Monday, January 2, 2012

Most Anticipated Releases of 2012

With all of the looking back at 2011, I thought I'd also throw in a post looking ahead to 2012. There are SO many great books that are slated for publication this year, and I thought I'd give you my top 10 list so you can be just as excited as I am about these books!

Listed in no particular order, I give you my Top 10 Most Anticipated Books of 2012!

Trauma Plan
by Candace Calvert
Available May 1, 2012
Oh, I loved reading Candace Calvert last year! I'm looking forward to a new series!

Sidelined by injuries from a vicious assault, chaplain Riley Hale is determined to return to her former duties as an ER nurse. But how can she show she’s competent when the hospital won’t let her attempt even simple tasks? Determined to prove herself, Riley volunteers at a controversial urban free clinic despite her fears about the maverick doctor in charge.

Dr. Jack Travis defends his clinic like he’s commander of the Alamo. He’ll fight the community’s efforts to shut its doors, even if he must use Riley Hale’s influential family name to make it happen.

As Riley strives to regain her skills, Jack finds that she shares his compassion—and stirs his lonely heart. Riley senses that beneath Jack’s rough exterior is a man she can believe in. But when clinic protests escalate and questions surface about his past, Jack goes into battle mode and Riley wonders if it’s dangerous to trust him with her heart.


Paris in the Rain
by Kristin Billerbeck
Available June 5, 2012
Kristin Billerbeck's Ashley Stockingdale series was my first foray into "chick lit" and I have been loyal every since. Can't wait to read this one!

When Daphne's fiancĂ© calls off their wedding, her senses leave her—well, one of them does.

Daphne Sweeten, a professional “nose,” has given up her dream job creating fragrances in Paris.  She sees it as a sacrifice worthy of the most romantic stories ever told . . . but it's a sacrifice lost on her fiancĂ©, who decides to bail on their wedding.

Now, gone is Daphne's dream job as a perfumer, and most importantly, her money-making sense of smell. Instead she has a formulation job in middle America, a ramshackle house in dire need of roof repair, and an intriguing boss, the handsome Jesse Lightner.

As Daphne navigates the upheaval that is her life, she determines to stop trying to avoid the rain life brings and to dance in its showers instead.

Beyond Hope's Valley
by Tricia Goyer
Available April 1, 2012
Finally! The conclusion to this incredible series! Honestly, the first Amish fiction I have ever been truly excited about (and a great incentive to try other in the genre). 

After an extended stay in Montana, where Amish traditions are different than in her home state, Marianna Sommer returns to Indiana for two reasons, first to help her brother and his girlfriend prepare for a baby and their wedding. Second, to plan her own wedding to Aaron Zook -- a marriage she’s been dreaming about ever since childhood. And yet, although she had missed the idyllic farms and families of her upbringing, Marianna is surprised that Indiana is somehow making her long now for Montana.

As months pass, secrets that were hidden in winter’s frozen grasp thaw and take on a life of their own. The truths about a child, about a past relationship, and about God’s plans are being revealed. Walking through a valley of questions, Marianna must hold on to hope as she decides where and with whom her heart truly belongs.


Loving
by Karen Kingsbury
Available March 27, 2012
Bailey's finally going to make a decision and get married! I know who I want her to choose. Does Karen Kingsbury ... ummm, Bailey ... agree with me?!

The answers Bailey Flanigan once longed and prayed for are finally becoming clear. In Loving, the fourth and final ebook in the Bailey Flanigan Series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, Bailey is planning a wedding and making decisions that will shape her future. Bailey enjoys the beginning of her new career and time spent with Brandon while Cody faithfully coaches his team on and off the field. But has she agreed to marry the right guy? Will she spend her life with Brandon Paul in Los Angeles, or will her heart draw her back to Bloomington, Indiana and Cody Coleman, her first love? Bailey has learned much and grown over the years, but the greatest challenges, the richest joys, and the deepest heartaches are still to come.Featuring members from Karen Kingsbury's popular Baxter family, Loving completes Bailey and Cody's story---the finale thousands of fans have been waiting for.

Lethal Legacy
by Irene Hannon
Available August 1, 2012
Irene Hannon is another incredible author I discovered last year. (I read 5 of her books in 2011!) I can't get enough!

The police say her father's death was suicide. But Kelly Warren says it was murder--and she has new evidence that she believes proves it. Detective Cole Taylor doesn't put much credence in her claim, and nothing in his case review suggests foul play. But when Kelly ends up in the emergency room with a suspicious life-threatening medical condition, the incident strikes him as more than just coincidence. Digging deeper, he discovers she's linked to a long-ago crime. Is history repeating itself? And who wants Kelly silenced?

With her trademark high-intensity action and taut suspense, Irene Hannon closes out her Guardians of Justice series with a story of old grudges and budding romance that is sure to increase her substantial fan base.


Coming Home
by Karen Kingsbury
Available July 1, 2012
I'm not sure if this is the most anticipated or most dreaded book of 2012. I've been reading about the Baxter family for YEARS and am not sure I'm ready to say good-bye to them yet. Alas, all good things must come to an end.

Coming Home is a novel about tremendous victory and unprecedented loss, a story of faith and a forever kind of love, love that will stay with you long after the last page. This stand-alone novel will serve as either a grand introduction or a beautiful conclusion in the saga of the Baxter Family. The Baxters make plans to come together for a summer lakeside reunion, a celebration like they haven't had in years. But before the big day, the unthinkable happens. As the Baxter Family rallies together, memories come to light in the grief-stricken hours of waiting and praying, memories that bring healing and hope during a time when otherwise darkness might have the final word.In a season that changes all of them, the brilliance of family love overshadows even the valley of heartache as the Baxters draw closer to God and each other. Along the way, secrets are revealed and the truth about the Baxter Family history is finally made known. Ultimately, in this portrait of family love, the Baxters cling to each other and to God's promise of forever.

Sweeter than Birdsong
by Rosslyn Elliott
Available February 7, 2012
I had the unbelievable pleasure of reading Rosslyn Elliott's debut novel last year. I loved every second spent reading it and can't wait to read her second novel!

Ben's talent and Kate's sweet voice make them the perfect match-but Kate's mother is determined to keep them apart.

In 1854, the winds of change blow through Ohio, where free state borders slave state. By day, Ben Hanby is a talented musician who directs musicals for his Westerville college. By night, he secretly aids fugitives on the Underground Railroad.

When Ben casts lovely Kate Winter to sing in his latest show, they find they share a love for music and ideas. But Kate's mother wants her daughter to marry a rich man. Ben has given his life to God, not to the pursuit of wealth.

Kate Winter will be the first female graduate of Otterbein College, and every young man in town courts her. But Kate's dark family secrets leave her unspeakably shy. When Kate joins the Hanbys in their dangerous work on the Underground Railroad, she finds her courage and her voice. Can Ben and Kate find a way to be together in spite of the obstacle of Kate's family?

The Chase
by DiAnn Mills
Available March 27, 2012
DiAnn Mills was another new-to-me author in 2011. Incredible romantic suspense! Can't wait to read more!

To the FBI it's a cold case. To Kariss Walker it's a hot idea that could either reshape or ruin her writing career. And it's a burning mission to revisit an event she can never forget. Five years ago, an unidentified little girl was found starved to death in the woods behind a Houston apartment complex. A TV news anchor at the time, Kariss reported on the terrifying case. Today, as a New York Times bestselling author, Kariss intends to turn the unsolved mystery into a suspense novel. Enlisting the help of FBI Special Agent Tigo Harris, Kariss succeeds in getting the case reopened. But the search for the dead girl's missing mother yields a discovery that plunges the partners into a witch's brew of danger. The old crime lives on in more ways than either of them could ever imagine. Will Kariss's pursuit of her dream as a writer carry a deadly price tag? Drawing from a real-life cold case, bestselling novelist DiAnn Mills presents a taut collage of suspense, faith, and romance in The Chase.

The Rose of Winslow Street
by Elizabeth Camden
Available January 1, 2012
Elizabeth Camden wrote one of my favorite books of 2011. I am so looking forward to reading more!

The last thing Libby Sawyer and her father expected upon their return from their summer home was to find strangers inhabiting a house that had been in their family for twenty years. Widower Michael Dobrescu brought his family from Romania to the town of Colden, Massachusetts, with a singular purpose: to claim the house willed to his father. Since neither party has any intention of giving up their claim, a fierce legal battle ensues between the two families.

When Libby’s father’s most important and sensitive documents go missing, Michael and his family are the likely culprits. Determined to discover the truth behind the stolen papers, Libby investigates, only to find herself unconvinced that Michael’s to blame and at risk of developing feelings for this man with the mysterious past.

When it seems the papers have indeed made it into the wrong hands and a decision about the house is pending in the courts, Libby must weigh the risks of choosing a side and giving her heart to a man whose intentions and affections are less than certain.


Travelers Rest
by Ann Tatlock
Available May 1, 2012
Ann Tatlock writes some of the most gripping books I've read. The plot summary for this book has absolutely captured me.

Jane Morrow has a dilemma. She's engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard's 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he's returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane hasn't seen him for nearly a year, and with trepidation, she heads to the VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina,
where he is being treated.

Seth isn't happy to see her. He'd asked her not to come. He wants to end the relationship. But Jane loves him, and despite his injury, she's determined to convince him that they can have a life together. Her faith has never been strong, yet she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do.

Beautifully written, Travelers Rest takes readers on a journey through pain and tragedy to a place of hope and redemption.



Just think . . . these are authors that I'm already familiar with. I can't wait to see what new (or new-to-me) authors will pop up this year!

OH . . . I just realized an oversight to my list! Laura Frantz! I can't figure out if she's working on a new book for 2012, but rest assured, if she publishes ANYTHING this year, I will be first in line to buy it!!!

OH . . . and Denise Hildreth Jones! Ladies, let us know what's going on with you! We're anxious for more!

What books are you most looking forward to reading this year?

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