Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Second book in popular Christian fiction romance series

Rachel Hauck has just released book 2 in The Royal Wedding Series.  Princess Ever After is sure to be another fun romance novel to add to your reading collection.  Here’s a glimpse at the story.

Princess Ever AfterRegina Beswick was born to be a princess. But she’s content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother’s hand-painted book of fairytales. Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation’s future—and his own. Yet lurking in the political shadows is a fierce opponent with sinister plans to abolish the throne forever. Overwhelmed with opposition, Regina must decide if she’s destined to restore old cars or an ancient nation. Together—with a little divine intervention—Regina and Tanner discover the truth of her heritage and the healing power of true love.

Check out the first chapter to Princess Ever After here.

Butterfly Palace by Colleen Coble

New from best selling Christian fiction novelist

Colleen Coble’s latest novel, Butterfly Palace, is already a best selling book for us and it’s only been out a few weeks!  That speaks volumes to the loyal readers who enjoy her writing.  I’ve got the book in my “to be read” stack and hope to get to it soon.  Here’s a peak at the story:

Butterfly PalaceElegance and wealth. Privilege and politics. The extravagance of the Butterfly Palace overwhelmed Lily’s senses and nearly smothered her painful memories. She pushed away her misgivings . . . She was perfectly safe in this huge house.

 

Austin, Texas—1904: Abandoned by the love of her life and still mourning the loss of her mother, Lily Donaldson has turned her back on the pain and come to Austin for a fresh start, working for the Marshall family as a kitchen maid in their luxurious mansion, the Butterfly Palace. The tasks before her are legion, and her mistress less than pleasant, but at least Lily’s new life will be, if nothing else, distracting. 

But one night, while serving at a dinner party, Lily recognizes the man who abandoned her, Andy, her liaison from the livery stable, the blacksmith’s son . . . sitting among the distinguished guests. Though he recognizes her, Andy does not acknowledge her aloud, and Lily is left reeling, flabbergasted, and irate. 

But before she can get an explanation, the path of the Servant Girl Killer swerves very close to the Butterfly Palace, sowing terror among the maids. Having come to Austin to start anew, Lily suddenly feels trapped in a spider web. How can she know who to trust in a house where lies come dressed in fine suits and deceit in silk gowns the colors of butterfly wings?

Check out the first chapter to Butterfly Palace here.

Smitten Book Club

Favorite Christian Fiction Authors are Back in Smitten!

Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hildreth are taking us back to the fictional town of Smitten, Vermont in their latest release Smitten Book Club.

Smitten Book Club“Consider that your beau is like a coveted novel whose compelling first lines you’ve just begun to read.”                       —A Gentlewoman’s Guide to Love and Courtship

 

At a rummage sale, Heather, a member of the Fireside Book Club, discovers a turn-of-the-century romantic advice book written by a once-famous Smitten, Vermont, resident. When she shares the precious volume with her friends in the club, they find clues about a hidden treasure rumored to be buried in their tiny town.

As Heather, Abby, Lia, and Molly take turns reading the book, each projects onto it her own literary tastes. Heather sees it as a mystery. Abby discovers delicious dashes of Jane Austen. Lia sees in it the idealism of a bygone day. And Molly just wishes they’d made the book into a movie!

One by one, each of the women finds romantic love—often in spite of the historic book’s advice. And in searching for the legendary gold, the friends discover the best kind of treasure. The kind that brings hope and healing to each of their hearts.

Check out the first chapter to Smitten Book Club here.

 

 

Sinner’s Garden by William Sirls

New Christian Fiction by acclaimed author

William Sirls is back with his second novel.  The Sinner’s Garden promises to be another intriguing read as it follows up the success of his debut novel, The Reason.

Sinners GardenIn The Sinner’s Garden, Andy Kemp’s young life has been as ravaged as his scarred face. Disfigured by an abusive father, the teenager hides behind his books and an impenetrable wall of cynicism and anger.

As Andy’s mother struggles to reconnect with him, his Uncle Rip returns transformed from a stint in prison and wants to be a mentor to the reclusive boy, doing everything he can to help end Andy’s pain. When Andy begins hearing strange music through his iPod and making near-prophetic announcements, Rip is convinced that what Andy is hearing is the voice of God.

Elsewhere, police officer Heather Gerisch responds to a late-night breaking and entering in one of the poorest homes in town. She soon realizes that the masked prowler has left thousands of dollars in gift cards from a local grocery store. As the bizarre break-ins continue and Heather pursues the elusive “Summer Santa,” Andy and Rip discover an enormous and well-kept garden of wildflowers that seems to have grown overnight at an abandoned steel mill.

Soon, they realize who the gardener is, and a spree of miracles transfigures this small town from a place of hopelessness into a place of healing and beauty.

Check out the first chapter to The Sinner’s Garden.

Stranded by Dani Pettrey

New Christian Romantic Suspense from Dani Pettrey

Just because the summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean we can’t get in one more trip.  Well, a virtual trip anyway.  Join Dani Pettrey, who continues to be one of LifeWay Christian Store’s fastest rising novelists, as she takes us back to Alaska for the third book in the Alaskan Courage Series.   Stranded is now available!

StrandedWhen her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn’t satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord.  Something isn’t lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby’s position.  Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn’t the only person to disappear mysteriously.  Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing.  He’s surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report.  Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

Fan of Irene Hannon, Dee Henderson, or Terri Blackstock?  You’ll definitely want to give Dani’s novels a try.  Check out the first chapter to Stranded here.