Laura H. Pearl

I am the author two Catholic YA novels published by Bezalel Books: FINDING GRACE (2012; available in Kindle and paperback at Amazon; recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval and finalist for the CWG's Catholic Arts & Letters Award), and ERIN'S RING (2014; now available in paperback at Amazon).

I was born in NJ, grew up in Upstate NY, and studied at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, where I earned a BA in English. I am married to my high school sweetheart, with whom I raised five sons, now all grown, in Southern NH. These days, I'm also "Grammy" to four darling grandchildren (and counting!).

As a young girl, I always dreamed of one day writing a novel. After happily spending my entire adult life as a stay-at-home mom, I finally realized that dream when my first novel, FINDING GRACE, was published in 2012 after nearly five years as a work in progress. As if my bucket list wasn't already filled to the tippy-top, it's now overflowing with the November 2014 release of ERIN'S RING.

I write fiction that I hope will give glory to God--while inspiring young readers (and older ones as well) to fight the good fight, in a world that often seems to have forgotten Him. It's an honor and a privilege!

(I’ve been blogging about my faith and family and a host of other topics since 2011, at String of Pearls: http://mumsie2five.blogspot.com.  Just recently I started a second blog, dedicated to books and writing, called The Write Stuff: http://laura-thewritestuff.blogspot.com.  Stop by and visit me!)

Book Reviews by Laura H. Pearl

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What Happened

I was anxious to read and review gifted writer Peter Johnson’s debut novel, What Happened, mostly because it’s considered “Young Adult (YA),” and I can’t think of a target audience more in need of inspiring, soul-enriching literature than impressionable young adult readers—especially when they’re being bombarded daily with the dangerous influences of an increasingly secular world.  Truth be told, the book’s brevity (a mere 132 pages) was also a plus for me, as I was at a particularly busy point in my life when I volunteered to review it for CatholicFiction.ne...

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The Story of Peace

Miriam Ezeh's haunting Catholic novel The Story of Peace absolutely blew me away. Aimed at teen and young adult readers, it is a deeply moving and beautifully written book that will touch the heart of any adult as well. Days after finishing it, the character of Peace Udomm (a beautiful young African woman who has seen her village and her family torn apart by war) stays with me. She is selfless, loving, humble, and faith-filled, despite the fact that her life has been anything but peaceful and easy.

After she loses her mother and father in a brutal act of terrorism during a war with a neighbor...

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Season of Hope

Season of Hope is a clean, well-written, and engaging love story by prolific and talented Christian romance novelist Virginia Carmichael.

In this age of romantic fiction that often revolves around explicit and gratuitous sex scenes, this book swims against that tide and gives the reader instead an inspiring tale with a whole lot more depth to it. Through the well-drawn characters of principled Dr. Gavin Sawyer and beautiful newspaper owner Evie Thorne (who has made ethical mistakes in her career in the past, and is haunted by them still), it presents two people who are interested in something muc...

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Dear God, I Don't Get It

I have just finished Patti Maguire Armstrong’s delightful and insightful Catholic novel for young readers, Dear God, I Don’t Get It, and before I say another word, I have one very important question to ask. Where was Armstrong’s book fifteen or twenty years ago, when I was raising my five sons?  I sure would have liked to see them bringing this gem home at book report time, instead of some of the mainstream, secular award-winning books that were stocked in their Catholic elementary school’s library.

Dear God, I Don’t Get It is such a winning combination...

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All the Blue of Heaven


Okay, before I get started here, let me begin by saying that I’ve never been a big fan of the “romance” genre; in fact, just giving a book that tag tends to prejudice me against it at the outset. Knowing this, you might be surprised to learn how very much I enjoyed reading Virginia Carmichael’s delightful novel All the Blue of Heaven, since it would certainly fall into the romance category. (To tell you the truth, it surprised me a bit, too!) This is a wholesome, refreshing, and satisfying book, and I’m glad I decided to give it a fair trial.

The story begins...

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Miriam: Repentance and Redemption in Rome

Miriam Goldfarb, the heroine of Cheryl Dickow’s new novel, Miriam, Repentance and Redemption in Rome, will be well-known to those who’ve read Dickow’s debut novel, Elizabeth, A Holy Land Pilgrimage. But one need not have read the first book to enjoy the sequel; each of these works can stand on its own merits, and each is a compelling testament to the power of good Catholic fiction to inspire readers of all faiths.

Miriam is a devout young Jewish woman who is strong, yet gentle; she is “at once steel and silk,” as the author describes her. She is determined t...

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The Heart of the Matter

Meet Major Henry Scobie, the highly principled, morally scrupulous, overly-solicitous, and gravely unhappy protagonist from Graham Greene’s The Heart of the Matter. His exhausting struggle is so expertly described by these words: “So much of life was putting off unhappiness for another time. Nothing was ever lost by delay. He had a dim idea that perhaps if one delayed long enough, things were taken out of one’s hands altogether by death.”

Graham Greene is an exceptionally gifted writer, one who truly does know how to get to the heart of the matter – and in doing so, ...

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Suite Francaise

I had the good fortune to stumble upon a paperback copy of Irene Nemirovsky’s magnificent novel, Suite Francaise, at an airport bookstore about a year or so ago, and I devoured it during a long wait between flights.  I just finished reading it again and found it no less absorbing or satisfying the second time around.  I’ve always had a weakness for stories set during the Second World War, and that’s what drew me to Suite Francaise; but one needn’t be a World War II history buff to enjoy this extraordinary book.

Suite Francaise is divided into tw...

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