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Strictly Necessary Cookies Strictly Necessary Cookie should be enabled at all times so that we can save your preferences for cookie settings. Monahan May is a debut novel releasing simultaneously in hardcover, paperback, and e-book. An American priest and a Peruvian school teacher meet and fall in love amid the violent struggle between the army and the rebels; they are shadowed by the threat of el pistaco , a mythical fiend the villagers believe feeds on people.

The publisher says the book is aimed at literary fiction readers and Christians who want unsanitized stories that reflect the messiness of life. Paraclete plans an expanded fiction line of one or two books a year that it hopes can reach the growing number of Americans who claim no religious affiliation. In addition to romance and literary offerings, a number of other subgenres are significant in Christian fiction. Amish fiction remains popular.

Brunstetter , whose The Blessing releases in August. It tells the story of an Amish woman and her six students who bond while cooking favorite Amish dishes in Holmes County, Ohio. The Beloved Christmas Quilt Sept. Sproles Aug. Rather than just straight linear historical fiction, we see a lot of novels that bridge two periods of time—what we call time-slip stories. Biblical fiction is another Christian genre.

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More biblical fiction comes from the HarperLegend imprint HarperOne: Deborah Calling by Avraham Azrieli June is a fictionalized retelling of the story of the biblical prophetess Deborah. Another Tyndale title tied to current events is Kremlin Conspiracy Mar. Rosenberg, whose 12 novels have sold more than three million copies.

Other potentially fruitful genres have presented themselves. Kincaid is the author of the bestseller A Dog Named Christmas , and Noelle also explores the bond between a family and its dogs in a story set during the holidays. It forces us to be more creative—in our channels of distribution, in our packaging, in our pitches, and in how we help readers find stories—but it also helps us find new opportunities. Fatal Trust by Todd M. Johnson Aug. This legal thriller follows a defense attorney struggling to build a law practice while caring for his sick mother.

He accepts a case promising big money, but it could cost him his career. In Edwardian England, a young woman falls in with thieves to survive on the streets of London until she becomes a spy sent to determine whether a friend of the king is loyal to him. A Norwegian family emigrates to Minnesota in , dreaming of owning a farm of their own, but must contend with difficult relatives and backbreaking work. Snelling is the author of 70 books that have sold a combined five million copies. The first book in a new series set in both the past and the present as a woman returns to Amish life after years away in the wider world.

This is a collection of four romance novellas by authors who have written many books about the Amish community. Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter June. Bestselling author Colleen Coble returns to her fictional small town of Rock Harbor and finds both romance and danger. This book has used them so very well. But as I went deeper it was nothing like that. But later on when Jonathon was dealing with Abby's death I was hoping it would turn around now into the same. But I was so wrong. I never even wanted this book to end and that is why I took it so slow.

The love, the patience, the time everything in this book is utter perfection. I am a die heard romantic anyway and this book made me believe there is still hope for me after all. There is still hope for love. And it would be a sin not to quote my favorite verse here Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. Stacy talks about it. She is definitely marvelous. Thank you God for giving me this gift. Sep 30, Birgit rated it it was ok. Jonathon, depressive and giving up after the death of his wife, is somehow how? Through the interpretation of poems by the Brownings and the works of Jane Austen, the two protagonists slowly overcome their problems and internal obstacles.

While the plot itself, the romance expressed and progressing slowly through the poems and novels the class has to interpret, the the telling of it I regret to Jonathon, depressive and giving up after the death of his wife, is somehow how? While the plot itself, the romance expressed and progressing slowly through the poems and novels the class has to interpret, the the telling of it I regret to say, I found for the most part I have read Jane Austen's works, and while her narration style fit into her time, it just does not, at least not for me, if the story is set in the "now".

Whereas Jonathon's problems were revealed fairly early in the story, Elizabeth's past was hinted at, with the impression for the reader that "there are gruesome things to be discovered", and only in the last pages is the exact and complete past revealed. Something a reader will have guessed by that stage, and the constant to-ing and fro-ing between the two main protagonists just made me want to shake them and tell them to grow up and get out of their wallowing self-pity.

Elizabeth quite happily - or at least without any self-doubts - analyses Jonathon, something even his therapists have not managed, but did not have enough sense to see the reason for her own problems, or at least see a therapist of her own? Furthermore, her sponsors, knowing her background and oh loving her so much, wouldn't they have done something by that point? There were a couple of what I would call inconsistencies in this story, plus fairly weak characters, a for me boring telling of their story - sorry, but I don't think I will read more of this author.

Aug 02, Jessica Straker rated it it was amazing. Made me think This is a very thought provoking book. It causes you to think about yourself and your actions in life.

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I think this would be a good book for mid to late teens. I think the depth of the book will help young girls to look outside of themselves and also find their value. The character Elizabeth didn't know her worth or that she had any power. Because of that she made some bad decisions, I struggled with this while I was young. I think this book would have helped. This is very well wri Made me think This is a very thought provoking book.

This is very well written and I will be keeping it for when my daughter's get older. If it does nothing else it can be a great conversation starter. Jun 23, Lydia rated it it was amazing.


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If I could give more than 5 stars I would! This novel gave so much in two ways. In traditional Staci fashion, the characters are troubled and the emotion throughout the novel is deep and grips your heart. The romance between Jonathan and Elizabeth is one of two lost souls that find each other and complete each other in such a deeply romantic way you can't help but be touched. On the other hand, I felt like I was in college in an English course learning about the Brownings and Jane Austen once again and so much more deeply.

I loved how Staci weaved in the actual classroom discussion and the essays. Like I said, you'll be twice blessed to read this novel. Jul 01, Pat Allen rated it it was amazing. A stunning love story Healing, redemption, unbelievable happiness from a broken background all wrapped up in strong Christian principals, the love of literature and the lessons to be gained by thinking deeply about great classic books made this an unforgettable yet unspectacular love story for me.

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It did not need to go to extremes to make a good impression. In its simplicity this story encompassed so much that is permanent and life changing without being preachy or shallow. Well done Staci Stalli A stunning love story Healing, redemption, unbelievable happiness from a broken background all wrapped up in strong Christian principals, the love of literature and the lessons to be gained by thinking deeply about great classic books made this an unforgettable yet unspectacular love story for me. Well done Staci Stallings for the courage to write a beautiful story, never compromising God's standards but revealing His plan for love between a man and woman based on mutual respect.

Jul 01, Kelly rated it really liked it.

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I just know her style. Overall, I enjoyed this one. That was vague and very psycho-analysis-ish. I thought it was a good story worth reading. Feb 13, Martha rated it it was amazing. I really loved this book. I mean, I totally enjoyed it, savored it and wanted it to keep going. After I was done reading it, I wanted to read more about the characters and keep thinking about them. I loved how she took two flawed characters, but ones that were striving to learn, grow and love and set it in a university. This is a story about two adults that have been through a ton, but are seeking something else, not romance, but find a real love story when they were not looking.

Jun 22, Joyce Vasilev rated it it was amazing. All I can say is Wow! I have never read a book like this one. Like Jonathon was captivated, this book did just that. It was an extremely interesting book on literature AND life. Elizabeth hoped her students would not just read the poetry and books for their grades, but immerse themselves in it's points of view.

This book challenges the readers insights and you come away a changed by the characters. Well done! Jun 29, Rochean rated it it was ok.

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Instead the writer prolonged the book with words of Browning, I mean how many times can you write the same stuff over in a book? The leaving class and going to the library thing, oh my word! Jul 25, Sherri rated it it was amazing. Neither am I a fan of Jane Austen.

However, I heard how good it was, so I gave it a try. After starting it, I could barely put it down. I was mesmerized by both main characters. They came alive and the growth of their relationship kept me spellbound. Congratulations, Staci Stallings, on such an entertaining book.

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Jan 11, Chunter14 added it. It made me feel like I was in that classroom with all of them discussing all these books because I shared a lot of the same opinions. This was definitely a fun read for me. Jun 18, Charline Romine rated it it was amazing. Jonathon and Elizabeth got it right.