Some Great Summer Reads
MRS. WITHERSPOON GOES TO WAR
(Heroines of WWII series)
2023 SELAH Award 3rd Place Winner!
By Mary Davis
A WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) embarks on an unsanctioned mission to rescue three US soldiers held captive in Cuba. Margaret “Peggy” Witherspoon is a thirty-four-year-old widow, mother of two, flying for the WASP. When her new supervisor, Army Air Corp Major Howie Berg, gives her an order she can’t follow, sparks fly. In the course of her duties, Peggy learns of US soldiers being held captive in Cuba. She undertakes a daring rescue mission. She will need all her WASP skills to succeed and come out of this alive while trying not to ignite an international incident.
BRIDE BY BLACKMAIL
By Debbie Lynne Costello
A broken heart, controlling father, and intrusive Scot leave Charlotte reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With her and her sister’s futures at stake, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness. Eager to find the traitor who caused the death of his brother, Duncan comes to America attempting to fit into Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan acquires a second mission—winning the lass's hand. After several spurnings, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.
By Nancy J. Farrier
All her life, Kathleen O'Connor's flaw has isolated her. Even her mother is ashamed of her, and Kathleen fades to the background, quietly nurturing her devotion to God. Still, she longs for a husband and children. Deputy Quinn Kirby makes a slight miscalculation when he thinks Kathleen is an outlaw. He recognizes this veiled woman's beauty, and he's more than ready to stake his claim. The only problem is, she won't have him.
TITANIC: LEGACY OF BETRAYAL
A Time-Slip Novel
By Kathleen E. Kovach, et al.
A secret. A key. Much was buried on the Titanic, but now it's time for resurrection. Follow two intertwining stories a century apart. 1912 - Matriarch Olive Stanford protects a secret after boarding the Titanic that must go to her grave. 2012 - Portland real estate agent Ember Keaton-Jones receives the key that will unlock the mystery of her past... and her distrusting heart. Review: “I told my wife to move this book to the top of her reading list... This titanic story is more interesting than the one told in the Titanic movie... She will absolutely love it.”
HEAVEN INSPIRED BRIDAL COLLECTION
By Kimberly Grist
Follow six mail-order brides traveling west from the hills of Tennessee. Will their quest lead them to love and happiness underneath the Texas sky? Travel back in time as six brave young women bound by their experience surviving a Yellow Fever epidemic leave the hills of Tennessee and travel West as mail-order brides. Fans of Western historical romance set in the late 19th century will root for each potential bride as she starts her adventure, seeking refuge and a chance for a new life.
DESTINY OF HEART
By Catherine Ulrich Brakefield
Confusion and uncertainty hover around Ruby McConnell Meir's skirts like the dust storms and droughts, weakening her faith. Will her husband live—or die? The Roaring Twenties dive into the Great Depression. The McConnells battle for survival. Collina faces insurmountable odds to rescue Shushan. Rough Rider Franklin Long loses what money couldn’t buy. Is it too late to make right his failings? “…I read it on my Kindle but bought copies in paperback for gifts. My friends loved it… A great book historically and a great testimony of God's faithfulness… Catherine's books just keep getting better and better.” Amazon Reader
THE WHISPERING WIND
By Janalyn Voigt
Fancy parties hold little appeal for Phoebe Walsh. She would rather gallop across the open range. Ma wants to save her from becoming a spinster, but none of her admirers sparks her interest. How can Phoebe accept her mother’s choice of suitors when her heart belongs elsewhere? Several years have passed since Will Canfield stole a kiss and her heart. Remembering her passionate response still curls her insides, but how she feels doesn’t matter. Will’s interest isn’t serious, as he’s made clear. Getting over the man would be a whole lot easier if Uncle Con would stop throwing them together.
LOVE’S A MYSTERY IN CROOKSVILLE, OHIO
By Johnnie Alexander, et al.
Two Novellas in One! When Polly Matthews and her brother opened their own detective agency in 1938, she expected to be an equal partner, not a secretary. So when they receive an assignment from the owner of a pottery manufacturing company, Polly jumps into action. Jasper Kane is determined to find out who’s stealing his designs. He’s surprised to find that the beautiful, intriguing new office clerk is actually the undercover detective he hired. Thrown together by chance, can they catch the culprit and shape a new life together?
MUTINY OF THE HEART
By Vickie McDonough
CBA, EPCA, and Amazon best-selling author, Vickie McDonough, spins a swashbuckling tale in Mutiny of the Heart. Heather Hawthorne has no reason to like Lucas Reed, the man who deserted her cousin Deborah when he learned she was carrying his child. Lucas Reed is an American whose fight for liberty ruined her father's wealth, which led to his death. Deborah's dying wish is that Heather take little Jamie to his father in Charleston. But how can she leave the child she's come to love as her own with a man who never wanted him?
By Terrie Todd
Rose Onishi is on track to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming a concert pianist. When forced to leave her beloved home to work on the Thornes’ farm, her dream fades to match the black dirt staining her callused hands. When Rusty Thorne joins the army, he never imagines becoming a Japanese prisoner of war. Though he begs God to help him not hate his brutal captors, Rusty can no longer even hear the Japanese language without revulsion. Only his rare letters from home sustain him—especially the notes from his mother’s helper, which the girl signs simply as “Rose.”
BERYL’S BOUNTY HUNTER
By Linda Shenton Matchett
Orphaned as a child, Beryl Atherton has lived on the streets of London as long as she can remember. Reduced to stealing for survival, she is arrested. During her incarceration, one of her cellmates shows her a newspaper ad for an American mail-order bride agency. But all is not as it seems, and moments after landing in Boston, she must run for her life. Will things be no different for her in the New World?
(Rescue Me Mail-Order Brides series)
By Donna Schlachter
Claire Wallace flees New York in 1894--as far away from her dead father's bank robbing gang as she can. But apparently, even two thousand miles isn't far enough. Toby Gilbert, an undercover Pinkerton’s agent, places an ad for a wife as part of his cover. He has no intention of falling in love for real. What happens when Claire's father's associates come looking for her, including her in her father’s contract? And what happens when Toby's plans fall by the wayside? Will he love her by laying down his life? Or does God have other plans?
HUNT FOR A HOMETOWN KILLER
By Mary Dodge Allen
2022 Christian Indie Award Winner, First Place – Mystery Suspense
2022 Angel Award Winner – Mystery Suspense
While Roxy is working her mail route, a sinkhole opens up, uncovering the car used in her husband’s murder, years earlier. Roxy turns amateur sleuth, using her photographic memory to piece together clues, and her relationship with the town’s handsome detective grows close. When the killer takes Roxy captive, she must use her wits to survive.
SEASON OF MY ENEMY
By Naomi Musch
Only last year, Fannie O’Brien’s future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. Now with her father’s untimely death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must manage their 200-acre Wisconsin farm—until eight German prisoners arrive as laborers. As she feared, trouble comes too. Crops take precedence, even as mishaps occur around the farm. Could a saboteur be among them? She’s especially leery of the handsome German captain who seems intent on cracking her defenses. Can Fannie manage the farm and hold her family together through these turbulent times, all while keeping the prisoners—and her heart—in line?
By Naomi Craig
As tragedy ravages the camp, can She’erah step up and complete the outpost? She’erah is a woman trying to leave her mark in a man’s world. Her vision and ability surpasses her father’s, yet she remains second-in-command as they are tasked to build Pharaoh’s outposts in Canaan. Acts of sabotage threaten the construction and the shaky foundation of She’erah’s pride. It’s up to She’erah to break generations of rivalry, distrust, and jealousy. Will she learn to trust God and others before her life’s legacy comes crumbling down around her?