Inspirational Romance

C+
The Protector

Considering that The Protector is a story involving Chicago firefighters and their escalating problem with a serial arsonist, I was surprised when the first word that came to mind to describe the book was pleasant. For good and ill, the book is pleasant. This fourth entry in the O'Malley ...

B-
Whirlpool

Whirlpool is an inspirational mystery by another new-to-me author, Lorena McCourtney. The story is interesting and engaging, and readers unfamiliar with McCourtney should be glad to find another solid author in this sub-genre. In a series of tragic events, Stefanie Canfield's lif ...

B+
True Valor

During a rescue in Ecuador gone bad, Air Force Major Bruce "Striker" Stanton, a Pararescue Jumper (PJ for short), realizes he only has three regrets in life: "Not having a dog. A house. A wife." As soon as he gets stateside he immediately rectifies the first two things on the list. The third is goin ...

C
A Father's Place

A Father's Place is a low-key inspirational romance about forgiveness and moving on. Unfortunately, it never really fully engaged my attention. It was an average read. Quinn Forrester is a widower who has spent the two years since the death of his wife off working on engineering ...

B+
Love Comes Softly

Love Comes Softly is an important book. If Kathleen Woodiwiss' The Flame and the Flower changed the romance fiction market forever in 1972, in 1979 Love Comes Softly did something of the same thing for the Christian romance market which had been stagnating since the death of Grace Livingston Hill in ...

C-
The Glorious Prodigal

Gilbert Morris is a very popular author in my geographical area. At my library Christian fiction has a huge readership, and Gilbert Morris is one of the most popular authors. He's written more than 70 books, 25 of them in the House of Winslow series alone. The Glorious Prodigal is the twenty-fourth ...

B
The Truth Seeker

Dee Henderson is an author who successfully combines two sub-genres of romance: inspirational romance and romantic suspense. And though her books certainly have a spiritual focal point, Henderson does not overload her writing with heavy doses of scripture or moralizing. So if this sub-genre is new t ...

B
Ain't No River

Ain’t No River is a combination of sub-genres that normally would have me striding rapidly in the opposite direction: it’s an African-American inspirational romance. Yet reading this book reinforced my belief that sometimes it can be a rewarding experience to read something outside of my normal ...

B+
The Living Stone

My experience with Inspirationals is somewhat limited. I'd never read anything by Jane Orcutt before, so I did not know what to expect. But The Living Stone did not disappoint. This is a very touching story of loss and pain, death and resurrection. Leah Travers is a contented wif ...

D+
Sophie's Heart

Sophie's Heart qualifies as one of the most frustrating books I've read in a long time. The story is interesting and at times, highly engaging, but there are a number of inconsistencies and so many preachy moments that I couldn't enjoy it. These inconsistencies, which forward the plot at the expense ...