We Hope for Better Things

Erin Bartels (Revell)

A story told from the perspective of three people across three decades, We Hope for Better Things brings readers into the turbulent waters of race in America. After receiving keepsakes from the Detroit riots of the 1960s, journalist Elizabeth Balsam embarks on a quest to understand her family’s past. Her journey of discovery takes her back to the roots of the Underground Railroad in Michigan, as she learns astonishing truths about her loved ones and the world they lived in. Bartels’s novel deftly explores the traumatic consequences of racism and the healing power of unity under the umbrella of our Creator.

A Bound Heart

Laura Frantz (Revell)

When a Scottish laird, Magnus MacLeish, and his keeper of bees, Lark MacDougall, find themselves sold as indentured servants and sailing across the sea, their faith undergoes a treacherous challenge. Drawing heavily from Scottish and early American history, Frantz carries readers from the grounds of a Scottish estate to the plantations of Virginia. Set in an era when women had no public voice—and even the nobility was subject to strict legal norms—A Bound Heart depicts steadfastness in the face of injustice, faithfulness when circumstances push toward compromise, and love built on a desperate need for the intervening hand of God.

Delayed Justice

Cara Putman (Thomas Nelson)

Delving into the dark corners of her childhood, attorney Jaime Nichols determines to be a voice for the victimized and bring justice to the man who stole the innocence of her youth. When her path crosses with a retired veteran and his therapy dog, Jaime comes up against the anguish of ripping open old wounds. A legal thriller, Delayed Justice (the third installment of Putman’s Hidden Justice series) takes readers deep into the after-effects of child abuse, the power that abusers hold over their victims, and the stunning power of God’s truth to make demons loosen their grip.

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