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Review for “Finally Accepted”

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Finally Accepted Back Cover Blurb –

There’s only one thing Chloe Smith has ever wanted: family. Yet the DNA results she’s received have thrown her life into a tailspin. Her utmost desire has ended up being the catalyst for shaking her faith. She doesn’t even know who she is anymore, and she’s certainly too messed up for her longtime crush to give her more than a second glance.

Darryl Jones is struggling between his past and the grace God so freely offers. His sins feel too big for him to handle, let alone expect the woman of his dreams to accept. Chloe is the only woman he’s ever wanted and the one he doesn’t deserve.

As they form a tentative relationship and examine their faith, Chloe and Darryl ache to know they are finally accepted and fully loved.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

This is the third and final book in the Freedom Lake series, Chloe and Daryl are two individuals searching for love, acceptance, and family.  They are trying to figure their way to the future out of difficult pasts.  For Chloe, having a mother who did not want her and a father she believed abandoned her makes finding what she needs difficult.  For Daryl, having an abusive father proves to be hard to overcome.  Through the love of God and the love for each other,   The book illustrates the power of God’s love for us and of forgiveness as well.

With difficult family circumstances, new family ties, an apartment destroyed by fire, and a needed kidney transplant for one of Chloe’s half-sisters, this book provides many opportunities for spiritual growth and to demonstrate Christ’s love for others. Truly, this book has a lot to offer.

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Author bio –

Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian contemporary romance author. Once she understood the powerful saving grace, thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at http://tonishiloh.wordpress.com.

You can buy the book at the following links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GKKG1L5
B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/finally-accepted-toni-shiloh/1129309883
Book2Read: https://www.books2read.com/u/meAqYZ
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/finally-accepted
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1427627571
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=zhppDwAAQBAJ

You can find Toni Shiloh on social media on:  Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, and BookBub.  You can find her newsletter here.  She is also part of the following blogs:   http://puttingonthenew.com  ; http://heartwingsblog.com  ; http://diversitybetweenthepages.wordpress.com

So check this book out for yourself.

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review of “A Higher Ransom”

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About the Book:

Two lives so vastly different from each other… are about to be given a choice that will change the course of their lives forever.  King Raymond is ruthless. He will stop at nothing to see that every Christian is diminished.  But Anna Haddington doesn’t understand why she must keep quiet about her faith.  When her plans to stay with her aunt in Carpathia go quickly awry, Anna finds it takes all that is in her to trust God with the outcome.  This is a story full of mystery and sacrifice that will leave you questioning whether you have what it takes to give up everything for Christ, even your very own life.  Discover the account of three lives, all so different from each other. And find out how one person’s decision can affect the lives of so many.  Will Anna stand strong and not waver in her faith? Or will she crumble under the rule of the heartless king?

About the Author:

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ALEIGHA C. ISRAEL writer of inspirational fiction and poetry is an author of multiple books and enjoys sharing God’s love through the powerful art of storytelling.

Aleigha loves being a Community Assistant at the Young Writers Workshop and teaching writing classes to her talented students.

When she’s not daydreaming about a new story idea or playing with her sidekick “Marley” (a Pomeranian mix) she can usually be seen traveling with her family’s gospel bluegrass band, “Fret Not” or making personalized author swag for her business Literary Treasures.

She doesn’t have to search very hard for inspiration.

Living in the Israel household, it’s guaranteed there’s an adventure waiting around every corner!

MY THOUGHTS (1)

A Higher Ransom, the first book in The Light For Christ Collection begins the tale of Anna Haddington, a devoted Christian and King Raymond who is bent on destroying all Christians.  Even when Anna’s expectations to go to Carpathia and live with her aunt are turned upside down by the death of her aunt, Anna still maintains her faith in God.

This book is full of sacrifice, mystery and faith.  It illustrates true sacrifice and causes the reader to wonder if they are willing to sacrifice everything for their belief in Jesus Christ or for someone they hold dear.  It gives voice to the thoughts and feelings many Christian martyrs must have had.  So check these books out for yourself.

Here are some quotes from the book.

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You can find Aleigha Israel on social media at these links:

Social media links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Aleigha-C-Israel-1588459018111009/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Aleigha_author

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aleighacisrael_author/?hl=en

Blog: https://thepenofthewriter.weebly.com

Email list: https://thepenofthewriter.weebly.com/subscribe.html

 

Here is the links where you can purchase the book.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Higher-Ransom-Light-Christ-Collection/dp/1534614060

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-higher-ransom-aleigha-c-israel/1123909016

So check this book out for yourself.

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews

Review and Giveaway for When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

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About the Book

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Book: When You Are Near

Author: Tracie Peterson

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: March 5, 2018

After her father’s death, Lizzy Brookstone, a trick rider in the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, wants nothing more than to quit her role as the star of the show and live a quiet life on her family’s ranch. But returning home would bring Wesley DeShazer, the ranch’s foreman and the man who broke her heart, back into her life. In addition, the Brookstones’ new manager fears that Lizzy’s departure could doom the already cash-strapped show.

Hope grows in Lizzy during a stopover at Fleming Farm. Ella Fleming not only has a natural talent for trick riding and could easily replace Lizzy, but she’s eager to join the show to flee a forced betrothal. However, while there, one of the show’s wranglers is killed in a manner Lizzy finds suspicious. And during her escape from the farm, Ella stumbles across a secret that could affect all of their lives, as well as the future of the Brookstone Extravaganza.

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

I have loved reading books by Tracie Peterson for a number of years.  So I was thrilled to have the opportunity to read When You Are Near.  The idea of reading about a trick riding show intrigued me, and this book did not disappoint me.  The book kept me on an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish.  With the love of family,  danger, mystery and more, this book has a lot to offer the reader.  I loved how well-thought out and naturally the book flowed from start to finish.  My only complaint is I wish I could read the next book in the series now.

Lizzie Brookstone has a strength of character and love of family that transcends the pages of the book to pull the reader into the story.  Her relationship with the new manager of the show and Ella Fleming create amazing dynamics for the story.

So if you want to read a book filled with adventure and more, check this book out for yourself.

About the Author

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Tracie Peterson (www.traciepeterson.com) is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Guest Post from Tracie

Introducing…When You Are Near!

I’m excited about the new Brookstone Brides series and had so much fun researching for the various characters and locations. This is a story about a fictional Wild West show with all female performers. Prior to the rodeos we see today, the Wild West shows traveled throughout America and Europe to entertain people and give city dwellers a taste of what the American frontier was like. At least their version.

Buffalo Bill Cody was famous for his shows, which brought Native Americans and their culture into the world of people who might otherwise never have even seen an “Indian.” Pawnee Bill was another entertainer who sought to keep these shows alive.

For the fictional show in my novels, I wanted to focus on three female characters who became a part of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza for varying reasons. Lizzy Brookstone is the heroine in book one, When You Are Near, and as the daughter of one of the show’s owners, she has enjoyed a starring role as a trick rider.

For research, I went to Pueblo, Colorado to the ranch of Karen Vold, a famous trick rider and rodeo star. Linda Scholtz, a famed trick rider, was teaching a clinic there along with Karen at the Red Top Ranch Trickriding School.

These are two remarkable Christian trick riders who have long worked to keep the sport alive. I spent three days getting to know them and what they do and learned so much. And just to prove that we weren’t all work and no play, I thought I’d share my attempt at trick riding. What I won’t do for research!

The series will have three books, as usual, and each book will focus on a different lady and her skills. Mary is a trick shooter like Annie Oakley, and Ella is a Roman rider who stands on the backs of two horses for her part in the act. It was so interesting learning about each of these types of performers, and I hope you’ll get a chance to read all three and enjoy the stories of the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza.

Blog Stops

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The Meanderings of a bookworm, March 27

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The Avid Reader, March 28

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The Lit Addict, March 29

Jeanette’s Thoughts, March 29

Back Porch Reads, March 29

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Splashes of Joy, March 30

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, March 30

Emily Yager, March 31

Daysong Reflections, March 31

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 31

Life of Literature, April 1

EmpowerMoms, April 1

For the Love of Literature, April 1

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, April 2

Through the Fire Blogs, April 2

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 2

For Him and My Family, April 3

Remembrancy, April 3

Inspiration Clothesline, April 3

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, April 4

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Pause for Tales, April 4

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Book by Book, April 5

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Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, April 6

Connect in Fiction, April 6

Godly Book Reviews, April 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 7

Texas Book-aholic, April 7

Blossoms and BlessingsApril 8

janicesbookreviews, April 8

A Reader’s Brain, April 8

The Becca Files, April 8

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Tracie is giving away a grand prize of When You Are Near, Tracie’s A $25 Barnes and Noble Gift card, and the three books in The Heart of Alaska series and three other winners will receive a copy of When You Are Near!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction, Uncategorized

Review and Giveaway for An Unpresentable Glory

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About the Book:

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Book: An Unpresentable Glory

Author: Eleanor K. Gustafson

Genre: Christian, contemporary, literary fiction

Release Date: July, 2018

“I trusted you, and some day, you may know just how much you hold in your hands.”

Linda Jensen leads a relatively quiet life in Westchester County, New York, as the owner of a highly acclaimed garden. Inherited from her parents, the garden is her pride and joy. It is not so joyful finding a strange man sprawled near her delphiniums! The mysterious man is sick, unable to do anything more than drink water—and beg for secrecy. Ignoring all alarm bells, Linda sees to his needs, but her caring act takes on unexpected significance, and unpresentable glory.

Seeds of trust, and perhaps love, are planted in Linda’s garden haven. But as secrets are revealed and scandal hits the headlines, the act of caring for this man threatens to tarnish both of their reputations. Like weeds in Linda’s garden, circumstances threaten to choke out their fledgling relationship, and small moments prove to be the biggest influencers—on a national scale.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

An Unpresentable Glory by Eleanor K. Gustafson draws the reader into the pages from the very start of the book.  The characters demonstrate both Christian love and Christian failings all at the same time.

The relationships in the book have a feeling of truth about them rather than the artificialness that many authors utilize.  Truly, this is a book worth reading.  The use of gardening as a means of moving the story along brings an interesting twist to the story.  Linda Jensen exudes the nature of a wealthy person who does good things with that wealth rather than just accumulating it or using for less than stellar purposes.

Ellie Gustafson does a remarkable job of conveying what it must be like to be in politics and still have real-life issues at home to deal with on a daily basis, both good and bad.  Jay, whom we first meet in Linda’s garden, shows a strength of character in the way he cares for his wife, even though the worst of circumstances surround them.  His wife seems to be the typical wealthy socialite who is only concerned with herself.

So if you want to read a book that goes beyond being superficial and examines life with all the good, the bad, and the ugly, check out this book for yourself.

About the Author

Ellie Gustafson

Ellie grew up in Branchville NJ, in a county with more cows than people. She attended Wheaton College in Illinois as a music major, then married a pastor/college professor/tree farmer/organist and writer. Together, they have three children and eight grandchildren.

Music was Ellie’s first love until she tried on the cloak of writing and found it a comfortable fit. However, early writing attempts saw friends—and even her mother—advising her to stick to music as a career. She pushed manfully along, though, and An Unpresentable Glory is her sixth novel.

“God first touched me through story,” Ellie says, “and made the bigger Story come alive. I love Him passionately!”

 

More from Ellie

What’s An Unpresentable Glory about? Here’s Linda’s point of view: Linda Jensen, a noted gardener, finds a stranger sprawled near her delphiniums, obviously ill. She gets him into her house and puts him to bed, deciding that water is the only safe thing to give him. Water in, however, must come out. He is helpless; she must serve him; but in doing this unpresentable task, she feels the presence of angels. [See the book Preface for my personal experience with this.]

 

Jay’s point of view: Jay finds himself ill and helpless on the lawn of a wealthy but caring gardener. He can’t even reveal his real name. When he leaves at week’s end, he sees the relationship as hopeless because of who he is and enormous repercussions if the hidden week comes to light. Tragedy and disaster haunt him, but a dual set of mentors leads him through churning waters. Will he ever get back to the garden?

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Linda’s sun tea was “mostly Darjeeling with lemon and a sprig of mint.” After reading her description, I tried it and found it tasty, indeed!

 

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 23

Pause for Tales, March 24

Godly Book Reviews, March 25

Creating Romance, March 26

Girls Living For God’s Glory, March 27

Inklings and notions, March 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 28

2014 an Beyond!, March 29

The Becca Files, March 29

Blogging With Carol, March 30

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 30

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 31

Texas Book-aholic, April 1

janicesbookreviews, April 2

Bigreadersite, April 3

Real World Bible Study, April 3

A Reader’s Brain, April 4

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, April 5

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ellie is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Butpee Flower gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.

 

Posted in Book Reviews, Celebrate Lit Reviews, Christian Fiction

Review and Giveaway for Convergence

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About the Book

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Book: Convergence

Author: Ginny L Yttrup

Genre: Christian thriller/suspense

Release Date: March, 2019

A psychologist paralyzed by fear.

A mother propelled by love.

A stalker bent on destruction.

Psychology professor Dr. Denilyn Rossi contends that the past is either a shadow that haunts us or a force that propels us. The choice is ours, she tells her students. What she doesn’t tell them is that her own past is a shadow she can’t seem to shake. Fear has immobilized her and is taking a costly toll.

Adelia Sanchez, however, has embraced Dr. Rossi’s teaching. She is ready to confront fear and render it powerless—using the trauma of her past to propel her to entrap the man who stalked and brutally attacked her.

As Denilyn’s past and Adelia’s present converge at the Kaweah River, a dangerous man bent on destruction threatens them both. Will he uncover the secret Deni and Adelia have fought so hard to protect?

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

Convergence by Ginny Yttrup requires a lot of attention to details in the first few chapters.  With two main female characters, jumping around in the timeline and other factors, the beginning sometimes proved to be challenging to follow.  Yet the book truly captures the reader’s attention and demands to be finished.

When the world’s of Dr. Denilyn Rossi and Adelia Sanchez collide with a stalker, the dynamics and excitement caused me to want to read to more.  However, I refuse to be “that” person who has to spoil a book or movie for anyone.

If you want to read a book packed with adventure, danger, and more, with Christian tones thrown in, check out this book for yourself.

About the Author

Ginny Yttrup

Ginny Yttrup is the award-winning author of Words, Lost and Found, Invisible, and Flames. She writes contemporary women’s fiction and enjoys exploring the issues everyday women face. Publishers Weekly dubbed Ginny’s work “as inspiring as it is entertaining.” When not writing, Ginny coaches writers, critiques manuscripts, and makes vintage-style jewelry for her Esty shop, Storied Jewelry (etsy.com/shop/StoriedJewelry). She loves dining with friends, hanging out with her adult sons, or spending a day in her pajamas reading a great novel. Ginny lives in northern California with Bear, her entitled Pomeranian. To learn more about Ginny and her work, visit ginnyyttrup.com.

 

More About Convergence

A psychologist paralyzed by fear.

A mother propelled by love.

A stalker bent on destruction.

 

Dr. Denilyn Rossi’s past is a shadow that haunts her. Adelia Sanchez’s past is a force that propels her. When Denilyn’s past and Adelia’s present converge at the Kaweah River, a dangerous man bent on destruction threatens them both. Will he uncover the secret Deni and Adelia have fought so hard to protect? Find out in Convergence by Ginny L. Yttrup.

 

Read an Exclusive Excerpt from Convergence:

 

She straightens, squares her shoulders, and takes a deep breath as she climbs aboard the plane. There are no seats, the other divers are piled close to one another on the floor. Mike points to an open space near him. She lowers herself, sits, pulls her knees to her chest, and then looks out the oval window next to her.

That’s when she sees him.

Her breath catches. She leans in, cups her hands on the glass to cut the glare, and peers out.

It can’t be. . . . Mouth dry, she tries to swallow. She looks away.

Her heart batters her chest and her pulse roars in her ears, nearly drowning out the clamor of the plane’s propeller. It isn’t him. You’re imagining things, she tells herself. She inhales then exhales. She takes another look then stares at the man near the hangar. He pulls some­thing from his shirt pocket, sticks it in his mouth. A cigarette? She watches as he lights it. It isn’t him. He doesn’t smoke. Anyway, it’s impossible. She knows where he is, and it isn’t here.

He’s seen her staring at him through the window of the plane. He takes a drag, flicks ash to the ground, and smiles. But his eyes behind the sunglasses are cold. Hard.

She steadies herself as the plane shoots down the runway then lifts. As memories flash, perspiration trickles down her back. She inhales again, deeper this time. It wasn’t him. Let it go, she admon­ishes, then shakes her head.

Fear will not win. Not this time. Not ever again.

Within what feels to her like mere moments, the group of profes­sional skydivers have all jumped, and she stands, back pressed against Mike, hooked to his harness. They brace themselves against the pum­meling force of wind as they wait near the gaping opening in the side of the plane. She pulls goggles from the top of her head down over her eyes.

There’s no room in her mind now for thoughts of the man on the ground, or of the man who haunts her memories. There’s no room for thoughts of any kind. Terror, as she well knows, is all-consuming. Her breaths are shallow, her pulse races.

“Step to the edge,” Mike yells. When she doesn’t move, he yells again, this time his breath hot against her ear. She hesitates then steps forward, him stepping in sync with her. There’s nothing to see but the vast expanse.

“Go!” Mike shouts.

Heart hammering her rib cage, she leans forward, eyes squeezed shut, and falls more than jumps into nothingness, arms stretched wide. She anticipates the sensation of falling—stomach lifting to throat—but it isn’t evident as she’d expected. Nor is the velocity at which she knows they’re falling. She dares to open her eyes, only aware of the force of air pushing her cheeks back to her ears, which makes her laugh.

The free fall is like nothing she’s experienced. She laughs again, the sound carried heavenward on the drafts, she imagines. Too soon she’s jerked, hard, the harness cutting into her thighs, and pulled upward with what seems like exceeding force. She hadn’t expected the force.

But then they’re floating. Soaring. “Oh,” she whispers. She wants to take it all in, remember every exhilarating moment. These currents she could ride forever. Tension is replaced by peace, pervasive peace.

Quietude. Silence. Wonder.

“That was a hard pull.” Mike’s shouted words behind her threaten to break the spell, but she’s enchanted and pays little attention. She assumes the pull—the parachute opening and catching air—was harder than usual but fine. They’re fine. She doesn’t understand. Doesn’t know what’s to come. How could she?

As they float, her eyes are trained on the ground below. The earth is a patchwork of tones. She sees the river, a thread, stitched across the quilt of colors. She searches for familiar landmarks as her sense of confidence soars. She’s done it. Faced fear, terror even, and—

Suddenly they’re plummeting.

Tumbling.

Head first. Arms and legs akimbo.

Land and sky spin as they interchange. Her lungs deflate. Pres­sure. The currents, tumultuous, pull her under and then spit her out. She can’t breathe. Why can’t she breathe? She gasps. She’s drowning. Help! Someone, help! But no. . . There’s no water. Instead, she’s above, where there’s nothing. Just. . .

Nothing.

Nothing to reach for. Nothing to grab. Nothing to save her.

A scream sounds in her mind. Rings in her ears. Scathes her throat.

Her scream?

Awareness hits. She’s going to die. It’s her only thought. There are no thoughts of those she loves. Those who love her. Memories don’t flash. No, just the one thought. The only thought she has time for.

She is going to die.

Then. . .

Everything goes black.

 

Blog Stops

By The Book, March 28

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Multifarious, March 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 29

Where Crisis & Christ Collide, March 30

Remembrancy, March 30

Inspired by fiction, March 31

To Everything A Season, March 31

Blogging With Carol, April 1

Ashley’s Bookshelf, April 1

For Him and My Family, April 2

Book by Book, April 2

All-of-a-kind Mom, April 3

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Spoken from the Heart, April 4

Texas Book-aholic, April 4

Seasons of Opportunities, April 5

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 5

Genesis 5020, April 6

Pause for Tales, April 6

Splashes of Joy, April 7

A Reader’s Brain, April 7

Bigreadersite, April 8

The Lit Addict, April 8

Through the Fire Blogs, April 9

Inklings and notions, April 9

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, April 10

The Becca Files, April 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Ginny is away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of Convergence!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click here to enter the giveaway.

 

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Review of Memoria Press’ Poetry, Prose & Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set

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I love Memoria Press so I was so excited to receive Poetry, Prose, and Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set this time to review.  With a daughter in high school, I am always on the lookout for quality, classical materials for our daughter to use, and the products from Memoria Press never disappoint, especially if when searching for Classical Education materials.

Memoria Press, a family run company, provides easy to use Classical Education materials ranging from Latin to Poetry to Reading and more.  From the foundation that Cheryl Lowe began before her death in 2017, the company continues to provide a wealth of classical educational materials.  For this review, we received the Student Workbook, Student Textbook, and the Teacher’s Guide.

When we began our homeschooling journey, Memoria Press quickly became a favorite of our family, especially when we began studying Latin. So when given a choice of what she would like to review,  Poetry, Prose, and Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set was our daughter’s choice.  She loved the idea of studying some of the best pieces from this time period.  I knew I could trust the selections to be ones our family would approve of, and the materials did not disappoint me.  My only concern about the materials is the rather small font used in the books.  It made it difficult for me to read, and since I wanted to work through the materials with my daughter, this was a rather important factor.  According to their website, this set features poetry from the Anglo-Saxon Invasion to the Tudor Accession (449-1485).

The idea is for the student to create a notebook for this course and detailed instructions are provided about how to do this properly.  I was very pleased with the straight-forward nature and explanations provided in both the Teacher’s Guide and Student Workbook.  This notebook is where the student will record all the answers for the vocabulary words, discussion questions, comprehension questions and more.  I appreciate how the Teacher’s Guide gives parents permission to adapt the curriculum to adjust to your own family’s needs.  So I decided to allow our daughter to answer some questions orally rather than writing out answers.  Because this course can quickly become writing intensive, I could see the benefit of using an online notebook along with a program that allows the student to speak and then translates that into the document.  This would be especially beneficial for students who have difficulty writing for prolonged periods of time.

The books cover the Anglo-Saxon Invasion to the Norman Conquest (which includes the literature of the warrior and the literature of the priest), as well as from the Norman Conquest to the accession of the Tudors (which includes literature of the Medieval Church and the literature of the common people).  Because my husband is an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher and has been for all of our children’s lives, our daughter was especially interested in learning about the sections about the literature of the Priests.

Again from the website, the materials include the following description, “The Poetry Prose and Drama Book One: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set includes poems from the Anglo-Saxon Invasion to the Tudor Accession (449-1485). This Set includes Poetry, Prose, & Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods, the Student Guide, and the Teacher Guide. The anthology contains introductory readings that provide background information and historical context for the works as well as short introductions for each poem. The student book contains notes and instructions to the student, definitions of basic features, and an explanation of how to mark a book as well as pre-reading questions, reading notes, words to be defined, comprehension questions, Socratic discussion questions, and essay prompts. The Teacher Guide features notes and instructions to the teacher, and contains the answers to the questions found in the Student Guide as well as the Tests and Test Key.”

 

The first book in the collection is the Teacher Guide, which lays out everything the student is supposed to do for each lesson along with providing additional information, answers, preparation materials, reading notes and more.  It is meant for the parent to use to guide the student through the material.  However, with our high school daughter doing this set she could have worked more independently.  However, I love completing work with her, and especially literature or history – something this curriculum offers a wealth of each.  So this book provided useful guidance for me as my daughter and I worked through the materials.  The tests primarily use matching as a way of determining what the student remembers.  Our daughter appreciated this when taking tests.

 

The next book is the actual “reader”, meaning the book that has the actual reading material in it.  This includes selections from The Seafarer, The Wanderer, Andreas: A Legend of St. Andrew, Ecclesiastical History of the English Nation, Caedmon’s Hymn, The Dream of the Road, Robin Hood Ballads and more.  She enjoyed reading the introductory materials because it gave her a wealth of information to share with her father and brothers.  She appreciated how the information was separated into sections with headings to make it easy to follow.  When we began reading The Seafarer, she appreciated the imagery and descriptive language used.  The section on riddles also captured her attention, since again she was able to share them with her father and brothers.  When we began reading the selection about St. Andrew, she appreciated the language and descriptions given.

 

As she worked through the questions in the Student Workbook, I tried breaking it up for her so she did not get overwhelmed by the material.  We found the mixture of vocabulary words and questions to be a good fit for our daughter.

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All in all, our family was very pleased with  Poetry, Prose, and Drama: The Old English & Medieval Periods Set from Memoria Press.  Check this set out for yourself.if you are looking to homeschool classically.  You can check out my review of Second Form Latin here.  Other members of the Home School Review Crew are reviewing other products from Memoria Press this week including their Latin programs, various sets from the Poetry, Prose, and Drama Series along with the Classical Phonics with the First Start Reading Program.  So click here or on the image below to check out more reviews for yourself.

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Review and Giveaway for Meddlin’ Madeline Dead Letter Mystery by Chautona Havig

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About the Book

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Book: Dead Letter, A Meddlin’ Madeline Mystery

Author: Chautona Havig

Genre: Christian historical, mystery

Release Date: February 19, 2019

For the first time, Madeline has permission to meddle.

Something’s not adding up in the Wintherwood, Ohio bank, and Madeline’s there to figure out why.

Sent by the Rockland Pinkerton’s office to investigate shady banking practices, Madeline finally has the opportunity to try out all her developing detective skills. From her new disguise to an assumed persona, complete with non-existent fiancé, Madeline takes on embezzlement in Wintherwood, Ohio.

Now, to find the culprit and get back to Rockland before Amy arrives, before Mrs. Barnes gets any sicker, and before Russell writes her off as a hopeless, heartless girl.

As Madeline figures out what’s happening, even Mr. Flint begins to lose confidence in her. How will she prove who is taking the money and why–especially after her primary suspect ends up dead?

Dead Letter is the fourth book in the Meddlin’ Madeline series.

.MY THOUGHTS (1)

For a number of years now I have been reading everything I possibly could by Chautona Havig.  She has a way of pulling you into her books and making you feel you are actually there.  Plus, she makes the reader believe the characters are part of your family or at least very good friends.  Madeline Brown is one of those characters you want to laugh with, cry with and just give a hug.  In this story, Madeline assumes the identity of Jane Sempleton to assist the Pinkerton Agency to solve a crime occurring at a bank.

There are supporting characters I loved and others I could not stand.  Things do not appear to be as they seem, but I refuse to spoil the ending for you.  The one tragedy is someone very close to Madeline dies and she is unable to attend the funeral.  I loved reading the descriptions of the clothing Madeline wore as Jane.  I also appreciated the details given regarding the setting and supporting characters.

So if you want a book that will make you laugh, cry, and feel every emotion in between, check out this book for yourself.

About the Author

Chautona

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her on the web and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name.

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3 Reasons You’ll Love the Book and Hate Me

“This is book four, right?”

I nodded.

He looked at me with those eyes that conjure up the idea of puppy dogs begging for treats. So deceptive. “You’re going to have to up the stakes then.”

“Well, this is the one where she goes into official active detective mode and decides if she even wants that kind of life.”

“Not enough.”

He was right and I knew it. Fortunately, I’d prepared for this moment. You see, I know him well. He’s a horror writer. He likes to torment in ways that make my worst meannesses seem petty (like the time I suggested killing off Chad in Past Forward—trust me. That was kind compared to his ideas).

So, I pulled out my bigger gun and plopped it on the table. I added ammunition. And grinned.

Look, you guys are going to hate me for it, but trust me. It needs to be done. You’ll forgive me… eventually. Maybe. I hope.

Then he did it. He gave me that look. No, not the, “Yeah, baby!” look you want to see when you’ve hit a hole in one. The, “Is that all you’ve got?” look.

The work began. He suggested one thing. I toned it back. He looked like that puppy again—except this time I’d kicked him. Bless his heart, he does love his horror.

Still, he whistled his way out the door a short while later, and I grinned. Compromise is beautiful. But what does that mean for YOU?

3 Reasons You’ll Love the Book and Hate Me

First—

Love the book: Madeline as Jane Sempleton is a hoot. She cracked me up from the beginning, and I’m still chuckling.

Hate me: Madeline’s faith and integrity are tested in this one—exponentially. Without giving away too much, her father even rebukes her!!!

Second—

Love the book: Mrs. Barnes is such a sweet mentor to Madeline

Hate me: Mrs. Barnes. That’s all I’m sayin’. Mrs. Barnes.

Third—

Love the book: Snippets of the heart get revealed.

Hate me: Russell. That’s all I’m sayin’. Russell.

So, there you have it. All the reasons you should read this book… and remember that the series isn’t over. Not by a long shot. It’s darkest before dawn. And um… a whole bunch of other clichés.

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, March 18

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, March 18

All-of-a-kind Mom, March 19

Mary HakeMarch 19

Aryn, The LibraryanMarch 20

Back Porch ReadsMarch 21

Carpe Diem, March 22

Through the Fire Blogs, March 23

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 23

For Him and My Family, March 24

janicesbookreviews, March 24

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, March 25

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 26

Texas Book-aholic, March 27

BigreadersiteMarch 28

Lots of Helpers, March 28

Multifarious, March 29

A Reader’s Brain, March 30

Blogging With CarolMarch 30

Inklings and notionsMarch 31

The Becca Files, March 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away a grand prize of a paperback copy of Dead Letter, a Madeline-inspired book cozy, and a book-themed candle!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click here to enter the giveaway.