Christian Novels, Curvy Heroines

Happy New Year! My resolutions include reading more, accepting and loving myself, and drawing closer to God. Oh, and losing weight! But to help with the first three, I asked my facebook friends to recommend Christian novels featuring curvy or overweight heroines. Here are three that caught my interest and are going on my “to read” shelf for 2015. Read along and let me know what you think!



I know and adore Kaye Dacus, who earned her MFA from Seton Hill University where I teach and who’s written numerous inspirational novels. She’s also a wonderful blogger about reading and writing books and about all sorts of issues Christian women face.

Here’s the Amazon description of Stand-In Groom:

Get ready to attend the quirkiest wedding ever in this delightful romance by Kaye Dacus, a new voice in women’s contemporary fiction. When wedding planner Anne Hawthorne first meets George Laurence, she thinks she’s found the man of her dreams. But when she discovers he’s a client, she knows planning his wedding will be no honeymoon. Can Anne remain professional while falling for the groom? Or will she risk her heart, her values, and her career in the midst of planning the wedding of the century?


I’m a big fan of chick lit and was sorry when that genre faded from popularity. But somehow, I missed Tamara Leigh’s chick lit novels, including Perfecting Kate. I’m looking forward to reading it! Here’s the description from Amazon:

Kate’s Creed: Thou shalt embrace singledom and be unbelievably, inconceivably happy.

YEAH, RIGHT.Tamara Leigh

Kate Meadows is a successful San Francisco artist looking for a nice, solid Christian man. So when not one, but two handsome bachelors enter her orbit in rapid succession, her head is spinning just a bit. Michael Palmier is a hunky and famous makeup artist who actually seems to be flirting with her–rather than her physically flawless housemate, Maia. Trouble is, he keeps handing her business cards from various beauty professionals and plastic surgeons. Is he trying to stamp out every last bit of self-esteem she has?

Then there’s Dr. Clive Alexander, good-looking enough to be mistaken for Brad Pitt, who sends Kate’s pulse skittering every time he comes near. Too bad he’s only interested in her work–and doesn’t think she’s much to look at. It’s enough to send a girl running for her paint-splattered, relaxed-fit jeans and swearing off men altogether! But after undergoing a makeover from Michael’s staff, Kate can’t be oblivious to the admiring glances men throw her way. Maybe she should try contacts…consider some fancy dental work…and you know, that mole really could stand to go. The question now is, what kind of work will Kate do on herself…and who exactly is she trying to please?


yttrupFinally, Invisible by Ginny Yttrup was the book most recommended by my Facebook friends. I can’t wait to dive in! Here’s one of the reviews:  “Inspiring and riveting story of a woman who learns her dress size does not rule out romantic love. She can cook and eat but can she allow her heart to be fed as well? Her struggle with self-image and the ever-present inner voice of condemnation is a recognizable battle we all wage against the hurtful messages from our past. You will be encouraged, entertained and energized by the message of Invisible.”

~-Marilyn Meberg, speaker and writer with Women of Faith, author of Constantly Craving




You might know that the third full-length novel in my Sacred Bond series, Her Reunion Bond, features a heroine who struggles with her weight and self-image. At a too-tight size 14, Wendy Smith isn’t overweight by most people’s standards, but since she was a size-8 beauty when she fell in love with Daniel Masterson, she’s self-conscious about her size. I hope you’ll check it out.

What about you? What are your New Year’s resolutions? Have you read any books that have inspired or uplifted you on your journey toward loving and accepting yourself or drawing you closer to God? If so, I’d love it if you’d comment. And sign up for my newsletter to get news of the final Sacred Bond novel, coming this month!


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Ann Ellison

I totally agree – we are not all thin and svelte. You have listed some good ones that I am going to have to check out.

Kaye Dacus
As someone who was a “curvy” teenager and then “plus-sized” my entire adult life, I never found people who looked like me reflected in the books I read—and I read mostly romance novels. So when I started writing as a teenager, I tried writing “perfect” characters (you know—the petite thing that the hero can easily sweep up into his arms, who is “slender” but also always “well endowed”), but because I’d never been like that—I hit my full height of 5’9″ at 12-13 years old—I was never really able to hit my stride in writing fiction until my late 20s/early… Read more »