It’s February, A.K.A. National Romance Month. Ick. Oh, sorry. 😉
I love reading romance in books, but it drives me crazy when that slight element becomes The Whole Purpose of the Book or way too detailed. I make it my goal to collect books that have romance as a very clean, God-honoring sideplot… Here are just a few that I feel comfortable giving the thumbs-up. 😉
Rose of Prophecy by Hope Ann just blew me away when I first read it. Beauty and the Beast is such a sweet story to begin with but when you make it All. About. The. Gospel. it just gets ten times better. Truly adorable, clean, uplifting book. Read my review here.
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke is probably the iconic Christian romance novel. Why? Because it doesn’t have any offensive content and makes an important point not many other books do. I was very blessed by it when I read it as an older teen.
Beauty by Robin McKinley is of course another Beauty and the Beast story and the first I ever read actually. Incredibly sweet but with slightly more romance related content than Rose of Prophecy. 😉
Adventures and Adversities by Sarah Holman was one of the first books I’ve read by a homeschooled author. It has a very encouraging spiritual theme, is in a medieval setting (my favorite!), and has a friendship-based romance built on loyalty. Read my review here.
I Love Thee by Faith Blum is a sweet novella and quite the opposite of “love at first sight”. Nope, it’s a thing that grows through shared experience and love for God. A sweet read.
A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall is actually a biography of an aaaaammmmaaaazzzzing man of God. Quite the extraordinary book! The fact that he has a very sweet godly relationship with his wife is just the icing on the cake. 😉
What are some of your favorite books from any genre that have handled this element well?
I’ll be back next week with more books to recommend! Have a great weekend! 😉