Haggerty: they want them to marry. In the
latest addition to her Frontier Bachelors series, Scott ( Would-Be Wilderness Wife, 2015)
delivers an impeccably researched historical
setting in a charming tale that should delight
fans of sweet romance and faith-based fiction.
YA: An excellent choice for any teen
romance reader who enjoys gentle love
stories set in the frontier West. JC.
The Midwife’s Choice.
By Delia Parr.
Dec. 2015. 336p. Bethany, paper, $14.99
(9780764217340); e-book (9781441229038).
Babies are born no matter the time or
the weather, so it’s no surprise to midwife
Martha Cade that she is called out on a particularly brutal winter night to assist with
yet another birth. However, there’s something very
wrong in this household,
and that mystery runs
star Parr’s latest historical
romance. Medical practice
is still primitive in 1831,
but Martha has safely delivered many babies in Trinity, Pennsylvania, a
fact that does not set well with the local doctor, who is usually the second choice where
births are concerned. Between the temporary return of her runaway daughter and a
persistent suitor, Martha’s personal life is
in upheaval. The talented Parr has captured
the realities of life in the early years of the
country, writing a beautiful homage to the
midwife, one of the unsung heroes in history. Martha’s passion for her calling shines
through the pages. Although this is a sequel
to Parr’s excellent The Midwife’s Tale (2015),
it also works well as a stand-alone novel.
The Mountain Midwife.
By Laurie Alice Eakes.
Dec. 2015. 352p. Zondervan, paper, $15.99
Ashley Tolliver put aside her dreams of becoming a doctor in order to stay in her small
Appalachian town in Virginia and serve the
women of her community as a midwife, as
have generations of women in her family before her. Ashley holds out hope of one day
being able to achieve her full medical vocation, but for now she works tirelessly to
make sure that all who come to her are safe
and well cared for, whatever their circumstances. She begins to question her future
when Hunter McDermott comes into her
life on a personal mission from Washington,
D.C. Hunter is seeking information about
his birth mother, and Ashley cautiously
agrees to help him. Hunter and Ashley approach each other with preconceived notions
but soon surprise each other by beginning to
build trust and hope during their quest to
learn the truth about Hunter’s birth family.
Eakes (Necessary Deception, 2011) traces a
Questions of family, love, commitment, and responsibility are dramatized with sensitivity, humor, and suspense in the best inspirational novels reviewed in Booklist between November 15, 2014,
and November 1, 2015. —Donna Seaman
After a Fashion. By Jen Turano. 2015. Bethany, paper, $14.99
In 1882 New York City, it isn’t easy for a woman to find a respectable job, so Harriet
may have to take Oliver up on his unconventional offer in Turano’s witty, uproarious tale.
By Your Side. By Candace Calvert. 2015. Tyndale, paper, $14.99 (9781414390321).
Top inspirational medical-romance writer Calvert launches the Crisis Team series, featuring Macy Wynn, an ER nurse in a sniper’s crosshairs, who finds herself in a surprising
relationship with a police officer of faith who wants to keep her safe.
The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story. By Jill Eileen Smith. 2015. Revell, paper, $14.99
Best-selling Smith retells the many-faceted biblical story of Rahab, skillfully weaving
themes of grace, faith, redemption, and healing in a vivid, exciting, and memorable novel.
Hearts Made Whole. By Jody Hedlund.2015. Bethany, paper, $14.99 (9780764212383);
In her second Beacon of Hope novel, Hedlund intersects the plights of lighthouse
keeper Caroline and traumatized Civil War veteran Ryan in a superbly affecting story of
faith, war, and healing.
The Mistress of Tall Acre. By Laura Frantz. 2015. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800720445).
Frantz’s poignant and suspenseful tale of a politically risky marriage of convenience in
the aftermath of the Revolutionary War features Sophie Menzies, whose family estate
has fallen to ruin, and war hero General Seamus Ogilvy.
A Reluctant Bride. By Kathleen Fuller. 2015. Thomas Nelson, paper, $15.99
Fuller starts her Amish of Birch Creek series with the story of Sadie, who dutifully mar-ries Aden to help her family, a situation that involves emotional delicacy and the darker
side of Amish community life.
Through Waters Deep. By Sarah Sundin. 2015. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800723422).
Set at the Boston Navy Yard in 1941, Sundin’s intricate and dramatic tale, the first in her
Waves of Freedom series, combines WWII history with crime, romance, and moral dilemmas as secretary Mary and ensign Jim are swept up in danger and love.
The Tomb. By Stephanie Landsem. 2015. Howard, paper, $14.99 (9781451689129); e-book (9781451689136).
In the third in her Living Water series, Landsem interprets another biblical story, this
time that of Martha; her sister, Mary; and their brother, Lazarus, in a compelling novel
about a flawed heroine who struggles with duty, consequences, and truth.
The Wedding Chapel. By Rachel Hauck. 2015. Zondervan, paper, $15.99
In Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, in 1948, Jimmy falls hard for Colette, but she seeks her
fortune elsewhere, becoming a soap opera star. Hauck then leaps forward 61 years to tell
the story of Colette’s niece in this moving, faith-based tale of hope and enduring love.
The Wonder of You. By Susan May Warren. 2015. Tyndale, paper, $14.99
Warren continues the story of the Minnesotan Christiansens as Amelia returns home
after a semester abroad, where she met Roark, who wants to win her heart, leading
them to face conflicting desires, decide to live in faith instead of fear, and discover that
adventure and love can coexist.
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