Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller (Kregel Publications, 27 March 2018)
Catherine Winthrop is almost at her last prayers, rejected years ago by the man who stole her heart. When tragedy brings him back into her life, she must suffer further grief in silence, amid her family's pain and hostility, which eventually sends her to seek solace in Bath.
Jonathan Carlew might be wealthy, but the mystery surrounding his birth has shadowed his life, bringing fresh challenges as he takes on the Barony. Caught between appeasing the Winthrop family's concerns and doing what he could to salvage their failing estate, he must also weigh the echoes of the past with the demands of his new responsibilities.
Two hearts must decide whether present speculation will condemn them to the dust of their memories, or if the whispers of forgiveness can provide freedom for the future.
Hudson Taylor and China by David Malcolm Bennett (Rhiza Press, 1 March 2018)
Another title in David’s series of dramatised biographies of inspirational characters of faith in Christian history.
Blurb: It is not so much great faith that we need, but faith in a great God. At the age of 21, Hudson Taylor demonstrated this faith by embarking on a dangerous sea voyage to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of China. Why would a young man give up a promising future to venture into an alien country, let alone one torn apart by war? Would the Chinese accept him? In the mid-nineteenth century there were few Christian missionaries in China, and not many more Chinese Christians.
Hudson Taylor was so moved by the spiritual needs of the Chinese people that he dedicated his life to taking the Gospel to the Chinese, founding the China Inland Mission. His story comes alive in this dramatised biography that relays the humanity, humour, and heart of the man widely regarded as one of the most significant and influential missionaries in the history of the Christian Church. Hudson Taylor lived a life that boldly demonstrated faith in a great God, and his life still inspires and challenges many today.
Buy from Koorong
Unhinged by Amanda Deed (Rhiza Press, 1 March 2018)
This is an Australian re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, another in the genre of intertextual Australian fairy tales to follow Unnoticed, based on Cinderella and released last year.
Blurb: Serena Bellingham is faced with an impossible choice. Either leave her struggling family to serve the eccentric genius, Edward King, or stay, only to see the same man imprison her father. Her decision leads her to Aleron House, a home shrouded in secrecy, strange attitudes and even stranger happenings. Is Edward King all that she has heard, or is the truth something entirely different? Is it possible that the handsome architect might need her even more than her beloved family does? Unhinged is an Australian retelling of Beauty and the Beast, complete with a mysterious curse and a precious rose.
Buy from Koorong
Ruhanna's Flight and other stories by Jeanette O'Hagan (By the Light Books, 6 March 2018)
* * *Ruhanna's Flight -Ruhanna’s father is coming for a rare visit from the capital. When everything goes terribly wrong, she discovers a mysterious gift that could save her --- if it doesn’t kill her first.