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Simple Love Stories: Amish Romance

Looking for a story about a simpler way of life, an escape from the technologization of our modern world, a nice “clean” gentle romance novel, a reflection of one’s one spiritual journey?  Try one of these popular romance authors!

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When you’ve read all of Mitch Albom, why not try…?

Though not as prolific an author as many other best-sellers, Mitch Albom is known for his thoughtful, philosophical novels such as The Five People You Meet in Heaven, as well as for his inspiring non-fiction works like Tuesdays with Morrie.  

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Nicholas Sparks readalikes

Author Nicholas SparksNicholas Sparks is a master of poignant love stories. In his novels there is no great love without some loss and his characters frequently are faced with a difficult challenge before proving they are worthy of true love. Sparks’ characters are honorable and loyal, and they place a lot of importance on family and sometimes religious faith. The pace of his stories is leisurely, quickening for rapid action and dialogue. Sparks’ writing is not dense and he aims for easy-to-read prose with a romantic tone.

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Gentle Reads

gentle readsGood stories without graphic violence, language, or explicit sex.  These novels feature uplifting plots with wholesome characters mixed with a little humor, a little romance and a little adventure, including some by authors otherwise known for their less-than-gentle bestselling thrillers!

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Christian Fiction Authors

Christian Fiction is an increasingly popular segment of the publishing world, with many well-known and best-selling authors christian fictionthat appeal to a wide variety of readers.  Christian Fiction encompasses many subgenres…romance, mysteries, westerns, historical fiction, “gentle reads”, “chick lit”, novels that focus on a particular religious order or community, and just regular realistic fiction.  Authors range from formative classics–Lloyd Douglas, Taylor Caldwell, Catherine Marshall–to contemporary bestsellers–Karen Kingsbury, Jan Karon, T. Davis Bunn, Tim LaHaye.  Some authors are “gentle reads”; some are not.  The common thread among these varying forms is the resolution of narrative conflict through Christian principles.

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