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, there will be some lovely romance mixed in with the scary, dramatic plot.

This book recently became a best-seller, and the quality of the writing tells the reader why this author is so successful. So, if suspense is your thing, don’t worry, this one’s got IT!

Review by Susan Karsten, author of recently released, A Match for Melissa…available on Amazon.


True Identity, by John Majors

This review is easy to write because this was such a useful and easy to understand book. Though geared for teens, this could be a primer for anyone who struggles with answering the question ‘Who am I?’ and wants more than a easy to grab label.


Very accessible ideas are contained in this simply attractive non-fiction Christian living book. Sections cover gender identity, spiritual identity, relational identity, Missional identity.

So much food for thought, so much fodder for discussion, I recommend this for its though-provoking realistic take on such an important aspect of life.

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 death are two of what he calls “sucker punches”. Later in the book, he covers his start as a musician, and his marriage.

So, if you are a fan, there’s much of interest here.


Perhaps you’re also interested in Christian historical fiction of the romantic variety? If so, here’s my own recently published book, available on both Amazon and Barnes & Noble:

A Match for MelissaSusan Karsten

Set during 1816, A Match for Melissa is a faith-filled, clean, yet lively romance. Enjoy!

An Inconvenient Beauty, Kristi Ann Hunter

Wow, Kristi Hunter just keeps writing these Regency novels — she might bring the genre back singlehanded!


Kristi Hunter scores again with her fourth Regency novel. The opening scenes, set in a private English boys’ school is well done, and sets the tone for frolics to come. Meeting our hero as a boy, we gain immediate sympathy with the character of Griffith, who becomes the romantic hero later in the book.

If you like Regency fiction, An Inconvenient Beauty brings much to the table. Good writing, lovely settings, characters we can cheer for, and all the usual Regency fun. I recommend this book

I’ve recently had my own debut novel published, also a Regency romance, and available on Amazon:

A Match for MelissaSusan Karsten<–Here I am, author Susan Karsten

The Day the Angels Fell, Shawn Smucker

I received this book from Revell Publishing. This is what I consider to be middle grade fantasy. It would have excellent appeal to adult fantasy readers as well.


The writing in this debut novel is smooth, clear and engaging. I was impressed by the ease with which the author drew the reader into the story world. Not too much suspension of belief necessary, yet one was willing to go on. On a journey with a redemptive element.

An antique store, a mysteriously compelling message, a fire, and many more facets draw the reader ever onward to a satisfying conclusion.

This blog review is by Susan Karsten, who has her own debut novel out, just released in August, 2017. It’s a Regency romance, and very historical and inspirational.

A Match for Melissa

Susan KarstenHere’s me, Susan Karsten.

A Match for Melissa is available on Amazon!