Monday, 15 June 2020 Great Lion Fiction Summer Reads

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To celebrate the start of a glorious summer, we've compiled some great Lion Fiction books that you're sure to enjoy while soaking up the sunshine in your garden or cuddled up on the sofa at home hiding from the rain.

Get that cup of tea ready and relax with one of these gripping Lion Fiction reads!

The Widow's Secret

Tales from Goswell series

Katharine Swartz

"Katharine Swartz weaves an enthralling dual timeline story with a unique premise. I was truly captivated by this heart-wrenching novel" - Suzanne Kelman, Amazon International Bestselling author of A View Across the Rooftops

Marine archaeologist Rachel Gardener is thrilled to be summoned to the coast of Cumbria to investigate a newly discovered shipwreck. She is also relieved to escape the tensions of her troubled marriage, and to be closer to her ailing mother.

But when a mysteriously sunken ship is discovered to be a slaving ship from the 1700s, Rachel is determined to explore the town of Whitehaven’s link to the slave trade and soon she learns of Abigail Fenton, the young wife of a slave trader, who has a surprising secret of her own. The more Rachel learns about Abigail, the more she wonders if the past can inform the present… Can Rachel learn from Abigail and break free from her troubled history and embrace the future she longs to claim for her own?

Redeeming Love

Francine Rivers

Publisher’s Weekly bestseller. Soon to be a major motion picture! New York Times bestselling author Francine Rivers brilliantly retells the biblical love story of Gomer and Hosea during the California Gold Rush.

Angel, living in California’s Gold country, is sold into prostitution as a child and quickly learns that men want only one thing from her and are never to be trusted. It is her burning hatred towards these men that keep her alive and she has no intention of changing her ways until Michael Hosea, a godly man, declares God has called upon him to marry her and love her unconditionally.

Angel leaves her difficult life behind and slowly, day by day, her heart starts to warm towards Michael. But with these new feelings of affection come overwhelming feelings of unworthiness and fear. Can Angel overcome these feelings of shame and accept Michael’s love and the love of God who loves her unconditionally?

This classic story of God’s unconditional love has captured the hearts of millions worldwide.

The Little White Horse

Elizabeth Goudge

Winner of the Carnegie Medal in 1946 and J.K. Rowling’s favourite childhood book. This bestselling favourite fantasy classic is ‘one of the most of the most magical stories in the world.’ - The Independent.

This is the story of a thirteen-year-old orphan, a Moon Princess, and a mysterious white horse.

Maria Merryweather, a plain London orphan, is sent to Moonacre Manor to live with her only surviving relative, Sir Benjamin. Her initial sense of comfort starts to crumble when she learns an ancient mystery haunts Moonacre Manor and all who live in Moonacre Valley. With the help of her new friend Robin, can Maria right the wrongs of her ancestors and finally restore the peace to Moonacre Valley before it’s too late?

Beautiful, thrilling, and magical, The Little White Horse is a timeless classic.

Springtime at Hope Hall

Pam Rodes

Songs of Praise presenter is back with another thrilling read and an unputdownable series centered on a Victorian church hall and Kath, its brash and inexperienced administrator.

There's never a dull moment at Hope Hall. Its rooms are filled throughout the day with gossipy grandmas, body-popping teenagers, and a nursery group where it's the grown-ups who are near to tears!

But it's all in a day's work for administrator, Kath, whose job it is to make sure Hope Hall offers something for everyone! As the team works to pull off their ambitious Hope Hall Centenary Easter Monday Fayre, Kath realizes reinforcements are needed. Brash, loud and inexperienced though she may be, Kath has a feeling that Shirley might be just the ticket! The Fayre is a triumph but when Kath's old flame comes back on the scene, she's faced with some tough choices. Will Kath make the right decision?

Local Legend

Death bonded them. Life divided them.

Paul Trembling

Why had Adi, Graham's oldest friend, ignored him, and why had he seen him in the company of an American businessman reputed to be involved with the Mafia? Graham begins asking questions. He visits the Sports Centre Adi founded and quickly learns that the charity is on the verge of closing down. A firm of lawyers is trying to take it over and a name is mentioned - Rocco Lonza - the same business man Graham saw with Adi.

Convinced that something is very wrong, Graham is determined to work out what has happened to his friend and quickly discovers Adi is in well over his head. Will he be able to save his friend's life again?

Sins of the Fathers

He's out, now innocents suffer

Les Cowan

A gripping read in the sensational David Hidalgo series.

David Hidalgo continues to pastor his church. This work includes overseeing an English chat group for young people leaving Spain and looking for work in Edinburgh. At the chat group, David meets Andrea who can't shake her past and a particular priest, Father Ramón, who abused her. Father Ramón is recently released from prison and set on taking out his revenge on Andrea. Can David stop Father Ramón and save Andrea or will there be further casualties?

The Death of Mungo Blackwell

Lauren H Brandenburg

The Blackwells are a family with an extraordinary history and astounding traditions, which include attending their own funerals before they die! Their ways are questionable and their stories about deceased relatives are as bold as their red hair, but it is their eclectic wares that keep tourists coming back to their market in the town of Coraloo.

Charlie Price, whose world has come crumbling down after a lapse in judgement leaves him unemployed, finds himself flung into the chaotic world of the Blackwells when he relocates to Coraloo with his socialite wife, Velveteen, and shy son, Gideon. Here Charlie attempts to make a living as a 'picker', reselling under-priced items he picks up at the market. Charlie soon finds this new way of life under threat and his quest for simplicity seems to be crumbling. Perhaps it's time for Charlie to have a funeral of his own?

Without a Trace

The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon

Mel Starr

An engrossing read in the successful Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon series.

Lady Philippa, the wife of Sir Aymer - a knight of the realm - disappears while travelling from her husband's manor to Bampton. They have simply vanished. As the disappearance may have happened while they were traveling on Lord Gilbert's lands, his surgeon and bailiff, Hugh de Singleton, is assigned to discover what has happened to the lady. Can Hugh help find her, or is it already too late?

A Map of the Sky

A Story about Elijah's Visit

Claire Wong

Kit doesn't understand why his family has been uprooted to a remote coastal village in the North. Why did they leave so suddenly, and why has his Dad not joined them? At Askfeld Farm Guesthouse, he meets an eclectic group of new neighbours and forms an unlikely friendship with Beth, who suffers from a chronic illness he does not understand. Kit learns that Beth, who cannot leave the guesthouse, is trying to draw a map from memory that shows all her favourite childhood haunts.

Kit makes it his quest to help her remember by visiting places for her and hopes to solve the problems of the other guests along the way. But becoming a hero like the ones in his favourite books is trickier than it seems. Can Kit work out that the person who really needs his help is much closer to home?

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