From contemporary romance to romantic suspense, I’m sure you’ll find something from the list below to add to your TBR stack. So beat the heat with a good book and READ ON!
Falling for the Single Dad by Lisa Carter — After fifteen years away, Dr. Caroline Duer is nervous about returning to her hometown. The veterinarian might be able to save stranded sea turtles, but she can’t convince her dad of her good intentions. And when Caroline meets darling Izzie Clark, she encounters similar suspicion from the young girl’s father. Former coast guard commander Weston Clark had his life upended by Izzie’s mother. He won’t go through the same pain again. But Izzie isn’t the only one tumbling head over heels for the enigmatic Caroline. And if she can release the pain of the past, she just might be the missing piece Weston and his daughter have been searching for. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
Nearly by Deborah Raney — For Claire Anderson, her position as a teacher in Hanover Falls, Missouri is the realization of a long-held dream. In this loving small-town community where her beloved grandmother resides, she attempts to cast aside the memories of her troubled childhood. Michael Meredith finds worth as a nursing care home administrator. Until an unwelcome investigation concerning suspicious deaths among the home’s residents threatens his career and his integrity. In the midst of this crisis, friendship blooms and deepens between Michael and Claire–until an agonizing secret is revealed. One that may tear the delicate fabric of their love. Is their faith strong enough to survive their astonishing discovery? (Romance, Independently Published by Raney Day Press)
Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter — A charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn’t be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren–she’d never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he’s not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can’t keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])
An Amish Harvest: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller, Amy Clipston, Vannetta Chapman — Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman – Can Brock and Naomi harvest a second chance for love?; Love and Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston – A romantic fall buggy ride is the perfect setting for love.; Mischief in the Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman – Eli and Martha don’t seem like a match, but solving a mystery may uncover their true feelings.; A Quiet Love by Kathleen Fuller – Two young people must stand up for the love they know is right, despite what their friends and family say. (Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
The Long Journey of Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart — What if you could find a corridor at the end of a lake that would lead to you a place where you could find the thing you want most in the world? (General Contemporary from HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
Magnolia Moonlight by Mary Ellis — Proving a minister was murdered uncovers an elaborate scheme to bilk millions from non-profits across the country in a town where no one is whom they appear to be. (Mystery/Crime from Harvest House Publishers)
The California Gold Rush Romance Collection by Amanda Barratt, Angela Bell, Dianne Christner, Anne Greene, Linda Farmer Harris, Cynthia Hickey, Pam Hillman, Jennifer Rogers Spinola, Jaime Jo Wright — Rush to California after the 1848 gold discovery alongside thousands of hopeful men and women. Meet news reporters, English gentry, miners, morticians, marriage brokers, bankers, fugitives, preachers, imposters, trail guides, map makers, cooks, missionaries, town builders, soiled doves, and more people who take advantage of the opportunities to make their fortunes in places where the population swelled overnight. But can faith and romance transform lives where gold is king? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
A Heart Most Certain by Melissa Jagears — While Lydia King’s reasons for joining the Teaville Moral Society might be suspect to some members, her heart is in the right place. Because of her father’s debts and her mother’s persistent illness, her best chance at a secure future and curing her mother is to impress the politician courting her. Her first task–to ask the town’s wealthiest man to donate–seems simple enough . . . until he refuses. Despite appearances, Nicholas Lowe wants to help others, but prefers to keep his charity private. When Lydia proves persistent, they agree to a bargain, but Nicholas still intends to do things his own way. Neither predicts what they’ll learn about true charity or foresee the complications their actions will bring to the town, forcing Lydia to decide where her beliefs and heart truly align. (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker])
With All My Heart Romance Collection by Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund, Melissa Jagears, Sarah Loudin Thomas, Jen Turano — Take a journey across America and through time in this collection of five novellas from some of Christian fiction’s top writers. The collection includes: Karen Witemeyer’s “Love on the Mend,” set in post-Civil War Texas, tells the story of two competing doctors. Jody Hedlund’s “Out of the Storm” finds a desperate woman shipwrecked near a Michigan lighthouse. Melissa Jagears’ “Love by the Letter” is an unexpected mail-order-bride prairie story. Sarah Loudin Thomas’ “Appalachian Serenade” finds love in a small-town West Virginia store. Finally, Jen Turano’s “Gentleman of Her Dreams” tackles the New York social season. (Historical Romance from Bethany House (Baker) Publishing)
Devoted Defender by Rachel Dylan — Personal Chef Annie Thomas thought she’d finally found a safe haven from her past. But when her boss is shot in cold blood leaving her as the only witness, she’s forced to go on the run—again. And this time there is an even bigger target on her back. Navy SEAL turned small town police chief Caleb Winters doesn’t like that danger has come to Maxwell, Georgia. But he vows to protect the innocent woman seeking refuge from an organized crime network that he knows will stop at nothing to tie up loose ends. When hiding is no longer an option and threats surround them, will Caleb be the devoted defender Annie needs with her life on the line? (Independently Published [ACFW QIP Approved] Romantic Suspense)
In most places, school starts this month. Let’s say you’re hauling your kids back and forth to school. Which of the above books will you choose to take with you to read during those minutes while you’re waiting for dismissal?
More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
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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