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  • Title: Stay With Me
  • Author: Carolyn Astfalk Ellen Gable
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  • Page: 251
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 atWith 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 Reviews This is a warning the book you hold in your hand is compelling and well written and you may find it, as I did, impossible to put down It s a romance that s not trashy in any way, one that illustrates what a novel of this sort should inspire in its reader When you re finished, you ll be a better person And probably a very tired one, because you ll have stayed up all night to finish it You ll also be sharing this book with every woman you know Sarah Reinhard, author and blogger at SnoringScholar
    Stay With Me 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 live

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    1. Carolyn Astfalk s novel combines engaging characters with a plausible plot The reader is drawn in immediately by Rebecca, who is blundering through the grocery store with her young niece and nephew in tow You can t help rooting for this innocent young woman, and hoping she ll hit it off with the courteous guy she meets in the store.This novel is a great blend of romance and faith witness and comes complete with a great set of supporting characters like Abby Rebecca s boisterous sister , Father J [...]

    2. Disclaimer I am acquainted with this author via social media, through mutual membership in a large online writing group This in no way detracts from the honesty of my review.Stay With Me stayed in my to be read pile for quite a while before I finally got around to reading it I don t usually read straight romance or inspirational fiction But I grew to admire Ms Astfalk s online presence, both on her blog website and through conversations in our online writing group, so I finally bit the bullet an [...]

    3. I LOVED this book A full review on my blog coming soon UPDATE Oct 7, 2015 Today, I am honored to be part of the blog tour that is launching Stay With Me, the debut novel by Carolyn Astfalk ow T7KvL Stay With Me is a contemporary, realistic, and heart warming romance that is filled with authentic characters, picturesque scenery, and deep dialogue It is the next book for your book club and certainly the one you will want to share with friends.It begins in a grocery store Rebecca is shopping with h [...]

    4. Quality Romance for the Romance shy Chris the kind yet imperfect guy Rebecca the heroine brave enough to step over her own fences not so some guy can complete her but so she, with God s help, can be made new Of course these two are going to get together but what will they do about everything and everyone trying to break them apart They way Chris and Rebecca fight not just for each other but for the Truth will win your heart These characters are types we rarely see in fiction these days but were [...]

    5. As Rebecca and Chris s relationship progresses from dating to engagement a number of issues require sorting through Rebecca examines her Christian upbringing denomination not clear and compares it to Chris s experience of having become a Catholic The differences between denominations are not often aired in Inspirational Fiction, probably from fear of offending a reader The author isn t frightened to do this, and attempts to portray insight into the impact of this decision on lifestyle choices fa [...]

    6. Carolyn Astfalk s Stay with Me is a sweet, Christian romance about a young woman who struggles to find her way in life by overcoming past scars and without disappointing her over protective, controlling father Her love interest, a recent Catholic convert, is learning to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit while finding himself falling for her and facing a few struggles of his own The challenges these two face are realistic and relatable and many times had me wondering if they could pull throu [...]

    7. The honest romance book that needed to be writtenStay With Me is so much than a romance It tackles the heady, ethereal subject of why men and women were created to fall in love in the first place I loved that this couple made mistakes, sought forgiveness and grew closer in grace I loved that the conflicts, especially with narcissistic, abusive fathers were realistic Mrs Astfalk s lovely debut should me a must read for any young couple serious about their faith and their love for each other.

    8. Catholic emphasis, sex scenes, abuse, foul language.And this is listed under religious and inspirational.Yeaht my cup of tea.Deleted

    9. When I decided to read and review Carolyn Astfalk s novel Stay with Me, I had heard beforehand that it was really good In my opinion, this inspirational Christian romance is better than good It s fantastic It is filled with everything that makes a story appealing romance, suspense, action, and humor It is a fast moving, extremely addictive book that you won t want to put down The characters are so real that I instantly felt connected to them and could easily relate to their life situations and e [...]

    10. 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 Chr [...]

    11. Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk is a poignant and believablelove story about two young adults from very different backgrounds.Rebecca has lived a sheltered life under her domineering father in an alcohol free home where dancing is frowned upon and religion is oppressive, not inspiring Weighed down by her past, Rebecca is hesitant to live life fully Chris, a Harley rider and a new convert to Catholicism, opens up a beautiful new world to her Still, life isn t without dangers and trials as the new [...]

    12. I was privileged to receive an advance copy of Stay With Me This book 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 [...]

    13. I loved the characters in this book Well most of them I didn t care for her overbearing abusive father who never changed even at the end of the book The author did a good job of making the reader despise him.I loved Rebecca and Chris They were from completely different religious backgrounds but fell in love anyway Both were devoted Christians but Rebecca has some baggage due to her abusive father Chris is a new Christian who loves the Lord and wants his family to know the love of Christ too but [...]

    14. I was thrilled to be asked to read an advance copy of Stay With Me written by former coworker, Carolyn Astfalk Her debut novel is a love story but, than that, it s a life story The characters are genuinely likable especially Rebecca s sister Abby Chris and Rebecca s story is a great mix of the turmoil of relationships Happiness, sadness, fear, and longing all swirl around in each of us and as we meet new people we need to work through all our emotions to be able to stay with them in a relations [...]

    15. Stay with Me is captivating story of two young adults that meet by chance in a grocery store in South Central Pennsylvania Rebecca and Chris are attracted to each other the first time they lay eyes on each other As their story unfolds, you will quickly become enthralled in their story, backgrounds, and whether or not this romance will end well This story is a real page turner The characters are relatable as is their faith stories This is a Christian novel with themes that are so true in today s [...]

    16. Catholic novelI enjoyed the story very much The romance and the writing were enjoyable It seemed like it ended very quickly It was like the author got tired of the story once she got them to toss aside their beliefs before the wedding Then all was magically forgiven, moved on and over This is NOT a clean Christian novel though, if that is what you were wanting Many adult themes and scenes I also felt like the author had an agenda to defend the Catholic church against Christianity, evident in the [...]

    17. Not normally one to indulge in romance novels, I read this on the recommendation of a friend and was impressed by the author s command of words A very talented writer indeed The prose is engaging, humorous in places, and very compelling Not suitable for children, but it is an interesting novel for Christians desirous of a romance.

    18. Stay With Me is a charming, well written romance novel in the New Adult genre, with the main characters being twenty something in age The story and its relatable characters took me on a ride spanning the human emotions I particularly enjoyed Rebecca s reactions to her first Catholic Mass I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

    19. I do not usually read romance novels, but I really enjoyed this book The author is a friend and colleague so I gave it a chance I am glad I did It is a sweet and realistic story It had me really cheering for the characters I will definitely recommend it to others Great read

    20. I loved this book Carolyn did a great job developing the characters When I finished the book I missed them Stay with Me is an enjoyable read I highly recommend it.

    21. Great readStarts a tad slow But ended very well A lot of Catholic belief which is very solid and not overbearing.

    22. This book follows the story of a Catholic man and a non denominational Christian girl who fall for each other Their families are not perfect Rebecca s dad is abusive and too narrow minded, he is the kinda Christian who would ruin our beautiful faith for non Christians and makes us sound like narrow minded bigots Her mother is told to be dead a couple of times, and then shown that she just left her family in a couple other times I m guessing that this needs editing Chris s family is though a sec [...]

    23. I won a copy of Stay with Me by Carolyn Asfalk in my first ever good reads giveaway I m not catholic but a person who studies all religions I m always looking for books that will expand my reading resume Outside of my usual world war two historical fiction and memoirs and graphic novels zone and I m so happy I got to do that with stay with me so let s get to my very first ever review on good reads The plot to me is what caught my attention I m a sucker for stories of girl who are from hard backg [...]

    24. Awesome, simply awesome That is it in a nutshell regarding the fantastic book, Stay with Me, by Carolyn Astfalk This Christian fiction novel centers around two young people in their 20 s, named Chris Reynolds and Rebecca Rhodes Chris is Catholic and Rebecca is not This fact comes out early in the story From that point on, we see two people of different backgrounds with different beliefs and baggage, who fall in love with each other We see how they face the challenges of maintaining chastity in t [...]

    25. Stay With Me by Carolyn Astfalk is her first novel Some parts of this book I like, but other parts are disgusting and very distasteful I read the book because I thought it was a Christian book It is NOT a clean Christian book I know we all have temptations and sometimes we fall, but so many things in this book aren t fit to read There is no need to write about every detail Stay With Me is full of mature scenes that shouldn t be in a Christian novel Actually it was quite gross Rebecca s sister ha [...]

    26. Stay With Me is a great story that hooks you from the very beginning The plot starts very quickly You are immediately introduced to Chris and Rebecca and their budding relationship and then you have to keep reading because you want to see what happens with them and where the story is going to go This is a very interesting book that dives into many situations that many Christian romance books do not Having the main character attending a Catholic church was a nice twist that I ve not read in a Chr [...]

    27. STAY WITH ME by Carolyn Astfalk is an edgy Christian Romance with 3 D characters with believable problems Peppered with an earthy humor throughout, the story is mainly conversation driven Rebecca and Chris try to reason the right paths to take as they battle in the eternal struggle between spirit, mind, hormones, and will Unfortunately, most of the advisors they turn to are far flawed than they Even the wise priest friend admits to temptations Rebecca s free spirited sister, good hearted, coars [...]

    28. At first I wasn t sure what to expect when I picked up Astfalk s novel I m not familiar with the romance genre, but the description was intriguing Far from a boilerplate Christian novel with a few Rosaries thrown in, this book takes romance and adds the reality of love passion, sacrifice, and commitment Ultimately, the book centers and truthfully illustrates consequences consequences of virtue, sin, abuse, and love Chris and Rebecca were genuine, engaging characters, and I thoroughly enjoyed wit [...]

    29. Loved this bookThis book told of a couple that didn t let obstacles get in the way of their love and attraction for each other Don t miss reading this one.

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