Most Anticipated Christian Fiction Books For Fall 2019

most anticipated fall 2019 christian fiction

It’s finally fall everyone! Just around the corner for some. For us in Florida, fall doesn’t really start till end of October/Early November. I am excited for cooler weather, the trees to turn colors, fall festivals, and everything associated with fall. Most of all I am really excited for all the new books coming out! Publishers publish the most books during fall and winter. And I am not complaining! There are so many good books coming out it will be hard to know where to start!

So without further ado, here are the most anticipated Fall 2019 Reads. Just click on the cover image to be taken to Amazon to read the synopsis and pre order if desired.

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Whew, a lot of books are coming out! Which books are on your TBR? Share in the comments!

the caffeinated bibliophile

Book Review: A Love For Lizzie by Tracey J Lyons

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Synopsis:

Childhood friends joined by a painful past…
Can love blossom between them?


After her father falls ill, Lizzie Miller and her family desperately need help to keep the farm going during harvesttime. Neighbor Paul Burkholder is eager to lend a hand—and to court Lizzie. But Paul has a secret that he fears could push Lizzie away. Can they finally heal from a tragedy in their pasts…and open their hearts to each other?

  • Genre: Amish Fiction

  • Publisher: Love Inspired

  • Published: 7/2019

  • Pages: 224

  • Goodreads Rating: 4.25


Heidi’s Rating

5 Stars

Suggested Drink Pairings

Tea: Homemade Iced Tea

Coffee: Black Coffee with cream and sugar


Why I Chose This Book

I was opted to review this book through Justread tours. Love Inspired books remind me of Hallmark movies. They are just feel good books that make you smile. I am always up for that kind of book!

First Initial Thoughts

Lizzie is a young woman living with her family when her father suddenly falls ill. Their farm is falling apart and loosing money. Lizzie secretly paints paintings ever since her brother’s death. She has never gotten over her brother’s death thinking it was slightly her fault. She carries a scar on her face and is afraid that no one will want her because of her disfigurement.

Paul is a young man that secretly has a huge crush on Lizzie. When Lizzie’s father falls ill he immediately helps out on the farm with whatever they need. He also has dreams of building his own furniture business and working with his hands - what he has always wanted to do. Despite the disapproval of his father. I liked Paul. I found him to be forward thinking. He was always there for Lizzie and I admired that about him.

Setting

Most of us are familiar with Amish living. Tracey made us feel like we were living the simple life along Lizzie with a few modern touches. I also liked that Tracey included non Amish neighbors in this book. Most people think of Amish living together in one big community but it is becoming more common to have the Amish live with non-Amish in the same neighborhood.

Final Thoughts

I really liked that Tracey touched on the self doubt of talent. Lizzie did have moments of doubt that anyone would really want to purchase her art or find it attractive. I went through a similar phase when I started my photography. I thought no one would really be interested in my artwork and I would just fade into the sea of the other photographers. While in the back of my mind I knew my photography was good and different from the rest I had the fear of putting myself out there. And I think that is what Lizzie was facing as well.

I also liked that Tracey touched on the need to please those around you by doing what they want you to do. Lizzie wanted to sell her artwork to save her families farm but also wanted to do what her parents wanted to do. Marry someone that would help build her families farm. However, that is not what God has planned for her life and I like that she stood up for herself and her goals in life. It is rare to see this in Amish communities so I appreciated this.

Lizzie and Paul were sweet. I really enjoyed watching their relationship develop. It was sweet and tender and made me smile. Paul I think help Lizzie heal from her past and realize her God given talents. While Lizzie inspired and encouraged Paul to start the business he always wanted to.

Overall, this was a really sweet romance that just made me smile throughout!

Would I Recommend?

Yes! This is a book that anyone can read in one afternoon so it’s a great weekend read at the beach or on vacation. Perfect book to read to life your mood.


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the caffeinated bibliophile

Please Note: I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Book Review: DawnSinger by Janalyn Voigt

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Synopsis:

The High Queen is dying...

At the royal summons, Shae mounts a wingabeast and soars through the air to the high hold of Faeraven, where all is not as it seems. Visions warn her of danger, and a dark soul touches hers in the night. When she encounters an attractive but disturbing musician, her wayward heart awakens.

But then there is Kai, a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. Secrets bind him to her, and her safety lies at the center of every decision he makes.

On a desperate journey fraught with peril and the unknown, they battle warlike garns, waevens, ferocious raptors, and the wraiths of their own regrets. Yet, they must endure the campaign long enough to release the DawnKing and the salvation he offers into a divided land. To prevail, each must learn that sometimes victory comes only through surrender.

  • Fantasy, Christian Fantasy

  • Paperback & ebook, 342 Pages

  • June 29, 2012 by Harbourlight Books


Heidi’s Rating:

3.5 Stars

Recommended Drink Parings:

Tea: Chai Tea

Coffee: Kopi Luwak Coffee


I woke with the dawn and made my way to the garden to listen to the heartbeat of creation.
— Shae

Why I Chose This Book

When Prism Book Tour offered me to review this book I agreed. I have been looking to read more Christian Fantasy. And this one definitely sounded interesting.

First Initial Thoughts

First off, I thought this was a brand new release. Not until I started writing this review did I realize that it was written in 2012. To me it read as a modern day fantasy. I do have to say in the back of the book there is a list of characters - and there is A LOT of characters. So at first it was a little hard to follow and remember who is who.

Shae is a young princess of Whellein. At the beginning of the story, we are riding with Shae up in the sky on a Wingabeast. Little does she know what’s really going on underneath her. At home her mother is dying and there are secrets about to be revealed…

Kai is a guardian of Faeraven and of Shae. He is the brother of Shae. Through certain circumstances they must find Lohen Keil to release DawnSinger before the enemy destroys their land. Together with a group of men, they embark on a journey to find Lohen. On their way, they face many challenges and dangers.

Setting

The biggest factor in whether I like a Fantasy book is the world building. Janalyn gets it right. She creates such a beautiful and interesting world. She definitely made the world of Faeraven unique filled with interesting creatures and characters. It definitely is a world I would like to explore and see.

Finial Thoughts

First off, this book read very poetic and descriptive. While I don’t mind this, it did get on my nerve at times because I felt the story dragged on at times because of the way she wrote. I also felt that she would be writing about a certain scene and topic and then transition into another scene - without that transition. It was a little odd and confusing at times. However, overall it wasn’t that hard to read. Just a little different.

Christian fantasy, I feel always has an underlining Christian message in their story. Because Christian Fantasy does not take place on our world, they do not share our religion and beliefs. I found in DawnSinger they had similar beliefs, such as an afterworld or heaven. The symbolism behind the story I found is eternal good vs. evil. We constantly battle every day as Christians to fight evil and pursue God. This story reminds us that in life there are temptations everywhere but through Christ we can overcome these temptations.

I really liked Shae and Kai’s characters. I felt that we could relate to them. I also wanted to ride along with them on their Wingabeasts. It reminds me of the Avatar ride in Disney World and that was a lot of fun!

Overall, I really enjoyed the story. Suspense, murder, drama and action were just around the corner in every chapter. However, I felt that certain parts of the story could have been developed better. For example, during Shae and Kai journey I felt that they just kept getting into the same situation. Once or twice is ok, but repetitive things like that annoys me a little.

Would I Recommend

Yes! I think this book would also be great for teens as it read more like a YA book. Great for adults and teens alike.

About The Author

Janalyn-Irene-Voigt

Janalyn Voigt is a writer and professional speaker with a photography habit and a passion for travel. Her unique blend of adventure, romance, suspense, and fantasy creates worlds of beauty and danger for readers. Tales of Faeraven, her epic fantasy series beginning with DawnSinger, carries readers into a land only imagined in dreams. She is represented by Sarah Joy Freese of Wordserve Literary.

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Giveaway Time!!

Giveaway - DawnSinger

One winner will receive a fantasy-themed basket, hand-painted Pegasus mughand-crafted beaded votive candle bowldark chocolate bar, and a Tales of Faeraven bookmark (US only)

**Ends August 28th, 2019


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Please Note: I am part of the Prism Book Tour for this book. I was sent a copy of this book to review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

Christian Fiction Books Set During The Colonial Period

The Colonial Period is referred to the Era when America was first settled. The time when America was brand new and Native Americans were still roaming about curious about the new comers. it’s hard to imagine what it was like during this time as most of America was not colonized/settled. It always feels like a whole new world when I read these books. Also, it is one of the era’s that is least written about in Christian Fiction. I would love to see more Christian authors cover this particular historical era!

Without further ado, here are 10 Christian books to read that are set during the Colonial Period:

Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Phoebe Starbuck has always adjusted her sails and rudder to the whims of her father. Now, for the first time, she's doing what she wants to do: marrying Captain Phineas Foulger and sailing far away from Nantucket. As she leaves on her grand adventure, her father gives her two gifts, both of which Phoebe sees little need for. The first is an old sheepskin journal from Great Mary, her highly revered great-grandmother. The other is a "minder" on the whaling ship in the form of cooper Matthew Macy, a man whom she loathes.

Soon Phoebe discovers that life at sea is no easier than life on land. Lonely, seasick, and disillusioned, she turns the pages of Great Mary's journal and finds herself drawn into the life of this noble woman. To Phoebe's shock, her great-grandmother has left a secret behind that carries repercussions for everyone aboard the ship, especially her husband the captain and her shadow the cooper. This story within a story catapults Phoebe into seeing her life in an entirely new way--just in time.

The Pelican Bride by Beth White

It is 1704 when Genevieve Gaillain and her sister board a French ship headed for the Louisiana colony as mail-order brides. Both have promised to marry one of the rough-and-tumble Canadian men in this New World in order to escape religious persecution in the Old World. Genevieve knows life won't be easy, but at least here she can establish a home and family without fear of beheading. But when she falls in love with Tristan Lanier, an expatriate cartographer whose courageous stand for fair treatment of native peoples has made him decidedly unpopular in the young colony, Genevieve realizes that even in this land of liberty one is not guaranteed peace. And a secret she harbors could mean the undoing of the colony itself.

Anna’s Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher

On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna König reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known.

Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberly Woodhouse

Pursued by an unwelcome suitor, banker's daughter Penny Castlerock will do anything to escape town and Mr. Abbott's advances-even visit her grandfather's homestead for an undetermined amount of time. Out of her element, she must rely on neighbor Jonas White and his brood of adopted children.

Scandal chased Jonas out of Philadelphia five years ago. A scandal that socialite Miss Castlerock knows about. Since then, Jonas has kept to himself, worked his homestead, and focused on raising his seven adopted boys and his daughter. The last thing he needs is to be reminded of the past and the young woman he once fancied-especially when she's so far out of his sphere...

As circumstances force the two to work together, their tentative friendship blossoms into something more. But can two people from such disparate backgrounds find true love with each other?

A Bound Heart by Laura Franz

Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is but the keeper of his bees and the woman he is hoping will provide a tincture that might help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Yet even when all hope seems dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony, it may be that in this New World the two of them could make a new beginning--together.

The American Dream Romance Collection

Meet the faithful dreamers who helped build the foundation of the new American nation—from four brothers in Colonial Connecticut determined to make something of their lives, to a colony of Quakers in North Carolina resolute in their faith, to settlers in the northwest frontier staking their claim in hostile territory. Watch as nine romances develop and legacies of faith and love are formed.

Flight of the Sparrow by Amy Brown

Massachusetts Bay Colony, 1676. Even before Mary Rowlandson was captured by Indians on a winter day of violence and terror, she sometimes found herself in conflict with her rigid Puritan community. Now, her home destroyed, her children lost to her, she has been sold into the service of a powerful woman tribal leader, made a pawn in the ongoing bloody struggle between English settlers and native people.

Battling cold, hunger, and exhaustion, Mary witnesses harrowing brutality but also unexpected kindness. To her confused surprise, she is drawn to her captors’ open and straightforward way of life, a feeling further complicated by her attraction to a generous, protective English-speaking native known as James Printer. All her life, Mary has been taught to fear God, submit to her husband, and abhor Indians. Now, having lived on the other side of the forest, she begins to question the edicts that have guided her, torn between the life she knew and the wisdom the natives have shown her.

A Bride Most Begrudging by Deeanne Gist

Any ship arriving from England means good news for Virginia colony farmers. The "tobacco brides" would be on board--eligible women seeking a better life in America, bartered for with barrels of tobacco from the fields.

Drew O'Connor isn't stirred by news of a ship full of brides. Still broken-hearted from the loss of his beloved, he only wants a maid to tend his house and care for his young sister.

What he ends up with is a wife--a feisty redhead who claims she is Lady Constance Morrow, daughter of an Earl, brought to America against her will. And she wants to go straight back to England as soon as she can. She hasn't the foggiest notion how to cook, dares to argue with her poor husband, and spends more time working on mathematical equations than housework. What kind of a wife is that? Drew's Christian forbearance is in for some testing.

Headstrong and intelligent, deeply moral but incredibly enticing, Constance turns what was supposed to be a marriage of convenience into something most inconvenient, indeed.

A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

Anglican Mary Langton longs to marry for love. Puritan Barnabas Horton still grieves the loss of his beloved wife, but he knows his two young sons need a mother. And yet these two very different people with very different expectations will take a leap of faith, wed, and then embark on a life-changing journey across the ocean to the Colonies. Along the way, each must learn to live in harmony, to wait on God, and to recognize true love where they least expect to find it.

This heartfelt tale of love and devotion is based on debut author Rebecca DeMarino's own ancestors, who came to Long Island in the mid-1600s to establish a life--and a legacy--in the New World.

Rose’s Pledge by Sally Laity

Step back into the early days of America, where Rose Harwood and her sisters become indentured to the highest bidders. When Rose’s new owner takes her deep into Indian Territory, a young frontiersman named Nate Kinyon tags along, hoping to save Rose from the machinations of a grubby trader and the appraising looks of young braves. How much is he willing to pay—in dollars and sense—to redeem the woman he loves? And how much is Rose willing to sacrifice for his protection?

I hope you found some new books to read!

Have you read any books set during the Colonial period that you enjoyed? Share in the comments!

- Heidi