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Ornamental Graces, by Carolyn Astfalk – Book Review

Ornamental Graces Ornamental Graces, by Carolyn Astfalk, is a wonderful story, with interesting, compelling and authentic characters that you immediately come to love. Dan Malone, a tortured soul with a troubled past, meets Emily Kowalski, a young woman with dreams unfulfilled. Throughout this story, we see God at work bringing these two souls together time after time, until one day their relationship blossoms. From there, we see these two characters traverse through the journey we call life, with all of its ups and downs. Will Dan ever come to grips with the mistakes he made? Will Emily ever fulfill her dreams? And, will obstacles deprive them of developing the relationship they seemed destined to live?

Carolyn Astfalk takes you on a roller-coaster ride, with a story that you will not put down until you obtain the answers to these questions. This is truly a page-turner! While reading this book, I couldn’t wait to get to the end of my work day, so that I could get back to the story.

Carolyn Astfalk does an excellent job at relating what it really means to be Catholic (with a capital C) in today’s world; given the many pressures to succumb to in the 21st century. This fictional story addresses self-sacrificing love, chastity, integrity, courage and many more virtues. Here’s a snippet, to tell you what I mean (Emily’s thoughts of Dan):

I see a man whose character and work ethic are so strong that he’s built his own business – twice. A man who has the integrity to admit his mistakes and make big changes. Ones that are hard to make. And a man, who in spite of all he’s suffered, has the courage to try again.1

How to get your copy of Ornamental Graces

If you are looking for a good read, I highly recommend this book. Hint- Hint – It would make for a great Christmas present for the one you love the most in life. You can get your copy by clicking here.

How to win a copy of Ornamental Graces

Just leave a comment in the comments section of this post by 8:30 a.m. EST on 11/15/16 to enter to win an autographed copy of Ornamental Graces. I’ll place all entrant’s names in a hat and notify the winner tomorrow morning. Good luck!


1 Astfalk, Carolyn. Ornamental Graces. Hershey: Multa Verba Publishing. Print, 2016, p. 214

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