Virtual Book Tour: A Subtle Grace by Ellen Gable

A Subtle GraceEllen Gable is “stopping by” today for a virtual book tour to promote her latest book A Subtle Grace. I am a fan of of Ellen’s books and have have had the opportunity to read and review all of them; therefore, when she offered a pre-published copy of the book to read and review there was  no way I was going to say no! 🙂 I was hoping to have the book finished by now and the review done, but alas, life got in the way and it didn’t happen. (I am loving what I have read so far, though!) Since the review isn’t ready, here is some information about the book to whet your appetite:

Title:  A Subtle Grace

Series: O’Donovan Family (Book 2)

Author: Ellen Gable

Genre: Catholic Fiction (Historical Romance)

Publication Date: March 19, 2014 (Kindle)

March 25, 2014 (Print)

Length (Pages/# Words): 126,131 words, 414 pages

Publisher: FQ Publishing

 Book Blurb/Synopsis:

1896, Philadelphia.   In this sequel to “In Name Only” (2009 FQP), “A Subtle Grace” continues the story of the wealthy and unconventional O’Donovan Family as they approach the dawn of a new century.

At 19, Kathleen (oldest daughter) is unmarried with no prospects. Fearing the lonely fate of an old maid, her impatience leads to an infatuation with the first man who shows interest. The suave, handsome son of the local police chief seems a perfect match. But will her impulsive manner prevent her from recognizing her true beloved? A disturbing turn of events brings a dark shadow that threatens the life-long happiness she desires.

Dr. Luke Peterson (the family’s new physician) also makes quite an impression on Kathleen. His affection for her leads him to startling revelations: about Kathleen, about his practice and, most importantly, about himself.

Will (oldest son) believes God may be calling him to a religious vocation. Eventually, he discovers the hidden circumstances of his humble beginnings compelling him to embark on a pilgrimage to Rome.

(Although “A Subtle Grace” is a sequel, it can be read as a stand alone book.)

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Author Bio and Other Links:

AUTHOR BIO: Ellen Gable (Hrkach) is a bestselling, award-winning author of five books. She is also a freelance writer, publisher, editor, book coach, NFP teacher and President of Catholic Writers Guild.  When she’s not writing, Ellen enjoys spending time with her family, watching old movies, playing trivia games and reading on her Kindle. Originally born in New Jersey, USA, the author now calls Canada her home. She and her family reside in rural Pakenham, Ontario, Canada.

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Ellen’s Books:

Emily’s Hope


One line synopsis: A modern woman, Emily, feels she has a unique connection to her great-grandmother.

Honorable Mention 2006 IPPY Awards; Amazon Kindle Top 20 Religious & Liturgical Drama

(Based on true events. Themes: miscarriage, infant loss, Natural Family Planning, adultery, redemption)


In Name Only (O’Donovan Family #1)


One line synopsis: Widow must enter into a marriage of convenience with her obnoxious brother-in-law.

Gold Medal Winner 2010 IPPY Awards, Religious Fiction, Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller Religious & Liturgical Drama (February – April 2012)

(Themes and topics: arranged marriage, trust in God, conversion to Christ, pro life, faithfulness)

Stealing Jenny


One line synopsis: Pregnant mother of five kidnapped by mentally unstable woman.

Amazon Kindle #1 Bestseller, Religious & Liturgical Drama (February, June – August 2012)

(Themes: pro-life, open to life, trust in God)


Come My Beloved: Inspiring Stories of Catholic Courtship


Amazon Kindle Top 10 Catholicism

One line synopsis: 12 couples share the stories of how they met and married.

I hope you check out A Subtle Grace and Ellen’s other books! Also look out for my review of A Subtle Grace which I hope to have posted within the next couple of weeks.


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Book Review: In Name Only by Ellen Gable

In Name Only is my third book of Ellen’s that I’ve had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. You can read my review of Stealing Jenny here and Emily’s Hope here.

From the back cover:

“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.”

My comments:

I liked Emily’s Hope, I thoroughly enjoyed Stealing Jenny and I absolutely LOVED In Name Only. 🙂 It is definitely my favorite out of Ellen’s three books. (a BIG thanks to Ellen for offering me a Kindle copy of this book in exchange for the review. 🙂 )

In Name Only is a historical romance, set in 1876 Philadelphia, but it isn’t an ordinary historical romance. Many romances, including historical, are often smutty and makes me want to go to confession after reading them! That’s why I usually stick with Amish love-inspired novels, such as The Wonder of Your Love. Ellen’s book, however, is anything but smutty. It is a touching and engaging romance that captivates the reader from the very beginning.

Ellen does a wonderful job touching on human sexuality and the Catholic teaching on sexuality. It is direct but weaved into the story seamlessly. She also beautifully handles topics such as tragedy, miscarriage and confession.

The characters are realistic, human and interesting and I fell in love with all of them. I became lost in the book, completely drawn into the story as I ‘watched’ the different character relationships evolve; so much so, I stayed up WAY past my bedtime because I didn’t want to put the book down!

If there was one “negative” thing to say it would be that the storyline was a little predictable; BUT, almost all books are like that for me. I have this thing of always thinking of possible scenarios and can almost always predict what will happen next in a novel. Still, even being able to expect what will happen didn’t detract from the plot lines whatsoever. They were interesting, several times made me tear up, and the perfect complement to the characters’ lives in the story.

Finally, I hated for the book to end. I wish Ellen would bring Carolyn and David back in a sequel to this book! Please, Ellen?!

I give this book 4 (four) stars for sure. 🙂

Book Review: Emily’s Hope by Ellen Gable

A while back  I had the opportunity to read and review one of Ellen’s book, “Stealing Jenny.” I enjoyed the book very much so I was thrilled when Ellen gave me a Kindle copy of “Emily’s Hope,” to also read and review. Thanks Ellen!

From the book description:

“Emily’s Hope is the gripping story of one young woman’s physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily’s great-grandmother’s troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great-grandmother are connected more deeply than by ancestral ties alone.”

My thoughts:

The story begins with Emily being rushed to the hospital because of complications due to her pregnancy. From there the story flashes back to Emily’s high school years, her college years, her meeting, courting and marital life to Jason. We journey with Emily as she learns to reluctantly accept and then eventually embrace the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality and natural family planning.

Interspersed with Emily’s story are flashbacks to Emily’s great-grandmother, Katherine, who leads a difficult, faithless life. Throughout the book, the story goes back and forth from Emily’s story to Katherine’s, until the converge in unique way at the end.

I enjoyed the book, but I have to admit, it wasn’t as engaging as “Stealing Jenny.” I also thought that the time-line of both Emily and Katherine’s stories were too broad of a scope for me to be able to get into the story.

Having said that, Ellen does an excellent job outlining the Church’s teaching on sexuality and natural family planning. She does so in a tasteful, natural manner, during the course of different conversations. The premise of the book is great and the topic is so appropriate for our time.

As for the characters, They were believable for the most part. It was easy to like Emily and I liked watching her spiritual growth as she deepened her understanding and love for the Church. Jason was a little too good to be true, but that’s oddly what I liked about him! As for Katherine, however, there was not enough background about her to elicit any sympathy for her. She is a harsh, stoic woman and it was impossible to like her at all, even at the end.

Over all, this was an enjoyable, easy read and I would definitely recommend this book –  to “NFP-ers” and “non-NFP-ers” alike.

I give this book 3 stars.

Book Review: Stealing Jenny by Ellen Gable

Anyone who knows me, knows I don’t like surprises. Well, it’s not that I don’t like surprises so much as I don’t like suspense. I’m the one who asks questions and talks through movies (just ask my husband!) and I (almost) always read the last chapter of a book BEFORE reading the rest of it. Yep, I do! That’s why I normally stay away from suspenseful novels. You’ll never see me reading Steven King or James Patterson. 🙂

However, when Ellen offered to let me read and review any of her books – and I read Stealing Jenny’s excerpt – I knew I had to choose this book. Dozens of questions popped into my head and I “had” to find out what happened next to Jenny. Where was Denise taking Jenny? Did Jenny and her baby survive? What happened to little Caleb? Was he okay?

When Stealing Jenny arrived, I resisted the urge to read the last chapter of the book – which, believe me, was HARD! But, I’m glad I did, because I think it made the book that much more enjoyable. I was kept on the edge of my seat for the most part; although, there were several times in the book I was able to figure out what was going to happen next before it occurred.

Still, I enjoyed the book very much. As a mom, I felt an instant liking to Jenny. I also liked Tom and many of the other characters in the book. I liked the flashbacks that gave us a glimpse of why the characters were they way they are – in spite of their failings and mistakes (which one learns about in the flashbacks). I even almost even felt sorry for Denise – almost, but not quite!

If you enjoy suspense, I think you will enjoy Stealing Jenny. I give this book 4 stars.

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