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Saturday, August 18, 2012

15 Books That Are On My Wishlist!

I haven't done an "On My Wishlist" post in a while, so I thought I'd share 15 books that are on my wishlist. :)

(In no particular order)

1. The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
Expected publication: December, 2012

About The Fairest Beauty:

A daring rescue. A difficult choice. 

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedom—but can she trust another person to keep her safe? 

Gabe defied his parents Rose and Wilhelm by going to find Sophie, and now he believes they had a right to worry: the girl's inner and outer beauty has enchanted him. Though romance is impossible—she is his brother's future wife, and Gabe himself is betrothed to someone else—he promises himself he will see the mission through, no matter what. When the pair flee to the Cottage of the Seven, they find help—but also find their feelings for each other have grown. Now both must not only protect each other from the dangers around them—they must also protect their hearts.

2. When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey
Expected publication: February, 2013

About When the Heart Heals:

Courageous and unconventional, Rosemary Saxon served as a nurse during the Civil War, a service that has caused most women in town to regard her as unfeminine and downright vulgar. Although she would like to put her experiences as a nurse behind her, she must support herself. She takes a position with Dr. Elijah Stewart and a mutual attraction begins to develop. But when a sophisticated woman arrives in town claiming to be Elijah's fiancĂ©e, a heartbroken Rosemary decides to leave Noble Springs and start fresh. Can Elijah convince her of the mystery woman's deception before he loses her forever? 

With tenderness and grace, Ann Shorey invites readers back to the town of Noble Springs, Missouri, for an engrossing story of love's tentative first steps and fragile future in the face of opposition. Readers will find in Rosemary a sympathetic but strong woman determined to thrive in a world that doesn't always understand.

3. The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer
Expected Publication: October, 2012

About The Memory Jar:

Every year, 30--40 young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive 'resident' status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides!

Sarah Shelter has lived in West Kootenai for the last ten years and wonders if she will ever fall in love. Since the tragic death of her best friend, she carries her memories in a jar along with the small items connected to them. For just as long, she's also been carrying around her emotions instead of allowing them to penetrate deep into her heart. 

Now she's met a kind and gentle man who may be able to break down the wall. But can Sarah risk her heart to finally achieve her dreams?

4. The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport
Expected publication: January, 2013

About the The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow:

Charlotte Farrow, maid in the wealthy Banning household on Chicago's opulent Prairie Avenue, has kept her baby boy a secret from her employers for nearly a year. But when the woman who has been caring for her son abruptly returns him, Charlotte must decide whether to come clean and face dismissal or keep her secret while the Bannings decide the child's fate. Can she face the truth of her own past and open her heart to a future of her own? Or will life's tragedies determine the future for her? 

 This compelling story set against the glittering backdrop of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition captures the tension between the wealthy class and the hardworking servants who made their lives comfortable. Author Olivia Newport expertly portays social classes while creating a story of courage, strength, and tender romance.

5. Shattered by Dani Pettrey
Expected publication: February, 2013

About Shattered:

Piper McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed--but despite the evidence, Reef swears he's innocent. And Piper believes him. 

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he's also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon's career. 

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada's rugged backcountry--and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.

6. Strand of Deception by Robin Caroll
Expected publication: March, 2013

About Strand of Deception:

When Gina Ford, the daughter of a prominent Tennessee politician, goes missing from the University of Memphis a week after another girl was murdered on the same campus, police call in the FBI. Nick Hagar, married to his job as Special Agent in Charge, is assigned to the case, and when Gina's body is found, her father demands justice. 

Maddie Baxter is the forensic expert running DNA tests from the crime scene. When they come back without a match, Nick asks her to do a familial DNA run that yields a shocking result: the prime suspect is Adam Alexander, the very same guy who broke Maddie's heart when she was in college.

But do scientific advancements tell the whole story? "Strand of Deception" offers romance, suspense, and a lively debate about the impact of DNA testing, for better or worse, on the United States justice system.

7. Waiting for Spring by Amanda Cabot
Expected publication: December, 2012

About Waiting for Spring:

After the loss of her husband and the birth of her baby, Charlotte has had a long, hard year. But when a notorious robber believes she knows the location of a long-lost treasure, she flees to Cheyenne and opens a dressmaker's shop to lie low and make a living. When wealthy cattle baron and political hopeful Barrett Landry enters the shop to visit her best customer, Charlotte feels drawn to him. 

If Barrett is to be a senator of the soon-to-be state of Wyoming, he must make a sensible match, and Miriam has all the right connections. Yet he can't shake the feeling that Charlotte holds the key to his heart and his future. 

Soon the past comes to call, and Barrett's plans crumble around him. Will Charlotte and Barrett find the courage to look love in the face? Or will their fears blot out any chance for happiness?

8. The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen
Expected publication: January, 2013

About The Tutor's Daughter:

Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons. But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a chilling illustration? 

The baronet's older sons, Phillip and Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself unexpectedly drawn to her.  

When the suspicious acts escalate, can the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame... and which brother to trust with her heart?

9. Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell
Expected publication: March, 2013

About Moonlight Masquerade:

Lady Celine Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need--or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess's butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London's West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham's spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing? 

 Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.

10. Swept Away (Trouble in Texas #1) by Mary Connealy
Expected publication: March, 2013

About Swept Away:

Swept away when her wagon train attempts a difficult river crossing, Ruthy MacNeil isn't all that upset at being separated from the family who raised her. All they've ever done is work her to the bone. She prayed for a chance to get away, and then came the raging flood. Alive but disoriented, she's rescued by Luke Stone... so unfortunately, there are more chances to die in her immediate future. 

Luke is heading home to reclaim the ranch stolen from his family. But the men who killed his father are working hard to ensure Luke doesn't make it alive. He has no choice but to keep moving. Still, he can't just abandon Ruthy, so she'll have to come along. 

His friends--a ragtag group of former Civil War soldiers--take a fast interest in the pretty gal. Luke thinks that's rather rude--he's the one who found her. And the more time he spends around the hard-working young woman who is a mighty good cook, the more he finds himself thinking beyond revenge and toward a different future. For the first time in a long time, Luke is tempted to turn from his destructive path and be swept away by love.

11. A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Expected publication: April, 2013

About A Noble Groom:

Recently widowed Annalisa Werner has the feeling her husband was murdered but can't prove it. Alone with her young daughter in 1881 Michigan, she has six months left to finish raising the money needed to pay back the land contract her husband purchased, and the land is difficult to toil by herself. She needs a husband. With unmarried men scarce, her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find Annalisa a groom. 

For nobleman Carl von Reichart, the blade of the guillotine is his fate. He's been accused and convicted of a serious crime he didn't commit, and his only escape is to flee to a small German community in Michigan where he'll be safe. He secures a job on Annalisa's farm but bumbles through learning about farming and manual labor. 

Annalisa senses that Carl is harboring a secret about his past, yet she finds herself drawn to him anyway. He's gentle, kind, and romantic--unlike any of the men she's ever known. He begins to restore her faith in the ability to love--but her true groom is still on his way. And time is running out on them all.

12. Choices of the Heart (The Midwives, #3) by Laurie Alice Eakes
Expected publication: January, 2013

About Choices of the Heart:

Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained by her mother to take over the family calling. But when a scandal threatens all she holds dear, Esther takes a position as a teacher in the western mountains of Virginia instead. There she finds herself in the midst of a deadly family feud and courted by two men on opposite sides of the conflict. When it seems as though her past has followed her all the way into the mountains, all she wants is to run away again. 

In this gripping story of trust, deception, and bittersweet loss, a young woman learns the true meaning of choices of the heart.

13. Temptation (The Solitary Tales, #3) by Travis Thrasher
Published: April, 2012

About Temptation:

The third book in the Solitary Tales series for young adults, Temptation follows the soul-wrenching twists of Chris Buckley's journey as he heads deeper into a darkness that threatens all he loves best. As a reluctant student at Harrington High's summer school, Chris meets a fun-loving senior girl who offers a welcome diversion from Chris's past. Soon Chris no longer searches for the truth about the town of Solitary. He no longer tries to pierce its shadows. He no longer questions his role in its mysteries. He makes a new choice: he runs. What he doesn't realize is that he's running the wrong way-and is very close to being beyond any choices at all.

14. Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I (Ladies in Waiting #3)
Expected Publication: April, 2013

About Roses Have Thorns:

From the acclaimed author of To Die For comes a stirring novel told that sheds new light on Elizabeth I and her court. Like Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, Sandra Byrd has attracted countless fans for evoking the complexity, grandeur, and brutality of the Tudor period. In her latest tour de force, she poses the question: What happens when serving a queen may cost you your marriage—or your life?

In 1565, seventeen-year-old Elin von Snakenborg leaves Sweden on a treacherous journey to England. Her fiancÉ has fallen in love with her sister and her dowry money has been gambled away, but ahead of her lies an adventure that will take her to the dizzying heights of Tudor power. Transformed through marriage into Helena, the Marchionesse of Northampton, she becomes the highest-ranking woman in Elizabeth’s circle. But in a court that is surrounded by Catholic enemies who plot the queen’s downfall, Helena is forced to choose between her ruthless monarch and the husband she’s not sure she can trust—a choice that will provoke catastrophic consequences.

Vividly conjuring the years leading up to the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots, Roses Have Thorns is a brilliant exploration of treason, both to the realm and to the heart.

15. Grave Consequences (The Grand Tour, #2) by Lisa T. Bergren
Expected publication: March, 2013


So there you have it, fifteen books that are on my wishlist. Most of them aren't even published yet, but I really want to read them! Aren't the covers gorgeous?

What are 15 books that are on your wishlist? Please share in a comment below. :)


  1. I want to read a lot of the same ones you do!
    Here's my 15 book wishlist (No order):
    Swept Away by Mary Connealy
    You Don't Know Me by Susan May Warren
    Duchess by Susan May Warren
    Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson
    Trinity by Ronie Kendig
    Talon by Ronie Kendig
    Vanished by Irene Hannon
    Shattered by Dani Pettrey
    Stealing the Parson (Working title) by Karen Witemeyer
    The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
    Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren
    The Survivor by DiAnn Mills
    Chasing Jupiter by Rachel Coker
    Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings
    When A Heart Stops by Lynette Eason

    1. Except for two, all of the ones on your list I REALLY want to read! Great list, Abbi! :)

  2. Most of the books on my wishlist aren't published yet either =) Here's my top 15 (okay 16, I couldn't bear to cut one) in no order:

    1) So Shines the Night by T.L. Higley
    2) Love at Any Cost by Julie Lessman
    3) A Light in the Window by Julie Lessman
    4) Judge by R.J. Larson
    5) Rebekah by Jill Eileen Smith
    6) The Fairest Beauty by Melanie Dickerson
    7) Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren
    8) Love in a Broken Vessel by Mesu Andrews
    9) The Tutor's Daughter by Julie Klassen
    10) A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
    11) Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
    12) Love in the Balance by Regina Jennings
    13) Roses Have Thorns by Sandra Byrd
    14) It Happened at the Fair by Deeanne Gist
    15) Forsaken Dreams by MaryLu Tyndall
    16) Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell

    1. LOL! I know what you mean - it is hard to only list a set amount. :)

      I've heard a lot of good things about Julie Lessman's books and plan on reading A Passion Most Pure this month. :) Thanks for sharing and great list! :)

  3. I'm also looking forward to the release of: (in no certain order)

    <3 The Fairest Beauty
    <3 The Tutors Daughter
    <3 Swept Away
    <3 The Nobble Groom
    <3 Roses Have Thorns
    <3 Grave Consequences

    But these are just the titles of authors I have read in the past. Thanks for sharing! It was fun to see what you are looking forward to! :)

    1. Thanks for commenting! I've read books by those authors before, too, except for The Noble Groom.

      Glad you liked this post! :)

  4. Thanks for including my book, Melanie! I feel like I've been waiting forever for this book to be published. I started writing it almost three years ago!

    1. You are welcome! It sounds great and I love the cover! :)

  5. I loved The Memory Jar! I'm waiting on the next Lynn Austin book.

  6. Thanks, you guys, for including Roses. I really appreciate it!!


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