by Jennifer Martlock
1. "Rapunzel Let Down" by Regina Doman
A modern retelling of the classic fairytale "Rapunzel," the story focuses on Hermes McCaffrey, the youngest son of a Catholic Republican senator, and Raphaela Zilberger, the adopted daughter of an extreme feminist. The pair's faith in each other and in God is tested throughout the book as it explores themes of love, the ability to make your own choices, forgiveness and redemption.
2. "The Shack" by William P. Young
"The Shack" focuses on Mackenzie Allen Phillips, who is grieving the murder of his youngest daughter four years prior to the start of the novel. Mack returns to the shack where the evidence of his daughter's murder was discovered. While there, he goes on a spiritual journey where he makes amends with his past and comes at peace with what has happened.
3. "The Chronicles of Narnia" by C.S. Lewis
Explore the world of Narnia in C.S. Lewis' famous series of books. Read about the beginning of Narnia in "The Magician's Nephew," the adventures of the Pevensie siblings, the adventures of their cousin Eustance and his friend Jill, to the end of Narnia in "The Last Battle."
4. "The Prince" by Francine Rivers
A historical fiction novel about the life of Jonathan, son of Saul the king. The book explores his friendship with David, who will become king in his place, and his faith in God.
5. "Waking Rose" by Regina Doman
A modern retelling of the fairytale "Sleeping Beauty," the story focuses on Rose Briar, a passionate young woman attending college away from home for the first time, and Benedict "Fish" Denniston, a young Catholic convert who is trying to find his place in the world while also maintaining his faith. Rose wishes to start a relationship with Fish, while he believes that they are incompatible and that she should move on. A tragic accident puts his real feelings to light as Rose and Fish uncover an ongoing conspiracy.