I’m always so excited when I find a new author that I really like. And I have!
Her name is Julie Klassen. She writes Christian fiction and she’s been compared to Jane Austen. Not that she necessarily writes like Jane Austen (but she does resemble her writing to a degree), but she writes about the same era and some of the same things.
There is romance in most of her books, but it’s more than that. There’s mystery and drama too. Romance isn’t always the central story. At least in the half dozen or so books of hers that I’ve read. I’ve read all the ones that the Omaha Library has.
I also like the way that she handles faith. Faith isn’t used in my-life-is-perfect-because-I-have-Jesus kind of way. Many of her main characters are Christians, but there isn’t pithy or superficial comments like “Just believe”. They deal with real issues and take real stands and deal with things well. Or they make mistakes. But when they do, they own up to them.
She’s just great — so if you’re looking for some new reads, there ya go!