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The Grace Crasher by Mara Faro

Hiding her Catholic past,Julia must pretend to be “born again” for her Christian housemates–EMT Mark and his church-lady mom. Their place is within walking distance (cough, stalking distance) of Dylan, her latest musician crush. But she could lose her chance at real love. Not just with a guy. But with God.

Agnes’ Gift by Kristelle Angelli

On Christmas Eve, an angel appears to take Jenna on an extraordinary journey through the mysteries of the Rosary, and she must decide if there is more to the Faith of her childhood than she previously thought.

Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk

Emily’s the kind of girl Dan’s always dreamed of–sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her. Will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?

At Home in Persimmon Hollow (Persimmon Hollow Legacy) by Gerri Bauer

In 1886, Agnes Foster is forced to leave the Catholic orphanage where she grew up to start a new life as a teacher in Persimmon Hollow. With nothing but her strong Catholic faith to sustain her, she leaves behind the only home she’s ever known and encounters a wild and beautiful new landscape, as well as a town full of hardworking, faith-filled people. She also meets the difficult, yet handsome and hard-to-ignore Seth Taylor, a man whose heart has been hardened to God.

Stitching a Life in Persimmon Hollow (Persimmon Hollow Legacy, Book 2) by Gerri Bauer

Josefa Gomez longs for the glamorous life of a fashion designer far beyond her small town. But when her aunt announces a plan for Josefa to live with relatives in Texas and prepare for marriage, the headstrong beauty knows she must make an audacious choice.

Sunflowers in a Hurricane by Anne Faye

When Cheryl and Ruth move next door to George, the older man and young girl form an unlikely friendship as all three are forced to face the past in order to create a new future.

Dying For Revenge (The Lady Doc Murders Book 1) by Dr. Barbara Golder

Someone is killing the rich and famous residents of Telluride, Colorado, and the medical investigator, Dr. Jane Wallace, is on a collision course with the murderer. Compelled by profound loss and injustice, Jane will risk her own life to protect others from vengeful death, even as she exacts a high price from those who have destroyed her world.

After the Thaw by Therese Heckenkamp

Four years ago, Charlene Perigard survived a brutal kidnapping. Now sinister threats, a midnight attack, and a deathbed promise drive her to the little town of Creekside, where she encounters a man from her past whom she has long struggled to forget. Charlene’s wounded heart must choose between her fiancé and the man whose past is more scarred than her own. But in choosing, she may just lose everything.

The Paradise Project by Suzie Andres

Like Elizabeth Bennet before her, Liz Benning takes pride in her resourcefulness, but when she resolves on a yearlong project to be happier, it looks like her ambition has outrun her abilities…Enter a love interest more conniving than Wickham, a blonde cold enough to freeze out Caroline Bingley, and Elizabeth’s paradise project is heading for disaster.

The Rose and the Sword (The Veritas Chronicles, Volume 2)
by Gina Marinello-Sweeney

Can a rose survive in winter?
Rebecca Veritas is a new college graduate, eager to pursue her dreams as a clinical psychologist. As she adjusts to her new surroundings in the big city of Los Angeles, she finds solace in a mysterious antique bookstore. Yet, as her thoughts still linger on someone from her past, she is unaware that the present has the potential to haunt her the most.

A Perfectly Good Man (Coffee and Donuts Book 3) by Amanda Hamm

Heidi Ray has a decision to make. It’s a decision she probably should have made before she accepted the engagement ring. But Tyler is a good man. Why wouldn’t she want to marry him? After much prayer and reflection, several of Heidi’s relationships begin to look different.

Darker the Night by Lisa London

Inspired by a true story, this fascinating tale tracks an extraordinary young woman persevering through the challenges of growing up in Hitler’s Germany. Hedy finds herself assembling airplanes, dodging bombs, battling hunger, and standing up to invading tanks. As the pride in her country is shattered with the news of the Nazi atrocities, her father reminds her, “The darker the night, the brighter the stars.” Is her star the charming American Counter-Intelligence Agent who keeps appearing in the oddest places?

Now and at the Hour of Our Death by JSB Morse

Mary Credence wants to be a modern day Joan of Arc battling the skeptical world around her. But when the ardent virgin finds herself pregnant, she’s thrust into a much bigger fight than she ever imagined.

The Rosary by Barbara L. Monahan

Forty years after losing the woman he loves to another man, Richard Lawton is given the opportunity to enter her life again, and he takes it, hoping the two of them can finally be together. This time his rival is not another man but the doctrine of the Catholic Church. Will Richard and Kate ever find happiness as man and wife?

Castle Wolves by Patricia La Barbera

Lady Merewyn and Prince Alexander face daunting circumstances. Werewolf hordes, slaughtering royalty and peasants, rampage King William’s empire. But even if she and Prince Alexander escape, Lady Merewyn fears he will discover her secret.

The Story of Peace by Miriam Ezeh

As conflict looms between two rural African villages, a woman fights to keep her brother from getting involved in the violence. In an attempt to protect him, she turns to her friends for help but encounters something unexpected . . .

Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk

Chris loves Rebecca and her innocence, but he’s confounded by her emotional scars. With the counsel of their friend Father John, can Rebecca and Chris overcome every obstacle and bridge the deepening gulf between them? Or will a crucial lapse in judgment and its repercussion end their relationship?
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Treasures in Clay Vessels by Angela Pisaturo

Orphaned as a child and disfigured at a teenager, Nellie Parker stayed away from relationships for fear of losing someone again. That is until Henry J. Lewiston came to town and turned her world upside down.

Smokey Mountain Prayer by Angela Pisaturo

Maggie MacDougal struggles to keep her practice afloat and her newly found Catholic faith in tact, amidst the turmoil of world war II and a very Southern Baptist community.

Night Machines by Kia Heavey

It’s not really cheating if it’s only a fantasy, right? But Maggie loses control of the fantasy as lust becomes love, and things she believed confined to her own imagination are somehow known to her spectral lover. A harmless mind game spins out of control and threatens the sanctity of Maggie’s greatest treasure–her family.
Note: Contains strong language and content. Not appropriate for readers under 18.

A Chance for Moonlight (Chance for Promises Book 1)
by Ella Dement

Spring brings change, especially in bustling Manhattan. Downtown, a cheerful pastry cook charms the reticent soldier next door. Uptown, a young heiress with a complicated past weighs a courtship with a handsome baseball player. In Midtown, a married couple learns the sparks that come with building a life together. One city and three couples bind this sweet novella together.

A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer

In this powerful Civil War romance, Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith, but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict.

Past Suspicion by Therese Heckenkamp

“Don’t trust anyone . . .”
So whispers Robin’s mother just moments before she dies, setting in motion the intriguing story of a 17-year-old on a quest to unravel the dangerous secrets of her mother’s past.

Angela’s Song by AnnMarie Creedon

Widow and mother of three, Angela ‘Jel’ Cooke is full of regret about her marriage to her late husband. . . When Jack Bartolomucci walks into her life, he challenges Angela to face her demons head on. What follows is a poignant, sometimes hilarious tale of hope and healing.
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Emily’s Hope by Ellen Gable

Emily’s Hope is the gripping story of one young woman’s physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily’s great-grandmother’s troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great-grandmother are connected more deeply than by ancestral ties alone.

In Name Only by Ellen Gable

1876, Philadelphia. Caroline Martin’s life has finally taken a turn for the better. After years of hard work, she has met a virtuous and wealthy man whose love seems to promise the kind of life realized only within the comforting novels she keeps on her night table. Tragedy, however, will teach Caroline of the complexity with which God Himself authors the lives of those who turn toward Him.

A Subtle Grace by Ellen Gable

In this sequel to In Name Only, A Subtle Grace continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century in 1896, Philadelphia. At 19, Kathleen (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life-long happiness she desires.
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Little Flowers by Kathryn Lively

A doctor known for performing abortions – murdered. A teenage honor student from a good Catholic family – pregnant. A barren young woman soured on relationships – unwilling to love. One bullet, one week changes the lives of so many people. Discover which of life’s “little flowers” bloom in the face of adversity and strengthen through hope and forgiveness.

Mariette in Ecstasy by Ron Hansen

The highly acclaimed and provocatively rendered story of a young postulant’s claim to divine possession and religious ecstasy.

Poor Banished Children by Fiorella de Maria

An explosion is heard off the coast of seventeenth-century England, and a woman washes up on the shore. She is barely alive and does not speak English, but she asks for a priest… in Latin.
She has a confession to make and a story to tell, but who is she and from where has she come?

Rachel’s Contrition by Michelle Buckman

Rachel Winters had nothing, won it all, and then lost everything. After the death of her daughter, grief-spawned delusions cause Rachel to lose her husband, her home, and custody of her son. Help arrives from two unlikely sources: a young teen, Lilly, battling her own demons, and a tattered holy card depicting Saint Therese of Lisieux. As Rachel grows closer to Lilly and comes to know Saint Therese, unbidden memories from her edgy past reveal fearful mysteries of seduction, madness, and murder . . . and a truth that will haunt her forever.

Roses are Red, Diamonds are Blue by Donna Alice Patton

Where’s the Anastasia? It’s been almost a year since Laura Barkley’s husband, a museum curator, was murdered and the fabled Anastasia Diamond stolen. A long year filled with accusations, too many accidents directed toward Laura and her twins, plus plenty of soul searching…
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Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable

After three heartbreaking miscarriages, Tom and Jenny Callahan are happily anticipating the birth of their sixth child. Their neighbor, however, is secretly hatching a sinister plot which will find Jenny and her unborn baby fighting for their lives.

Until Lily: The First in a Trilogy (The Lily Trilogy) by Sherry Boas

Until Lily is a moving tale, rich in the universal struggles we all face, illuminated by Bev’s contrite reflection on the life chosen for her — a life filled with the strife, chaos, tragedy, laughter, deep meaning and redemption possible only when you hand yourself over to love.