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Christmas Romance

mistletoeMistletoe, crackling fireplaces, the warmth of family and community…who isn’t in the mood for love this time of year?

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Nora Roberts/JD Robb readalikes

Among the most popular writers of today, Nora Roberts writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense stories, featuring passionate, resourceful heroines and strong, empathetic heroes. Each story emphasizes relationships with family and friends while providing details of careers or adventure. Some recent titles include a paranormal element but a resolved, happy ending remains crucial to all of her tales. Her books may appeal to readers who do not usually read romance.

Writing as J. D. Robb, Roberts writes a series of futuristic romances/police procedural mysteries, featuring Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke. Police Investigator Dallas, an outspoken advocate for victims, fights crime in a futuristic landscape, where violence always threatens and the murders are particularly grisly.

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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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