Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2017 Debut Novels I’m Excited About!

Posted September 19, 2017 by meezcarrie in Christian, Most Anticipated Fall 2017, Top Ten Tuesday / 35 Comments

Happy Tuesday!! Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about our Fall TBR lists. Mine is out of control … it would take a whole week’s worth of posts to even cover a fraction of the new releases I want to read this fall. Oh wait. I did that already 😉

So today’s post is going to focus on the debut novels I’m most excited about this fall! Some I’ve already read, others I’m still looking forward to. But they are all novels I think you’re going to like too!

Cora Anne Halloway has a history degree and a plan: avoid her own past despite being wait-listed for graduate school. Then her beloved grandmother requests — and her dispassionate mother insists — that she spend the summer at Still Waters, the family cottage on Edisto Beach, South Carolina.

Despite its picturesque setting, Still Waters haunts Cora Anne with loss. At Still Waters her grandfather died, her parents’ marriage disintegrated, and as a child, she caused a tragic drowning. But lingering among the oak canopies and gentle tides, this place also tempts her with forgiveness — especially since Nan hired Tennessee Watson to oversee cottage repairs. A local contractor, but dedicated to the island’s preservation from development, Tennessee offers her friendship and more, if she can move beyond her guilt.

When a family reunion reveals Nan’s failing health, Cora Anne discovers how far Tennessee will go to protect her and –Edisto — from more desolation. Will Cora Anne choose between a life driven by guilt, or one washed clean by the tides of grace?

Amazon | Goodreads

My Interview with Lindsey

Becoming a Christian is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck. Best because, well, that’s obvious. Worst because, up to this point, she’s made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing.

Now Sarah is trying to reconcile her past with the future she’s chosen.

She’s still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she’s not sure she can write anymore. She’s beginning to think that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a “scandalous” book. And the fact that she’s falling in love with her pastor doesn’t make things any easier.

With a powerful voice, penetrating insight, and plenty of wit, Bethany Turner explodes onto the scene with a debut that isn’t afraid to deal with the thorny realities of living the Christian life.

Amazon | Goodreads

Watch one of the super-fun trailer videos!

Renegade on the run

When Cort Stanton and Aubrey Huxley try to claim the same land in the Oklahoma Land Run, Cort offers a deal–one that could help him keep his freedom.

After taking the blame for his brother’s crime, Cort needs to lie low, so he gives Aubrey the land for her horse ranch…if she’ll hire him. Now he just has to avoid growing too close to the gorgeous seamstress, who can never know his secret.

Aubrey refuses to depend on any man, even one as handsome and kind as Cort. Yet, as they work together to make her dream a reality, it’s impossible to imagine life on the prairie without him.

And though Aubrey knows Cort has secrets that stand between them, she can’t help but wish she could stake a claim on his heart.

Amazon | Goodreads

My Review

When Aurelie Harcourt’s father dies in debtor’s prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father’s unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother’s disappearance–and perhaps even her father’s death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano’s stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.

Amazon | Goodreads

My Interview with Joanna (plus GIVEAWAY!)

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears.

In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather’s Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house’s dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide.

A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe.

When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy’s search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives–including her own–are lost?

Amazon | Goodreads

Jaime’s Pinterest Board for her novel

Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”

Amazon | Goodreads

Poem by Emily Dickinson (where title comes from)

It was the summer of storms and strays and strangers. The summer that lightning struck the big oak tree in the front yard. The summer his mother died in a tragic accident. As he recalls the tumultuous events that launched a surprising journey, Samuel can still hardly believe it all happened.

After his mother’s death, twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers would do anything to turn back time. Prompted by three strange carnival fortune-tellers and the surfacing of his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Samuel begins his search for the Tree of Life–the only thing that could possibly bring his mother back. His quest to defeat death entangles him and his best friend Abra in an ancient conflict and forces Samuel to grapple with an unwelcome question: could it be possible that death is a gift?

Haunting and hypnotic, The Day the Angels Fell is a story that explores the difficult questions of life in a voice that is fresh, friendly, and unafraid. With this powerful debut, Shawn Smucker has carved out a spot for himself in the tradition of authors Madeleine L’Engle and Lois Lowry.

Amazon | Goodreads

Book Trailer


What about you? Which of these books are you adding to your TBR pile?

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35 responses to “Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2017 Debut Novels I’m Excited About!

  1. Andrea Stephens

    I’ve already read one of these. The Outlaw’s Second Chance was great!
    I just added some of the others to my wish list. So many good books, so little time.
    Can you share some of your reading super powers so I could read a few more? Please? 🙂

  2. Winnie Thomas

    Ummmm, yes to most of these. I’ve got Bethany’s, Joanna’s, Jaime’s, and Angie’s on my list. I’ll have to check out the others. It looks like we’re in for some great reading.

  3. Veronica

    I just downloaded Still Waters and most of the other ones are going on my long list! So much great reading to look forward to!

  4. Thanks for including Still Waters Carrie! And thanks for a great list–updating the always out-of-control Want to Read list on Goodreads 🙂 I’ve got The Thing with Feathers up first in my mind because the author is another local Georgia teacher girl.

  5. Michelle Lunsford

    Ooooh, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck sounds like something I would love. As a woman married to a pastor, I confess I’m a bit of a sucker for those narratives that involve potential pastor romance. 🙂 Plus, the story itself sounds quite intriguing. Thanks for bringing these new releases to our attention, Carrie.

    • Carrie

      I haven’t started reading it yet (though it’s killing me) but I’ve heard it’s laugh out loud funny too! 😀

  6. Thanks so much for including The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck! I am ANXIOUSLY awaiting Lady Jayne Disappears. And I received my copy of The Day the Angels Fell and opened to the first page…and then several pages later had to force myself to put it down. There are several I have to read first! But can’t wait to get back to it!

  7. Suzie

    Still Waters was excellent. I’m currently reading The Thing with Feathers too! And The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, Lady Jane Disappears, and The House on Foster Hill are all in my reading queue! So many fantastic books, so little time!

  8. Paula S.

    They look sooo good. I’ve got some on my TBR list: Still Waters, The House on Foster Hill, Lady Jane Disappears, The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck. Thanks for the heads up!

  9. Linda

    I decided I would definitely read Bethany’s book after meeting her in line at CFRR. That video is very cool, loved seeing so many of my favorite authors and of course Carrie! And now Lady Jane Disappears, Still Waters, and The House on Foster Hill (because Wisconsin…)

  10. Cannot wait to read Jaime’s, Bethany’s and Joanna’s. All are high priority reads, and since Bethany’s and Joanna’s are both out in the world, I clearly need to pick up copies of both! Amazon, here we come… 🙂

    Happy fall TBR-ing, Carrie.

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