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Christian Fiction Recommendations

 Here are a few recommendations if you want to steal away and get lost in some Christian fiction!

 

Lineage of Grace

 

The Lineage of Grace - by Francine Rivers.  The stories of the five unlikely women who changed eternity. Tamar, betrayed by the men who controlled her future, she fought for her right to believe in a loving God. Rahab, a woman with a past to whom God gave a future. Ruth, who gave up everything, expecting nothing, and God honored her. Bathsheba, whose beauty stirred the passion of a king, and whose pain moved the heart of God. Mary, who responded in simple obedience to God’s call.  Each was faced with extraordinary —even scandalous— challenges, each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling, and each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ.


 

shape of mercy

 The Shape of Mercy - by Susan Meissner. Leaving a life of privilege to strike out on her own, Lauren Durough breaks with convention and her family’s expectations by choosing a state college over Stanford and earning her own income over accepting her ample monthly allowance. She takes a part-time job from 83-year-old librarian Abigail Boyles, who asks Lauren to transcribe the journal entries of her ancestor Mercy Hayworth, a victim of the Salem witch trials.

Almost immediately, Lauren finds herself drawn to this girl who lived and died four centuries ago. As the fervor around the witch accusations increases, Mercy becomes trapped in the worldview of the day, unable to fight the overwhelming influence of snap judgments and superstition, and Lauren realizes that the secrets of Mercy’s story extend beyond the pages of her diary, living on in the mysterious, embittered Abigail.

 

 

Shen sisters

 

Angels Watching Over Me - Book 1 of SHENANDOAH SISTERS by Michael Phillips. Two young Southern girls, one the daughter of a plantation owner and one the daughter of a slave, barely survive the onset of the Civil War and the loss of both their families. When these tragic circumstances bring them together, they join forces to discover if they can make a life for themselves. As their preconceptions give way to experience, they gradually learn to value their contrasting and complementing strengths and skills as they face the formidable task of keeping body and soul together in the aftermath of this devastating war. But is it possible the Lord they have come to know has something bigger in mind for the plantation than either of them can imagine?

 

a perilous proposal

 

A Perilous Proposal - Book 1 of the CAROLINA COUSINS by Michael Phillips is a continuation of the Shenandoah Sisters SERIES.  A young black man in the South shortly after the War between the States, Jake strikes out on his own, hoping to outrun his master and the consequences of an angry deed.  Carrying a grudge and his guilty secret, Jake heads north on a quest to find freedom and the father he has long resented.  On the way, he discovers not only his long-lost papa but two intriguing young women as well, one of them a former slave like himself.  Jake soon falls is love with a girl who has secrets of her own.  But before she can answer his proposal, danger comes calling...

 

 

 

DAISY CHAIN

 

Daisy Chain - The Defiance Texas Trilogy by Mary Demuth takes place in a picture-perfect small town that hides more secrets than the curved petals of a blood red rose.  In the summer of 1977, innocent young Daisy Chance goes missing.  Fourteen year old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He's convinced it's his fault.

As Jed follows the trail of clues Daisy left behind, he traces the path of pain hidden in his own family as well.  When Jed's carefully constructed world comes crashing down, will he dare to find hope? Or will his guilt crush him forever? Haunted by Daisy's memory and pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis, this achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story brings to life God's sometimes confusing but always present redemption.

 

 

 

 

 

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