For I know the (writing) plans I have for you

Hello, Blog readers! Susan Karsten here. It occurred to me that the Gracious Woman blog needs more posts about writing, so here I am with a report on my speaking engagement last night. The leader of the Fond du Lac Writers Club, John Silah, invited me to speak to the group after seeing a magazine […]

Upon a Spring Breeze, new by Kelly Irvin

When you want to read a piece of “Amish fiction”, you can’t go wrong by picking up a novel by Kelly Irvin. Swiftly gaining the pinnacle of this popular genre, Irvin consistently delivers an excellent, page-turning, can’t put it down read. Upon a Spring Breeze is no exception. How conflicted one would be if our […]

Rescue Me, by Susan May Warren

Susan Karsten here, with my latest review. I’m always up for checking out the latest from Susan May Warren. Her books are well written and enjoyable. Imagine my delight when I discovered Rescue Me…I absolutely love novels with survival plot lines, and this one’s a humdinger. Okay let’s start, though, with the storyline where two […]

The Baron’s Blunder, by Susan Baganz

The Baron’s Blunder is a Regency Romance novella (24K words) worth reading. The way the author, Susan Baganz, writes the romantic scenes alone is priceless, but she also takes you on a literary romp with her fascinating characters and their scintillating, sparkling dialogue. Many memorable scenes abound and you won’t want The Baron’s Blunder to end. […]

What Matters Most, by Kellie Coates Gilbert

I was surprised by how much I liked this contemporary romance set in Austin, Texas. A very appealing romance, supported by plot details that were outside the usual, interesting, and well-done. The heroine of this book has to leave college early to take care of her mom, who has dementia. Dementia, and the legislation around […]

Honor Redeemed, by Christine Johnson

I was wowed by this book. A real winner in the historical romance genre. Set in 1852, the story takes you on a journey from Nantucket to Key West–and that’s just in the novel’s opening chapter. The premise was fresh, and the conflicts on the road to happiness were what I consider to be quite […]

Singapore Secrets, by Irene Onarato

Susan Karsten here with a really great read to tell you about. Irene Onarato is an author I have “met” through my own writing journey. She and I got to know each other while exchanging critiques on some of our novels. I am thrilled to do a review of one of her first published novels, Singapore […]