Brrrr...... It is chili outside today. A great day to curl up with a good book and a favorite blanket with some coffee on the side. I can't resist a good Christian Romance, especially historical novels! Of course I have my favorite novelists, but I love to discover new ones. Some of my favorite oldies and newly discovered ones are, in no certain order:
Brock & Bodie Thoene
and many more. My personal preference is when the stories always include and sometimes encompass the following to deserve an A+ rating:
Real & Edgy
Clean with a Godly perspective
I believe Jane Austin accomplishes this best, but leaves out the Godly element, although she is clean. Other authors use most of these elements, but sometimes leave one or more out. Some are too 'fluffy' and not 'real' enough for me. None are 'too' real, but then they are all classified as Christian writers except Jane Austin.
I would never consider a 'nonChristian' book because they tend to go off the 'clean' mark that I require for my reading. It is not that I am trying to 'do' the right thing, but I simply just do not like that kind of stuff.
I choose my books because I want to escape the reality of tragedy with no happy ending, but I want it to be real and believable. I want to be uplifted and happy when I am done reading a book, but captivated by the story and romance while reading it. It is a fine line to accomplish. The most accomplished author for me encompasses all of these elements. I believe this is what stands the test of time in writing a good chick book.