Cover Art Reveal: Coming in early 2017 from Bethany House


Bethany House can always be relied on for high quality, visually arresting cover art and their early 2017 releases are no exception.

Elizabeth Camden’s is gorgeous – I love the ocean scene and the simplicity of it. And that brings me to Beverly Lewis’! Despite not being a fan of Amish novels or their tried and true covers, the beach scene gives this much more appeal to me. Jocelyn’s appeals to me as well and I’m delighted she’s in the Bethany fold.

Kristi’s is a traditional cover but quite striking and the inclusion of the hero is always a plus, as it adds something more to just a ‘girl in a pretty dress’ cover. I haven’t been a fan of Tracie’s covers for some time, but once again, the simplicity and gentle colouring of Treasured Grace makes it the best of hers I’ve seen in a long while.

Dani Pettrey’s Still Life is simply very fine 😉 Of course the hero is appealing but the styling clearly highlights the nature of the book and I love that, too. Jen Turano’s At Your Request is eye-catching for those who love the more traditional Christian romance covers, but Behind the Scenes and Tamera’s cover have too much going including dominating fonts which make them a little too fussy for my taste. That said, there’s no question that the stories will be super!

Readers will be sad that Murder on the Moor is the final Drew Farthering novel but I love the themed covers that suit the genre perfectly. **It’s not the final book ~ an as yet untitled book is still to come!**

Over to you, dear friends. Please share your thoughts!

In the Shadow of Denali

In the Shadow of Denali by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook’s assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father’s death climbing Mt. McKinley, he’s worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father’s partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

January, 2017


The Mark of the King

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green

After being imprisoned and branded for the death of her client, twenty-five-year-old midwife Julianne Chevalier trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling 1720s French colony of Louisiana, where she hopes to be reunited with her brother, serving there as a soldier. To make the journey, though, women must be married, and Julianne is forced to wed a fellow convict.

When they arrive in New Orleans, there is no news of Benjamin, Julianne’s brother, and searching for answers proves dangerous. What is behind the mystery, and does military officer Marc-Paul Girard know more than he is letting on?

With her dreams of a new life shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous, rugged land, despite never being able to escape the king’s mark on her shoulder that brands her a criminal beyond redemption.

January, 2017


An Uncommon Courtship

An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister’s shadow–which worked until her sister got married. Even with thepressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation.

Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn’t be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He’s free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead, which includes grand plans of wooing and falling in love with the woman of his choice. When he finds himself honor bound to marry a woman he doesn’t know, his dream of a marriage like his parents’ seems lost forever.

Already starting their marriage on shaky ground, can Adelaide and Trent’s relationship survive the pressures of London society?

January, 2017


Amish Weddings

Amish Weddings by Leslie Gould

Gregarious Rose Lehman, who’s always the life of the Amish youth singings, is determined to marry the bishop’s son, Reuben Byler–until the handsome Army buddy of her future brother-in-law shows up in Lancaster County. In comparison to Trevor, Reuben seems downright boring. Trevor shares Rose’s sense of fun and adventure, and her easygoing disposition.

When her sister Lila’s buggy is rear-ended and Lila is horribly injured, Rose finds herself with more freedom than she’s ever experienced. Everyone is so concerned about Lila that no one realizes Rose is sneaking out with Trevor. Except for Reuben. But in his usual passive way, he doesn’t confront her, nor does he address the situation with her Dat or anyone else in the district. Rose appreciates Reuben’s discretion, but she also resents it. Part of her relishes the freedom she’s found with Trevor, but the other part of her wishes Reuben would “fight” for her, as much as any Amish man would. Too late, she realizes the foolish choice she’s made. Has she ruined her best chance at love, or is there another path to happiness she just hasn’t seen yet?

January, 2017


At Your Request

At Your Request by Jen Turano


January, 2017 ~ free novella


Murder on the Moor

Murder on the Moor by Julianna Deering

At the urgent request of an old school friend, Drew and Madeline Farthering come to Bloodworth Park Lodge in the midst of the Yorkshire moors, a place as moody and mysterious as a Brontë hero. There have been several worrisome incidents out on the moor–property destroyed, fires started, sheep and cattle scattered–and worst of all, the vicar has been found dead on the steps of the church.

Drew’s friend is obviously smitten with his bride of eight months, though it’s hard to imagine what she sees in the awkward man. Drew can’t help wondering if her affections lie more with the man’s money and estate, while her romantic interests focus on their fiery Welsh gamekeeper. As the danger grows ever closer, it’s up to Drew to look past his own prejudices, determine what is really going on, and find the killer before it’s too late.

January, 2017


King's Blood

King’s Blood by Jill Williamson

In the second volume of Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles, a remnant has escaped the destruction of the Five Realms and now lives on several hundred ships adrift at sea. As a flock, they sail north into the unknown in hopes of finding land that might become their new home.

As the king’s illness worsens, Sâr Wilek takes authority over the expedition and struggles to rule the disjointed people, while assassination attempts, vicious serpents, and dark magic endanger his life.

One prophecy has come to pass, but another looms dauntingly in the future. Who is this Deliverer? And if the Magonians have him, what might that mean for the realm of Armania?

January, 2017


Still Life

Still Life by Dani Pettrey

Blacklisted in the photography business when one of her shots causes a scandal, but desperate to somehow continue in the profession, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She fully expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–taking time to teach her the trade. Now she’s half in love with the man, half terrified to even acknowledge her feelings, and completely hooked on the job–until the next crime hits too close to home.

Avery attends the gallery opening of a new photography exhibit to support her best friend who modeled for the show. The only image of her, though, is a chilling photo of her posing dead. Only the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot, and Avery’s friend can’t be found. As Avery and Parker, along with Parker’s brilliant friends, begin to dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a dangerous, relentless, and deadly threat which could endanger them all.

January, 2017


A Note Yet Unsung

A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander

Blacklisted in the photography business when one of her shots causes a scandal, but desperate to somehow continue in the profession, Avery Tate answered an ad for a crime scene photographer. She fully expected to be laughed at, but crime scene analyst Parker Mitchell hired her outright–taking time to teach her the trade. Now she’s half in love with the man, half terrified to even acknowledge her feelings, and completely hooked on the job–until the next crime hits too close to home.

Avery attends the gallery opening of a new photography exhibit to support her best friend who modeled for the show. The only image of her, though, is a chilling photo of her posing dead. Only the photographer insists he didn’t take the shot, and Avery’s friend can’t be found. As Avery and Parker, along with Parker’s brilliant friends, begin to dig into the mystery, they find themselves face-to-face with a dangerous, relentless, and deadly threat which could endanger them all.

January, 2017


Treasured Grace

Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

Grace Martindale has known more than her share of hardship. After her parents died, raising her two younger sisters became her responsibility. A hasty marriage to a minister who is heading to the untamed West seemed like an opportunity for a fresh start, but a cholera outbreak along the wagon trail has left Grace a widow in a very precarious position.

Having learned natural remedies and midwifery from her mother, Grace seeks an opportunity to use her skills for the benefit of others. So when she and her sisters arrive at the Whitman mission in “Oregon Country,” she decides to stay rather than push on.

With the help of Alex Armistead, a French-American fur trapper, Grace begins to provide care for her neighbors, including some of the native populace. But not everyone welcomes her skills–or her presence–and soon Grace finds herself and those she loves in more danger than she imagined possible.

February, 2017


Long Time Gone

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

The Boden clan thought their problems had ended with the death of a dangerous enemy, but have they truly uncovered the real plot to take their New Mexico ranch? Rancher Justin Boden is now in charge. He is normally an unshakable and rugged man, but with his brother, Cole, shot and in mortal danger, even a tough man faces doubts. And it doesn’t help that Angie DuPree, the assistant to the doctor trying to save Cole, is as distracting a woman as Justin ever laid eyes on.

With her and the doc’s timely skills, Cole looks to be on the mend, and Justin and the rest of the Bodens can turn their attention back to the dangers facing them. It’s clear now that everything that’s occurred is part of a much bigger plot that could date back to a decades-old secret. Can they uncover all the pieces before danger closes in on them, or is the threat to the ranch even bigger than any of the Bodens could imagine?

February, 2017


To the Farthest Shores

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

It has been six years since army nurse Jenny Bennett’s heart was broken by a dashing naval officer. Now Lieutenant Ryan Gallagher has abruptly reappeared in her life at the Presidio army base but refuses to discuss the inexplicable behavior that destroyed their happiness.

Ryan is in an impossible situation. One of the few men in the world qualified to carry out a daring assignment, he accepted a government mission overseas that caused his reputation to be destroyed and broke the heart of the only woman he ever loved. Honor bound never to reveal where he had been during those six years, he can’t tell Jenny the truth or it will endanger an ongoing mission and put thousands of lives at risk.

Although Ryan thinks he may have finally found a solution, he can’t pull it off on his own. Loyalty to her country compels Jenny to help, but she never could have imagined the intrigue she and Ryan will have to face or the lengths to which they will have to go to succeed.

February, 2017


The Chapel Car Bride

The Chapel Car Bride by Judith Miller

With her penchant for seeing the best in everyone, Hope Irvine sees a world full of good people in hard places. When her father accepts a position traveling in a chapel car as an on-the-rail missionary, she is determined to join him in his efforts and put her musical skills to good use by serving the mining families of West Virginia, saving their souls, and bettering their lives.

Luke Hughes shares Hope’s love of music and her love of God, but as a poor miner he knows he can offer her no future. Still, the notes she sings resonate in his heart. When she begins to travel with a young mine manager to neighboring counties, Luke can hardly suppress his jealousy. It isn’t until he begins to suspect these missions of mercy might be the mine manager’s cover for illegal purposes, though, that Luke feels justified in speaking up. But how can he discover the truth without hurting Hope or, worse, putting her in danger?

April, 2017


The Ebb Tide

The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

When a well-to-do family asks Sallie Riehl to be their daughter’s nanny for the summer at their Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to broaden her horizons beyond the Lancaster County Amish community where she grew up. Curious by nature, Sallie loves reading and learning, and she fears that her chances of making a good match with an Amish farmer will be hampered because of it.

Though she loves taking care of nine-year-old Autumn Weaver during the week, Sallie has free time on the weekends to enjoy the shore. It is there that she meets Edward Kreider, a young marine biology student who talks freely about all he’s learning and asks about her interests, unlike the guys she grew up with. Sallie wonders if this is the kind of relationship she’s been longing for. Then again, Ed isn’t from her community–and he’s Mennonite, not Amish.

Sallie is afraid of what her parents would think about her new friendship. But that’s not all she’s fearful of. When unexpected danger threatens Autumn, Sallie will have to put her fears aside. Will this be a summer to remember, or one to forget?

April, 2017


Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

Miss Permilia Griswold may have been given the opportunity of a debut into New York high society, but no one warned her she wasn’t guaranteed to “take.” After spending the last six years banished to the wallflower section of the ballroom, she’s finally putting her status on the fringes of society to good use by penning anonymous society gossip columns under the pseudonym “Miss Quill.”

Mr. Asher Rutherford has managed to maintain his status as a reputable gentleman of society despite opening his own department store. While pretending it’s simply a lark to fill his time, he has quite legitimate reasons for needing to make his store the most successful in the country.
When Permilia overhears a threat against the estimable Mr. Rutherford, she’s determined to find and warn the man. Disgruntled at a first meeting that goes quite poorly and results in Asher not believing her, she decides to take matters into her own hands, never realizing she’ll end up at risk as well.

As Asher and Permilia are forced to work together and spend time away from the spotlight of society, perhaps there’s more going on behind the scenes than they ever could have anticipated. . . .

April, 2107



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27 Responses to Cover Art Reveal: Coming in early 2017 from Bethany House

  1. No! Don’t be sad!

    MURDER ON THE MOOR isn’t the last book in the series. I am currently working on Book Six (as yet untitled), which should be out Fall 2017. After that, any additional titles will be up to the demand of the public. 😀

  2. The Mark of the King just screams at me. I love it. It looks more like a general market cover rather than the traditional gorgeous dress and face of the heroine that we’re so used to seeing in the CF genre. It’s definitely my favorite. Love your posts, Rel!!

  3. Oh. My. Gosh. I adore Elizabeth Camden’s (and have no doubt the story inside is equally stunning). Props to the designer of this one! Also, I agree. Tracie’s cover is pretty and one of her best in a long time. Dani’s is indeed fine (that hero!) and gives the reader an excellent idea of the story/theme. Judith’s is really cute (it’ll be fun to have a new one from her – I remember reading her books as a teen) and Kristi’s is all historical softness and beauty. :)

    Great post (as always), Rel. Hugs.

  4. Hey Rel,
    I agree with you on several but disagree on a couple, too. Let me just start out by saying I love all of the covers of the Drew Farthering Mysteries, and this new one is no exception. Of course the books are fantastic, too. I LOVE Tracie’s new cover! I agreed with you that it has a simplicity, but it is also so powerful to me. I love the softened backdrop of the fort. Just fantastic. But Tracie always deserves the best as she is the best! I really like the cover of her team-up with Kimberley Woodhouse, too. I love the bright picture at the top juxtaposed with the sepia-toned picture at the bottom. I LOVE the cover of Jen Turano’s books here! My favorite is the novella as I love a pretty winter scene. The green against the white is fantastic! I love the full-length, too! All that white and gold together is stunning to me. I also LOVE Tamera’s! The silvery gray against the red and gold is also stunning. It also works well with the others in the series. I love Judith Miller’s, too. I love the position of the lady on the back of the train. I agree with you that Elizabeth Camden’s is great, but there is one thing about it I find a bit odd and that is the head looking totally away from the front while the body is only partly turned. It just looks a bit off to me. I love Kristi Ann Hunter’s cover, but I will say that each of the series has looked very different except for having similar borders at the bottom. Mary’s is cute and matches well with the first in the series. I agree with you about Bev’s cover. It is beautiful. And I am not a beach lover. This is a great type of cover to me, taking the traditional and adding a slight twist. Very effective. I like Leslie Gould’s, also. The additions of the heroes in these covers is making them a bit different. I do really like Dani Pettrey’s cover. The angle works well, and the colors, especially of the title, work better than in the first. Jill Williamson’s is just ok to me as it is too much like the other. I disagree the most about Jocelyn Green’s. I LOVE the setting and the time period and can’t wait to read it, but the cover is just odd to me. As I have said I loved Deeanne Gist’s cover of “A Bride Most Begrudging” with the fingers crossed behind her back, but this scene of a back says nothing. Again, I look forward to reading it, but I am just not a fan of the cover. Thanks, as always.

    • I’m always fascinated by your take on covers, Aaron, as you know :) Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I love hearing when others love covers I don’t, because it means the author and designers will be encouraged. It’s all so opinion based and what appeals to me won’t appeal to others and vice versa.

      The thing I love about Bethany is that even if I’m not a fan of a cover design, I still appreciate the quality and attention to details they put into every cover.

  5. I really like a number of the covers. My favorite is The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green. I am not normally drawn to fonts, but the font on her cover really adds to it.

    An Uncommon Courtship by Kristi Ann Hunter is striking. Like you, the man in the background really adds to it.

    Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson is lovely. I agree it is one of her better covers.

  6. WOW. we all dream of covers like these! Congratulations!

  7. Rel,
    Thanks so much for sharing. Thrilled you enjoyed Still Life’s cover. I love it. So blessed by BHP and their talented team. LOVE all the covers, but Jen and Kristi Hunter’s are my favs.

  8. My favorites are:

    * Still Life – “Well…hello, Mr. Mitchell. What a pleasure it is to meet you!”
    * An Uncommon Courtship – “Greetings and salutations to you as well, Lord Trent Hawthorne.”
    * The Mark of the King – Uniquely different cover, gorgeous dress and perfect font.
    * Treasured Grace – Beautiful model in front of intriguing background.

    I also like To the Farthest Shore, but how in the world did she walk on those rocks barefooted??

  9. As always, beautiful covers and intriguing premises. I’m adding several of these to my to-be-read pile. :)

  10. The cover reveal posts from Relz Reviews are always some of my favorite posts. I have to say right up front that my favorite book covers usually have people on them and most of the time Bethany House has beautiful book covers.

    My favorite cover from this group is Kristi Ann Hunter’s. I may be biased because the Regency time period is a favorite for me. 😊 The only quibble I have is the same one that Aaron mentioned; the series covers don’t match. If one wasn’t looking closely one would not know that this was a series. I love that this cover has both the hero and the heroine on it. I think the female model is beautiful and represents a traditional Regency woman. The background image looks to be a representation of Bath or some parts of London. They did a great job. I actually pay great attention to background images on novel covers. It helps set the scene and lets one know about location.

    The Drew Farthering mystery series is one I have really enjoyed. Bethany house has done outstanding work in making this entire series covers authentic and a fantastic representation of that time period. This new cover is no exception.

    Jocelyn Green’s actually stands out to me even though there is not an obvious person. I agree with the other poster who said that they love the font on this cover. It hints of nobility, a higher class, and the old world New Orleans. The glimpse of the 18th century dress and of the Cajun swamps gives an aura of mystery and atmosphere. It shows that this novel is not only historical, but also 18th century not 19th century. It puts me in mind of a Laura Frantz novel. She would adore this cover! 😊

    I like Leslie Gould’s cover. It looks a little different from some of the other Amish novels that feature only an individual woman. I also like the farm in the background. It looks like it would be a relaxing place to visit.

    Jen Turano’s novella cover is breathtaking. The model is beautiful, the winter scene adds a romantic atmosphere, and the font and title border are exquisite. I am not crazy about the cover of her full-length novel. It is okay, but could be easily mixed up with a Tamera Alexander book; it matches Tamera’s Belmont Plantation series.

    Dani Pettery’s book cover is a good fit for her current series. I do think it would have been nice for this series to have covers that resemble film posters with the entire cast on each cover. There are so many characters that it is difficult to keep them all straight. Since so much page time features all three couples in each book, it would be nice for all of them to be on the cover; kind of like television dramas. The main character for his particular book would be front and center. Maybe they can do that for her next series.

    Tamera Alexander’s book is lovely, but it is very, very busy. The concept is good and I am glad they were going for continuity with the rest of the series. It might have helped if the model would have been farther away. I am not an expert at period dress, but did ladies of this time period wear sleeveless dresses? I know some wore portrait dresses (off the shoulders), but this dress looks a little too much like a modern evening gown.

    Tracie’s cover is good. The lady looks as if she’s on a lovely, relaxing vacation. She is out for a morning stroll on the beach before the rest of the family has gotten up.😊

    I don’t have any particular feeling one way or another for Mary Connealy’s new series’ covers. I read her books whether I like the covers or not. They show that they are historic old westerns and I do like that they look very different from her previous three Bethany House series.

    Elizabeth Camden’s cover is very fascinating, breathtaking, and powerful with those waves crashing against the rocks. The solitary woman could look lonely, but has a confidence about her that makes her queen of her castle; she rules this place! I think the image could benefit from the removal of the bow or flower in the model’s hair. It is very distracting and it appears to be a misprint on the cover.

    I really love Judith Miller’s cover. It looks like a film still. It draws my attention and makes me want to get on that train and go to interesting places. There is an atmosphere that gives the feeling that something exciting is going to happen right around the next corner.

    Thank you, Rel, for giving us these lovely posts.

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