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Historical Christian fiction titles to add to your summer reading list

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Summer vacation is almost here and with it the time to catch up on some reading. Whether lounging poolside is how you plan to spend those long sunny days or if you will be shuttling kids back and forth to camp and sporting events, you will want to add these newly- and soon-to-be-released historical Christian fiction titles to that tote bag that holds all your summer essentials.

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"Chateau of Secrets" by Melanie Dobson, published by Howard Books (May 13, 2014): The French Resistance during WWII is the setting for this historical novel that has two heroines. Gisèle Duchant is the French noblewoman who is doing all she can to protect her countrymen from the German Army when that same army decides to take over her family's chateau. She must play the gracious hostess to the German soldiers all the while hiding French friends in the tunnels beneath the family home. Chloe Sauver is Gisèle's grand-daughter who has retreated to the ancestral home to escape a broken engagement and to help film a documentary about WWII. What she discovers in Normandy could change everything she has ever believed about her family.

"Yankee in Atlanta" by Jocelyn Green, published by River North (June 1, 2014): Caitlin McKae's secret is discovered after being wounded in battle in Atlanta. But disguising herself as a Confederate soldier is just one of the mysteries surrounding this teacher who accepts the job as governess to a German immigrant's daughter to avoid arrest. While she lives and works in Georgia, the devastation the South must endure only grows worse and culminates when Sherman burns his way toward Atlanta. Caitlin is determined to stay the course no matter the result, but is she willing to risk everything she has worked for?

"Out of the Ruins" by Karen Barnett, published by Abingdon Press (May 6, 2014): On the eve of the Great Earthquake of 1906 that nearly destroyed San Francisco, Abby Fisher pleads with God to save her seriously ill sister. She even threatens that if God chooses to call her sister to a heavenly home, she will never speak to Him again. But then the quake strikes at 5:12 a.m. on April 18 and Abby must flee the burning city alone and wondering if God even exists.

"Through the Deep Waters" by Kim Vogel Sawyer, published by WaterBrook Press (May 6, 2014): Growing up as the daughter of a prostitute in a Chicago house of ill repute, Dinah didn't have much hope of ever having a normal life. But then the seventeen-year-old sees the opportunity for escape by becoming a Harvey Girl. Unfortunately, she isn't old enough to become one of those iconic waitresses along the railroad route, so she takes the job of chambermaid at an upscale hotel instead. When the chance to feel what true love is like presents itself in the form of chicken farmer Amos Ackerman, though, Dinah isn't sure she will ever escape her childhood in Chicago and one awful decision she made to survive it.

"Fair Play" by Deeanne Gist, published by Howard Books (May 6, 2014): With a name more fit for a boy and a profession not readily sought after by women, Billy Jack Tate accepts the job of physician at the Chicago World's Fair in 1893. She knows it's the logical step in the goal of someday running her own medical practice. Texas Ranger Hunter Scott has a different plan in mind for Dr. Tate, though. Working as a guard at the fair gives him plenty of opportunity to see Billy Jack on a regular basis and he just might want to make her his wife. When they become responsible for an abandoned baby, however, they both might have to rethink their life goals and decide what they want from their future.

Each of these titles is available from the publishers or by shopping at your neighborhood, independent bookseller.

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