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Win a Copy of A LOVE UNDONE by Cindy Woodsmall

 

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? That's the premise of Cindy Woodsmall's latest novel, A LOVE UNDONE: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace, which is now in stores. We're celebrating its release with a special contest that will give 10 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 15th at noon ET.


A LOVE UNDONE: An Amish Novel of Shattered Dreams and God's Unfailing Grace

by Cindy Woodsmall (Romance)
At 19 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. Years later, she meets Andy Fisher, who challenges her and holds up a mirror to issues Jolene has been unwilling to face. 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?

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Win a Copy of A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL by Katie Ganshert

 

Sometimes everything you ever learned about yourself is wrong. This is exactly what 24-year-old model Ivy Clark experiences in A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL, Katie Ganshert's latest novel that released earlier this year. We're now giving 10 readers the opportunity to win a copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, October 15th at noon ET.
 
A BROKEN KIND OF BEAUTIFUL by Katie Ganshert (Romance)
Ivy Clark is a model who moves to the quaint island town of Greenbrier, South Carolina, to be the new face of her stepmother’s bridal wear line. If only her tenuous future didn’t rest in the hands of Davis Knight, her mysterious new photographer. Not only did he walk away from the kind of success Ivy longs for to work maintenance at a local church, he treats her differently than any man ever has. Somehow, Davis sees through the facade she works so hard to maintain.
 
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THE RIVER by Beverly Lewis (Fiction)
Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents' landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn't entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau. Past meets present as Tilly and Ruth yearn for acceptance and redemption.


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THE STORY KEEPER by Lisa Wingate (Fiction)
When successful New York editor Jen Gibbs discovers a decaying slush-pile manuscript on her desk, she has no idea that the story of Sarra, a young mixed-race woman trapped in Appalachia at the turn of the 20th century, will both take her on a journey and change her forever. The search for the rest of the manuscript, and Jen’s suspicions about the identity of its unnamed author, will draw her into a mystery that leads back to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains…and quite possibly through the doors she thought she had closed forever.


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THE DESIRE: The Restoration Series, Book 3 by Dan Walsh and Gary Smalley (Romance)
For two years, Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby. The emotional ride has been taking a toll on their hearts --- and their relationship. Michele is obsessed with researching fertility treatments, while Allan seems content to spend his time --- and their money --- on supporting displaced children in Africa. Something has to give. But they both hope it’s not their marriage. Still, God has a plan for Allan and Michele that they never could have imagined.


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EVERGREEN: A Christiansen Winter Novella by Susan May Warren (Romance)
An empty nest has Ingrid Christiansen dreading the upcoming holidays, but her husband, John, couldn’t be more excited about this new season of life. As a beautiful blanket of snow transforms the north woods into a winter wonderland, a deep chill settles over John and Ingrid’s marriage. With the holidays fast approaching, their only hope of keeping their love evergreen depends on turning the page on the past and embracing a new chapter of their future.


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DRIFTWOOD TIDES by Gina Holmes (Fiction)
When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world --- until 23-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of Adele. 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 to whom he had given saint status was not the woman he thought he knew.


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HONOR: Quaker Brides, Book 1 by Lyn Cote (Historical Romance)
When unexpected circumstances leave Honor Penworthy destitute after the death of her grandfather, her survival hinges on a marriage arranged through the Quaker community to local glass artisan Samuel Cathwell. Honor's tenacity and passion sweep her into important winds of change, and she becomes increasingly --- though secretly --- involved in the Underground Railroad. Samuel suspects Honor is hiding something. But will uncovering the truth confirm his worst fears or truly bring them together as man and wife?


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THE FAMILY OF JESUS by Karen Kingsbury (Fiction/Short Stories)
In THE FAMILY OF JESUS, Karen Kingsbury will make you laugh, cry, and ultimately care more deeply about the Bible by helping you grasp the truths in Scripture not just with your mind, but with your heart. The characters in these short stories were among those closest to Jesus --- Mary, Joseph, Jesus’ brother James, John the Baptist, Zechariah and Elizabeth. Kingsbury intersperses fictional details anchored in Scripture with historical and theological insights and questions that will guide soul-searching and reflection. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


OUR GREAT BIG AMERICAN GOD: A Short History of Our Ever-Growing Deity
by Matthew Paul Turner
(Christian Life/Social Issues)
Americans love God. We stamp God on our money, our bumper stickers, and our bodies. With a church on nearly every street, it's hard to deny our country's deep connection with the divine. Yet culture critic Matthew Paul Turner says that God didn't just change America --- America changed God. As a result, do we even recognize the "real" God? Here, Turner explores the United States' vast influence on God, told through an amazing true history of faith, politics and evangelical pyrotechnics. Reviewed by Michele Howe.


SIMPLIFY: Ten Practices to Unclutter Your Soul
by Bill Hybels
(Christian Life/Spiritual Growth)
If you crave a simpler life anchored by the priorities that matter most, roll up your sleeves: Simplified living requires more than just cleaning out your closets or reorganizing your desk drawer. It requires uncluttering your soul. By eradicating the stuff that leaves your spirit drained, you can stop doing what doesn’t matter --- and start doing what does. In SIMPLIFY, Bill Hybels identifies the core issues that lure us into frenetic living --- and offers searingly practical steps for sweeping the clutter from our souls. Reviewed by Susan Miura.


FINDING FAITH IN THE DARK: When the Story of Your Life Takes a Turn You Didn't Plan by Laurie Short (Christian Life)
Can we trust a God who gives us different answers than we pray for? Who only fully reveals himself when we look back? Who lets us walk in darkness for months (and sometimes years) at a time? In FINDING FAITH IN THE DARK, Laurie Short says yes, and through her story and the stories of others, she reveals a God who is able to transform the dark chapters of our lives into opportunities of grace. Reviewed by Michele Howe.



A MATCH OF WITS
by Jen Turano
(Historical Romance)
After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancée, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Quite pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East to his family. Although she no longer has feelings for him, Agatha realizes, by hook or by crook, she'll have to be the one to get the obstinate man home. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.
 


LOVE COMES HOME
by Ann H. Gabhart
(Historical Fiction)
World War II is finally over, and the people of Rosey Corner are busy welcoming the boys home. The Merritt sisters in particular are looking toward the future. Kate is eager to start a family and live out her dream of happily ever after with Jay. Evangeline wants a beautiful house and encourages Mike to pastor a big-town church. Victoria wants what can never be --- a life with a man who will never come back. And little Lorena is growing up and wondering more and more about her birth family. Reviewed by Melanie Reynolds.

 

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. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.
 

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. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

 

REMEMBERING JESUS: Sonnets and Songs by John Leax (Poetry)
In a series of dramatic monologues, first-century men and women --- some real, some imaginary --- remember, often from the perspective of old age, their encounters with Jesus and reflect on the significance of those encounters. Some comprehend and welcome him as Messiah. Others comprehend him only as an extraordinary figure and remain puzzled by their memories. A few are angered by him and bitterly reject any claim their encounter might make on them. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.


 

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