Catholic Fiction

Leap of Faith

Book cover: ‘<Leap of Faith>’
Author(s): 
Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

I love conversion stories, they are the best kind of romance. When I find a good one online (and aren't they all good?) I devour the whole thing. Even if it's pages and pages long. Leap of Faith is a great conversion story. There aren't many novels that explore the faith of young people. Especially not faith in its nascent stages as doubt gives way to yearning. And then yearning leads to the moment when the leap is made:

The Edge of Sadness

Author(s): 
Edwin O’Connor

At first glance, Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor is a walk down memory lane. A memory of the American Catholic church before Vatican II, before the priest scandals. A lovely, nostalgic read.

But the thing that makes this book worthy of the Pulitzer Prize it won in 1962 is the fact that O’Connor’s story is truly ageless. The characters are drawn from humanity, painted with the author’s word-brush so lovingly and carefully that by the end of the book you know each of these folks intimately. And, you like them, in spite of their less-than-virtuous actions.

Friendly Gables

Book cover: 'Friendly Gables'
Author(s): 
Hilda Van Stockum

Friendly Gables is the final book in the Mitchell's Series and our favorite of the bunch.The family has recently settled into a large, comfortable house in Quebec. Mother has just given birth to twins and a cranky nurse comes to help. The children are adjusting to life in Canada - including French schools and a boy who's itching to pick a fight with "Yankee" boys.

Canadian Summer

Book cover: 'Canadian Summer'
Author(s): 
Hilda Van Stockum

Canadian Summer continues the story of the Mitchell Family (this is the second book in the series) several years after World War II. Baby Catherine has joined the family. Father is back from the war and has moved to Quebec for his job. He has difficulty finding housing for the family, but finally makes arrangements and sends Mother, Granny and the children up on the train. Upon arriving, the ladies are shocked to find that accomodations consist of a remote ski cabin lacking electricity or running water.

The Mitchells: Five for Victory

Book cover: 'The Mitchells: Five for Victory'
Author(s): 
Hilda Van Stockum

This is a charming and thoughtful story of an American family of five children during World War II (based on Hilda Van Stockum's own family) whose father is away at war. The family is very real with plenty of worries and troubles...but they manage to find joy with each other. For independent reading, it could be one your children's first full-length chapter books.Wit and wisdom make it a can't miss for adults as well (a perfect read-aloud). This has been a favorite with our family (for children as young as four or five) for many years.

Come Back Wherever You Are

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany, now married with two children, struggles to help Kay's young son who is having emotional difficulties.

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Book cover: 'Something Borrowed, Something Blue'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany is offered the dream wedding by her step-grandmother who is a fashionable wedding consultant. Tempers flare and personalities clash as these dreams conflict with other, more important things.

Tarry Awhile

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany has a long engagement and is jealous of friends who marry quickly and hassle her about it.

Pick a New Dream

Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany is disappointed in a newspaper job falling through and begins work at the Community Center with Carlton Buell.

Welcome Stranger

Book cover: 'Welcome Stranger'
Author(s): 
Lenora Mattingly Weber

Beany sympathizes with Tony Lombard who is dealing with guilt from a hit-and-run accident.

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