Fiction Friday: ACFW November New Releases

Looking for something new to read? Check out these new releases by members of American Christian Fiction Writers. I am putting The Portrait of Emily Price on my “to read” list. A book set in Italy…like I’m going to pass that up!

What about you? Reading anything you love right now? Comment below.

November 2016 New Releases

More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.

Biblical:

Slender
Reeds: Jochebed’s Hope
by Texie Susan Gregory — In a deadly race to
save her son, a young slave woman dares defy the most powerful man in the world. (Biblical from
Barbour Publishing)

Contemporary Romance:

Crazy
Woman Christmas
by Renee
Blare
— A quiet cowboy whisks Bianca to his ranch to ride out the Christmas blizzard where she
discovers life is cold but also beautiful in the “Cowboy” state. (Contemporary Romance from Inspired
[Prism Book Group])

Other Than
a Halo
by Valerie Comer
Even though she’s a new woman in Christ, single mom Bren Haddock was no angel as a teen. Now
managing the Hiller Farm for a CSA, life is good until a friend offers to enter her daughter into the
Little Miss Snowflake Pageant. Old insecurities flare when she meets the intriguing head of marketing
the pageant. Rob Santoro isn’t so sure about handling the pageant portfolio until he meets Bren. Soon
he’s fallen for her and her two kids. When a Thanksgiving adventure goes awry, he’s left wondering

how to love a woman who refuses to be loved. What will it take for Bren to retire her tarnished halo
and move into the future God has for her? (Contemporary Romance, Independently Published)

Do You
Know What I Know?
by Becky
Melby
— What if a phone call from the obstetrician’s office went to the wrong person? Elizabeth
Schmidt can’t figure out why her husband doesn’t seem excited about the news she’s sure he heard. Is
he unhappy? Or is James cheating on her? Pastor Jay Davidson is in shock. Bethany Schmidt, the
woman he’s in love with, is pregnant. Should he walk away, or is God asking him to play the part of
Joseph in real life and not just in the church Christmas program? Bethany can’t figure out why Jay is
acting so weird. Has he figured out one of the two secrets she’s keeping until after Christmas? Can a
ponytailed itinerant carpenter with a pet chicken help unravel the confusion? (Contemporary Romance,
Independently Published)

How to
Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart
by Candice Sue Patterson — Weddings are
the last thing beekeeper Huck Anderson wants to be associated with, considering his past. So when he
inherits a building occupied by a bridal boutique, he aims to evict the failing business and open a
sporting goods store. That is until his tenant ends up being Arianne Winters, a woman he’s indebted to
from a mistake made years ago. When a life-threatening injury derails Huck entirely, Arianne offers to
aid in his lengthy recovery if he’ll allow her to remain in his building. But nursing her adversary proves
challenging when her adolescent crush resurfaces. (Contemporary Romance from White Rose
Publishing [Pelican])

A Portrait of
Emily Price
by Katherine
Reay
— After a whirlwind romance and marriage, Emily Price returns home to Italy with her new
husband and learns that life at its richest is only found when she accepts its chaotic beauty.
(Contemporary Romance from HarperCollins Christian Publishing [Thomas Nelson and Zondervan])

Contemporary Women’s Fiction:

Forgiveness by Marianne Evans — Country music bad boy,
Chase Bradington is on the comeback trail. Fresh from rehab for alcohol addiction and transformed by
the power of Christ, Chase is battling to rediscover the music he loves and a career he nearly ruined.
Then he meets up-and-comer, Pyper Brock and instantly sparks ignite. Despite her rampant attraction to
the handsome and talented icon, Pyper knows of Chase’s reputation and soundly dismisses his romantic
overtures. No way will Pyper repeat the mistake of trusting a man whose done battle with the bottle.
Can a sin-damaged past be released in favor of forgiveness? (Women’s Fiction from Harbourlight
Books [Pelican])

Historical:

Beneath a
Golden Veil
by Melanie
Dobson
— As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past
concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive
slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.
(Historical from Waterfall Press)

Forest
Child
by Heather Day
Gilbert
— Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted
persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

The Lost
Generation
by Erica Marie
Hogan
— On August 5th 1914, the world changed forever. For John and Beth Young, it meant the
happiness they finally achieved was snatched out from under them. For Emma Cote, it meant that her
husband Jared would do his duty, despite her feelings. For Christy Simmons it meant an uncertain
future with the boy she loved. The lives of six people, spread across the British Empire to America
were changed forever. (Historical from Elk Lake Publishing Inc.)

Historical Romance:

The Blue
Ribbon Brides Collection
by
Jennifer AlLee
, Angela
Breidenbach
, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Gina Welborn, and Becca Whitham — Meet
nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and
1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has
something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine
women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man? (Historical Romance from
Barbour Publishing)

Left at the
Altar
by Margaret Brownley
— In the wild and untamed West, time is set by the local jeweler…but Two-Time Texas has two: two
feuding jewelers and two wildly conflicting time zones. Meg Lockwood’s marriage was supposed to
unite the families and finally bring peace until she’s left at the altar by her no-good fiancé. Hired to
defend the groom against a breach of promise lawsuit, Grant Garrison quickly realizes that the only
thing worse than small-town trouble is falling for the jilted bride. But there’s something about Meg’s
sweet smile and determined grit that draws him in…even as the whole crazy town seems set on keeping
them apart. (Historical Romance from Sourcebooks)

Mail Order
Mommy
by Christine
Johnson
— Nursing a broken heart, Amanda Porter had answered a frontier mail-order bride ad
placed by Garrett Decker’s children—only to find the groom-to-be didn’t want a wife. But his adorable
children are determined she’ll be their mother by Christmas… His wife’s betrayal and tragic death
demolished Garrett’s life. Now he can’t even look at another woman, let alone marry Amanda, who

resembles his first love. But with his daughter convinced Amanda is the perfect mother, will Garrett
realize she’s also his perfect match? (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Hope’s
Design
by Dawn Kinzer
An independent city girl aspiring to be a fashion designer falls for a stubborn artist from the country
who wants to keep his talent a secret. (Historical Romance, Independently Published)

Brides of
Wyoming
by S. Dionne
Moore
— Roam the Wyoming range alongside three couples who meet under danger from bands of
outlaws. Renee escapes a gang of outlaws and lands in the arms of a sheepherder. Olivia’s sleuthing
upturns secrets key to solving the murder of a reluctant rancher’s father. Maira is trying to keep her
ranch running alone when a drifting cowboy offers a hand. Can love develop where suspicion and
greed roam the range? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)

The
Negotiated Marriage
by Christina
Rich
— When the railroad pushes to buy her land, orphaned Cameron Sims will do anything to
keep the only home she and her sisters have ever known. Even if she must marry a stranger. Duncan
Murray doesn’t want a wife. He wants Sims Creek, a sanctuary that can help him forget a troubled
childhood. But his reluctant, and captivating, bride-to-be is key to making his dreams a reality. And
despite their business arrangement, Camy and Duncan might be signing on the dotted line for true
love… (Historical Romance from Love Inspired [Harlequin])

Love in the
Seams
by Jodie Wolfe — A
little girl on a quest for a new mama has the local seamstress in her sights. (Historical Romance,
Independently Published)

Romantic Suspense:

His Perfect
Love
by Sharon K. Connell
— On the run from a hit man, Patricia Campbell is unaware of the FBI’s search for her to learn what
information she might hold, so she continues to hide out. Then she meets a persistent computer
technician, a charming philanthropist, and a handsome, wealthy businessman who wants to marry her.
But her fears resurface, and she wonders if she can trust any of them. Can she survive long enough to
find peace…and perfect love? (Romantic Suspense, Independently Published)

Counter
Point
by Marji Laine — Her
dad’s gone, her diner’s closing, and her car’s in the lake. Cat McPherson has nothing left to lose …
except her life. And a madman, bent on revenge, is determined to take that, as well. Her former
boyfriend, Ray Alexander, returns as a hero from his foreign mission, bringing back souvenirs in the
form of death-threats. When several attempts are made on Cat’s life, she must find a way to trust Ray,
the man who broke her heart. (Romantic Suspense from Write Integrity Press)

Speculative:

The
Flaming Sword
by Heather L.L.
FitzGerald
— When evil joins forces in the Tethered World, Sadie Larcen must risk all to protect
the Flaming Sword and her family…even if it takes her life. (Speculative Young Adult from Mountain
Brook Ink)


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