Do you prefer to read standalone titles that are not connected to any other book or a series of loosely interconnected stories? Maybe the town provides the same setting throughout the series. Maybe the heroines are all part of the same group of friends. Or the heroes are all brothers.
I can go either way. Standalones have their time and place, but I really like to sink my teeth—er, eyes—into a good series with some overlapping characters. By the end of book one, I am usually ready for some cameo appearances in the next books. Characters become so real to me, I don’t want to let them go!
One Christian contemporary romance series I can’t recommend highly enough is the Seasons of Faith series by fellow Inspy Romance author Milla Holt. The setting is a small town in Norway, and Milla brings this location to life in such a way I feel I’ve been to Norway when I never have and likely never will. (I live vicariously through books, thank you very much.) She uses authentic vocabulary and names but not to the point of confusion for this mono-lingual American. Her heroines belong to a friend group that goes way back, and now they are all in their forties and getting a second, a final, or even a first chance at lasting love. And throughout it all, she ties in beautiful and moving themes of faith and redemption.
In Book One, Into the Flood, Sonia Krogstad is a feisty firecracker that won’t let anything—or anyone—stand in her way. That is, until she meets Axel Vikhammer and ends up working for him. He’s going through his own difficulties raising a daughter he barely knows. They aren’t exactly a couple you would predict getting together. But romance—off the page and on—is anything but predictable.
Book Two, Through the Blaze, is my absolute favorite in this series. We meet Lisa and Kai, married though separated for many years due to Kai’s past gambling addiction. Lisa will never believe he’s truly changed, but their painful past and yet-raw wounds come to a head when their adult daughter announces her engagement. Is there hope of reconciliation after all these years of brokenness?
In Book Three, Within the Storm, Lisa’s friend Bethany is searching for uplifting information about her late husband, who was a popular celebrity. Instead she finds nothing good, all while in the company of her brother-in-law, Lukas, who has secretly loved her as long as he’s known her. But Bethany has to realize she deserves the best before she could possibly consider letting go of the illusions of her past in hopes of a future of real love.
Milla is finalizing the fourth book in the series right now, Admid the Ashes, due to release on October 18. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! If you haven’t read any or all of the above titles, now is the time so you are all caught up in time for her next release. The good news is that the first two books are included in several of the Back to School Bash giveaway bundles, and today is the LAST DAY to comment on the blog and register to win a bundle.
That being said… What is your personal favorite CCR series EVER? Yes, you must pick one. Comment away, reader friends!