The Book of James tells us to “count it all joy” during trials. I admit, sometimes it’s hard to count my blessings when faced with adversity. But today, when I was thinking on it, I remembered how much the joy of reading has helped me.
Reading can be the ultimate escape experience. It can take us away from our problems. When life is handing me multiple lemons, Christian contemporary romance offers me hope. Thankfully I have some awesome critique partners who are writing and supplying me with uplifting reads.
Betsy by Sarah Monzon
Sarah is currently writing Betsy and I’m loving every moment of it. The hero, Asher, is fantastic and everything we like about a hero. He recognizes the greatness of the heroine, doesn’t see her insecurities and hurts as flaws but something that has shaped her into the person she is today. All he wants is a chance to show her he’s different. I love that!
And Betsy is everything I love about a heroine. She’s got wit—okay, lot of the times it masquerades as snark or sarcasm, but I’m so there for it—and a loyalty to friends and family that makes me want to join her squad.
Not to mention there are many laugh-out-loud moments that brighten my day and turn the gray sky blue.
Betsy releases in June and is up for preorder now. It’s also the last book in the Sewing in SoCal series. A series I have greatly enjoyed.
Just Like That by Teresa Tysinger
I’m on Teresa’s street team so I get an advanced reader copy of her novella, Just Like That, featured in The 80s Rom-Com Club. I’m so excited for this collection as it has some of my favorite people (authors) in it. I started reading Teresa’s book early in the week during a hospital stay with my youngest. It was just the thing I needed.
Sure About You by Jaycee Weaver
Jaycee is my critique partner so I had the pleasure of reading this book as she wrote it. Pax is the perfect reformed bad boy hero who wants to do better in life. And Isley is that heroine who needs to learn how to relax. I so enjoyed watching their dynamics, laughing at the antics, and sighing over the satisfying ending.
What are the reasons you enjoy reading Christian contemporary romance?
Is it strictly the faith? The modern times the stories are set? The romance blossoming between two people who have to overcome adversity? For me, it’s all those things and more. It’s knowing these books are a light in a world filled with too much darkness. I could never say thank you enough to the authors who have filled my TBR pile with their light-shining truths.
To enter to win a $5 Amazon gift card, tell me what Christian Contemporary Romance book saw you through a difficult time. Comment by 3/12/22 at 2:00pm EST and I’ll draw a random winner.