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Springing into Summer Reading
Happy June! We are inching towards my favorite day of the year --- June 21st. Why? Because it's the day with the most daylight. I realize that I am happier when the light is bright for most of the day; I think twice a year I need to switch hemispheres.

Father's Day is right around the corner, and it's time to think about a present/card if you have not done this already. We’d like to remind you of our special roundup of fiction and nonfiction titles that will make perfect gifts for dad on Father’s Day (or any day!). Click here to see our suggestions.

We have lots to share with you this month, including FOUR contests that will give you the chance to win some wonderful books. In our first contest, we’re giving away 50 copies of THE QUARRYMAN'S BRIDE, the second installment in Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water historical romance series. Separated by duty, yet bonded by love, can Emmalyne and Tavin dare to dream that God could heal a decade-long wound and change the hearts of those keeping them apart? To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

Next up is STEALING THE PREACHER, in which a preacher is forced off a train and delivered to a “retired” outlaw’s daughter for her birthday. Is it possible this stolen preacher ended up right where he belongs? We’re giving 50 readers the opportunity to win a copy of Karen Witemeyer's latest historical romance. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

We are also celebrating the release of Randy Singer's latest legal thriller with a special contest that will give 10 readers the chance to win a copy of DEAD LAWYERS TELL NO TALES, in which an ex-con-turned-lawyer becomes the target of a killer who has a vendetta against the law firm he has recently joined. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

UNDENIABLY YOURS by Becky Wade is the latest book we’re giving away in our monthly contest. When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she’s forced to return home to Texas --- and to Whispering Creek Ranch --- to take up the reins of an empire she’s never wanted. Can the handsome manager of her father’s Thoroughbred farm help Meg face her fears and embrace new hopes for the future? If you'd like to win one of 25 copies of the book, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

We have three new study guides to tell you about. The first is for A SIMPLE SONG by Melody Carlson, which explores the complicated relationship of an Amish teenager and her strict parents. Katrina loves to sing, and she feels that going on the TV show "American Star" might be the way to help her family out of a crisis, even if it means breaking away from her community. Click here for the guide.

SLOW MOON RISING, the third book in Eva Marie Everson’s romance series, centers on the Claybourne family on Cedar Key. The five Claybourne women search the past and confront the truth, leading them on unique paths through heartbreak, misunderstandings and pain, but ultimately bringing them to reconciliation and love. Click here for the guide.

Our final study guide of the month focuses on Diana Wallis Taylors new historical romance, CLAUDIA, WIFE OF PONTIUS PILATE, which tells the unknown story of Pontius Pilate and his wife Claudia as they face the controversy and turmoil of early Judea and the unrest of the Roman Empire. Click here for the guide.

Among our featured titles this month is A MOST PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCE by Jen Turano. Here, readers are introduced to Arabella Beckett, who is in the business of assisting other women --- but she’s not in the habit of accepting help herself. Private investigator Theodore Wilder is just as stubborn as she is. Has this feisty suffragette finally met her match? Click here to read more about the book and here for an excerpt.

In Carol Cox’s TROUBLE IN STORE, ex-governess Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile. Even as they contest ownership, Melanie and Caleb are forced to band together when someone starts sabotaging their business. And when a body shows up on their doorstep, there’s deeper trouble in store. Read more about the book and an excerpt.

GRACE’S PICTURES, which marks the beginning of Cindy Thomson’s Ellis Island series, tells the story of young Irish immigrant Grace McCaffery, who struggles to make ends meet in New York City so that she can bring her mother over to America. As she works to realize her dreams, Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness. Click here to read more about the book and here for an excerpt.

Finally, among our 11 reviews this month are ONCE UPON A TIME: Discovering Our Forever After Story, in which Debbie Macomber uses the structure of a story to illustrate God’s hand in our lives; HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander, a no-holds-barred autobiography that chronicles the life of Phil Robertson, the original Duck Commander and “Duck Dynasty” star, from early childhood through the founding of a family business; and PASTORS' WIVES by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, which follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch.

Here’s hoping that your summer gets off to a lovely start and that you find some time to sit back, relax, enjoy the sunshine and, most importantly, READ. See you next month!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)
Special Contest: Win a Copy of THE QUARRYMAN’S BRIDE by Tracie Peterson

We are celebrating the release of THE QUARRYMAN'S BRIDE with a special contest that will give 50 readers the opportunity to win a copy of this second installment in Tracie Peterson's Land of Shining Water historical romance series. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

THE QUARRYMAN’S BRIDE: Land of Shining Water, Book 2 by Tracie Peterson (Historical Romance)
When tragedy strikes her family, Emmalyne Knox gives up the future she had always dreamed of with Tavin MacLachlan. Years later, Emmalyne and Tavin meet again. Although circumstances have changed in both of their lives, they cannot deny the feelings that still exist. Can they dare to dream that God could heal the decade-long wound and change the hearts of those keeping them apart?

-Click here to read more about the book.
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-Click here to read Tracie Peterson’s bio.
-Visit Tracie Peterson’s official website and blog.

-Click here to connect with Tracie Peterson on Facebook.

Click here to enter the contest.
Special Contest: Win a Copy of STEALING THE PREACHER by Karen Witemeyer

We are celebrating the release of STEALING THE PREACHER with a special contest that will give 50 readers the opportunity to win a copy of Karen Witemeyer's latest historical romance, in which a preacher is forced off a train and delivered to a “retired” outlaw’s daughter for her birthday. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

STEALING THE PREACHER by Karen Witemeyer (Historical Romance)
On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape --- which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request. Is there any way Joanna can convince Crockett that he ended up right where he was supposed to be?

-Click here to read more about the book.
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-Click here to read Karen Witemeyer’s bio.
-Click here to visit Karen Witemeyer’s official website.
-Click here to connect with Karen Witemeyer on Facebook.

Click here to enter the contest.
Special Contest: Win a Copy of DEAD LAWYERS TELL NO TALES by Randy Singer

We are celebrating the release of DEAD LAWYERS TELL NO TALES with a special contest that will give 10 readers the opportunity to win a copy of Randy Singer's latest legal thriller, in which an ex-con-turned-lawyer becomes the target of a killer who has a vendetta against the law firm he has recently joined. To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

DEAD LAWYERS TELL NO TALES by Randy Singer (Legal Thriller)
Landon Reed is an ex-quarterback convicted of organizing a points-shaving scheme. During his time in prison, he found forgiveness and faith and earned his law degree. Now he longs for an opportunity to prove his loyalty and worth. He gets that chance at McNaughton & Clay, but when three of their lawyers are killed, authorities suspect someone has a vendetta against the law firm, leaving Landon and the remaining partner as the final targets.

-Click here to read more about the book.
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-Click here to read Randy Singer’s bio.
-Click here to visit Randy Singer’s official website.

Click here to enter the contest.
FaithfulReader.com’s Latest Monthly Contest: Win a Copy of UNDENIABLY YOURS by Becky Wade
In our latest monthly contest, 25 readers will receive a copy of UNDENIABLY YOURS by Becky Wade. When Meg Cole’s father dies unexpectedly, she’s forced to return home to Texas to take up the reins of an empire she has never wanted. Can the handsome manager of her father’s Thoroughbred farm help Meg face her fears and embrace new hopes for the future? To enter, please fill out this form by Tuesday, July 16th at noon ET.

UNDENIABLY YOURS by Becky Wade (Romance)
When Meg Cole's father dies unexpectedly, she's forced to return home to Texas and to Whispering Creek Ranch to take up the reins of his empire. The last thing she has the patience or the sanity to deal with? Her father's Thoroughbred racehorse farm. She gives its manager, Bo Porter, six months to close the place down.

Bo knows he ought to resent the woman who's determined to take from him the only job he ever wanted. But instead of anger, Meg evokes within him a profound desire to protect. The more time he spends with her, the more he longs to overcome every obstacle that separates them and earn her love.

Just when Meg realizes she can no longer deny the depth of her feelings for Bo, their fragile bond is broken by a force from Meg's past. Can their relationship --- and their belief that God can work through every circumstance --- survive?


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Study Guide Now Available: A SIMPLE SONG by Melody Carlson

A SIMPLE SONG by Melody Carlson (Fiction)
Katrina Yoder loves to sing, but her strict Amish parents view her singing as vain. However, when her family faces a crisis, it seems to Katrina that going on the TV show "American Star" might be the way to get the money needed to cover the emergency expenses. How will Katrina handle herself as an Amish teenager out in the world? Will her parents ever forgive her? And will she be accepted back into her community when it's all over?

-Click here to read more about the book.
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-Click here to read critical praise.
-Click here to read Melody Carlson’s bio.

-Click here to visit Melody Carlson’s official website.

Click here for the study guide.
Study Guide Now Available: SLOW MOON RISING by Eva Marie Everson

SLOW MOON RISING: A Cedar Key Novel by Eva Marie Everson (Romance)
The beautiful Claybourne home on Cedar Key has long been a place of rest, healing and release. But Cedar Key might also be the birthplace of a lie that is poisoning the family from within. Join the five Claybourne women as they search the past and confront the truth. Their unique paths will lead them through heartbreak, misunderstandings and pain. But their journeys will also bring reconciliation with each other and the precious renewal of love in their own lives.

-Click here to read more about the book.
-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read critical praise.
-Click here to read Eva Marie Everson’s bio.

-Click here to visit Eva Marie Everson’s official website.

Click here for the study guide.
Study Guide Now Available: CLAUDIA, WIFE OF PONTIUS PILATE by Diana Wallis Taylor

CLAUDIA, WIFE OF PONTIUS PILATE by Diana Wallis Taylor (Historical Romance)
When Pontius Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, his wife, Claudia, does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?

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-Click here to read Diana Wallis Taylor’s bio.

-Click here to visit Diana Wallis Taylor’s official website.

Click here for the study guide.
Special Feature: A MOST PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCE by Jen Turano

A MOST PECULIAR CIRCUMSTANCE by Jen Turano (Historical Romance)
Arabella Beckett is in the business of assisting other women, but she’s not in the habit of accepting help herself, no matter what kind of trouble she’s in. But private investigator Theodore Wilder is just as stubborn as she is. Has this feisty suffragette finally met her match?

-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read Jen Turano’s bio.
-Click here to visit Jen Turano’s official website.

-Click here to connect with Jen Turano on Facebook.

Click here to read more about the book.
Special Feature: TROUBLE IN STORE by Carol Cox

TROUBLE IN STORE by Carol Cox (Historical Romance/Suspense)
Fired from her most recent governess position, Melanie Ross must embrace her last resort: the Arizona mercantile she inherited from her cousin. But Caleb Nelson is positive he inherited the mercantile. Even as they contest ownership, Melanie and Caleb are forced to band together when someone starts sabotaging their business. And when a body shows up on their doorstep, there’s deeper trouble in store…

-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read Carol Cox’s bio.
-Click here to visit Carol Cox’s official website.
-Click here to connect with Carol Cox on Facebook.

Click here to read more about the book.
Special Feature: GRACE’S PICTURES by Cindy Thomson

GRACE’S PICTURES: An Ellis Island Novel by Cindy Thomson (Historical Fiction)
Grace McCaffery hopes that the bustling streets of New York hold all the promise that the lush hills of Ireland did not. As her efforts to earn enough money to bring her mother to America fail, she wonders if her new Brownie camera could be the answer. Spread thin between her quest to rescue her mother, do well in a new nanny job, and avoid a hostile local gang intent on intimidating her, Grace must put her faith in unlikely sources to learn the true meaning of courage and forgiveness.

-Click here to read an excerpt.
-Click here to read Cindy Thomson’s bio.
-Click here to visit Cindy Thomson’s official website.

-Connect with Cindy Thomson on Facebook and Twitter.

Click here to read more about the book.
Now in Stores: ONCE UPON A TIME by Debbie Macomber

ONCE UPON A TIME: Discovering Our Forever After Story by Debbie Macomber (Christian Living)
With chapters that cover the importance of literary elements such as characters, setting, backstory and conflict, Debbie Macomber uses the structure of a story to illustrate God’s hand in our lives. Each chapter has a storytelling prompt --- a searching question that will help frame our story --- and a sidebar that pulls an idea out of the chapter and expands it with practical tips. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence.

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Now in Stores: HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach

HAPPY, HAPPY, HAPPY: My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson with Mark Schlabach (Memoir)
If you’ve watched the exceedingly popular A&E program "Duck Dynasty," you already know the famed Phil Robertson. As patriarch of the Robertson clan and creator of Duck Commander duck calls, he fearlessly leads his family in a responsible work ethic and an active faith. But what you don’t know is his life before the show. In the pages of this book, you’ll learn of Phil’s colorful past and his wild road to the “happy, happy, happy” life he leads today. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

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Now in Stores: PASTORS' WIVES by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

PASTORS' WIVES by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen (Fiction)
PASTORS’ WIVES follows three women whose lives converge and intertwine at a Southern evangelical megachurch. Ruthie follows her Wall Street husband from New York to Magnolia, a fictional suburb of Atlanta, when he hears a calling to serve at Greenleaf. Candace is Greenleaf’s “First Lady,” a force of nature who’ll stop at nothing to protect her church and her superstar husband. Ginger, married to Candace’s son, struggles to play dutiful wife and mother while burying her calamitous past. Reviewed by Maggie Harding.

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This Month's Reviews

SOBER MERCIES: How Love Caught Up with a Christian Drunk by Heather Kopp (Memoir)
Engaging, funny and bracingly honest, Heather Kopp shares her remarkable journey into darkness...and back to the light again. Her story reveals the unique challenges and spiritual conundrums Christians face when they become ensnared in an addiction, and the redemption that's possible when we finally reach the end of ourselves. Reviewed by Evelyn Bence and Lynda Lee Schab.

A LITTLE SALTY TO CUT THE SWEET: Southern Stories of Faith, Family, and Fifteen Pounds of Bacon by Sophie Hudson (Christian Life)
Whether it’s a marathon bacon-frying session, a road trip gone hysterically wrong, or a mother-in-law who makes every trip to the grocery store an adventure, author Sophie Hudson reminds us how important it is to slow down and treasure the day-to-day encounters with the people we love the most. A LITTLE SALTY TO CUT THE SWEET is a cheerful, funny and tender account of Sophie’s very Southern family. Reviewed by Michele Howe.

THE WISHING TREE by Marybeth Whalen (Fiction)
Ivy Marshall discovers that her husband has cheated on her on the very same day her sister’s boyfriend proposes on national television. When Ivy’s mother asks her to come back to her family’s beach home to plan her sister’s upcoming wedding, she decides to use the excuse to escape from the pain of her broken heart. When her return brings Ivy face to face with her former fiancé, old feelings are rekindled and she wonders if there is a future for them. Reviewed by Susan Miura.

WHEN MOCKINGBIRDS SING by Billy Coffey (Fiction)
Young Leah attributes her ability to foretell the future to an invisible friend she calls the Rainbow Man. Her father, the town psychologist, is falling apart over his inability to heal his daughter or fix his marriage. When a dramatic and tragic turn of events leaves the town reeling and places everyone’s lives in danger, the townsfolk face a single choice: Will they cling to what they know, or embrace the things Leah believes in that cannot be seen? Reviewed by Susan Miura.

WISHING ON WILLOWS by Katie Ganshert (Romance)
A three-year-old son, a struggling café and fading memories are all Robin Price has left of her late husband. As the proud owner of Willow Tree Café, she pours her heart into every muffin she bakes and espresso she pulls, thankful for the sense of purpose and community the work provides. So when developer Ian McKay shows up with plans to build condos where her café and a vital town ministry are located, she isn’t about to let go without a fight. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.

THE FACE OF THE EARTH by Deborah Raney (Mystery/Romance)
When Mitchell Brannon’s beloved wife sets off for home after a conference, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Hours later, Jill still hasn’t returned, and his irritation turns to dread. When the police come up empty, Mitch enlists the help of their next-door neighbor, Jill’s best friend, Shelley, to help search. As hours turn into days and days into weeks, Mitch and Shelley’s friendship grows ever closer --- and decidedly more complicated. Reviewed by Lynda Lee Schab.


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