It’s my birthday in a couple of days, so I have birthdays on the brain. I had a big party for my fortieth birthday a few years ago, but since this one isn’t a milestone, we’ll most likely have a quiet celebration at home.
Books make the best Christmas and birthday gifts, don’t they? And while there are tons of Christmas books (shameless marketing plug: have you checked out my upcoming Christmas book, The Baby’s Christmas Blessing? 😉), I was having a hard time thinking of books that feature birthday celebrations. So, I decided to reach out to my author friends and make a list!
Because if your kids don’t remind you how old you are, how will you ever remember???
1. All of You by Sarah Monzon
Jacquelyn Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a cocky former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago.
Birthday bonus: The hero, who is a double amputee, dresses up as a pirate as a special birthday surprise for the heroine’s nephew in order to make his new love happy. Adorable! 😍😍😍
2. The Cowboy’s Mixed-Up Matchmaker by Valerie Comer
It’s been almost fourteen long years since two teens made a pact to marry each other if both remained single at thirty. But the nearer the time comes, the more Lauren steps up her matchmaking game to let her buddy James off the hook. What’s a cowboy to do when the love of his life insists they’re all wrong for each other?
Birthday bonus: Not only do this hero and heroine make a marriage pact on their shared sixteenth birthday, but the book ends on their shared birthday celebration fourteen years later! 🎈🎁🎉
3. A Match to Call Ours by Merrillee Whren
Brittany Gorman needs a job, but nanny to six-year-old twin girls isn’t exactly what she’s looking for. Their single father, Parker Watson, isn’t sure hiring Brittany is the right move, but he’s desperate for help. Soon Brittany is charming the twins and their father as well, but Parker still clings to the bitterness of his past. Can Brittany’s prayers and two little matchmakers soften Parker’s heart and help him find love with his perfect Montana match?
Birthday bonus: This reclusive hero puts the pain of his past aside and faces a former friend who abandoned him in his time of need in order to secure the perfect birthday gift for the heroine! 🐶🌹💖
4. Not Until This Day by Valerie Bodden
Isabel has three simple rules: Keep moving. No friends. No men. It’s the only way to keep herself and her daughter safe. But when she arrives in the small town of Hope Springs, she finds that she suddenly wants to break all the rules… especially when it comes to a certain sweet single dad.
Birthday bonus: This swoony hero throws a surprise birthday party for the heroine! 🥳🎂💕
5. Muskoka Blue by Carolyn Miller
Okay, I need to spend a little more time on this one because Canada! And hockey! And a beautiful romance between “an ice princess with a broken heart” and “a pro hockey player with a secret.”
Sounds so good, doesn’t it? I had the pleasure of reading an advance copy of this book, and it is just fabulous!!!
First off, the setting! I grew up in Toronto and have spent time at the gorgeous lakes in the Muskoka region, so it was fun reading a book set there. The clear water, the thick pines, the cry of a loon… it made me homesick for the summers I spent at overnight camp in Algonquin Park!
Second, the hockey! We mostly see Dan during the off-season, so you don’t need to worry that you’re going to be reading about all kinds of hockey moves, but it was fun for this die-hard Maple Leafs fan to read about a Maple Leafs player. Especially one who is part of a Zoom Bible study specifically for Christian NHL players. 😊
I’m not going to tell you too much about the romance because I don’t want to spoil it for you, but suffice it to say that it’s real, and sweet, and I wanted things to work out for these two so badly!!!
This one’s on preorder at the moment. Reserve your copy here!
Birthday bonus: The poor hero has lost all hope… until the very end of the day on his birthday! 🎂🎉🎀
So there you have it! Five great contemporary Christian romance novels featuring birthday celebrations!
For the chance to win a paperback copy of my book, The Billionaire’s Secret (which just took first place in the contemporary romance category of the 2022 Selah Awards—w00t w00t!), tell me: What’s your favorite book featuring a birthday? And if you can’t think of one right now, tell me what books you want for your next birthday!!!
(Giveaway is open to US and international entrants. Deadline: July 10, 2022)