Cover Reveal: Mid 2018 releases from Bethany House


The latest new covers and stories releasing from Bethany House hold plenty to intrigue and admire. These novels won’t hit shelves until mid next year, so you will need to bask in the anticipation!

The stand out cover for me is Ronie Kendig’s Thirst of Steel. I love the colour theme, the cathedral in the background, and of course, the addition of Ram (a beloved character in this series), along with Tox who is present on each cover. The conclusion to this brilliant series will have readers on the edge of their seats!

I know my friend Aaron is going to love the full faces seen in many of these covers with only one ‘decapitation’. Becky’s and Susan’s are lovely, capturing the essence of stories inside. Love the children on Jody’s but would have preferred to see the face of the woman. Jen’s and Tracie’s are very pretty and the remaining historicals are more traditional in tone. I do love that they have reflected the character’s mismatched eyes in Karen’s on the cover model, even if the rest of the cover is the kind we have seem many times over.

Jaime’s is simple yet intriguing and Dani’s continues the theme of her series with the male lead on the cover, who happens to remind me of the Australian actor, Sam Worthington!

Finally, there are many stories here that I’m very excited to read. 2018 looks like another great year for readers!

Which covers and/or stories catch your eye in this bunch?


Lone Witness

Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

Atlanta Justice #2

Prosecutor Sophie Dawson’s first job in the White Collar division of the Fulton County D.A.’s office is to build a case against a local bank employee who may be cheating clients. But when circumstances beyond her control leave her as the only witness to a double homicide involving a vengeful gang, her world is turned upside down.

Former Atlanta police officer turned private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to ensure that Sophie is kept safe. But as threats escalate, they don’t know who they can trust.

Sophie is determined not to back down, but her bank case gets more complicated by the day, and the gang will stop at nothing to keep her from testifying. Sophie wants to take a stand for what’s right–but can Cooper, who is determined not to be distracted by their growing attraction, keep her safe so that she can finish her pursuit for justice?

May 2018


All For Love

All For Love: Three Historical Romance Novellas of Love and Laughter by Kristi Ann HunterMary Connealy & Jen Turano 

Three of Christian historical fiction’s beloved authors come together in this romantic and humorous collection of novellas featuring prequels to their latest series. New and loyal fans alike will enjoy these novellas previously released only as ebooks.

Connealy’s “The Boden Birthright” journeys to the Old West, where ranch hand Chance Boden’s determination to be his own boss is challenged by his employer’s pretty daughter.

Hunter’s “A Lady of Esteem” follows a Regency-era young lady whose chance at love and reputation in society are threatened by a nasty rumor.

Turano’s “At Your Request” tells of a young woman who is humbled at her newly lowered status in society when she is reunited with the very man whose proposal she rejected.

May 2018


Together Forever

Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

Orphan Train #2

Marianne Neumann has one goal in life: to find her lost younger sister, Sophie. When Marianne takes a job as a placing agent with the Children’s Aid Society in 1858 New York, she not only hopes to give children a better life but seeks to discover whether Sophie ended up leaving the city on an orphan train.

Andrew Brady, her fellow agent on her first placing trip, is a former schoolteacher who has an easy way with the children–firm but tender and funny. Underneath his handsome charm, though, seems to linger a grief that won’t go away–and a secret from his past that he keeps hidden. As the two team up placing orphans amid small railroad towns in Illinois, they find themselves growing ever closer . . . until a shocking tragedy threatens to upend all their work and change one of their lives forever.

May 2018


Falling for You

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Bradford Sisters #2

Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family’s small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin–and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.

Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he’s never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he’s determined to make her give him a second chance.

When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they’re forced to confront their past and who they’ve become–and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.

May 2018



A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

Haven Manor #1

When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn’t worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.

June 2018


Daring Venture

A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

As a biochemist, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against waterborne diseases and amid the glamor of early 1900s New York, she is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city–if only she and her team can get people to believe in their work.

Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York, Nickolas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.

While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, the odds stacked against these two rivals swiftly grow more insurmountable with every passing day.

June 2018


Reason & Romance

Reason and Romance: A Contemporary Retelling of Sense and Sensibility by Debra White Smith

Jane Austen #4

Sisters Elaina and Anna Woods find themselves caught up in whirlwind romances. But when both are confronted with heartbreaking revelations, can their bond withstand the strain as they hold out for happily-ever-after?

June 2018


Central Park

Central Park: A Contemporary Retelling of Mansfield Park

Jane Austen #5

When her friend returns from his trip to Paris accompanied by a beautiful woman and her flirtatious brother, Francine faces a difficult choice: wait for a love that may never be or settle for a man who doesn’t hold her heart.

June 2018


Northpointe Chalet

Northpointe Chalet: A Contemporary Retelling of Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen #6

When a lively group of customers visit Kathy Moore’s cafŽ, new friendships–and romance–ensue. When she learns of a mystery in their past, Kathy takes on the role of amateur detective, but will her digging do more damage than good?

June 2018


More than Meets the Eye

More than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

June 2018


King's War

King’s War by Jill Williamson

Kinsman Chronicles #3

One battle is over, but the war has just begun. They escaped the Five Realms and have found a home, but peace is much harder to find. The aftermath of the Battle of Sarikar should have been a time to mourn those lost in the slaughter. The enemies of Armania are many, however, and when one steps back to regroup, another surges forward in attack.

While the remnant must take responsibility for the evil they brought to Er’Rets, it would seem that something just as dark already existed in this new world. The growing struggle between Armania and Barthel Rogedoth is but a pale reflection of a far more dangerous battle for the souls of humanity.

And so begins this awe-inspiring conclusion to Jill Williamson’s Kinsman Chronicles. The Hadar family and their allies prepare to make one final stand in the name of Arman. There shall be war–in Er’Rets and in the Veil–to vanquish evil or be ruled by darkness.

June 2018


The Best of Intentions

The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason

Canadian Crossings #1

In the aftermath of WWI, Grace Abernathy is determined to reunite with her family, crossing an ocean to convince her widowed sister to return home to England. Yet Toronto holds more tragedy and her nephew Christian is now in the custody of his paternal relatives, the formidable Easton family, who rejected Grace’s sister because of her low social status.

Unconvinced the Eastons can be fitting caretakers, Grace jumps at the chance to be Christian’s nanny and observe the family up close under an assumed name. In the course of her new position, she is shocked to discover herself falling for Andrew Easton, the boy’s guardian. Unfortunately, Andrew is promised to a spoiled socialite who will make a terrible stepmother for Christian. Will Grace be able to protect her nephew . . . and her heart?

July 2018


A Simple Singing

A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould

Sister of Lancaster County #2

For years Marie Bachmann thought of herself as the “good” daughter. She was the most loving to their mother, the most dedicated to their Amish way of life. But when a Mennonite farmhand, Gordon Martin, shows interest in her she can’t help but be flattered–until her mother sends her off to Florida. While there, Marie begins spending time with bad-boy Eli Jacob, the bishop’s son from back home.

When Gordon shows up in Florida to volunteer in a homeless shelter, her life becomes even more complicated. At the same time her aunt begins telling her of a Civil War-era ancestor and the woman’s uncommon bravery . . . a story that begins to work at Marie’s heart.

Marie hopes returning home may simplify life, but Eli soon follows. As Marie grapples with whether she should court Eli or leave the church for Gordon, the story of Annie Bachmann shines a light on what God has for Marie’s future.


The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

For over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant faade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

July 2018


In Dreams Forgotten

In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Peterson

Golden Gate Secrets #2

Judith Gladstone came to San Francisco after her parents died to find her last living relative, an aunt she has never met. Instead she has fallen head over heels in love with Caleb Coulter, her friend’s brother. Caleb has promised to help Judith find her aunt, but she can tell he thinks of her only as a friend, and she struggles to hide her feelings.

When Caleb traces Judith’s aunt to the wealthy Whitley family, Judith is reunited with her long-lost relatives. The truths she learns about her past and her parents are shocking and overwhelming, however, and the more she gets to know her new family, the more danger she uncovers. Someone does not want Judith in the picture, and they will do whatever it takes to get rid of her.

July 2018


Dead Drift

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Chesapeake Valor #4

Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target’s latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he’s back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster.

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist’s next mark?

July 2018


The Lady of Tarpon Springs

The Lady of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller

Much to the dismay of her Greek family, Zanna Krykos makes a living as a lawyer in Tarpon Springs, Florida. When her friend Lucy needs legal advice about the business she inherited upon her father’s passing, she ends up asking Zanna to run the business instead so she can focus on her medical career.

Nico Kalos is a Greek diver who has worked on sponging boats in the Aegean Sea since the age of 14, giving him a vast knowledge of the trade. When he hears of an opportunity to lead a group of spongers to the United States, he seizes it. But his excitement is quickly quelled when he arrives only to discover that a young woman with no experience in the business will be in charge of the new crews.

But as Zanna and Nico face even more complications than they could have imagined, they must learn to work together or risk everything they’ve worked so hard for.

July 2018


Caught by Surprise

Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

Apart from the Crowd #3

Miss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.

July 2018


Thirst of Steel

Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

The Tox Files #3

Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies’ blood. Cole “Tox” Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father’s life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram’s long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddux, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram’s secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.

July 2018


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47 Responses to Cover Reveal: Mid 2018 releases from Bethany House

  1. I really love Becky’s cover–so fun with that flouncy gown and the striking colors. Also love Jill Williamson’s cover–that green and gold is to die for!

  2. Becky Wade’s cover looks like Kristy Cambron is the cover model. I love it! I agree that Ronie’s cover is one of the best!

  3. Wow, such an amazing list of books by wonderful authors! I want to read them all!!

  4. So many beautiful covers! Top on my list is Dani Pettrey’s, and then Rachel Dylan’s, and Becky Wade’s. Jen Turano’s is also very attractive.
    Although they say, you can’t tell a book by it’s cover, I actually do have a tendency to make a first impression decision by looking at the cover, and then I’m sure there are books that I don’t even read because the cover is not quite as eye-catching to me.
    Thanks for this sneak preview! :) I can’t wait!!

  5. I love all of them! And the books sound so good! Ahhh! To think that we have to weather the winter first before any of these books are released…

  6. SOOO many pretties! BH has been releasing really unique and eye-catching covers these last few groupings. I’ll admit I’m especially fond of Debra’s new series re-release (love the whimsy and the colors, plus they “feel” like Austen while keeping true to their contemporary vibes); I’ll confess, despite owning the original covers… I did preorder the first three. #Bookwormproblems

    Like you, I agree. Ronie’s is AMAZING!

    Dani’s keeps the hero front and center which is really nice. Who doesn’t love a good hero on the cover?

    Last but not least, I adore Becky’s!! It’s so cute, sweet and casual with plenty of elegance. All qualities this new series from Becky evokes. So excited for this one. :)

    Great collection, as always, Rel. So glad you shared them all!

  7. Lots of beautiful covers and the promise of great stories for reading!

  8. Wow! So fun seeing my cover on here. It’s actually coming out by Revell and I think there was a bit of a mishap because that blurb isn’t actually about The Hope of Azure Springs. Whatever book it is for does sound intriguing. So many great books!!! I loved seeing all the covers.

  9. All of these look soooooo good! I can’t wait to read them!

  10. I think I will have to get everyone of them . They are all great authors.

  11. I am totally a “cover love” enthusiast. So many gorgeous covers, but my favorite is “Falling for You” by Becky Wade. There’s just something especially beautiful about blondes in blue. And I also love seeing “Luke”, the ghost for the first time on Dani’s cover . . . no wonder he was not forgotten!

  12. Interesting! Love your cover posts, girl.

  13. Yay!!! I love them! My favorite cover is Karen Witemeyer’s, I can’t wait to read it. Others I’m looking forward to are Ronie’s, Dani’s, Jody’s, Kristi’s, Elizabeth’s, and Becky’s.

    • Ooo, I’d love to hear why that appeals to you so much, Heidi. I’m often biased towards unique, different covers, so I’m interested why this more traditional Christian Fiction look calls to you. Love that we are all different!

  14. So many good books! Really glad to see Debra White Smith’s books getting some more love – I regularly reread this set! (I do hope the not-quite-Aussie-isms in ‘Amanda’ have been addressed!)

  15. Hey Rel,
    You are right in that I love seeing so many full faces, but my favorite actually has a partially hidden one. Go figure! :) I am continuing to love the covers of Tracie’s newest series! While this one is not quite as amazing as the last, it is still strikingly beautiful. I do think a solid background would have been even better, but I still love the hats. I also love Kristi Ann Hunter’s newest! The artwork of the house and grounds especially appeals! I also love Judith Miller’s newest. The period hat and blouse and the wind blowing work with the look as a whole. A contemporary cover is another favorite of mine here. I love Becky Wade’s cover! The dress with the bare feet has a great whimsical appeal, and the red shoes hearken back to the first cover of the series. I really like Jen Turano’s new cover, but the title area blends a bit too much into the picture. I like Jody Hedlund’s newest better than the previous one of the series. I actually disagree about seeing the lady’s face. I think not seeing hers and the young boy’s faces makes the little girl’s sad look bore into the reader, making that reader feel even more about the family’s obvious plight. I do like Susan Ann Mason’s and Karen Witemeyer’s and do appreciate their showing the different colored eyes in Karen’s. The decapitation cover of the novella collection is a disappointment, and I think the earrings are a bit much to represent all of the three stories. I do like Ronie Kendig’s and Dani Pettrey’s covers, although I confess to feeling that I come up short in comparison. :) I really like the yellow in the picture along with the red of the letters on Dani Pettrey’s. I like Rachel Dylan’s showing the courtroom in the background. I like Jamie Jo Wright’s, but I think the previous cover represented the split-time story better, although this one definitely has a suspenseful feel. Jill Williamson’s fits well with the series, as do Debra’s new covers. Thanks as always for sharing, Rel. Have a blessed day.

    • I don’t think you are alone in feeling like you come up short! Think of all us women subjected to pretty girls in pretty dresses on covers – LOL!!

      Your thoughts are always so detailed! Love it :)

  16. My favorite is definitely the cover for Falling for You. It’s beautiful, but also a bit quirky. I love the colors used as well as the toes peeping out. It’s just a bit different and I love that.

    I love the colors of Together Forever, and I love the kiddos on the cover, but I do wish we got a peek of the heroine’s face.

    A Defense of Honor is also gorgeous. I love the shapes they used, as well as the scenery. And yay for not cutting off her head or anything weird like that! I’m definitely drawn to the story because of the cover.

    The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond is lovely and atmospheric. It seems suited to the story.

  17. Can’t wait to read them all.

  18. Tox AND Ram on the cover of Roni’s book?!? Double the drool! Becky’s cover is breathtaking. The model is beautiful and the bare feet a nice touch. The color of the dress is gorgeous. Would love to see it fully, but think the model’s pose is perfect. After seeing all of these my fingers are itching to get a hold of them.

  19. Thanks so much for sharing all BHP’s beautiful covers, Rel!

    So many gorgeous covers. I adore Becky’s. My favorite of hers yet and that’s saying something as all of hers have been wonderful. Also love Jaime Jo’s. So atmospheric.

  20. Wow! These are all beautiful covers! 2018 is going to be another fabulous reading year isn’t it! Must read faster now to get caught up!

  21. These covers are so amazing!! I can’t wait to read some of these, well really, ALL of these! This is such a wonderful group of authors!

  22. So many lovely covers!!

    My favorites are the covers for Ronie Kendig, Jen Turano (fits her writing style perfectly), Elizabeth Camden, Jamie Jo Wright and Becky Wade.

    I am looking forward to reading Jody Hedlund’s and Susan Anne Mason’s novels.

    I am surprised by Kristi Ann Hunter’s cover…so very different from her prior series.

  23. What a great batch of books. So many to add to my TBR list. I really need to read The Lady of Tarpon Springs as Tarpon Springs holds many dear memories for me. My husband and I lived there the first year we were married!

  24. All of the covers are beautiful!!! I saw many that were second or third in the series that made me want to go buy the first and second to catch up!!! Many are authors I’ve not read before. LOVE Kristi’s and can’t wait for the new series to come out! Also love Dani’s. I can’t imagine how Luke could do anything covert—he’s too good looking. As I read the descriptions for the books listed, I realized I’m going to have to get a second job so I can buy ALL the books! 😊😂

  25. Lots of great anticipation here! Will be looking forward to many of them!

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