For our FamilyFiction 2022 Romance Special Issue, we asked our readers to weigh in on their favorite type of romance stories and their favorite Christian Romance authors.

We’re pleased to announce the results right here! We hope you’ll take a look at who Christian fiction romance readers picked as their favorite authors—
including those who write romance, historical romance, Amish romance, and romantic suspense!

1. Lynette Eason
Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians Series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She lives in South Carolina with her family.

2. Denise Hunter
Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than twenty-five 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. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

3. Karen Witemeyer
Bestselling author Karen Witemeyer offers warm-hearted historical romances with a flair of humor, feisty heroines, and swoon-worthy Texas heroes. Winner of the HOLT Medallion, ACFW Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, and a finalist for both the RITA and Christy Awards, Karen is a firm believer in the power of happy endings—and ice cream.

4. Colleen Coble
Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

5. Becky Wade
Becky Wade’s humorous, heart-pounding contemporary romance novels have won multiple Christy Awards, the Carol Award, the INSPY Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award for Romance. Becky lives in Dallas, Texas with her family.

6. Susan Sleeman
Prolific suspense writer Susan Sleeman keeps readers on the edge of their seats—and seems to be in the middle of multiple series at any given moment. She’s the bestselling author of more than thirty-five romantic suspense and mystery novels, with sales exceeding one million copies. She’s also won several awards, including the ACFW Carol Award and the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award.

7. Irene Hannon
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels. She’s been awarded multiple times by the Romance Writers of America, and has also been elected to the RWA’s Hall of Fame. Her other awards include National Readers’ Choice, 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 latest contemporary romance is Starfish Pier, the sixth book in the Hope Harbor Series.

8. Susan May Warren
Susan May Warren is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 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.

9. Patricia Bradley
The author of several suspense novels, Patricia Bradley has been a finalist for the Genesis Award, winner of a Daphne du Maurier Award, and winner of a Touched by Love Award. Bradley is cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Bradley makes her home in Mississippi.

10. Karen Kingsbury
Karen Kingsbury, New York Times bestselling novelist has more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. Her Baxter Family books are being developed into a TV series slated for major network viewing sometime in the next year. Karen is also an adjunct professor of writing at Liberty University. In 2001 she and her husband, Don, adopted three boys from Haiti, doubling their family in a matter of months. Today the couple has joined the ranks of empty-nesters, living in Tennessee near five of their adult children.

11. Elizabeth Goddard

12. Julie Klassen

13. Dani Pettrey

14. Kimberly Rae Jordan

15. Tracie Peterson

16. Tamera Alexander

17. Rachel Hauck

18. Dee Henderson

19. Terri Blackstock

20. Jody Hedlund

21. Francine Rivers

22. Roseanna M. White

23. Christy Barritt

24. Elizabeth Camden

25. Mary Connealy

26. Jen Turano

27. Kimberley Woodhouse

28. Lynn Austin

29. Michelle Griep

30. Wanda E. Brunstetter

31. Janette Oke

32. Kim Vogel Sawyer

33. Melissa Tagg

34. Shelley Shepard Gray

35. Beverly Lewis

36. Amy Clipston

37. Jill Weatherholt

38. Laura Frantz

39. Kristi Ann Hunter

40. Pepper Basham