The best funny and faith-based romances

Angela Ruth Strong Author Of Husband Auditions
By Angela Ruth Strong

Who am I?

When I used to pick up my youngest from elementary school, instead of asking about her day, I’d say, “Tell me your stories.” Her stories always ended with, “And in my head I said…” After laughing at all her unspoken responses, I finally started to tease, “You’re really funny in your head.” That’s me too. She and I see the world as a cartoon for entertainment. I don’t have the comedic timing to say my funny thoughts aloud, but they transfer well to paper where I can share them with readers. And I still look for stories from people who are funny in their head.


I wrote...

Husband Auditions

By Angela Ruth Strong,

Book cover of Husband Auditions

What is my book about?

When Meri Newberg becomes the last of her friends to remain single, she jokingly gets passed a list of ways to find a husband from the 1950s. Cameraman and confirmed bachelor, Kai Kamaka, convinces her to try out the list for a new internet show to help him make a name for himself. She follows the antiquated advice—from pretending to trip when she enters a room to pretending to drown in a pool, and they have an instant hit on their hands. But what happens when Meri starts to enjoy her time with Kai more than the men he helps her lasso on street corners?

The books I picked & why

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Before I Called You Mine

By Nicole Deese,

Book cover of Before I Called You Mine

Why this book?

I laughed and cried my way through this book, and even though it’s a romance, I didn’t know how it would end. Lauren agreed not to date for two years in order to adopt a child, but as her dream of motherhood is about to come true, she meets Joshua. Joshua is one of my favorite heroes ever—sweet and funny and completely irresistible. It broke my heart to put myself in Lauren’s shoes, but it was so worth it in the end.

Before I Called You Mine

By Nicole Deese,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Before I Called You Mine as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Lauren Bailey may be a romantic at heart, but after a decade of matchmaking schemes gone wrong, there's only one match she's committed to now--the one that will make her a mother. Lauren is a dedicated first-grade teacher in Idaho, and her love for children has led her to the path of international adoption. To satisfy her adoption agency's requirements, she gladly agreed to remain single for the foreseeable future; however, just as her long wait comes to an end, Lauren is blindsided by a complication she never saw coming: Joshua Avery.

Joshua may be a substitute teacher by day,…


My Stubborn Heart

By Becky Wade,

Book cover of My Stubborn Heart

Why this book?

My sister recommended this book to me, and I’ve recommended it multiple times since. More than once, I’ve read the prologue out loud to another person and couldn’t keep from crying. Just from the prologue, people. I’m tellin’ ya. Anyway, Kate accompanies her grandmother to renovate her childhood home with the assistance of a bunch of geriatric busybodies and one hunky hockey player. Matt quit playing hockey to take care of his wife when she was diagnosed with cancer, then when she died, he gave up on everything he loved. Kate is a social worker who wants to help him find healing, but she never expects it to break her heart in the process. 

My Stubborn Heart

By Becky Wade,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked My Stubborn Heart as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Kate Donovan is burned out on work, worn down by her dating relationships, and in need of an adventure. When her grandmother asks Kate to accompany her to Redbud, Pennsylvania, to restore the grand old house she grew up in, Kate jumps at the chance.

Upon her arrival, Kate meets Matt Jarreau, the man hired to renovate the house. Kate can't help being drawn by both his good looks and something else she can't quite put her finger on. He's clearly wounded, yet Kate sets her stubborn heart on bringing him out of the dark and back into the light…


Then There Was You

By Kara Isaac,

Book cover of Then There Was You

Why this book?

I’m a sucker for a great ending, and this book offers the best. Though the beginning is pretty great, as well. Paige is a fish out of water when she heads from Chicago to Sydney, Australia to work for a mega-church even though she’s become jaded against organized religion. She doesn’t realize the guy she’s instantly attracted to on the flight overseas is the pastor’s son. To make things worse, Josh has an ex who abused alcohol, so when Paige barfs on his shoes, he suspects she’s inebriated even though she’s simply airsick. When forced to work together, they assume the worst of each other in spite of grudging respect and growing attraction. These characters are absolutely enjoyable, though be prepared to go through some tough stuff with them too.

Then There Was You

By Kara Isaac,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Then There Was You as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

RITA Award 2018 Winner - Romance with Religious or Spiritual Elements
Paige McAllister needs to do something drastic. Her boyfriend can't even commit to living in the same country, her promised promotion is dead on arrival and the simultaneous loss of her brother and her dream of being a concert violinist has kept her playing life safe and predictable for six years. Things need to change. A moment of temporary insanity finds her leaving her life in Chicago to move to Sydney, Australia. There she finds herself, against many of her convictions, as a logistics planner for one of Australia's…


Plot Twist

By Bethany Turner,

Book cover of Plot Twist

Why this book?

This is not your average romance novel. Aspiring screenwriter Olivia runs into an aspiring actor one February 3, and they make a pact to meet back up at the same coffee shop ten years later to encourage each other’s success. The book spans those ten years, but we only read about what happens on each February 3rd when many whimsical coincidences conspire to connect Olivia’s love life to her mystery man. This unique narrative is filled with both wit and grit, and I couldn’t get enough of it.

Plot Twist

By Bethany Turner,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

An aspiring screenwriter has a chance encounter with an actor who could be the man of her dreams. Over the next ten years, she'll write the story . . . but will he end up being the star?

February 4, 2003, promises to be a typical day for Olivia Ross-a greeting card writer whose passion project is a screenplay of her own. But after she and a handsome actor have a magical meet-cute in a coffee shop, they make a spontaneous pact: in ten years, after they've found the success they're just sure they're going to achieve, they'll return to…


Book Nerds and Boyfriends

By Sarah Monzon,

Book cover of Book Nerds and Boyfriends

Why this book?

This book is actually a novella collection of three romances, so…bonus! Sarah Monzon writes some of the best chemistry, and she’s written in a few different genres, but I love this one best because of the humor. And because of Book Nerds!!! I related a little too well to the author character who locked herself in the trunk of a car for research. Thankfully, my friend didn’t get pulled over by a cute police officer with me in the trunk, but still. This trilogy is so fun, and this author is one you’ll want to watch.

Book Nerds and Boyfriends

By Sarah Monzon,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

A collection of three bookish novellas

Bookishly Ever After

It all started with a bet and a book.Emory Blake is the ultimate bibliophile. She’d take curling up with a good novel over a night on the town any day of the week. But then best friend Tate Woodby accuses her of living between the pages of her paperbacks instead of the real world, and makes a bet that will force her to experience the adventures of her fictional friends…instead of just reading about them. With her face no longer buried in books, Emory must confront the pain of the past.…


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