Every year, the review staff at RT Book Reviews reads and rates more than three thousand books. And when each year draws to a close, we pick the best of the bunch for our readers to enjoy — the Reviewers’ Choice Awards. For the next few weeks, leading up to Thanksgiving, we’re going to be celebrating the nominations for many of these awards, across genres. We hope you’ll join us in congratulating all these wonderful authors, and, hey, if you find a great new book to read, all the better! Today, we'll be taking a look at the nominees for Inspirational Romance!

 


       

       

 

Murray Pura, Ashton Park

What do you hope readers get from reading inspirational romances that they can’t get anywhere else?

That both the world and our destinies are bigger than we know, that there are larger forces at work than just our own inclinations and decisions, that the drama of our lives and our loves is played out on a broader canvas than we could ever imagine, and that God is intimately involved in every part of what we experience here on earth.

What’s your favorite line from Ashton Park?

“It’s not my war, Mickey.”

“Right enough it’s not, sir. Ireland will sort it out. But you’re not fighting Ireland, sir. You’re fighting a murderer.”

Michael K. Reynolds, Flight of the Earls

What do you hope readers get from reading inspirational romances that they can’t get anywhere else?

Some people view inspirational romance to be filtered, watered down and restrained. But when properly penned, it’s a relational adventure at the deepest and most profound level. It reveals genuine intimacy and celebrates it in its most pure and powerful form.  

What’s your favorite line from Flight of the Earls?

“My sister,” Seamus said ashamed of his tears. “You see my father always said I was worthless. I spent my life proving him right. But my sister. She saw something in me I was never able to find.”

Kathleen Y’Barbo, Millie’s Treasure

What do you hope readers get from reading inspirational romances that they can’t get anywhere else?

I want the reader to understand that no matter how far removed a situation might be from that hope, there is a path back. 

What's your favorite line from your novel?

“I am an inventor,” the Pinkerton agent said. “Finding my way into a third-floor room is not a difficult proposition."

Joan Wolf, Daughter of Jerusalem

What do you hope readers get from reading inspirational romances that they can’t get anywhere else?

God forms the bedrock of the moral decisions made by characters in inspirational books. What a reader takes away from an inspirational romance is the sense that life is not random, that each of us is valuable, that the choices we make are important for our own moral well-being as well as for the well-being of others.

What is your favorite line from Daughter of Jerusalem?

My favorite line from Daughter of Jerusalem comes at the very end of the book, when the apostles are meeting to begin their ministry. First they must fill Judas’ spot as one of the Twelve, and Andrew proposes Mary. John disagrees, saying, “You stand alone, Mary of Magdala.  You were beloved of the Lord and your honor is your own, not to be shared with anyone else.”

Lori Benton, Burning Sky

What do you hope readers get from reading inspirational romances that they can’t get anywhere else?

As a reader of inspirational romances, I am never so satisfied as when my spirit is encouraged and my faith affirmed by a character’s spiritual struggles and triumphs being lived out on the pages, while their emotional arc is capturing my heart, and a well-crafted plot is entertaining my mind. 

What is your favorite line from Burning Sky?

There’s a line in the last chapter that makes me teary to this day, but it contains too much by way of spoilers to share. My second favorite line is found on the first page of the book: “I am the place where two rivers meet, silted with upheaval and loss.”

Beverly Lewis, The Secret Keeper

What do you hope readers get from reading inspirational romances that they can’t get anywhere else?

Readers will have a glimpse into the cloistered, exotic community of the Old Order Amish. I love not only cracking the door open on this amazing group, but of welcoming readers inside … to walk in bare feet, look, eat (vicariously) shoofly pie; in short, experience their daily work, their play and their faith from the ground up.

What is your favorite line from The Secret Keeper?

"It was as if the Amish world was a complicated tango, moving here and there in perfect rhythm, and she still didn't know the steps."

Many congratulations to these authors and their books on their 2013 Inspirational Romance nominations, and check back tomorrow as we celebrate another set of award nominees. For the full list of 2013 award nominees, click here.

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