New Releases I’m Excited About: Early 2020 Contemporary Fiction

Posted January 6, 2020 by meezcarrie in Christian, contemporary, Most Anticipated Early 2020, romance / 16 Comments

Hi friends! It’s time for a new season of new books! At the start of each new publishing season, I find myself buried a little deeper beneath my TBR pile (the term ‘pile’ is misleadingly small), and the early 2020 crop of new releases is positively magnificent. So long, all my hopes of ever catching up! lol. Today we’re starting out with Early 2020 Contemporary New Releases.

Here is the schedule of posts for the week so you can zero in on your fave genre!

TODAY: Contemporary Fiction (non-Amish & non-suspense)
Tuesday: Historical Fiction (non-Amish & non-suspense)
Wednesday: Amish Fiction
Thursday: Speculative/Youth
Friday: Mystery/Suspense
Saturday: Non-Fiction

In my continued quest to streamline these posts and make them less overwhelming for me and for you too (because, sweet mercy, that’s a lot of covers and links in one place lol), I’m only selecting a few I’m most giddy about to spotlight here and then I’ll also include a link to my Goodreads shelf with ALL the books I’m excited about for early 2020. The shelves will stay up until next year.

spotlight on titles i’m most giddy about

(Big Prairie Romance #1)
Jennifer Rodewald
Rooted Publishing / January 1, 2020

Brenna Blaum had been sure of three things in her life—her brother, her running, and her dad’s star receiver. But in a matter of a year’s time, everything she’d counted on fell apart, leaving her devastated. Seven years later, she’s stable again. She has a supportive boyfriend, fulfilling career, and close friends. She keeps her past heartache where it belongs—in her rearview mirror. Until the man who broke her heart finds his way back to Big Prairie. Unsure that she can forgive Craig Erikson, Brenna does her best to avoid him. Irritated that she ignores him as if they’d never meant anything to each other, Craig becomes determined not to allow it.

(Golden Grove #1)
Ruth Logan Herne
Love Inspired / January 1, 2020

You can’t always pick who you fall for… Her orchard. His heart.Can they successfully heal both? When her family’s apple orchard is damaged by a storm, single mom Libby Creighton knows the harvest she’s depending on is in jeopardy. Though he prefers a solitary life, Jax McClaren has the skills to revive Libby’s orchard—and her guarded heart. But he’ll have to overcome the secrets of his past if he and Libby are going to have a fruitful future together.

(Coastal Hearts #4)
Janet Ferguson
Southern Sun Press / January 4, 2020

Star Youngblood has always been a fighter-a necessity after her mother married a monster of a man. Now, she’s finally on the path to the stable life she’s always wanted. After being betrayed on the mission field and devastated by the tragic death of his father, Paul Kelly gave up on God. He lives life on his own terms, biding his time as a corporate pilot until he can save enough money to begin his own flight school closer to home. His mother is all he has left, and he wants to be near her. He just didn’t expect her health to decline so quickly. When he discovers his mother has taken in a stray–a woman he’s not at all sure can be trusted–his protective instincts kick into high gear. Paul’s handled a lot of turbulence, but he’s never gone up against a force like Star.

(Global Search & Rescue #1)
Susan May Warren
Revell / January 7, 2020

Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure–and his injuries–has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones’s elite rescue team, but he also can’t shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.

As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she’ll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes–the man she nearly killed.

Robin W. Pearson
Tyndale / January 7, 2020

To hear Beatrice Agnew tell it, she entered the world with her mouth tightly shut. Just because she finds out she’s dying doesn’t mean she can’t keep it that way. There’s no room in Granny B’s house for regrets or hand-holding. Or so she thinks. Her granddaughter, Evelyn Lester, shows up on Beatrice’s doorstep anyway, burdened with her own secret baggage. Determined to help her Granny B mend fences with her far-flung brood, Evelyn turns her grandmother’s heart and home inside out.

Melony Teague
Anaiah Press / January 21, 2020

Research librarian Savannah Sanderson wants nothing more than to escape into her happily-ever-after novels with their larger-than-life fictional heroes. But a promise to her late husband has her attending her dreaded twenty-year high school reunion. Now a professional technical rescuer, Michael McCann’s also back for the reunion, but on his trip down memory lane, he soon comes face to face with unresolved issues, namely Savannah. Before the night is over, a pact between these two old friends will lead them on an adventure into uncharted emotional territory where Michael must confront his past regrets and find the courage to reveal the truth. But can Savannah fly from her sheltered nest and risk her heart on a real-life hero?

Jessica Kate
Thomas Nelson / January 28, 2020

Samuel Payton is a passionate youth pastor in Virginia, but beneath the surface, Sam’s still recovering from a failed business. His coworker—start-up expert Kimberly Foster—is brilliant, fearless, and capable, but her mother’s rejection from a young age till now has left her defensive and longing for a family. Two people have never been more at odds—or more attracted to one another. And every day at work, the sparks are flying.

Gabrielle Meyer
Love Inspired / February 1, 2020

Faced with the past, the truth will come to light… Her home is at stake…and her first love holds the key. Joy Gordon’s life is far from perfect. The lavish house she lives in with her children was loaned to her by a wealthy philanthropist—and his death means she has to give up her home. To satisfy his controlling father, Chase Asher must take his great-uncle’s property from the woman he once loved…but what will he do when he learns he fathered Joy’s twins?

(Rocky Mountain Heroes #5)
Mindy Obenhaus
Love Inspired / February 1, 2020

Learning to trust can be the greatest adventure. She’s always played it safe…Can he reach her guarded heart? Ready to open his camp for young cancer patients, Daniel Stephens must impress foundation overseer Blythe McDonald to ensure she approves funding for next year. But the cautious former cancer patient was once let down by a similar program, and she’ll leave no stone unturned in her evaluation. Can he convince her his camp is worthy of the money…and that he’s worthy of her love?

Courtney Walsh
Tyndale / February 3, 2020

Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to “supervise.” And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door–turned–baseball star who’s back on the island after a career-ending injury.

(The Saturday Night Supper Club #3)
Carla Laureano
Tyndale / February 4, 2020

Analyn Sanchez can handle the long hours and arrogant clients that come with her job as a crisis management associate at Denver’s largest publicity firm. But when she’s asked to cover up a client’s misdeeds with serious moral and legal ramifications, she can no longer sacrifice her conscience for her career . . . and the cost is no less than her job. Ever since a devastating climbing accident in South America eight months ago, and a bad decision that dried up his sponsorships, professional rock climber Bryan Shaw has found himself at similar loose ends. When the opportunity to buy a coffee farm in Colombia arises, he jumps on it–only to discover his wandering ways have left him utterly unprepared to run a business.

Christina Suzann Nelson
Bethany House / February 18, 2020

One night changes everything for three women. . . . When Addison Killbourn’s husband is involved in a car accident that leaves a woman dead, her perfectly constructed life crumbles apart. Emilia Cruz is a deputy bearing a heavy burden far beyond the weight of her job. Brianne Demanno is hiding from reality. As the lives of these women intersect, they can no longer dwell in the memory of who they’ve been. Can they rise from the wreck of the worst moments of their lives to become who they were meant to be?

Shawna Robison Young
Young at Heart Stories / February 27, 2020

What if you’ve returned home to start your life over, only to discover you’re there to finish it? Ready for a fresh start, Heather Meyers flees from not-so-sunny California to her hometown in Indiana. But fate has other plans—stage IV cancer and three months to live. Physical therapist Dr. Jack Jones would do anything to change the past, to not have let his high school sweetheart get away. Now that Heather’s back, he’d do anything to keep her from leaving. With her time running out, he may never get his chance to set things right.

(Hearts of Oklahoma #1)
Tina Radcliffe
Love Inspired / March 1, 2020

Some paths need courage to follow… Can they find their fresh start with roadblocks around every corner? To care for her orphaned nieces and nephews, Daisy Anderson moved to a small town for a new deputy position—but now her job could be eliminated. With potential budget cuts looming, her only hope is to work with police chief Mitch Rainbolt to save their department’s funds. But can their fight for her job lead to something neither dared wish for: a future together?

(Hope Harbor #6)
Irene Hannon
Revell / March 31, 2020

A year ago, ex-Delta Force operator Steven Roark left the rigors of combat behind to run fishing charters in Hope Harbor, decompress, and talk some sense into his kid brother. First-grade teacher Holly Miller leads a quiet, low-profile existence–until she’s recruited to advocate for a cause that’s dear to her heart. When she solicits Steven’s assistance, sparks fly–especially after they find themselves on opposite sides of an issue that disrupts their placid seaside community.

Nicole Deese
Bethany House / March 31, 2020

Lauren Bailey may be a romantic at heart, but after a decade of matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there’s only one match she’s committed to now–the one that will make her a mother. Lauren is a dedicated first grade teacher in Idaho, and her love for children has led her to the path of international adoption. To satisfy her adoption agency’s requirements, she gladly agreed to remain single for the foreseeable future; however, just as her long wait comes to an end, Lauren is blindsided by a complication she never saw coming: Joshua Avery.

Jill Kemerer
Love Inspired / April 1, 2020

Even a millionaire in disguise can’t hide his true heart. He’s secretly worth millions of dollars… But is he worthy of her trust? Dylan Kingsley has learned to hide his millionaire status from strangers. So it’s no wonder Gabby Stover—his infant niece’s guardian—thinks he’s just another drifter. To prove his worthiness, Dylan takes a job as a ranch hand…and accidentally finds the purpose he’s been seeking his whole life. But could the truth steal Dylan’s chance at a happily-ever-after with Gabby and the baby?

(Golden Grove #2)
Ruth Logan Herne
Love Inspired / April 1, 2020

He’s loved and lost before…but his daughter wants him to try again. While widower Tug Moyer isn’t looking for a new wife, his eight-year-old daughter is convinced he needs one — and that her social media plea will bring his perfect match. The response is high, but nobody seems quite right for the sheriff…except her teacher, Christa Alero, who insists she isn’t interested. Now their little matchmaker must convince them both to give love a chance.

Lindsay Harrel
Thomas Nelson / April 14, 2020

It has been fifteen months since Eva and Angela lost their thrill-seeking husbands in a scuba diving accident. Both women are trying to navigate their way through the grief, but neither one is making much progress. But then Eva gets a life-changing phone call. Before Brent and Wes died, they had signed up for a race of a lifetime—an ultra-marathon in beautiful New Zealand. Eva begs Angela to run the race with her in their husbands’ place, and Angela finally agrees, hoping to finally understand her husband’s choices. As the women literally put one foot in front of the other, they wonder: Is it possible to find their way forward in hope?

my goodreads shelf (2020 contemporary releases)

Books not on Goodreads yet

Beyond the Deep by Kristen M. Fraser – January
Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne – February
Honor’s Reward by Mary Manners – February
Hands of Grace by Brenda S. Anderson – February
Come Back to Me by Carolyn Astfalk – February
The Road to Happenstance by Janice L. Dick – February
Changed Somehow by Chloe Flanagan – March
Always You by Jennifer Rodewald – March
Her Cowboy Forever by Dora Hiers – March
This Side of Yesterday by Angela D. Meyer – March
Lost Down Deep by Sara Davison – April

my fave covers?




What about you? Which Early 2020 Contemporary New Releases did you add from my Goodreads shelf to yours? Which covers are your favorites?

If you don’t see your book mentioned here or in my goodreads list, I apologize! It’s impossible to keep up with all the books LOL! Please feel free to leave your release info for Christian / clean fiction in the comments ?

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16 responses to “New Releases I’m Excited About: Early 2020 Contemporary Fiction

  1. Gloria A

    I already had some on my list but I added Nicole Deese’s book and had added Melony Teague’s after your email last week. I just finished SMW’s book last night and it was so good.

  2. Jessica Baker

    Um……we need more reading time during the day. Most of these are on my TBR list too and now you’ve added some. Gee thanks! ?

  3. Three cheers for Carla’s, Jessica’s, Nicole’s, and contemporary in general as it’s my favorite. 😀 I’m curious about Christina’s, but also feel like it might be a bit too sad (or sobering?) of a read for me.

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