August normally marks the start of the back to school season with joy, nostalgia, maybe a little stress. Parents, students, teachers, and other school employees are busy making preparations and looking forward to seeing smiling faces both old and new. And then 2020 happened.
Nothing looks the same this year, even for those in places where in-person schooling is happening. And for those faced with virtual learning, the world looks upside down. Even the homeschooling families I know are having to do things a little differently because their co-ops, sports, and other activities have been impacted as much as public, charter, virtual, and private school families have.
From the time I was ten, I knew I wanted to become a teacher. Of course, that changed in college when I decided I wanted to be a writer and a stay-home mom instead, but my love for the school environment never went away. I was blessed to marry a man who supports my dreams, and after staying home with our three daughters for many years, volunteering in their classrooms and serving on the PTA board, leading our local MOMS Club chapter, and more, I moved into substitute teaching. This is the first year I won’t be in a school in over a decade and I’ve got to admit, I’m a little heartbroken. Not just for myself, but for our kids, our teachers, and school staff who are having to learn to do their jobs in a completely new way.
Since reading is my escape of choice (and if you’re here, I’m guessing it’s yours, too), I’ve made a list of contemporary Christian/Inspy romance titles featuring teachers and school employees as the heroes and/or heroines. If we can’t have a normal school year in 2020, the least we can do is dive into a good book and remember the good times, right? Looking with hope toward the future that someday, life will return to something resembling normal.
Operation Back-to-School by Elizabeth Maddrey – a widow and a kindergarten teacher have unexpected sparks
Taking a Chance on Mr. Wrong by Liwen. Y. Ho – a math teacher in a culture clash with a Chinese physician
Roadtrip to Redemption by Laurie Larsen – a teacher’s summer break roadtrip to rediscover her identity
Smile for Me by Jan Thompson – an art teacher & assistant principal at an art camp
A Dash of Daring by Elizabeth Maddrey – two inner city teachers work together on a holiday program
Finding Faith by Melanie Snitker – a single mom and her special needs child’s music therapy teacher
Memories of Mist by Valerie Comer – a conflict-avoiding teacher clashes with a take-no-prisoners PTA mom
Summer to Remember by Tara Grace Ericson – small town secrets and scandal with a mid-school teacher and his heroine
A Sidelined Christmas by Toni Shiloh – high school sweethearts, a wide-receiver and a teacher, reunite
Second Chance Love by Merrillee Whren – a high school teacher and part-time youth minister rediscover old feelings
Before I Called You Mine by Nicole Deese – a teacher facing a big decision falls for a substitute
Cupcake Dilemma by Jennifer Rodewald – a first-grade teacher who can’t bake faces disaster with a baker
Molly by Sarah Monzon – an unabashedly honest pre-school teacher becomes nanny to a physician single dad
Love and Harmony by Sally Bayless – a novella featuring a music teacher and a high school principal
Restoring Christmas by Julie Arduini – a special ed teacher, a hurting woman, and a tourist trap in need of restoration
Solo Tu (A Tuscan Legacy) by Narelle Atkins – two high school teachers from different countries become friends (and maybe more)
And last but not least, I have a few as well! Randomly choosing from the comments, I’ll be giving away an eBook of my first novel, What Could Be, in which a college student struggles to decide whether to continue pursuing a nursing degree or to chase her dream of becoming a teacher while working for an after school program and forging a friendship with one of her students’ parents.
Also featuring two teachers, my freebie novelette Just Say Yes is available to all subscribers to my email newsletter. Click the link or the image to subscribe!
By the way, have you entered our annual BACK TO SCHOOL giveaway?! Huge prize bundles, and this year we have a ton of paperbacks! Only a week left to enter!