Today’s Question: There are a lot of great new books being published in 2009! But which ones are you the most excited about?
What a question! There are so many… here are some (in order of release, not necessarily how much I’m looking forward to them):
I do love books that bring the bible times to life for me!
| Michal, Wives of King David Series #1
Jill Eileen Smith
As the daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and by competition from her beautiful older sister. When Michal falls for young David, the harpist who plays to calm her father, she has no idea what romance, adventures, and heartache await her.
Karen Hancock is AWESOME. I am SO looking forward to this!
| The Enclave
When Lacey McHenry accepts a prestigious research fellowship at the world-renowned Kendell-Jakes Longevity Institute, she sees it as a new start on life. But a disturbing late-night encounter with an intruder leads to an unexpected cover-up by Institute authorities, and she soon realizes there’s more going on than she ever imagined.
She finds a supporter in genetics researcher Cameron Reinhardt. However, Reinhardt is a favorite of the Institute’s director, and she can’t help wondering if he, too, is in on the cover-up. The brilliant but absentminded researcher turns out to have his own secrets, some of them dark and deadly.
Tamera Alexander is another favorite author. :-)
| The Inheritance, Women of Faith Series #19
Desperate for a fresh start, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation and moves west with her rebellious younger brother to the not-so-quaint mountain town of Copper Creek, Colorado. She arrives only to find that life there is far from what she expects. Having practically raised Robert on her own, McKenna is burdened both with her failure as a parent and her deep conviction to not let her brother throw his life away. Trusting has never come easily for her–especially in issues of the heart–and that inability to trust is put to test when she meets U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon.
After years on the trail, Marshal Wyatt Caradon finds himself at a crossroads. He’s brought countless men to justice, but he questions what lasting good his life has accomplished. When his path intersects that of young Robert Ashford, Wyatt glimpses himself, years ago, in the boy’s pride and arrogance. He also sees a boy without a firm hand in his life. His well-meant attempt to help Robert brings him face-to-face with the one situation he never wanted to encounter–and the one woman who holds the key to helping him find his future.
Set against the rich, untamed backdrop of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, The Inheritance is the first historical from WOMEN OF FAITH FICTION, and is a journey that explores the depth and breadth of a parent’s love, the inherent risk in learning to trust, and the cost of laying down your life for one you love.
I loved The Shadow of Colossus and am looking forward to this second in the series!
Up from the sands of Egypt rises the Great Pyramid, where Hemiunu, Pharaoh’s Grand Vizier, commands the historic building project as he orders his life-with justice, truth, and precision. But when a series of murders at the site threatens chaos, Hemi must abandon his legacy to hunt down the killer who may be closer than he would like to think. Can he restore justice to the city before his careful life and work are destroyed, or will a mysterious people and their strange God uncover the secret past that Hemi has tried to forget?
Ah, Jane Kirkpatrick. She has written such wonderful, can’t-get-the-characters-out-of-your-head books! They are so real! Please please read one of her books! You’ll have to read more. :-)
| A Flickering Light, Portraits of the Heart Series #1
Fifteen-year-old Jessie Ann Gaebele applies for a job with a photographer in 1907. Captivated by the art and an adept student, she soon begins running the studios of artists suffering from mercury poisoning. But is she preparing herself to own her own studio—or fleeing from her relationship with her older married tutor? 400 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
Brandilyn Collins is an amazing writer! This sounds so good…
Everybody knows newspaper columnist Kaycee Raye is a little crazy. So why should anybody believe her when she says she’s being watched? Kaycee has no proof of her suspicion—evidence mysteriously disappears before the police can investigate! Is she going over the edge? Or is she being pushed? A story of suspense—and desperate faith.
I’ve read a few by Siri Mitchell – this one strikes my fancy because it’s a historical taking place in a Puritan community.
| Love’s Pursuit
In the small Puritan community of Stoneybrooke, Massachusetts, Susannah Phillips stands out both for her character and beauty. She wants only a simple life but soon finds herself pursued by the town’s wealthiest bachelor and by a roguish military captain sent to protect them. One is not what he seems and one is more than he seems.
In trying to discover true love’s path, Susannah is helped by the most unlikely of allies, a wounded woman who lives invisible and ignored in their town. As the depth, passion, and sacrifice of love is revealed to Susannah, she begins to question the rules and regulations of her childhood faith. In a community where grace is unknown, what price will she pay for embracing love?
Check out other Faith ‘n Fiction Saturday posts answering this same question at My Friend Amy!