My Favorite Romance Books

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In a way, this is a continuation of my post titled ‘Romantically Inclined’. I thought, after all, it might do well to give y’all a list of some good, clean romance books I have been fortunate enough to enjoy. Hopefully, some of these will spark your interest and take you on a marvelous journey within its pages!

  1. The Christy Miller series by Robin Jones Gunn.

This has to be one of my top favorite series’ that I’ve ever read. It follows the tale of a young teen, christyChristy Miller, through high school, college, and eventually marriage! Several topics that young people struggle with are addressed in a non-depressing way and by a Christian worldview. There is romance in this series (it wouldn’t be on my list if it lacked it) but it is clean while still satisfying your romantic taste. You can find these books at Lifeway or through CBD.

 

2. The Life of Faith series by Martha Finley

I have been reading these books since the time I was in middle school and continue to love them.

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This is an older series, written decades ago, but is nevertheless a wonderful read. One of my favorite things about this series is one of the heroine’s – Elsie Dinsmore. Her Christian character and virtue challenged me to step up my own. It is set during the 1800’s and there are several series within the overall series (the Elsie Dinsmore one being an example). It does contain romance in its most old-fashioned, elegant form. You can find these books at Lifeway or through CBD.

 

 

3. The Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke.

This series is set in a historical time period during the mid 1800s and follows the tale of a younglove come softly woman named Marty who has just lost her husband in a tragic accident. Through a marriage of convenience, she slowly falls in love with Clark Davis and he with her. The ups and downs during their own lives and those of their children make an enjoyable read and give the reader a greater understanding of how people lived their lives centuries ago. You can find these books at Lifeway or through CBD.

 

 

 

I hope one of the three series’ I listed has intrigued your interest enough to look into reading! All of these books contain clean romance and are written from a Christian perspective. So tell me readers, do you have a favorite romance book or series that is without the common vulgar images and language common in today’s literature? Tell me in the comments!

Until next time,

~ Southern Dreamer

My Love of Fiction

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Fiction’s my addiction. Well, that about sums up how I feel about it. 😉 However, I would like to delve deeper, with you my audience, into why fiction captures our hearts and enraptures our souls.

I can not recall the exact moment when I began to read fiction avidly – as long as I can remember, I have been a reader. Books such as C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia, Martha Finley’s Life of Faith series, and others quickly made their permanent place in my heart. What was it about these stories that drew me in with such curiousness and desire? Could it be, that behind each series there was more than just words? Truths were woven in and truth is what, ultimately our hearts desire however hard it may be to hear – or in many peoples cases, read.

The Chronicles of Narnia with its beautiful allegories and similes thrilled my soul as I eagerly soared through the pages. When I realized who Aslan portrays – Jesus Christ, and who the White Witch was formed after – Satan, it was with excitement that I began to see these intricately written metaphors.

Regarding the Life of Faith series by Martha Finley, the main character Elsie Dinsmore was such a wonderful heroine. I found myself challenged in my own walk with the Lord to become more godly, spend more time with Him. This in itself is such a marvelous reason to read fiction, being challenged in life is critical to growth, but when one is challenged by a character…it touches a different place in your heart.

As the years have passed, other types of books have stolen another area of my story-loving heart. Series’ such as that of the Christy Miller by Robin Jones Gunn and Love Comes Softly by Janette Oak have instantly become favorites. I love each for different reasons, for the former I enjoy the clean romance intertwined with the relatable and flawed characters and the latter heightens my fascination with history and everything about those time periods.

Fiction, I have discovered, for myself at least, is an escape – a way to enter another person’s world. What secrets shall I dig up? Which adventures will I embark on?

Fiction remains such a beautiful form of writing and I know that it will always be a special pastime of mine.

Christy & Todd: The Married Years – Book 1

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This morning I looked on my dining room table and what do I see? A package containing the first book of the Christy & Todd: The Married Years series. *squeal* I was soooooo incredibly excited!!! I adore this series and as one who has read the entire Christy Miller series multiple times, I can assure you these books are amazing!

If you have never read any of Robin Jones Gunn’s books, I encourage you to start! Below are the books in the Christy Miller series, preceding Forever with You.

Christy Miller Volume 1 (Summer Promise, A Whisper and a Wish, and Yours Forever)

Christy Miller Volume 2 (Surprise Endings, Island Dreamer, and A Heart Full of Hope)

Christy Miller Volume 3 (True Friends, Starry Night, and Seventeen Wishes)

Christy Miller Volume 4 (A Time to Cherish, Sweet Dreams, and A Promise Is Forever)

Christy and Todd: The College Years (Until Tomorrow, As Your Wish, and I Promise)

Now, on to the review! 🙂

*Warning – Spoilers Ahead*

This book does not disappoint! As an avid reader of this series, I was pleased to find it lived up to my expectations.

It starts out with Todd and Christy Spencer married and living in an apartment. Todd is currently a youth pastor and truly loves the teens he works with. On the other hand, Christy is employed at The Ark – a bookstore.

This book is mostly about the struggles Christy and Todd are going through in their life right now – mostly financially. It shows the times when they struggle understanding why God allowed Christy to be laid off, and why Todd resigned and can’t seem to find a job. Yet, it always comes back to the conclusion that God knows best and they are in His hands even though they might not understand their circumstances or why they are being tested.

When I completed reading Forever With You, I was left desiring more, which in my opinion, is always a good thing.

I encourage all of you to go and if you haven’t yet, pick up the first book in the Christy Miller series. If, like me, you have already read those, go ahead and order your copy of Forever With You today! You won’t regret it!

– Southern Dreamer

P.S. If anyway is reading this :P, how do you like what I am writing about so far? I would love any suggestions you might offer!