2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Historical Romance

Posted November 5, 2019 by meezcarrie in 2019 The Christy Award, Christian, giveaway, historical, romance / 25 Comments

Happy Tuesday! From Monday through Wednesday, I’m spotlighting The Christy Award 2019 finalist books in each category – let’s continue with historical romance! Some of the authors were gracious enough to answer a couple of questions for me so I’ve included their answers below as well.

The Christy Award® Gala 2019 is coming up TOMORROW (Nov 6th) at Lipscomb University in Nashville, following The Art of Writing Conference. The Christy Award Dinner Gala will celebrate the art of Christian fiction, announce the 2019 winners of The Christy Award, and feature bestselling authors Patti Callahan, James Rubart and Becky Wade. In addition, they’ll honor the legacy of bestselling author and pioneer of inspirational fiction, Janette Oke, in the 40th anniversary year of Love Comes Softly. (You can still register to attend both events until the day of the conference/gala!)

If you can’t attend this year, watch the live stream HERE

And the finalists for Historical Romance are….


Haven Manor #1
GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2018
PAGES: 376

When Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she’s forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend’s missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she’s telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can’t matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. And as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, revealing the truth isn’t worth putting him and everyone she loves in danger.


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Award winning author Kristi Ann Hunter had been losing herself in stories since before she could read them herself. Now she has the privilege of transporting readers into the Regency-set world of her own creation. With ten books published since 2015, including the acclaimed Hawthorne House series and Christy nominated Haven Manor series, Kristi has had a busy few years. When she isn’t writing, she hangs out with her children and husband in Georgia watching Marvel movies, trying to learn how to play Minecraft, and eating what some might consider an excessive amount of dark chocolate. Visit her at her website.

why do you write Christian Fiction?

Stories allow us to step into someone else’s world and see life from another perspective. This is one of the best ways to learn and understand faith, grace, and mercy which is why Jesus so often spoke in parables. I write Christian fiction to provide entertaining opportunities for people to see life, God, and themselves a little differently.

GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: October 2, 2018
PAGES: 432

In a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice.

From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C. S. Lewis called “my whole world.” When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis—known as Jack—she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy.

In this masterful exploration of one of the greatest love stories of modern times, we meet a brilliant writer, a fiercely independent mother, and a passionate woman who changed the life of this respected author and inspired books that still enchant us and change us. Joy lived at a time when women weren’t meant to have a voice—and yet her love for Jack gave them both voices they didn’t know they had.

At once a fascinating historical novel and a glimpse into a writer’s life, Becoming Mrs. Lewis is above all a love story—a love of literature and ideas and a love between a husband and wife that, in the end, was not impossible at all.


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Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author of fifteen novels, including the (Historical Fiction), BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. Now a USA TODAY, Publishers Weekly, and The Globe and Mail bestseller. (writing as Patti Callahan). The author is also the host of the upcoming seven-part original “Behind the Scenes of Becoming Mrs. Lewis Podcast Series” launching October 1, 2019. Once a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, she now writes full time. The mother of three children, she lives in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband. Visit her online at patticallahanhenry.com

Carnton #1
GENRE: Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: January 8, 2019
PAGES: 448

From the pages of history and accounts of those who endured the Battle of Franklin, Tamera Alexander weaves real-life love letters into a story of unlikely romance first kindled amid the shadows of the Civil War. 
Elizabeth “Lizzie” Clouston’s quietly held principles oppose those of the Southern Cause–but when forty thousand soldiers converge on the fields of Franklin, Tennessee, the war demands an answer. The Carnton home where she is governess is converted into a Confederate field hospital, and Lizzie is called upon to assist the military doctor with surgeries that determine life or death. Faced with the unimaginable, she must summon fortitude, even as she fears for the life of Towny, her fiancé and lifelong friend.

As a young soldier lies dying in Lizzie’s arms, she vows to relay his final words to his mother, but knows little more than the boy’s first name. That same night, decorated Mississippi sharpshooter Captain Roland Ward Jones extracts a different promise from Lizzie: that she intervene should the surgeon decide to amputate his leg.

Lizzie is nothing if not a woman of her word, earning the soldiers’ respect as she tends to the wounded within Carnton’s walls. None is more admiring than Captain Jones, who doesn’t realize she is pledged to another. But as Lizzie’s heart softens toward the Confederate captain, she discovers that his moral ground is at odds with her own. Now torn between love, principles, and promises made, she struggles to be true to her heart while standing for what she knows is right–no matter the cost.


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Tamera Alexander (www.tameraalexander.com) is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers worldwide. She and her husband make their home in Nashville. Visit her at her website.

The Christy Award/ECPA is offering one of my readers ALL the finalist books in one category of your choice. (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? Which of these The Christy Award historical romance finalists are on your TBR list? Which have you already read?

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25 responses to “2019 The Christy Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Historical Romance

  1. Haley Resseguie

    I have read A Defense of Honor and With This Pledge. They are both wonderful! Becoming Mrs. Lewis sounds like a must read as well!

  2. Faith Creech

    I’m really looking forward to reading these books, I’ve heard so many good things about all of them!

  3. I’m not normally a Historical fiction fan but I do like the odd Historical CF . Looking at this list, I’m going to add Becoming Mrs.Lewis as I really liked C.S Lewis and his books and articles. I am hoping that this will win the Historical Fiction category

  4. Elizabeth Litton

    I have read A Defense of Honor and With This Pledge. They were both very good books. I have not read Becoming Mrs. Lewis, but I think it will be going on my TBR list.

  5. Perrianne Askew

    I’m ashamed to say that I haven’t read any of these! I’ll start with putting Tamera Alexander’s on my TBR list.

  6. Rachael K

    I really loved A Defense of Honor (but then, each of Kristi Ann Hunter’s books has been a winner, in my opinion). And With This Pledge was really good too–it gave a new look at the bloodshed of the Civil War, for me anyway.

  7. Becky D.

    “With This Pledge” is my favorite of Tamera Alexander’s books. I felt like I was there with the characters in the midst of the Civil War. ??

  8. AmyJo M.

    Not a fan of romance, but I like C.S. Lewis and his works so Becoming Mrs. Lewis is getting added to my goodreads list.

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