Although I love reading, I haven’t read much Christian fiction, apart from the chronicles of Narnia and a couple by Francine Rivers. I guess I thought they would probably be cheesy, so never bothered to pick one up! Well recently, I thought I really should put my prejudices aside and give some a go. I set my self the challenge to read three books, and thought I might as well review them here.
From The Start by Melissa Tagg
I was surprised at just how much I enjoyed reading this very sweet romance, although it’s not something I would usually choose.
Kate Walker is an aspiring writer, suffering from writers block and still getting over a relationship which ended several years previously. She meets Colton Greene, whilst visiting her family in Maple Valley. Both of these characters are carrying a lot of excess baggage from the past which makes it hard for them to trust and build a new relationship with each other.
All of the characters in this story were likeable and easy to relate to. I loved the American Mid West setting, especially the parts set in Chicago, as this is where my husband grew up.
The story is told from both Kate and Colton’s point of view, some thing I always enjoy, so we are able to get inside both of their heads. I really enjoyed watching them grow as characters, overcome obstacles and move on from their paths.
I was surprised at the start of the book how little their faith was mentioned, however by the end you could see God’s hand on both of their lives, and how their faith affected the choices they made. This is ultimately a story of learning to forgive, move on from the past and of trust in God for the future
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a sweet romantic story with something a little bit deeper. I will definitely be keeping my eyes out for further books in this series.
Finding Me by Kathryn Cushman
I was really excited to read this book. I loved the premise: After her father dies, a woman discovers her entire life has all been a lie; the mother, brother and sister she believed to have died in a house fire when she was a child are actually still alive. She then goes on a path of unravelling the lies she has been fed her entire life and discovering who she really is. I really like stories where family secrets come to light, so this did not disappoint. There is also a nice romantic sub plot, which was very cute.
Whilst this book wasn’t entirely realistic, it was a fun and entertaining read. There is a lot of soul-searching in this book and the character does grow in her faith, however I did feel that the whole faith aspect was kind of tacked on, as an afterthought, and at times it did feel a little bit preachy. I felt that this book could have gone a little bit deeper, in faith and other areas, as it has a really great premise, the author could have definitely done a bit more with the subject of fathers. These are just my opinions though.
However, this is definitely a decent book, and I was gripped throughout, wanting to find out what happened next. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys stories with a little bit of mystery.
The Creole Princess by Beth White
Out of the three books I read this was probably my favourite. Set in the gulf coast of America this is an exciting story about Lyse, a daughter of a freed slave and a Frenchman, living in a turbulent period of history.
This book tackles a lot of issues, most notably racism and slavery. Lyse’s cousin is a slave in bondage, whilst Lyse herself is a free woman. This obviously brings up a lot of questions, and strong links can be drawn between this story and the freedom that we find in Christ. This book certainly made me think about what it means to be truly free.
This book is fast paced, there is a lot of action, to keep you turning the pages It also has not one, but three great romances! Again the character in this story were all Christians, but they were maybe a little bit too perfect. Despite that, I really enjoyed reading this book, and would recommend it.
I enjoyed reading all three of these Christian novels a lot more than I thought I would. Yes, they were a little bit cheesy, and there and there seemed to be a bit of theme where the romantic interests were recovering from sporting injuries! But they did keep me entertained for a couple of hours. It was also refreshing to know that there would be nothing explicit in the books. I will definitely be reading more Christian fiction in the future, but not exclusively.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post!
Do you ever read Christian fiction?
Are there any books you would recommend?