On this go-around let’s limit ourselves to Christian novels. Next time we’ll broaden the scope. And if we can pretend they’re real, then we can pretend that I can cook, right?

10. Elsa Anders – The Captain’s Bride by Lisa T. Bergren

Calm, brave and put to the test, Elsa is the backbone of The Northern Lights series. Her good-for-nothing sister, Tora, isn’t invited – not until the third book. I’d serve fresh shark steaks marinated in lemon juice.

9. Captain Matthew Bryant – The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

He tries so hard to impress people who aren’t worth impressing. I’m going to tell him,  “You’re good enough, you’re smart enough, and doggone it, people like you.” Tea and scones.

8. Vashti Edwards – The Blacksmith’s Bravery by Susan Page Davis

#1 – She totes a gun. #2 – She’s determined to succeed. #3 – She’s named after a rebellious Queen. What’s not to like? Boarding House Roast and corn bread.

7. Prince Aethelbald – Heartless by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

He’s not bald, but even if he were, he’s that good. Mutton in savory mint sauce.

6. Haley Farrell – Design on a Crime by Ginny Aiken

The best thing about Haley is watching her maneuver through the crazy people around her. When Haley comes over she better bring her elderly wanna-be detective neighbor with her. Lasagna, garlic bread and fresh spinach.

5. Nick Polchak – Nick of Time by Tim Downs

Unintentionally hilarious. We’d need to have a table full of people and watch good old Nick “The Bug Man” gross them out. Steamed vegetables since I won’t be eating anyway.

4. Captain Daniel Holcombe – Love’s Pursuit by Siri Mitchell

Rebelling against legalism is good, right? Captain Daniel (The Captains are well represented on this list) has a bad boy reputation in this Puritan community, but he’s the good guy. And brave. And needs Susannah to cut his hair. Stew and biscuits made from the mother dough.

3. Essie Spreckelmeyer – Courting Trouble by Deeanne Gist

Essie probably wouldn’t want to sit down to dinner. I’m thinking football or rollerblading. Of all the historical heroines I know, Essie is the one who’d be the most comfortable hanging out with my girlfriends. Pizza and brownies.

2. King Hezekiah – Gods and Kings by Lynn Austin

Since we might actually get to eat dinner with King Hezekiah in the sweet by and by, let me say that I know he’s not fictional. His story is full of sorrow, danger and triumph, and it’s true. Of course, Lynn Austin uses her skill to create an unforgettable hero. This is an excellent series that I recommend often. Lamb and figs.

1. Hadassah – Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers

What a role model. Hadassah doesn’t just serve her unworthy Roman masters, she serves them in love. And even when her love for the young master grows, she doesn’t let it stand in the way of following her true Master. If Hadassah was coming over, I’d podcast every minute of her visit. Turtle cheesecake – saving the best for last.


So who did I miss? What characters would you want sitting across the table from you?

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