A Sweet, Uplifting Romance Series

A Sweet, Uplifting Romance SeriesWhere She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander
Published by Revell on January 5th 2016

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Genres: Romance
Pages: 368
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Shelby Kincaid is ready to move on from her grief. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family's ancestral homestead so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she'll have her work cut out for her.
AJ Sullivan never wanted the homestead. Inherited as a punishment from his grandfather, it has sat empty for fifteen years and fallen into ruin. He's glad to finally unload it. But a clean break isn't possible when he can't get the young widow Shelby off his mind.
Welcome to Misty Willow, a place that will have as great a hold over the reader as it does over its inhabitants. With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and personal history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home--and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

Johnnie Alexander pens heartwarming inspirational romances that are both sweet and uplifting.  Readers seeking an old-fashioned romance will love the Misty Willow series.  Suggest starting with the first one, Where She Belongs.

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Three Biblical Historicals to Die For

Three Biblical Historicals to Die ForLand of Silence by Tessa Afshar
Published by Tyndale House Publishers on May 1st 2016
Genres: Biblical Historical
Pages: 400
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Before Christ called her daughter . . .
Before she stole healing by touching the hem of his garment . . .
Elianna is a young girl crushed by guilt. After her only brother is killed while in her care, Elianna tries to earn forgiveness by working for her father's textile trade and caring for her family. When another tragedy places Elianna in sole charge of the business, her talent for design brings enormous success, but never the absolution she longs for. As her world unravels, she breaks off her betrothal to the only man she will ever love. Then illness strikes, isolating Elianna from everyone, stripping everything she has left.
No physician can cure her. No end is in sight. Until she hears whispers of a man whose mere touch can heal. After so many years of suffering and disappointment, is it possible that one man could redeem the wounds of body . . . and soul?

Tessa Afshar is one of the premiere writers of Biblical historical novels.  Her ability to recreate a world that brings the stories of the Bible alive.  These titles focus on women, some well known and some with a mere mention.  Absorbing writing of the best kind – you won’t want any of these stories to end.

Three Biblical Historicals to Die ForIn the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar
Published by River North on July 1st 2014
Pages: 290
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Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi's home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left--a strong back and a willing heart--to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.
Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.

Three Biblical Historicals to Die ForBread of Angels by Tessa Afshar
Published by Tyndale House Publishers on June 6th 2017
Genres: Biblical Historical
Pages: 375
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Purple. The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men. One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship. And along the way, she changes the world.
But before she was Lydia, the seller of purple, she was simply a merchant's daughter who loved three things: her father, her ancestral home, and making dye. Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.
With only her father's secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish her business on her own. Determination and serendipitous acquaintances--along with her father's precious dye--help her become one of the city's preeminent merchants. But fear lingers in every shadow, until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming his first European convert. Still, Lydia can't outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruled her life.

Denver Acey’s Mormon Hacker Novels

Denver Acey’s Mormon Hacker NovelsThe Quantum Breach by Denver Acey
Published by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media on June 10th 2014

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Genres: Technothriller
Pages: 256
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The Quantum Breach is a story about Tanner Zane, an upstanding Mormon with a secret criminal past -- extensive computer hacking. When kidnappers force him to breach a top-security government facility, Tanner engages in an intense game of intellectual cat-and-mouse with his captors. This thrilling tale will change the way you reveal information online!

Compelling storylines, fastpaced and crisp writing.  Recommend for fans of techno-thrillers.

Denver Acey’s Mormon Hacker NovelsThe Quantum Deception by Denver Acey
Published by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media on March 10th 2015
Pages: 288
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What starts out as a calm night in Salt Lake City turns into chaos when a passenger plane crashes into the mountains. When reformed cyber hacker Tanner Stone links the accident to an ingenious Chinese computer virus, it’s up to him to prevent it from destroying the financial data of everyone in America! Thrilling, explosive, and packed with twists, this book changes everything you know about Internet security.

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Historical Fiction Based on True Events

Historical Fiction Based on True EventsThe Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron
Published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing on June 7th 2016
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 356
Format: Trade Paperback
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What is revealed when you draw back the curtain of the Greatest Show on Earth?
Rosamund Easling is no stranger to opulence. As the daughter of an earl, she’s grown up with every comfort money can buy. But when hard times befall the family’s Yorkshire estate in the aftermath of the Great War, Rosamund’s father sells her beloved horse, setting the stage for a series of events that would extend beyond even her wildest dreams.
Though expected to marry for a title instead of love, Rosamund feels called to a different life – one of adventure outside the confines of a ladies’ parlor. She abandons all she’s known and follows in pursuit as her horse is shipped to the new owner – an American entertainer by the name of John Ringling. Once introduced to the Ringling Brothers’ circus and knowing she has much to learn, Rosamund agrees to a bareback riding apprenticeship in the shadow of the Ringlings’ winter home—Ca’D’Zan. It is at that mansion, in what would become the last days of the enigmatic Mable Ringling’s life, that Rosamund finds a deeper sense of purpose in the life she’s been given, and the awakening of faith in her heart.
With a supporting cast of characters as mysterious and dazzling as the Ringlings’ big-top world, Rosamund’s journey takes her from the tradition of the English countryside to the last days of America’s Roaring ‘20s—a journey that forever changes what one life might have been.

For those readers seeking historical fiction based on true events, these three by Kristy Cambron are not to be missed. From the secret art of concentration camps, to the bright lights and dark backstages of the Ringling Brothers’ circus, to the streets of Boston and the enigmatic Harry Houdini, Cambron’s books are a sure delight. Her eye to historical detail is spot on and the stories she tells are filled with well-rounded characters that create a feeling of direct interaction with them by the reader. Put these on your sure-bet cart.

Historical Fiction Based on True EventsA Sparrow in Terezin (Hidden Masterpiece #2) by Kristy Cambron
Published by Thomas Nelson on April 7th 2015
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: Trade Paperback
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Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.
Present Day: With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairy tale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels like she's stumbled into a charmed life until a brutal legal battle against fiance William Hanover threatens to destroy their future before it even begins.
Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future with the man she loves.
1942: Kaja Makovsky narrowly escaped Nazi-occupied Prague in 1939 and was forced to leave behind her half-Jewish family. Now a reporter for The Daily Telegraph in England, Kaja discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, she has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.
Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kaja must cling to the faith that sustains them and fight to protect all they hold dear even if it means placing their own futures on the line.


Historical Fiction Based on True EventsThe Illusionist's Apprentice by Kristy Cambron
Published by HarperCollins Christian Publishing on March 7, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: Trade Paperback
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Harry Houdni’s one-time apprentice holds fantastic secrets about the greatest illusionist in the world. But someone wants to claim them . . . or silence her before she can reveal them on her own.
Boston, 1926. Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.
In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.
Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her.
Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.

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Historical Trilogy by Tracie Peterson

Historical Trilogy by Tracie PetersonA Treasure Concealed by Tracie Peterson
Published by Bethany House Publishers on March 1st 2016
Genres: Romance
Pages: 336
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Bestselling Author Tracie Peterson Launches Exciting New Series Set in 1890s MontanaEmily Carver wants a home where she can put down roots instead of following her gold-hungry father from one mining camp to another. She also longs for tenderness and love, both of which are missing in her life. Yet when she realizes she's losing her heart to the intriguing new man in camp, she fiercely fights her feelings, afraid that love will only result in disappointment and heartache. Caeden Thibault, a young geologist, comes to Montana to catalog minerals indigenous to the state. He's a serious and guarded young man trying to escape the pain of his past. He has avoided all romantic entanglements, fearing he might become like his abusive father. But something about Emily Carver has caught his attention, something he never expected. . . . Will these two broken souls allow God to bring healing and hope to their hurting hearts?

Three historical romances set in the Montana mining camps. Immersive setting, excellent historical detail and lovely characters combine to make this a reading experience to remember. Peterson’s many fans will love this. Suggest to readers of Colleen Coble, and Rachel Hauck.

Historical Trilogy by Tracie PetersonA Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson
Series: Sapphire Brides #2
Published by Bethany House Publishers on July 5th 2016
Genres: Romance
Pages: 320
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Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem. Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.
Meeting Ian has changed everything. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.

Historical Trilogy by Tracie PetersonA Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson
Series: Sapphire Brides #3
Published by Bethany House Publishers on September 6th 2016
Genres: Romance
Pages: 336
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The Riveting Final Story in the Sapphire Brides SeriesWhen Clara Vesper's husband, Adolph, dies suddenly, Clara is stunned--but not grief-stricken. Her marriage to Adolph had been arranged, their primary interaction revolving around the sapphire jewelry Clara designed and Adolph produced and sold. Widowed and penniless, with two small children, Clara decides to return to her aunt and uncle's ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy. Curtis Billingham, injured in a sapphire mine collapse, is recuperating at the ranch of his friends, Paul and Madeline Sersland. But when the Serslands' niece returns from New York City, Curtis curses both his broken body and his broken past. Clara, the love of his life, has come back to him, but he is no longer worthy of her love. Clara's brother-in-law Otto Vesper, Adolph's business partner, fears that the loss of Clara's design skills will doom the company's prospects. Following her to Montana, Otto is prepared to do whatever it takes to get Clara to return with him to New York. As Clara fights for love and freedom, a dangerous secret in her late husband's life comes to light, threatening everyone she loves.

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A Fool and His Monet by Sandra Orchard

A Fool and His Monet by Sandra OrchardA Fool and His Monet (Serena Jones Mystery, #1) by Sandra Orchard
Published by Revell Genres: Mystery, Suspense
Pages: 336
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Serena Jones has a passion for recovering lost and stolen art--one that's surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief who murdered her grandfather. She's joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother's pleas to do something safer--like get married--Serena's learning how to go undercover to catch thieves and black market traders.
When a local museum discovers an irreplaceable Monet missing, Jones leaps into action. The clues point in different directions, and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather's murder, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger.

Humorous cozy mystery with a Bridget Jones inner monologue (sans the profanity and swearing) by the main character, Serena Jones. Great for readers who enjoy stories involving art mysteries and amateur sleuths.

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Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

Cold Shot by Dani PettreyCold Shot (Chesapeake Valor, #1) by Dani Pettrey
Published by Bethany House Publishers on February 2nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romantic Suspense, Suspense
Pages: 352
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In college, Griffin McCray and his four best friends had their lives planned out. Griffin and Luke Gallagher would join the Baltimore PD. Declan Gray would head to the FBI and Parker Mitchell would go on to graduate school as a crime scene analyst. But then Luke vanished before graduation and their world--and friendships--crumbled.
Now Griffin is a park ranger at Gettysburg, having left life as a SWAT-team sniper when a case went bad. The job is mostly quiet--until the day he captures two relic hunters uncovering skeletal remains near Little Round Top. Griffin just wants the case to go away, but charming forensic anthropologist Finley Scott determines that the body is modern--a young social justice lawyer missing since spring--and all evidence points to the work of an expert sniper. When FBI agent Declan Gray takes over the case, past and present collide. Griffin soon realizes he'll need to confront some of the darkest days of his life if he--and those he cares about--are going to escape a downward spiral of murder that crosses continents.

Pettrey bursts out the gate with this contemporary romantic suspense novel. First in the Chesapeake Valor series, perfect for fans who like a bit of romance, a bit of adventure and a whole lot of suspense. Readers who enjoy action and adventure will love this. RA: Irene Hannon

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Psychological Suspense

Psychological SuspenseEyes Wide Open (The Outlaw Chronicles, #1) by Ted Dekker
Published by Worthy Publishing on January 21st 2014

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Genres: Psychological Suspense, Suspense
Pages: 272
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Who am I?My name is Christy Snow.I'm seventeen and I'm about to die.
I'm buried in a coffin under tons of concrete. No one knows where I am. My heart sounds like a monster with clobber feet, running straight toward me. I'm lying on my back, soaked with sweat from the hair on my head to the soles of my feet. My hands and feet won't stop shaking.
Some will say that I'm not really here. Some will say I'm delusional. Some will say that I don't even exist. But who are they? I'm the one buried in a grave.

Ted Dekker is a master of psychological suspense in the first book in this series. For fans of Shutter Island, this eerie story will provide readers with a fast-paced story where anything can happen – and does.

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Biblical Historical Fiction

Biblical Historical FictionDelilah: Treacherous Beauty by Angela Hunt
Series: Dangerous Beauty #3
Published by Bethany House Publishers on June 7th 2016

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Genres: Biblical Historical, Historical Fiction
Pages: 347
Format: Trade Paperback
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A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Baddest Girls Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself. When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

These authors are some of my favorites for Biblical historical fiction. Strong women protagonists, atmospheric settings and authentic details, these books are perfect for Biblical historical fiction fans of all stripes.

Biblical Historical FictionThe Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land, #1) by Jill Eileen Smith
Published by Revell on February 17th 2015

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Genres: Biblical Historical, Historical Fiction
Pages: 368
Format: Trade Paperback
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Wife to a gambler who took one too many risks, Rahab finds herself sold as a slave to cover her husband's debt. Forced into prostitution by Dabir, counselor to the Syrian king, Rahab despairs of ever regaining her freedom and her self-respect. But when Israelite spies enter Jericho and come to lodge at her house, Rahab sees a glimmer of hope and the opportunity of a lifetime. In one risky moment, she takes a leap of faith, puts her trust in a God she does not know, and vows to protect the spies from the authorities. When the armies of Israel arrive weeks later, Rahab hopes they will keep their promise, but she has no idea what kind of challenges await her outside Jericho's walls--or if she will ever know the meaning of love.

 

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