Welcome to Day 2 of the Five Fall Favorites Party hosted by Rebekah Morris at Read Another Page! (Make sure you visit there for all the party details, including finding all the other participants.) Some of the best biking weather, especially down where I live, is in the fall. When the breeze has that distinctive autumnal quality, biking makes it extra delicious. Bikes with baskets are the best – they can hold your book as you pedal to a special place to read it.
One type of book that might be ideal for reading in that special place is a clean, Christian romance. Some of you don’t read romance, and that’s fine; the general romance genre is not my favorite. But I have read and loved a number of books where romance plays a part but isn’t all that the plot concerns. Here are my top five:
Green Dolphin Street by Elizabeth Goudge
Elizabeth Goudge is one of my absolute favorite authors. Her books may be best classified as Christian literary fiction; they’re so much more than romance or any other single genre. Many don’t even contain much romance, though most deal with married characters. Green Dolphin Street was almost an anti-romance at times because the main marriage within the book didn’t work out quite as planned. Certain characters have to learn to work at love. It was amazingly deep; every page was a feast of either insight, beauty, or heartache, often all three. It’s set in the 19th century, split between one of the English Channel islands and New Zealand. Read my full review on Goodreads.
How Do I Love Thee? by Nancy Moser
This one is definitely a romance, but it’s one of the sweetest I’ve read. And it’s even better because it really happened! Elizabeth Barrett was a talented British Victorian poet confined to her bedroom because of ill health and a controlling father. Robert Browning adored her published poems and came to visit her, and against all hope, Elizabeth finally had a chance at a real romance . . . Find on Goodreads.
Least of All Saints by Grace Irwin
In 1920s Toronto, Andrew Connington is a non-believer who becomes an ordained minister because he believes Christian moral values should be propagated. His spiritual journey, as well as Irwin’s wonderfully realistic and intelligent writing, makes this novel a rich and affecting read. It wouldn’t be classified as a romance, but it contains an enjoyable love story. Find on Goodreads.
The Challenge by Carolyn
This is a definite romance, but I enjoyed it because it’s so different than any other romance, even Christian ones. In the beautiful Missouri countryside where they work with horses, David and Hope are thoroughly committed to the Lord, and He calls them to follow an unconventional courtship. Find on Goodreads.
Emmeline by Sarah Holman
I love Jane Austen, but her classic romances (which are actually more along the lines of witty social novels) can’t officially be filed under the genre we’re discussing. So why not select a beautiful retelling of one of her most popular novels, Emma? Set in 1930 at the beginning of the Great Depression in America, Emmeline is a sweet Christian romance along the lines of Grace Livingston Hill that follows the story of Emma, but with its own unique twists and additions. Read my full review on Goodreads.
What are your favorite clean, Christian romances?
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