2019 Carol Award Finalists

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Just recently the finalists were announced for the 2019 Carol Awards. The winners will be awarded during the gala awards dinner in San Antonio as part of ACFW’s annual conference. Here’s a peek at the finalists (Titles with links are to my reviews):

Contemporary
The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli, Tyndale House, editors Caleb Sjogren and Jan Stob
Miles from Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti, Gilead Publishing, editors Jamie Chavez and Becky Philpott
Where Hope Begins by Catherine West, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Erin Healy and Becky Monds

Historical
Phoebe’s Light by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Barb Barnes and Andrea Doering
The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma, Gilead Publishing, editors Becky Philpott and Julee Schwarzburg
The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Jocelyn Bailey and Julee Schwarzburg

Historical Romance
Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett, Waterbrook/Multnomah (Random House), editor Shannon Marchese
A Light on the Hill by Connilyn Cossette, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Raela Schoenherr and Jennifer Veilleux
Across the Blue by Carrie Turansky, Waterbrook/Multnomah (Random House), editor Shannon Marchese

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Cascade by Janice Boekhoff, Lost Canyon Press, editor Lauren Dee
Mind Games by Nancy Mehl, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Raela Schoenherr and Jennifer Veilleux
The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor Raela Schoenherr

Novella
In Sheep’s Clothing from A Bouquet of Brides Collection by Pegg Thomas, Barbour Publishing, editors Rebecca Germany and Ellen Tarver
Her Redcoat from The Backcountry Brides Collection by Pegg Thomas, Barbour Publishing, editors Rebecca Germany and Ellen Tarver
MissTaken Identity from The MissAdventure Brides Collection by Kimberley Woodhouse, Barbour Publishing, editors Rebecca Germany and Ellen Tarver

Romance
The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano, Tyndale House, editors Sarah Rische and Jan Stob
Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Dori Harrell
Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh, Tyndale House, editors Stephanie Broene and Shaina Turner

Romantic Suspense
Lethal Target by Janice Cantore, Tyndale House, editor Erin Smith
Called to Protect by Lynette Eason, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Barb Barnes and Andrea Doering
Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Kristin Kornoelje and Jennifer Leep

Short Novel
A Widow’s Hope by Vanetta Chapman, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Melissa Endlich
The Rancher’s Surprise Daughter by Jill Lynn, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Shana Asaro
Falling for the Cowgirl by Tina Radcliffe, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Giselle Regus

Speculative
Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors Dave Long and Jennifer Veilleux
The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin, Enclave Publishing, editor Steve Laube
The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editors Amanda Bostic and Erin Healy

Young Adult
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes, HarperCollins Christian Publishing, editor Becky Monds
A Worthy Rebel by Jody Hedlund, ACFW Qualified Independently Published, editor Bethany Kaczmarek
Common by Laurie Lucking, Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, editor Michele Israel Harper

Debut
The Story Peddler by Lindsay A. Franklin, Enclave Publishing, editor Steve Laube
Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson, Tyndale House, editors Danika King and Shaina Turner
The Plum Blooms in Winter by Linda Thompson, Mountain Brook Ink, editors Beth Jusino and Jenny Mertes

How many of these have you read so far? Have any of them been shouting at you to pick them up from the TBR? Any you REALLY think should win? Share in the comments 🙂

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4 thoughts on “2019 Carol Award Finalists

  1. Methinkingthings: A blog about God, Faith, child advocacy, Mental health and on occasion about my cat...the comic relief. says:

    I loved ‘The Story Peddler’, found it original and very engaging. But also liked ‘MissTaken Identity’ and others. Such great talent out there.

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    1. I haven’t read the Story Peddler yet. It’s not quite the genre I often read but it DOES sound intriguing and I’ve heard great things about it so maybe one day if I can get my TBR under control I’ll have the chance to dig in 🙂

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