As we spring into warmer weather, the tendency to want to go outside with a book and read increases. I get you. Here are some Christian fiction books that will release in April 2023. I’m sure you’ll find one or two (or half a dozen) to add to your TBR list.
Jonas, by Susan May Warren (April 4)
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Jonas Marshall is done storm-chasing, plagued with the memory of a terrible accident that paralyzed a fellow chaser, so the last thing he’s going to do is run into more danger. Now, he’s just a simple weatherman deploying dirigibles in an experiment to track weather patterns in Slovenia.
As far from danger as he can get.
But danger comes knocking in the form of hiker in need of rescue, and he can’t deny that her companion—beautiful Sibba Kovac—is a great distraction from the guilt that haunts him…until she paraglides right out of his life.
Probably for the best.
But danger still won’t leave him alone when a storm knocks his dirigibles out of the sky, and he happens upon one that looks tampered with…
It is. And worse, it’s carrying what could be radioactive waste. At least according to EOD expert Sibba…who finds herself face-to-face with the rescuer she can’t forget. But she’s not looking for him—her grandfather is missing, and she’ll stop at nothing to find him.
When her missing grandfather leads to the threat of a dirty bomb, she’s the only one who can stop it. And Jonas is the only man brave enough to run into danger with her. But she doesn’t have room in her heart to love him—not when she lives with death in her periphery. Can the right man, at the right time help her see beyond her fears to a future?
And if they have a chance to save the world, can Jonas let go of the woman he loves?
26 Below, by Kimberley Woodhouse (April 4)
In her new role as Emergency Operations Center director for Fairbanks, Alaska, Darcie Phillips prevents disasters. But none of her training can prepare her for the terror that’s coming.
As a cybersecurity specialist, Jason Myers is determined to ferret out any threats to the town he now calls home–and that includes his reckless brother and his ecoterrorist friends.
When an old woman’s wild prediction–widespread destruction as soon as the Fairbanks temperature falls to 26 below–hits national headlines, neither Darcie nor Jason sees a real risk to anything but tourism.
Then the bodies start dropping.
Darcie is relying on her experience and intelligence to stop a killer; Jason is relying on God to guide the way. They’ll have to work together to find the truth and prevent their Alaskan town from becoming a city of nightmares. The first in a thrilling new suspense series from best-selling author Kimberley Woodhouse, 26 Below will delight fans of Lynnette Eason, Irene Hannon, and Lynn Blackburn.
The Wrong Seat, by Natasha D. Frazier (April 6)
Compelled to get her family’s business back on solid ground after Crystal’s arrest tanks their company’s sales and reputation, Ava shoulders the responsibility to secure the biggest deal Langston Brands has had since inception. However, someone doesn’t like the idea and poisons her to thwart her mission.
Ava’s father hires The Four Kings private security firm to protect Ava from the ongoing threats. When Zack Kingsland takes the job, he does so reluctantly. He’s been out of the field for five years since his last job cost him his ex-wife. Now that he’s back in the thick of things, he finds that he not only needs to protect Ava, but also his heart.
A man of his word, Zack won’t compromise his assignment or Ava’s safety, not even for the growing feelings he has for her.
How can Ava and Zack navigate their feelings without losing sight of the mission—to keep her safe?
Love on Target, by Shanna Hatfield (April 10)
Will romance hit its mark when true love is the target?
Desperate for a fresh start, Rena Burke journeys from Texas to Oregon with only her father’s pistol and a plodding old mule for company. She takes a job working with explosives at a mine, spends her free time emulating her hero Annie Oakley, and secretly longs to be loved.
Saddlemaker Josh Gatlin has one purpose in life and that is his daughter. Gabi is his joy and the sunshine in his days. Then he meets a trouser-wearing woman living life on her own terms. Rena is nothing like his perception of what he wants in a wife and mother for his child, but she might just prove to be everything he needs.
When tragedy strikes, will the two of them be able to release past wounds and embrace the possibilities tomorrow may bring? Find out in this sweet historical romance full of hope, humor, and love.
Deadly Objective, by Lynn H. Blackburn (April 11)
When it comes to love, some lines are meant to be crossed
True, US Secret Service Agent Liam Harper is charming, handsome, and absolutely devoted to the people and things he cares about–including his job protecting the vice president’s moody son, Mason. But Emily Harper can’t let Liam’s good qualities cloud her judgment. As the sister of a Secret Service agent, she knows that Liam’s job could mean taking a bullet, and she’s vowed never to get romantically involved with someone in that line of work.
Agent Harper knows he’s been friend-zoned, but that doesn’t stop him from falling for Mason’s petite and plucky physical therapist. She never fails to put the privileged teen through his paces, yet she manages to make the kid like her all the same. And that Southern drawl is nearly intoxicating when she lays it on thick.
But when Mason enters the crosshairs of a killer, Emily and Liam will find the lines between professional and personal are about to get awfully blurry.
On the Run, by Lynette Eason (April 11)
She’s worked hard to distance herself from her father’s legacy–but family ties are hard to break
When FBI Agent Daria Nevsky returns home to an intruder, she’s not exactly surprised. She’s been on high alert ever since her father, a powerful figure in Russian organized crime, was killed. She is surprised, however, when the man in a ski mask and hoodie tells her that her father sent him.
Dr. Ryker Donahue knows he’s heard the name Daria Nevsky before. As he tends to the young woman’s wounds, he tries to put the pieces together. No sooner does she show up at his hospital than it becomes painfully clear that whoever she is, she’s in trouble. He feels a strong pull to protect her–but he quickly realizes that this is a woman who knows how to handle herself.
It will take both of them–and a handful of their skilled friends—to figure out who’s after her, what they really want, and how to make it out alive.
Breaking New Ground, by Amy Clipston (April 11)
Korey Bontrager knows he’s been an immature dummkopp. When his widowed dad remarried, Korey was unwelcoming to his kindhearted stepmother. Then he became estranged from his older brother. But after fourteen months in Ohio, God called Korey back to Pennsylvania.
Easier said than done. Back home, Korey feels left behind by his family and friends, who want to see him happily married. Instead of looking for a new relationship, he finds himself spending time with Savannah Zook: the most outspoken maedel he’s ever met. She’s also confident and brave, having raised her younger brother from a young age. And she’s a natural beauty. But, hard as her friends try to convince her otherwise, she has no interest in dating. Her priority is looking out for her bullied brother.
So when Savannah suggests they pretend to date as a way to get her friends—and his family—off their backs, Korey readily agrees. Soon, he can’t imagine life without her. But could Savannah ever truly be part of his future?
Set in the faithful Amish community of Lancaster County, Breaking New Ground gives the most stubborn Bontrager a chance to redeem his story.
Blind Trust, by Natalie Walters (April 11)
Lyla Fox knows she has a reputation at the SNAP Agency for impulsivity, but when she receives a threatening letter from a man she helped put in prison, she can’t stop herself from going all in to find out why he’s coming after her. Unfortunately, she’s going to need the help of the one person who questions her reckless choices more than anyone else.
Explosives and weapons specialist Nicolás Garcia agrees to help Lyla in order to keep her safe, but her recklessness continues to be a major concern, especially when her investigation into a conspiracy puts a target on her back. Dealing with bombs is dangerous. Working with Lyla is proving to be just as treacherous–to both the mission and his heart.
Natalie Walters closes out her SNAP Agency series with a bang with this nail-biting story of a deadly government conspiracy, an unlikely couple, and an ending that will leave you breathless.
Royal: Bite-sized sweet royal romance reads, by Multiple Authors (April 11)
A glittering collection of 25 brand-new romance novellas, all written with royal flair! This anthology includes stories by USA Today and New York Times bestselling authors, as well as the writer of the smash Netflix hit A Christmas Prince!
Forward by Katharine McGee, author of the New York Times bestselling American Royals series
- Grace Kelly Movie Night by Teri Wilson
- Resisting the Royal Bodyguard by Donna Alward
- His Cinderella Princess by Kali Anthony
- A Royal Love Song by Christi Barth
- The Dude Ranch Duke by Caro Carson
- Heir B and B by Cassidy Carter
- One Summer in London by Kristin Contino
- A Right Royal Rivalry by Alice Dolman
- Man of the (Royal) Match by Aven Ellis
- What Makes You Beautiful by Lindsay Emory
- By Order of the Crown by Marianne Evans
- A Rose So Royal by Jennifer Faye
- The Royal Takeover by Nicole Flockton
- The Runaway Princess Bride by Shirley Jump
- Royal on the Ranch by Makenna Lee
- Wrapped Up Royally by Janice Lynn
- No Strings Attached by Jacquelyn Middleton
- Conflict at the Castle by Carol Moncado
- Royally in Love by Robyn Neeley
- A Royal Getaway by Annie Rains
- Royal in a Small Town by Susan Sands
- Royal Extra After by Karen Schaler
- A Royal Holiday Wish by Lizzie Shane
- A Deal with a Prince by Toni Shiloh
- Love Takes Flight by Roe Valentine
Gabriel, by Liz Isaacson (April 18)
He’s a father’s rights advocate lawyer with a sweet little girl. She’s fighting for her own daughter. Can Gabe and Hilde find happily-ever-after when they’re at such odds with one another?
Gabe Young is splitting his time between Jackson Hole and Coral Canyon, where he’s opened up a second branch of his family law firm. He’s always been resistant to coming home, though all of his brothers now live in the small town where they all grew up.
He likes the hour-long buffer, to be honest. But only between him and his big, loud family.
Not between him and Hilde O’Dell. He’s passed her ex’s case to his partner and asked her out a few times now, but they’ve never been able to get their schedules to align. Then, one day, they do.
Hilde is charmed by the tall, dark, single dad who knows how to be both a mother and a father. She’s doing her best running her popular furniture store and raising her fourteen-year-old daughter alone. Always alone. And she’s so tired of being alone.
But Gabe is 12 years younger than her, and she’s just not sure she’s ready for an age gap quite so big…
He is charming and sparks are flying, so she sets the bar for their first kiss really high, expecting him to fail spectacularly.
But when he passes with flying colors – that is seriously the best kiss of her life – Hilde has to face facts: She’s falling for the cowboy lawyer, even when there’s so much more than just her heart at risk. Can Hilde and Gabe figure out the distance between them and overcome it to find a happily-ever-after together?
Love Under Fire, by Cheryl Pierson (April 20)
His last assignment gets complicated when a beautiful sharpshooter targets his heart.
Beautiful Krissy Donovan, a student of Annie Oakley, is asked to put on a sharpshooting benefit for an orphanage. The trouble is, it’s half a continent away. Her father has promised her services, and she finds herself virtually alone in perilous Indian Territory. Krissy’s father realizes he has made a terrible mistake, but a cavalry scout, familiar with the savage land, is the only one who can protect Krissy now.
Rough-and-tumble cavalry captain Johnny Houston resents being asked to take on this last assignment of playing nursemaid to an eastern debutante before he musters out of the army. Johnny understands his duty as a soldier, so turning the order down is out of the question. With a killer stalking them, Johnny has to keep his mind on Krissy’s safety, but an attraction to his stubborn charge could end up compromising his heart.
Memories of his own harsh childhood at the same orphanage haunt him. He has no choice but to make a stand for the children, or some of them won’t survive. Krissy dares to hope she can help in some way, even though it means giving up the lavish future that has been planned for her since birth.
How far will Johnny go with his dangerous rescue plan? Where does Krissy fit into his life? The strange arrival of a beautiful pink pistol with the legacy of its creation may help them survive the deadly odds against them in LOVE UNDER FIRE.
Memories of the Heart, by Valerie M. Bodden (April 25)
A series of heartbreaking losses has left Simeon and Abigail’s marriage in shambles. But can God rebuild it even stronger than they remember?
Abigail knows she’s the reason she and her husband Simeon have lost their battle to have a baby. It’s God’s punishment for her past—a past she never told Simeon about. He thinks the reason she was on the mission trip where they met was to serve God. If he learns the truth now, he’ll send her packing. Just like her family did. Better that she leave him first.
As a Christian counselor, Simeon should be able to help his wife. And it’s killing him that he can’t. It seems like the harder he tries, the more he pushes her away. When she finally asks for a divorce, it’s nothing he didn’t expect. But it breaks him just the same.
When they face yet another tragedy, will it tear them apart for good? Or can God use it to draw them back to one another—and to him?
Small Town Danger: 10 Full-Length Romantic Suspense & Mystery Novels, by Multiple Authors (April 25)
More than lives are in danger when small town tranquility meets heart pounding suspense in this collection of ten brand-new novels from some of the genre’s most explosive romantic suspense authors!
Join Mary Alford, Liz Bradford, June Foster, Therese Heckenkamp, Cynthia Hickey, Gina Holder, Edie James, Ann Malley, Carol Nemeth and Colleen Snyder as mystery, suspense, and faith combine to keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Sins of the Past – A Hope Island Securities Book by Mary Alford
Ten years earlier, Janine put him away for murder. Now Bennett’s back in her life with a challenge—help me find the real killer.
Swept Away – Tracking Danger Book Two – A Search and Rescue Novel by Liz Bradford
When a SAR mission ends with a murder, Josh and Chloe must fight rising tensions before they get swept away.
Danger in Cranberry Cove by June Foster
When Julie Wilder joins local lawyer Lucas Ethridge in uncovering clues of who murdered their high school friend on the beach fifteen years before, phone calls from their deceased classmate are unnerving. After incriminating evidence turns up, can Lucas and Julie discover the killer’s identity or will they suffer the same fate as their friend?
Escaping Illusions – A Frozen Footprints Book by Therese Heckenkamp
All she wants is a new beginning, but a man famous for deception is the last person she should trust.
A Place to Hide by Cynthia Hickey
Is there nowhere to hide? Will Marley and Dirk escape a fan who always seems to be one step ahead of them?
Handmade Mayhem – Addie Masters Mysteries Book 1 by Gina Holder
“Who Knew DIY Could Be So Deadly.”
Hidden Sins – A Redemption Creek Romantic Suspense by Edie James
Redemption Creek, where sometimes justice needs a helping hand.
Debt of Honor by Ann Malley
Where’s the honor in loving your best friend’s wife? Or keeping the secrets that may get her and her baby killed?
Death Goes to School by J. Carol Nemeth
The rewarding profession of teaching: it could get you killed.
Twisted by Colleen Snyder
She’s eighteen. A visitor to a tornado-stricken town in need of help. Half of the residents think she’s a saint. While the other wants her dead.
Expired Hope, by Lisa Phillips & Megan Besing (April 25)
Veteran and therapist Natalie Atkinson watched her Army career explode in her face. All she ever wanted was to help people carry their burdens. Seeking a new future in Last Chance County doesn’t start so well when she’s the one being rescued from a client’s burning house. To make matters worse, now she’s stuck evaluating the truck and rescue squads for the fire department. When the chief overhears why she left her last job, she’s determined to prove to him and her boss that she’s still the right therapist to assess his crew.
No matter if success takes everything she’s got.
Fire Chief Macon James is the right man for the job. He doesn’t need a therapist interfering with the running of his crew or putting his position in jeopardy when a counselor is what tore his family apart. He’s got to get his firefighters to be a team, and he can do it without Natalie’s help. After an explosion destroys her car, it quickly becomes clear she might need him as much as everyone thinks he needs her. If these two stubborn hearts will surrender, they could have everything they want.
Or it could all go down in flames.
Bullet Proof Bride, by Kit Morgan (April 30)
Goldie Colson has lost everything, including her parents in a bank robbery. So, she does what any other woman would do in her predicament. She becomes a mail-order bride. Unfortunately, before she can tie the knot, she loses her betrothed and his father to train robbers! Now she’s stuck in Nowhere, Washington with nothing but the two mens’ meager belongings, including a pistol she found in her future father in-law’s satchel. Considering she shot one of the train robbers, it might come in handy if she ever ran into him again.
Rhys Miller couldn’t complain about his life. He was best friends with some of the Weavers of the famous Weaver Farm, and enjoyed working at the town’s only bank, even if it was a little dull. Then she came to town and Rhys didn’t know if he was coming or going. Goldie Colson was scared and rightly so. Strangers were asking after her at the Weaver Farm, and after hearing about what happened to her with a bunch of train robbers, a few of them might want her dead. But Rhys isn’t sure which is worse, guarding Goldie from danger or guarding his heart from her.
How many of these books did you add to your TBR? I’d love to know the Christan fiction new releases for April 2023 you’re looking forward to the most.