Books: That Other Passion

The queen of Christian romance tries to cross over

If you, dear reader, enjoy romance novels but prefer bodice lacers to bodice rippers, Karen Kingsbury appreciates your restraint. In the author's latest book, Beyond Tuesday Morning (Zondervan; 316 pages), 9/11 widow Jamie Bryan resists a potential suitor because he fails to share her faith in God. When Jamie later dates a fellow believer, the courtship is passionate but chaste. As in all of Kingsbury's novels, there is no gratuitous violence or swearing, and sex, while never explicitly depicted, comes only after marriage.

A self-described "Bible-believing, conservative Christian," Kingsbury has written 22 novels, seven currently on the Christian best-seller list. She...

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