Olivia Newport Lucy Banning coverThe official release date of The Pursuit of Lucy Banning is next Tuesday, May 1. The books are flowing through the distribution pipeline. Reviews will pop up soon. I’m flattered by the invitations I’ve received for interviews and guest posts. What a fun season to be a writer.

I don’t even remember how we formed our alliance, but I’m so glad to be marching toward May debut releases along with Katie Ganshert, Beth Vogt, and Dani Pettrey. If you’re at all curious about what I’ve been reading lately, here’s my list.

Wildflowers from Winter by Katie Ganshert

A young architect at a prestigious Chicago firm, Bethany Quinn has built a life far removed from her trailer park teen years. Until an interruption from her estranged mother reveals that tragedy has struck in her hometown and a reluctant Bethany is called back to rural Iowa. Determined to pay her respects while avoiding any emotional entanglements, she vows not to stay long. But the unexpected inheritance of farmland and a startling turn of events in Chicago forces Bethany to come up with a new plan.

Handsome farmhand Evan Price has taken care of the Quinn farm for years. So when Bethany is left the land, he must fight her decisions to realize his dreams. But even as he disagrees with Bethany’s vision, Evan feels drawn to her and the pain she keeps so carefully locked away.

For Bethany, making peace with her past and the God of her childhood doesn’t seem like the path to freedom. Is letting go the only way to new life, love and a peace she’s not even sure exists?

Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt

Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. Daniel’s adventures—chronicled through a collection of postcards—have always appealed to Allison’s well-hidden desire for something more. But how can betraying her fiancé’s trust lead to a true happily ever after?

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Recognizing she doesn’t have all the answers won’t be easy because she’s used to being in control. To find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her—one outside her carefully defined comfort zone—and find the strength to let Him lead.

Submerged by Dani Pettrey

A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers.
Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town…until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear.

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a small town. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.

Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?


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  1. Keli Gwyn on the April 25, 2012 remarked #

    I’m reading a fun book called Wish You Were Here. Next on my list is a historical I’m eager to savor called The Pursuit of Lucy Banning.

    • Olivia on the April 25, 2012 remarked #

      Mmm. We seem to have similar reading tastes at the moment . . .

  2. Beth K. Vogt on the April 25, 2012 remarked #

    I finished Katie’s book last weekend. Packing for a trip and taking your book and Dani’s book with me. You don’t want to know how many times I read Wish You Were Here.

  3. Katie Ganshert on the April 25, 2012 remarked #

    Super fun times, Olivia!

    I’m reading Beth’s right now. Just finished Dani’s. Reading yours next!

  4. Dani Pettrey on the April 25, 2012 remarked #

    So excited to be sharing this journey with you, Olivia and all the Debs. Just finishing up Katie’s book and will be starting on yours. Can’t wait!

  5. Rel Mollet on the April 26, 2012 remarked #

    I’ve started both yours and Beth’s, Olivia!! That’s a bit naughty, isn’t it?! Enjoying both though 🙂

  6. Lorri Nussbaum on the April 26, 2012 remarked #

    The Pursuit of Lucy Banning is expected to show up on my nook while I’m in Florida. I pre-ordered as soon as I could, and I’m eagerly looking forward to reading it!!!

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