Not Your Average Romance

While straight romance reads may not be my favorite, I do like a a little romance thrown into stories. Even Steven James’ thrillers have small elements of romance. I enjoy stories with unique protagonists, stories in which the romance is secondary to the main plot, yet still vital. Below are a few of my favorites because of their uniqueness.

JANE EYRE (Charlotte Bronte) – I love the atypical heroine in Jane Eyre. Not the modelesque heroines we’ve come to expect in modern day stories, but someone plain, someone relatable.

A VOICE IN THE WIND (Francine Rivers) – Another unique heroine–Hadassah certainly wouldn’t win any beauty contests, but that’s what makes the attraction between Hadassah and Marcus Valerian so captivating.

THE MISTRESS OF TALL ACRE (Laura Frantz) – I could probably put all of Laura’s books on my favorite romance list, but I’ll stick to one and choose her most recent. Laura’s musical prose and her exquisite settings are enough to draw me in every time, so her multi-faceted characters and page-turning stories are like the cherry on top.

MY STUBBORN HEART (Becky Wade) – This introduction to Becky’s writing made me a forever fan. The story’s a bit edgier than your typical Christian romance, which is, naturally, why I enjoyed it so much. Her Porter series is also very good, but My Stubborn Heart remains my favorite.

DANCE OF GRACE (Stacy Monson) – The heroine is a one-legged dancer, and the hero is an ex-con. Does Christian romance get more unique than that? Seriously, that’s all I need to hear to know that this is a must-read romance.

Have you read any of these romances? What are your five favorite romances?

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12 thoughts on “Not Your Average Romance”

  1. I need to read Dance of Grace. I’m just not an ebook fan, especially right now. But I’m trying to read one a month.

    1. I hear ya. I’d still prefer to read a paper book rather than ebook, but the ereader does give me more options. But judging by the books the postman has been delivering to your home, you don’t need to worry about needing an ereader. 🙂

    1. Jane Eyre is a definitely a *dark* romance, so it’s not everyone’s favorite, but I fell in love with it in 7th grade. If you enjoy darker reads, then you should absolutely give Jane Eyre a try.

  2. I love Jane Eyre–a bit dark which is just as I like them. Of course everything Laura does is wonderful. I need to get Dance of Grace.

  3. I loved My Stubborn Heart, and The Mistress of Tall Acre. Dance of Grace sounds intriguing, will have to look it up!

  4. Jane Eyre is one of my favorite romances, too! You’re right that Jane is so much more relatable because she isn’t a stereotypical romantic heroine, and I love that Mr. Rochester cares for her with such passion in spite of her plainness. I’ll have to check out the other books on your list, thanks for the recommendations!

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