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Review and Giveaway for Love’s Rescue

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About the Book

Book: Love’s Rescue

Author: Linda Shenton Matchett

Genre: Historic Romance

Release Date: February 14, 2019

A prostitute, a spy, and the liberation of Paris.

Sold by her parents to settle a debt, Rolande Bisset is forced into prostitution. Years later, shunned by her family and most of society, it’s the only way she knows how to subsist. When the Germans overrun Paris, she decides she’s had enough of evil men controlling her life and uses her wiles to obtain information for the Allied forces. Branded a collaborator, her life hangs in the balance. Then an American spy stumbles onto her doorstep. Is redemption within her grasp?

Simon Harlow is one of an elite corps of American soldiers. Regularly chosen for dangerous covert missions, he is tasked with infiltrating Paris to ascertain the Axis’s defenses. Nearly caught by German forces moments after arriving, he owes his life to the beautiful prostitute who claims she’s been waiting for the Allies to arrive. Her lifestyle goes against everything he believes in, but will she steal his heart during his quest to liberate her city?

Inspired by the biblical story of Rahab, Love’s Rescue is a tale of faith and hope during one of history’s darkest periods.
Click here to purchase your copy.
MY THOUGHTS (1)
I love reading historical fiction and I especially enjoy reading books set during the time of World War II and this book did not disappoint.  Let’s face it, not all families are perfect and not all families are perfect all the time.  Cast off by her family after being sold off Rolande Bisset finds herself living a life she never expected to live.  Paris, France (her home) suffers under the occupation of German Nazi soldiers.  Determined to do whatever she can to help her country, Rolande entertains German soldiers in the hopes of obtaining information useful to the Resistance.  Unable to believe God could possibly love her with what she has done in her past and what has been done to her in the past, she desperately wants to reconcile with her family.
Simon Harlow, a member of an elite group of American soldiers is sent with his best friend to Paris to obtain information and complete surveillance.  Forced to wear the uniforms of German Nazis, they attempt to remain undetected.  However, Rolande meets them at a local Bistro and immediately identifies them as spies.  Surprised when she hears the voice of God telling her to provide protection by inviting them to her home, she does exactly that.
In shades of the Biblical account of Rahab from the Bible, Rolande invites them to her home and has to hide them on her roof from the Germans.  Then in shades of Moses being commanded by God to mark the doors of the Israelites’ homes so the shadow of death would pass over them, she is told by Simon to mark her home and have all of her family inside with her in order for Simone to guarantee their safety.
When Rolande is able to reconcile with her father and forgive him, it made me happy.  Rolande and Simone determining they loved each other made the perfect ending to the story.
So if you like historical fiction that is Christian based, check out this book for yourself.

About the Author

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Linda Shenton Matchett is an author, speaker, and history geek. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she was born a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry (of Star Spangled Banner fame) and has lived in historic places all her life. Linda is a member of ACFW, RWA, and Sisters in Crime. She is a volunteer docent and archivist at the Wright Museum of WWII and a trustee for her local public library.

 

More from Linda

Dear Reader:

Love’s Rescue is a modern retelling of the biblical book of Rahab. I set the story in Paris during the last weeks of the German occupation of France during WWII. While researching the book, I read numerous memoirs and interviews of folks who lived through the occupation. Two aspects discussed time and time again were rationing and the difficulty in getting food. People with any amount of land at all planted produce to supplement the meager supply in the shops. If they were fortunate and an egg was available, it would be fried to a runny consistency and poured over the top of the dish.

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Here is a simple recipe for Ratatouille:

Ingredients

1 whole white onion

1 large eggplant

1 large zucchini

1 bell pepper

2 medium tomatoes

2 large cloves garlic

2 sprigs thyme

2 T Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

 

Instructions

  • Peel garlic cloves. Smash with the end of a knife, then cut into a small dice.
  • Cut onions, bell pepper, and tomatoes into a medium dice.
  • Chop the eggplant and zucchini into 1” cubes.
  • In a large saucepan or pot, warm olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Warm over low heat. Add the onion to the pot and cook until tender – about five minutes.
  • Add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.
  • Add remaining vegetables to the pot.
  • Add a generous pinch of salt and a light pinch of pepper.
  • Add the thyme.
  • Cover the saucepan or pot with a lid and cook over medium-low heat for approximately 40 minutes, until all the vegetables are tender and there is little liquid in the pot.
  • Serve on your favorite platter.

 

Bon Appétit!

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Linda is giving away a grand prize of a French/WWII themed gift basket that includes a WWII Word Find book by Linda Shenton Matchett, Love’s Rescue – Wartime Brides Book 2 by Linda Shenton Matchett, French-milled soap lavender scent, a Fleur-de-lis ribbon bookmark, a set of three note pads with French motif, and a set of cocktail napkins with French motif!!

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 CrossWired Science – Sound, and Fluid Dynamics

CrossWired Science provides online science learning in a fun and engaging way with Sound, and Fluid Dynamics.  Let’s face it, homeschooling families can use all the help they can get when it comes to streamlining our day.  I know when I was homeschooling our children, anything I could use that would allow me to combine the children into one course was helpful.  So even though we are only homeschooling two now who are both in high school, I was excited to have the opportunity to review this digital subscription.

CrossWired Science is a brand new science program that is quite different from most science curriculums.  Rather than a textbook, the program utilizes videos to convey the necessary information along with worksheets, experiments, research opportunities, reading, devotionals and more.  So it provides a wealth of learning opportunities along with opportunities to reinforce and grow your children’s faith.  A Parent login and dashboard, as well as a Student login and dashboard, are available.  The Student dashboard provides access to basically everything the student needs to complete the course.  However, some links such as the additional videos are only available on the Parental Dashboard.  The Parental Dashboard provides additional resources, planning calendars, answers to the worksheets, Quiz Results, Student progress, along with general links and unit links.  The site is easy to navigate and to find what you need.

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It is meant to be used as either a stand-alone curriculum or as a supplement and is good for children of any age.  The curriculum is Biblically-based which is important for our family.  More material and improvements to the program are being made daily.  Currently, there are two Global Topics that are available – Sound, and Fluid Dynamics.  Each of these is meant to take roughly a month to complete.  Each Global topic includes 8 core videos. The Fluid Dynamics Global Topic core videos include topics like the Wright Brothers, Planes, whiskers, boxfish and Penguins, Bernoulli, and more.

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The Sound Global Topic covers such topics as Sonar, how the ear works, how musical instruments work, how sound travels and more.  As a parent who has taken a class on sound and music in college, I was impressed by the material for this Global Topic.

A suggested plan is included on the website.  The plan is broken down for either those children who are 4-8 years old or those children who are over 8 years old.  Students will watch the Core Videos and do the quizzes and worksheets if able.  Then, each family has the freedom to select from the U-Choose selections such as Gold Digs or Digging Deeper or you can choose to use your own resources.  Students can try either level 1 or level 2 on the link lessons.  Students can read a book or magazine or start a collection.  Families can also do research, reinforcement activities, experiments or even field trips.  There is a tremendous amount of possibilities.

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Both of our children have science curriculums they are already using and love, so we were using this more as a supplement.  So currently, we are not doing the experiments, but I plan on having the two spend time this summer doing them instead.  Also, because this is a supplement, we did not choose to do everything suggested.  We focused primarily on watching the videos, discussing what we watched and doing the online quizzes.  We loved how reading is required, but various reading plans are provided.  If we were doing this as a stand-alone curriculum, we would utilize the Benge Books since we already have almost a bookcase full of them.  These books are perfect books to read alone or read aloud and even when our children were younger, they enjoyed reading or listening to them.

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So we did not work on this every day.  My goal was to cover one of the global topics within a three month time period.  I figured this plan would allow our children to go on any rabbit trails they desired.

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Since our family plays instruments and sings, we decided to start with the Sound course.  While in college, I took a course of the Physics of Sound and Music, so I was curious to see what would be discussed.  I found myself learning quite a bit as I previewed some of the material for myself.  The quality of the videos is excellent.  The videos are short enough to keep the attention of younger students.

The courses are set up with two different learning opportunities – one for first-timers, meaning those who are going through the material for the first time as well as one for second-timers – those who are repeating the material or who already have extensive knowledge of the material.

Eventually, 24 Global Topics will be available that will provide for 6 years of educational opportunities.  Over time, the depth and breadth of this program will be increased substantially.  CrossWired Science plans on keeping the cost affordable for homeschooling families, which is important to me.  It will provide for all Science material from kindergarten through Chemistry.  So if you are looking for a fresh approach to science check out CrossWired Science and online science learning in a fun and engaging way with Sound, and Fluid Dynamics.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are discussing CrossWired Science and their experiences this week as well.  Click here or on the graphic below to check out other reviews by Crew members.

 

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Review and Giveaway for The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd

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About the Book

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Book: The Governess of Penwythe Hall

Author: Sarah Ladd

Genre: Historical Romance

Release Date: April 16, 2019

In the first of a new series from beloved Regency romance author, Sarah Ladd, Delia, a governess to five recently orphaned children, would risk anything to protect them . . . even her heart.

Cornwall was in her blood, and Delia feared she’d never escape its hold.

Cornwall, England, 1811

Blamed for her husband’s death, Cordelia Greythorne fled Cornwall and accepted a governess position to begin a new life. Years later her employer’s unexpected death and his last request to watch over his five children force her to reevaluate. She can’t abandon the children now that they’ve lost both parents, but their new guardian lives at the timeworn Penwythe Hall . . . back on the Cornish coast she tries desperately to forget.

Jac Trethewey is determined to revive Penwythe Hall’s once-flourishing apple orchards, and he’ll stop at nothing to see his struggling estate profitable again. He hasn’t heard from his brother in years, so when his nieces, nephews, and their governess arrive unannounced at Penwythe Hall, he battles both grief of this brother’s death and bewilderment over this sudden responsibility. Jac’s priorities shift as the children take up residence in the ancient halls, but their secretive governess—and the mystery shrouding her past—proves to be a disruption to his carefully laid plans.

Rich with family secrets, lingering danger, and the captivating allure of new love, this first book in the Cornwall Novels series introduces us to the Twethewey family and their search for peace, justice, and love on the Cornish coast.

 

Click here to purchase your copy.

MY THOUGHTS (1)

I love reading about days gone by and The Governess of Penwythe Hall does not disappoint.  It does an excellent job of portraying the times.  I love Delia’s personality and devotion to her charges.  Jac Trethewey is the perfect man for Delia.

Even after the heartbreak of the death of her husband and being run out of Cornwall by her mother-in-law, Delia finds a new life for herself as a governess. And when her charges become orphans when their father dies, Delia resolves to live up to her promise take care of the children.

If you like reading historical fiction from the Regency Era, check out this book for yourself.

About the Author

Sarah E. Ladd received the 2011 Genesis Award in historical romance for The Heiress of Winterwood. She is a graduate of Ball State University and has more than ten years of marketing experience. Sarah lives in Indiana with her amazing family and spunky golden retriever. Visit her online at SarahLadd.com; Facebook: SarahLaddAuthor; Twitter: @SarahLaddAuthor.

More About The Governess of Penwythe Hall

5 things to know about Cornwall, England:

  1. Throughout its early history, Cornwall’s inhabitants called the country Kernow.
  2. Early inhabitants largely spoke their own language known as “Cornish,” which became nearly extinct in the 1800s
  3. The country has a long and rugged coastline and there were frequent shipwrecks.
  4. Fishing was a major industry, with herring, mackerel, and sardines being common catches.
  5. In 1870, novelist and poet Thomas Hardy called Cornwall “the region of dream and mystery.”

 

Imagine yourself in The Governess of Penwythe Hall with these pictures of 19th Century life in Cornwall

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/gallery/2016/may/19/everyday-life-in-cornwall-captured-in-the-19th-century-in-pictures

 

Sources:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/empire_seapower/cornish_nation_01.shtml

https://www.maritimeheritage.org/ports/Cornwall.html

http://www.cornwallgoodseafoodguide.org.uk/cornish-fishing/history-of-the-cornish-fishing-industry.php

 

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Sarah is giving away a grand prize of a finished paperback copy of The Governess of Penwythe Hall!!

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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Blogging A to Z – “M” is for Memories,

_M_ is for Memories, Models and More

Welcome to my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for today is “M” which is for Memories and Music.

Homeschooling has provided our family with a lot of memories.  From attending homeschooling activities to places we have been to homeschooling conventions we have attended, our family has made lots of memories.  My oldest son, many years later, still talks about his ride in an elevator with Mr. Andrew Pudewa of the Institute with Excellence in Writing.  Our children remember our many trips to Busch Gardens Williamsburg and to the cabins we have stayed at in at Fort Eustis.  We also have memories of particular products we have used and the topics we have studied.

On another trip from Pennsylvania, we took our children and three of their friends with us.  The three young ladies who came with us had never seen the ocean before.  The looks on their faces were priceless, especially when we were able to spot a school of dolphins in the ocean.

One of our most recent memories involves my second word for “M”, which is for music.  Our family loves to sing and for the last two years, we have also enjoyed playing musical instruments.  Our children have picked up various instruments including the flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, Contra-Bass (or Upright Bass), guitar, cello, viola, violin, trombone, french horn, trumpet, baritone horn, and the piano.  I love seeing our children, even at 22, 20, 18, and 16 exploring and discovering musical instruments for themselves.  Moreover, I love how my husband and I are able to play with them.

Through the years our family has sung together both as a family and in various church choirs.  We have even sung over the radio with my husband’s parents and some of his aunts (even though they were completely unaware of the fact until afterward).  The church we attended broadcasted the Sunday Service on a local radio station.  One Sunday, my in-laws and my husband’s aunts had come to Pennsylvania to visit and our immediate family was scheduled to sing a special number.  So we invited them to sing with us.  It was not until after the fact we realized they did not know it would be on the radio.  So it truly is one of our best memories.  Last fall, one of the same aunts came along with my in-laws to Texas to visit us.  Again, we made amazing memories while they were here.

One of my other favorite memories happened when we were visiting North Carolina while we were living in Pennsylvania.  We decided to take the children back to see the ocean.  So we left my in-laws house and drove to the ocean.  When we arrived I cautioned my husband that we needed to stay on the walkway since we did not have any towels with us to clean sand off our feet.  Before my husband and I had barely stepped away from our van, our daughter had run to the end of the walkway, took off her shoes, threw them up in the air and took off across the sand.  Needless to say, everyone ended up walking in the sand.

So what does the letter “M” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

 

 

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Blogging A to Z – “L” is for Love, Laughter, and Listening

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

So here is the latest installment for the Blogging A to Z challenge for 2019.  The letter for today is “L”.  “L” is for Love, Laughter, and Listening.

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The love of our children for each other was always around us.  But when we began homeschooling, the love for each other became more visible.  Also, I love watching how our three sons and our daughter interact with one another.  Friendships one child makes often spill over to their siblings. Where one child went, other children often followed.

Our home is constantly filled with laughter.  Our children laugh with each other.  My husband and I laugh with one or more of the children.  We share jokes, funny stories and more with each other.  Our children can be heard laughing with their cousins and friends while playing or talking with each other online.

Finally, listening plays a crucial role when homeschooling.  Being together all the time has its ups and downs.  Moments arise where tempers could easily flare, but if we take the time to listen to what the other person is saying things can often remain calm.  Also, listening allows us to hear and understand someone else’s viewpoint and opinion.

So what comes to mind for you when you see the letter “L”?  I would love to hear from you.

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Blogging A to Z – “K” is for Kingdom

Here is the next installment in my Blogging A to Z challenge for 2019.  The letter for today is “K”, which is for Kingdom.  I want our children to work for God’s Kingdom and believe in the King of Kings.

Faith is important to both my husband and me.  We want our children to believe in God and do good works for God.  It is important to reflect our faith in our daily lives and the daily lives of our children.

So what does the letter “K” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

If you would like to read the other posts in my Blogging A to Z series for 2019, click here.

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Blogging A to Z – “J” is for Joy

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter J

Here is my next installment for the 2019 Blogging A to Z challenge.  The letter for this entry is “J”, which is for Joy.  Homeschooling has brought a lot of joy to our family.  We have been able to study interesting topics, meet interesting people, and visit fun places.

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Through the years, I have been able to find curriculum choices that have excited my children, which brought joy to me.  They enjoy having some say in what curriculum we use.

Also, homeschooling has allowed us to meet interesting people.  From homeschool groups, homeschool conventions, and various activities we have participated in, our children have met people to bring joy into their lives.

Finally, we have found joy in exploring interesting places.  Through the years, we have visited state parks, theme parks, homeschool conventions and more that have allowed us to see interesting things such as a Fire Station turned museum in Cincinnati.  We have visited a children’s museum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Plus, we were able to go to Universal Studios Resorts.  Even though we never stepped foot inside the actual park, the pool at the hotel, the river rides, and the City Walk excursions filled our children with joy.

So what does the letter “J” bring to mind for you?  I would love to hear from you.

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