Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Coming in April/May from Abingdon Press

I wonder if this post will create such an enthusiastic response from you as did yesterday's post of Abingdon's February/March releases!! You can check that post and the comments, here :)

With the releases below, Abingdon is pushing some boundaries and thinking outside the square - I really like that :) There is something about each one of these stories that appeal ~ how about you?

Need something else to look forward too in the New Year in addition to these interesting titles? I will be shining the spotlight on many of the characters from these books - it is going to be fun!


Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer

Wildflowers of Terezin is a sweeping historical novel set against a backdrop of danger. A Danish Lutheran pastor’s complacent faith is stretched to the breaking point during World War II when he meets a young Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen and becomes deeply involved in Resistance efforts to save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia—also known as Theresienstadt.

Challenged by his evangelical brother and swayed by his own attraction to Hanne, Pastor Steffen abandons his formerly quiet, uninvolved life and hesitantly volunteers to help smuggle Denmark’s Jews out of the country before a Nazi roundup. Steffen finds that helping his Jewish neighbors is the most decent, spiritual thing he has ever done. As he actually does God’s work, rather than just talking about it, Steffen’s faith deepens and he takes greater risks in his sermons.

When things go terribly wrong and Hanne is sent to Terezin, Steffen finds his heart fully engaged. He undertakes protests and rescues that are more and more dangerous, never imagining where it will lead him, or the ultimate cost of his decision to get directly involved.

Releasing April, 2010

Code Blue by Richard Mabry, MD

In the first book of the Prescription for Trouble series, “Code Blue” means more to Dr. Cathy Sewell than the cardiac emergency she has to face. It describes her mental state as she finds that coming back to her hometown hasn’t brought her the peace she so desperately needs. Instead, it’s clear that someone there wants her gone…or dead.

Cathy returns to her hometown seeking healing after a broken relationship, but discovers that among her friends and acquaintances is someone who wants her out of town…or dead. Lawyer Will Kennedy, her high school sweetheart, offers help, but does it carry a price tag? Is hospital chief of staff Dr. Marcus Bell really on her side in her fight to get hospital privileges? Is Will’s father, Pastor Matthew Kennedy, interested in advising her or just trying to get her back to the church she left years ago?

When one of Cathy’s prescriptions almost kills the town banker, it sets the stage for a malpractice suit that could end her time in town, if not her career. It’s soon clear that this return home was a prescription for trouble.

Releasing April, 2010

Highland Blessings by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

Highland Blessings is the story of a highland warrior who kidnaps the daughter of his greatest enemy and clan chief to honor a promise he made to his dying father. Bryce MacPhearson, a highland warrior, kidnaps Akira MacKenzie on her wedding day to honor a promise he made to his dying father. While Akira’s strength in the Lord becomes a witness to Bryce, she struggles to overcome her anger and resentment when he forces her to wed him, hoping to end a half-century-old feud between their clans. While Akira begins to forgive, and Bryce learns to trust, a series of murders leaves a trail of unanswered questions, confusion, and a legacy of hate that once again rises between their families.

Clearly, a traitor is in their midst. Now the one man Akira loves no longer trusts her, and her own life is in danger. Can Bryce look beyond his pain and seek the truth? Will Akira discover the threat against her before it’s too late? How will God turn a simple promise into bountiful Highland blessings?

Releasing May, 2010

They Almost Always Come Home by Cynthia Ruchti

When Libby’s husband Greg fails to return from a two-week canoe trip to the Canadian wilderness, the authorities soon write off his disappearance as an unhappy husband’s escape from an empty marriage and unrewarding career. Their marriage might have survived if their daughter Lacey hadn’t died…and if Greg hadn’t been responsible.

Libby enlists the aid of her wilderness savvy father-in-law and her faith-walking best friend to help her search for clues to her husband’s disappearance…if for no other reason than to free her to move on.

What the trio discovers in the search upends Libby’s presumptions about her husband and rearranges her faith.

Releasing May, 2010

The Narrow Path by Gail Sattler

Miranda Klassen’s Mennonite church is big and modern and she loves the mixture of faith, action, and activity. But in order to follow her dream she moves across the country to a small town to organize the 25th anniversary celebration of an Old Order Mennonite church.

Ted Wiebe has been assigned to assist and guide Miranda, feeling good that his church has chosen another Mennonite. But except for sharing the same basic faith and denomination, their churches have nothing else in common. His church embraces old-style roots, so Ted expects to find someone similar at the airport: a woman who never wears pants, no body piercing (including pierced ears), no makeup, and wearing a head covering as a sign of modesty, someone else who lives in accordance with old-fashioned values. But the woman who acknowledges him is wearing unreasonably high and outlandishly expensive shoes, denim jeans, and makeup, including bright red lipstick. As she gets off the plane she’s fiddling with an iPod and yapping on the cell phone. When Miranda enters Ted’s church and community she feels like she’s been transported back into Little House On The Prairie.

Ted is supposed to help Miranda fit in, and Miranda is supposed to help his church reach out into the community. When it’s time to start planning and organizing for the celebration, then the fun really begins.

Releasing May, 2010


Jenny said...

One thing I like about the Abingdon Press books is that each cover is fabulous - unique, appealing to the eye, and seems to tell a story all its own.

I'm just now reading my first book from their fiction line (great so far), and I'm looking forward to reading these...and the ones spotlighted well. Thanks for sharing, Rel.

Richard Mabry said...

Many thanks for posting this information about Abingdon's spring launch, including my debut novel, and congratulations on a neat blog. I'll be back.

Carole said...

I just wanted to say that I appreciate you posting about these upcoming books, Rel. You're helping me discover books that I don't believe I would have noticed otherwise - and my wishlist sure is growing!

Jennifer AlLee said...

Another great bunch of books. I agree about the covers. They're all smashing. Funny, every time I see Highland Blessings, I think it's Jennifer Hudson Taylor on the cover. The resemblance is amazing.

Wendy Lawton said...

How interesting to follow one publisher's line-- one vision, so to speak. What a fantastic offering. Thanks for giving us this overview.

Cynthia Ruchti said...

I'm blessed to have my debut novel included among these amazing stories, and double-blessed that you included them in your blog, Rel. Your blog post lends an air of "It's really happening" to the adventure of preparing to launch "They Almost Always Come Home." Heart-deep gratitude.

Ann Shorey said...

Looks like an exciting lineup of novels with varied subject matter. My TBR pile is going to get taller!
Thanks for the previews, Rel.

Annette M. Irby said...

These look great! Congrats to those involved. I'm with Ann! My TBR pile is growing.

Rel said...

I so appreciate the encouraging comments and am delighted that you have more books to discover :)

Enjoy your day and I hope you find reason to drop back soon!

Jen said...

It is always great to see what is coming up soon but agonizing to have to wait for them. Love the sound of and covers for Wildflowers of Terezin, Code Blue and The Narrow Path. Can't wait to read them.

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