Last month my husband and I celebrated our 20th anniversary and I’m still feeling sappy about it. So, I hope you’ll indulge me another post inspired by my own real-life romance! With every year that passes, I appreciate more and more how romance changes and gets better with time. That’s not to say it’s been easy. Any of you who are married know how much hard work and intention it takes to make it one year, twenty years, or fifty.
But the twenty-something baby versions of my husband and I who promised to grow old together on a hot July day in 2002 are now 40-somethings with reading glasses and a big bottle of ibuprofen who can look at each other and say “we’re actually doing it!” It’s such a simple but profound sweetness.
This milestone in my own love story has me thinking about CCR books out there with more mature couples. At 41, I don’t consider myself old by any stretch, but for the sake of this book list I’m including titles with main characters who are 40+ as well. Some are finding love for the first time, others are seeking second chances, and some are even already married but in need of renewal. Be sure to add others you’ve read in the comments!
Hope at Last
A widow, a widower, and some matchmaking daughters come together in this lovely CCR by Elizabeth Maddrey—the last in her 6-book Hope Ranch Series.
Chapel Cove Romances Series
This collection includes fourteen sweet romances set in Chapel Cove, Oregon – “where life begins at forty.” Includes several titles by IR’s own Marion Ueckermann as well as other Christian authors!
In this beautiful classic love story by Andrea Boyd, Vivian’s late husband left her wanting nothing to do with love. But widower Bo makes it his mission to patiently woo her into a second chance for romance and happiness.
The Fab Forties Series
This four-book rom-com series by Liwen Y Ho tells stories of forty-somethings looking for love that’ll make you laugh but was written with readers of all ages in mind.
An Unscripted Christmas
A bonus “Christmas in July” style entry! My novella in the Christmas in Mistletoe Square collection tells the story of Ellie and Oliver, owners of the local theater who’ve been married for thirty years but find themselves hoping for a second act when things go off script.
Cadence of Cranberries
If you love holiday books, you’ve also got to check out Valerie Comer’s festive story of a widow and a divorcé in their 50s who attempt to meld family customs in helping plan their kids’ wedding, but neither is looking for love a second time around.
I’d love to hear if you like stories with more mature characters or about a book with mature characters that you’ve enjoyed not listed here. Leave a comment so we can continue the conversation!