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Carol Award Finalists 2017

Here are the finalists for the 2017 Carol Awards. The winners will be announced September 23 during the gala awards dinner in Dallas as part of ACFW’s annual conference.

Contemporary
The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editor Amanda Bostic
One More Song to Sing by Lindsay Harrel, Ashberry Lane Publishing, editors Christina Tarabochia and Rachel Lulich
The Broken Trail (Sweet River Redemption) by Christa MacDonald, Mountain Brook Ink, editor Rachel Lulich and Miralee Ferrell

Historical
This Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick, Revell - A Division of Baker Publishing Group, editors Andrea Doering and Barbara Barnes
Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, editors Ann Tatlock and Amberlyn Dwinnell
Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart, Kregel Publications, editors Dawn Jackson and Janyre Tromp

Historical Romance
The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof, ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published), editors Denise Harmer and Kara Swanson
No Way Up (The Cimarron Legacy) by Mary Connealy, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors David Long and Luke Hinrichs
Undaunted Hope by Jody Hedlund, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editor David Long

Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
If I Run by Terri Blackstock, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Amanda Bostic and David Lambert
Murder Comes by Mail: A Hidden Springs Mystery by A.H. Gabhart,  Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing, editor Lonnie Hull DuPont
When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Amanda Bostic and Natalie Hanneman

Novella
The Doctor’s Woman (The Courageous Brides Collection) by Michelle Griep, Barbour Publishing, editor Becky Germany
The Warrior’s Seal by Ronie Kendig, Bethany House (Baker) Publishing, editors David Long and Jessica Barnes
The Angel of Forest Hill: An Amish Christmas Romance by Cindy Woodsmall, Waterbrook/Multnomah (Random House), editor Shannon Marchese

Romance
A Season to Love by Nicole Deese, Waterfall Press, editors Amy Hosford and Kristin
Mehus-Roe
Just a Kiss (A Summer Harbor Novel) by Denise Hunter, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Karli Jackson and L B Norton
The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editor Becky Monds

Romantic Suspense
The Dragon Roars by Sara Davison, Ashberry Lane Publishing, editors Rachel Lulich and Christina Tarabochia
Always Watching (Elite Guardians) by Lynette Eason, Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing, editor Andrea Doering
You’re the One that I Want by Susan May Warren, Tyndale House, editors Karen Watson and Sarah Mason

Short Novel
Falling for the Hometown Hero by Mindy Obenhaus, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editors Melissa Endlich and Emily Rodmell
Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti, Worthy Inspired, editors Pamela Clements and Jamie Chavez
Burnin’ For You by Susan May Warren, SDG Publishing, editor Barbara Curtis

Speculative
Unblemished by Sara Ella, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Becky Monds and Julee Schwarzburg
The Healer’s Rune by Lauricia Matuska , Brimstone Fiction, editors Rowena Kuo and Eddie Jones
The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James L. Rubart, HarperCollins Christian Publishing (Thomas Nelson and Zondervan), editors Amanda Bostic and Erin Healy

Debut
A Family for the Farmer by Laurel Blount, Love Inspired (Harlequin), editor Giselle Regis
The Last Apostle: A Novel (John the Immortal Series) by Dennis Brooke, Made for Grace Publishing, editor John Harten
You’re the Cream in my Coffee by Jennifer Lamont Leo, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, editor Kathryn Davis

Congratulations!