Friday, November 25, 2011

In Name Only - 5 Star Romance by Ellen Gable

I recently interviewed author, Philip Catshill, who talked about what inspired him to write the Mike Newman mystery stories.  In his interview he also mentioned the amazing power of prayer in his life.  Although Philip's murder mysteries don't have a Christian message, his comments did make me think that I should read more faith-based novels.  As a huge romance fan, I naturally went searching for some Christian romance and while I was doing so, I came across In Name Only, by Ellen Gable.  What attracted me to the book?  Not only is it an historical Christian romance, but it also won a Gold Medal for religious fiction in the 2010 Independent Publisher book awards.  Not surprisingly, on Amazon it has received an amazing twenty-one, 5 star reviews!  So, what are people raving about?

This is what the product description from Amazon says:

1876, Philadelphia. Caroline Martin's life has finally taken a turn for the better. After years of hard work, she has met a virtuous and wealthy man whose love seems to promise the kind of life realized only within the comforting novels she keeps on her night table. Tragedy, however, will teach Caroline of the complexity with which God Himself authors the lives of those who turn toward Him.

But what about the 5 Star reviews?  Well, here's a brief selection from a few of them:

'This is the the best book I've read in a long time. It has all the qualities that make for an outstanding, memorable novel--and it's Catholic as well! I highly recommend it!'

'I highly recommend it to anyone who cherishes a wonderfully well-written story featuring complex and superbly-developed characters, whose challenges are universal - above all the one that calls us to love another truly, not in spite of human frailty, but in it.'

'This story is a true romance, wonderfully written and set in the Victorian time period.'

Rather than reading more reviews, why not read the actual book?  It's available as either a paperback or, for only $2.99, as an ebook from and  Let us know what you think and watch this space as I'm currently trying to get an interview from the author, Ellen Gable.

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