2021 Christy Awards

  1. 2022 Christy Awards

2022 Book of the Year

After suffering a traumatic experience, Sarah returns home to run her family's grocery alongside her mom, Rosemary, and grandmother, Glory Ann. Rosemary is determined to prevent Sarah from following in her footsteps. Plotting with Sarah to keep the store, Glory Ann is hiding an explosive decades-old secret. Will the long-buried past unravel the lives of three generations? 336 pages, softcover from Revell.

Contemporary Romance

Molly's trendy fashion and beauty advice gains her a substantial social media following and an audition to host a makeover show for underprivileged youth. One problem: she has zero experience with kids in need! So she volunteers for a transitional program. Silas, the director, isn't impressed. Can she win him over---and discover what matters most in life? 352 pages, softcover from Bethany.

The Amplify Award for Christian Fiction

Brielle Adebayo loves teaching school in New York City---then she abruptly discovers she's a princess of Oloro Ile, Africa, and is forced to assume the throne. Yet before she does, she must choose a man to marry from the Royal Council's select list. Will she find love---or deal with the perils of a wrong decision? 384 pages, softcover from Bethany.

First Novel

In the winter of 1923, Professor Annalee Spain, a clever but overworked theologian at a small Chicago Bible college, receives a cryptic telegram calling her home to Denver to solve the mystery of the murder of her beloved but estranged father.

For a young Black woman, searching for answers in a city ruled by the KKK could mean real danger. Still, with her literary hero Sherlock Holmes as inspiration, Annalee launches her hunt for clues, attracting two surprising allies: Eddie, a relentless young white boy searching for his missing father, and Jack, a handsome Black pastor who loves nightclub dancing and rides in his sporty car, awakening Annalee's heart to the surprising highs and lows of romantic love.

With their help, Annalee follows clues that land her among Denver's powerful elite. But when their sleuthing unravels sinister motives and deep secrets, Annalee confronts the dangerous truths and beliefs that could make her a victim too.

General Fiction

After suffering a traumatic experience, Sarah returns home to run her family's grocery alongside her mom, Rosemary, and grandmother, Glory Ann. Rosemary is determined to prevent Sarah from following in her footsteps. Plotting with Sarah to keep the store, Glory Ann is hiding an explosive decades-old secret. Will the long-buried past unravel the lives of three generations? 336 pages, softcover from Revell.

Historical

A birthday excursion turns deadly when the SS Eastland capsizes with Olive Pierce and her best friend on board. Hundreds perish during the accident, and it's only when Olive herself barely escapes that she discovers her friend is among the victims.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Olive returns to her work at a Chicago insurance agency and is immersed in the countless investigations related to the accident. But with so many missing, there are few open-and-shut cases, and she tries to balance her grief with the hard work of finding the truth.

While someone sabotages her progress, Olive accepts the help of newspaper photographer Erik Magnussen. As they unravel secrets, the truths they discover impact those closest to Olive. How long will the disaster haunt her--and how can she help the others find the peace they deserve?

Historical Romance:

During the 1940 Nazi occupation of Paris, American Lucie, owner of Green Leaf Books, aids the Resistance by passing secret messages within her volumes. Meanwhile, factory owner Paul sells to the Germans---but sabotages his product. When Lucie and Paul meet at her store, attraction ignites. Will his business dealings with the Nazis derail their romance? 416 pages, softcover from Revell.

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller

Three best friends are rocking to the music of their favorite band---until an explosion rips through the venue. Later, the police stop army veteran and security systems expert Dustin Webb and discover a trunk full of incendiary devices in his car. How did they get there? Can attorney and childhood friend Jamie Powell discover who's framing Dustin---and why? 320 pages, softcover from Nelson.

Short Form

A donation-seeking woman confronts a Scrooge-like bachelor in A Texas Christmas Carol. Can An Archer Family Christmas be rescued when Cassandra encounters a nefarious outlaw? Never fear---the Archers are here! And in previously published Gift of the Heart, will a wealthy resort owner accept a mother's heirloom brooch as collateral? Includes devotions, recipes, and 19th-century fun facts. 304 pages, softcover from Bethany.

Speculative

The island world of Meriel faces an old adversary and a new danger. Will the reformed Order die before it has a chance to blossom?
Storm clouds loom on the horizon as Carya and Brantley struggle to overcome wounds of the past and build a future together. The fragile new Order is on shaky ground, with too few dancers and sparse resources. Then trouble erupts—and now an insidious rebellion and a new foe threaten their entire world.
When she uncovers an old enemy behind all the destruction, Carya realizes the past is not done with her. With conflict tearing apart the dancers and villages, rimmers are soon overrun, and Carya must unite her people by leading the battle to protect the very heart of her world . . . or lose it all.

Young Adult

Shadow by Kara Swanson, this is volume 2 of the Heirs of Neverland series. Readers will follow along as Peter Pan desperately tries to rescues Claire and the Lost Boys, while he unravels what tore his dreamland apart. Through each step, Peter is haunted by more of his own broken memories. Clair Kenton is chained to a pirate ship, watching the wreckage of Neverland rocked by tempests. When she finally locates her brother Connor, he is every bit as shattered as the island. Clair may have pixie dust flowing in her veins, but the light of Neverland is flickering dangerously close to going out forever. Hardcover, 304 pages. Ages 13-18 years old.

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