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Thu
Sep 18 2014 9:30am

Inspiring! Top 10 Inspirational Romances

A Girl to Come Home To by Grace Livingston HillI’ve been reading romance novels since my middle school years, but it has only been in the last five years that I’ve really become a fan of the Inspirational market. Part of that was due to changes in the market itself; the books that are coming out now in the genre have a fresher, friendlier approach that encourages entertainment along with edification. The ten books listed below are not all my personal favorites (some are) but they are all books that have had an impact on the genre.

10. Grace Livingston Hill, A Girl to Come Home To

Why? Hill has great name recognition when it comes to Inspirational romance. During her life time (1865-1947) she wrote over a hundred books, many of which are still in print. If the modern Inspirational romance novel has a starting point it is probably one of Hill’s books. I choose this particular novel because it is a personal favorite.

[We like those...]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 9:30am

Heroines to Die for from Armstrong, Howard, Robb and More!

Exit Strategy by Kelley ArmstrongFraming a love story around characters with a dark past is a challenge. The angst the character deals with internally often causes the story to take a morose twist that makes the believability of a romance impossible. The actions the character takes in the present to help them wrestle with their demons can do the same. Yet when the author can make us believe in the character and their journey enough the love story shines even brighter against this black background.

Heroines who kill have gone down the darkest path. Whether they kill to defend themselves, defend others, or just as a means of survival, the road they travel is one filled with ghosts. Not only must the author convince us that our hero or heroine can find love in spite of the horrors of their past, they also have to create a sympathetic character who can engage the reader enough to have them set aside whatever inhibitions the reader would normally feel towards someone with that behavior.

While dark pasts tend to be distributed evenly between heroes and heroines, violent reactions to such pasts tend to be far more the purview of men than women. Most kick ass heroines tend to draw the line at killing their opponent. Which ones do seek out violence as a way to lay their demons to rest? Which ladies are willing to go as far as pulling the trigger?

Nadia Stafford from Kelley Armstrong’s Exit Strategy, Made to Be Broken, and Wild Justice is the first who comes to mind. Nadia’s life took a turn for the macabre when she went from being a cop to being a gun for hire.

[That's quite a change...]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Pam Jenoff’s The Winter Guest (August 26, 2014)

The Winter Guest by Pam JenoffPam Jenoff
The Winter Guest
Harlequin MIRA / August 26, 2014 / $14.95 print & digital

Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn't be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.

Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam—a Jew—but Helena's concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all—and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.

Since her debut novel, 2007’s The Kommandant’s Girl, Pam Jenoff has wowed audiences with her intense and heartfelt World War II romantic fiction. In this latest release, Jenoff combines intrigue, mystery, and sibling rivalry to deliver a thrilling perspective on how the past affects the present.

[I'm intrigued already...]