Phoebe’s Light, by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Blogger Susan Karsten here. Richly historical at its base, this novel departs from the norm and ventures into Quaker history, rather than the popular Amish history. Twisting and turning, the plot holds together like a finely woven basket — holding all the elements in near-perfect construction. Page-turningly gripping, yet full of generous helpings of historical […]

Melody of the Soul, by Liz Tolsma

Susan Karsten here…How exciting to have been invited to be part of a blog tour for this fine historical fiction book. Even more rewarding was the experience of reading Melody of the Soul. Though Liz Tolsma, author, writes in several genres, I do believe that she has a very special touch for the World War […]

The Ladies of Ivy Cottage, by Julie Klassen

Susan here, with my latest book review. The Ladies of Ivy Cottage is the second book in a series. Not having read the first one, I can attest that this book can stand alone as an interesting read, whether or not you’ve read book one. Many fascinating characters people these pages. Quite a fantastic set-up […]

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 […]

Hurt Road by Mark Lee (a review)

This memoir by a contemporary Christian musician from the group known as Third Day will be interesting to you if you are a fan of that group. Maybe you’ve even heard of Mark Lee? His life experiences form the bulk of the tale. His major, devastating accident when he was still a schoolboy, his father’s […]

The Christmas Blessing, by Melody Carlson

Yay! Another book by Melody Carlson! Happy to review this book I received from Revell Publishing. A riveting, yet simple story about a young lady whose fiancee is ripped from her on the eve of their wedding. He is called up by his military unit, and must report immediately. But this innocent girl…, wait! I […]

The Promise of Dawn, by Lauraine Snelling

A story about the rough life lived by the daring pioneers of Minnesota. Even though the novel takes place starting in 1909, things were very difficult for this group of Norwegians looking for a better life than what they had in Norway. You will learn the intimate details of the journey, the settline, the struggles, […]