No matter which genre of Christian fiction you prefer, there is something for you this January. As cold as it's been in Grand Rapids, what better time to curl up with a good book? All of the following titles are available at local Grand Rapids area booksellers, such as Baker Book House and Barnes and Noble.
Spunky 21-year-old Molly Hatfield is the sole caretaker of her wheelchair-bound younger brother---and constantly blames herself for the accident that crippled him. While she's suspicious of Dr. Caleb Fairbanks---and all doctors---he's annoyed by how her overprotective nature is preventing the boy from becoming more independent. Does God have something in mind for this head-butting pair?
Gabriel Gless and Helen Crouch's first meeting nearly ends in tragedy because of Helen's wayward son. Despite all they have in common-the loss of their beloved spouses, the experience of raising their children alone, their rock-solid faith-it seems their chances of finding new love together are gone before they've even had an opportunity to get to know each other.
Meanwhile, Helen's good friend, Annie Plank, is still reeling from the death of her husband when Gabriel's son Isaac walks into her bakery and into her life. His heart is still sore from a lost love, and they too struggle to find a place where their paths can join.
When her father dies and she is left in the care of her conniving brother Laban, Rebekah knows her life has changed forever. Her hope for the future is restored when she falls in love with her cousin Isaac, and their relationship starts strong. But marital bliss cannot last forever, and the birth of their twin sons marks the beginning of years of misunderstanding, disagreement, and betrayal. The rift between them grows wider and wider until it is surely too deep to be mended. And yet, with God all things are possible.
ROMANCE - Secretly Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Denise Hunter, and Diann Hunt
While visiting their mother for Sunday dinner, sisters Tess, Zoe, and Clare Thomas discover a pair of dog tags belonging to their grandmother's first love---and determine to find this man and reunite the couple. But will the four Thomas women also be smitten by their own men along the way?
Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she's startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement--and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road.
THRILLER/SUSPENSE - Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
Tired of being "the preacher's kid," Sam Hopkins falls in with the wrong crowd---and meets Jennifer, an eccentric loner who everybody thinks has schizophrenia. When one of Sam's new friends is murdered, Jennifer tells him, "I'm looking for the devil." What does she mean? Could there actually be something prophetic in her words?