Review of: “The Pink Bonnet” by Liz Tolsma

I happen to have the privilege of know ing the author, Liz Tolsma. This was one of her best books! Action packed, full of really interesting historical details, it brought to life a real crime that happened in the early 1900s. Georgia Tann was a crooked woman who stole children and sold them to desperate […]

Review of “The Refuge” by Ann Gabhart

Susan Karsten here, with a book review! Set mostly within a Shaker (cult) community over a century ago, The Refuge is a wonderful story with a fascinating setting. Gabhart draws readers into the past, and you feel almost as if you are there!  The relatable characters include a widow, who was stranded within the Shaker […]

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 […]