Carol And Christy Awards (Christian Fiction) 2021

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These are the best titles of 2021 as voted by the American Christian Fiction Writer's , both winners and nominees for your reading enjoyment. 


Winner - Historical Romance
Roseanna M. White
Description: Zivon Marin was one of Russia's top cryptographers until the October Revolution tore apart his world. Forced to flee to England after speaking out against Lenin, Zivon is driven by a growing anger and determined to offer his services to the Brits. But never far from his mind is his brother, whom Zivon fears died in the train crash that separated them. Lily Blackwell sees the world best through the lens of a camera and possesses unsurpassed skill when it comes to retouching and re-creating photographs. With her father's connections in propaganda, she's recruited to the intelligence division, even though her mother would disapprove if she ever found out. After Captain Blackwell invites Zivon to dinner one evening, a friendship blooms between him and Lily that soon takes over their hearts. But both have secrets they're unwilling to share, and neither is entirely sure they can trust the other. When Zivon's loyalties are called into question, proving him honest is about more than one couple's future dreams--it becomes a matter of ending the war.
Call Number: FIC Whi
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - Suspense/Mystery/Thriller
Nancy Mehl, Traci Odom
Description: When a body is discovered in a field in Iowa, the police uncover fourteen additional corpses ranging from twenty years old to recent. The remains point to a serial killer with an MO the authorities have seen before, Ed Oliphant, a man who has been in prison for over twenty years and is Special Agent Kaely Quinn's father. After several failed interview attempts to discover if Ed has been training someone to be a copycat killer, the police turn to Kaely in St. Louis. Kaely promised herself she would never step foot in her hometown or set eyes on her father again. She's always refused to confront her past, but if she wants to prevent any more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she's hated for years. As more bodies are discovered, Kaely races against time and her own personal turmoil to uncover the killer. Will this most personal case yet cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?
Call Number: FIC Meh
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Dec 7, 2021
Kara Swanson
Description: "The truth about Neverland is far more dangerous than a fairy tale. Claire Kenton believes the world is too dark for magic to be real--since her twin brother was stolen away as a child. Now Claire's desperate search points to London... and a boy who shouldn't exist. Peter Pan is having a beastly time getting back to Neverland. Grounded in London and hunted by his own Lost Boys, Peter searches for the last hope of restoring his crumbling island: a lass with magic in her veins. The girl who fears her own destiny is on a collision course with the boy who never wanted to grow up. The truth behind this fairy tale is about to unravel everything Claire thought she knew about Peter Pan--and herself" --Jacket flap.
Call Number: YA FIC Swa
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 7, 2021
Winner - Short Form
Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, Erica Vetsch, Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt
Description: "In Joy to the World, three popular authors come together to offer a heartwarming collection of holiday Regency romance. Based on lines from a beloved Christmas carol, these three novellas in one book have depth, faith, and satisfying stories all packed into the perfect length for readers to curl up and take a brief break from their holiday busyness. 'Heaven and Nature Sing' by Carolyn Miller: Two music lovers, deeply devoted to each other, were on the brink of engagement when family circumstances drove them apart. How can they ever overcome their obligations and fears to find their way back into each other's arms? 'Far as the Curse is Found' by Amanda Barratt: One winter night, a woman struggling to provide for her illegitimate child encounters a scarred veteran of the Napoleonic Wars on the streets of London. Can love conquer the darkness of two broken pasts? 'The Wonders of His Love' by Erica Vetsch: A Scots portrait painter with a hidden identity finds work at a noble manor house over the holidays. He never imagined he'd fall in love with the emotionally frozen widow there. Now he wants nothing more than to thaw her heart" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Joy
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Courtney Walsh
Description: "Prima ballerina Charlotte Page has a life any dancer would envy, but the tragic loss of her best friend, Julianna, leaves her wanting more. Or maybe--less. In an effort to make her life about something other than accolades and applause, Charlotte leaves professional ballet to save Julianna's small-town dance studio. This lands her directly in the path of cranky high school football coach and Julianna's older brother, Cole Turner. Fresh off a state win and a bitter divorce, the last thing Cole expects is for a prima ballerina to chip away at the wall he's grown quite comfortable hiding behind. Will their fledgling relationship be strong enough to weather the storm of old secrets and a haunting past? Or will Charlotte lose the new, simple life she's given up everything to gain?"--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Wal
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - Historical Romance
Connilyn Cossette
Description: "Strong-willed Tirzah wants to join her people in driving the enemy from the land of Israel and undergoes training for a secret mission inside the stronghold of Shechem. But soon after she has infiltrated the ruthless Aramean commander's kitchen, she makes a reckless decision that puts her and her allies in grave danger.Fresh off the battlefield, Liyam returns home to discover his beloved daughter is dead. After his vow to hunt down her killer leads to months of fruitless pursuit, his last hope is in a family connection that comes with strings attached. Strings that force him to pose as a mercenary and rescue an infuriating woman who refuses to leave her mission uncompleted.When an opportunity to pave a path to a Hebrew victory arises, can Tirzah convince Liyam to fight alongside her in the refuge city of her birth? Or will Liyam's thirst for vengeance outweigh his duty to his people, his God, and the woman he's come to love?" -- Publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Cos
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner- Romance
Tammy L. Gray
Description: "January Sanders grew up believing karma was more reliable than an imaginary higher power, but after suffering her worst heartbreak in 29 years, she's open to just about anything, including taking a temporary position at her aunt's church. Keeping her lack of faith a secret, January is determined to use her photographic memory to help Grace Community's overworked staff, all while scraping herself off rock bottom. What she doesn't count on is meeting the church's handsome and charming guitarist, who not only is a strong believer, but has also dedicated his life to Christian music. It's a match set for disaster, and yet January has no ability to stay away, even if it means pretending to have faith in a God she doesn't believe in. Only this time, keeping secrets isn't as easy as she thought it would be. Especially when she's constantly running into her aunt's landscape architect, who seems to know everything about her past and present sins and makes no apologies about pushing her to deal with feelings she'd rather keep buried. Torn between two worlds incapable of coexisting, can January find the healing that's eluded her or will her resistance to the truth ruin any chance of happiness?" --Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 7, 2021
Winner - Thriller/Mystery/Suspense
Carrie Stuart Parks
Description: "A powerful family with dark secrets. After personal tragedy, Piper Boone retreats to her childhood home - a secluded mansion for the wealthy Boone family, who are practically American royalty. When catastrophe strikes, her family is put in the spotlight, and the line between victim and suspect gets blurred. A forensic artist with his own haunted past, Tucker Landry is drawn to Piper in the midst of the trauma, but the connections being made to her family might prove to be their undoing. With a hurricane beating down on the private island, there isn't much time to find answers. The truth will determine whether Piper lives or dies." -- Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Amanda Wen
Description: "Abandoned at birth, her own origins a mystery, historical museum curator Sloane Kelley has dedicated her life to preserving Wichita's past. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn't expect much from the common artifact...but the 19th-century diary she finds inside definitely piques her interest. Garrett Anderson is eager to clean out his grandmother's historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. In the face of her advancing Alzheimer's, he can't afford to be sentimental about the old family home. But his carefully-ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles: Sloane, who's fallen in love with both the diaries and the house, and his own heart, which is irresistibly drawn to Sloane. A century and a half earlier, Annabelle Collins's widowed father leaves her in the care of her aunt and uncle to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love--and a God who faithfully carries her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned for...a journey that will change them both in ways they never imagined" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wen
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Amanda Dykes
Description: "Lucy Clairmont's family treasured the magic of the past, and her childhood fascination with stories of the high seas led her to become a marine archaeologist. But when tragedy strikes, it's Dashel, an American forensic astronomer, and his knowledge of the stars that may help her unearth the truth behind the puzzle she's discovered in her family home. Two hundred years earlier, the seeds of love are sown between a boy and a girl who spend their days playing in a secret sea cave, while the privileged young son of the estate looks on, wishing to join. As the children grow and war leads to unthinkable heartbreak, a story of love, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption unfolds, held secret by the passage of time. As Lucy and Dash journey to a mysterious old estate on the East Sussex coast, their search leads them to a community of souls and a long-hidden tale that may hold the answers--and the healing--they so desperately seek" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Dyk
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Melissa Tagg
Description: Lucas Danby has always regretted the decisions that caused his dishonorable discharge from the military—and he’s never stopped trying to redeem his honor. He's spent the past decade taking on dangerous short-term missions as an elite private soldier—the only part of his life that's ever gone right. But the high-risk work never cures his shame. Now he’s stuck stateside, mentoring a new recruit. Worse, he's sick of lying to the people he cares about most—including the woman he’s secretly loved for years. Jenessa Belville should be happy. She's the hometown girl everyone loves, after all. But she’s also the last Belville left—and if she had her way, she'd leave the name and all its painful memories behind. Which is exactly what she hopes to do once she sells Belville Park, the massive estate she inherited from her parents. First, though, she needs to restore the property’s once-glorious gardens. But on the same day she puts up the “For Sale” sign, she discovers three children hiding in the caretaker's cottage, thrusting her into the unexpected role of temporary guardian. Struggling to mentor a young man with scars nearly as piercing as his own, Lucas offers to help Jenessa restore the Belville grounds. Though drawn together by a trio of kids who tug on their hearts and the sparks they can’t deny, past secrets and current sorrows threaten to pull them apart. Only the brightest love and hardest sacrifice can turn the house Jenessa never wanted into the home she and Lucas have always longed for.
Call Number: FIC Tag
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - Contemporary Romance
Becky Wade
Description: "When acclaimed Bible study author Genevieve Woodward receives an anonymous letter referencing her parents' past, she returns to her hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains to chase down her family's secret. However, it's Genevieve's own secret that catches up to her when Sam Turner, owner of a historic farm, uncovers the source of shame she's worked so hard to hide. Sam has embraced his sorrow, his isolation, and his identity as an outsider. He's spent years carving out both career success and peace of mind. The last thing he wants is to rent the cottage on his property to a woman whose struggles stir his worst failure back to life. Yet can he bear to turn her away right when she needs him most?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wad
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - Book of the Year/ First Novel
Amanda Cox
Description: "In this dual-time narrative, Ivy Rose returns to her hometown to oversee an estate sale but soon discovers her grandmother left behind more than trinkets and photo frames--she provided a path to the truth behind Ivy's adoption"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cox
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - Contemporary
Elizabeth Musser
Description: "With her oldest son taking a gap year in Europe, her aging father losing his sight and his memory, and her husband of twenty years announcing that he's leaving her, Abbie Bartholomew Jowett is surrounded by overwhelming loss. Desperate to mend her marriage and herself, she follows her son, Bobby, to walk the famed Camino pilgrimage. During their journey they encounter Rasa, an Iranian woman working in secret helping other refugees, and Caroline, a journalist who is studying pilgrims on the Camino while searching for answers from her broken past. Each individual has their own reasons for the pilgrimage, but together they learn that the Camino strips you bare and calls you into deep soul-searching that can threaten all your best laid plans."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mus
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 7, 2021
Charles Martin, Jonathan Riggs
Description: Murphy Shepherd is a retired priest, living alone on an island, and tending the grounds for a church with no parishioners. But when his best friend dies and asks that Murph scatter his ashes at the end of the world, Murph lashes the ashes to the front of his boat and heads south down the Intracoastal waterway. Along the way, his path intersects with a dance instructor named Summer who is searching for her daughter. It doesn't take Murph long to realize that Summer's search is even direr than they knew and that her daughter has been abducted into the world of trafficking. As they search for Angel, they also discover a stowaway. And it's no coincidence the stowaway chose his boat. There's more to Murph than it first seems, but agonizing memories have long compelled him to keep the truth hidden.
Call Number: FIC Mar
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - General Fiction
Christina Suzann Nelson
Description: "After years of estrangement, the lives of Zara Mahoney and her twin sister, Eve, are suddenly and completely intertwined again. Eve's troubled lifestyle causes the state to take custody of her two children and contact Zara and her husband, asking them to consider foster care. Newlywed Zara thought she'd finally been given a fresh start and feels wholly unprepared to care for a niece and nephew whose existence she wasn't even aware of. Meanwhile, Eve may have a real chance to start over this time with the help of Tiff Bradley, who's dedicated to helping women everyone else has given up on after facing a heartbreaking tragedy in her own family. Over the course of one summer, all three women's hearts and lives hang in the balance as Eve desperately works toward a new life. Can they redefine their expectations of how life should be to find the hope they--and those they love--so desperately need?" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - Historical
Amanda Barratt
Description: "The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor--that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler's machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife's edge of discovery by the Gestapo."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Winner - Historical
Amy Lynn Green
Description: "In this epistolary novel from the WWII home front, Johanna Berglund is forced to return to her small Midwestern town to become a translator at a German prisoner of war camp. There, amid old secrets and prejudice, she finds that the POWs have hidden depths. When the lines between compassion and treason are blurred, she must decide where her heart truly lies"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gre
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 7, 2021
Michelle Shocklee
Description: "Sixteen-year-old Lorena Leland's dreams of a rich and fulfilling life as a writer are dashed when the stock market crashes in 1929. Seven years into the Great Depression, Rena's banker father has retreated into the bottle, her sister is married to a lazy charlatan and gambler, and Rena is an unemployed newspaper reporter. Eager for any writing job, Rena accepts a position interviewing former slaves for the Federal Writers' Project. There, she meets Frankie Washington, a 101-year-old woman whose honest yet tragic past captivates Rena. As Frankie recounts her life as a slave, Rena is horrified to learn of all the older woman has endured--especially because Rena's ancestors owned slaves. While Frankie's story challenges Rena's preconceptions about slavery, it also connects the two women whose lives are otherwise separated by age, race, and circumstances. But will this bond of respect, admiration, and friendship be broken by a revelation neither woman sees coming?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sho
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Lynn Huggins Blackburn
Description: "US Secret Service Special Agent Luke Powell is lucky to be alive. Three of his fellow agents have died in unusual circumstances in the past ten weeks. Luke is devastated by the loss of his friends and colleagues, and his inability to locate the killer feels like a personal failure. He's an expert at shielding others, but now the protectors are in need of protection. FBI Special Agent Faith Malone is driven to succeed and confident in her ability to solve every case she's assigned. She's been put in charge of the investigation into the unprecedented attacks, and with Luke's life in danger, the stakes have never been higher. But it's hard to know how to fight back when you don't know who the enemy is. As more agents are targeted, Luke and Faith will have to work together to bring a killer to justice and prevent any more names from joining their fallen brothers and sisters on the Secret Service Wall of Honor" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
Sarah Sundin
Description: "Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed--and wake up the folks back home. In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sun
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 6, 2021
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A Portrait Of Loyalty
Roseanna M. White
FIC Whi
Stay With Me
Becky Wade
FIC Wad
Dead End
Nancy Mehl, Traci Odom
FIC Meh
The Edge Of Belonging
Amanda Cox
FIC Cox
Dust
Kara Swanson
YA FIC Swa
The Promised Land
Elizabeth Musser
FIC Mus
Joy To The World : A Regency Christmas Collection
Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt, Erica Vetsch, Carolyn Miller, Amanda Barratt
FIC Joy
The Water Keeper
Charles Martin, Jonathan Riggs
FIC Mar
Just Like Home
Courtney Walsh
FIC Wal
The Way It Should Be
Christina Suzann Nelson
FIC Nel
Like Flames In The Night
Connilyn Cossette
LP FIC Cos
The White Rose Resists : A Novel Of The German Students Who Defied Hitler
Amanda Barratt
FIC Bar
Love And A Little White Lie
Tammy L. Gray
FIC Gra
Things We Didn't Say
Amy Lynn Green
FIC Gre
Relative Silence
Carrie Stuart Parks
FIC Par
Under The Tulip Tree
Michelle Shocklee
FIC Sho
Roots Of Wood And Stone
Amanda Wen
FIC Wen
Unknown Threat
Lynn Huggins Blackburn
FIC Bla
Set The Stars Alight
Amanda Dykes
FIC Dyk
When Twilight Breaks
Sarah Sundin
FIC Sun
Some Bright Someday
Melissa Tagg
FIC Tag