Stay With Me
Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing
Publication Date: October 1, 2015
Carolyn Astfalk lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania where the scent on the morning breeze carries either chocolate or manure depending on wind direction and atmospheric conditions. A Pittsburgh native, Carolyn carries her Yinzer card with pride, having interned at Pittsburgh’s iconic TV and radio stations KDKA and WDVE. She is a graduate of Duquesne University, where she majored in Latin and Broadcast Journalism. A cradle Catholic, Carolyn was raised mainly at church basement rummage sales and other parish-sponsored events. She worked her way up to “pup girl” at weekly Bingo and even served as a parish organist for several years. Having reached the apex of parish ministry, she moved to the state capital to advance her churchy career. Carolyn served as communications director and registered lobbyist for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference for a decade, advocating for religious liberty; prolife, pro-family issues, Catholic education, and healthcare, among others. Since then, she has been a stay-at-home mom to her four children. Most days she can be found wiping up spills, folding laundry, and tapping furiously on her laptop.
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 through. Astfalk’s engaging writing style and well-developed characters drew me in to the story, making the book fun to read and hard to put down.