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Stay With Me

October 1, 2015
Stay With Me
Carolyn Astfalk
Inspirational Fiction
FQ Publishing
October 1, 2015


Description of the book

With her sister Abby’s encouragement, Rebecca has moved out of their overbearing father’s home. When a chance encounter with Chris ends with an invitation, Rebecca says yes. The authentic way Chris lives his life attracts Rebecca and garners her affection.

Chris loves Rebecca and her innocence, but he’s confounded by the emotional scars she bears from her parents and an attempted assault. Her father’s disdain for Chris’s faith and career only make matters worse.

With the counsel of their friend Father John, can Rebecca and Chris overcome every obstacle and bridge the deepening gulf between them and her dad? Or will a crucial lapse in judgment and its repercussion end their relationship?

My review of Stay With Me

I have been eagerly awaiting this book. Carolyn and I are writing group buddies. Though we have never met in person we cheer each other on over the internet. I was given the opportunity to read this book before it was available to the public if I would write an honest review. So I hope this review is helpful.

This novel is a wonderful, clean love story. Rebecca Rhodes and Chris Reynolds come from very different back grounds. Chris is Catholic and Rebecca is from a non-denominational church. Both are Christians that were raised very differently.

Chris comes from a loving family that does not attend church. Chris has been a Catholic for two years. “He expected when he found the right woman he’d be united to her in every way – emotionally, physically, intellectually, and now spiritually.”

Rebecca was raised by a very over bearing father. She lived a very sheltered life. She attended church weekly with her father, but she was just going through the motions to please her father. We see Rebecca and Chris’s love grow as they get to know one another better. Chris wants a relationship with Rebecca. He feels certain that she is “the one” for him, but is uncertain about her spiritually. He consults his best friend, Father John, about continuing his relationship with Rebecca. He knows it will be difficult, but is encouraged when Rebecca attends Mass with him and has questions afterward.

Rebecca’s spirituality isn’t their only obstacle. Rebecca bears the scars from her father’s verbal abuse and from an attempted sexual assault. Rebecca’s father doesn’t like Chris and reminds her of this often.

This book is one I couldn’t put down. I love Rebecca’s innocence and seeing her blossom as a woman because of Chris’s love. I love seeing how Chris struggles with the challenge of remaining a chaste young man until he is married.

This is a beautiful love story I am sure you will enjoy. I know I did.

About the author


Carolyn Astfalk lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania where the scent on the morning breeze carries either chocolate or manure depending on wind direction and atmospheric conditions.

A Pittsburgh native, Carolyn carries her Yinzer card with pride, having interned at Pittsburgh’s iconic TV and radio stations KDKA and WDVE. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she majored in Latin and Broadcast Journalism.

A cradle Catholic, Carolyn was raised mainly at church basement rummage sales and other parish-sponsored events. She worked her way up to “pup girl” at weekly Bingo and even served as a parish organist for several years. Having reached the apex of parish ministry, she moved to the state capital to advance her churchy career.

Carolyn served as communications director and registered lobbyist for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for a decade, advocating for religious liberty; prolife, pro-family issues, Catholic education, and healthcare, among others.

Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom to her four children. Most days she can be found changing diapers, wiping up spills, folding laundry, and tapping furiously on her laptop.

Carolyn is a member of the Catholic Writers Guild, Pennwriters, the Pennsylvania Public Relations Society, and 10 Minute Novelists. She blogs at My Scribbler’s Heart.

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