11. Laura Frantz
Laura Frantz is an award-winning and bestselling author of several books. She lives and writes in a log cabin in the heart of Kentucky. Her latest book is the historical romance A Bound Heart (Revell).

12. Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT Medallion and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She makes her home in Minnesota. Her latest book is the romantic adventure Knox (Stonewater Books).

13. Colleen Coble
Colleen Coble is a USA Today bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her coastal romantic suspense novels, including her series Lavender Tides, Sunset Cove, Hope Beach, and Rock Harbor. Her latest romantic suspense title is Secrets at Cedar Cabin (Thomas Nelson).

14. Kimberley Woodhouse
Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than fifteen fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim is passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story. Her latest historical romance is Under the Midnight Sun (Bethany House), co-written with Tracie Peterson.

15. Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than two dozen books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. Denise makes her home in Indiana. Her next novel is the contemporary romance Summer by the Tides (Thomas Nelson).

16. Julie Klassen
Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. Three of her books have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and Christian Retailing’s BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota. Her latest historical romance is The Bride of Ivy Green (Bethany House).

17. Amy Clipston
Amy Clipston is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Kauffman Amish Bakery and Amish Homestead series. Her novels have hit multiple bestseller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Amy holds a degree in communication from Virginia Wesleyan University and works full-time for the City of Charlotte, N.C. Amy lives in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and three spoiled rotten cats. Her latest book is the Amish romance collection Seasons of an Amish Garden (Zondervan).

18. Tamera Alexander
Tamera Alexander is a USA Today bestselling novelist whose works have been awarded and nominated for numerous industry-leading honors, including the Christy Award (two-time winner, seven-time finalist), the RITA Award (two-time winner, four-time finalist), the Carol Award, the Maggie Award, the Booksellers Best Award, and Library Journal’s top distinction, among others. Her latest historical romance is With this Pledge (Thomas Nelson).

19. Francine Rivers
Following the success of her watershed novel Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers has continued to win both industry acclaim and reader loyalty around the world. Her Christian novels have been awarded or nominated for many honors, and in 1997, after winning her third RITA Award for Inspirational Fiction, Francine was inducted into the Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame. In 2015, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW). Francine’s novels have been translated into over thirty different languages, and she enjoys bestseller status in many foreign countries. Her latest book is the contemporary romance The Masterpiece (Tyndale House).

20. Irene Hannon
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, which have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America. She is a member of that organization’s elite Hall of Fame. Her many other awards include National Readers’ Choice, Daphne du Maurier, Retailers’ Choice, Booksellers’ Best, Carols, and Reviewers’ Choice from RT Book Reviews magazine, which also honored her with a Career Achievement award for her entire body of work. Her next book is the contemporary romance Driftwood Bay (Revell).

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About The Author

Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children.