Ellen Gable’s book In Name Only is truly the best work of Catholic fiction that I have ever read. Mrs. Gable draws her readers into the story right away. It’s not one of those books that take several chapters to get rolling. The author masterfully develops her characters, so that the reader has a clear understanding of their appearance, personality and traits. Throughout the course of the book, one develops a sense of knowing these characters and caring about what will happen to them. Mrs. Gable keeps you turning the pages!
What I like best about this beautifully written work of historical fiction is the undertones and overtones of faith that run throughout the entire novel, like yarn woven into a blanket. Last year, I attempted to start a book club with my fellow Catholic School teachers. I wanted to read something deep and inspiring, and my cohorts wanted to read romantic fiction. Since they outnumbered me, I gave in; however, finding a romance novel for Catholic women was difficult. I wish we had known about Mrs. Gable’s book back then, as it would have fit the bill perfectly. It is both deeply inspiring and very romantic! I sincerely hope that Mrs. Gable will write another book in this genre!