One of my favourite genres to read is Contemporary Women’s Fiction without the strong emphasis on romance. Let me clarify what kinds of books within Contemporary Women’s Fiction I am talking about.

I’m talking about the books written by amazing authors who bring real life into their books and into my home. These books focus on difficult issues (issues many of us face in our daily life and other issues we hope to never encounter) and often there is no happily ever after. Often the reader is left with a feeling of new hope is coming but it hasn’t quite arrived yet – but it will in time.

I love these books because of the strength they lend to the genre and that sometimes a good dose of reality is needed. However, I can only read about 2-3 of these books a year. For example, I just finished reading Pamela Binnings Ewen’s Dancing on Glass (My review will be up soon) and it stopped my heart and was most definitely “real”. I can pretty much guarantee that I’ll be reading my rom-com, chik-lit books for the rest of the year – I need to fairytale, the oh-so wonderful happily ever after for the next three months!

Reading books such as Dancing on Glass is never a regret – it’s always most welcome and often they are the ones I’m drawn to the most and the ones that impact me the most with my writing and with my faith walk.

What kinds of books are hard for you but ones you enjoy all the same?

Jess’ favourite genre is contemporary women’s fiction and contemporary romance fiction. She also enjoys historical fiction with a focus on romance. She loves books set in country towns or farms with a cowboy featured in either historical or contemporary settings.

She is currently writing her first novel, a contemporary women’s fiction/romance set in a small country town.