It’s difficult to pinpoint what I appreciate the most about Susan Craft’s latest release entitled “Cassia.” Is it the well-crafted and impeccably researched story? The amazing tale filled with love and adventure? Or the fact that the author describes the true face of evil, not falling into the unrealistic device of romanticizing pirates who seek to kill and destroy? It is each of these aspects of this third book in her series (that includes “Chamomile” and “Laurel”) that had me riveted to my kindle late into the night. I am just saddened to bid farewell to these precious characters, so skillfully created by the author.
But I applaud Ms. Craft’s satisfying finish to an amazing family saga. And I never fear that the author has short-changed us on getting the historical facts correct. Her amazing ability to blend details from the past with an enticing story for present day readers never ceases to amaze me.
Another five star novel to satisfy this historical romance reader. Well done!
Susan F. Craft writes inspirational historical romantic suspense. Her Xanthakos Family Trilogy includes her Revolutionary War novel, The Chamomile, which won the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Okra Pick (re-released April 2015); its sequel, Laurel (released in January 2015); and the third in the trilogy, Cassia, (released in September 2015). Her publisher is Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas (LPC), and her literary agent is Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency. To assist authors to “get it right about horses in their works,” Susan worked with the International Long Riders’ Guild Academic Foundation to compile A Writer’s Guide to Horses that can be found at www.lrgaf.org .
She recently retired after a 45-year career as a communications director, editor, and proofreader. She currently serves on the LPC Heritage Beacon Imprint publication board and works for LPC as a manuscript editor of historical fiction.
Forty-five years ago, she married her high school sweetheart, and they have two adult children, one granddaughter, and a granddog. An admitted history nerd, she enjoys researching for her novels, painting, singing, listening to music, and sitting on her porch watching the rabbits and geese eat her daylilies.
You can purchase “Cassia” on Amazon by clicking here. Available in both Kindle and paperback.
Susan F. Craft says
I am pleased beyond measure that you like Cassia and understand what I tried to do with my “evil” characters. Thank you for taking the time to post such a fine review.
Absolutely, Susan. I recently saw an old western, “The Man who Shot Liberty Valance.”It portrays those who seek to deal with the bad guys through the law. Yet it makes it clear that some individuals have gone over the edge into evil. At such times, there is little recourse but to protect the innocent—or let them be consumed by that evil. Thanks for another great book. Blessings on your writing.
Janet Grunst says
I so agree, Elaine. Susan integrates a wealth of research into an intriguing story. Can’t wait to see what she has in-store for us next.
Susan F. Craft says
Thank you, Janet. You know how much I enjoy the research vs. the writing! 🙂