Husband Auditions named 2022 Christy Award Finalist

October 12, 2022

GRAND RAPIDS, MI-- Husband Auditions by Angela Ruth Strong has been named a finalist in the Contemporary Romance category for the 2022 Christy Awards.

Midwest Book Review calls Strong's debut "a masterpiece of comic timing . . . [and] a wholesome, engagingly entertaining, witty, deftly crafted, and truly memorable read from cover to cover." Bethany Turner says, "Simultaneously an homage to and a lampoon of old-fashioned pursuits of matrimony, inspirational romance fans will gobble up this thoroughly modern tale."

Strong's book features protagonist Meri Newberg, who, in a world full of happily-ever-after love, feels like the last young woman on the planet to be single--at least in her Christian friend group. So, when she's handed a strange present at the latest wedding (a 1950s magazine article of "ways to get a husband"), she decides there's nothing to lose by trying out its advice. After all, she can’t get any more single, can she?

The winners in each category will be announced on November 17 at the Christy Award Gala held at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. The complete list of finalists can be found here.


The Christy Award is the foremost award honoring and promoting excellence in Christian fiction since 1999, and is named for Catherine Marshall's novel Christy, which has sold over 10 million copies since its publication in 1967. ECPA assumed ownership and administration of the award in 2017 to focus and grow the unique opportunity of fiction in Christian publishing.

Kregel Publications in an evangelical Christian publisher that aims to develop and distribute--with integrity and excellence--trusted, biblically based resources that lead individuals to know and serve Jesus Christ.