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, […]

The Return, by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Due to the riveting nature of this book’s plot, I had to set it down frequently! Only because it had me at the edge of my seat, and at my age, I can’t take that anymore! 😉 Two heroines, one loves a man, the other is loved by him. The book is set in pre-revolutionary […]

Evidence Not Seen, by Carlene Havel

I recently read this novella and want to give it high praise. Remember this name: CARLENE HAVEL. Why? Because her writing is superior: enjoyable, deeply layered, nuanced, fun, and intersting. Not to mention, well-written. I enjoyed that the book was set in the 1980s. I was alive then, and she “nailed it” as far as […]

Redeeming Grace, by Jill Eileen Smith

My latest book review: The latest of twelve biblical fiction novels by this author, she certainly has a way of bringing Bible days to life. In fact, her creative characters practically jump off the page, they are so real. In Redeeming Grace, we join Naomi who is a practicing midwife, before she leaves Israel for […]