THE MERMAID AND MRS. HANCOCK, by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Harper/Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

One September evening in 1785, the merchant Jonah Hancock hears urgent knocking on his front door. One of his captains is waiting eagerly on the step. He has sold Jonah’s ship for what appears to be a mermaid. As gossip spreads through the docks, coffee shops, parlours and brothels, everyone wants to see Mr Hancock’s … Continue reading THE MERMAID AND MRS. HANCOCK, by Imogen Hermes Gowar, Harper/Imprint of Harper Collins Publishers

THE ENCHANTED LIFE, UNLOCKING THE MAGIC OF THE EVERYDAY, by Sharon Blackie, Ambrosia Publishing

  Enchantment. By Dr. Sharon Blackie’s definition, a vivid sense of belongingness to a rich and many-layered world, a profound and whole-hearted participation in the adventure of life. Enchantment is a natural, spontaneous human tendency — one we possess as children, but lose, through social and cultural pressures, as we grow older. It is an … Continue reading THE ENCHANTED LIFE, UNLOCKING THE MAGIC OF THE EVERYDAY, by Sharon Blackie, Ambrosia Publishing

ANNEX, THE VIOLET WARS, by Rich Larson, Orbit Books

In Rich Larson's astonishing debut Annex, only outsiders can fight off the true aliens. At first it is a nightmare. When the invaders arrive, the world as they know it is destroyed. Their friends are kidnapped. Their families are changed. Then it is a dream. With no adults left to run things, Violet and the … Continue reading ANNEX, THE VIOLET WARS, by Rich Larson, Orbit Books

RIVER TO REDEMPTION, by Ann H. Gabhart, Revell/Baker Publishing Group

Orphaned in the cholera epidemic of 1833, Adria Starr was cared for by a slave named Louis, a man who stayed in Springfield, Kentucky, when anyone with means had fled. A man who passed up the opportunity to escape his bondage and instead tended to the sick and buried the dead. A man who, twelve … Continue reading RIVER TO REDEMPTION, by Ann H. Gabhart, Revell/Baker Publishing Group

THE LADY OF TARPON SPRINGS, by Judith Miller, Bethany House Publishers

Much to the dismay of her Greek family, Zanna Krykos makes a living as a lawyer in Tarpon Springs, Florida. When her friend Lucy needs legal advice about the business she inherited upon her father's passing, she ends up asking Zanna to run the business instead so she can focus on her medical career. Nico … Continue reading THE LADY OF TARPON SPRINGS, by Judith Miller, Bethany House Publishers

THE RECKONING AT GOSSAMER POND, by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House Publishing

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old … Continue reading THE RECKONING AT GOSSAMER POND, by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House Publishing

THE BEST OF INTENTIONS, by Susan Anne Mason, Bethany House Publishing

In the aftermath of tragedy, Grace hopes to reclaim her nephew from the relatives who rejected her sister because of her class. Under an alias, she becomes her nephew's nanny to observe the formidable family up close. Unexpectedly, she begins to fall for the boy's guardian, who is promised to another. Can Grace protect her … Continue reading THE BEST OF INTENTIONS, by Susan Anne Mason, Bethany House Publishing