Do you have people on your Christmas list that love to read but you have no idea which titles have recently become available in their favorite genre? You know your cousin that lives in Millbrae loves reading historical romance but how do you choose the right book? Your Uncle John who lives in Clearlake spends lots of time studying conspiracy theories, would he enjoy an international spy thriller? And you know for certain that your nephew from Arcata loves reading books about fantastical, imaginary places, you just need to know the names of some good books.
The San Francisco Christian Fiction Examiner has done the work for you. Here are some recently released Christian fiction titles in the historical romance, political thriller, and sci-fi/fantasy genres that are sure to please.
The River Queen: A Water Wheel Novel by Gilbert Morris ( B & H Books, Nov. 15, 2011) – When her father loses the family fortune, Julienne Ashby must realize her pampering has come to an end. The only possession the family still owns – a steamboat that has seen better days – is the only hope the Ashby has of regaining anything of their past life on the Mississippi; Julienne is determined to make that a reality. So determined in fact, that she is willing to hire Dallas Bronte as captain, even though his fondness for alcohol has damaged his reputation with others on the river.
Shadow of the Mountains: Cheney Duvall, M.D. by Lynn Morris (Hendrickson Publications, Nov. 30, 2011) – Although Cheney Duvall proved herself time and time again on the voyage west with 200 mail order brides, her arrival in Seattle reminds her that having M.D. after her name, doesn’t mean a thing in this Washington state community. An opportunity to be a real doctor in the Ozarks has her heading back east, but will living among superstitious Yankees be any better?
From This Day Forward by Margaret Daley (Summerside Press, Sept. 1, 2011) – Rachel Gordon and her husband hoped to start a new life in South Carolina so they set sail from England soon after the War of 1812. When her husband dies on the journey to America, Rachel is left penniless and pregnant, responsible for a plantation all on her own.
The Synagogue Savant by Lance Randall (BookLocker, Oct. 31, 2011) – In 1910, three extremist groups hunt for the symbol of Jewish nationalism; the Arab group known as The Brotherhood of the Jihad, the Messianic Jews known as the Synogogue Savants, and the Zionist group known as Am Ha-Aron are all determined to be the ones who possess the stolen item.
The Tehran Initiative by Joel C. Rosenberg (Tyndale House, Oct. 18, 2011) – Muslims are claiming their messiah, the Twelfth Imam, has finally arrived, Iran has viable atomic weapons, Israeli leaders fear that the country will be annihilated, and Washington, D.C. fears Jerusalem will go on the offensive and attack Iran first.
The Queen: A Patrick Bowers Thriller by Steven James (Revell, Sept.1, 2011) – FBI Special Agent has scene his share of cases involving international players. This time a double homicide in a remote Wisconsin community leads him to conpiracies and secrets connected to the Cold War and modern Middle Eastern events.
Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man’s Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed by Matt Mikalatos (Salt River, Sept. 16, 2011) – What happens when Luther, a werewolf trying to curb his natural desires, meets Matt who offers to help. WIll Luther be able to change his ways before the mystery man chasing him does away with him completely?
Dragons of the Watch by Donita K. Paul (WaterBrook Press, Oct. 4, 2011) – Ellie and Bealomondore are trapped. A forgotten city and long ago secrets force them to seek help from the dragons of the watch if they ever want to fulfill their dreams.
The Realms Thereunder (An Acient Earth) by Ross Lawhead (Thomas Nelson, Seot. 6, 2011) – The real world of Oxford is about to collide with a fantasy world only a few know about. Freya Reynolds may be obsessed with myth and folklore, Daniel Tully is living on his own trying to fight the battle alone, and Alex Simpson who hunts mythical creatures must join forces if they want to survive.