For the Love of God
Found here are straight romances (as opposed to inspirational romances) that feature men and women of the cloth, devout and pious characters of various religions, and heroes and heroines who are struggling with a crisis of faith.
List begun 08/03, updated 06/09
||European Historical Romances
||American Historical/Frontier Romances
- A Dove at Midnight (1993) by Rexanne
Becnel - Lady Joanna Preston, the heroine, has been in
a convent for five years.
- The Shattered Rose (1996) by Jo
Beverley - Jehanne, the heroine, is a deeply religious
- The Champion (1997) by Elizabeth
Chadwick - Alexander, the hero, is a novice monk who
runs away from his monastery.
- The Falcons of Montabard (2003) by
Elizabeth Chadwick - Annais, the heroine, is convent
- The Marriage Bed (2001) by Claudia
Dain - Richard, the hero, is a novice monk who
unwillingly leaves the monastery to marry.
- For My Lady's Heart (1993) by Laura
Kinsale - Ruck, the hero, to please his pious wife,
takes a vow of celibacy and attempts to join the
- Uncommon Vows (1991) by Mary Jo Putney
- Adrian de Lancey, the hero, is a would-be monk, and
Meriel de Vere, the heroine, is a novice nun.
- My Beloved (1999) by Karen Ranney -
Lady Juliana, the heroine, has lived most of her life
in a convent.
- The Serpent Garden (1996) by Judith
Merkle Riley - Susanna Dallet, the heroine, has an
angel protector who fends off demons.
- A Vision of Light (1990) by Judith
Merkle Riley - Gilbert de Vilers, the hero, is an
unfrocked brother and Margaret Kendell receives
visions from God.
- Heaven's Fire (1996) by Patricia Ryan
- Rainulf Fairfax, the hero, is a celibate priest and
- Bed of Spices (1993) by Barbara Samuel
- Rica der Esslingen, the heroine, is a Catholic, and
her lover, Solomon ben Jacob is a Jew.
- Green Darkness (1972) by Anya Seton -
Richard, the hero, was in a previous life a monk
obsessed with a beautiful girl.
- Danegeld (2001) by Susan Squires -
Britta, the heroine, is a the daughter of a pagan
woman and a Christian priest and has beliefs from both
- Danelaw (2003) by Susan Squires -
Valgar the Beast, the hero, is a Viking baptized into
the Christian faith.
- To the Castle (2005) by Joan Wolf - Nell, the heroine, was raised in a convent and expected to take vows untill her family requires otherwise of her.
- Mansfield Park (1814) by Jane Austen -
Edmund Bertram, the hero, is about to take holy orders
and is intrigued by a worldly woman who urges him not
to do so.
- A Gift of Daisies (1989) by Mary
Balogh - David Gower, the hero, is a minister.
- Mrs. Drew Plays Her Hand (1994) by
Carla Kelly - Roxanna Drew, the heroine, is the widow
of a vicar.
European Historical Romances
- The Scottish Bride (2001) by Catherine
Coulter - Tysen Sherbrooke, the hero, is a vicar.
- To Love and To Cherish (1995) by
Patricia Gaffney - Christian Morrell, the hero, is a
- No Brighter Dream (1994) by Katherine
- No Greater Love (1992) by Katherine
- No Sweeter Heaven (1993) by Katherine
- Flowers from the Storm (1992) by Laura
Kinsale - Maddy Timms, the heroine, is a devout
- The Thorn Birds (1977) by Colleen McCullough - Father Ralph de Bricassart is a priest who falls in love with a young woman. (set in Australia)
- Thunder and Roses (1993) by Mary Jo
Putney - Clare Morgan, the heroine, is the daughter of
a non-Establishment minister and must come to terms
with her father and her faith.
- You Only Love Twice (1998) by
Elizabeth Thornton - Jessica Hayward, the heroine,
spent three years in a convent orphanage.
American Historical/Frontier Romances
- Cherish (1998) by Catherine Anderson -
Rebecca Ann Morgan, the heroine, is a Quaker and
suffers a crisis of faith due to a personal tragedy.
- Thee I Love (1999) by Annette Blair -
Rachel Zook, the heroine, is an Amish schoolteacher,
and Jacob Sauder, the hero, has returned to his Amish
- Elusive Lovers (1996) by Elizabeth
Chadwick - Kristin Traube, the heroine, was educated
in a convent.
- Rachel LeMoyne (1998) by Eileen
Charbonneau - Rachel LeMoyne, the heroine, is a
Choctaw Indian raised by Christian missionaries.
- The Randolph Legacy (1997) by Eileen
Charbonneau - Judith Mercer, the heroine, is a Quaker
and the daughter of a missionary.
- Redeeming Love (1991) by Francine
Rivers - This book is loosely based on the biblical
story of the prophet Hosea.
- His Stolen Bride (2000) by Judith
Stanton - Nicholas Blum, the hero, is a member of the
Moravian community of Salem, NC.
- Wild Indigo (1998) by Judith Stanton -
Jacob Blum, the hero, is an Elder in the Moravian
community of Salem, NC.
- Saint or Sinner (1995) by Cheryl St.
John - HH-288
- The Outsider (1996) by Penelope
Williamson - Rachel Yoder, the heroine, is an Amish
woman who falls for an injured man she takes in.
- Sweet Charity (1997) by Rachel Wilson
- Jake Molloy, the hero, is a minister.
- Homecoming (9/2000) by Laura Abbot -
HSR-937 - Lynn Kendall, the heroine, is a
- Comfort and Joy (12/1987) by Judith
Arnold - HAR-225- Jesse Lawson, the hero, is
against religion and Christmas and Robin
Greer loves both.
- This Side of Heaven (3/1985) by
Beverly Barton - SIM-453 - Cyn Porter, the
heroine, is the widow of a minister.
- Babe in the Woods (6/1998) by Pamela
Bauer - HSR-792 - Brendan Miller, the hero, is
discerning the priesthood.
- Something Wild (2002) by Patti Berg - Mike Flynn, the hero, is a pastor.
- When Morning Comes (1/1984) by Laurey
Bright - SSE-143 - Claire Wyndham, the heroine,
is planning to be a nun.
- Tempest in Eden (12/1983) by Sandra
Brown - SC-164 - Ian Douglas, the hero, is a
- Tempted (1987) by Robyn Carr - Joe
Clark, the hero, is a minister, and Beverly Simpson,
the heroine, is having a crisis of faith.
- Reflection (1996) by Diane Chamberlain
- Michael Stoltz, the hero, is a Mennonite minister.
- Sunshine and Shadow (1986) by Sharon
and Tom Curtis - Susan Peachey, the heroine, is an
Amish woman who fall in love outside her family and is
- For the Love of God (12/1981) by Janet
Dailey - SR-118 - Seth Talbot, the hero, is a
- The Monk Downstairs (2002) by Tim
Farrington - Michael Christopher, the hero, is a monk
who's left his vocation due to a loss of faith.
- Sensuous Angel (8/1985) by Heather
Graham - CER-359 - Luke Trudeau, the hero, is
an Episcopalian priest and Donna Miro is a Roman
- Catch of the Day (2007) by Kristan Higgins - Maggie Beaumont, the heroine, is in love with a Catholic priest.
- The Miracle (5/1991) by Muriel Jensen - HAR-392 - Bernie Emerson, the heroine, is
a former nun.
- A Book of Ruth (1974) by Syrell
Rogovin Leahy- Jim Kendell, the hero, is a Catholic
priest considering leaving his vocation, and Ruth
Gold, the heroine, is Jewish.
- Changing Habits (2003) by Debbie
Macomber - Angie, Kathleen, and Joanna have all left
the convent for different reasons.
- Lone Star Baby (1998) by Debbie
Macomber - Wade McMillan, the hero, is a minister.
- In the Light of Love (200) by Deborah Fletcher Mello - KIM-31 - Talisa London and Dr. Jericho Becton are religious in their daily lives, and Talisa works with college students at a Methodist campus ministry office.
- Heavens to Betsy (2005) by Beth
Patillo - David Swenson and Betsy Blessing are both
- Dream a Little Dream (1998) by Susan
Elizabeth Phillips - Rachel Stone, the heroine, is the
widow of a corrupt tele-evangelist, and secondary
character Ethan is a minister.
- Nothing Sacred (3/04) by Tara Taylor
Quinn - HSR-1189- David Cole Marks, the hero,
is a minister.
- Crime of the Heart (11/1988) by Cheryl
Reavis - SSE-487 - Adam Sauder, the hero, is an
- Dragonslayer (8/1993) by Emilie
Richards - SIM-511 - Thomas Slonehill, the
hero, is a minister who has lost his faith.
- Whiskey Island (2000) by Emilie
Richards - Niccolo Andreani, the hero, is an
- Unanswered Prayers (11/1994) by Penny
Richards - CC-21 - Howard Blake, the hero, is a
- Girls Forever Brave and True (1986) by
Caryl Rivers - Sean McCaffrey, the hero, is a priest.
- Cradle and All (3/2003) by M.J.
Rodgers - COOP-8 - Tom Christen, the hero, is a
- Then Came Heaven (1997) by LaVyrle
Spencer - Sister Regina, the heroine, is a nun who is
doubting her vocation.
- Rev. Clare Fergusson/Russ Van Alstyne series (2002 - ) by Julia Spencer-Fleming - Rev. Clare Fergusson is an Episcopal priest.
- The Soldier and the Baby (3/1995) by
Anne Stuart - HAR-573 - Carlie Forrest, the
heroine, is a novice.
- The Gold of Noon (6/1975) by Essie
Summers - HR-1884- Murdoch Gunn, the hero, is a
- Sweet are the Ways (5/1966) by Essie
Summers - HR-1015- Dougal MacNab, the hero, is
- Fortune's Fool (7/1988) by Angela
Wells - HR-2921- Maria Bernardi, the heroine,
was raised in a convent.
- Michael's Temptation (12/2001) by
Eileen Wilks - SD-1409- Alyssa Kelleher, the
heroine, is a minister.
- The Veiled Web (1999) by Catherine
Asaro - Lucia de Mar, the heroine, is Catholic, and
Rashid al-Jaziri is Muslim.
- Dawn's Awakening (2008) by Lora Leigh - In this highly erotic romance, Dawn, the heroine, struggles with faith issues
- Archangel Protocol (2001) by Lyda Morehouse - Michael Angelucci, the hero, is an archangel.
- Archangel (1996) by Sharon Shinn - Archangel Gabriel, the hero, is Jovah's appointed leader.
- The Golden Horn (1985) by Judith Tarr - Alfred of St. Ruan's Abbey, the hero, is a monk and
remains deeply religious even after his marriage.
- The Hounds of God (1986) by Judith Tarr - Alfred of St. Ruan's Abbey, the hero, is a monk
and remains deeply religious even after his marriage.
- The Isle of Glass (1986) by Judith Tarr - Alfred of St. Ruan's Abbey, the hero, is a monk
and remains deeply religious even after his marriage.
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