Lady Sydney Hathwell is stranded in America when her father dies and she discovers that the fiance he intended for her is a horrible man. She contacts an uncle in Texas and he invites her to stay with him, but assumes she is a nephew rather than a neice and makes it clear that he prefers it that way. She dons mens clothes and heads for Texas, only to be greeted by the cranky (but, of course, handsome) Tim Creighton who can’t believe he’s forced to deal with this whimpy fop. This is a light and amusing inspirational romance.
Robert Whitlow, a practicing attorney in Georgia, has written a legal thriller series, The Tides of Truth, with Deeper Water as the first novel. This series is now complete with the second and third titles being Greater Love and Higher Hope. He has been mentioned as Christian fiction’s John Grisham.
Jimmy is an ordinary story with extraordinary happenings. Because of Jimmy’s handicap, some of his accomplishments are what might be considered trivial to others. Yet, Mr. Whitlow pulls the reader into each situation Jimmy faces; his fears, trials and his victories. I just wanted to be Jimmy’s friend as I read through this book. The relationships that are built between Jimmy, his parents, his grandfather, his dog and other characters throughout the story are strong and endearing. I would consider this book a gentle read with a little suspense built in.
I’ve written about Gist’s great Christian historical romance before, but now, working with crime novelist J. Mark Bertrand, she has branched out with a contemporary suspense novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Willy Finneran is a grieving novelist that has no problem adjusting the truth to avoid conflict. Ozena Webb is a customer service rep and single mother who spends her evenings playing board games with her disabled son. Shaq is a homeless man with a temper who can’t remember who he is. When Willy is sentenced to community service in the homeless shelter where Shaq lives, their lives all intersect in a life-changing and powerful way. The story of three people doing the best they can with what they have, Return Policy demonstrates the glimmer of hope that exists even in the darkest parts of our lives.
Struggling to establish a ranch in Colorado, Larson and Kathryn Jennings have a troubled, if loving marriage. So when Larson doesn’t return from what was supposed to be a short journey, Kathryn mourns their inability to overcome the obstacles that separated them as much as she mourns him. Larson wakes in an unfamiliar place, cared for by strangers, and disfigured beyond recognition. He struggles to find his way back to Kathryn and to make up for the years of unhappiness they’ve had. A story of love, spiritual transformation, and the struggles of life, Rekindled will have you rushing to get the next installment of the compelling Fountain Creek Chronicles.
Dr. Brendan McCarthy had to rebuild his life following an accident that blinded him. In Alive Day , McCarthy is asked to work with a Marine who has been disabled in Iraq and is depressed, angry and suicidal. McCarthy and his service dog Nelson work to reach the Marine and try to help him realize that his life is not over. The story is a quick read and can be a bit saccharine at times, but the overall message of trust, hope and love made this a book that I enjoyed. The author, Tom Sullivan, is a writer and actor who has been blind since infancy and his descriptions of blindness and the relationship between the character and his service dog offer insights into how much dogs can be of assistance to the blind or disabled and how much of a team a person and a dog can become. He demonstrates through his characters how much we all need to rely on others for support and strength.
My Heart Remembers by Kansas author Kim Vogel Sawyer, is historical Christian fiction that tells the story of three separate people related by birth, but thrown apart by circumstance. They first face the fire, the orphanage, and at last, the train. The hope for a new family is lost with the realization of others desires: no one wanted three children. Separated with heart break, yet holding on to the future of finding one another again, each one takes with them a treasure from their life together, clinging to the vision of that distant reunion. Ride with Maelle, Mattie, and Molly as they live the life set before them, each one on a different road destined to meet again.
A Bride in the Bargain by Deeanne Gist is set in 1860s Seattle. Joe Denton is a logger who needs a bride to keep his land. Anna Ivey comes west to get away from her cruel boss, believing that she will be the cook for Joe’s crew. He discovers that she is way to pretty to be a mail-order bride and she begins to reconsider her stance against marriage.
Max and his mom are close, real close. Max who is seven, didn’t want his mom to go to work this time. As a stewardess on a routine Japan flight from Hawaii they were Oceans Apart when she was gone. This time would be the last time he would tell his mom goodbye. Due to a malfunction Max would never see his mom again.
Connor, an airline pilot, and Michele are happily married. Everything is going great until they receive that fateful call from an attorney in Hawaii. Max, a son Connor never knew he had, needs a home and the will stipulates that Connor needs to keep his son for 2 weeks then decide whether or not he will be a part of his life. If Connor sends him back he must never tell Max that he is his dad or contact his son again. Michele struggles with Connor’s unfaithfulness and the fact that she never gave him a son. She doesn’t want anything to do with the boy and yet…miracles never cease.