March 2021 Featured Article
I have a confession to make.
Until about three years ago, I’d never read a Christian romance novel. Honestly, I didn’t even know that this category of books existed.
I’d read widely across many genres, but romance? Too risqué.
Then I went through a tough time in my personal life, and I started looking for books that would leave me feeling uplifted. I ran a search for “Christian fiction” at my local library and discovered Kathryn Cushman’s novels. After reading through her backlist, I stumbled across the Love Inspired line, and I was hooked.
These stories weren’t about sex—they were about love. They were about people who were doing their best to honor God while also dealing with difficult circumstances. They were about people like me.
Aside from a copyeditor, my husband was the first person who read my debut novel, Falling for the Innkeeper. He’d never read a romance novel before, and he was a bit baffled by the whole experience. When he reads fiction, he usually reads sci-fi, and he thought it was “obvious” from the beginning of my book that the two main characters would end up together. I had to tell him that that was a good thing—romance readers would be furious if the hero and heroine didn’t end up together!
Life can be unpredictable, and when we’re facing challenges, it’s sometimes difficult to see a way out. There’s comfort that comes in reading a book where you know the main characters will work together to solve their problems and live happily ever after.
Reading about how others have overcome hardship is a hopeful reminder that—no matter how dark things in our own lives might seem at the moment—we, too, shall overcome!
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