Stories That Tackle Hard Subjects

Love stories that tackle hard subjects? (Tweet that!) Check out these novels about politics, racism and endangered children! Does one intrigue you? Just click on the book cover to order! (This post contains affiliate links. As a result, if you buy something through one, I may earn a commission to help support this site—at no cost to you.)

The Secret Heart by Marie Wells Coutu

Stories That Tackle Hard Subjects The Secret Heart novelAfter a whirlwind romance, beautiful Shawna Moore marries Hunter Wilson, the governor of Tennessee. Now, she wonders if the governor ever loved her or only hoped to avoid a scandal.

In this modern re-imagining of the biblical story of Bathsheba and King David, an investigative reporter is asking questions–the wedding took place only six weeks following the death of Shawna’s first husband in Iraq.

If he discovers the truth about Shawna’s baby, Hunter’s chances for reelection, as well as Shawna’s reputation, will be ruined. But keeping their secret is destroying their marriage. Will Hunter’s choice mean the end of his political career or his family? (General Fiction from Write Integrity Press)

Baggage Claim by Cathe Swanson

Baggage Claim novel by ACFW author Cathe SwansonWhen Ben Taylor, widower and single dad, gets caught up in a dangerous insurance fraud network, he has to learn to take a stand for right – and make a leap of faith: can he trust his nanny – who isn’t quite what she appears to be – and his newly-discovered biological father to hide and protect his four young children? (General Fiction, Independently Published)

Home at Last by Deborah Raney

All her life, Shayla Michaels, owner of the Coffee’s On bakery, has felt as if she straddled two worlds.

Her mother’s white family labeled her African American father with names Shayla didn’t repeat in polite–well, in any company. Her father’s family disapproved as well, though they eventually embraced Shayla as their own.

After the death of her mother, and her brother Jerry’s incarceration, life has left Shayla’s father bitter, her niece, Portia, an orphan, and Shayla responsible for them all. She knows God loves them all, but why couldn’t people accept each other for what was on the inside? For their hearts?

Everything changes one icy morning when Portia runs into the street and Link Whitman nearly hits her with his pickup. Soon he is falling in love with Shayla. Can they overcome society’s view of their differences and find true love? (General Fiction from Abingdon Press)

Want more stories that tackle hard subjects? Check out my award-winning novel, Snow Out of Season. You can read an excerpt here!


6 thoughts on “Stories That Tackle Hard Subjects

  1. Thanks for sharing my book. I was personally challenged by some of the situations in Baggage Claim, especially the circumstances of Anneliese’s death and also the thread of Ben’s adoption and seeking his biological family. As one reviewer said, it was not a Hallmark moment. Real life is seldom 100% smooth and pleasant. We all have baggage. God will help us through it and past it, but it’s part of what makes us who we are now.

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