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Find more Top 10 Inspirational Fiction
Questions of family, love, commitment, and responsibility are dramatized with sensitivity, humor, and suspense in the best inspirational novels reviewed in Booklist between November 15, 2014, and November 1, 2015.
In 1882 New York City, it isn’t easy for a woman to find a respectable job, so Harriet may have to take Oliver up on his unconventional offer in Turano’s witty, uproarious tale.
By Your Side. By Candace Calvert. 2015. Tyndale, paper, $14.99 (9781414390321).
Top inspirational medical-romance writer Calvert launches the Crisis Team series, featuring Macy Wynn, an ER nurse in a sniper’s crosshairs, who finds herself in a surprising relationship with a police officer of faith who wants to keep her safe.
The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story. By Jill Eileen Smith. 2015. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800720346).
Best-selling Smith retells the many-faceted biblical story of Rahab, skillfully weaving themes of grace, faith, redemption, and healing in a vivid, exciting, and memorable novel.
Hearts Made Whole. By Jody Hedlund.
2015. Bethany, paper, $14.99 (9780764212383); e-book (9781441269492).
In her second Beacon of Hope novel, Hedlund intersects the plights of lighthouse keeper Caroline and traumatized Civil War veteran Ryan in a superbly affecting story of faith, war, and healing.
The Mistress of Tall Acre. By Laura Frantz. 2015. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800720445).
Frantz’s poignant and suspenseful tale of a politically risky marriage of convenience in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War features Sophie Menzies, whose family estate has fallen to ruin, and war hero General Seamus Ogilvy.
A Reluctant Bride. By Kathleen Fuller. 2015. Thomas Nelson, paper, $15.99 (9780718033156).
Fuller starts her Amish of Birch Creek series with the story of Sadie, who dutifully marries Aden to help her family, a situation that involves emotional delicacy and the darker side of Amish community life.
Through Waters Deep. By Sarah Sundin. 2015. Revell, paper, $14.99 (9780800723422).
Set at the Boston Navy Yard in 1941, Sundin’s intricate and dramatic tale, the first in her Waves of Freedom series, combines WWII history with crime, romance, and moral dilemmas as secretary Mary and ensign Jim are swept up in danger and love.
The Tomb. By Stephanie Landsem. 2015. Howard, paper, $14.99 (9781451689129); e-book (9781451689136).
In the third in her Living Water series, Landsem interprets another biblical story, this time that of Martha; her sister, Mary; and their brother, Lazarus, in a compelling novel about a flawed heroine who struggles with duty, consequences, and truth.
The Wedding Chapel. By Rachel Hauck. 2015. Zondervan, paper, $15.99 (9780310341529).
In Heart’s Bend, Tennessee, in 1948, Jimmy falls hard for Colette, but she seeks her fortune elsewhere, becoming a soap opera star. Hauck then leaps forward 61 years to tell the story of Colette’s niece in this moving, faith-based tale of hope and enduring love.
The Wonder of You. By Susan May Warren. 2015. Tyndale, paper, $14.99 (9781414378459).
Warren continues the story of the Minnesotan Christiansens as Amelia returns home after a semester abroad, where she met Roark, who wants to win her heart, leading them to face conflicting desires, decide to live in faith instead of fear, and discover that adventure and love can coexist.
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