Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: Creole Princess

100_6134The twists and turns of love are thoroughly satisfying here — especially if you like heaping dollops of delicious historical detail. This is the second book I have enjoyed by this author and she treads some unique ground, both with her plot twists, and characters. I can’t say that I’ve ever encountered a book set in 1776 Alabama.

What are some unusual time/settings you’ve come across in your reading? Please leave a comment.

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: The Legacy, by Dan Walsh & Gary Smalley

100_6133An emotionally satisfying book. The authors bring some complex characters to vivid life and the journey is so worth it. The dialogue in this book is super-fresh and real-feeling and so interesting. This is for a wide range of readers as it has a lot of depth and interesting twists to it. Not run-of-the-mill. In a way, it defies our typical categories. I suppose it could be called emotional suspense, or family drama.

Have you read any un-categorizable fiction lately? Please comment.

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: Buried Secrets, by Irene Hannon

100_6136Wow, it’s been a while since I had to put a book down because I couldn’t stand the tension. Hannon’s tight plot, her lovable characters, her impeccable pacing — they all show why she is a rising star in the inspirational romantic suspense genre. I don’t want to give away any of the details/fun for the reader and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed if you love this genre.

Have you ever had to put a book down due to the tension being so high? Answer in a comment.

Thanks, Susan

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: Sand in my Sandwich, By Sarah Parshall Perry

The quote on the back cover says a lot about this book: “There is no perfect family, no life free of mess. But in the midst of all of it, God is there, reminding us, “My child, I got this.” So, “if” you every lose it, feel like you are going crazy, or scream your guts out, this book has you covered. Perry has so many great stories from her own life (How transparent can you get?) and those tales bring home some awesome parenting messages. Things like: it’s God’s plan, not ours. This book is so real, so gritty, so painful at times, yet brimming with positivity based on God alone. She shares much about her autistic son.


Susan Karsten’s latest Book Review: “Life Unstuck”, by Pat Layton

The main ideas of this charming non-fiction book include making peace with your past, feeling good (in Christ’s power), and making the most of your life, not being mired down with past failures. Loaded with powerful stories of real-life experiences to prove points, this book would be helpful for dealing with guilt (and that’s just for starters.  Do you struggle with getting bogged down with the past? Please comment.


Susan Karsten’s latest Book Review: “You’re Loved No Matter What”, by Holley Gerth

This book seems to be geared toward people with confidence/perfectionism issues. As that does not really include me, praise God (Who gets all credit), I can only say that this book presents its ideas gently, palatably, and mixed in with dollops of great anecdotes. I would not hesitate to recommend this one to someone who struggles with these issues. Contains 11 chapters.

Comment with a non-fiction/Christian life topic that you personally would like to see written about.



Crimson Cord, by Jill Eileen Smith (book review by Susan Karsten)

104_1697Biblical fiction, often fraught with theological problems….NOT this time! Of course, this is a fictionalized version of the story of Rahab, but the author really did it justice. She worked in several additional Bible events with deft aplomb, causing no snorts of disgust, derision, or disappointment from this reader. The portion of the tale that deals with Rahab’s…ahem…career, is not for children. But, if you enjoy the Biblical ficiton genre, you won’t want to miss this offering.


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