Residents of northern California know that life in the communities that dot the map of the upper half of the state is vibrant and diverse as the different landscapes that are found here. Whether it’s the hustle and bustle of the San Francisco business district, the quiet and serene redwood forests of Humboldt county, the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevadas, or the agricultural northern half of the Central Valley, there are plenty of stories to be told here.
Christian fiction authors have written about various communities throughout northern California. Sometimes those books have a contemporary setting and other times the story is set some time in California’s colorful past. Here are just a few of the Christian fiction titles in which authors have used northern California as the backdrop to the tales of love, sorrow, humor, and redemption they have to tell.
Published in 2010 by Zondervan, Someone to Blame by C.S. Lakin is set in the fictional northern California town of Breakers. Lakin lived in Trinidad, California for a while and the town of Breakers, its residents, and surrounding communities bear an extremely strong resemblance to Trinidad. Read a review of Someone to Blame.
Written by suspense author and real-life Chronic Lyme Disease survivor Brandilyn Collins, Over the Edge is the harrowing tale of Janessa McNeil. Janessa is married to a leading Lyme Disease expert who teaches at Stanford. A madman bent on destroying Dr. McNeil infects his wife with a deadly strain of Lyme and wants the doctor to admit his studies and findings are misleading or his wife will die. Read a review of Over the Edge, published by B & H in 2011.
Northern California resident and best-selling author Francine Rivers’ book Redeeming Love (Multnomah, 1997) has been on the ECPA Best Sellers list since it was published. It’s the story of Angel, a young woman sold into prostitution as a child and Michael Hosea, the man who eventually marries her. Set in California’s Gold Country of Sacramento and the hills to the east, it’s a story that takes place in the 1850’s that retells the Biblical tale of forgiveness, love, and redemption in the Old Testament book of Hosea. Read a review of Redeeming Love.
Love Finds You in Calico, California, written by Elizabeth Ludwig and published by Summerside Press in 2010, is set in the mining town of Calico when silver was abundant and lawlessness was common. Abigail, the heroine of the story, is left to fend for herself when an explosion in the mine kills her father. Tough choices must be made and remembering that GOD has a plan for each and every one of His creations is not easy for Abigail. This book is more than just an historical romance; it’s a whodunit as well, as the reader tries to solve who caused the mine explosion along with Abigail. Read a review of Love Finds You in Calico, California.
Chick-lit writing duo Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt have written several novels with witty, young woman as the main character. Consider Lily, published by Broadway in 2006, is the story of only child Lily Traywick. Lily’s parents own tres chic department store Traywick’s in San Francisco and somehow Lily has never fit into the ultra stylish world of her parents. Once she gets a makeover from her friend though, Lily’s world changes. But she isn’t sure this new Lily is someone she likes. Read a review of Consider Lily.
Each of these Christian fiction books set in northern California are available from book retailers online and from independent neighborhood bookstores.