Featured Releases—February

Happy almost February! And, happy blog relaunch day for me! This is my very first ever blog post on the new blog, and I am so excited to be sharing this new journey with you! I felt like it would be fitting for my first ever post to be something that I’ve brought with me from the old blog, so today I’m writing all about my featured releases for February! I’ve written must-have releases posts for years, and then that morphed into these featured releases posts less than a year ago, and that’s something I cannot imagine not continuing as I relaunch. I love doing the research, finding which authors are releasing what new books when, and I absolutely love sharing what I’ve found with you, my lovely readers. So, here are the fantastic-sounding new novels I’ve found for the month of February!

 

Featured Releases

 

Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Between Two Shores is a stand-alone novel.

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She has always moved between worlds, but now she must choose a side.

The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval would rather remain neutral in a world tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the Seven Year’s War against her wishes when her British ex-fiancé, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel claims he has information that could help end the war, and he asks Catherine to help him escape.

Peace appeals to Catherine, even if helping the man who broke her heart does not. But New France is starving, and she and her loved ones may not survive another winter of conflict-induced famine. When the dangers of war arrive on her doorstep, Catherine and Samuel flee by river toward the epicenter of the battle between England and France. She and Samuel may impact history, but she fears the ultimate cost will be higher than she can bear.

 

Castle on the Rise by Kristy Cambron

Castle on the Rise is the second book in Kristy’s Lost Castle series, coming after The Lost Castle.

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A storied castle. A band of rebels.

A nation chasing a centuries-old dream of freedom.

And three women who rise above it all…

When Laine Forrester travels overseas to attend her best friend’s vineyard wedding, she expects to find the bride on the brink of a fairy-tale life. But after a series of unforeseen setbacks, it seems the storybook lives they’d imagined are suddenly ripping apart.

With hopes of resurrecting a happy ending, Laine agrees to accompany the newlyweds to the groom’s home in Ireland—never expecting she’d be the one drawn in by its wide-open moors, backroads bordering the Irish Sea, and a mysterious castle that dares to keep its secrets hidden.

From the storied streets of Dublin to the shores of the Emerald Isle, Laine is drawn in to the land and its rich history. The castle ruins whisper stories of Issy—a photojournalist battling through the 1916 Easter Rising and Maeve—the castle’s lady of legend, fighting for survival through the 1798 rebellion that started it all.

 

A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

A Desperate Hope is the third book in Elizabeth’s Empire State series, coming after A Dangerous Legacy and A Daring Venture.

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Eloise Drake’s prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. A mathematical genius, she’s now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town—but he needs Eloise’s help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he’d lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them.

 

A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter

A Return of Devotion is the second book in Kristi’s Haven Manor series, coming after A Defense of Honor.

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Daphne Blakemoor was content living in her own secluded world for the last twelve years. She had everything she needed—loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination. But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes to a new marquis with an undeniable connection to her past, everything she’s come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect…until his housekeeper turns his life upside down.

Both Daphne and William have spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, forge a new path for the future together?

 

The Sky Above Us by Sarah Sundin

The Sky Above Us is the second book in Sarah’s Sunrise at Normandy series, coming after The Sea Before Us.

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Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights in the skies over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can’t stay buried forever.

 

The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson

The Warrior Maiden is the ninth book in Melanie’s Hagenheim series, coming after The Healer’s Apprentice, The Merchant’s Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, The Princess Spy, The Golden Braid, The Silent Songbird, and The Orphan’s Wish.

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She knows women are expected to marry, cook, and have children, not go to war. Can she manage to stay alive, save her mother, and keep the handsome son of a duke from discovering her secret?

When Mulan takes her father’s place in battle against the besieging Teutonic Knights, she realizes she has been preparing for this journey her whole life—and that her life, and her mother’s, depends on her success. As the adopted daughter of poor parents, Mulan has little power in the world. If she can’t prove herself on the battlefield, she could face death—or, perhaps worse, marriage to the village butcher.

Disguised as a young man, Mulan meets the German duke’s son, Wolfgang, who is determined to save his people even if it means fighting against his own brother. Wolfgang is exasperated by the new soldier who seems to be one step away from disaster at all times—or showing him up in embarrassing ways.

From rivals to reluctant friends, Mulan and Wolfgang begin to share secrets. But war is an uncertain time and dreams can die as quickly as they are born. When Mulan receives word of danger back home, she must make the ultimate choice. Can she be the son her bitter father never had? Or will she become the strong young woman she was created to be?

 

Other Releases

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The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

The Alamo Bride is the seventh book in the Daughters of the Mayflower series, coming after The Mayflower Bride, The Pirate Bride, The Captured Bride, The Patriot Bride, The Cumberland Bride, and The Liberty Bride.

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Brunch at Bittersweet Café by Carla Laureano

Brunch at Bittersweet Café is the second book in Carla’s Saturday Night Supper Club series, coming after The Saturday Night Supper Club.

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A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould

A Faithful Gathering is the third book in Leslie’s Sisters of Lancaster County series, coming after A Plain Leaving and A Simple Singing.

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Mending Fences by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Mending Fences is the first book in Suzanne’s The Deacon’s Family series.

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The Seamstress by Allison Pittman

The Seamstress is a stand-alone novel.

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With Winter’s First Frost by Kelly Irvin

With Winter’s First Frost is the fourth book in Kelly’s Every Amish Season series, coming after Upon a Spring Breeze, Beneath the Summer Sun, and Through the Autumn Air.

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One Thing I Know by Kara Isaac

One Thing I Know is a stand-alone novel.

 

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The Secrets of Paper and Ink by Lindsay Harrel

The Secrets of Paper and Ink is a stand-alone novel.

 

Those are my featured releases for February! I hope you’ve found a novel you’re looking forward to!

Happy February and happy reading!

Mackenzie Carol

 

 

 

All credit for the italicized synopses goes to each author and their respective publishers.