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February 2015 ACFW New Fiction Releases

 Ah, it’s the month of love. Celebrate with a new romance! 

Amish Romance:

Keys of Heaven: A Healing Grace Novel by Adina Senft — Apprentice Dokterfraa  Sarah Yoder grows herbs for her tinctures and tries to ignore her matchmaking relatives, but she can’t ignore her budding friendship with her neighbor, Henry Byler. Henry has to resist her attraction when his pottery investors decide to market him as Amish-he has never joined the church and doesn’t plan to. When Sarah and Henry are called upon to help a runaway, Sarah oversteps her bounds and finds that God knows best how to heal the heart. (Amish Romance from Faith Words [Hachette])

Biblical Fiction:

The Crimson Cord, Rahab’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith — Rahab’s gambling husband sells her into prostitution. Then spies infiltrate Jericho and she ends up in league with them. She offers her body for a debt she does not owe-what price will redeem her soul? (Biblical Fiction from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Contemporary Romance:

Winning Over the Heiress (Heartsong Presents) by Narelle Atkins — Can Sean Mitchell be redeemed? His new boss, Julia Radcliffe, isn’t so sure. After walking out on her a year ago, the bad boy with the surfer good looks is back in her life and determined to keep it that way. It took time and faith, but Sean is finally on the right path. When his past threatens his and Julia’s future, can he convince her that love can overcome every mistake? (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Secretly Yours: A Riverbend Romance Novella by Valerie Comer — Chef Lindsey Solberg agrees to cater the church’s Valentine’s Day fundraising banquet as a favor to her teen sister, but she’s shocked to discover the bad boy from her high school days is now Riverbend’s youth pastor. Seriously? How could he have changed that much? Nick Harrison has prayed for years for an opportunity to make amends. Now Lindsey’s back in Riverbend and won’t give him the time of day. What’s a guy to do except leave a trail of gifts from a secret admirer? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck — American heiress Corina Del Rey reignites her career in journalism after a long fog of grief, but her past with war veteran and star rugby player Prince Stephen of Brighton catches up to her. With a little help from heaven and his brother, King Nathaniel II, can they overcome the tragedy of war, move forward, and find love again?  (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Women’s Fiction:

The Vigil by Marian P. Merritt — In Bijou Bayou fleeing an abusive boyfriend, Cheryl Broussard finds work as a Hospice nurse. While reading a dying patient’s Korean War love letters, family secrets shatter Cheryl’s beliefs about herself and shed light on the reason she first fled her hometown. Can Cheryl deal with the truth and accept a second chance with her family, old friends, and the God she never really knew? (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert — Following in her estranged father’s footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan is climbing the ladder of success providing safe drinking water for millions, when disaster strikes and she learns this kind of achievement often comes with a very high price. (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group)

Historical Romance:

The Homestead Brides Collection by Mary Connealy, Darlene Franklin, Carla Olson Gade, Ruth Logan Herne, Pam Hillman, DiAnn Mills, Erica Vetsch, Becca Whitham, and Kathleen Y’Barbo — Through nine historical romance adventures, readers will journey along with individuals who are ready to stake a claim and plant their dreams on a piece of the great American plains. While fighting land disputes, helping neighbors, and tackling the challenges of nature, the homesteaders are placed in the path of other dreamers with whom romance sparks. And God has His hand in orchestrating each unique meeting. (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Last Heiress
Review Coming Soon

Brandywine Brides by Amber Stockton — A family of bookstore owners has their faith restored and love multiplied in beautiful historical Delaware. Caroline manages a bookstore while her parents would prefer she marry. Grace seeks a missing heirloom book with the help of a questionable young man. Lillian reopens the bookstore in her brother’s memory. Will each woman’s literature inspired dreams lead her to a man of faith and devotion? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The Last Heiress by Mary Ellis — When the heiress to England’s largest textile mills travels to Wilmington to restore cotton shipments during the American Civil War, class distinction, political loyalties, and family feuds guarantee trouble for her new romance. (Historical Romance from Harvest House Publishers)

Romantic Suspense:

Fugitive Trackdown by Sandra Robbins — A shy Southern librarian and a bounty hunter join forces to track down her father’s killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey — Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska’s Iditarod race, a growing attraction forces aside old arguments. When a girl is kidnapped, Kirra and Reef are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who also threatens to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen. (Romantic Suspense from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)


Found and Lost (Haven Seekers #2) by Amanda G. Stevens — Violet DuBay has an opportunity to infiltrate the Christian resistance, but what she learns dents her resolve to turn them in to the Constabulary. (Speculative Fiction from David C. Cook)

There is a novella collection in this list with stories from nine authors. Are you a fan of novellas? What do you like or not like about them? Do you prefer a single novella or a collection with several in one book?

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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As an author of heartwarming historical and contemporary romance, Sandra Ardoin engages readers with page-turning stories of love and faith. Rarely out of reach of a book, she's also an armchair sports enthusiast, country music listener, and seldom says no to eating out.

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  • Dora Hiers

    I prefer single novellas. I have a collection now on my kindle that I read two of the three, and even though this author is one of my faves, that last book seems to have drifted to the bottom of my stack. For some reason, it’s like reading a fat book, and I lose interest before the end.

    What I like? They’re quick and easy to blow through in a short time. I especially appreciate that about holiday novellas where time is stretched thin. What I don’t like? Stories that leave me feeling shortchanged. 🙂

    • Sandra Ardoin

      That nine-story collection is a lot. I don’t mind the three and four-story books, but I think I’d probably do the same as you. I’d read a number of them, then end up skipping the rest before getting into something else. Thanks, Dora!

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