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10 Sweet Christian Romances — These Wholesome Novels Tug At The Heartstrings

Filled with lovable characters and heartfelt moments, these Christian romances are sure to please!

Feel transported into a faith-filled world of true love and swoon-worthy moments with our top 10 favorite butterfly-inducing Christian romance books. From sweeping sagas by Karen Kingsbury that may require tissues to a dazzling historical by the renowned Francine Rivers that takes readers back in time, each of these captivating novels will steal your heart and hold onto it until the very last page.

Keep scrolling to experience a taste of 10 unforgettable Christian romance books!

A Run at Love by Toni Shiloh

A Run at Love by Toni Shiloh
Bethany House Publishers

Filled with wholesome charm and memorable characters, this sweet story centers around Piper McKinney. Years ago, Piper was adopted and raised on a thoroughbred farm. Now, her dream is for her horse to win the Kentucky Derby. But when a journalist delves into her past, complications arise. She and her trainer, Tucker Hale, must work even harder as more scandals ensue. Can they make their way to the winner’s circle?

What readers are saying: “This is my first read by Toni Shiloh, and it will not be the last. Toni Shiloh knows how to write a romance where the Black woman is celebrated and uplifted, showcasing healthy communication with the love interest and God. I look forward to exploring more of her work in the future.”

A Distant Shore by Karen Kingsbury

A Distant Shore by Karen Kingsbury
Atria Books

Karen Kingsbury, bestselling author of nearly 100 novels, returns with another emotional tale that pulls at the heartstrings. Jack Ryder saved Eliza Lawrence from a riptide in Belize when she was a child. Ten years later, he’s an FBI agent investigating a drug and human trafficking ring on the island. Soon, Jack discovers Eliza might be in trouble and must find a way to save her again. A high-stakes story of danger, love and deep faith.

What readers are saying: “There were so many twists and turns in this book that I couldn’t put it down. And from a Christian standpoint, I appreciated how Karen addressed issues in the book from a biblical perspective without sounding too preachy or too over the top.”

Love, Unscripted by Denise Hunter

Love, Unscripted by Denise Hunter
Thomas Nelson

This heartfelt story follows writer Chloe Anderson, who finds out that “bad boy” actor Liam Hamilton has just been cast as the ideal-in-all-ways hero in the new film based on her novel. She’s horrified and calls her producer. But the phone is on speaker and Liam overhears Chloe’s outrage. To smooth things over and upgrade Liam’s image, he and Chloe stage a PR relationship. Before long, their facade starts to feel very real.

What readers are saying: “Denise is such a seasoned author. Always bringing depth into her books, and this one is no different. It’s such a fun story with all the Romance, heart felt talks, and love. A must read!”

The Songbird of Hope Hill by Kim Vogel Sawyer

The Songbird of Hope Hill by Kim Vogel Sawyer
WaterBrook

This hopeful saga inspired by true events follows Birdie Clarkson, who is desperate for an escape from her reality. She jumps at the chance at a better life when Reverend Isaiah Overly offers to take her to Hope Hill — the haven he opened with his wife to help women like Birdie read and write. What follows is an uplifting tale of redemption and God’s love for all people.

What readers are saying: “This book has so much in it. We see the impact on the girls where they are loved and accepted. We also see change and hope. There is so much I want to talk about but it would give to much away. There are many surprises in the story both good and bad. But I do love how the book plays out. This book gives hope and reminds us in God’s eyes things we think are unforgivable he can forgive.”

The Baxters by Karen Kingsbury

The Baxters by Karen Kingsbury (christian romance books)
Atria Books

Beloved bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers heart-­tugging emotion in The Baxteres. When a storm brews over Indiana on the day Elizabeth Baxter’s daughter Kari is supposed to marry Tim Jacobs, Elizabeth feels something bad is about to happen. At the same time, Kari’s sisters, Ashley and Brooke, have lost faith in their family. When the storm gets worse, their strength is tested and truths come to light.

What readers are saying: “I have almost the entire collection of Karen Kingsbury’s books and this one meets my already-high standards. I feel like the Baxters are my friends. It’s a wonderful book depicting real-life issues with faith as a driving force throughout.”

Once Upon a Dream by Vanessa Miller

Once Upon a Dream by Vanessa Miller (christian romance books)
Independently published

An emotional love story unfolds in this tale following Tamara Davison. Growing up, Tamara felt like a princess in the empire of her father’s megachurch. It wasn’t until her NFL-bound boyfriend broke her heart and a truth about her father was revealed that she began to question all she knew. But a man named Jonathan Hartman, who has always loved Tamara, is now ready to convince her that true love is better than any fairy tale.

What readers are saying: “Wholesome and easy to read with a heart-felt message. God has used Vanessa’s talent to reach me when I was in some rough areas of my life.”

The Lady’s Mine by Francine Rivers

The Lady's Mine by Francine Rivers christian romance books
Tyndale House Publishers

Bestselling author Francine Rivers returns to the frontier in this sweeping tale. In 1875, Kathryn Walsh arrives at a mining town to claim the old newspaper office she’s inherited. Overwhelmed by the oppression of the local miners, Kathryn relaunches the newspaper. Soon, she meets saloon owner Matthias Beck. Together, the two try to take a stand to help the community — and may find a love worth more than gold.

What readers are saying: “This is a delightful read! Refreshing with a strong female role model in a place and time where women were not given such considerations. I highly recommend it!”

Faithful by Kim Cash Tate

Faithful by Kim Cash Tate (christian romance books )
Thomas Nelson Inc

This story follows the personal lives of three best friends as they each face life-altering struggles. Cydney is still single in her 40s and longing for something more, Dana’s picture-perfect marriage all but crumbles when she discovers her husband’s affair and Phyllis is patiently waiting for God to help her husband find faith. The women learn to rely on one another and fight to put their trust in God.

What readers are saying: “Loved this book and how their challenges were taken to God, friends and family they could trust to pray for them and lead them back to God.”

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck

The Fifth Avenue Story Society by Rachel Hauck
Thomas Nelson

When five very different New Yorkers receive an anonymous mysterious invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society, they suspect they’re victims of a practical joke. Yet curiosity and loneliness bring them back each week to the old library where they reveal their deepest secrets to strangers. Soon, they share the stories of their hearts and the kind of friendship that has the power to heal their souls.

What readers are saying: “As a Christian, I was blown away by this book. I was also surprised that it centered around Christian beliefs. It was safe, uplifting and inspiring to love and cherish those you come on contact with even if you don’t really know them. Everyone has a story and this one quickly became one of my favorites!”

Love in Tandem by Becca Kinzer

Love in Tandem by Becca Kinzer
Tyndale House Publishers

After a failed engagement and her mother’s battle with cancer, the last thing Charlotte Carter needed was to learn that her school’s music program might get shut down. Desperate to save it, Charlotte teams up with Zach Bryant — her ex-fiancé’s brother — in a once-in-a-lifetime competition that will take them all over the country on a tandem bicycle in the hopes of winning a cash prize. But will they be able to put their past aside to open their hearts to the journey ahead of them?

What readers are saying: “Becca has written another amazing book. Hilarious, touching, with great plot twists, romance and a good Christian message. I wish she had 20 more books I could read!”


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