The best Christian romance novels that will keep you on the edge of your seat

MaryLu Tyndall Author Of Veil of Pearls
By MaryLu Tyndall

Who am I?

What can I say? I’m a hopeless romantic. There’s nothing better than a great romance novel set in the past when chivalry was not dead. I’m a published author of more than twenty-five novels, including a great pirate series. I grew up in Florida and fell in love with the tropics as I sat on the beach and dreamt of handsome pirates. Once I became a Christian, I started reading Christian romances but found many of them moved a little slow to my liking, so I decided to write one myself! I have a BA in Computer Science and have won several awards for my writing.   


I wrote...

Veil of Pearls

By MaryLu Tyndall,

Book cover of Veil of Pearls

What is my book about?

She thought she could outrun her past...In 1811 the prosperous port city of Charleston is bustling with plantation owners, slaves, and immigrants such as Adalia Winston. But Adalia has a secret: her light skin belies that she is part black and a runaway slave from Barbados. Skilled in herbal remedies, Adalia finds employment with a local doctor and settles into a quiet life.

Born into one of Charleston’s prominent families, Morgan Rutledge is handsome, bored—and enamored of the beautiful Adalia, who spurns his advances. Morgan’s persistence finally wins, and Adalia is swept into the world of Charleston high society. But when her owner comes to find her, will that love be enough, or will the truth ruin Morgan and send Adalia back into slavery?

The books I picked & why

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The Captive Heart

By Michelle Griep,

Book cover of The Captive Heart

Why this book?

Reminiscent of the wildness, adventure, and romance of The Last of the Mohicans, Captive Heart sizzles on every page. This is Michelle Griep's best book yet and one that played out before my eyes like an epic movie I kept wanting to watch over and over. The romance is perfect, the adventure nonstop, and the characters really touch your heart. 

The Captive Heart

By Michelle Griep,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

The wild American wilderness is no place for an elegant English governess

On the run from a brute of an aristocratic employer, Eleanor Morgan escapes from England to America, the land of the free, for the opportunity to serve an upstanding Charles Town family. But freedom is hard to come by as an indentured servant, and downright impossible when she’s forced to agree to an even harsher contract—marriage to a man she’s never met.

Backwoodsman Samuel Heath doesn’t care what others think of him—but his young daughter’s upbringing matters very much. The life of a trapper in the Carolina backcountry…


A Passion Most Pure

By Julie Lessman,

Book cover of A Passion Most Pure

Why this book?

Julie is my go-to author for great characters, a heart-rendering romance, and a plot that keeps you turning pages. Her expertise is characters. After I read this book, I felt like all the characters were my best friends. The romance and passion are over the top for a Christian novel, but not too far. If you like family sagas, this is a great book to start. Julie is just one darn good author.

A Passion Most Pure

By Julie Lessman,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Passion Most Pure as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Refusing to settle for anything less than a romantic relationship that pleases God, Faith O'Connor steels her heart against her desire for the roguish Collin McGuire. But when Collin tries to win her sister Charity's hand, Faith isn't sure she can handle the jealousy she feels. To further complicate matters, Faith finds herself the object of Collin's affections, even as he is courting her sister. The Great War is raging overseas, and a smaller war is brewing in the O'Connor household.
Full of passion, romance, rivalry, and betrayal, A Passion Most Pure will captivate readers from the first page. Book…


Port Royal (Buccaneers, Book 1)

By Linda Lee Chaniki,

Book cover of Port Royal (Buccaneers, Book 1)

Why this book?

Who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned pirate romance? I read all of Linda Chaikin’s pirate books long before I even started writing. She is an excellent novelist who does impeccable research. Her characters are lovable, the ship scenes exciting, the romance invigorating, and well, the stories are just plain fun!  

Port Royal (Buccaneers, Book 1)

By Linda Lee Chaniki,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Port Royal (Buccaneers, Book 1) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

The scene is Jamaica in the 1700s--a world of smuggling, slaves, and sugar plantations. A British viscount turned pirate meets a woman with a noble cause. Romance, adventure, and Christian history are interspersed in this exciting series.


A Voice in the Wind

By Francine Rivers,

Book cover of A Voice in the Wind

Why this book?

This is just one of those books that you never forget. I rarely keep books on my shelf these days due to space, but this series is one that I will never give away. All I can say is it is a very powerful read, based on the history of the Jews after Rome captured them in the 1st century. The story follows a young Jewish girl sold into slavery. There’s romance, adventure, great characters, history, and a story that will touch your heart in multiple ways. 

A Voice in the Wind

By Francine Rivers,

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked A Voice in the Wind as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Book 1 in the 3-book historical Christian fiction series by the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and The Masterpiece.

The first book in the beloved Mark of the Lion series, A Voice in the Wind brings readers back to the first century and introduces them to a character they will never forget―Hadassah.

While wealthy Roman citizens indulge their every whim, Jews and barbarians are bought and sold as slaves and gladiators in the bloodthirsty arena. Amid the depravity around her, a young Jewish slave girl becomes a light in the darkness. Even as she’s torn by her…


Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance

By Tamara Leigh,

Book cover of Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance

Why this book?

I just love time travel stories. If you couple that with the Medieval time period, I’m there. Tamara Leigh is one of the best Medieval authors out there. This was one of the first books I read of hers, and I was hooked. If you like time travel, romance, great history, and a fun and exciting plot, you will love this book!. 

Dreamspell: A Medieval Time Travel Romance

By Tamara Leigh,

Why should I read it?

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

What is this book about?

A TIME TO LIVE. A TIME TO DIE. A TIME TO DREAM.

Sleep disorders specialist Kennedy Plain has been diagnosed with a fatal brain tumor. When her research subject dies after trying to convince her he has achieved dream-induced time travel and her study is shelved, she enlists herself as a subject to complete her research. But when she dreams herself into 14th-century England and falls into the hands of Fulke Wynland, a man history has condemned as a murderer, she must not only stay alive long enough to find a way to return to her own time, but prevent…


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