I didn’t realize until I stumbled upon this Catholic Fiction website that Blessed John Henry Newman was considered the patron saint of Catholic novelists. I love this! Perhaps he could also be the patron saint of Catholic fiction readers. The site is run by a publishing house I had not encountered before–Idyllis Press, “publishing the catholic imagination.”
Newman is adopted as patron of Catholic novelists because he himself wrote two novels. I have not read either of them, but I have seen in various places that they are well-done.
Incidentally, this site is chock full of interesting information and a book list of “Catholic fiction.” Here is an explanation of “what constitutes Catholic fiction.” I note the list includes all of my favorite author Jane Austen’s full-length novels, and the site includes tons of reviews of Catholic fiction and commentary.
Check it out!