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  • Writer's pictureMegan DiMaria

Do you love reading Christian fiction?

I do! There's practically nothing I love more than getting lost in the pages of a good book. Because of that, I have some great suggestions for a good read, and these books are newer Christian novels (released in 2021).

The American Christian Fiction Writers 2022 finalists for the Carol Awards have been announced. The Carol Awards are ACFW’s recognition for the best Christian fiction published in the previous calendar year. There are a lot of genres, so you'll find something you'll like.

So, check out these novels. They've already been vetted by contest judges.


Where Grace Appears by Heidi Chiavaroli

(Qualified Independently Published)

A Piece of the Moon by Chris Fabry

Tyndale House

Roots of Wood and Stone by Amanda Wen

Kregel Publications


The Orchard House by Heidi Chiavaroli

Tyndale House

A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing

Rain by Dana McNeely

Mountain Brook Ink

Historical Romance

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

HarperCollins Christian Publishing

The Prince of Spies by Elizabeth Camden

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by Michelle Griep

Barbour Publishing


Right Cross by Andrew Huff

Kregel Publications

Manna Reign by Neena Roth

ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published)

Dark Intercept by Andrews and Wilson (Brian Andrews and Jeffrey Wilson)

Tyndale House


Star Light (part of The Heart of Christmas Anthology) by Sara Davison

Independent Author

Believing the Hero by Tara Grace Ericson

(Qualified Independently Published)

A Texas Christmas Carol (from Under the Texas Mistletoe) by Karen Witemeyer

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing


The Amish Quiltmaker’s Unexpected Baby by Jennifer Beckstrand

Kensington Books

All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese

Bethany House (Baker) Publishing

Provenance by Carla Laureno

Tyndale House

Romantic Suspense

Driven by Sara Davison

Mountain Brook Ink

Danger on the Loch by Paige Edwards

Covenant Communications Inc.

Labyrinth of Lies by Irene Hannon

Revell – A Division of Baker Publishing Group

Short Novel

Choosing His Family by Jill Lynn

Love Inspired (Harlequin)

A Mother’s Strength by Allie Pleiter

Love Inspired (Harlequin)

Texas Baby Cover-up by Virginia Vaughn

Love Inspired (Harlequin)


Secrets in the Mist by Morgan L. Busse

Enclave Publishing

Windward Shore by Sharon Hinck

Enclave Publishing

Cast the First Stone by David James Warren

(aka Susan May Warren, James L. Rubart, and David C. Warren)

Tristone Media Group

Young Adult

Traitor by Laurie Lucking

Love2Read Love2Write Publishing

Realms of Light by Sandra Fernandez Rhoads

Enclave Publishing

Mountain of Flame by Diane E. Samson

ACFW QIP (Qualified Independently Published)

Debut Author

Sugar Birds by Cheryl Grey Bostrom

She Writes Press

Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes

Elk Lake Publishing

Into the Room by Steven Rogers

Elk Lake Publishing

In the fall when the winners are announced, I'll let you know who they are.



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