Summer Reading Preview–Christian Fiction

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Welcome to the Get Cozy Book Nook Summer Reading Preview! Throughout the week, you’ll find a look at some of the books coming out this summer that I’m interested in reading. **I have not read these books, unless otherwise indicated.** These are simply upcoming books that I’m drawn to and think you might like. Publication dates are accurate as of this writing.

Monday focused on mysteries and thrillers, while Tuesday covered Beach Reads. Wednesday was all about Contemporary Fiction and today focuses on Christian Fiction.

Here are some Christian Fiction books I’m looking forward to this summer:

Of Literature and Lattes by Katherine Reay

Pub Date: Available Now

Alyssa Harrison is broke and under FBI investigation when she returns to her hometown to regroup. Jeremy Mitchell owns a failing coffee shop and asks for Alyssa’s help. Will romance bloom? Full of quirky characters. Love the premise and will put this high on my TBR.

 If I Were You by Lynn Austin

Pub Date: June 8

A British widowed war bride finds herself moving to America to be with her in-laws only to find that another woman has be impersonating her for the past four years. Secrets and complicated history are sorted out. Great for historical fiction fans.

The Summer House

Pub Date: June 2

An unlikely friendship forms when a woman takes a hairstylist position at a retirement community.  Lily and Rose’s husbands have both left them and they find strength together. This looks like a great story of redemption, and I love those.

Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

Pub Date: July 7th

Part of the Blue Ridge Romance Series, Brady is fighting with his son’s grandparents for custody, and finds a solution in an impending marriage with friend Hope. But when Hope is offered a job out of town, she has a tough choice to make.

Piecing It All Together by Leslie Gould

Pub Date: August 4th

No Christian fiction roundup is complete without an Amish themed book.  A woman jilted by her fiancé returns to her Amish grandmother’s farm in Indiana and finds herself caught up in the search for a missing Amish girl.  Stakes are raised when her childhood friend becomes a suspect. The first in a series and high on my TBR.

Minutes to Die by Susan Sleeman

Pub Date: August 4th

This thriller pits and FBI agent and an ICE agent against a terror cell in the United States. Add in the tension that one believes the other is responsible for her former partner’s death. The second in a series, a must read for me (after I go back and read the first book, of course). I love a good mystery/thriller (my favorite genre) so this book should be a slam dunk.

What Christian Fiction are you looking forward to? Do any of these books appeal? What books should have been included on the list that didn’t make it? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Happy reading!

–Amy

Recent Reads: You’re Staying In, So You Might As Well Read.

Since we’re all staying home more because of COVID-19, it’s a good time to catch up on your TBR list. There are a lot of great new books coming out, but don’t forget those backlist picks. It’s also a great time to buy e-books or download them from the library (try Overdrive or Libby). Audiobooks are great choices for listening to while you’re working from home (support independent bookstores through Libro.fm).

Here are some of my recent reads (just a few this time):

This is a dark, but interesting story. The lead FBI agent Elsa Myers is on the case of the disappearance of Ruby. The case blows up into the hunt for a serial kidnapper and killer. The team Myers is working with sorts through the clues and information to try to find the man who has kidnapped and killed girls in sets of three. During this race against time, Elsa is triggered by her own past as she tries to care for and reconcile with her father, who is dying. As the case ramps up, the third kidnapping makes it personal.

This can be a hard book to read at times, because of the dark subject matter. Elsa is a well-developed, complex character who is hardly predictable. The supporting cast on the team as well as her sister and niece play pivotal roles that lead Elsa down a twisted road to solve the case and resolve her feelings about her past.

I can’t say this book was enjoyable, because of the focus on child kidnapping and abuse. But it was interesting and a good read. I would recommend the author’s future books. Just follow it up with something light.

**Thank you to NetGalley for the e-book review copy in exchange for an honest review.**


This is the third book in the St. Caroline series. I haven’t read the others, but this can be read as a stand alone. Cassidy Trevor is off limits to Matt Wolfe, but when the two are thrown together the chair a holiday event. Their experience becomes a secret friendship that blossoms into love. 

In this somewhat spicy book, the author creates clearly drawn characters that are interesting and fun. The reason they’re “off limits” to each other seems a bit contrived, but the storyline is generally believable. You find yourself rooting for Matt and Cassidy as the story comes to a satisfying end. 

I’m guessing I would have understood all the relationships in the book a lot more easily in I’d read the first two books. 

This is a good, fun, enjoyable escape with some spice for those who like that.

Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of the e-book in exchange for an honest review.

I love a great cozy mystery, and this one didn’t disappoint. Sammy runs a community crafting store and must involve her cousin Heidi and sister Ellie (who together make up the S.H.E.s) when a woman dies while posing as a live mannequin in Sammy’s window display during the Fire and Ice festival in Hartford, WI.

This book kept me guessing. I’m usually pretty good at guessing the killer by about halfway through, but this one took a little longer. There are some good suspenseful scenes that turn the plot on its head and were great ways to speed along the story through the middle. (No saggy middle here!)

The ending left me with a few questions, but overall it was satisfying. This is the third book in the series, and while it wasn’t hard to read as a standalone, I think some of the characterization would have been easier to understand if you have read the first two books.

A delightful author. I’d love to read more by her.

Thank you to NetGalley for the review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.