What’s an inspy romance? A clean romance with faith elements. If you’re looking for one, these two recent releases fit the bill!
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Although it sounds like an oxymoron, this book really is an inspirational gothic novel! Find out why!
Looking for an Inspy Romance?
First of all, check out this post if you haven’t heard the word ‘Inspy’ before. While I read ARCs (advanced reader copies) of these books over the summer, I somehow missed posting the reviews in this space until now. But never fear; you can still buy the books from your favorite retailer (or leave the titles on your Christmas wishlist).
Love and the Dream Come True
By Tammy L. Gray, Bethany House, August 2022, 368 pages.
Lexie Walters didn’t plan on becoming a single mother at age 19, but she feels blessed beyond measure with parenthood. And after saving for years, she’s scraped together enough money to go into the house-flipping business with her cousin, Mason. She doesn’t expect to run into the object of her teenage affections at her best friend’s wedding, though. Nor does she expect to find him renting a house two doors down from her reno project.
But God seems to work in mysterious ways, and Lexie has learned to put the past behind her and look forward confidently. Or has she just learned to avoid processing the problematic parts of her life?
Cameron Lee feels like a failure, despite his success as a musician. When he reluctantly comes home for his sister’s wedding, he runs into a snarky teen who makes him laugh when he feels like falling apart. Even more amazing, the teen’s mom is his little sister’s best friend. And she’s all grown up now, and Cameron wonders why he never noticed her before.
Lexie and Cameron provide a haven for each other as trials seem to pile up on all sides. But before their relationship can take root, they both need to make peace with the past.
What I Loved About This Book
Gray’s cast of quirky characters helps readers reach deep inside to explore the power of forgiveness to bring freedom into our lives. Although part of the State of Grace series, readers can enjoy Love and the Dream Come True as a standalone novel.You'll love this #inspy romcom from @tlgraybooks! #LoveandtheDreamComeTrue #amreading #friendstolovers Click To Tweet
By Denise Hunter, Thomas Nelson, September 2022, 336 pages.
Laurel Jackson and Gavin Robinson met in high school and married after Laurel finished grad school. After a tragic accident takes their son, they divorce. Laurel remains in Ashville, and Gavin returns to Riverbend Gap. They each think they’ve moved on, but when their mutual friends die in a plane crash, they discover they share custody of the couple’s only child.
At two-and-a-half, Emma needs the stability of the familiar, and both Laurel and Gavin long to provide what Emma needs. They must set aside their differences and create a refuge for little Emma as she comes to terms with the loss of her parents.
But can two people with such a long history of love and misunderstanding work together? Have they matured enough during their years of separation to support little Emma through her grief?
What I Loved About This Book
Readers will relate to Gavin and Laurel—two people with baggage from the past that drives them apart. Relationships are complicated, especially when we cling to false narratives about ourselves. As Laurel and Gavin explore how to best help Emma, they make discoveries about their own lives—and their love for each other.
This second-chance romance will not only entertain readers but will also make them think about false narratives and choices which may hinder relational growth in their own lives.Put #HarvestMoon by @DeniseAHunter on your Christmas wishlist! #amreading #inspyromance Click To Tweet
Anita, I didn’t know Denise Hunter had a new book … thanks so much for the recommendation. Turns out my library has both of these … can’t wait to read them!
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Anita, I did not know that Denise Hunter had a novel. I am going to check out both of these books as gifts. Thanks so much!