by Rhonda Bowen
"Sydney Isaacs has two priorities: her family, and Decadent, the gourmet pastry business they founded almost three generations ago. But both are in jeopardy when her brother, Dean, announces his sudden engagement to the conniving Sheree Vern. Much to Sydney's dismay, Dean inherits ownership of Decadent, despite his lack of interest. Now he and Sheree are selling the chain to finance his dreams of becoming a music producer--or so Dean believes. Thanks to Sheree, Dean's plans, the business, and his marriage, soon implode in ways he never expected--leaving Sydney determined to salvage whatever she can, and fix the mess left behind.
Her only solace is her romance with Hayden Windsor. But Hayden is Sheree's half brother, and it doesn't take long for Sydney to wonder if Hayden knew about Sheree's scheming all along? Soon Sydney creates a deception of her own to find out the truth. Her strategy is working, until the consequences threaten to destroy everything she values most--including her faith. Overcome with guilt, can she make things right with her brother, with Hayden, and with God"? - publisher
The Church Builder: a novel (M)
by A.L. Shields
"Harry Stean is an architect who designs traditional church buildings and cathedrals around the world. A former believer but now an agnostic, he is also an expert on the historical use of symbols in Christianity; that special knowledge is the key to each of the stories. Each of the novels in this series revolves around a centuries-old struggle between believers and a shadowy organization known simply as The Garden, which has devoted itself, working entirely in secret, to the destruction of the faith. Manipulating events from behind the scenes, the Garden has devoted itself patiently over the centuries to what it calls 'snakebites'---causing tiny scandals here and there, enough to shake people's faith just a little, hoping, as time passes, that the cumulative effect of its work will bring an end to belief."
Lead Me Home: a novel (M)
by Stacy Hawkins Adams
"Shiloh Griffin's identity is wrapped up in her roles of pastor's wife and mom. Some days that is enough, but not always. Particularly when she is partnered with the seemingly-perfect assistant pastor's wife, Jade Smith, on a church ministry project. As Jade tries to elbow her way into activities that have always been the domain of the pastor's wife, an opportunity arises for Shiloh to teach music at a local high school. Is this the chance she has been looking for to find a greater sense of usefulness and significance?
As Shiloh begins mentoring Monica, a fifteen-year-old student who shows great musical talent, she must confront her own darkest secret in a desperate decision facing the teen. If Shiloh turns away, this teen's life - and her soul - could be in jeopardy; but if she decides to stand up and help, she risks losing everything."