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Looking For a Good, Inspirational Romance?

November 21, 2016
Ornamental Graces Book Cover Ornamental Graces
Carolyn Astfalk
Inspirational Fiction
October 6, 2016

I know I’m not the only one who loves a good clean romance. I recently read a book that I think fits the bill. Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk.

Here is the description of Ornamental Graces

After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend.

Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of—sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made a mess of his life and ruined his chances for earning the love and trust of a woman like her.

Could Dan be the man Emily’s been waiting for? How could he be when every time they get close he pulls away? And will he ever be free from his shady past and the ex-girlfriend who refuses to stay there?

An inspirational Christmas romance that spans every season.

Still not sure?

Watch the trailer for the book. I love this video. It is beautiful.

 My Review of Ornamental Graces

Such a good love story!

This is a good, clean love story. It is a about two people who meet and realize they have a special chemistry between them, but both are afraid to take the first step. Both, for very different reasons.

Dan has been burned by an ex-girlfriend. He has so much debt from this past relationship that he has to work all of the time. He doesn’t want anything to do with women in general. Not to mention the guilt he carries around about things he did while in this relationship.

Emily has low self esteem and doesn’t believe she is good enough for Dan. She doesn’t feel she is attractive and has resigned herself to the fact that she may live in her brother’s basement for the rest of her life.

Both are believers, so they know it is no coincidence that they keep being thrown together. But, will they trust that the Lord knows better than they what is best for them?

I loved this story. If you are looking for a clean love story, this is the book. Carolyn’s writing is witty and true to her characters. You can totally empathize with their struggles as they travel along this slippery path.

In this day and time it is difficult to find a good love story without all of the sex. It is even more difficult to find a well written love story that shows Christians who struggle with the moral issues in addition to trying to figure out if this is the person they want to spend the rest of their life with.

Though I received an advance copy of the book in exchange for a review, I would have bought the book anyway. I will be ordering it for friends at Christmas.

Don’t take my word for it….. here is a link for the first two chapters. Read a bit and see it you like it.

About the author

DSC_1055A - Version 2Carolyn Astfalk lives with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania, where the wind carries either the scent of chocolate or cow manure. She is a contributor and author of the contemporary inspirational romances Stay With Me (Full Quiver Publishing) and Ornamental Graces.


This book is a warm, fuzzy kind of read. I took a lazy Saturday to stay in my pj’s. (That is really not that unusual) I sat on the couch, curled up with my favorite afgan,  a mug of hot cinnamon tea, and read the entire day. It was wonderful! Being retired has it’s perks.

Go out and buy this book…you won’t be sorry you did. Or you can download it from amazon up at the top of the page and read it on your kindle right now.

As always, let me know what you think of the book.



About Terry Houchin

Hi, my name is Terry Houchin. I live on the on the Gulf Coast of Texas with my husband of thirty-eight years and our two dogs, Miley and Shadow. I have two grown sons and a grandson. I am a retired teacher who loves gardening and reading. I am currently working on writing a novel.

1 Comment
November 21, 2016 at 1:58 pm

Thanks so much, Terry! So glad you enjoyed the novel!

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