Who else <3’s a little romance in their fiction? Who else is frustrated by downright silly and/or defiling portrayals of romance?
Last Friday I gave a list of ten (slightly) romantic books I felt comfortable recommending and promised more to come. You can find all of these books (and any new ones I discover!) on my Goodreads shelf “Sweet Romance”. Read them at your own (and your parents!) discretion. 😉
Gift from the Storm by Rebekah Morris is first an amazing God-honoring mystery full of sweet family life (and CHRISTMAS!) and secondly a great example of organic, friendship-based romance. Read my enthusiastic review here.
Waiting for Her Isaac by Stephen and Susie Castleberry is one of the few portrayals of courtship I’ve read. Instead of focusing on rules and regulations, it brings things back to trusting the Lord, looking for principles in His word, and growing up in general since there is a lot of book before the courtship part. 😉 Read my review here.
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss is the story of real girl. Not to say that it is biographical or even based on someone specific–but Katy has the same struggles, misunderstandings, and temptations that are common to us. The story does drag towards the end, but if you can live with that it’s worth the lessons and sweet romance. 😉
A Little House of Their Own by Celia Wilkins is one of those “extra Little House books”. (I’m usually not a fan especially if they throw in feminism or attitude that is just plain not true to the time period of the Ingalls.) This one however is SO SWEET especially since it’s friendship-based and sets a nice tone for the Laura books. 😉
Roses for Mama by Janette Oke is the story of a young woman who is suddenly responsible for all of her younger siblings when her parents die. You can imagine that throws a hitch in the romance department unless the guy is super sweet and genuine… 😉
Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster was enjoyed by me mostly because of the hilarious author confessions of Judy, but the romance in it ended up pretty sweet as well. 😉 I wouldn’t recommend it for all ages because the worldview is a slightly mixed bag.
Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott wins the prize for most adorable classic ever. While there are “silly” moments and such, I really love how it turns out to prove that love is built on respect. And if you happen to have read its lighthearted prequel Eight Cousins, you’ll find it ten times cuter. 😉
Ready or Not by Chautona Havig is the first book in the Aggie’s Inheritance series. I feel like I am always talking about this series, but I’m not stopping. 😛 It’s actually Christian and contemporary which is rare for me to find! It’s pretty clean, but there are still a few things that make it more PG than some of the others here. Here’s my review. 😉 I have to get my hands on that fourth book!!!
The Garden Wall by Jeanie Bishop is a picture book entirely on 1 Corinthians 13. It’s tearjerking and darling with great pictures and–yeah, I love it. 😉
That concludes my recommendations! Chime in with your favorites!