Monday, October 13, 2014

A Love Undone by Cindy Woodsmall

A Love Undone is sub-titled: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace, and author Cindy Woodsmall delivers a deluge of both.

Jolene Keim is nineteen when her "happily ever after" is destroyed by a tragic accident which leaves her as guardian to her five siblings--one with special needs. Not only must she turn her back on love and a life of her own, but she will need every ounce of strength and will power to keep her family together.

Ten years pass and only Ray, 18, and Hope, 15, are left at home. Jolene has gained the attention of Pastor Glen, a young widower with a brood of his own, but her heart is drawn to Andy Fisher, a horse trainer with an adorable son. But circumstances never seem to be in Jolene's favor, and it becomes obvious that they can never be together.

Cindy Woodsmall writes characters that are real, honest, and broken-- but she has a way of challenging the reader to keep on hoping that possibly, just around the river bend, there will be peace for the weary soul. And just maybe the truly deserving ones who persevere  will find love.

Sometimes a book gets into your hands at the exact right moment and becomes a friend and companion through a tough time. While I was reading A Love Undone, I received news that a couple that I had known through our church had been killed in a car accident leaving two children without parents. I believe with all my heart that God has a plan, and somehow through it all He will be glorified. He will not leave them as orphans. I write this with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.

So, share a book with someone you love- A Love Undone is a great one. Share a hug. Affirm life.

For more information from the publisher please read on.



This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Love Undone

WaterBrook Press (September 9, 2014)

by

Cindy Woodsmall


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written fifteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy’s been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has worked with National Geographic on a documentary concerning Amish life. In June of 2013, the Wall Street Journal listed Cindy as one of the top three Amish fiction writers.


She’s won Fiction Book of the Year, Reviewer’s Choice Awards, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, as well as one of Crossings’ Best Books of the Year. She’s been a finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards, Christian Book of the Year, and Christian Retailers Choice Awards.


Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in their now empty nest.

(Since that last line sounds sad and bare, I thought I’d add an “epilogue” of sorts. Our two oldest sons are married and live only a couple of miles from my empty nest, and below are my three adorable grandchildren! ♥)


ABOUT THE BOOK



A husband and son abandoned to forge a path alone.
A young woman who sacrificed her dreams.
How will the God of grace and hope help them find their way?


At nineteen years old, Old Order Amish Jolene Keim was on the brink of happily-ever-after when everything changed, stealing the future she expected and burdening her with an unbearable decision. For the next ten years, Jolene throws herself into family life—and then she meets Andy Fisher. The horse trainer and father to a sweet nine year-old challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face.


Andy is cautious about his deepening friendship with Jolene, but he believes she knows the truth about him – that he is a grass widower. As a man whose wife has abandoned him six years past, he is unable to divorce or remarry according to the Amish ways. Andy has wrestled with God concerning his reality, and he had found peace with the solitary future facing him…until he met Jolene.


As Andy and Jolene find themselves confronted by difficult choices, will they trust in God's guidance—or will the allure of their deepening friendship only lead to further temptation?


If you would like to read the first chapter of A Love Undone, go HERE.







Thursday, September 25, 2014

Hidden in the Stars-- a Quilts of Love novel by Robin Caroll

Abbingdon Press's Quilts of Love series is always a happy anticipation. The only theme-- the one rule is: there must be a quilt involved.

Hidden in the Stars is a detective novel about the murder of a former Russian ballerina and the torture of her daughter, Sophia, who was left for dead at the scene. The crime sets off a chain of events which will uncover secrets and lies that have the potential to destroy accomplishments and lifetimes of  sacrifices. It exposes the truth about love and ambition built on shaky foundations of selfish desire and want.

Detective Julian Frazier finds himself falling for the lovely and vulnerable Sophia but he must solve the mystery or he may lose her forever.

Author Robin Caroll writes to entertain, but also manages to delve into the questions of truth and what really matters in this life that we are given.

Please read on for more information about Hidden in the Stars!




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Hidden in the Stars

Abingdon Press (September 16, 2014)

by

Robin Caroll




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Born and raised in Louisiana, Robin Caroll is a southerner through and through. Her passion has always been to tell stories to entertain others. Robin’s mother, bless her heart, is a genealogist who instilled in Robin the deep love of family and pride of heritage—two aspects Robin weaves into each of her books.


When she isn’t writing, Robin spends time with her husband of twenty-plus years, her 3 beautiful daughters, 2 precious grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home—in the South, where else?




ABOUT THE BOOK

Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother’s offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn’t help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia’s mother’s “special” quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia’s unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?



If you would like to read the first chapter of Hidden in the Stars, go HERE.





Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead by Diane Noble

Caterer El Littlefield and Professor Max Haverhill team up in Diane Noble's new cozy mystery novel, The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead.

A figurehead with a past worthy of the "Monuments Men" holds a secret of "National Treasure" proportions. She becomes the centerpiece of intrigue, legend, and lore--and the object of desire for  some very unsavory characters.

El and Max must put their heads and hearts together to solve the mystery and save El's friend Hyacinth, who valiantly puts herself in harms way.

The book is sub-titled "A Professor and Mrs. Littlefield Mystery" indicating that there will be more mysteries to come. I hope so. As a fan of Agatha Christie, G.K. Chesterton, and Juliana Deering, The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead snuggles right in there with the best of them.

Please read on for more about this novel that you won't want to miss!! ;)




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead

David C. Cook (September 1, 2014)


by

Diane Noble




ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


Award-winning novelist Diane Noble writes stories that tap into the secrets of the heart.


With more than a quarter million books in print, Diane feels incredibly blessed to be doing what she loves best—writing the stories of her heart.


For the last three years Diane has been honored to be lead author for the popular Guideposts series, Mystery and the Minister’s Wife (Through the Fire, Angels Undercover), and has recently returned to writing historical fiction. She recently finished writing book two of her new historical series, The Brides of Gabriel. Book one, The Sister Wife, and book 2, The Betrayal, which are published by Harper Collins/Avon Inspire, are now in bookstores.


Now empty nesters, Diane and her husband live in the Southern California low desert, near a place known for the lush and beautiful gated communities of the rich and famous.




ABOUT THE BOOK

She’s Passionate about Solving the Case ... with the Town’s Life-Long Bachelor


El Littllefield runs The Butler Did It catering. It’s the perfect cover for her to solve “who-done-its” (nothing too dangerous, please!) in this small university town nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. While catering her most important event yet—a fancy retirement dinner for Dr. Max Haverhill, life-long bachelor and history dean—countless guests fall ill, a 200 year-old relic is stolen, and her best friend vanishes. All in the first hour.


As El and Max race to solve the mystery, they discover there’s more to their relationship than simply solving the case. Welcome to Eden’s Bridge—the perfect small town setting for big intrigue, romance, and humor.



If you would like to read the first chapter of The Curious Case of the Missing Figurehead, go HERE





Saturday, September 6, 2014

Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes

In a perfect world everyone would have 2 wonderful parents to welcome, nurture, love, and prepare us for a life free of ship wrecks and other nuisances. But life's not like that for most and although heroine Libby's world is not perfect, she has turned out fairly well. Raised by a wealthy, narcissistic mother and abandoned by her father, Libby has gotten by relying on her intelligence and wry sense of humor. She faces life with caution and a fair dose of cynicism. She looks forward to marrying her fiance, Rob, a really, really great guy whom her mother, Caroline, despises.

When Libby discovers amidst the wedding plans, and premarital medical testing that she could not possibly be Caroline's biological daughter she is partly relieved and justifiably outraged. She embarks on a journey to discover from whence she came but in the process finds some missing pieces of her soul as well.

If a trip to the Outer Banks, North Carolina appeals to you. If you yearn for the feel of the sand between your toes, driftwood smooth as silk, a cool dog named Rufus, and a severely alcoholic father in need of saving you are in for a marvelous treat.

Author Gina Holmes is one of my favorite writers, and she has out done herself with Driftwood Tides--I didn't want it to end--a real treasure.

Please read on for more about this truly wonderful book.



This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Driftwood Tides

Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)

by

Gina Holmes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Gina Holmes is the founder of  Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW  bestseller. Her sophomore novel,  Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.


ABOUT THE BOOK



He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore.
When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.


Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A Grand Design by Amber Stockton

A Grand Design is a romp of a novel guaranteed to make you smile and swoon--if you are the type of reader that enjoys books or movies such as Austenland or (as mentioned in the book) Somewhere in Time. Or books about two single, career-minded friends, who haven't found their Mr. Rights, and win a trip to the beautiful and amazing Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island!

Heroine Allyssa grew up vacationing at her grandmother's cottage on the island but hasn't been back in fifteen years for reasons that she isn't willing to share with anyone. Her friend Libby is a fun and sassy side-kick who draws attention and mischief wherever she goes. Of course there are a couple of very nice young men who are eager to get to know them better.

I liked the squeaky clean tone of A Grand Design, and the story was just the light hearted escape that my news saturated soul needed... As this is a Quilts of Love book, there is, naturally, a quilt involved!

For more about A Grand Design and author Amber Stockton please read on.




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

A Grand Design

Abingdon Press (August 19, 2014)

by

Amber Stockton


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:




Words from the author:


Hi, I'm Amber, but my friends call me Tiff, short for Tiffany, my first name. I am in my mid-30's, married to the love of my life since July 2007, have a daughter and a son, and live in Colorado. Here, I am content to do what I love—write, speak, and offer virtual assistance.


Thanks to the gentle nudging of a fellow author -- Tracie Peterson -- in 2002, I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers and wouldn't be published today without them. For those of you who are also fiction writers looking for a wonderful support group, check them out! My very first book, Promises, Promises, sold in December 2006 and released in February 2008. I've been going steady ever since.


ABOUT THE BOOK



When Alyssa Denham, a single career woman, wins a fun getaway for two on Mackinac Island where her grandmother lives, she gives her carefree best friend a call. Together, they tour the old shops and hidden treasures of the quaint island while helping Alyssa’s grandmother piece together an heirloom quilt. Their quest gains them entrance into the homes of many longtime residents of the island, parts of the city that are otherwise off limits to tourists.
As the quilt’s story takes shape, Alyssa gains amazing insight into her grandmother’s life . . . and attracts the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman, an island resident in charge of hotel transportation. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will the quest to piece together the heirloom quilt restore Alyssa’s fractured heart—and bring healing to her entire family?


If you would like to read the first chapter of A Grand Design, go HERE.




Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sky Zone/ the Crittendon Files by Creston Mapes

Sky Zone by Creston Mapes is part political thriller, part family drama, and offers much food for thought on how to deal with the pressure of the times in which we live.

Character Jack Crittendon is an out of work reporter moonlighting for a security firm that oversees large scale events. With baby number three due along with stacks of bills, and a mother-in-law who is both a help and a hindrance, he is at his wit's end.

A terror incident at a venue he is working starts a domino effect touching and connecting his life with others, exposing flaws and highlighting acts of courage and kindness.

You might say that Sky Zone is a novel about grace under fire.




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Sky Zone

David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)


by

Creston Mapes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:








Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.


ABOUT THE BOOK



A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
A terrorist threat.
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions.


Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn't making matters any easier.
With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives--and the lives of thousands of innocent people.


If you would like to read the first chapter of Sky Zone, go HERE.





Thursday, July 31, 2014

In the Field of Grace--a novel by Tessa Afshar


In "In the Field of Grace" Ms. Afshar tackles the story of Ruth and Boaz from the book of Ruth, one of the greatest love stories of all time. But it is so much more than a romance novel. It is a story of extreme heartache, loss, death, barrenness, grace, and redemption.

Ruth is a complex heroine who has placed herself in servitude and pledged allegiance to her mother-in-law, Naomi, after her husband dies. When Naomi decides to move back to her homeland of Bethlehem Ruth is given the option to stay with her people in Moab, or travel to Bethlehem and live amongst the Hebrews whose God she is learning to trust.

Tessa Afshar has a way of taking biblical characters out of the genre of the cardboard cut out and wraps their burlap covered flesh in prose like cashmere.

For me, well written biblical fiction can activate healing and peace to my frazzled contemporary soul. I would love for everyone to read "In the Field of Grace".

Blessings.

Please read on for more about this lovely book.
This week, the
is introducing
River North; New Edition edition (July 1, 2014)
by


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 



TESSA AFSHAR was voted "New Author of the Year" by the Family Fiction sponsored Reader's Choice Award 2011 for her novel Pearl in the Sand. She was born in Iran, and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life.  She moved to England where she survived boarding school for girls and fell in love with Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte, before moving to the United States permanently.  Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds an MDiv from Yale University where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School.  She has spent the last thirteen years in full-time Christian work.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Destitute, grief-stricken, and unwanted by the people of God, Ruth arrives in Israel with nothing to recommend her but Naomi's, love. Her loftiest hope is to provide enough food to save Naomi and herself from starvation.


But God has other plans for her life. While everyone considers Ruth an outcast, she is astounded to find one of the most honored men of Judah showing her favor.  Long since a widower and determined to stay that way, Boaz is irresistibly drawn to the foreign woman with the haunted eyes. He tells himself he is only being kind to his Cousin Naomi's chosen daughter when he goes out of his way to protect her from harm, but his heart knows better.


Based on the biblical account of Ruth, In the Field of Grace is the story of a love that ultimately changes the course of Israel's destiny and the future of the whole world.




If you would like to read the first chapter of In The Field of Grace, go HERE.