapes — Something sinister swirls in the air as popular suspense author Creston Mapes delivers the second enthralling tale in The Crittendon Files. Poison Town smolders with emotion, crackles with intrigue, burns with scandal. An edge-of-your-seat knockout. (Contemporary Suspense from David C. Cook)
Friend Me by John Faubion — A lonely wife and a frustrated husband create virtual online friends, trying to deal with the pressures of a marriage gone flat, and a high-pressure job. (Techno-Thriller Suspense from Howard [Simon & Schuster])
Wayfarer by Janalyn Voigt — When an untried youth ascends to the high throne of Faeraven, his mistakes tear kingdoms apart and allow just one chance at redemption: he must find and humble himself before the man he banished. (Medieval Fantasy from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])
Rachel: A Novel by Jill Eileen Smith — Can true love overcome a legacy of betrayal? (Biblical Fiction from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)
Worth the Wait by Laura Jackson — Ellie Lansing has a picture-perfect life with a close-knit family and the perfect boyfriend. But her world is suddenly knocked off center when her drool-worthy boyfriend cheats, and her always-has-it-together mother is diagnosed with cancer. Ellie doesn’t get it. She always does the right thing – doesn’t God owe her a happy life? Through her heartache, Ellie learns that sometimes what seems like the end is really just the beginning and that what God has for us is always worth the wait. (Young Adult from HopeSprings Books)
Note: This list is compiled from those books registered by ACFW member authors on Fiction Finder and reprinted with permission of ACFW.
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Yay for everyone, especially my friends June and Janalyn!
I have to admit I was surprised by the subject matter of June’s book, but I’ve read some of the reviews. It seems she did an excellent job with it.
I helped with part of the critique…