Fill up your TBR with new releases. Here are some Christian fiction books that will release in June 2023. I’m sure you’ll find one or two (or half a dozen) to add to your TBR list.
A Green and Vibrant Hope, by Valerie Comer (June 1)
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She thinks he’s arrogant. He thinks she’s flaky. Too bad they need each other.
Just after giving notice at her day job, Arleigh O’Neill’s fledgling flower-growing business takes a lethal blow when the river overflows its banks, demolishing her rented greenhouse and drowning her fields. Finding a replacement location on zero budget is impossible, unless she can sweet-talk the vegetable grower down the road into some sort of deal.
Widowed farmer Mitchell Ackerman is at wit’s end with his two rambunctious boys, especially since his brother is getting married and moving out. When the frivolous flower farmer asks to rent greenhouse space, Mitch turns her down. He needs every inch for vegetables, but when his son destroys flats of seedlings, Mitch realizes he needs help more than he needs space. But… a deal with her, of all people?
Arleigh thinks he’s arrogant. Mitchell thinks she’s flaky. What will it take to get them to see into each other’s hearts and grasp a green and vibrant hope?
Full of Wonder, by B.M. Baker (June 1)
Everything changed because of one crazy girl…
Roofer Marco Mendez always thought there was only one woman for him: his high school crush, Lillian Harrison. But when he receives her wedding announcement in the mail, he must accept his loss and move on. Following his best friend’s advice, he meets Jose’s cousin and asks her to pretend a temporary relationship and attend the wedding as his plus-one. With a charade so simple, nothing could ever go wrong…yet little does he know what a mess he is getting himself into.
Rosalina Torres has zero interest in a relationship at present. She has enough on her plate keeping her growing dog-grooming business running, without the added distraction of a man in her life. Despite that, when her cousin asks her to go on a dinner date with his best friend, she agrees, with the peace of mind nothing will come of it. But when a conversation gets out of control, she finds herself stuck in a most incredulous ruse.
With each fake date, the lie starts to feel a little more like truth. But when the agreement comes to an end, what will it take for Marco and Rosalina to admit their true feelings? How can they overcome the obstacles created by their deception? And in the end, can God take their mess and turn it into something good, eventually filling their hearts with wonder?
Fairest of Heart, by Karen Witemeyer (June 6)
Once upon a time in Texas . . .
Beauty has been nothing but a curse to Penelope Snow. When she becomes a personal maid for a famous actress whose troupe is leaving Chicago to tour the West, she hides her figure beneath shapeless dresses and keeps her head down. But she still manages to attract the wrong attention, leaving her prospects in tatters–and her jealous mistress plotting her demise.
After his brother lost his life over a woman, Texas Ranger Titus Kingsley has learned to expect the worst from women and is rarely disappointed. So when a young lady found in suspicious circumstances takes up residence with the seven old drovers living at his grandfather’s ranch, Titus is determined to keep a close eye on her.
With a promotion hanging in the balance, Titus is assigned to investigate a robbery case tied to Penelope’s acting troupe, and all evidence points to Penelope’s guilt. But Titus might just be convinced that the fairest woman of all has a heart as pure as her last name . . . if only he can prove it.
Over the Limit, by Lisa Phillips (June 6)
One cold case might be the answer to everything.
Las Vegas is the last place Private Investigator Kenna Banbury wants to go. After what happened when she visited the city with her dad, she’s determined to keep her head down and solve this case. Kenna has no home, no dog (don’t worry – Cabot’s fine), and no way to figure out who murdered a Russian diplomat fifteen years ago. But since when has that ever stopped her?
One case could lead her to the girl she’s been looking for.
When the truth proves far darker than Kenna expected, she realizes it’s up to her to safeguard Maizie’s life. With an FBI Special Assignment team led by the director himself, a mob connected local criminal, and a group of mystery solving hobbyists in the mix, figuring out who hasn’t been compromised might be simpler than connecting each person back to an untouchable CEO.
The only honorable FBI agent she knows seems to want to help her. If she can keep trusting Jax from leading to…more…then she might solve this case before her heart becomes the latest victim.
What happens in Vegas needs Kenna’s brand of Justice.
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, by Misty M. Beller (June 6)
In 1837, Juniper Collins and her sisters are shocked by their father’s deathbed request for them to return a special set of beads to a Piegan Blackfoot woman he credits with saving his life during his travels West. Together, the sisters set out for the trapper rendezvous to find the woman, but their mission turns more daunting when they come upon the mass of men and lodges spread out in the Green River Valley.
Riley Turner came West to find peace and quiet and live off the land, but when four unprotected women arrive at the rendezvous, he feels compelled to help them and is more fascinated by Juniper than any other woman he’s known.
As their search brings only empty leads and dead ends, the sisters must decide whether to return East or stay in the mountains to continue looking–and that’s if the mystery woman is even still alive. Is the risk to honor their father’s last request worth the danger they find at every turn?
Dancing in the Rain: Stories to Shelter the Soul, by The Mosaic Collection (June 7)
Wayward wandering exposes the characters in these stories to storms created by their own or others’ choices.
Candace West – McDonald’s Farm
Eleanor Bertin – Who Sends the Rain?
Angela D. Meyer – Rekindling Her Dream
Deb Elkink – Clanging Symbols
Sara Davison – The Poppy
As they deal with the consequences, will they seek shelter in God, finding healing and redemption in the only One who can provide it?
Armed & Marvelous, by Pam Crooks (June 10)
A terrible tragedy sends her home to heal. Will his unexpected love convince her to stay?
After a devastating loss, wild game hunter Rexanna Brennan returns home to her family’s ranch to heal. She never expects to learn her crazy aunt has left her a pink pistol with an even crazier legend. But more unsettling, a Hollywood cowboy has moved onto the ranch, stealing her family’s hearts and maybe her legacy, too.
False accusations throw Roan Bertoletti into scandal and yank him out of his movie star life. His reputation shredded, he grasps at the second chance the Brennan family gives him. With his roots firmly planted, he’s living his dream to be a cowboy again, and he has no plans to leave the ranch anytime soon.
But Rexanna’s grief pulls at him. So does her insistence she can’t stay. Can he convince the beautiful heiress to claim what has always been hers? Time is running out, and so are his options.
Except for the pink pistol . . .
Abby’s Second Chance, by Lyn Cote (June 15)
First love such a fragile blossom—now a second chance, can it bloom from attraction to true love?
Abby Kirkland, a successful publicist and fundraiser for a big city botanical garden, takes leave to help a beloved great aunt downsize in Florida. Unexpectedly she crosses paths with Dr. Marco De Palma. She knew him at university in Florida, a decade ago.
Marco never thought to meet Abby again. Even though now he is a MD, the chances of a lady like her falling in love with the son of immigrants from Santa Domingo is still slim.
Yet as they work together on a charity project, they can’t deny the re-igniting of their attraction. Though Abby excels in her public career, she’s painfully shy in her private life. Will old insecurities and mistaken perceptions keep them apart again? Or will truth set them free to love?
The Happy Life of Isadora Bentley, by Courtney Walsh (June 13)
She’s out to prove that there’s no such thing as choosing happiness.
Isadora Bentley follows the rules. Isadora Bentley likes things just so. Isadora Bentley believes that happiness is something that flat-out doesn’t exist in her life—and never will.
As a university researcher, Isadora keeps to herself as much as possible. She avoids the students she’s supposed to befriend and mentor. She stays away from her neighbors and lives her own quiet, organized life in her own quiet, organized apartment. And she will never get involved in a romantic relationship again—especially with another academic. It will be just Isadora and her research. Forever.
But on her thirtieth birthday, Isadora does something completely out of character. The young woman who never does anything “on a whim” makes an impulse purchase of a magazine featuring a silly article detailing “Thirty-One Ways to Be Happy”—which includes everything from smiling at strangers to exercising for endorphins to giving in to your chocolate cravings. Isadora decides to create her own secret research project—proving the writer of the ridiculous piece wrong.
As Isadora gets deeper into her research—and meets a handsome professor along the way—she’s stunned to discover that maybe, just maybe, she’s proving herself wrong. Perhaps there’s actually something to this happiness concept, and possibly there’s something to be said for loosening up and letting life take you somewhere . . . happy.
The Brave Prince and the Teacher, by Cami Checketts (June 14)
An injured hiker with amnesia wanders into a mystical mountain kingdom. Prince Kurt is happy to rescue and protect her, but is he brave enough to fall in love again?
Fans of Susan Sleeman, Sariah Wilson, Liz Isaacson, and Jennifer Youngblood will love Cami Checketts clean romance suspense with a side of comedy.
Ranger Justice, by Lynn Shannon (June 16)
Deception can lead to murder…
Prosecutor Hannah Lawton is thrust into the spotlight after the town mayor is arrested and charged with the murder of his wife. The case has fractured the county and made her a target for death threats. When she’s attacked in her office and nearly killed, Hannah initially believes it’s connected to the upcoming trial. She refuses to back down.
Texas Ranger Ryker Montgomery led the murder investigation and is convinced the mayor is guilty. The attack on Hannah reaffirms his suspicions about the corrupt politician. A second assault leaves little question that someone is gunning for the gorgeous prosecutor. Ryker refuses to leave her unprotected. He’ll put his life on the line to keep her safe.
When another woman is killed in the same manner as the mayor’s wife, the case takes a surprising turn. Working together, Ryker and Hannah must uncover the truth. Obtaining justice is never easy, but this time…it may be deadly.
Just a Cowboy’s Lifetime Love, by Jessie Gussman (June 16)
After losing her husband in the line of duty, Annie Brooks moves in with her mother in Sweet Water, North Dakota with her two small children to try to put the pieces of her life back together.
Hired to book clients for the Dude ranch her husband’s best friends started, Annie is completely uninterested in any type of relationship. In fact, she’s finding it hard to get out of bed in the morning, let alone care what she looks like. She’s heading toward depression and is holding it together – barely – for the sake of her kids.
Zeke hates seeing the pretty, young widow of one of his Air Force buddies struggling so hard, but he doesn’t know what to do about it. Until the matchmakers of Sweet Water come up with a plan.
Will a roadtrip with two small children to house sit a cabin in the woods be what Annie needs? Or will they end up with more than they bargained for?
The Other Side, by Mandi Blake (June 17)
They fell in love before their families hated each other. Will their love be enough to mend fences?
Thea Howard skipped town five years ago after a tragic accident. She left behind the man she loved along with the grief and anger that consumed their lives.
Brett Patton never expected to see Thea again. When he finds her injured on a snowy night, he sees his second chance with the one who got away.
Despite the years, distance, and obstacles between them, Brett helps her hide at the ranch where he works, but his attempts to convince her that things could work out between them this time come to a screeching halt when she disappears.
Brett won’t stop until he finds the woman he never stopped loving. Can he find her in time to get their second chance? Or will their feuding families once again rip them apart?
The Laws of Attraction, by Mary Connealy (June 20)
Can they risk giving in to the attraction between them while their lives are on the line?
If widowed seamstress Nell Armstrong has to make one more pair of boring chaps for the cowboys in her tiny Wyoming town, she might just quit the business altogether! So meeting Brand Nolte, a widower struggling to raise three girls on his own, seems like her dream come true. Brand has no idea how to dress the girls properly, and Nell finally has a chance to create beautiful outfits while also teaching the girls to sew.
But Nell is much more than a seamstress, and the investigative skills and knowledge she picked up alongside her late lawman husband soon become critical when a wounded stagecoach-robbery survivor is brought to town. As danger closes in from all sides, Nell and Brand must discover who has a target trained on them before it’s too late.
Lucky Shot, by Shanna Hatfield (June 20)
What’s a girl to do when her aim is true?
As a registered nurse at the Boise VA Hospital, Grace Marshall is devoted to her patients, but some wounds require more than medical care. A patient too stubborn and angry to accept the help he needs storms out of her exam room, ruffling her feathers. Yet, when the man returns to apologize, something about him tugs at her heart.
Levi Gibson left for war young and idealistic but returned from Vietnam with physical scars and a haunted soul. He tries to banish the darkness brewing inside him with hard work on his family’s potato farm, but it’s a young nurse’s kindness that brings unexpected light and joy into his life. If Levi can open up to Grace and let her see his pain, could she be the key that unlocks a future full of hope instead of mere survival?
After her father sends Grace a legendary pistol, target practice provides an excuse to spend time with Levi during the summer of 1972. As his shadows overwhelm him, it will take far more than a lucky shot for Grace to hit love’s mark.
Neverending Mercy, by Latisha Sexton (June 20)
Returning home to Lavender Falls should have been simple.
Ruth Peterson spent her childhood trying to gain the approval of Haley Burnham and squelch her crush on Haley’s older brother, Crosby. But after years of pushing Ruth away, Haley does the unthinkable, effectively ending their friendship and ruining any chance Ruth might have had with Crosby.
Six years later, Ruth returns home, eager to make amends so she can finally put the past behind her and move on with her life. Until she learns that not only will she have to confront Haley but Crosby as well.
As devastating news is revealed and secrets are uncovered, Ruth must decide how far she is willing to go for the girl who took everything away from her.
Rescue In The Wilderness, by Andrea Byrd (June 27)
William Cole cannot forget the cruel burden he carries, not with the pock marks that serve as an outward reminder. Riddled with guilt, he assumed the solitary life of a long hunter, traveling into the wilds of Kentucky each year. But his quiet existence is changed in an instant when, sitting in a tavern, he overhears a man offering his daughter-and her virtue-to the winner of the next round of cards. William’s integrity and desire for redemption will not allow him to sit idly by while such an injustice occurs.
Lucinda Gillespie has suffered from an inexplicable illness her entire life. Her father, embarrassed by her condition, has subjected her to a lonely existence of abuse and confinement. But faced with the ultimate betrayal on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Lucinda quickly realizes her trust is better placed in his hands of the mysterious man who appears at her door. Especially when he offers her the one thing she never thought would be within her grasp-freedom.
In the blink of an eye, both lives change as they begin the difficult, danger-fraught journey westward on the Wilderness Trail. But can they overcome their own perceptions of themselves to find love and the life God created them for?
The Best Summer of Our Lives, by Rachel Hauck (June 27)
Twenty years ago, the summer of ’77 was supposed to be the best summer of Summer Wilde’s life. She and her best friends, Spring, Autumn, and Snow–the Four Seasons–had big plans.
But those plans never had a chance. After a teenage prank gone awry, the Seasons found themselves on a bus to Tumbleweed, “Nowhere,” Oklahoma, to spend eight weeks as camp counselors. All four of them arrived with hidden secrets and buried fears, and the events that unfolded in those two months forever altered their friendships, their lives, and their futures.
Now, thirtysomething, Summer is at a crossroads. When her latest girl band leaves her in a motel outside Tulsa, she is forced to face the shadows of her past. Returning to the place where everything changed, she soon learns Tumbleweed is more than a town she never wanted to see again. It’s a place for healing, for reconciling the past with the present, and for finally listening to love’s voice.
A Single Dad in Amish Country, by Patricia Johns (June 27)
He wants security…
She wants the chance to fly
All single mom and soon-to-be commercial pilot Hazel Dobbs expects from her Amish B&B vacation is gorgeous farmland, fresh air and delicious food. No one mentioned handsome landscaper Joe Carter—or his irrepressible little girl. Suddenly Hazel sees the possibilities of a whole new family. But with her biggest dream finally on the horizon, falling in love looks like the ultimate crash landing…
From Harlequin Heartwarming: Wholesome stories of love, compassion and belonging.
Aiming for His Heart, by Julie Benson (June 30)
She’s all work and no play. He aims to show her there’s more to life.
Childhood disappointments and a bitter divorce taught Jade Buchanan that trusting her heart to a man leads to disaster. When she returns to Oklahoma to settle her aunt’s estate, Jade discovers the cowboy hired to renovate the house is none other than Dalton Kelley, her first love. She’s not worried, though. She has a solid plan—supervise the renovation like the adult she is, sell the property, and return to New York City with money to start a design company with her best friend. Simple. Until she starts working with Dalton and feelings she thought long dead bubble to the surface, raising havoc with her carefully laid plans.
Needing money thanks to cattle rustlers, Dalton hires on to renovate Jade’s recently inherited house. Working for his teenage sweetheart will be awkward, but he can handle it in the short term. He’ll collect his money, say goodbye to Jade, and find a woman without big city dreams to settle down with on his Done Roamin’ Ranch. But the job brings trouble he hadn’t counted on, and the more time he and Jade spend together, the less he can picture any other woman by his side.
For this city girl and small-town cowboy, will working together drive them crazy or into each other’s arms?
His Tender Mercy, by Autumn Macarthur (June 30)
He chose his addiction over their family too many times before. Can she believe he’s changed, and give him a second chance?
Life hasn’t been easy for elementary school teacher Petra McManus as a single mom. But when her husband’s gambling addiction risked not only their family’s finances but their safety, she had no choice but to leave him and return to her small home town of Sweetapple Falls. There, she has her mom, her sister, and her church to support her. She’s built a safe, secure life for her two children.
Accountant Mark McManus knows he made mistakes, huge ones. He nearly paid for them, not only with his own life but his kids’ lives. Rather than put them at risk, he stayed away. But now, with God’s help, he’s turned his life around. Paid his debts and left his gambling days behind him. He won’t blame Petra if she refuses to have anything to do with him. But he knows it’s time for him to try.
Can Petra forgive him, and trust that he’s a changed man? Especially when he thinks he’s left his past life behind, but his past life won’t let him go…
If you enjoy heartwarming, inspiring, and emotional Christian romance, don’t miss your chance to visit Sweetapple Falls! Each book is a complete romance set in the small Oregon town, where hope and healing, faith and forgiveness, and most of all, love, wait for each couple to find their heart’s home. In each other, in the small-town community, and in God.