16. 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). Her most recent novel is The Masterpiece (Tyndale House).
17. Roseanna M. White
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award-nominated author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels that span several continents and thousands of years. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to find their way into her books—to offset her real life, which is blessedly ordinary. Her newest historical romance is On Wings of Devotion (Bethany House), the second book in her series The Codebreakers.
18. 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. Her latest book is Lake Season (Thomas Nelson), the first in the Bluebell Inn Romance series.
19. Mary Connealy
Celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style, Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys.” She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Her latest historical romance is Woman of Sunlight (Bethany House), the second book in her Brides of Hope Mountain series.
20. Laura Frantz
Christy Award-winning author, Laura Frantz, is passionate about all things historical, particularly the 18th-century, and writes her manuscripts in longhand first. Her stories often incorporate Scottish themes that reflect her family heritage. She’s known for her signature attention to historical detail and emotional depth–in fact, Publishers Weekly declared, “Frantz has done her historical homework.” Her latest historical romance is An Uncommon Woman (Revell).
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