Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “It’s Not Who You Know, It’s Who You ARE”, by Pat Williams

This book, jam-packed with anecdotes about famous people, would make a great gift for a man who doesn’t read a lot. Not to say that it’s exclusively for men. Each story is somewhat short, and very interesting. The stories are grouped in the following categories: Success, Leadership, Family & Friends, Impact & Influence, and Becoming […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “The Beekeeper’s Son” by Kelly Irvin

Irvin’s latest continues to place her in the top ranks of those authors writing Amish fiction. No rose-colored glasses here. The story was light-hearted in a way, even while dealing with some serious issues such as grief, loneliness, community upheaval, unmet needs, and physical disfigurement. Irvin takes chances, too, with her story here. At least […]

“Swept Away” by Vanessa Riley, a book review by Susan Karsten

You all know by now that I am an avid, book-consuming reader, across the genre spectrum. You may have also picked up on my special like/love for Regency romance. This lovely book, by my co-blogger over at Regency Reflections (check it out – there are Regency-themed blogs by me and some other writers, as well […]

Stranded, by Don & Stephanie Prichard, a book review by Susan Karsten

Set in the early 1980s, this book defies easy categories…because it’s so strong in many of them.  Adventure (of course), romance, suspense, mystery, inspirational.  I was eager to read this since I so enjoy stories of survival. This one ‘brings it’ and get ready for shades of Robinson Crusoe! The castaways are endearing, flawed, and […]

Remember the Lilies ~ Book Review by Susan Karsten

I can’t remember, in all my vast reading, a book about the Philippine internment camps (prison camps) during World War II. You will be swept away by the thrilling and broadly sweeping scope of this novel. It begins in the dazzling world of nightclubs and bright lights of pre-war Manila. Slowly, one is dragged along to […]