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 […]

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, […]

“Love’s Fortune” by Laura Frantz ~ Susan Karsten’s latest book review

This is some excellent historical fiction!! If you like romance — who doesn’t? — this will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and craving for an elegant read. So well structured, the story captures you immediately and takes you to a world of the past. 1850s Pennsylvania makes the setting for this emotionally satisfying and thrilling […]

Review of Hearts Stolen, by Caryl McAdoo (review by Susan Karsten)

Okay … Let me just say … WOW! Hearts Stolen is an exceptional read! With great skill, this author brings on the trials of life, making the reader care deeply about her sojourning characters. The  heroine (what a courageous woman!) and the delightful hero (Gotta find me one!) come together and find love  in a very special way I haven’t […]

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: Lady Luck’s a Loser, by CARYL McADOO

Wow!  Who’d have thought a older heroine named Marge and a size 2X hero would make for such an entertaining romp of a story?!  Now, I have it from the author, that this book was written well before the show Bachelorette came on TV, but the story has some similarities.  So, if you are a […]

Susan Karsten’s latest Book Review: “A Place in His Heart” by Rebecca Demarino

This historical fiction book, set in 1630, takes the reader on a unique journey. From England’s towns to pioneer America, the varied and non-cliched characters are enjoyable to travel with. The main characters, Mary & Barnabas, are thrown together by providence. They try to make the best of their marriage of love and convenience. But […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book review: “One More Last Chance” by Cathleen Armstrong

One of the best Christian fiction romances I have ever read! As I finished it, and looked at the information in the back of the book, it was easy to see why this author won the Genesis award last year for this book’s predecessor. Read on for why I say it’s so good. One word: […]

Susan Karsten’s latest Book Review: One Perfect Spring, by Irene Hannon

One of the FINEST inspirational romances I have EVER read. I won’t give away any of the delicious plot details–you’ll want to discover them on your own–but, I will tell you why this book, One Perfect Spring is so great. Endorsed by massively successful Debbie McComber, One Perfect Spring delivers. The hero and heroine are […]