Readers looking for Christian fiction to delve into need look no further than our great state of Michigan. Authors from around the state have new releases this spring and summer that offer a wide range of genres and styles for eager readers. The month in parenthesis is the month of the book's release; all books are available at Baker Book House or online retailers.
Susie Finkbeiner, who lives in Grand Rapids, releases her first book with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, with "All Manner of Things." Fans of her Pearl Spence novels will surely love this Vietnam War-era tale of Annie Jacobson. Annie's brother is deployed to Vietnam and her estranged father comes home, pushing the family to find a new way forward during rocky times. (June)
Fans of biblical fiction will enjoy Jill Eileen Smith's "The Heart of a King: The Loves of Solomon." Smith, who lives in southeast Michigan, has written other biblical fiction in The Wives of King David, Wives of the Patriarchs, and Daughters of the Promised Land. This time she delves into four women who capture King Solomon's heart. But will the king or the women find what they seek? (April)
Sharon Garlough Brown, author of the popular Sensible Shoes series and Grand Rapids resident, kicks off a new series with "Shades of Light" (August). Social worker Wren Crawford struggles with anxiety and depression, but with help from her art, spiritual formation, and pastoral care, along with therapeutic interventions, she begins to find hope.
Kimberley Woodhouse, who also lives in southeast Michigan, has been writing for the Daughters of the Mayflower series since its beginning. Her newest installment is "The Golden Bride" (April), the story of Olivia Brighten, a widow working in her brother's San Francisco restaurant in the height of the Gold Rush. Her brother's friend proves to be more than she anticipated in this rough town. Woodhouse also penned "The Mayflower Bride" and "The Patriot Bride" in the series.
Those looking for suspense and thrills will find it in Samuel Parker's "Border Son," his third novel. Parker, who lives in West Michigan, offers a version of the Prodigal son story sent in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico. When Edward Kazmierski get a cryptic message from his estranged son, he heads to Mexico to rescue his son from powerful enemies. (March)
Lakeshore-area resident Catie Cordero is releasing her second novel, "Marvel and Mayhem," via CreateSpace (March). Her first novel, "Ramble and Roar," came out last year. "Marvel and Mayhem" has New York City flapper Mattie O'Keefe fleeing for her life and finding safety at a quiet farm. Mayhem ensues, with Grant Emery finding Mattie as annoying as she is indispensable.
Elizabeth Goddard, a native Texan who now lives in mid-Michigan, is author of the Uncommon Justice suspense series. The first in the series, "Never Let Go," released in February and features forensic genealogist Willow Anderson following clues in a cold case with help from ex-FBI agent Austin McKade. The second in the series, "Always Look Twice," releases in October and has former crime scene photographer Harper Reynolds, with help from Heath McKade, tracking down a murderer she caught on camera.
Michigan authors featured in West Michigan Christian News include Erin Bartels, author of "We Hope for Better Things" (January) and Travis Thrasher, author of "American Omens" (February). Read more about these authors by searching their names on the West Michigan Christian News website. Other Michigan authors writing Christian fiction include Lynn Austin and Jody Hedlund, who will have books coming out in late 2019 or 2020.