The best Christian curvy-girl romantic comedy books with true-to-life characters

Why am I passionate about this?

My research for Dial P for Perfect came from deep within. I've always considered myself on the heavier side of the scale. Being measured for a costume for Brigadoon as a High School Junior was traumatic. The moms that volunteered that day may not have said the words, but I heard them in my mind. I felt "less than," or bigger than, as the case may be. Identifying with Ginger in Dial P for Perfect was easy for me, and I felt her pains and triumphs, her fears, and her confusion.


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Dial P for Perfect

By Heidi Gray McGill,

Book cover of Dial P for Perfect

What is my book about?

Being a curvy girl can be a curse… Unless you find someone who values the person you are underneath. Snarky describes Ginger’s response to life, love, and loss—as in weight loss. She needs to whip up a little creativity, self-forgiveness, and reality. Reggie is one cup nerd, two cups out-of-style, and a dollop of comfortable. Stir in her best friend, Scott, and you have all the makings of a recipe for heartbreak.

Enjoy some belly laughs with Ginger as she navigates dating life. Walk beside her, figuratively—since that’s too much like exercise—as she determines her path in life. Will she accept herself as she is, or will changing to achieve perceived perfection challenge Ginger to dig deep into how God sees her?

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Twists, Turns, & Curves

Heidi Gray McGill Why did I love this book?

Marbeth removes the “food-obsessed, short-of-breath, perpetually sweaty, and utterly unattractive to anyone not willing to see beyond her flawed curvy-girl stereotype” from her stories. Her plus-sized characters are not on the road to recovery, under a doctor’s care, and losing weight by the end of the book. Marbeth’s characters are real; by the end of the story, you find a piece of yourself changed because of her well-written words and exceptionally crafted heroines.

As a reader, I want to connect with a book’s characters. I may empathize with one and wish I were another, but when I find a book where I feel I AM the character, it’s a keeper. Marbeth doesn’t shy away from complex topics yet does an excellent job of moving the reader through the process of change – in their heart.

As an author, I work to align myself with like-minded authors who can reach deep into the reader’s heart without pointing fingers. I appreciate how Marbeth allows her characters to be transparent, encouraging readers to walk with her as the character grows. Marbeth has written something exceptional that will appeal to the masses but be hard to put down for those who love a wholesome story that will help them see the benefits of forgiveness.

By Marbeth Skwarczynski,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Twists, Turns, & Curves as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Caroline Taft did her best to live a life of service and sacrifice, “above reproach,” but when her teaching career at Benchmark Baptist Christian School is cut short, she discovers that she hasn’t lived much of a life at all. Despite going on visitation every Saturday, teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, directing children’s music, leading Wednesday’s Bible club, and, of course, teaching fourth grade (her actual job), it isn’t enough to keep her on. She wonders if it isn’t what she has or hasn’t done or if it’s her weight. Caroline is one of the few plus-sized women…


Book cover of Nicole

Heidi Gray McGill Why did I love this book?

Humor is a gift, and Sarah Monzon does not disappoint. Nicole is a curvy girl who has the moxie to insist that her body isn’t the problem but more likely the clothing manufacturer. The main character, Nicole, is well-developed. The male heroine, Drew, pulled me into this story. He was flawed, which made him feel real—which was important because he is a dream with his positive attitude and quick wit. The chemistry between the two is full of sparks while remaining sweet and clean. This book upholds traditional Christian values.

By Sarah Monzon,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Nicole as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

She never imagined anything could make her angrier than the thought of the polar icecaps melting. Then she met Drew Bauer.

There are a few things everyone should know about Nicole Applegate. She doesn't think the words "calm" and "down" should ever be used together. Yes, she's a passionate person, but since when is displaying enthusiasm a bad thing? In her opinion, people need to be stirred up more, not stewing in their complacency. She will do anything for her daughter, even take learn how to have fun lessons from her nemesis when it's brought to her attention that, in…


Book cover of The Real Thing

Heidi Gray McGill Why did I love this book?

Autumn Macarthur had me at Scotland. I love an opposites attract/deception romance, and the storyline on this one has a fun and unique twist. A low rumble of tension without overplayed drama carries the story to a well-crafted ending. The author knows how to keep sparks flying while keeping the heat level sweet, which is appropriate to the spiritual theme of the book. An engaging story with characters that feel like friends.

By Autumn Macarthur,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Real Thing as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

He's an embittered cynic. She's a perpetually cheerful Pollyanna. They both need to learn what trusting God really means.

Disabled since birth, bullied as a child, Edinburgh author Brodie Maclean has no faith in God, or in human nature. He learned young that his best weapons are his sharp tongue and his biting honesty, and he doesn’t hesitate to use them. When he’s forced to employ Flynn Ferguson as his housekeeper, it’s instant dislike. She’s too cheerful, she’s too loud, she’s too everything. Including distracting. How is he supposed to write with her around?

Even always-look-on-the-bright-side Flynn finds it hard…


Book cover of Count Me In

Heidi Gray McGill Why did I love this book?

Mikal Dawn knows how to write a romantic comedy with equal parts rom and com. Mikal blends these genres into an unforgettable story that will keep you on the tips of your tingling toes. Her characters are authentic and believable. Mikal’s ability to seamlessly weave in a spiritual theme throughout the story leaves your heart full of the knowledge that God loves each of us. Prepare to laugh, fan your face, and wipe your tears all in the span of a single page. This debut novel will not disappoint.

By Mikal Dawn,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Count Me In as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

*This is a romantic comedy with a Christian worldview.Allegra Spencer has been living a careful life. Her safe job as an accountant is bookended by going to church and the gym. Okay, sometimes the gym. Fine. She goes to church. And the coffee shop. She avoids risk at all cost, preferring to stay safe in her cozy condo. Until her accounting firm goes belly up and she's out of a job. Tyler Hawk had a glorious career as a star NFL tight end. He retired on a high note and now lives a second dream of owning his own business…


Book cover of Raindrops on Radishes

Heidi Gray McGill Why did I love this book?

USA Today bestselling author Valerie Comer’s plus-sized character, Sadie Guthrie, has much to learn, even though she is a gifted lawyer. She may be a confident, independent woman, but her emotional struggles and decisions are not easy. Choices about love, life, and even food options weigh on her. She’ll need to be as honest with herself as she expects others to be with her. The gardener might get under her skin like the dirt under his nails, yet may be just what she needs to learn to love herself and see herself for who she truly is – a beautiful child of God.

By Valerie Comer,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Raindrops on Radishes as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

She pictures a relaxing oasis. He sees food for the less fortunate. They both claim the same backyard.
Family lawyer Sadie Guthrie snaps up a heritage house with a backyard perfect for relaxing with her caramel espresso and cinnamon rolls. Now some guy is digging in her garden and thinks he has a claim to it. For vegetables! Too bad he doesn’t realize he’s taken on a veggie-hating attorney in her den.

Urban farmer Peter Santoro had a deal with his elderly neighbor to cultivate her yard for his business, but when she dies and the property is sold, the…


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