Friday, 29 October 2010

Coming in 2011 from Bethany House ~ Historical

I keep saying it, I know, but I love sharing new books with you even if it means waiting a long time to get them in your hands!

Bethany House have long been known for their high quality historical fiction and it looks like they have a good mix here of adventure, comedy, romance and friendship. The stand out for me is Karen Witemeyer's third novel. The cover certainly reflects her style, whimsical, stylish and fun!

I enjoyed Yvonne Harris' debut novel so hoping A River to Cross holds more of the same reading delights and Mary's first book with Bethany is sure to have her fans thrilled :) New authors are always fun to anticipate so I'm looking forward to Elizabeth Camden's debut with Bethany, too.

Please share - which ones are getting your book loving hearts racing?

Click on the links to preorder or to visit the author's website and sit tight as I'll post more new releases shortly.

An Unlikely Suitor by Nancy Moser

Lucy Scarpelli, an Italian dressmaker from New York, befriends socialite Rowena Langdon as she's making her summer wardrobe. It's an unlikely fri
endship, but one that Rowena encourages by inviting Lucy to the family mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. Grateful for Lucy's skill in creating clothes that hide her physical injury, Rowena encourages Lucy to dream of a better future.

One day Lucy encounters an intriguing man on the Cliff Walk, and love begins to blossom. Yet Lucy resists, for what man will accept her family responsibilities? Rowena also deals with love as she faces a worrisome arranged marriage to a wealthy heir. And Lucy's teenage sister, Sofia, takes up with a man of dubious character.

All three women struggle as their lives, and those of each unlikely suitor, become intertwined in a web of secrets and sacrifice.
Will any of them find true happiness?

May, 2011

To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer

Having completed his sentence for the unintentional crime that derailed his youthful plans for fame and fortune, Levi Grant looks to start over in the town of Spencer, Texas. Spencer needs a blacksmith, a trade he learned at his father's knee, and he needs a place where no one knows his past. But small towns leave little room for secrets....

Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her time to the lending library she runs. When a mountain-sized stranger walks through her door and asks to borrow a book, she steels herself against the attraction he provokes. His halting speech and hesitant manner leave her doubting his intelligence. Yet as the mysteries of the town's new blacksmith unfold, Eden discovers hidden depths in him that tempt her heart.

Levi's renewed commitment to his faith leads Eden to believe she's finally found a man of honor and integrity, a man worthy of her love. But when the truth about his prodigal past comes to light, can this tarnished hero find a way to win back the librarian's affections?

May 2011

Hidden Affections by Delia Parr

Betrayed by her husband, Annabelle Tyler wears the burden of legally being a divorcee, a difficult position for an upstanding young woman to find herself in. While attempting to start a new life for herself, an unexpected turn of events once again has Annabelle married--this time to Harrison Graymoor, the most eligible, yet elusive, bachelor in Philadelphia. Harrison assures her that he will secure an annulment immediately, unaware that the constable has sent word of the marriage to the press in Philadelphia. And here things continue to go awry. Harrison's past, a philanthropic cousin with his eye on Annabelle, and the appearance of Annabelle's ex-husband threaten the tentative relationship growing between Harrison and his "wife."

For two individuals set against marriage, there are certa
inly a lot of second thoughts regarding the one forced upon them.

May 2011

The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser

The Singleton family's fortunes seem unaffected by the Great Depression, and Perri--along with the other girls at Atlanta's elite Washington Seminary
--lives a carefree life of tea dances with college boys, matinees at the cinema, and debut parties. But when tragedies strike, Perri is confronted with a world far different from the one she has always known.

At the insistence of her parents, Mary "Dobbs' Dillard, the daughter of an itinerant preacher, is sent from inner-city Chicago to live with her aunt and attend Washington Seminary, bringing confrontation and radical ideas. Her arrival intersects at the point of Perri's ultimate crisis, and the tragedy forges an unlikely friendship.

The Sweetest Thing tells the story of two remarkable young women--opposites in every way--fighting for the same
goal: surviving tumultuous change.

June 2011

The Lady of Bol
ton Hill by Elizabeth Camden

In 1870, female journalists are few and far between, but American-born Clara Endicott has finally made a name for herself with her provocative
articles championing London's poor and mistreated. When the backlash from her articles forces a return home to Baltimore, Clara finds herself face-to-face with a childhood sweetheart who is no longer the poor factory worker she once knew. In her absence, Daniel Tremain has become a powerful industry giant, and Clara finds him as enigmatic as ever. However, Daniel's success is fueled by resentment from past wounds. Clara's long-held beliefs about God's grace and justice cause Daniel to question his own motives, but when Clara's very life is threatened by an adversary of Daniel's, they must face a reckoning neither of them could have ever foreseen.

June 2011

Hope Rekindled by Tracie Peterson

At long last, Deborah Vandermark is preparing for her own wedding... but the groom suddenly goes absent. Tragedy has befallen Christopher's family in Kansas City, upsetting the doctor's future with Deborah. With five siblings now under his care, can he return to Texas and impose a ready-made family on Deborah?

Deborah herself finds her resolve faltering as her fears about marriage and career start to overwhelm her. How can she marry and be a mother to Christopher's siblings, and still be able to pursue her work and training as a physician?

When an old adversary reveals a contract that may spell ruin for Vandermark Logging, Deborah's life seems to be spiraling out of control. How can God possibly work this for good? And ca
n Christopher and Deborah find a way to claim the future they long to share when so much stands in their way?

June 2011

A River t
o Cross by Yvonne Harris

Texas Ranger Jake Nelson patrols the U.S.-Mexico border, protecting the settlers from cattle rustlers, outlaws, and bandits. Sparks fly when Manuel Diego stirs up a revolt against the government, which leads to the murder of a newspaperman, who is the son of a U.S. senator, and the kidnapping of his sister, Elizabeth Madison, a journalist in the ma
king. With Elizabeth's photograph in hand--a dark-haired beauty with smiling eyes--Jake rides over the border to find her.

After the Rangers
defeat the marauders and rescue Elizabeth, Jake is surprised to learn she's not the spoiled daughter of a senator that he was expecting. In fact, he finds himself taken by her. And she by him. But the Mexicans won't give up that easily, as Elizabeth becomes the target of an all-out hunt. Leaving Elizabeth back at Fort Williams, Jake and his men set off again, this time to go after Diego himself--to apprehend him and his renegades and bring them all to justice. Meanwhile, Jake knows what's begun between him and Elizabeth is undeniable.

Amid all the turmoil, Jake finally admits how much he loves her. She tells him the same. Until now, they've lived in different worlds, yet it is those differences that drew them together.

August 2011

Out of Control by Mary Connealy

Julia Gilliland has always been interested in the natural world around
her. She particularly enjoys her outings to the cavern near her father's homestead, where she explores for fossils and formations, and plans to write a book about her discoveries. The cave seems plenty safe--until the day a mysterious intruder steals the rope she uses to find her way out.

Rafe Kincaid has spent years ke
eping his family's cattle ranch going, all without help from his two younger brothers, who fled the ranch--and Rafe's controlling ways--as soon as they were able. He's haunted by one terrible day at the cave on a far-flung corner of the Kincaid property, a day that changed his life forever. Ready to put the past behind him, he plans to visit the cave one final time. He sure doesn't expect to find a young woman trapped in one of the tunnels--or to be forced to kiss her!

Rafe is more intrigued by Julia than any woman he's ever known, but how can he overlook her fascination with the cave he despises? And when his developing relationship with Julia threatens his cha
nce at reconciliation with his brothers, will he be forced to choose between the family bonds that could restore his trust and the love that could heal his heart?

August 2011

A Most Unsuita
ble Match by Stephanie Grace Whitson

An unlikely attra
ction occurs between two passengers on a steamboat journey up the Missouri River to Montana... She is a self-centered young woman from a privileged family who fears the outdoors and avoids anything rustic. He is a preacher living under a sense of duty and obligation to love the unlovable people in the world. She isn't letting anything deter her from solving a family mystery that surfaced after her mother's death. He is on a mission to reach the rejects of society in the remote wilderness regions of Montana.

Miss Fannie Rousseau and Reverend Samuel Beck are opposites in every way . . . except in how they both keep wondering if their paths will ever cross again.

August 2011


Deborah said...

ok i just have to call out the opposed to the supsense/spec books where only one shows an entire women need to see faces in order to buy a book? Even though I plan on reading almost all of these, none of them are screaming spectacular to me. *waits for tomatoes*

Deborah said...

i meant none of the COVERS..not the stories. As i said in the previous post, the covers could be completely blank and i'd still buy them bc i trust Bethany House like whoa.

Rel said...

Covers are certainly subjective but like you I am rarely swayed by a cover - it is the author's name that hooks me :)

No doubt, covers with faces sell. Bethany know what they are doing so I'm sure it is something that must work for the majority of readers.

Unknown said...

Like Deborah, I'll read anything by Bethany House, but the one cover that just does not do anything for me is Yvonne Harris's. Maybe that's partially because I wasn't really crazy about her first book. All of the others look fabulous, especially Nancy Moser's new book. Can't wait to get my hands on that one!

Rel said...

Hey Christy - I'm not a huge fan of Yvonne's covers either but I really enjoyed her first book - LOL! Our differences ensure there are a lot of authors writing :)

Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama said...

I've been watching forever for new release! How do you just know? LOL Thanks for showing them Rel!!

Carrie K. said...

Oh, no - all those faces! LOL

Amber Holcomb said...

Wow! These look great!!! LOVE the covers! :D Hope I get to review some of them on my blog... ;)


Amy said...

Awwww! The attack of the smiling faces! yes I think those covers work for a certain demographic very well. That would not be my demographic. LOL

Elizabeth Camden's STORY sounds really great, though!

but what I really NEED is more Siri Mitchell and Tamera Alexander!

Ann Shorey said...

I'm a Stephanie Grace Whitson fan. Her new book sounds like fun.
All the covers are pretty, but fairly similar. I usually pick up a book based on the author's name, but an unusual cover will spark my curiousity.

Deborah said...

has anyone found out anything about Elizabeth Camden? she turns up no hits when i google her. pen name perhaps?

Scrappy quilter said...

I can't wait to read these. Some are new authors to me, so it should be fun. Nancy Moser has to be one of my favorite authors. Recently I went back and read all her old books. They are great reading.

As to the covers, it's usually the author that grabs my attention, not the covers although they are a close second. Except when it comes to mystery books. No matter who the author is, when I see claws and such, I don't even look at the back of the cover to see what the book is about. Just doesn't appeal to me.

Jenny said...

They all sound good...with lots of good covers. The cover that appeals least to me...Out of Control...I like my cowboys a bit 'hunkier'. *wink*

Unknown said...

I always love Bethany House's historical fiction. :)

Rel said...

LOL! I agree, Jenny ;-)

Authors for me, too, Scrappy Quilter and Ann,, although I love seeing all the new covers!

Carrie & Amy - yep, the faces strike again!!

Bethany does historicals so well, Michelle - they are the premier historical fiction CF publisher in my view.

Elizabeth Camden remains a mystery, Deb!!

Margaret - my pleasure. It's fun checking out new stories, isn't it?

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

I am not liking these covers as much as Revell's for some reason but I LOVE Karen's cover and does Annabelle on Delia's book look like Kate Hudson or what?!

XOXO~ Renee

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