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Ornamental Graces

October 18, 2016
Ornamental Graces Book Cover Ornamental Graces
Carolyn astfalk
Inspirational Romantic Fiction
Multa Verba Publishing
October 11, 2016

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.

My review of Ornamental Graces

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.

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.

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.

Give this new book a try. I don’t think you will be disappointed. Let me know what you think of it.

About the author


Carolyn Astfalk resides with her husband and four children in Hershey, Pennsylvania. For ten years, she served as communications director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), the public affairs agency of Pennsylvania’s Catholic bishops. The PCC advocates for religious liberty, prolife, pro-family, Catholic healthcare, and Catholic education issues before state government Carolyn’s column on state and national news related to the PCC’s interests appeared regularly in Pennsylvania’s diocesan newspapers. She also appeared on the statewide television program PCN Live and was a guest on then-Bishop Donald Wuerl’s television program, “The Teaching of Christ.” In 2005, she resigned from the PCC to be home full-time with her children. Carolyn is volunteer chairperson of Real Alternatives, Inc., a nonprofit, charitable organization that administers alternative-to-abortion funding in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. She is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Pennwriters, and the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society. Her writing has appeared in New Covenant and Lay Witness magazines. Stay With Me is her debut novel.

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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.

October 18, 2016 at 4:14 pm

Thanks for you lovely review, Terry!

Terry Houchin
October 25, 2016 at 12:57 pm

You’re very welcome. I hope it helps stir up interest in your book and other readers discover you.

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