Summer is here, and so are the warm and relaxed days. (At least here in Finland! We have been enjoying some incredibly warm days, which is very unusual for early June.) Summer is here, and so are the beach days. Also all the days in the park, possibly on a picnic. Maybe you get to start your mornings slow on the porch, with a book and a coffee in hand. Or enjoy a sunny afternoon on a park bench with a book.
I come today with some recommendations for Christian fiction books to read this summer. You can also check out my book reviews here to see if there’s a book you would like to read this summer.
Christian Fiction Books to Read This Summer
1. Harvest of Rubies by Tessa Afshar
To be honest, I love all of Tessa Afshar’s books. Her writing style is captivating and beautiful, yet realistic. I love that she takes characters in the Bible and creates a (love) story around them. Her writing feels authentic, too, and she must have done quite a bit of research. Harvest of Rubies was the first book I read from her, and right away I knew I had found a new favorite author. Her stories are engaging, fun, and honestly good romance books.
Harvest of Rubies tells the story of Sarah, the prophet Nehemiah’s cousin. She is the Senior Scribe to the Queen of Persia — and the only woman to have held such an important post in the Persian Empire. After solving a particularly thorny plot, she loses the job that is at the center of her life, and finds herself married to a man who despises her. Through the heartache of loss, Sarah discovers the joys of friendship and the peace of God. But can she win the heart of her stubborn aristocratic husband, whom she has grown to love?
Harvest of Rubies is the first book in the Harvest Series, meaning that there is still more to read if you ended up loving this book. I have also reviewed another fiction novel from Tessa Afshar here on the blog: Bread of Angels. But honestly, I recommend reading all of her books. I certainly have.
2. The Mark of the Lion Series by Francine Rivers
The first book I ever read from Francine Rivers was Redeeming Love, which is sort of a classic these days. (That is such a great book, too. Especially for people who are newly saved.) That was when I fell in love with Francine Rivers’ books. I have read so many of hers now, and I always love them.
A Voice in the Wind is the first book in the trilogy. A Voice in the Wind tells the story of a girl called Hadassah. Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, this young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of Rome. All this comes with gladiators and interesting history. The best part of this really, is that it is a trilogy. Because this is such a great book and a great series, and you will be glad there are three books for you to read.
3. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
If you aren’t that into historical fiction, I recommend reading The Masterpiece. Published last year, The Masterpiece tells the unexpected and redemptive love story, written in the captivating style that Francine Rivers is always able to pull off. This is a story that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.
Now I have to say, the first 50 pages or so are fairly slow and not that captivating. But please, keep reading. Because soon after you will be pulled into the story and you won’t be able to set down the book. (This happened to my friend as well. We both felt that the first 50 pages were slow but then ended up reading the book in a day. Which is quite a feat because the book has 500 pages.)
4. The Centurion’s Wife by Janette Oke
The Centurion’s Wife is the first book in the Acts of Faith series by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn. Other books I have read by Janette Oke have been good but not my favorite style. However, the Acts of Faith series is such a good one. The series is a captivating one, that you will want to just keep on reading.
The Centurion’s Wife is a story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma. She faces the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambition. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine’s governor to find out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah’s mistress, the governor’s wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death is causing such chaos.
Do you have a favorite Christian fiction book or author? I’d love to hear some recommendations!