Seeds of Hope {Litfuse Review}

Seeds of Hope

Litfuse Review

seeds of hope

About the Book Seeds of Hope:

Seeds of Hope.
 
A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you can be found in Seeds of Hope.
 
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.
 
Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather’s farm, but he’s convinced the Amish life isn’t for him. There’s so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can’t be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.
 
But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather’s farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.
 

About the Author of Seeds of Hope:

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers ofAmerica Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award from RWA’s Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Find out more about Barbara at http://barbaracameron.com.
 
 
 
 
 

My Thoughts:

Miriam still hasn’t found the man she wants to marry.  She’s part of the Amish church but none of the men have made her heart do strange things.  Except of course for the man she can’t have because he’s English.  Not just English but also a lawyer.  A high profile guy that isn’t likely to visit often and even less likely to return her feelings.  That is until life throws him a curve.

Mark Byler often visited his grandfather’s farm and enjoyed his experiences there.  He also appreciated the friendship he made with a local Amish girl named Miriam.  But the idea of staying there or giving up the rest of his life never occurred to him.  Until he needed a place to escape to.

When a case goes wrong and his client is arrested again for the same type of crime his office gives him some “time off”.  Not knowing what to do with himself and having received a message from his grandfather that he needed him he decided to spend his time down on the farm.

Can Mark figure out why his innocent client has again been arrested?  Who is the guilty party?  What is he going to do with his life?  And just how sick could his grandfather be?  Oh and then there is Miriam.

Great read.  As most Amish fiction, this is a nice read.  Not a fast read but a nice slow read that you are still drawn into and feel as if these characters are your friends.

 

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Deadly Proof {Litfuse Review}

Deadly Proof

Litfuse Review

Deadly Proof

 

About Deadly Proof:

Riveting new series offers legal suspense with a romantic twist in Deadly Proof.
 
In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.
 
Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower’s allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer.
 
Determined not to make the same mistakes, he’s intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything-even murder-to keep the case from going to trial.
 

About the Author:

Rachel Dylan writes Christian fiction including legal romantic suspense. Rachel has practiced law for over a decade and enjoys weaving together legal and suspenseful stories. In addition, Rachel writes the Danger in the Deep South including “Lethal Action” and “Devoted Defender,” which appeals to fans of edge of your seat romantic suspense. Rachel also writes the Windy Ridge series including “Trial & Tribulations” and “Fatal Accusation.” These legal thrillers with elements of spiritual warfare are great for fans who enjoy books by Peretti or Dekker. “Trial & Tribulations” was a Selah finalist in 2016. Rachel lives in Michigan with her husband and five furkids-two dogs and three cats. Rachel loves to connect with readers.
Find out more about Rachel at http://www.racheldylan.com.

 

 

My thoughts:

I love a good mystery.  Especially when it involves medicine of some sort.  This book contains pharmaceuticals and murder and mystery.  Who could ask for more!?  Oh and a guy with a past and a bit of a chip on his shoulder. 

Kate has worked hard to get to where she is as a lawyer.  She wants the lead on a case to bring some relief and closure to the families of victims of a drug with nasty side effects.  A main goal for Kate is actually making a difference something many of her lawyer friends don’t understand.  They call her an idealist.

As Kate takes over her new case she finds odd things happening.  Both inside her office and outside.  They become more sinister in the form of someone trying to scare her off the case and even kill her.  Who could be at the bottom of this?  Who can she trust?  

She knows she has someone inside her office that can’t be trusted but is her suspect the true problem?  And who is the one trying to hurt her and responsible for killing the whistleblower?  Is it the head of the company?  Or could it be their lawyer, her friend?

I truly loved this amazing book and highly recommend it.  Get your copy today and get to reading!

 

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Rescued Hearts {Litfuse Review}

Rescued Hearts

Litfuse Review

 

Rescued Hearts

Take a peek inside Rescued Hearts. 
 
Children’s clothing designer Mary Wade Kimball’s soft spot for animals leads to a hostage situation when she spots a briar- entangled kitten in front of an abandoned house. Beaten, bound, and gagged by the two thugs inside, Mary Wade loses hope for escape when a third villain returns with supplies.
 
Discovering the kidnapped woman ratchets the complications for undercover agent Brett Davis. Weighing the difference of ruining his three months’ investigation against the woman’s safety, Brett forsakes his mission and helps her escape, the bent-on-revenge brutes following behind.
 
When Mary Wade’s safety is threatened once more, Brett rescues her again. This time, her personal safety isn’t the only thing in jeopardy. Her heart is endangered as well.
 
 

About the author:

Hope Toler Dougherty holds a Master’s degree in English and taught at East Carolina University as well as York Technical College. A member of ACFW, RWA and SinC, she writes for Almost an Author. Before writing novels, she published non-fiction articles on topics ranging from gardening with children to writing apprehension. She cheers for the Pittsburgh Steelers, ACC basketball, and Army West Point Football. Hope and her husband, Kevin, live in North Carolina and chat with their two daughters and twin sons through ooVoo.
Find out more about Hope Toler at http://hopetolerdougherty.com.
 
 
My thoughts:
 
I love a good mystery. Suspense keeps me intriqued.  I found both in Rescued Hearts and couldn’t put it down.  Do you ever get a book like that? I find I’ve had a lot lately!
 
Confession #1:  I’m a total cat lover and have rescued my fair share.  I would have rescued the cat too.
 
Confession #2:  The blonde bimbo impression.  I’ve done it.  She did amazing.  Much better than I could have.
 
Confession #3:  I love Brett’s family!  Can they adopt me?  I mean the matchmaking is on point.
 
Confession #4:  I’d never make the first phone call so another reason Mary Wade and I would get along amazingly.
 
No clue what I’m talking about?  NO idea what a gorgeous cabin in the woods has to do with anything?  Check out this book from your library or purchase it at the store and you’ll know.  You also are going to want to make sure you have uninterrupted reading time.  Because it’s that good.  There are lots of secrets kept in this book.  Lots of notions that get challenged and hearts that have to be cracked open piece by piece.  It moves at a fast pace but not so fast that you’re missing important clues.  Definitely a good read in my opinion.
 
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Imperfect Justice {Litfuse Review}

Imperfect Justice

Litfuse Review

 

About the Book Imperfect Justice:

Imperfect Justice Litfuse Book Review

In Imperfect Justice the police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can’t be talking about her client . . . can they?

To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
 
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
 
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl-and find a future for themselves in the process?
 
 
 

About the author:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing’s BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.
 
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My thoughts on Imperfect Justice:

I love a good murder mystery and suspense book.  It helps me to leave this world for a bit and use pieces of my brain that otherwise don’t get activated.  Not much chance for a stay at home mom of ten who homeschools to solve a murder mystery right?  Well.  I guess I do somewhat.  Sometimes I have to figure out who murdered the doll or the bottle of glue, but it’s just not the same.
 
I immediately fell in love with the main character Emilie.  The author makes you feel as though you’ve suddenly become her best friend.  Very good writing.  I also wanted to find out what Reid is hiding.  Who is he really?  I mean we don’t get a lot of background there and curious minds want to know.  But also you then have this whole issue of who is the one behind the things happening to Emilie?  Is it the same person who framed her client for murder?  Or not?  How many issues are really going around here?
 
I could not put this book down and it didn’t disappoint.  I’ve recently had a hospital stay and been very sick so I did a lot of reading.  This was by far one of my favorite books and I’m searching for more by this author now.  My mom has my copy of this book and is reading it now and then it’s off to a local library because it’s that good that I want everyone to read it.  Definitely one to request your library get in.
 
 
 
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Biblical Fiction for Young Readers {Homeschool Review Crew}

Biblical Fiction for Young Readers

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Here’s our story.  We received a new review package in the mail.  I pulled out two books.  And then, my hands were mysteriously empty.  That is the story of how quickly books disappear in our house.  It also is the story of how good these books are because they still haven’t surfaced as they make their rounds through our house of readers.  I’m always pleased when I can find Biblical fiction for young readers to introduce to their hungry minds.

WorthyKids
What books you ask?  The first two books in The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls series from WorthyKids/Ideals.  We received titles one and two which are The Secret of The Hidden Scrolls: The Beginning (Book #1) and The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls: Race to the Ark (Book #2).

About the Series

This new series is geared towards kids ages 6-9 which includes four of the kids in my house.  Now, that is the recommended age but my twelve year olds and my ten year olds read and enjoyed these books as well.  They also make wonderful read alouds for your homeschool as well. Biblical fiction for young readers is hard to come by and I was very excited to be asked to be on this review.  In fact, now I’m not so sure we should have because my kids want the other books today!  Or actually they wanted them as soon as they finished book two which was the same day as our package arrived with my oldest.

WorthyKids/Ideals might be a familiar company to you if you enjoy the children’s favorites of VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears.  We love both of these series and have several of their books on our shelves.  This new series follows the same vein wanting to expand on your child’s faith and knowledge of the Bible.  While doing this levels of mystery and intrigue are weaved throughout to make your child want to read on and learn more.  Books like this are hard to find in the library so I love to add them to our shelves.  We call them Biblical fiction for young readers.  Christian fiction is another popular genre but it’s more for older teens and adults in my opinion.

The Author

M. J. Thomas is the author who penned this new series.  Though I’m not sure that he wrote them with pen and paper first or if he just typed them.  But I’m a fan of pen and paper and like to think that’s how it was written. When Thomas was looking for good Biblical fiction for young readers to have in his own home he came up short.  And thus the series was born!  Main characters in this series are Peter, Mary, and Hank the dog.  Not surprisingly these are characters in his real life as well.  Peter is his son, Mary his niece, and Hank is his dog.  I personally love learning how books come to be and would love to find out more about how his mind came up with this great story line.

Book One

 

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
Book one finds our main characters Peter, Mary, and Hank the dog staying with their Great Uncle Solomon who happens to be an archaeologist.  Here they discover ancient scrolls that have magical powers to transport them back back back into time.  So far back in time in fact that it is truly the Beginning of time.  Here they witness the creation of the world.   But it’s not all fun and games as they must solve a mystery or they will not be allowed to return to present time.  While learning about history can be fun getting stuck there forever would not be.  As they rush around to discover the answer they get to meet some interesting characters in history including that dreaded snake.  Other fun and interesting characters are their fun rhino friends who offer rides and even the angel Michael who gives them a seven day timeline before they’re stuck forever.

My kids were spellbound.  My older kids read this book in a matter of an hour or two each and had read both books before the day was up.  They then of course were begging for the other books which have not been released yet.  On our amazon waitlist they go!

Book Two

 

The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls
Book two follows the storyline of book one in that more ancient scrolls are found that transport our trio back in time with another mystery to solve.  This time they are taken back to the time of Noah’s Ark.  They must find Noah and help with the completion of the ark.  Along the way they meet helpful characters and foes who will stop at nothing to ensure their mission is not completed.  The dark ruler will send a shiver down your back.  A good mysterious shiver not a violent one.  Seven days is all the time Peter, Mary, and Hank the dog have to solve their riddle in order to get home.

We really enjoyed these books.  My kids that can read all sat down to read them on their own.  We also used them as read alouds for my non readers.  They very much remind us of another Biblical fiction for young readers(at least in our house) that we have repeatedly used as read alouds.  A good strong Christian basis.   If you do not ever want your child to read anything that contains magic then this is not the book for you.  They do contain magic as the characters are transported back in time through ancient scrolls and have to solve mysteries in order to make it back home.  We don’t do witches or “dark” magic in our home but this kind of magic or fantasy is allowed and I am comfortable with all my children reading these books. 

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Want to learn more?  Interested in what other review families thought of these two books?  Check out the Main Post on the Homeschool Review Crew blog where all the reviews have been linked up.  Also make sure to check out their facebook, instagram, and twitter for more about Biblical fiction for young readers and the other books that are to come in this series of The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. 

 

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Grounded Hearts {Litfuse Review}

Grounded Hearts

Litfuse Review

Grounded Hearts

About the Book Grounded Hearts:

A brave midwife. A wounded pilot. A risky secret.  These are the main players in the amazing book Grounded Hearts.
 
In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.
 
Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.
 
But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?
 

About the Author of Grounded Hearts:

 
 
Jeanne M. Dickson was born into an Irish American family, the only girl surrounded by four brothers. She credits her mother, her aunts, and her grandmother with her love of storytelling. Perfecting her craft, she attends many writer’s conferences and over the years, she has won and finaled in numerous RWA romance writing awards including the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Maggie Award, The Molly, The Tara, and she was the overall contest winner of Launching A Star. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.
Find out more about Jeanne M. at http://www.jeannemdickson.com.
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My Thoughts:

I love WWII.  In fact, my husband and I reenact WWII in addition to the American Civil War.  I was very excited to read this book and see what tidbits of history I could pick up.  Also I’m a nurse so I loved learning a bit more about what was common practice of the time.  Oh and did I mention that midwifery is a favorite area of mine?  Oh and Irish?  Yes please.

While not a huge mystery type book there is some intrigue and romance abounding.  Oh and a good girl doing some “bad” things.  For someone not used to lying or doing anything incorrect, Nan isn’t quite sure what the right thing to do is?  But then again, she knows that she can’t just let an injured man die on his own.

Oh and did I happen to mention the guy who just won’t leave her alone?  He’s bad.  A bad person but also just horrid to her as well.  He’s decided that he wants Nan and he’s going to do what he can to make sure no one else can have her.

I loved watching people rally around Nan once they learned what her secret was.  Only Dutch isn’t her only secret.  She has the hidden secret of her husband and how he died.  She’s blamed herself for so long.  Can she allow Dutch to break through her barriers and help her learn the truth?  

The amazing race for the border is amazing as well.  And how hard is it for an Irish midwife to marry a flyboy if he’s incarcerated?  Grab a book and start reading!

 

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Family Movie Night {Homeschool Review Crew}

Family Movie Night

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Do you have family movie night?  We tend to do it either Friday or Saturday night depending on our schedule.  Recently it was a mom and two older daughters movie night though.  We received a new movie from Mapelle Films.  This movie is Trust Fund and it’s a new twist on the prodigal son story from the Bible.  We also received Love Was Near, a book to go along with the movie. It’s the to be read after viewing.  This movie and book are geared towards ages 12 and up.

 

Family Movie Night

Because this is geared towards ages 12 and up it was not an entire family movie night.  But rather just my oldest two daughters and I watched the movie and read/discussed the book.  The rest of the family had a different movie they watched.  We don’t often separate out the family for two separate movies but it seemed like the best solution to this.  I had not prescreened the movie and did not know if it would be something I’d want my four year old to watch.  It’s not just FYI.

Have you ever heard of the prodigal son story from the Bible?  Most people have.  Even people who don’t attend church know this story. It’s a classic of it’s own.  This movie gives it a new twist.  It’s no longer a son but a daughter who decides to go out and leave behind all she’s known for a bright new future.  Only the future isn’t quite what she thought it’d be.

Who do you relate to most in this story?  The brother who stays home or the one who leaves and comes back to much rejoicing?  I never really thought about it much but while going through the movie and study book with my daughters I really examined my own feelings.  The daughter/son who stayed home.  That would be me.  And then it hits me.  Am I really that person?  Am I cynical?  Do I think I deserve that attention and that I’m more worthy?  Lots of great discussions can come from this movie!

About the Movie

The movie is the product of a homeschooler!  Isaac Alongi was someone early on the scene to homeschooling being homeschooled starting in 1982.  Guys I gotta add that was before I was born!  Anyway it’s always nice to see that homeschool kids can do great things too!

Now this movie is based loosely on the Bible story of the prodigal son.  Before you schedule this for your next movie night please make sure and read some reviews and think about the ages of your family.  Due to some violence and hard lessons learned I’m not sure I would alter the age given by the movie.  It suggests ages 12 and up and I agree.  Now I might relax that to 10 or so but not much more than that.

Jessica Rothe plays Reese.  The younger spoiled daughter of a rich man who is an aspiring author.  When she learns her dad has been keeping secrets from her she decides she can’t trust him and goes off on her own.  She thinks she’s found true love. Of course, if that was the end of the story there would be no story.  So guess what?!  It’s not the end of the story. She has an older sister who has to stand by and watch and pick up the pieces when her younger sister runs off.  And there is her dad of course too. Oh and what about this guy she thinks is worth leaving her family for?

Needless to say because it’s the prodigal son story she comes home.  She’s lost everything but her regret and has yet to realize what true love is.  Until she comes home and her father still loves her.  That’s the general synopsis.  You’re going to want to watch the movie to find out all the juicy details.

I’d rate this movie a four out of five.  Not bad.  A good family movie night movie for older kids and parents.  Plus it can spur lots of discussion.

 

Love Was Near Book

Now the Book

Love Was Near is a book companion for the movie.  It retails currently for $12.99.  Think of a diary where you’re thinking about and reflecting on a monumental part of your life.  That’s the vibe that this book gives off.  It’s more of a reflection and rethinking of the movie than just a story version of the movie.  I think it offers quite a bit of thinking and reflecting on ourselves and our own lives as well.  

There is so much more to life than what we see and hear the first time around.  Sometimes if we reflect and think on the things that have happened it offers up a new perspective and learning experience.  Join Reece as she does just that with what has happened to her in this book.  I personally think it’s a good read and makes you think a bit about your own life and really take away some new points.

Side note:  There is also a study guide to go along with the movie.  This would make a great Bible study type program to do with the movie with your own children or a church group.  Find it HERE.  

 

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Want to hear more about this movie and book for your next Family Movie Night?  Check out the main Homeschool Review Crew blog for the main post. A great article to read is from a local(to me!!) Homeschool community the Midwest Parent Educators so take a peak at it too! You can also find them on social media through facebook, twitter, pinterest, and instagram

 

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The Captains Daughter {Litfuse Review}

The Captains Daughter

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The Captains Daughter

About The Captains Daughter:

Warm-hearted Victorian romance brings 1880s London to life.
 
When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater that is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.
 
A hand injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.
 

About the Author:

 
 
Jennifer Delamere’s debut Victorian romance, “An Heiress at Heart,” was a 2013 RITA award finalist in the inspirational category. Her follow-up novel, “A Lady Most Lovely,” received a starred review from “Publishers Weekly” and the Maggie Award for Excellence from Georgia Romance Writers. Jennifer earned a BA in English from McGill University in Montreal, where she became fluent in French and developed an abiding passion for winter sports. She’s been an editor of nonfiction and educational materials for nearly two decades, and lives in North Carolina with her husband.
 
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My Thoughts:

What would you do if you happened to be in London penniless with no where to go and knowing no one?  This is where Rosalyn finds herself.  She finds work and more in a theater.  Set in England it was fun to travel back in time and to another country.  A country I’ve often dreamed of visiting.  I’m sure I’d prefer to visit the historic setting!

Rosalyn finds that not all people of the theater are quite what she expected.  She’s able to find lodging and work plus friends.  Not only does she see that these are not loose women like she’s been told she finds that not everyone can be trusted.  And that what you think you want may not be what’s best for you.

I loved seeing the character of Nate figure out who he really is.  He’s spent his whole life as a soldier and he’s let that define him.  He’s also decided he must carry on so that he can fulfill the role he has in his mind that he must be.

As Rosalyn gets her chance at singing and being on stage romance also blooms.  But will she realize who is to be trusted of the male theater crew before it’s too late for her and for love?

Great read.  Not a fast paced read but a feel good light hearted read that I recommend.

 

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Homeschooling Charlotte Mason Style

Homeschooling Charlotte Mason Style

Read Alouds

We love read alouds in our house.  If you’re not familiar with the term read alouds, this refers to reading a book out loud to an audience.  In our case, I am the reader and my children are the audience.  I love homeschooling Charlotte Mason style which places a large influence on literature and using good literature in your homeschool.

So I thought I’d share with you this weeks read alouds.  And yes that’s plural.  We read more than one book a day.  In fact, we normally have 3-4 different daily read alouds.

 

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While we’re reading our books I often have a calming(Peace and calming or lavender) or focusing(vetiver and brain power are amazing) essential oil blend diffusing to make sure we are all focusing and not letting our brains wander.  The main reason I started this is that I was letting my brain wander while reading!  Yes it is possible to have a wandering brain while reading and still read well!  Also, some of my kiddos are doers.  They have to be doing something to really understand what they’re reading so they’re going to be playing with essential oil infused playdough or mega blocks.

So our breakfast read aloud is normally a more focused Christian living and guiding type book.  Lately we’ve been reading through some YWAM biography books.  Their heroes and heroines of history series is amazing.  This week we’re reading about Laura Ingalls Wilder.

That brings us to our second read aloud time of the day.  This is normally at lunch time.  At lunch this week we are reading The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Makes sense that we’d be starting her most famous book series while reading about her life.  This is how homeschooling Charlotte Mason style is so great!  You can read about an author and also read some of their books at the same time.  For me that’s amazing.

For our lunch read aloud we’ll go through the whole Little House series before we decide on a new series. Sometimes we just go back to book one because it’s amazing how children can pick out new things each time they listen.  I even find myself picking out things that I’d not paid attention to before when I read them as a child.

Another read aloud!  Yeap they just keep coming!  The next read aloud is for supper.  For our supper read aloud we like to read The Chronicles of Narnia.  This is our constant.  We just go from one book to the next and then back again.  So far we have skipped reading aloud The Last Battle though as it’s a bit much for our younger kiddos.  The older kids have read it on their own though and we’ve had some good discussions.

Our last read aloud comes with bedtime.  For bedtime I will read another series.  Right now we’re doing Anne of Green Gables.  We’ll go through the entire series.  Once this one is over I think Emily of New Moon will be up next.  I’ve always been a big fan of these books and love sharing them with my children.  Anne with an E is still one of my favorite characters!

What are some books that you like to read out loud to your children?  I want them to be books that will teach my children something.  Character training is so important and most of our books are going to focus on teaching while telling a vivid story.

A Christian Comic Book {Homeschool Review Crew}

A Christian Comic Book

Homeschool Review Crew

As part of the Homeschool Review Crew we recently received a new Christian Comic Book to review.  My oldest son was particularly interested in this one!  Captain Absolutely was out of the box and in his hands before I even realized that it had arrived!  Thanks to Focus On The Family for keeping him occupied reading for a few hours.

 

A Christian Comic Book

 

Yes I did say a few hours.  He literally read this book super fast.  It’s written like a comic book with lots of great graphics and just enough suspense and fun to keep my 10 year old intrigued from cover to cover.  Who wouldn’t be mesmerized by a librarian named Josiah King who while hiding amongst a room full of Bibles actually opens and starts reading one.  Due to some radioactive fumes(aren’t they always the culprit) and the fact that he’s reading the Bible,  he is turned into the hero Captain Absolutely.

About the Book

Do you remember ever listening to or reading Adventures in Odyssey?  I remember listening to the audio shows and watching the cartoons for Adventures in Odyssey as a child.  Captain Absolutely, the star of this Christian comic book, is a character from that show.  

We received a paperback copy of this book.  The bright colors and vivid graphics caught my eye as I was sneaking looks over my sons shoulder.  As soon as he finished reading the book it went off to my oldest daughter and then on down the line.  Currently I think child seven is reading the book and she’s the last independent reader I have.  Once she’s done I might actually get a chance to read it!

Captain Absolutely: Battle Against Dr Relative is written by Wooten Z. Bassett and illustrated by Dennis Edwards.  This character is a spin off of the Adventures in Odyssey series.  The series was written over a span of 5 years while it was appearing as a comic strip within the Clubhouse Magazine from Focus On The Family.  Only 105 pages long it will entertain your child as Dr Relative is dealt with by our hero who is defending truth, justice, and lots more truth.

This book is listed as a kids juvenile fiction and is currently retailing for $9.99.

Our Thoughts

I was not super interested in this book to review.  Got to admit it.  Science fiction and superheroes has just never been my thing.  Give me a historical fiction novel or a good biography and I’m hooked.  But sci fi and futuristic stuff, it’s over my head and just does not engage me.  My son on the other hand thinks this is amazing and could not wait to receive it to review.

Once the book arrived he grabbed it and found a comfy spot.  Within a few hours of sitting down he’d read the book straight through!  Even though I’m not a fan of this genre I do love the message behind this book.  It’s teaching children how to stand firm in their beliefs no matter what the rest of the world might be saying and doing.

Focus On The Family

Learn More

Want to learn more?  Check out the Main Blog Post for the review team.  All of the reviews of this Christian Comic Book are linked up there so you can pick and choose some to read and see what everyone has to say.  You can also find Captain Absolutely and Focus On The Family on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google +, and YouTube.

 

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