One thing I discovered when I started reading Christian romance novels was the almost overwhelming presence of heroines with specific careers. You know the ones I’m talking about: bakers/chefs, restaurant owners, bed and breakfast renovators, teachers… I’m probably missing a few, but I can easily rattle off a dozen or more books with the female main character in these roles. In fact, I’m as guilty of it as anyone. I’ve got a baker (Summer to Remember), a bed and breakfast owner (A Date for Daisy), and a daycare teacher (Spring Fever)!
There isn’t anything wrong with writing these characters! But, since I had my own “unique” career as a manufacturing engineer before becoming a writer, I love to read about women who have jobs beyond the usual. So here are a few for you to check out if you are looking for a little something different.
Elizabeth Maddrey always makes an effort to include interesting careers for her heroines – including an alpaca farmer who spins yarn from their wool (Hope for Freedom) and a landscape architect (A Heart Reclaimed). Plus, pulling from her background in computer programming – Elizabeth has several heroines in the IT sector (A Handful of Hope, Muffins and Moonbeams, and Operation Valentine).
Janine Rosche’s most recent release (Glory Falls) features a screenwriter, which is a fun twist I haven’t read before.
If you haven’t read K Leah’s books yet, you should check them out. When I Found You features a graphic designer on a temporary assignment in Atlanta… but her heart finds some very permanent attachments!
In Mandi Blake’s book, The Billionaire’s Destined Bride, the hero might be a billionaire, but the heroine is a millionaire in her own right–and the Chief Operating Officer of a power tool company!
Heather Gray has some really interesting characters in her Informal Romance series, starting with book one: An Informal Christmas, where the heroine is a Child Life Specialist at the hospital. I actually have a good friend with this real-life job, so it was interesting to read a story with it featured!
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a few of my own titles with unusual careers. Charlotte in Falling on Main Street is an executive recruiter (well, she was before she was framed and fired). Avery is a chemical engineering professor in Hoping for Hawthorne, and Lavender is a social media consultant and influencer in Lavender and Lace.
Isn’t it fun to escape into another world through books?
What are some of your favorite books that feature heroines with unusual careers? Or, what is a career you think would make for an entertaining read?