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March 2014 New Christian Fiction Releases

Spring waits around the corner with its daffodils and budding trees. Start the season off right with a collection of new reads by some of your favorite Christian fiction authors.

Contemporary Romance:

Wild Mint Tea by Valerie Comer — A local-foods chef caters events to keep her farm, but the first wedding comes with a ruggedly handsome brother-of-the-bride with no interest in settling to one place. (Contemporary Romance from Choose Now Publishing)

Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter — Jade McKinley felt like a weed in a rose garden growing up in Chapel Springs. When she left, she thought she’d never look back. But now, pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return. The mayor of Chapel Springs, Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. While his own home life was almost non-existent, Daniel fit right into the boisterous McKinley family. He’s loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she’s back, his feelings are stronger than ever. Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Love Redeemed by Kelly Irvin — Phoebe Christner is thrilled when the families of her close-knit Amish community decide to spend a week at the lake. And it doesn’t hurt that Michael Daugherty will be coming along. They’ll find ways to spend time together–she’s certain of it–and their romance will have time to blossom. But when tragedy strikes, Phoebe and Michael are torn apart by their pain and the knowledge of their guilt. (Contemporary Romance from Harvest House Publishers)

An Amish Garden by Beth Wiseman, Vannetta Chapman, Kathleen Fuller, and Tricia Goyer — A collection of charming Amish stories centered around the theme of gardening by four of this genre’s most popular authors. (Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson & Zondervan])

Historical Romance:

Healer of Carthage by Lynne Gentry — A modern-day doctor gets trapped in third-century Carthage, Rome, where she uncovers buried secrets, confronts Christian persecution, and battles a deadly epidemic to save the man she loves. Historical Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Tide and Tempest by Elizabeth Ludwig — Two years ago, her fiancé perished during their voyage to America. Now she discovers it may have been murder… (Historical Romance from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)

Vow Unbroken by Caryl McAdoo — Susannah Baylor, a spunky young widow with a young daughter and teenage nephew in her care, raises cotton on a small farm in northeast Texas. When a local buyer reneges on his offer to purchase her crop, she finds herself with only one option: cart her cotton to market in Jefferson herself. Sue employs Henry Buckmeyer to accompany her and the children. Facing the elements and other dangers, the foursome starts out with the common goal of getting their goods to market. (Historical Romance from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

The Guardian’s Promise by Christina Rich — An evil queen and her royal guards will stop at nothing to find – and kill – the rightful heir to the throne of Judah. When their pursuit leads them to Mira’s village, only her father’s bond servant, Ari, a man shrouded in secrets, can keep Mira safe. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])


Because of the Rain by Deborah Raney — One unimaginable night changes a couple’s lives forever. Their love for God and for each other is put to the ultimate test as they confront heart-wrenching decisions. (Contemporary from Greenbrier Books)

The Shepherd’s Song by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers– Psalm 23, written on a piece of paper, travels around the world changing the lives of twelve people. (Contemporary from Howard [Simon & Schuster])

Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey — Starting a family was supposed to be easy. Twin sisters June and July have never encountered an obstacle they couldn’t overcome. Married just after graduating college, the girls and their husbands remained a close-knit group. Now settled and successful, the next logical step is children. But as the couples struggle to conceive, each must reconcile the goodness of God with their present suffering. Will their faith be strong enough to triumph in the midst of trial? (Contemporary Women’s Fiction from HopeSprings)

Romantic Suspense:

Beneath a Navajo Moon by Lisa Carter — What happens when love and danger collide deep in the heart of the Navajo Nation? (Romantic Suspense from Abingdon Press)

Stolen Memories by Liz Johnson — Attacked and left for dead, “Julie Thomas” has amnesia, and doesn’t know why anyone would want to hurt her. But when surveillance video of that night shows Julie holding a baby—a baby nowhere to be found—she panics. Is the child hers? Where is she now? With no answers and no place to go, Julie accepts Detective Zach Jones’s offer to help her solve both mysteries. The handsome, loyal cop makes her feel safe. But someone is trying very hard to make sure her memories stay buried forever. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Dark Tide by Susan Sleeman — When the woman Derrick Justice has never stopped loving and the baby he’s come to adore are in a killer’s crosshairs, can Derrick trap the cold-blooded murderer before he strikes again? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Historical Mystery:

Death by the Book by Julianna Deering — Drew Farthering is determined to convince his American sweetheart Madeline Parker to accept his marriage proposal and stay on at his English country estate, but a series of baffling murders, each with a cryptic clue pinned into the body of the victim, might keep him from doing so . . . permanently. (Historical Mystery from Bethany House [Baker] Publishing)


Final Trimester by Dianna T. Benson — Paramedic Jodi Duncan recognizes the work of a serial killer before Myrtle Beach PD even suspects a connection between the deaths of two pregnant women. Despite the vast differences in the two cases, Jodi urges Detective Nate Quigley to think outside the box. After digging deep into the separate investigations, Nate finds no evidence to support a serial killer theory, and he warns Jodi to back off police business, which only fuels her obsession with the cases. (Medical Mystery from Ellechor Publishing House)

Murder Simply Brewed by Vannetta Chapman — When the coffee shop manager is murdered in Middlebury’s Amish Artisan Village, two women from different walks of life must join together to solve the mystery and in the process renew their faith in God’s promises. (Cozy Mystery from Zondervan)

Red Gold by Sandy Nadeau — When someone tries to sabotage Mandy Phillips’ Colorado guest ranch, she risks everything to protect her guests and the land she loves. (Mystery from Harbourlight Books [Pelican])

Which of the above novels makes your reading buds blossom?

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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