March In Review

March Review FlattenMarch was a little bit of a mixed bag in terms of content for Straight off the Page. Although we spent the final two weeks before Easter focusing on Biblical Fiction, we decided not to devote the entire month to the topic, as we had with Historical Romance in February. So if you’re not entirely sure if you want to read about Biblical novels, there’s no need to worry–March showcased a broad range of reviews, interviews and articles. Without further ado, here’s the run down of the content from last month:


Michelle opened and closed our Biblical Fiction event with two Recommended Reading posts. The first focused on classic novels that kick-started the genre, and the second showcased books that told the Easter story from unique perspectives.

Marisa shares how her faith grew through reading Biblical Fiction. I’m sure many readers can relate to Marisa’s struggle with enjoying reading the Bible, and hopefully be encouraged by how Biblical Fiction kindled Marisa’s love for the Bible and all of the fantastic stories it contains.

Beth compiled a list of our most anticipated Biblical Fiction novels of 2015. Whether you’re already a bit fan of the genre, or merely dipping your toes in, I’m sure you’ll find something here to pique your interest.


Created to Die by James Andrew Wilson (YA/Sci-Fi), reviewed by Danyelle

Lethal Beauty by April Henry & Lis Wiehl (Crime/Mystery/Suspense), reviewed by Melissa

The Call by Bill Myers (Novella/Speculative/Suspense), reviewed by Melissa

How to Catch a Prince by Rachel Hauck (Contemporary Romance), reviewed by Marisa

Death of a Liar by M. C. Beaton (Cozy Mystery), reviewed by Melissa

Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson (Historical Romance), reviewed by Sara

The Return of Cassandra Todd by Darrel Nelson (Romantic Suspense), by Danyelle

An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund (Historical Romance/YA), reviewed by Marisa & Beth

Song of War by Cliff Graham (Biblical), reviewed by Melissa

Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden (Historical Romance), reviewed by Sara

Red Sky at Morning by Steve Wilson (Military/Political/Suspense), reviewed by Melissa

The Arm of God by Jack Cavanaugh (Biblical), reviewed by Melissa

Demon by Tosca Lee (Biblical/Speculative/Suspense), reviewed by Melissa

In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar (Biblical), reviewed by Marisa

The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews (Biblical), reviewed by Beth

Never Too Late by Robyn Carr (Contemporary Romance/Chick-Lit), reviewed by Rachel

The Crimson Cord by Jill Eileen Smith (Biblical), reviewed by Christel–technically an April review, but I thought I’d sneak it into this post as it fits into our Biblical Fiction event.


Melissa kicked off our month with her interview with Bill Myers, in which they discussed his new collaborative indie series, Harbingers.

Michelle chatted to Jenny B. Jones about balancing humorous writing with serious topics, and her upcoming writing project.

Marisa talked to Rachel Hauck about her interest in Royal Weddings, her own wedding and how PTSD is represented in her most recent novel.

Francine Rivers chatted to Christel about how she started writing Biblical Fiction, the challenges she faces with the genre, and admits to shredding an entire manuscript.

Amy Green from Bethany House shares a little about the rise of Biblical Fiction and how the genre has evolved with Melissa.

Beth talked to Stephanie Landsem about her research process and how she prepares to write scenes that include Jesus.

And although this interview technically posted in April, it’s worth checking out Marisa’s interview with Lynn Austin, in which she discusses how her background in teaching has influenced her writing and her favourite historical figure from the Bible.

Upcoming Content

Although we don’t have any big events planned for April (we need a little break, if we’re being entirely honest) we hope you’ll stick around for the many reviews that are scheduled to post over the coming month.

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