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 […]

Mommy Needs a Raise, by Sarah Parshall Perry

Oh joy! Here’s another mothering book, jammed with hilarious anecdotes…very well-written. It¬†amazes me how many moms must really struggle with what other people do, what other mothers think, what people think of them, etc. Many moms must set their own standards impossibly and unrealistically high. Because book, after mothering book, seems to be always about […]

Vanishing Point, by Lisa Harris

Hang on to your hats, readers! This one’s a nail-biter. You’ll immediately care about the main character, Jordan Lambert, and her love interest, Garrett Addison. They are thrown back together on the trail of a serial killer. This author takes you down into the nitty-gritty of such an investigation. The twists and turns of this […]

Lady Jane Disappears, by Joanna Davidson Politano

Set in 1861 England, this unique book will keep you guessing. This is not your run-of-the-mill story and is quite unusual. Written in the first person, this tale of Aurelie Harcourt’s journey of discovery brings her face to face with deception, rejection, mystery, and a battle to win her rightful place within a family and […]

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, […]

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 […]