I am overwhelmed by the number of new books coming out! Every time someone asks, “have you read . . .?”, I just shake my head and say, “I’m at least 4 books behind on my TBR pile as it is!” Lorna’s When Love Calls is VERY high on that list, BTW – and check out the contest at the bottom of the post for YOUR chance to win a copy!
Anyway, I’ll get to them, eventually – that’s one of the perks of working in a public library with a growing Christian Fiction section!
Today I want to focus on the four books that I’ve anticipated for a LONG time – One of which, I’ve read, and four that I want to read ASAP!
Here they are, in order of their release . . .
Picture Perfect, by Janice Thompson, came out in February, and as an avid fan of her “Weddings by Bella” series, I was thrilled to see Bella back with her family and business in full swing, and ready to help out some other professionals in the wedding biz! Here’s a blurb:
She’s trying to focus on her future. How can one man make everything feel so . . . fuzzy?
Hannah McDermott has a successful photography studio. She’ll soon be featured in Texas Bride magazine. And she has a celebrity client whose Galveston ceremony will be her ticket to the top spot on wedding coordinator Bella Neeley’s list of recommended photographers. But it could all come crashing down around her because of one man: archrival and photographer extraordinaire Drew Kincaid.
As the competition between Hannah and Drew heats up, Hannah is surprised to find that it’s not the only thing getting more intense. She can’t get the handsome man out of her thoughts–or even out of her line of sight–and the job of her dreams is turning into a nightmare. Will everything she’s worked for slip out of her hands? And can she see past her pride to find a picture-perfect love?
With contagious humor and a cast of quirky characters, Janice Thompson gives you crazy bridal-business drama, sweet romance, and a satisfying dose of laughter.
I am told that there will be MORE Bella books coming!
I met debut author Patrick Carr at my first-ever ACFW conference – his, too – and liked him immediately. Not only does he have a quirky sense of humor, but, bless his heart, he has taught middle and high school, just like my husband. A minion of author Kaye Dacus, he and our own Dawn Ford will be the reason I delve into Speculative Fiction!
Here is a bit from Carr’s February release, A Cast of Stones:
The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones
In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.
Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty nears its end and the selection of the new king begins–but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones.
Pssst . . . Patrick’s 2nd book in the “Staff and the Sword” series comes out this summer!
Sandra Robbins’ March release of Mountain Homecoming is next on my list. Usually a writer of suspense, Robbins took historical romance to heart and placed it her beloved Tennessee Smoky Mountains.
In the second book in the Smoky Mountain Dreams series, acclaimed author Sandra Robbins spins a tender tale of God’s faithfulness throughout the generations.
Rani Martin, Simon and Anna’s only daughter, is a beautiful and spirited young woman living deep in the heart of the Smoky Mountains. She has plenty of ideas about the man she’ll marry someday, but none of them could have prepared her for the return of Matthew Jackson.
Matthew left Cades Cove as a child after his father’s death. Now he’s come back to build a new life for himself, and it’s his dearest wish that Rani be a part of that life. But the people of the Cove won’t let him forget the sins of his father, and Matthew can’t forget the darkness of his own past.
Is there a place for Matthew in the Cove? And can the light of Rani’s love overcome his pain?
Last, but CERTAINLY not least, is the highly-anticipated May 1 release of Kaye Dacus’ Follow the Heart: A Great Exhibition Novel. For those of you who have followed her contemporary “Brides of Boneterre” series and her historical “Ransome Trilogy,” you know that to read Kaye’s books is to find humor, suspense, and tender romance, no matter what the era.
A bit from Follow the Heart:
Set during the Industrial Revolution and the Great Exhibition of 1851, Follow the Heart is a “sitting-room romance” with the feel of a Regency-era novel but the fashions and technological advances of the mid-Victorian age.
Kate and Christopher Dearing’s lives turn upside down when their father loses everything in a railroad land speculation. The siblings are shipped off to their mother’s brother in England with one edict: marry money.
At twenty-seven years old, Kate has the stigma of being passed over by eligible men many times—and that was before she had no dowry. Christopher would like nothing better than to make his own way in the world; and with a law degree and expertise in the burgeoning railroad industry, he was primed to do just that—in America.
Though their uncle tries to ensure Kate and Christopher find matrimonial prospects only among the highest echelon of British society, their attentions stray to a gardener and a governess.
While Christopher has options that would enable him to lay his affections where he chooses, he cannot let the burden of their family’s finances crush his sister. Trying to push her feelings for the handsome—but not wealthy— gardener aside, Kate’s prospects brighten when a wealthy viscount shows interest in her. But is marrying for the financial security of her family the right thing to do, when her heart is telling her she’s making a mistake?
Mandates . . . money . . . matrimony. Who will follow the heart?
If you want more in-depth info about this series, check out Kaye’s blog at http://www.kayedacus.com!
Happy Reading, Happy SPRING!
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