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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book Review - Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk

Stay With Me, written by Carolyn Astfalk, is an outstanding example of the exemplary fiction being written by contemporary Catholic authors who are willing to take on the pressing social and moral issues of our time and doing so constructively and interestingly, with realistic and quick paced story lines. 

You will have no problem recognizing yourself, family and friends through the voices of Chris, Rebecca and her sister, Abby. Their powerful personalities will jump off the pages of this book.

This is an exceptionally well written and realistic novel. I found it difficult to put it down. In fact, I read it in two days – choosing not to do other things on my agenda. I do not regret doing so.

This novel addresses practical issues in the lives of all unmarried couples who struggle with the Catholic Church’s teachings on chastity and premarital sex, give no consideration to them, reject them outright, or mistakenly believe it is impossible to live out those truths. 

The author does this seamlessly, realistically and compellingly.You will be surprised. You will be moved. You will be pleased you took the time to read Stay With Me.  And, I have no doubt, you will be recommending it to everyone you know..


  1. thanks for an example of a well-written review...the book sounds fascinating

  2. You are most kind Melanie. You will enjoy the book