A Borrowed Dream, by Amanda Cabot

By now, my readers know that Amanda Cabot is one of the better active authors in the Christian fiction world. Her stories are engaging and hold up well. This offering by Cabot has a little more of a dark edge than some of her books. You’ll find a character whose father beats the tar out […]

A Soldier’s Song, by Renie Onorato

This excellent, highly enjoyable novel takes you into the life of pianist Aria Greco. She’s a lovely, trusting young lady whose father is the commander of an Army unit. One of his men, Dex, gets to meet her for the first time at the wedding of a mutual friend. Wow, does he fall hard! The […]

A Soldier’s Song, by Renie Onorato

This excellent, highly enjoyable novel takes you into the life of pianist Aria Greco. She’s a lovely, trusting young lady whose father is the commander of an Army unit. One of his men, Dex, gets to meet her for the first time at the wedding of a mutual friend. Wow, does he fall hard! The […]

Hearts Entwined, a novella collection

Susan Karsten here! Authors of the collected novellas are Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears. All the stories have punny titles involving ropes or knots. We have “The Love Knot”, “The Tangled Ties that Bind”, “Bound and Determined”, as well as “Tied and True”. Suspend your disbelief at the exotic plot elements […]

Beneath the Summer Sun, by Kelly Irvin

Another good book by Kelly Irvin, the premiere Amish fiction author working today. Her books are so real, so detailed, with new information about the unusual lives of the Amish in every one of her books. For example, in this book, readers learn more about the differences between Amish and Mennonite, and how the Amish […]

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 […]

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck, by Bethany Turner

Okay, best book alert…! This one! I loved it. So funny, different, and intelligent. The debut author’s voice is quite original and amusing. This is the sort of book that if I stumbled across it, I would rush to find the author’s other books…but this is her first. We can only hope she writes more. […]

Dangerous Illusions, by Irene Hannon

Wow, you wouldn’t think a Christian fiction book would be so nerve-shatteringly suspenseful, would you? But this one is. Part of the author’s Code of Honor series, we find a vulnerable younger woman with some bad guys targeting her for a financial crime. Hannon is deft with both sweet romance and romantic suspense, so yes, […]

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 […]