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WHEN I FALL IN LOVE: A Christiansen Family Novel by Susan May Warren (Romance)
Hawaii was the last place Grace Christiansen ever imagined she’d vacation, much less fall in love. Max Sharpe may make his living on the ice as a pro hockey player, but he feels most at home in the kitchen. Which is why he lives for the three-week culinary vacation he takes each year in Hawaii. Upon being paired with Grace for a cooking competition, Max finds himself drawn to her passion, confidence and perseverance. If love means sacrificing her ideal happily ever after, Grace’s faith will face its toughest test yet.


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FIREWALL by DiAnn Mills (Romantic Suspense)
After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be. Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband.

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ALL FOR A SISTER by Allison Pittman (Historical Romance)
In Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties, Celeste DuFrane has it all. Her father’s work with color movie film opens doors that lead to the stardom she’s always aspired to. But after losing her mother, she discovers that half the estate has been left to a woman accused of killing Celeste’s baby sister before Celeste was even born. Then a surprising discovery begins to fill in the missing pieces: Marguerite DuFrane’s written confession, penned shortly before her death.

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ANNIE’S STORIES: An Ellis Island Novel
by Cindy Thomson
(Historical Fiction)
To Annie Gallagher, stories are more than entertainment --- they’re a reminder of her storyteller father. After his death, Annie left Ireland, finding work at Hawkins House. But when authorities threaten to shut down the boardinghouse, Annie fears she may lose her means of funding her dream: a memorial library to honor her father. Furthermore, the postman shows a little too much interest in Annie and in her father’s stories.

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WE MAKE THE ROAD BY WALKING: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation by Brian D. McLaren (Christian Rituals & Practice/Worship & Liturgy)
Brian McLaren's latest book offers everything you need to explore what a difference an honest, living, growing faith can make in our world today. It also puts tools in your hands to create a life-changing learning community in any home, restaurant, or other welcoming space. The 52 (plus a few) weekly readings each can be read aloud in 10-12 minutes, and offer a simple curriculum of insightful reflections and transformative practices. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


A DEADLY BUSINESS: A Mia Quinn Mystery
by Lis Wiehl and April Henry
(Mystery)
Detective Charlie Carlson believes that Mia Quinn's husband's deadly car accident was no accident at all. When Mia and Charlie encounter resistance to reopening the case, they take the investigation into their own hands. And they find much more than they bargained for. Was Mia's husband more than an accountant...and less than an honest man? As the truth becomes more shocking and the case grows more complex, her husband's killers take note of Mia...and her children. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.


THE ADVOCATE
by Randy Singer
(Historical Fiction)
At the trial of Christ, Theophilus, brilliant young assessore raised in the Roman aristocracy, stands behind Pontius Pilate and whispers, “Offer to release Barabbas.” The strategy backfires, and Theophilus never forgets the sight of an innocent man unjustly suffering the worst of all possible deaths --- Roman crucifixion. Three decades later, he's defending the man Paul in Nero’s deranged court. Can Theophilus mount a defense that will keep another innocent man from execution? Reviewed by Michele Howe.



THE WAY BACK FROM LOSS: Reassembling the Pieces of a Broken Life
by Wayne Hastings
(Devotional)
Whether it is the loss of a job, a relationship or a loved one, the pain associated with loss takes time to overcome. No matter where you are in the grieving process, THE WAY BACK FROM LOSS provides you with the comfort and encouragement you need to move on with your life. This 60-day devotional is divided into five sections that show you how to trust in God’s constant presence, let go of blame and regret, and discover that disappointments sometimes lead to the greatest opportunities. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


ARMS WIDE OPEN: A Call to Linger in the Savior's Presence
by Sherri Gragg
(Devotional)
Christians so often view Christ as someone who’s far away and can’t be approached until they have their lives in order. In ARMS OPEN WIDE, author Sherri Gragg proves that Christ is a kinder, more tender, more loving Savior than many understand Him to be. Sherri writes in fictional narrative form while mixing biblical history with scripture, creating a setting that transforms readers back in time and places them right in Jesus’ presence. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.


HOPE RUNS: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption
by Claire Diaz-Ortiz and Samuel Ikua Gachagua
(Memoir)
Claire Díaz-Ortiz went to Kenya to climb a mountain. But God had other plans. HOPE RUNS is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and how one day became one year that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It's about opening your heart to outrageous possibilities. It's about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. It's about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

 

SOMEBODY LIKE YOU by Beth K. Vogt (Romance)
Haley’s three-year marriage to Sam, an army medic, ends tragically when he’s killed in Afghanistan. Her attempts to create a new life for herself are ambushed when she arrives home one evening --- and finds her husband's estranged twin brother, Stephen, waiting for her. Stephen discovers Sam never told Haley about him. As Haley and Stephen navigate their fragile relation¬ship, they are drawn to each other. How can they honor the memory of a man whose death brought them together --- and whose ghost could drive them apart? Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

 

A BEAUTIFUL DEFEAT: Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God by Kevin Malarkey with Matthew L. Jacobson (Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
There is a gnawing feeling inside all of us that says we could be better. If we would just be more organized or work a little harder, we’d finally have the rich and fulfilling life we want. But the message of the cross is different. The message is not one of God saying, “I died for your sins to work as a consultant to help you achieve the life you’re determined to have.” Jesus died to reconcile us to God so that we can die and give our lives to him and to others --- a total surrender that is truly a beautiful defeat! Reviewed by Michele Howe.


 

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