We asked our readers to name their five favorite Christian romance authors, and these 40 talented writers earned the most votes.

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.

2. 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.

3. Dee Henderson

Dee Henderson is the author of the acclaimed O’Malley Series and the Uncommon Heroes Series. Her novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA’s RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Golden Quill.

4. 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. Her latest contemporary romance is Starfish Pier, the sixth book in the Hope Harbor Series.

5. 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.

6. Julie Klassen

Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full-time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and the Christian Retailing BEST Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards.

7. Tracie Peterson

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than 100 books. Tracie was awarded the Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for 2007 Inspirational Fiction and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won numerous awards for favorite books in a variety of contests, including USA “Best Books 2011” Awards, best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love.

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 Awards 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.

9. Wanda E. Brunstetter

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author, Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. She has written more than 100 books, with more than 11 million copies sold, Wanda’s stories consistently earn spots on the nations most prestigious bestseller lists and have received numerous awards.

10. 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 Award and Christy Award.

11. Terri Blackstock

12. Karen Kingsbury

13. Dani Pettrey (tie)

13. Becky Wade (tie)

15. Elizabeth Goddard

16. Beverly Lewis

17. Susan Sleeman

18. Jody Hedlund (tie)

18. Francine Rivers (tie)

20. Tamera Alexander

21. Laura Frantz

22. Roseanna M. White

23. Elizabeth Camden

24. Rachel Hauck

25. Suzanne Woods Fisher

26. Janette Oke

27. Lynn Austin (tie)

27. Lynn Blackburn (tie)

29. Christy Barritt (tie)

29. Jen Turano (tie)

31. Amy Clipston (tie)

31. Mary Connealy (tie)

31. Lisa Harris (tie)

34. Julie Lessman

35. Kimberly Woodhouse

36. Michelle Griep

37. Sarah Sundin

38. HiAnn Mills

39. Erica Vetsch

40. Melody Carlson