Karen Kelly Boyce

Karen Kelly Boyce was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She learned her faith and love of reading at the hands of the Sisters of Mercy. Only a few blocks away from the Barron Library, she spent most of her summer days and weekends lost in the stories and biographies of famous people. The turbulent sixties led her away from her first loves of church, reading, and writing. The only part of her faith that remained was the belief that we were made to help others. That belief led her to graduate as an RN in 1974. Karen married in 1975, and raised two children. After going through a Life in the Spirit Seminar, she found peace and eternal love in the faith that would sustain her. In 1990, she became very ill and was eventually diagnosed with end stage Lyme Disease and was unable to work as a nurse anymore. As a disabled person, Karen’s love of reading was rekindled and her love of writing born again. Karen\'s has three published novels, According to thy Word, Into the Way of Peace, and Down Right Good. She has a published work about her faith journey through Cancer, A Bend in the Road. She has a children\'s series called The Sisters of the Last Straw with two published volumes All of Karen’s books have received the Catholic Writers Guild seal of approval. Down Right Good was awarded the 2012 Eric Hoffer Gold Award in fiction. http://www.karenkellyboyce.com/

Book Reviews by Karen Kelly Boyce

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Pharmaceutical

“We are not market followers but market leaders. Business is a predatory sport and you all better understand what that means.”

Do you love a good conspiracy theory?  I do. And in this, the latest book by Kreucher, you can enjoy one. In the quote above we are introduced to one of the main ingredients of a good conspiracy – greed. CEO R. Curtis Larson is out to make money and doesn’t have a lot of scruples about how to do so. Many of the women who use the products of his company will become ill or even die, but his need for profit is all Larson considers.

The need ...

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The Gate

“He wants us to follow His path, a path that is not always easy – one that will bring us to the narrow gate: the only one that leads to heaven.”

This is just one of the memorable lines in this book. There is such a hunger for good books that attract adolescent boys. Even in the secular world of publishing, it is difficult to find works that reach this unique age group. It seems easier to ignore this void.

Boys of this age seem forgotten. As a result, we seem to have cut this age group out of the world of literature and sent them rushing into the world of violent ...

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These Sacred Days: Walking with Jesus Through the Sacred Triduum

It’s a little book – just one hundred and four pages. I thought it would be easy to read, a quick study. That is until I hit the third page and these words stopped my reading and my heart:

“Would you betray God for Money? Fame? Pleasure? Power?”

Pausing and silent, I realized that I have betrayed Him for all of these worldly desires and often for much less. Suddenly the thirty pieces of silver seemed to clatter to my floor. Brother Richard had opened my heart to my part in the suffering of Christ.

This little book is so powerfully written that...

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE... MURDERED!

If, while young, you enjoyed reading the Nancy Drew series, you will enjoy this work. Author Basia Kent Belroy has created a teenage sleuth as her lead character who fires the imagination and leads the reader into a quick-paced story of mystery and murder.

Peyton is practicing to play Ophelia in her high school production of Hamlet when she first realizes her feelings toward the handsome Justin Christopher. Her heart is torn between her present boyfriend Tyler Ryerson and the play’s leading man. Complicating matters is Tyler’s recent disappointment in losing a college scholarship.

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Saint Drogo: The Saint For The Ugly People

“Sometimes the Crosses were self-inflicted, and they didn’t want to be rid of them. Those were the hardest for him. To see someone suffer, to see them drowning in their own darkness.”

When I picked up this book to read it, I was fascinated to learn of Saint Drogo. I had never heard of him. A Saint for ugly people, what does that mean? Within the pages of this book, Eric Engel introduced me to a boy who was afraid of his own father, afraid of the ugliness of his father’s face. His father was known throughout the village as ‘Bubble Face,’ his face having been distorte...

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I Thirst

This is not your usual Lenten study book. In this work of fiction, author Gina Marinello-Sweeney presents a deep and thoughtful look into the heart of sacrifice and the meaning of Christ’s suffering and passion, but it is not blatant. It has to be teased out.

Beginning with the chapter “Ash Wednesday” and following with chapters naming the Sundays of Lent, the book gives hints to the meaning and intent of the author. This novel is a unique book that spins a tale within a tale within a tale. All the stories are tightly woven as a rose’s petals – one of the allegories used in the no...

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Whispers of Nightfall

“A new hope will come when the blood of evil takes form in innocence and innocence finds life.” (pg. 20)

And with these mysterious words and guidance the journey of Jestun and Lauria begin. Lauria’s simple village life is interrupted when, beneath a willow tree on a storm-driven night, a creature of light appears. Her country is at war, and her help is needed. In whispers, she is informed of a mission that is beyond her understanding.

In the meantime, lying seriously injured on a battlefield where many of his comrades lie dead, Jestun resigns himself to a similar ...

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