Top Pop from Richard Paul Evans, Debbie Macomber, & More | Fiction Previews, Oct. 2014, Pt. 1

Dallas, Sandra. A Quilt for Christmas. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2014. 224p. ISBN 9781250045942. $17.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466846081. HISTORICAL/CHRISTMAS
Home alone tending family and farm once husband Will has joined the Kansas volunteers to dallasfight the Confederates, Eliza Spooner works on a quilt to keep Will warm during those long winter months in uniform. Then she must decide whether to take in an escaped slave. From the New York Times best-selling author; with a reading group guide.

Evans, Richard Paul. Untitled Novel. S. & S. Oct. 2014. 368p. ISBN 9781466846081. $19.99. POP/CHRISTMAS
The author of The Christmas Box, which started the big, shiny tradition of Christmas novels, returns with another holiday story. No plot details yet, but I love it that Evans has won the American Mothers Book Award and the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award.

Gray, Shelley Shepard. Snowfall: A Days of Redemption Christmas Novella. Avon Inspire. Oct. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780062204547. pap. $12.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062204554. INSPIRATIONAL/CHRISTMAS
New York Times best-selling author Gray, who’s so good at showing that the Amish are just like you and me, returns with a Christmas story centered on 20-year-old Ruth Stutzman, who is delighted to find work looking after widower Martin Rodes’s six children. And everyone, including Martin, is delighted with Ruth. A return to the “Days of Redemption” series; with a 75,000-copy first printing.

Hilderbrand, Elin. Winter Street. Little, Brown. Oct. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9780316376112. $24; ebk. ISBN 9780316376099. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316334778. CD/downloadable: Hachette Audio. POP/CHRISTMAS
New York Times best-selling author Hilderbrand’s characters aren’t tracking in sand from the beach but snow from the wintry streets as their Christmas gathering on Nantucket takes some littlefieldunexpected turns. Hilderbrand’s foray into holiday fiction; her previous 13 novels have all been best sellers.

Littlefield, Sophie. The Missing Place. Gallery. Oct. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9781476757827. pap. $16. CONTEMPORARY WOMEN’S
Two mothers, one from upper-crust Massachusetts, the other down and out from California, join forces when their sons vanish while working on an oil rig in booming North Dakota. As an Edgar Award nominee, Littlefield knows how to add suspense to her tale of parental anguish. Littlefield will be a featured author at LJ‘s Day of Dialog.

McCaig, Donald. Ruth’s Journey: The Story of Mammy from Gone with the Wind. Atria. Oct. 2014. 416p. ISBN 9781451643534. $28. HISTORICAL
Who’d imagine that McCaig, winner of the Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction, would take the perspective of Mammy in a Gone with the Wind prequel authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate? Born in Saint Domingue and orphaned as a toddler by revolution, little Ruth is taken to Savannah by French émigrés and eventually finds herself raising one Scarlet O’Hara. With a nine-city tour.

Macomber, Debbie. Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel. Ballantine. Oct. 2014. 256p. ISBN mrmiracle9780553391152. $18; ebk. ISBN 9780553391626. CD/downloadable: Random Audio. POP/CHRISTMAS
If you’ve liked Macomber’s previous holiday novels, you’ll want to pick up her newest—which will appear next fall as her fourth Hallmark Channel original movie for the holidays. Angel-in-training Harry Mills heads earthward at Christmas to help a community-college student discover what she really wants in life and learns a few things himself.

Rich, Simon. Spoiled Brats: Stories. Little, Brown. Oct. 2014. Delacorte. 288p. ISBN 9780316368629. $25; ebk. ISBN 9780316368636. lib. ebk. ISBN 9780316294751. Downloadable: Hachette Audio. SHORT STORIES
What, you might ask, does enfant terrible Rich—former president of the Harvard Lampoon, Emmy-nominated writer for Saturday Night Live, author of comic essays and novels, and currently writing for Pixar—know about spoiled brats? He seems to nail them in stories featuring a young chimpanzee who would rather be a research animal than stick to the family grub-hunting business and a proud mom who simply cannot see that her child is actually a monster.

Steel, Danielle. Pegasus. Delacorte. Oct. 2014. 352p. ISBN 9780345530974. $28; ebk. ISBN pegasus9780345530998. lrg. prnt. POP/HISTORICAL
Warned by well-placed friends to flee late 1930s Germany because he is partly Jewish, the aristocratic Nicolas von Bingen heads to America with his two sons—and two snowy white Lipizzaner horses, which serve as Nick’s entrée into the magical world of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Wouldn’t you know he falls in love with a tightrope walker. Inspired by the blockbuster author’s own family history.

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