Late 2013 releases from Bethany House


With each of these posts I think I am becoming more and more particular with cover art I prefer and art that just doesn’t appeal to me…sigh!  I’m afraid I’m not particularly partial to a lot of these covers but it won’t stop me reading the stories! By the way, I’ll add Todd’s cover when it becomes available.

So, which ones catch my eye ~ Chasing Hope and An Elegant Solution ~ they’re something a bit different than the same old same old which I see with most of these covers. I’ve never been a fan of the current style of Mary’s covers and I’m afraid Fired Up only confirms that and A Bride for Keeps just makes me think of Mona Hodgson’s recent series.  I think Jody’s will definitely grow on me as well as Lauraine’s and Tracie’s but as I expect a lot from Bethany’s covers I have to say overall I’m disappointed with this lot. I want to be wowed and I wasn’t :(

Am I being to harsh? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Tell me what you love and what you don’t and I always enjoy hearing the why of both of those opinions!

Enough of my moaning about cover art, let’s talk story! Can’t wait to read Stranded, Rebellious Heart, Return to Me (although I’m struggling to link that title with Biblical fiction – LOL!) and A Talent for Trouble. I’m very excited to see what the debut Melissa duo have to offer with Made to Last and A Bride for Keeps.


UnforseeableUnforeseeable by Nancy Mehl

Callie Hoffman knows she has a good life in Kingdom, Kansas. She’s thrilled to be engaged to Levi Housler, the new pastor of Kingdom Mennonite Church, and she spends her days working with her friend and soon-to-be sister-in-law, Lizzie Housler, at Cora’s Cafe.

However, Callie’s idyllic life is interrupted when a body is discovered on the road outside Kingdom and the deceased turns out to be a victim of a serial killer. As Washington County’s new sheriff begins questioning Kingdom residents, Callie and the rest of the town are appalled at the prospect of a killer among them. The very reason Kingdom exists is to protect the people from the temptations and dangers of the outside world, but all the town founders’ attempts to plan ahead couldn’t prevent a threat like this.

Unsettled at this unforeseen danger, Callie is concerned when it appears Levi knows more than he’s telling. Desperate to find answers for herself, Callie never expected that she’d have to face some of her own past’s skeletons.

As Callie and the residents of Kingdom fear this danger for which they never planned, they must learn anew that only God knows the future and their trust must always lie in Him.

September, 2013


Stranded by Dani PettreyStranded

When her friend vanishes from a cruise ship, reporter Darcy St. James isn’t satisfied with their explanation that she simply left her job of her own accord. Something isn’t lining up, and Darcy believes the only way to find the truth is to put herself in Abby’s position. Within days, Darcy learns her friend wasn’t the only person to disappear mysteriously. Last summer, a woman vanished under almost identical circumstances.

Gage McKenna has taken a summer-long stint leading adventure excursions for the passengers of various cruise lines that dock for a few days of sightseeing. He’s surprised to find Darcy working aboard one of the ships, investigating a troubling report. Something sinister is going on and the deeper they dig the more Gage fears they’ve only discovered the tip of the iceberg.

September, 2013


The Miner's LadyThe Miner’s Lady by Tracie Peterson

When Chantel Panetta’s younger sister claims to be in love with Orlando Vittorio, Chantel knows there is no hope. The Panettas and Vittorios have been sworn enemies for decades, and young love cannot heal the deep wounds between the two iron-mining families. Yet, unable to resist Isabella’s pleas, Chantel agrees to help her sister spend time with Orlando…only to have a run-in with Dante, Orlando’s brother. The older, more handsome one.

Chantel can’t deny the attraction that flares when she’s with Dante. But when a tragedy occurs at the mine, is there any hope that the hatred that has simmered between these two families might be resolved? Or will Chantel’s hope for love be buried amidst decades of misunderstanding?

September, 2013


The Secret Keeper by Beverly LewisThe Secret Keeper

With her love for all things old-fashioned, Jennifer Burns has often been told she’s an “old soul,” but no one is prepared for the young woman’s decision to set aside her modern life in favor of the Old Order Amish world. Yet Jenny does exactly that, adopting Plain dress and settling in with Samuel and Rebecca Lapp while she works as a mother’s helper for the bishop’s wife–a far cry from her former job as an x-ray technician.

The people of Hickory Hollow are curious about the beautiful young seeker among them, one handsome Amishman in particular. But he is not the only man vying for Jenny’s affections, and Jenny faces many challenges in the Proving time the brethren have set for her…challenges of the heart, as well as the spirit.

Will Jenny’s secrets keep her from the peace she longs for? Or will they lead the way home?

September, 2013


Rebellious HeartRebellious Heart by Jody Hedlund

In 1763 Massachusetts, Susanna Smith has grown up with everything she’s ever wanted, except one thing: an education. Because she’s a female, higher learning has been closed to her, but her quick mind and quicker tongue never back down from a challenge. She’s determined to put her status to good use, reaching out to the poor and deprived. And she knows when she marries well, she will be able to continue her work with the less fortunate.

Ben Ross grew up a farmer’s son and has nothing to his name but his Harvard education. A poor country lawyer, he doesn’t see how he’ll be able to fulfill his promise to make his father proud of him. When family friends introduce him to the Smith family, he’s drawn to quick-witted Susanna but knows her family expects her to marry well. When Susanna’s decision to help an innocent woman no matter the cost crosses with Ben’s growing disillusionment with their British rulers, the two find themselves bound together in what quickly becomes a very dangerous fight for justice.

September, 2013


Made to Last by Melissa TaggMade to Last

Miranda Woodruff, star of the homebuilding show From the Ground Up, will do anything to keep the job she loves. Due to a painful broken engagement and a faith she’s mostly forgotten, she’s let her entire identity become wrapped up in the Miranda everyone sees onscreen. So when she receives news that the network might cancel her program, she must do the very thing she fears most: let the spotlight shine on her closely guarded personal life. The only problem? She’s been living a lie–letting viewers believe she’s married–and now she’s called upon to play wife to a sweet, if a bit goofy, pretend husband to boost ratings.

Desperate to help his family and prove he’s not a total failure, reporter Matthew Knox is looking for a breakout story. When he’s offered the opportunity to do an online serial feature on Miranda Woodruff, he jumps at the chance, even if celebrity reporting isn’t really his thing. But as soon as he meets Miranda, he knows she’s keeping secrets.

When Miranda’s former fiance suddenly appears on the scene again, she doubts her life could get more complicated. Juggling three guys, an on-the-rocks television show, and the potential exposure of her deception is way more than she bargained for. Can the woman who makes things look so good onscreen admit it’s time to tell the truth about who she is? And if she does, will the life Miranda’s built come crashing down just as she’s finally found a love to last?

September, 2013


A Home for My HEartA Home for My Heart by Anne Mateer

Sadie Sillsby works as the assistant to the matron at the Raystown Home for Orphan and Friendless Children and dreams of the day she’ll marry her beau, Blaine. But when the matron surprises everyone by announcing her own engagement, Sadie is suddenly next in line for the job. For a young woman who was once an orphan herself, a shot at such an esteemed position is a wish come true.

But the matron of the Home cannot be married. Is Sadie willing to give up her dreams of a life with Blaine and a family of her own? Is she prepared to forgo daily involvement with the children as she instead manages the financial, legal, and logistical aspects of the orphanage? And when it’s revealed that the Home is spending a lot more money than it’s taking in, can Sadie turn things around before the place is forced to close forever?

September, 2013


Fired Up by Mary ConnealyFired Up

Dare Riker is a doctor who saves lives, but someone seems determined to end his. It may have something to do with the traitors he dealt with during the Civil War, or it might be related to the recent incident with Flint Greer and the ranch. Whoever the culprit is, he or she seems really fired up, and Dare can’t let his guard down for a moment, which is a challenge, since right now he’s trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Glynna.

Glynna Greer came west as a mail-order bride and ended up in a bad situation. Now her husband, Flint, is dead, and she’s determined to care for her son and daughter on her own. She wants to believe Dare Riker is as decent as he seems, but she’s terrified to lock herself into another marriage. She plans to support her small family by opening a diner–never mind that cooking is not her greatest talent. The men in Broken Wheel, Texas, are so desperate for home cooking that they seem willing to overlook dried-out beef and blackened biscuits.

Glynna can’t help but notice that danger follows Dare wherever he goes. There’s the avalanche. And then the fire. But things really get out of hand when someone plunges a knife from Glynna’s diner into Dare’s back. Are Flint’s cronies still plotting revenge? Is Glynna’s son engaged in a misguided attempt to protect his mother? Is a shadowy outsider still enraged over past injustices? And can Dare survive long enough to convince Glynna to take another chance on love?

September, 2013


Chasing HopeChasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman

A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice’s future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running–something that’s become far too painful to think on.

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it’s all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy’s best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled…that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.

September, 2013


An Untamed Heart by Lauraine SnellingAn Untamed Heart

Eighteen-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She’s had several suitors but none she deemed worthy of spending her life with. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever.

Grief settles heavily over Ingeborg, and her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many others have done before her. But how will she accomplish that with little money and no one to accompany her?

It isn’t long before she meets Roald Bjorklund, a widower who has been planning to go to America for some time, lured by the promise of free land. He’s a good man, a hard-working man–and he has a young son who desperately needs a mother. He’s clearly interested in Ingeborg, but is he the answer to her prayers? And what about love? This isn’t how she’s always imagined it.

Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make…

October, 2013


A Talent for TroubleA Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

Miss Felicia Murdock firmly believed her destiny was to become a minister’s wife. When the minister on whom she had set her sights marries another lady, Felicia is forced to take a close look at her life and comes to a few uncomfortable conclusions. Determined that something needs to change–and soon–Felicia discovers she is finally ready to spread her wings and embrace life the way she’s always wanted.

Grayson Sumner–or Lord Sefton, as he’s officially known–has had more than enough of spreading his wings and only hopes to settle into the life of a normal, respectable New York gentleman. Prompted by some well-meaning friends to lift the spirits of the disappointed-in-love Miss Murdock, he is surprised to encounter a young lady who seems to have become quite adventurous and quite determined to get herself into all sorts of troublesome situations.

Intent on remaining independent, Felicia is reluctant to accept Grayson’s help, especially as she finds herself developing feelings for him. However, just as Grayson decides he’s had quite enough of her antics, his past comes back to haunt him and his presence in her life has endangered Felicia. Will Grayson and Felicia decide they want to spend the rest of their lives keeping one another out of trouble?

October, 2013


Return to Me by Lynn AustinReturn to Me

After years of watching his children and grandchildren wander from their faith, Iddo’s prayers are answered: King Cyrus is allowing God’s chosen people to return to Jerusalem. Jubilant, he joyfully prepares for their departure, only to learn that his family, grown comfortable in the pagan culture of Babylon, wants to remain.

Zechariah, Iddo’s oldest grandson, feels torn between his grandfather’s ancient beliefs and the comfort and success his father enjoys in Babylon. But he soon begins to hear the voice of God, encouraging him to return to the land given to his forefathers.

Bringing to life the biblical books of Ezra and Nehemiah, Return to Me tells the compelling story of Iddo and Zechariah, the women who love them, and the faithful followers who struggle to rebuild their lives in obedience to the God who beckons them home.

October, 2013


A Bride for KeepsA Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears

Although Everett Cline can hardly keep up with the demands of his homestead, he won’t humiliate himself by looking for a helpmate ever again–not after being jilted by three mail-order brides. When a well-meaning neighbor goes behind his back to bring yet another mail-order bride to town, he has good reason to doubt it will work, especially after getting a glimpse at the woman in question. She’s the prettiest woman he’s ever seen, and it’s just not possible she’s there to marry a simple homesteader like him.

Julia Lockwood has never been anything more than a pretty pawn for her father or a business acquisition for her former fiance. Having finally worked up the courage to leave her life in Massachusetts, she’s determined to find a place where people will value her for more than her looks. Having run out of all other options, Julia resorts to a mail-order marriage in far-away Kansas.

Everett is skeptical a cultured woman like Julia could be happy in a life on the plains, while Julia, deeply wounded by a past relationship, is skittish at the idea of marriage at all. When, despite their hesitations, they agree to a marriage in name only, neither one is prepared for the feelings that soon arise to complicate their arrangement. Can two people accustomed to keeping their distance let the barricades around their hearts down long enough to fall in love?

October, 2013


Strait of Hormuz by Davis BunnStrait of Hormuz

The threat of an Iranian blockade of the narrow Strait of Hormuz is escalating global tensions. Sanctions against Tehran have begun to bite, and it seeks to retaliate by cutting off vital shipping routes for crude oil. The specter of a preemptive Israeli strike has US officials on edge as they struggle to keep the world from plunging into the abyss.

Stymied in its efforts to uncover the sources of funding that bolster the Iranian nuclear program, the State Department calls on Marc Royce to investigate. With little to go on, he’ll have to rely on an old ally. Kitra Korban has ties to people with the means to get things done, so long as no questions are asked.

But Iran is on the brink of nuclear capability, and time is running out.

November, 2013


An Elegant SolutionAn Elegant Solution by Paul Robertson

For young Leonhard Euler, the Bernoulli family have been more than just friends. Master Johann has been a demanding mentor, and his sons have been Leonhard’s allies and companions. But it is also a family torn by jealousy and distrust. Father and sons are engaged in a ruthless competition for prestige among the mathematical elites of Europe, especially the greatest prize: the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Basel, which Johann holds and his sons want. And now, their aspirations may have turned deadly.

Lured into an investigation of the suspicious death of Uncle Jacob twenty years ago, Leonhard soon realizes there’s more at stake than even a prominent appointment. Surrounded by the most brilliant–and cunning–minds of his generation, Leonhard is forced to see how dangerous his world is. His studies in mathematics have always been entwined with his thoughts on theology, and now, caught in a deadly battle of wills, he’ll need both his genius and his faith to survive.

November, 2013


Critical Reaction by Todd M. Johnson

After decades of turning out plutonium for the arms race, the Hanford Nuclear Facility has long been shuttered, though its deadly legacy cannot be fully contained. The men who guard the facility from sabotage or monitor its buildings for radiation leaks are told the risks are under control. They believe it, until the worst happens: a thunderous explosion in the dead of night.

Two workers, lifer Poppy Martin and new hire Kieran Mullaney, believe themselves lucky to survive the blast. But as the debris is cleared, they discover their safety is not assured. Dead ends and closed doors halt their efforts to discover what really happened–and what radiation may have poisoned them. When stalling and threats force them into the hands of experienced trial lawyer Ryan Hart, they learn that theirs is no ordinary lawsuit. There is something still hidden in the desert of eastern Washington, and someone is willing to go to extreme lengths to make sure it never sees the light of day.

November, 2013


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48 Responses to Late 2013 releases from Bethany House

  1. Not a huge fan of any of the covers really, but I’m looking forward to Jody’s book and Made to Last looks cute,too!

  2. I really like the covers for Stranded, Chasing Hope and Made to Last. The cover for A Rebellious Heart is very different from Jody’s previous covers but, like you, I think it will grow on me!

    I’m really looking forward to reading Made to Last, Stranded, a Rebellious Heart and A Talent for Trouble :)

  3. Is it just me, or does the guy on the cover of Unforeseeable remind anyone of the guy on the cover of David & Bathsheba by Roberta Kells Dorr coming out this summer ( He looked familiar, and I think that was the cover it reminded me of…

    Anyway, I actually do like the cover for A Bride for Keeps (it’s got a train, LOL!). I think the colors work nicely, and I like how the hero and heroine are back-to-back, with the added mystery of the hero facing away. :)

    I really like the costume and the background for An Untamed Heart, but it’s weird how it feels “cut-off” on the right side, you know? I feel like maybe she should have been placed on the left, with the title and the dwelling on the right…

    Rebellious Heart stands out with the angle, but I’m not sure how I feel about the colors.

    May I say that some of the covers are a bit…awkward? I think Made to Last is really cute, but her white belt (I think it’s a belt) just doesn’t work for me. And A Talent For Trouble feels so…fake. :(

    I’m afraid I’m not super excited about these covers, either. :( There are some good ones – but none of them really stand out.

    As far as the stories go, I’m curious about Made to Last, A Talent for Trouble, and A Bride for Keeps.

    Thank you for sharing these with us, Rel! I’m anxious to see the Revell covers! :)


    • Amber S. » Ah, yes – you and trains! Thanks for all your great thoughts on these books – love hearing your preferences and insights, Amber. Here’s to sharing more when we have read them! Hugs xo

  4. Ok seriously one of the best posts ever! I could hardly contain my excitement as I scrolled through! SO many amazing books!

    First off Stranded. I just finished Shattered and I was desperately hoping the next book would be about Darcy and Gage-so happy! Not the hugest fan of the cover but it’s ok.
    Rebellious Heart-I have loved the two Jody Hedlund books I’ve read and I’m already anxiously waiting A Noble Groom and now to have another one-woohoo! I actually think this cover is really pretty!
    Made to Last-This is the first I’ve heard of this but it looks really good. Cover is pretty nice and fits what I kinda envision the book to be.
    Fired Up-I’ve known about this one for awhile now but it’s cool to finally have the description and I’m super psyched to read it! I’m really not a fan of this cover or the first in this series’s
    A Talent For Trouble-Super excited for this one! I loved book one and I’m already anxiously awaiting #2 so hearing about #3 is awesome! I love this cover!
    A Bride for Keeps-I have seen this author around the blogging world and I’m excited to read her debut. Cover is pretty nice as well!

    • Abbi Hart » You’re a gem, Abbi – thanks for sharing all your thoughts on these books. Cover posts are always my favourite to do – they take an age to put together but I love the anticipation and excitement they generate for all us book lovers! Look forward to sharing thoughts on the books themselves when they release!

  5. ALWAYS interesting to see new covers. I really like Jen Turano’s.

    Thank you for sharing, Rel, as always.

    Good day, everyone.

  6. the lynn austin cover is really striking. i am interested to see how she returns to Biblical fiction. I also really like the Hedlund. Love the cover ( and the plot ) for Elegant Solution :)

    • rachel » I thought of you when I posted Lynn’s cover, of course! Yes, a return to Biblical fiction is great in my book – I’m looking forward to it.

  7. Lynn Austin’s cover makes me feel something (longing). I also like the optimistic colors in Chasing Hope. However, I rarely read a book based on covers. Titles are usually the first hook for me.

    • Cheri » Thanks Cheri – it’s funny you should mention titles as I almost talked about them, too. It would be good to see a bit more originality with titles, too, don’t you think? Some of these titles I feel I’ve seen all before.

      • I hear you, Rel! And I’ve also been thinking lately that we need more creative stories/ plot in Christian Fiction – especially in Romance.

  8. I was just trolling through Amazon last night and saw many of these covers and I’ll have to agree that most are Ho-Hum instead of WOW! I’m 100% with you on Chasing Hope and An Elegant Solution…both of those are so much more unconventional than most of BH covers. I’m also curious to see what the cover of Critical Reaction looks like.

    Some of these authors are a given – Beverly Lewis, Nancy Mehl, Davis Bunn, but other books that appeal to me are those by Melissa Tagg, Dani Pettrey, Jen Turano, and Anne Mateer. I might read Mary Connealy’s book, but definitely not because of the cover. 😉

    Thanks for sharing, Rel. =)

  9. I’m super excited for “Stranded” and I think that cover is great too! I added a bunch of these to my to-read list now. :) Also looking forward to Davis Bunn’s next one. And that Biblical fiction…I feel like the cover, the title, and the story all are clashing with each other? Might be just me. But definitely not a fan of that cover. Oh, and not a fan of the guy on the cover of Nancy Mehl’s book either…something about him bothers me.

    • Charity U » The poor guy! I find him much more appealing than the model on Mary’s cover, though. Aren’t we picky!! Thanks for sharing, Charity xo

  10. I agree with you about those covers not being my favorite (although I’m not a huge historical or Amish reader so I tend to skip over the covers anyway). Chasing Hope and An Elegant Solution did catch my eye. The unfocused covers have a more sophisticated look which tells me–or fools me into believing–that the stories are also more sophisticated.

    The books I’m most excited to read are Stranded (I enjoyed Dani Pettrey’s first two books), Chasing Hope (the story sounds fresh, unique), and Critical Reaction (loved Todd Johnson’s debut).

    Thanks for posting this!

  11. The Bernoulli book is the most interesting to me, but I think that might be the subject matter, not the cover!

  12. Great post, Rel. I agree with you to a large degree that many of these do not stand out as have some others in the past, but I do like many of them. I will say that while Bethany does take risks at times with their covers, they are always mindful of their “brand.” When I worked in a Christian bookstore, for several years, people would buy some fiction titles because they could recognize them as Bethany House books by the signature covers. This is the only company branding by covers I have seen in the Christian publishing market that I can think of. They did set the standard for typical historical fiction and Amish covers today. Crossway did have some success with this cover branding with the success of the Darkness books by Frank Peretti by using the same artist (as Bethany did with Dan Thornberg for years) on other similar titles. I think their artist was Ron DiCianni, maybe? Anyway with that said, I do really like Paul’s cover. It is not my typical “like” but it definitely pulls me in, as does the storyline. I think my best friend will even like this one. He is definitely not a reader but he teaches and loves math. I really like Jody’s cover. I love the angle of the “shot” and I love the picture as I love anything from that era, my favorite historical period. I love Lynn’s cover, which surprises even me a bit. The horn, which I believe is a shofar, adds such a great touch, and the colors are beautiful. I do really like the title for this one. I’m sure it references the Israelites return to their land after captivity, but it also comes as a clarion call from God to his children to “return” to a closer relationship with Him. I’m not a typical Amish reader, but I love Bev, one of the sweetest people ever, and I think the covers for this series have been particularly pretty. I have not like Nancy’s covers for this series, but I really like this one. I think it is the light in the house welcoming the lady home from the darkness. I love this cover of Tracie’s best for the series. The girl reminds me of Vanessa Marcil, by the way. I love Ann’s cover as far as just the beauty of the artwork. I love Lauraine and her Red River books, some of my favorites ever. I really like this cover, too. I understand what Amber is saying, but I think the cover is showing that Ingeborg is considering leaving her familiar world for America, so her back is too it. I do agree that this one of Jen’s seems fake to me. It is not as good as that first “wow” cover or the covers of book two and the prequel e-story. I love Mary and her books, but I am not too crazy about this cover. For me the proportions of the man, the woman, and the background behind the woman are all off from each other (I know it is two picture, but they still form one cover) making the whole cover seem “off” to me. The cover of “A Bride for Keeps” is pretty standard and does remind me of Mona’s too, but it should help establish this new writer, and the story sounds really interesting. I do like the cover. “Made to Last” and “Stranded” are just OK to me, but I am not a typical contemporary romance or romantic suspense reader. I disagree on Kathryn’s cover. This is my least favorite. It does not seem to fit the story to me. The title is great for the story, but the cover reminds me of jumping in leaves in the fall as a kid. Davis writes great stories, but this cover is a little too nondescript for me. Thanks again for posting these and for initiating the conversation, which is always so interesting to me. And I do hope I get to make it to Melbourne for the Aussie Open someday!

    • Aaron McCarver » Oh, Aaron – thank you for taking the time and effort to share your thoughts. Always, always enjoy your perspective and the extra ‘inside’ information you have. I agree with you on Return to Me – my problem is the first thing that jumps to my mind is the delightful movie with David Duchovney and Minnie Driver :) Cover art is always subjective so I feel for publishers and cover artists who are trying to please thousands of individuals with different tastes and thoughts!

      If you come to Melbourne, you have yourself a tour guide!

  13. Ah! These are gorgeous, Rel!

    Of course, Melissa’s is charming (cannot wait to read her debut!), Dani’s is excellent (as always)and Tracie’s is quite classic. Jody’s is unique and I LOVE ‘Chasing Hope.’ That one is STUNNING and possibly the favorite! ‘A Talent For Trouble’ is adorabs.

    Will be adding some of these to my next post, Rel! Thanks SOOOO much for putting these together. :)

  14. Hmmmm. I happen to love my cover. And I don’t think it is standard Amish/Mennonite fare. There is a real feeling of suspense. I also believe that going with a man as the main character was not only risky but rather brave.

    Everyone has their own tastes, I guess. But you’ve heard the old saying. “You can’t tell a book by its….” Well, you know. LOL!

    • Nancy Mehl » I’m delighted to hear you love your cover, Nancy. I think it would be very hard for an author to release their “baby” with a cover they don’t like. I agree that your covers are not the usual cover for a bonnet book and that’s something I enjoy about the themed covers in your series. Love that the male is the feature, too. It was good to see the guys take a more prominent role in Bethany’s covers for Jody Hedlund and Siri Mitchell’s latest ones, too. Thank you for taking the time to share here.

  15. It’s such fun to see the upcoming Bethany House covers! Thanks for posting them, Rel, and congratulations to all the authors of these novels. Woo hoo for Bethany! I’m proud of my publisher and the terrific covers they manage to come up with season after season.

    • Becky Wade » Thanks Becky – I’m thrilled for each of these authors that they have a novel being released. What an achievement and while for some it is an experience they know well, I’m sure it must be a buzz every time. Love your support of your publisher. Hugs

  16. Thanks so much for this info. I’m with you, some of the covers are just the same thing over again. I am looking forward to reading a handful of these books, though. :)

    • Karen Lange » I’m with you, Karen – covers don’t put me off reading an author I know but same I just may not take with me to read on a train – LOL!

  17. I love Bethany House SO much and seeing so many fun books in one place has me smiling. I feel like I’m going to want to take off an entire month in the fall and just read. :) Thanks so much, Rel, for highlighting each of them!

    • Melissa Tagg » I adore Bethany, too, Melissa! I’m very excited to read your novel – it’s going to be a good one – I feel it in my reading bones 😉 Hugs

  18. I guess the only one I like is the Davis Bunn cover. None of the covers, and really not even sure Davis Bunn’s, entice me to read any of them. Thanks for the great presentation, though, Rel. 😉

  19. Thank you so much for posting this, Rel. I love seeing all the new covers from Bethany House and I have to tell you, I’m thrilled with mine:)

    Wishing you all the best, and thank you again!

    ~ Jen Turano ~

    • Jen Turano » Like I said to Nancy, I love hearing when authors love their covers :) Thanks for taking the time to comment. Can’t wait to read both your 2013 releases!

  20. I think some of these covers have a fundamental problem: they don’t have shelf appeal. I know that they try to keep books from a series linked aesthetically but I can’t tell the difference between some of these covers and their predecessors. I could easily walk past them in the bookstore and think that I already had it if not for the title. Jen’s and Melissa’s look kind of amateur and don’t really do service to the storyline. The two that stand out to me are Kathryn’s and Paul’s. Regardless, many of these titles are on my reading list! Great post as usual Rel :)

    • Lydia » Always insightful, Lydia – you have made a good point about the covers all blurring into one due to being too similar. Love it when you drop by! xo

  21. While most of the covers look “familiar” like others I have seen, you can’t fault the art. What beautiful paintings in every case. As an artist of lesser talent than your artists, I admire the beautiful, carefully crafted, portraits. I hope you are paying them enough.:-)

  22. i like some of them but others i wouldn’t want to read anyways.

  23. I haven’t read Lion of Babylon or Rare Earth yet, but I am hoping to begin the Marc Royce series with Strait Of Hormuz. Then I think Elegant Solution looks fascinating, and Critical Reaction.

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