Clean & Wholesome Romance Books
Great romance without sex scenes or explicit language. PG rated. Books may range from squeaky clean to steamy clean but you will find only occasional mild language, mild innuendo, no sex scenes, nothing crude or crass.
Here is a list of 13 Best Clean And Wholesome Romance Books You Have to Read.
1. The Restaurant
Author: by Pamela M. Kelley
Published at: Piping Plover Press (May 16, 2020)
Three sisters.An inherited Nantucket restaurant. One year before they can sell. Mandy, Emma and Jill are as close as three sisters who live hundreds of miles apart can be. They grew up together on Nantucket, but Mandy is the only one that stayed.
Jill lives a glamorous life in Manhattan as a co-owner of a successful executive search firm. Never married, she is in her mid-thirties and lives in a stunning, corner condo with breathtaking views of the city and Hudson river. Everyone thinks there's something going on with her partner, Billy, because as a workaholic, she spends more time with him than anyone else.
But there's never been anything but friendship between them and Billy loves being a bachelor in NYC. Emma lives in Arizona and is an elementary school teacher and an aspiring photographer. She met her college professor husband, Peter, in grad school and they've been married for almost thirteen years.
In recent years, she's noticed that Peter has grown distant. But when he shares a surprising secret, she doesn't see it coming and her world is turned upside down. Mandy followed her high school boyfriend, Cory to Boston College, and right after graduation, they married and settled in Dover, just outside of Boston.
2. The Robin's Greeting: Amish Greenhouse Mystery #3 (Volume 3)
Author: by Wanda E. Brunstetter
Published at: Barbour Espanol (March 1, 2021)
A Season of Hope Is Coming For the past two years Belinda King, along with her two grown daughters and teenage son, has been struggling to keep the family greenhouse running. Despite disconcerting events that have threatened to put them out of business, they have survived two growing seasons.
And now Belinda can focus on the two suitors vying for her attention. Herschel Fisher, a new acquaintance, makes her feel relaxed, and Monroe Esh, an admirer from her past, reminds her of her youth. But just when Belinda thinks she can choose between her suitors, life throws more trials her way.
Her son, Henry, becomes bitter about the idea of her dating anyone, and attacks on the greenhouse start again. When can Belinda hope to experience the peace and love her weary heart longs for?
3. Nantucket Threads
Author: by Pamela M. Kelley
Published at: Piping Plover Press (January 12, 2021)
Izzy's life is about to change soon in the biggest way possible. She is excited and nervous and torn about whether or not to give her ex, Rick Savage another chance. Rick has tried to be a better man. He's gone through anger management classes and really seems to be making an effort.But is that enough?
Does she owe it to him, to them, to try one more time? Or is it okay for her to move on and possibly even consider a future with someone else? Not that she is looking to do that, but there is someone else who she has known as a friend for a long time.
He's a very good friend and at times she wonders if there could be something more there. But, she has bigger things to consider first. Someone other than herself and it's all new to her. But, her sister Mia is there to help.
Izzy is now living with Mia since her condo was renovated. And Mia has a promising new romance. And there's a lot going on with the Hodges family too. Kate has a very big announcement and Lisa learns that she has been violating a major rule for her bed and breakfast.
4. Every Breath
Author: by Nicholas Sparks
Published at: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition (October 15, 2019)
Treat yourself to an epic #1 New York Times bestselling love story that spans decades and continents as two people at a crossroads - one from North Carolina and one from Zimbabwe - experience the transcendence and heartbreak of true love.
Hope Anderson has some important choices to make. At thirty-six, she's been dating her boyfriend, an orthopedic surgeon, for six years. With no wedding plans in sight, and her father recently diagnosed with ALS, she decides to use a week at her family's cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future.
Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a letter from a man claiming to be his father. A safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother's early life and recapture memories lost with her death.
When the two strangers cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable ... But in the immersive days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.
5. Moments Like This (From Kona With Love)
Author: by Anna Gomez
Published at: Rosewind Books (March 9, 2021)
"...[An] atmospheric romance ... Gomez and Polaha's descriptions of Hawaii are postcard worthy. The breezy pace and gorgeous setting will stoke readers' wanderlust." ~Publishers WeeklyBook One in the From Kona with Love series depicting multicultural romance, love, loss, and redemption woven into a family saga set in the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
Though connected, each installment can be read as a standalone. After Andrea Andie Matthews chooses her career over a marriage proposal and then loses a promotion she worked so hard for, she jumps at the chance to take a break and help run a friend's coffee shop.
Alone in Hawaii, Andie befriends the staff and quickly grows to care for them, making her determined to revive the company. As luck would have it, she meets the mysterious Warren Yates on Christmas Eve. They share a cup of coffee, some conversation, and even a moment, which leads to many more in the coming weeks.
When Andie learns who Warren really isand what he actually wantsshe is torn between her feelings and his deception. But will Warren be able to win her heart back?
6. The Hideaway
Author: by Lauren K. Denton
Published at: Thomas Nelson (April 11, 2017)
In the South, family is always more complicated than it seems. After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags's ramshackle B&B in Sweet Bay. She intends to quickly tie up loose ends then return to her busy life and thriving antique shop in New Orleans.
Instead, she learns Mags has willed The Hideaway to her and charged her with renovating itno small task considering her grandmother's best friends, a motley crew of senior citizens, still live there. Rather than hurrying back to New Orleans, Sara stays in Sweet Bay and begins the biggest house-rehabbing project of her career.
Amid drywall dust, old memories, and a charming contractor, she discovers that slipping back into life at The Hideaway is easier than she expected. Then she discovers a box Mags left in the attic with clues to a life Sara never imagined for her grandmother.
With help from Mags's friends, Sara begins to piece together the mysterious life of bravery, passion, and choices that changed her grandmother's destiny in both marvelous and devastating ways. When an opportunistic land developer threatens to seize The Hideaway, Sara is forced to make a choicestay in Sweet Bay and fight for the house and the people she's grown to love or leave again and return to her successful but solitary life in New Orleans.
7. Nantucket Weddings (Nantucket Beach Plum Cove)
Author: by Pamela M. Kelley
Published at: Piping Plover Press (August 23, 2020)
Mia Maxwell used to have her dream job. She is a sought after wedding planner on Nantucket, with no shortage of business. But she is struggling a bit to get back to loving her job. It has been bittersweet to plan other people's weddings-ever since her own fiance died two weeks before their wedding.
That was a year ago and she was just starting to feel better, when she came back from a vacation to find her house burned down. So she will be staying with Lisa at the Beach Plum Cove Inn for a while, until her house is renovated.
Mia's also worried about her younger sister and best friend Izzy-she has a serious boyfriend who has grown more controlling over the past year. As it turns out, there are several member of the Hodges family that may be in need of Mia's services-she'll be planning not one but two weddings.
There are a few road bumps along the way however. Lisa has another long-term guest that she eagerly introduces to Mia. She finds this temporary neighbor equally intriguing and frustrating and she makes it clear that she's not even close to ready to date.
8. One Motion More (Consistently Inconsistent)
Author: by L A Tavares
Published at: Totally Bound Publishing (March 9, 2021)
Actions speak louder than words. Long-haired bad-boy guitarist Xander has skeletons in his closet that refuse to stay dead. After a series of setbacks, Xander hits new lows, almost costing himself his reputation and career. While trying to take steps in the right direction toward better decisions and good choices, he meets Natalie, and for the first timemaybe everXander sees past himself and past the music his rock band is famous for.
Their relationship is an unlikely one, with outside factors creating obstacles the two would have to tackle to make their love work. He is reckless while she is responsible. He thrives in the spotlight while she will do anything to avoid it.
He speaks fluent profanity while she doesn't speak at all. He works to win her heart, despite having to overcome the communication barrier, while she tries to look past the intensity of the spotlight they find themselves in.
9. Christmas at the Restaurant
Author: by Pamela M. Kelley
Published at: Piping Plover Press (December 1, 2020)
Nantucket's famous Christmas Stroll is always the first week of December and this year sisters Mandy and Emma and Paul, the executive chef want to do something extra special for Mimi's Place, the restaurant that they co-own. It will be Emma and Paul's first Christmas together as a couple and Mandy's first holiday as a newly single and divorced mother of two.
Although Mandy does have a promising new relationship, though she wants to take things very slow. Their sister Jen and her new husband, Billy, are planning to spend the whole month of December on Nantucket too, juggling working remotely for the executive search firm they own together in Manhattan and relaxing and spending time with family and helping out at the restaurant too.
And Gina, their awesome bartender is spending her first winter on Nantucket and it's a bit of an adjustment-winters on Nantucket are so much quieter than the city life she was used to. She's even more confused when someone she had a major crush on back in the city moves to Nantucket.
10. The Masterpiece: A Novel (A Redemptive, Character-Driven, Contemporary Christian Fiction Romance Novel)
Author: by Francine Rivers
Published at: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Reprint edition (February 5, 2019)
A New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellerThis character-driven romance will enthrall [Rivers's] many fans. Library JournalThe New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love returns to her romance roots with this unexpected and redemptive love story, a probing tale that reminds us that mercy can shape even the most broken among us into an imperfect yet stunning masterpiece.
A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly wantmoney, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has. The demons of Roman's past seem to echo through the halls of his empty mansion and out across his breathtaking Topanga Canyon view.
But Grace doesn't know how her boss secretly wrestles with those demons: by tagging buildings as the Bird, a notorious but unidentified graffiti artistan alter ego that could destroy his career and land him in prison. Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own.
11. Nantucket White Christmas: A feel-good, small town, Christmas story (Nantucket Beach Plum Cove Series)
Author: by Pamela M. Kelley
Published at: Piping Plover Press (November 16, 2019)
Visit Nantucket's Beach Plum Cove Inn this Christmas for a feel-good holiday story from the author of the USA Today bestsellers, The Nantucket Inn and Nantucket Neighbors. Born on Christmas, Angela Stark has always hated the holiday. Bad things always seem to happen and this year is no exception when she is fired and evicted on the first day of December.
She was living and working as a maid in San Francisco. Who will hire her at this time of year, especially if they learn why she was fired? Her only family is Sam, an elderly, and quite vocal orange cat.
Her only option is to stay temporarily with her best friend Jane, but she is extremely allergic to cats. It's not ideal, but it doesn't look like she has a choice, until a certified letter arrives that changes everything. The next thing she knows, she and Sam are flying to Nantucket, a place they've never been before.
It's meant to be a temporary visit. But then Angela meets the Hodges family and friends and begins to question where home really is.
12. The Water Keeper (A Murphy Shepherd Novel)
Author: by Charles Martin
Published at: Thomas Nelson (February 9, 2021)
A riveting story of heroism, heartache, and the power of love to heal all wounds. Murphy Shepherd is a man with many secrets. He lives alone on an island, tending the grounds of a church with no parishioners, and he's dedicated his life to rescuing those in peril.
But as he mourns the loss of his mentor and friend, Murph himself may be more lost than he realizes. When he pulls a beautiful woman named Summer out of Florida's Intracoastal Waterway, Murph's mission to lay his mentor to rest at the end of the world takes a dangerous turn.
Drawn to Summer, and desperate to find her missing daughter, Murph is pulled deeper and deeper into the dark and dangerous world of modern-day slavery. With help from some unexpected new friends, including a faithful Labrador he plucks from the ocean and an ex-convict named Clay, Murph must race against the clock to locate the girl before he is consumed by the secrets of his pastand the ghosts who tried to bury them.
With Charles Martin's trademark lyricism and poignant prose, The Water Keeper is at once a tender love story, a heartrending search for freedom, and a reminder that the needs of the one outweigh those of the ninety-nine. Praise for The Water Keeper: I'm telling you, it's an action-packed, classic Charles Martin romance novel unlike anything I've ever read.And remember ...
13. Becoming Mrs. Lewis: Expanded Edition
Author: by Patti Callahan
Published at: Thomas Nelson; Reprint edition (March 24, 2020)
From New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan comes an exquisite novel of Joy Davidman, the woman C.S. Lewis called my whole world. Luminous and penetrating. Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling authorNew expanded edition includes:a map of Oxfordan expanded discussion guide with 20+ questions for book clubsa timeline of Jack's and Joy's LivesJoy's (imagined) letter to Jack10 Things You May Not Know About Joy Davidman and C.S.
Lewis's Love Storya behind-the-scenes essay: OxfordThe CityIn a most improbable friendship, she found love. In a world where women were silenced, she found her voice. When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C.S. Lewisknown as Jackshe was looking for spiritual answers, not love.
Love, after all, wasn't holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill-matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn't destroy.