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Subject: Looking for Recommendations...
Date Posted: 10/20/2011 11:54 AM ET
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Hello!  This is my first visit to this forum, so I apologize if this has been discussed here before....

I've recently started reading Christian historical romances.  I've always loved historical fiction but I've found that many mainstream historical romances get a little too "hot" for my taste.  Christian romances seem to keep things fairly clean so I can enjoy my romantic plot without having to worry about what the characters will do when they pair off. 

Since I'm just getting started, I don't really know what authors/series to look for.  I picked up a few Love Inspired Historicals at the thrift store, but the plots were a little short and simple for my taste, and a few of them were overly "preachy".  I just finished, and very much enjoyed, The Apothecary's Daughter by Julie Klassen.

Do you have any recommendations?  I'm open to just about any timeperiod, although I espeically love Tudor, Regency, and Victorian type settings.  The focus doesn't have to romance either; I also love mysteries with romantic subplots.  Obviously, the metion of God/church/etc. is not a problem for me, but I want to stay away from books where the religion overpowers everything else.  Does that make sense?  I don't know if I'm describing it right...

Thanks in advance!

Date Posted: 10/20/2011 12:56 PM ET
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HI Alisa!

I'm sure that you will get some good recommendations here.  I don't read historical fiction that much but do know many of the authors.

Here are a few to try:

Lawana Blackwell
BJ Hoff
Lauraine Snelling - several women at my church lover her books
Tracie Peterson - my mother loves hers
Tamera Alexander
Lynn Austin
Gilbert Morris
Deeanne Gist

I'm sure others will have more.

My mother loved this series:  The Mermaid in the Basement (Lady Trent, Bk 1) :: Gilbert Morris unfortunately only the first one is available at the moment but you could WL the others.   She likes the Regency period also.

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Date Posted: 10/20/2011 2:32 PM ET
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Jane Kirkpatrick

Alison Pittman

Stephanie Grace Whitson

Judith Miller

Sarah Sundin

Janette Oke

Robin Lee Hatcher (both historical and contemporary)

Nancy Moser - She has a few fictionalized accounts of historical figures (Jane Austin, Martha Washington, Mozart's sister, etc.).  The rest are not historicals for the most part but she does have some very good fiction you might enjoy.

Date Posted: 10/20/2011 5:52 PM ET
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The books by Bodie and Brock Thoene can't be beat for historical novels.  Some light romance.   The ones I've read have been set pre WW2 or right after but I know there are series that are set elsewhere.  Their writing is fantastic, I think.

Bodie & Brock Thoene

Date Posted: 10/21/2011 12:14 AM ET
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Julie Klassen does many others that are excellent. I also like Elizabeth Camden. She has only done one that I know of but it was very good. My favorite historical authors are Laura Frantz, Kim Sawyer, and Karen Witemeyer. THey aren't regency but they are good historical ones. There is another regency author that I can't think of right now. Will get back to you once I remember her name. She only wrote three regency books that are a series. I can see the cover but can't think of it:)

Date Posted: 10/21/2011 10:10 AM ET
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Charity, are you thinking of Linore Rose Burkard? Her Regency books are Before the Season Ends, The House in Grosvenor Square, The Country House Courtship. I haven't read them but I heard they are good.

Date Posted: 10/22/2011 2:44 PM ET
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Yes! That is them:) I hate when that happens where you can see the book cover but can't remember the title or the author. That is the series though. I thought they were pretty good. I am not much of a fan of regency books and my favorites are probably Julie Klassen.

Thanks Virginia!

Date Posted: 10/30/2011 5:03 PM ET
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Definitely anything Lynn Austin! She has a series of 3 books; can't remember the names of them, but one had the word "fire" in the title. Oh! Great books. Though this isn't historical romance, I want to mention Francine Rivers' newest books - if you haven't read those, you'll enjoy them :)

Date Posted: 11/3/2011 6:45 PM ET
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I don't normally read CF but I have stumbled upon some I really enjoyed. I am mostly a historical fiction fan. Tahn:A Novel by L.A. Kelly was a page-turner,

a must-read!

Date Posted: 11/8/2011 10:50 PM ET
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Karen Kingsbury is my favorite but Tracie Peterson is also very good. I have a book on my bookshelf by Sally John which was very good. It is called A Moment of Truth. It is a mystery and has romance in it as well. As far as Historical fiction, I have enjoyed Julie Klassen as well. Kim Vogel Sawyer and Colleen Coble are also good. I hope you find some you really enjoy. There is so much available that I can understand why you would like some recommendations.

All the authors mentioned are wonderful. Some read slower than others. It just depends on your preferences.

Date Posted: 11/15/2011 7:50 PM ET
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Lori Wick wrote several romance series you might enjoy along with

Gibert Morris  who wrote the Wakefield Dynasty stories

Boide Thone wrote several series you may enjoy

Jack Cavanaugh American Family Portrait series



Date Posted: 12/8/2011 2:12 PM ET
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I like Francine Rivers and Liz Curtis Higgs. All of Liz Curtis Higgs have the Scotland Highland/Lowland theme.

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Date Posted: 12/10/2011 8:56 PM ET
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My absolute favorite is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

Date Posted: 12/12/2011 12:31 PM ET
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My absolute favorite is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

Regina, I agree. That was the most moving story!