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Start the New Year with some Historical Fiction…

Will Edyth prove her sanity before it is too late?

On Blackwell Island, New York, a hospital was built to keep its patients from ever leaving. With her late father’s fortune under her uncle’s care until her 25th birthday in the year 1887, Edyth Foster does not feel pressured to marry or to bow to society’s demands. She freely indulges in eccentric hobbies like fencing and riding her velocipede in her cycling costume about the city for all to see. Finding a loophole in the will, though, her uncle whisks Edyth off to the women’s lunatic asylum just weeks before her birthday. Do any of Edyth’s friends care that she disappeared?

 

 

At the asylum she meets another inmate, who upon discovering Edyth’s plight, confesses that she is Nellie Bly, an undercover journalist for The World. Will either woman find a way to leave the terrifying island and reclaim her true self?

©2020 Grace Hitchcock (P)2020 Recorded Books

http://www.audible.com/pd/The-Gray-Chamber-Audiobook/1980047219?pf_rd_p=284b47b1-a5db-4711-9667-612f2ac7458e&pf_rd_r=PC8254GY1RFXTY83Z6C5&ref=a_series_Tr_c5_lProduct_1_2

Here’s a nice AudioFile review of Helene Tursten’s Winter Grave:

AudioFile review of Winter Grave

WINTER GRAVEAn Embla Nyström Investigation, Book 2

by Helene Tursten | Read by Stina Nielsen

Mystery & Suspense • 9.25 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2019

Stina Nielsen is an experienced narrator who consistently excels at playing strong female characters. She does so again as she portrays Swedish detective Embla Nystrom, moving us from the post-traumatic stress of her previous case to the horrors of children going missing in her new one. Nielsen captures the persona of a professional woman beautifully; she sounds both strong and stressed as the story’s tension mounts. There are multiple detectives and bosses packed into this winding story. Nielsen helps us keep track of them as we get closer and closer to the culprit. Fans of Nordic noir will sink into this complicated series of linked crimes. M.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2019]

From Cindy & Erin Woodsmall…. A Christmas Haven

For fans of holiday romances and Amish life comes a new Christmas tale of surprising expectations and discovering miracles. 

Old Order Amish Ivy Zook is wrestling with her need to shed her community’s ways so she can grow the business of her dreams: planning parties. As long as she’s stuck living without modernization, she can barely get her business on its feet. But if she leaves too soon, she’d cause trouble for her sister, Holly, who is planning her wedding to Joshua Smucker. All of their plans become twice as complicated when an old car crashes into the storefront of Greene’s Pharmacy, carrying a Swartzentruber (ultra-conservative sect) Amish man, Arlan, and his very ill sister.

The Zooks take in Arlan and Madga, tending to the woman’s illness, and Arlan begins helping around the family farm. Ivy and Arlan are on different tracks, one wanting to leave her community and the other to return to his. But both young people are trying to discover what God has in store for their futures and what miracles might lie around the corner this Christmas season.

©2019 Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall (P)2019 Recorded Books

http://www.audible.com/pd/A-Christmas-Haven-Audiobook/1980054770?qid=1571946760&sr=1-3&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=1NE3P4QBZNPSK2D5Z0QD&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_

Two young girls are missing. A police officer is found dead. Detective Inspector Embla Nystrom must quickly solve the mystery and find the children before the small town takes matters into their own hands.

 

When a little girl disappears a few weeks before Christmas, suspicions fall to the last person she was seen with: the mentally disabled teenage boy who gave her a ride home after school. Complicating the matter is the fact that detectives can hardly get a word out of him.

Meanwhile, 28-year-old Detective Inspector Embla is newly back at work and still trying to recover from her recent brush with a killer, which left her unable to get back in the ring to defend her title as Nordic light welterweight champion. When a second child disappears and a police officer is found dead, tensions in the small town of Stromstad, Sweden, reach an all-time high – as are Embla’s nightmares. As she hunts for the missing children, Embla can’t help but think of the case that has been haunting her for years: the disappearance of her childhood best friend. Could the cases be linked? With each passing dark winter day, the odds of finding the children alive shrink, while desperation mounts. Their fathers want answers and will stop at nothing – including murder – to get them.

©2019 Helene Tursten (P)2019 Recorded Books

http://www.audible.com/pd/Winter-Grave-Audiobook/1980054002?qid=1571945220&sr=1-2&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=NXP1PDX1Z918MH8ESQ37&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_2

In the mood for a Mystery? A Thriller? A little suspense?

A strong marriage can cope with the unexpected. But can it survive the unimaginable? 

American nanny Eleanor was never meant to meet Alex. But when she walks into his London police station to report a stalker, everything changes for them both. He’s convinced he can protect her from anything and anyone. She hopes her darkest days are behind her.

As they settle into their life together, two hundred miles away another young couple faces an uncertain future. Christie knows Paul is a decent man, but she can’t shake a clairvoyant’s warning: ‘Never trust your husband . . .’ When a work trip tests their bond, will she overcome her fears for the sake of her family?

Ten years later, both couples are still together, for better or worse. But as doubts and resentments begin bubbling steadily to the surface, all four of them start to question the choices they’ve made.

At least the secrets they all brought into their marriages are still well hidden.

For now.

©2019 Tina Seskis (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

www.audible.com/pd/Home-Truths-Audiobook/1978669623?qid=1571944881&sr=1-4&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=AXHG9STSESPBZMCFW91W&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_4

New From Tantor: A Christmas Home by Marta Perry

National best-selling author Marta Perry captures the spirit of Christmas in this first novel of her all new series set in the quaint Amish community of Promise Glen.

After 10 years spent keeping house and raising her younger siblings, Sarah Yoder returns home to Promise Glen determined to make a fresh start. Her new job with neighbor Noah Raber’s furniture business seems promising – until she and the woodworker clash over everything from the best way to reach new costumers to how to raise his mischievous six-year-old twin boys.

Though Sarah longs for a home of her own, she fights the appeal of this ready-made family, resolved to maintain a professional distance. But when she and Noah both agree to help with the school’s annual Christmas program, Sarah finds her heart touched by the motherless boys and Noah’s quiet strength. Thrown together at work and at the school, their feelings continue to grow, and Sarah struggles to keep Noah at arms’ length.

Loving Noah may seem impossible, but with faith, love, and a little help from their close-knit community, there may yet be a Christmas home for them both.

©2019 Martha Johnson (P)2019 Tantor

http://www.audible.com/pd/A-Christmas-Home-Audiobook/1977319459?qid=1571943026&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=49FMC8Y8TK4HBZRJH4EQ&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

From Dreamscape Audio: The Christmas Courtship by Emma Miller

 

Caught up in a scandal in her Amish community, Phoebe Miller moves to her cousin’s farm in Delaware hoping for forgiveness and a second chance. The last thing Phoebe expects is to slowly fall for bachelor Joshua Miller. But Joshua doesn’t know the secret that made her leave her old life behind. Can their blossoming love survive the truth?

©2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC (P)2019 Dreamscape Media, LLC

http://www.audible.com/pd/The-Christmas-Courtship-Audiobook/197495675X?qid=1571943497&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=RV4KR10V2ZZPNNDXXH4R&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

New From Erin Bartles…. The Words Between Us

 

Robin Windsor has spent most of her life under an assumed name, running from her family’s ignominious past. She thought she’d finally found sanctuary in her rather unremarkable used bookstore just up the street from the marina in River City, Michigan. But the store is struggling and the past is hot on her heels.

When she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father’s scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the long-lost summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. That book – a first edition Catcher in the Rye – is soon followed by the other books she shared with Peter nearly 20 years ago, with one arriving in the mail each day.

But why would Peter be making contact after all these years? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she’s about to be exposed all over again?

With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words – the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write – have more power than we imagine.

©2019 Erin Bartels (P)2019 Recorded Books

https://www.audible.com/pd/The-Words-Between-Us-Audiobook/1980052360?qid=1571941419&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=FY7H6C66H9H0WF48E40J&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

The Timepiece by Beverly Lewis…

The Timepiece, the sequel to The Tinderbox is out now.

As the only daughter, Sylvia Miller of The Tinderbox has always held a special place in her Old Order family, one Adeline Pelham jeopardizes when she shows up at the Millers’ Hickory Hollow farm. It isn’t that Adeline means to be a threat, but her very existence is a reminder of the painful secret that has so recently upended the Miller household. And with Sylvia and her mother still struggling to come to terms with that news, this is a challenging time to welcome an Englisher – especially this Englisher – into their midst.

Despite the Millers’ unexpected hospitality, Adeline is well aware that she’s treading on Sylvia’s turf, and she feels guilty about doing so when Sylvia is grappling with issues of her own. Not only is Sylvia trying to rebuild her trust in her father, but she’s uncertain what to make of her once-promising engagement to Titus Kauffman, who hasn’t pursued her since she confronted him. Adeline wishes she could help Sylvia, but she’s not sure that either she or Sylvia is ready for that level of closeness in their relationship.

Can God make something good come out of the mistakes of the past? Or does Adeline’s arrival mark one too many surprises for the Millers and their Amish community?

©2019 Beverly Lewis (P)2019 Recorded Books

www.audible.com/pd/The-Timepiece-Audiobook/1980052409?qid=1571942401&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=FE67D4FNVTVKD1NXSMA5&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1

Rescue Me Book 4: Love At First Bark

Yay! Debbie Burns’ LOVE AT FIRST BARK, book 4 in the Rescue Me Series is available!

Animal portrait painter Mia Chambers and architect Ben Thomas have volunteered at the High Grove Animal Shelter for years, and they share a complicated history. Ben has secretly loved Mia all this time, but she was married to his best friend. Now she’s newly widowed, with a young son, and Ben doesn’t know how to tell her what’s in his heart. All he can do is stay close, help her as much as she’ll let him, and watch for the right moment to bare his soul.

When a dozen adorable border collies get dumped in St. Louis’ biggest park, everyone at the shelter mobilizes for a large-scale rescue. Rushing to the park to round up the frisky collies, Ben and Mia unexpectedly plunge into a new phase of their entangled lives. Who knew that opening their hearts and homes – to animals in need and to each other – would lead to so many upheavals…and new beginnings…?

©2019 Debbie Burns (P)2019 Recorded Books

https://www.audible.com/pd/Love-at-First-Bark-Audiobook/1980037965?qid=1571939976&sr=1-1&pf_rd_p=e81b7c27-6880-467a-b5a7-13cef5d729fe&pf_rd_r=CMBQF8VFH3HTJC66NDHW&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_1