C.S. Lewis said that he never wrote a book without quoting George McDonald somewhere in it.. McDonald lived and wrote in the late 1800's in Scotland, but Michael Phillips has done a nice job of putting the Scottish into English that we can understand..
Francine Rivers is an excellent writer, too.. and Angela Hunt wrote some that are entertaining in a different way! Angela writes about a divorcee with 3 kids who inherits a funeral home.. funny!
Guess I'd better stop here... Maybe you can pass on names of more of your favorites to me.. I love to read in bed at night..