We're two sisters who have a non-ironic but confused love for Christian Romance novels. These chaste love stories hooked our hearts at a young age. Now, as adult ladies, we've decided to revisit this genre and discuss these works through a new lens. Join us as we discuss bad hair, worse wicker furniture, endearing characters, and what we think our colors are.
Ah, Christian romance
novels. There really is nothing like them. When your Baptist school library carries Rebecca’s
Christians LOVE the Amish.
Promise instead of Moby Dick, you develop a taste for stories about redeemed
whores and pioneer widowers whose log cabins are just crying out for a woman’s
touch. Friends, it is time to for us to revisit those PG beach reads.
Who: We are two sisters who grew up attending
the same K-12 evangelical school, swapping copies of Christian romance novels and
Sweet Valley Twins books before some
blessed soul slipped us a copy of East of
Eden. Elise, an (almost) psychologist, and Angie, an (almost) writer and
English lecturer, will guide you through the wonderful world of romance—Jesus-style.
Put those pecs away!
What: How can you take a genre known for
bodice-ripping and extramarital boning and rework the tropes for a staunchly
religious, conservative audience? Oh, child, you are about to find out. We’ll
recap a book for you in each post and share our instant message conversations
about said title. There will be wit. There will be sarcasm. There will be tales
from our Christian school days. And there will be blood. Too much?
Why: Because Elise stole a copy of one of
Angie’s Robin Jones Gunn books, and now they’re both trying to make meaning out of the
betrayal. We’re starting with Robin Jones Gunn, or the Notorious RJG, mostly
because she authored the stolen book—Sunsets—part
of the Glenbrook series. There are millions, MILLIONS! of Christian romance
novels, and this blog is going to last forever, so we’ll get to all of them.
All. Of. Them. These books make us very nostalgic, but we also think it’ll be
interesting to see how they hold up after we’ve exited the evangelical bubble
and have learned about things such as feminism, differing viewpoints, and accessory
alternatives to WWJD bracelets. And to be completely honest, we have a desire to
ignore more pressing professional tasks, so why not.
And so it begins:
Hey did I tell you I'm really excited about the
blog idea and really think we should do it?!
I'm 100% on board. Unfortunately one of
my Glenbrook novels has been taken...by you!
Umm more like two. So I will have to
return them and also purchase Whispers [She means Secrets #1] I have
Echoes and Waterfalls.
Whispers is first, right?
Yeees! [No, no it was not. Again, it’s
Secrets] and it has the classic Christian lady archetype "The
woman with the flaw of not accepting help." And I want you to read them
again, because there is specifically a scene where they talk about "being
saved," and it's much more theologically conservative than I am, but it
was a nice example of how not to be an asshat when talking about what you
believe. BUT I'm getting off track, because that is waaaay down the line.
Whispers [NO! IT’S SECRETS!] is the first one I read. I stole it from
you in middle school and began a lifelong pattern.
How does it feel to steal Christian
books? Is that complicated for you?
It isn't! It feels like balance, but the
things I steal from you never count because of our blood bond.