Bethany House Publishers is a Christian division of Baker House Publishing Group. I was first introduced to Bethany House when I read found Beverly Lewis’s Amish novels while browsing library shelves about a decade ago. I enjoy reading adult fiction, hands down, but I have learned to be wary of less than savory content mixed into some of the best fiction stories. That’s why I’m recommending Bethany Publishers for entertaining and uplifting fiction without the detracting material.
In the time that I’ve dabbled with new authors published under the Bethany label, I have not encountered any books I regret reading. Enough of my personal promotion. Here are some of my favorite authors and books published by Bethany House. Just so you know, I am partial to historical fiction so most the books I introduce come from that genre.
These days I read any of Lewis’s fiction but the Abram’s Daughters 5 book series remains my favorite, followed closely by The Rose Trilogy which is a recent series. After reading all of Lewis’s works, I moved on to Lynn Austin’s Hidden Places, after watching the Hallmark movie a few years ago. Some of my Austin favorites include:
While We’re Far Apart: A WWII love story with a touching plot.
Until We Reach Home: A tale of Swedish Immigrant sisters immigrating to America.
Wonderland Creek: A take-off of Christy by Catherine Marshall. In the woods of rural Kentucky, a young librarian wants to change the town.
A Proper Pursuit: Introduces us the golden period of the World Fair exhibitions and Chicago that hosted it.
Recently I discovered Tracie Peterson, a prolific writer with an endless stream of stories to share. Her best novels explore the development of the American frontiers and the courageous women who settled there. Some of my Peterson favorites include:
Brides of Gallatin County series: Each book in the trilogy focuses on 1 of 3 sisters who settled in Gallatin County, Montana
Song of Alaska series: Introduces us to an Alaskan frontier town of at the beginning of the 20th century.