Oh my goodness everyone, 2018 is just creeping around the corner. I can't believe how fast this year has gone! Don't you agree?!
With that, there are a bunch of amazing books coming out that I want to share with you! I seriously want to read all 10 of these books. So look forward to reviews of these books as they come out. My goodness, my TBR is piling up!
Out of the Ashes by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse - January 2nd
When Jean-Michel receives an unexpected invitation for them to visit Alaska and the Curry Hotel, it seems an opportunity for a change he needs. Katherine Demarchis is a young widow who does not grieve the dangerous husband she was forced to marry. Now she just wants to retreat to a quiet life, content to be alone. First, though, she's agreed to accompany her grandmother on a final trip but never expects to see a man from her past. Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited now, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had?
I just love anything Tracie writes. This one sounds like the perfect book to cozy up to with warm fuzzy feelings while reading.
Isaiah's Daughter: A Novel of Prophets and Kings by Mesu Andrews - January 16th
Isaiah adopts Ishma, giving her a new name--Zibah, delight of the Lord--thereby ensuring her royal pedigree. Ishma came to the prophet's home, devastated after watching her family destroyed and living as a captive. But as the years pass, Zibah's lively spirit wins Prince Hezekiah's favor, a boy determined to rebuild the kingdom his father has nearly destroyed. But loving this man will awake in her all the fears and pain of her past and she must turn to the only One who can give life, calm her fears, and deliver a nation.
I haven't read too many Biblical fiction books so I am excited to read this one! I really like the concept of this story. Also, how gorgeous is her hair on the cover?!
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz- January 2nd
When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiancé and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?
Any book set during the 18th century automatically wins my favor. Spies, romance, the American Revolution, beautiful lace, what else is not to love??!
Hearts Entwined: A Historical Romance Novella Collection by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears - January 2nd
Four top historical romance novelists team up in this new collection to offer stories of love and romance with a twist of humor. In Karen Witemeyer's "The Love Knot," Claire Nevin gets the surprise of her life awaiting her sister's arrival by train. Mary Connealy's "The Tangled Ties That Bind" offers the story of two former best friends who are reunited while escaping a stampede. Regina Jennings offers "Bound and Determined," where a most unusual trip across barren Oklahoma plains is filled with adventure, romance, and . . . camels? And Melissa Jagears' "Tied and True" entertains with a tale of two hearts from different social classes who become entwined at a cotton thread factory.
I love reading love stories but 4 love stories in one? Sign me up! It sounds like a great book to read during the long New Years weekend. I also love that on the cover, the rope is in a shape of a heart.
Phoebe's Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher - February 6th
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 Mitchell, 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.
I haven't read too many books taken place on a ship, especially during the 17th century. I am excited to read this one!
Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette - February 6th
Seven years ago, Moriyah was taken captive in Jericho and branded with the mark of the Canaanite gods. Now the Israelites are experiencing peace in their new land, but Moriyah has yet to find her own peace. Because of the shameful mark on her face, she hides behind her veil at all times and the disdain of the townspeople keeps her from socializing. And marriage prospects were out of the question . . . until now. Her father has found someone to marry her, and she hopes to use her love of cooking to impress the man and his motherless sons. But when things go horribly wrong, Moriyah is forced to flee. Seeking safety at one of the newly-established Levitical cities of refuge, she is wildly unprepared for the dangers she will face, and the enemies--and unexpected allies--she will encounter on her way.
Another bibical story I am intrigrued to read. I think this book will have a powerful message that I am looking forward to finding out.
A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green - February 6th
Lacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia but finds the same dangers lurking in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers threaten the life of a young boy left in her care, who some suspect to be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement, Azilum, offer permanent refuge?
I love when books are taken place in France, especially during the 17/18th century. I love the concept of this book and I am excited to see how Jocelyn brings out the history in this novel.
The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin - February 6th
In 1944, American naval officer Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London to prepare for the Allied invasion of France. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a "Wren" in the Women's Royal Naval Service. Dorothy pieces together reconnaissance photographs with thousands of holiday snapshots of France--including those of her own family's summer home--in order to create accurate maps of Normandy. Maps that Wyatt will turn into naval bombardment plans. As the two spend concentrated time together in the pressure cooker of war, their deepening friendship threatens to turn to love. The closer he gets to Dorothy, the more he fears his efforts to win the war will destroy everything she has ever loved.
I am particularly interested to learn more about this novel. This book is about how D-Day came to be. My grandfather was one of those men that fought on the shores of Normandy. He never spoke of it of course but I can only imagine the horror he experienced.
In Places HIdden by Tracie Peterson - March 6th
Camri's search for her brother, an attorney, leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but he knows more about what happened to her brother than anyone else. Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?
Another book from Tracie within a month of each other- who couldn't ask for more?! I am excited to read a book taken place in 19th century California!
A Borrowed Dream by Amanda Cabot - March 20th
Catherine Whitfield is sure that she will never again be able to trust anyone in the medical profession after the town doctor's excessive bleeding treatments killed her mother. Austin Goddard is a newcomer to Cimarron Creek. Posing as a rancher, he fled to Texas to protect his daughter from a dangerous criminal. He's managed to keep his past as a surgeon a secret. But when Catherine Whitfield captures his heart, he wonders how long he will be able to keep up the charade.
This is my first time hearing about Amanda Cabot. This sounds like a a really sweet story to read set during the old west.
Whew, there are a lot of books coming out! And they all sound sooo good! I can't wait till they come out so I can dig into their stories.
Which ones are on your list? Comment below and let me know!
I hope you had a wonderful weekend and until next time!