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By Elizabeth Goudge. 1938
An enchanting story of hope and fulfilment, set amid the Oxford colleges.Set in Elizabethan times, Faithful, a poor Londoner, heads…for Oxford. He's bright, cheeky and good-looking, has a tremendous love of learning and hopes to be an Oxford scholar. When he is taken in by Canon Leigh and his family, Faithful begins to fulfil his dreams. In this coming-of-age tale, the excitement, squalor and beauty of the English Renaissance unfolds through the lives of two girls growing up, Oxford students approaching the threshold of distinguished careers, and their elders navigating the complicated waters of sixteenth-century England.What readers are saying about TOWERS IN THE MIST'A delight' - 5 STARS'One of the best' - 5 STARS'Brimming with life and charm; - 5 STARS'Absolutely magical' - 5 STARS'A novel which deserves to be read more than once' - 5 STARS
By Elizabeth Goudge. 1936
Returning injured from the Boer War, Jocelyn Irvin travels to the quiet cathedral town of Torminster. Welcomed there by his…young cousin Hugh Anthony, his grandparents and their adopted daughter Henrietta, Jocelyn begins to rediscover his enjoyment of life.As he embraces old friendships and new relationships, Jocelyn becomes captivated by the mystery of writer Gabriel Ferranti, a man whose unexplained disappearance months before has cast a shadow which only his return can lift.A charming story of love, family and laying to rest ghosts of the past.What readers are saying about Elizabeth Goudge'Miss Goudge is a born storyteller' - 5 STARS'I wish I had discovered Elizabeth Goudge a long time ago!' - 5 STARS'One of the greatest storytellers of our time' - 5 STARS'Her writing is unique' - 5 STARS'Elizabeth Goudge is an author par excellence' - 5 STARS
By Elizabeth Goudge. 1960
A rich and beautiful story, set in a quiet cathedral city.When cathedral dean Adam Ayscough encounters clockmaker Isaac Peabody, their…unlikely friendship touches the lives of the entire community. Behind the dean's fearsome reputation lies a humble man crippled by shyness. Desperate to leave behind a lasting legacy of goodness, his only wishes are to serve God and his parishioners, and to be loved by his young and dissatisfied wife.Haunted by the memories of a miserable childhood, gifted clockmaker Isaac Peabody has spent a lifetime perfecting his craft and rejecting all belief in God.Despite their fundamental differences, both men find a common understanding, and discover that faith can come in many different guises.What readers are saying about THE DEAN'S WATCH'Goudge in the class of Victor Hugo, or Dickens' - 5 STARS'Beautifully written, simply couldn't put it down' - 5 STARS'An unforgettable book' - 5 STARS'Just plain delightful' - 5 STARS'A wonderful book, full of atmosphere' - 5 STARS'A must for all Goudge fans' - 5 STARS
By Elizabeth Goudge. 2008
'Breathtaking...A long vista of undulating story, with here and there peaks of volcanic excitement' Daily TelegraphA haunting love story set…between the Channel Islands and New Zealand in the 19th century.When young William Ozanne arrives on their island, sisters Marianne and Marguerite Le Patourel are both captivated. But it is tall, beautiful Marguerite who catches his eye. Years later, William leaves the island for a life at sea, eventually settling across the ocean in New Zealand. Impulsively, he invites Marguerite to join him there, but a slip of the pen results in Marianne making the journey instead.As Marguerite deals with a broken heart and the loss of her sister, Marianne must make a new life in a strange land, with a man who respects her but loves another. Can she persuade William that he chose the right sister, after all?The inspiration behind the Academy Award winning film Green Dolphin Street (1947).What readers are saying about GREEN DOLPHIN COUNTRY'Fantastic' - 5 STARS'A beautiful and unusual love story' - 5 STARS'Full of twists and turns and beautifully written as always' - 5 STARS'A wonderful story' - 5 STARS'A magical story with characters that leap out from the page' - 5 STARS
By Patricia Highsmith. 1983
By the bestselling author of The Talented Mr Ripley, Carol and Strangers on a TrainPeople Who Knock on the Door,…is a tale about blind faith and the slippery notion of justice that lies beneath the peculiarly American veneer of righteousness.'A border zone of the macabre, the disturbing, the not quite accidental . . . Highsmith achieves the effect of the occult without any resources to supernatural machinery' New York Times Book ReviewIn a pitiless story of prying suburban self-righteousness, Patricia Highsmith introduces the Alderman family as they descend into moral crisis. When small-town insurance salesman Richard Alderman becomes a born-again Christian, his once tight-knit family quickly begins to rip apart at the seams. He and his youngest son, Robbie, embrace their newfound faith, while his elder son Arthur rejects it. Caught in the middle of the ensuing web of lies, his wife, Lois, tries to keep the family together, but when the church elders start to interfere in Arthur's love life, events spiral toward violence. In this masterful late work, Highsmith weaves a powerful tale about blind faith and the peculiar ideas of justice that lie underneath the veneer of respectability.
By Jo Ann Brown. 2021
Caught between who she is…and who she was.Lauren Nolt hasn’t forgiven the Amish community of Lancaster County for shunning her…parents. But returning as a successful Englischer working for large developers is just what she needs to get a promotion and give her parents the life they deserve. Coming face-to-face with her childhood bully, Amish widower Adam Hershberger, is the last thing she wants. Yet when her world’s shaken by a shocking discovery, Adam’s the only one she can confide in…Adam’s never forgiven himself for the part he played in Lauren’s past, nor what drove him to do it. But as developers threaten his great-grossdawdi’s farm, she’s the only one who can help. And with his little girl determined to bring him and Lauren together at every turn, keeping his distance is impossible. Now they must learn to trust each other—even as their secret feelings grow stronger. But is love enough to bridge the gap between their very different worlds?Secrets of Bliss Valley
By Linda Byler. 2021
The first book in The Long Road Home trilogy, a unique and gripping Amish romance set in the South at…the turn of the century. It was the early 1900s when Obadiah (Oba) and Merriweather's (May's) parents died tragically, leaving them orphans at ten and eleven years old. When none of their nearby relations volunteer to take them in, they are set on a train to Arkansas to go live on their Amish aunt and uncle's cotton farm. Once there, it didn't take long to discover they would be treated cruelly, no matter what they did. May, always anxious to be a godly young lady, took on more and more responsibility, trying desperately to keep the peace and convince her older brother not to run away. But when they became teenagers and Oba received one especially cruel beating, he disappeared, leaving May to shoulder even more responsibility while navigating the dangerous and lonely world she'd been placed in. When she encounters Clinton, a young black man, on the road one day, she sees a kindness in his eyes that she's been thirsting for. He is immediately drawn to her, too, but quickly reminds her that he is black and she is white. In that time and place, there is no chance of starting a friendship. But still, they find themselves meeting discretely, spending more time together than is proper, finding joy and solace in each other's company. When things go from bad to unbearable at the farm, May realizes she must escape from her aunt and uncle. If only she knew where Oba had gone! Can she turn to Clinton for help? Where is God when she needs Him most?
By Chris Whaley. 2021
A firefighter turned guardian angel brings the power of miracles to those who need it most in this “charming, delightful”…Christmas novel (Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author).Harold was a firefighter who passed away in an emergency room. Now he’s learning the ropes at his new job as a heavenly ambassador to people on earth. Some of those who Harold is helping include Arnold Glassman, an executive who is diagnosed with terminal cancer, and Bret Davidson, a man whose luck seems to lead from one bad experience after another. It would take a Christmas miracle to lift either of their spirits . . .With a little help from Saint Peter, Harold is about to show Arnold and Bret that there is always a reason to be joyful, even in the darkest days. But the Lord works in mysterious ways—and so does Harold. And no one will expect the surprises in store for them this Christmas!
By Michele Chynoweth. 2020
“A family saga that draws on the biblical tale of Cain and Abel . . . a bold, tragic, and emotionally exploratory drama”…by the author of The Faithful One (Kirkus Reviews).Banned from their home in the Navajo Nation as a result of their disobedience, Eliza and Alex Trellis build a new life for themselves and their two sons.Although life is a daily struggle, the boys grow up healthy and happy—until the oldest son Cameron starts to become envious of his younger brother and bandmate Austin, who gets everything he wants—fame, fortune and all that goes with it. Jealous that his brother seems to unfairly gain the attention of their parents, the accolades of the world and the love of his girl, Cameron seeks to find justice once and for all.A modern-day take on the story of Cain and Abel, The Jealous Son portrays what happens when envy goes too far.“This is edgy inspirational fiction at its best! Just like my favorite movies, The Jealous Son is entertaining, heart-wrenching and packed with a powerful message.” —Cindy Bond,Mission Films, producer of I Can Only Imagine“I felt as though I was on an emotional roller coaster as I read The Jealous Son. My emotions went from happy to sad to angry to surprised to inspired in a matter of a few pages . . . Michele Chynoweth has written a book that will quickly become a classic in the inspirational fiction genre. This is without a doubt a book one should not pass up.” —Readers’ Favorite (5-star review)
In the final installment of Amy Clipston&’s bestselling Amish Marketplace series, a young widow struggling to raise her son dreams…of one more chance at love.Since her husband died seven years ago, Leanna Wengerd has done her best—tending to her son, Chester, and running her Jam and Jelly Nook at the Amish market. Though she enjoys seeing her cousins and customers at the marketplace, she wishes she could find more time for her rebellious teenage boy.When Chester gets into trouble for trespassing, he winds up at the police station with his friend Maggie, who was riding with him to a youth group gathering. Leanna comes to the police station to fetch Chester and happens to meet Emory, Maggie&’s father. Emory is also a widower, raising Maggie alone—and both he and Leanna have similar burdens and problems.Over time Emory and Leanna become closer friends, discovering how much they have in common. As single parents, they struggle with the limits of what they can provide for their children and feel somewhat responsible for what happened to their respective spouses. The two eventually realize they have feelings for each other—but when they try to date, their children resist. Will God pave a way for them to build a family together, or will hurdles block the path to a second chance at happiness?
By Dean Hughes. 1990
Staying temporarily in snow-covered Montana, eleven-year-old Lucky gets to know a tough, angry tomboy and finds himself her only salvation…when her life is in danger. Most people don't think that Lucky is really all that lucky. If there's anything slippery nearby, he'll find it and trip. His toes must have obstacle-seeking devices on them to find things to stumble over. Since his father is in a business that checks out disasters, they travel from place to place in their motor home. Lucky makes new friends at church and school, only to say good-bye to them a few weeks later. What kind of good luck is that? Ron Ladd, Lucky's father, insists that no one is luckier. Lucky manages to get through accidents that would wipe out other kids. And though he's small for his size and gets picked on, he always seems to avoid getting beat up. His luck just gets luckier when they travel to West Yellowstone in winter, where it doesn't hurt to fall down. Snow, you see, is soft. Then, on the very first day, Lucky hears about a lost gold mine from a kid named Bob. He gets to go snowmobiling and search for treasure. Eventually, they think they find their gold mine--and something else entirely different. There are over 55 more books by Dean Hughes in Bookshare's library. Three of them are about Lucky. You'll find a funny series about Nutty Nutsell and there are series about baseball, soccer, football, and soldiers. There are also some stand alone novels about boys.
By Kelly Hollingshead. 2021
A paranormal suspense that brings good and evil into different perspectives. Riley's world is torn apart on his wedding day…when he and his wife Allison are involved in a hit and run accident and Allison doesn’t survive. When Jonathan, Allison’s guardian angel, chooses to fall to Earth to remain by Riley’s side, the evils of Hell are unleashed to destroy both Jonathan and Riley. A ferocious battle of good and evil surrounds Riley as Jonathan tries to save him and the ugliness of Hell tries to consume him.
By David M. Barnett. 2019
*FROM THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF CALLING MAJOR TOM*'I loved it. Nostalgic without being saccharine, hopeful, real characters with edge.…A brilliant book.' - Hayley Webster'I adored it! Truly uplifting. Exactly what people want and need to read right now.' - Daisy BuchananFor elderly churchwarden Arthur Calderbank, there's no place like home. His home just so happens to be a graveyard.He keeps himself to himself, gets on with his job, and visits his wife everyday for a chat. When one day he finds someone else has been to see his wife - and has left flowers on her grave - he is determined to solve the mystery of who and why. He receives unlikely help from a group of teenage girls as he searches for answers, and soon learns that there is more to life than being surrounded by death.Set during the 90s, when we were all just common people believing things could only get better, this is an uplifting story about the power of a little kindness, friendship and community. For readers who enjoy Sue Townsend, Ruth Hogan and Joanna Cannon.
By Elizabeth Goudge. 1941
Amid the chaos of the Second World War comes a charming story of courage and friendship, from the author of…Green Dolphin Country and A City of Bells.In the summer of 1940, as the darkest days of the Second World War approach, a chance encounter on a train leads Miss Brown to become housekeeper at the Castle.Hidden in a quiet, rural corner of England, the crumbling castle is home to lonely historian Mr Birley and his nephews, fighter pilot Richard and fair, peace-loving Stephen. With young evacuees Moppet and Poppet, and mysterious violinist Jo Isaacson, this unexpected family of strangers come to rely on each other as the devastations of war rage on.
By Hayley Webster. 2019
'This is such a perfect read for the time of year' - JENNY COLGAN'Combines love, crime, friendship and family with…the very best festive spirit. One Christmas Night is a heartfelt page-turner I will find hard to forget.' - AJ PEARCE, bsetselling author of Dear Mrs. BirdNine lives. One street. And a secret behind every door.Christmas is ruined on Newbury Street, Norwich.Presents have been going missing from resident's homes. There are rumours going around that it's one of their own who's been stealing from the neighbours. Festive spirit is being replaced with suspicion and the inhabitants of Newbury Street don't know who to trust. The police presence isn't helping matters, especially when they all have something to hide. But Christmas is a time for miracles... and if they open themselves up to hope and look out for each other, they might discover the biggest miracle of all.An uplifting novel about love, friendship, connection and community, for readers who love Joanna Cannon, Ruth Hogan and Libby Page.'Tender, beautifully-written and full of magic and mystery' - Emma Flint
By Amanda Cabot. 2021
He's bound and determined to find peace ... but she's about to stir things up Dorothy Clark dreams of writing…something that will challenge people as much as Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin seems to have. But in 1850s Mesquite Springs, there are few opportunities for writers—until newspaperman Brandon Holloway arrives, that is. Brandon Holloway has seen the disastrous effects of challenging others. He has no intention of repeating that mistake. Instead of following his dreams, he's committed to making a new—and completely uncontroversial—start in the Hill Country. As Dorothy's involvement in the fledgling newspaper grows from convenient to essential, her place in Brandon's heart does the same. But before romance can bloom, Dorothy and Brandon must work together to discover who's determined to divide the town and destroy Brandon's livelihood
By Tracie Peterson. 2021
Can she withstand the storms of life that blow her way? Gloriana Womack's family is much smaller since scarlet fever…killed her mother and two of her siblings. She's dedicated her modest life in Duluth, Minnesota, to holding the remains of her fractured family together, caring for her father and younger brother. But it is hard not to be overrun by worry when her father is often gone on long fishing trips, their livelihood coming from the waters of the temperamental and sometimes deadly Lake Superior. Luke Carson has come to Duluth to help shepherd the arrival of the railroad to the city's port, and he's eager to be reunited with his brother and sister-in-law, who recently moved there and are expecting their first child. Competition for the railroad is fierce, with the neighboring city of Superior, Wisconsin, fighting for the tracks to come through their town instead. But the real danger lies in a man who has followed Luke across the country with revenge on his mind. When tragedy brings Gloriana and Luke together, they help each other through their grief and soon find their lives inextricably linked. If they survive the trials ahead, could it be possible they've been destined for each other all along?
By Hannah Alexander. 2003
A safe haven…turned deadlyAs an ER doctor, Cheyenne Allison is used to handling emergencies—until her own sister codes on the…trauma bed. Devastated, Cheyenne retreats to an isolated farm in Hideaway, Missouri. But peace and solitude are in short supply in this picturesque Ozarks town. A dangerous vandal has the community terrorized, and Cheyenne finds an unexpected demand for her medical skills.Mayor Austin Barlow is convinced the culprit resides with Cheyenne’s charismatic neighbor, Dane Gideon, whose ranch for foster boys has given rise to previous violence. Cheyenne distrusts Austin, while Dane inspires her respect, and perhaps something more—although she can’t share the faith that sustains him as the violence turns deadly. Then Cheyenne, already pursued by a past nemesis, becomes the vandal’s target, and she can only hope that Hideaway will prove her sanctuary…and perhaps a place to call home.
By Carrie Lighte. 2021
Forgiveness for her past could change her future…The guilt of her past weighs heavy…Can love set her free?Arleta Bontrager’s convinced…no Amish man will marry her after she got a tattoo while on Rumspringa, so she needs money to get it removed. But taking a job caring for Noah Lehman’s sick grandmother means risking losing her heart to a man who has his own secrets. Might revealing their truths release them from the past…and open up a future together?From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.The Amish of New HopeBook 1: Hiding Her Amish Secret
By Susan Lantz Simpson. 2021
The first scent of blooming flowers, fresh green fields, and invigorating days of sunshine. A Southern Maryland Amish spring bursts…with hope, bright promise—and a practical young widow&’s chance to try love anew . . . With two lively daughters, an active newborn, and a huge farm to tend, Lena Troyer has no time for impossible what-ifs. She just can&’t let herself be distracted by Samuel Mast&’s unexpected return. Even though her childhood sweetheart became the man she longed to marry, Samuel never saw or wrote Lena again after his family abruptly moved away. Now a widow, Lena is determined to keep Samuel's helpful ways and irresistible good humor at arm&’s length—no matter how often he&’s there when she needs him most . . . A restless father with a shameful secret was the reason Samuel&’s many letters never got to Lena. And it&’s why Samuel can&’t bring himself to tell Lena the truth—though he&’s doing everything he can to regain her trust and prove he&’s worthy of the resourceful woman she&’s become. But as a rival for his affections complicates matters, Samuel and Lena must somehow put the past to rest—and believe that faith, honesty, and rekindled love will be more than enough to finally build a family together . . .