Today I want to share with you one of my favorite hobbies: reading!
I am always on the hunt for a good book. I have read many genres over the years. But right now I want to talk about my favorite fictional lady authors.
And a great benefit: All of these books are safe for your teenager to read! These are enjoyable stories free of any risqué writing in their plots.
The first that comes to my mind is Robin Jones Gunn.
I LOVE her books! They are set in modern day times. I think that one of the first book of hers that I read was part of the Glenbrook Series. I don’t remember the story so much as I remember how it changed my heart. She was one of the first Christian authors that reached through the pages and challenged my heart to draw close to God. After that I was hooked.
Then I read her Christy Miller: College Years and have followed along ever since. I love this particular series because she stresses purity and a constant relationship with God.
Christy has now grown up and is married with a family of her own to care for. I can hardly wait to read her latest book, “Becoming Us” part of her Haven makers series coming out in May.
The second author I think of is Jen Turano
Did you ever need a lighthearted read? Then this is the author is for you. I have laughed out loud so many times at the pickles that these characters get into. All of Ms. Turano’s stories take place around the turn of the century. I also like how her characters turn to God or acknowledge that despite the hard circumstances they have come upon, God knows best and he has a plan. As America begins the dawn of the industrial age, these characters find adventure and love.
The third author is Roseanna M White
If you love history you will love all her books. The first series of hers that I read were the Culver Ring Series. This series spans every major war with up until 1812. I love to read about espionage and read how it changed through the years. I also find it fascinating to watch these characters interact with real people from their time. Makes the heart beat with patriotism to think of the many sacrifices that early Americans made so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we have today.
Her Shadows over England Series takes place during World War One. This is a facinating read full of espionage, hard choices, and love of country at all costs. She also does a great job at painting a picture of God’s love for everyone, even those who think that the are unworthy. God in his mercy and grace loves each of us, and longs to have us choose Him.
Fourth is Linda Lee Chaikin
This author no longer writes. But her books are amazing! She said that when she could think of a story that kept her up at night, she knew it was one she had to write. Each book will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next.
East of Eden Series
This series takes place in England. The characters’ try to figure out the events that surrounded their birth during the Zulu War and the disappearance of a legendary Black Diamond. It leads the reader on a merry chase through English countryside and abroad to Africa. Through it the characters must decide what is most important, Love, Trust in God, or lure of treasure and vast fortune.
Heart of India Series
This series opened my eyes to that need of a Savoir to far off lands. What India was like during the time of William Carey and Amy Carmichael. Fascinating read. Would go great with a follow up to reading a biography on either one of these two people.
A world war one nurse must navigate through espionage. She must decide who to trust, family or the tall dark stranger. A follow up/companion book to read with this is Thursday’s Child. This book mentions some of the same characters and is set during WW2.
And there you have it. Some of my favorite authors. I could go on, but these are some I would put at the top of my list.
What are some of your favorite authors? I’d love to hear about any great books you may have come across that I didn’t mention or haven’t seen myself.