Charlotte’s Dilemma ~ new release!

Hello, faithful blog readers! Instead of my usual book reviews done for books by other authors, this will be a post about my own novella, due for release on March 6, 2020. This novella came about because of motivation. The motivation was the chance to have my work published in a novella collection with several […]

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 […]

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, […]

An Amish Summer, a 4-novella collection including one by author Kelly Irvin

Disclaimer: I don’t normally read Amish fiction. But, a while back, I discovered the writing of Kelly Irvin. I enjoy her books, not because they about the Amish, but they are well-written, and interesting. Irvin does not write about the Amish as if she wears rose-colored glasses. She brings it, warts and all. Also, she […]

Every Bride Has Her Day, by Janice Thompson

Janice Thompson has quite a following. She writes these hilarious, fun, and satisfying novels, some of which are about the crazy times leading up to a wedding. This one has a fairy-tale aspect in that the groom is a pro basketball star! So, lets’ just start off with the whole fantasy element of that! This […]

Salsa and Speedbumps, by Susan Baganz

This review is a pleasure to write. Not only because the author is a friend, but because I am so excited to have read this romantic suspense novel. You’ve seen my review, perhaps, of her last book, Pesto & Potholes, and noticed how I commented on how very romantic the love scenes were…? Well, yes, […]

Book Review: “Last Chance Hero” ~ Christian fiction by Cathleen Armstrong

I’ll admit it, I read at the breakfast table. As I was eagerly moving toward the end of this book, I found myself tearing up (aka weeping) upon reading one of Armstrong’s scenes. I don’t want to say too much, so as to spoil this for the next reader, but it was about Andy’s recovering […]