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Review and Giveaway for When I Meet You

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About the Book

Book:  When I Meet You

Author: Olivia Newport

Genre:  Christian fiction

Release Date: May, 2020

When I Met YouBook 3 in the Tree of Life Series: A Father-Daughter Genealogy Team Link Faith Journeys on Family Trees

A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago leads Jillian and Nolan to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. You’ll want to return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.

 

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

As I began reading this series, I quickly became caught up in the storylines.  The idea of a father and daughter working together to discover genealogical mysteries intrigued me.  I think of all the books so far, this one was my favorite.  Maybe because I have recently started reading a large number of books that pertain to the Pinkerton Agency, I found myself caught up in the story of Lynellle in the past.

At the same, Jillian and Drew captured my attention in the present day story.  I loved the idea of Drew helping Jillian’s father cook an incredible fundraising dinner.  Drew’s Aunt Min was my favorite characters in this book.  She is feisty, apparently tempermental, and obviously loves Drew.

As the storyline took twists and turns in both the present and the past, I found myself wanting to read more just so I could know how the story would end.  The family dynamics and mysteries keep this book moving at an excellent pace.  I also loved reading about how an abandoned trunk discovered in the present is able to heal wounds created in the past.

This book clearly shows how important families are and how we need to cherish each other and our time together.

So check out this book for yourself.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review.

About the Author

OliviaNewport (1)Olivia Newport’s novels twist through time to find where faith and passions meet. Her husband and twentysomething children provide welcome distraction from the people stomping through her head on their way into her books. She chases joy in stunning Colorado at the foot of Pikes Peak.

 

More from Olivia

Stolen Identity or Stolen Secrets?

 

Years ago I made a business trip to a country in Asia. Somehow I managed to pack for two weeks in carry-on luggage. This was before everyone started carrying electronic devices that required a bag of their own, and the impoverished area I visited had only intermittent electricity anyway.

 

When it was time to come home, my luggage met the requirements to keep it with me as I traveled halfway around the world through several airports. But at the boarding gate, a woman pushed a cart stacked with six oversized and overstuffed suitcases, insisting she had to take all of them on the plane. Her argument was that she couldn’t risk losing her personal belongings. She was moving back to the States, this was everything she owned, and she just wasn’t having this nonsense about abiding by the same limitations as the other 300 people in line or that none of those bags would fit in an overhead compartment anyway. The airline staff began waving people around her to get the large aircraft boarded on time for an international flight. She was one of the last people to take her seat—without her bags.

 

I admit I prefer keeping my bags with me and getting in and out of airports quickly. And once my bags didn’t come off the same plane I did, and it took a few hours for them to be delivered to me.

 

But what happens to truly unclaimed baggage? One-half to one percent of baggage that goes through American airports is never claimed. Airlines will try for ninety days to find the owners. If they can’t, they have to do something with it. Generally it’s sold, sight unseen, to the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Alabama. There it is opened and sorted into what can be cleaned and sold in their store, what might be donated, and what has no value and is disposed of as trash. They find some pretty interesting things!

 

But my brain goes back to the curious question of why the baggage is unclaimed in the first place.

 

It’s not just because the airline lost it. We’ve all seen the lines of suitcases that baggage handlers remove from the circling conveyer belt because they’ve been around enough times that it’s obvious no one is there to pick them up after the flight. People got off the plane and left the airport without their bags. Why?

 

My new book, When I Meet You, raises the same question about travel in the railroad era. A trunk abandoned at Denver’s Union Station more than a century ago surfaces, leading genealogist Jillian and her lawyer father, Nolan, to untangle the mystery of its contents—including correspondence with the head of Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Denver office. While Nolan digs into the legalities of the findings, Jillian searches for the descendants of a stolen identity who might not be who they think they are on Colorado ranch land. When Drew seems anxious to hear what Jillian has to say but his Great Aunt Min slams the subject closed—twice—Jillian is all the more determined to find out what happened to the woman who never claimed her luggage, why Min doesn’t want to talk about it, and what will happen for Drew if he gets the answers he seeks.

When I Meet You is the third book in the Tree of Life series. Return to the lovely Colorado mountain town of Canyon Mines again and again to explore and celebrate unforgettable family stories that will inspire you to connect with your own family histories and unique faith journeys.

 

Visit www.olivianewport.com or find me at www.facebook.com/OliviaNewport.

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For Him and My Family, June 4

Bigreadersite, June 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 5

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Just the Write Escape, June 6

Inside the Wong Mind, June 6

Tell Tale Book Reviews, June 7

Connect in Fiction, June 7

Daysong Reflections, June 7

She Lives To Read, June 8

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A Baker’s Perspective, June 9

Mary Hake, June 9

Remembrancy, June 9

Moments, June 10

With a Joyful Noise, June 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Olivia is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a copy of the book!!

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

https://promosimple.com/ps/fa0b/when-i-meet-you-celebration-tour-giveaway

Posted in Art, Homeschooling, Uncategorized

ARTistic Pursuits High School 9-12 Book One The Elements of Art and Composition – A Review

ARTistic Pursuits High School 9 -12 Book One - The Elements

 

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

ARTistic Pursuits, High School 9-12 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition from  Artistic Pursuits Inc. makes art instruction easy for this mama!  Many years ago when we were first starting our homeschooling journey, we attended the homeschooling convention in North Carolina.  It was our first convention, and one of the companies that made a huge impression on our family was Artistics Pursuit Inc.  These people were so friendly and so willing to talk to us.  As someone who considers herself to be artistically challenged, I was thrilled to find  this company.  The homeschool art lessons from this company make my life easy.

Over the next several years, we spent time getting to know the people behind this curriculum.  It quickly became my go-to products for art instruction.  This book is the first book in a series of two and provides a detailed look at the elements of art and composition using text that is designed to engage while allowing them to produce original drawings using graded pencils and charcoal.

Sample Pages

At the high school level, students can work independently and with no prior artistic knowledge.  Students are encouraged to view their world as a professional artist does.  The book covers topics including space, lines, texture, shapes, form, value, contrast and unity, composition, balance and more   This book contains 68 lessons on 92 pages with 186 illustrations and is designed for those students who are 14-years-old and up.

One of my favorite things about this book is how the art supplies for the entire year are listed at the beginning of the book. I loved how easy this makes to acquire the items we will need to complete the assignments.  More importantly, I love how the book includes helpful information for parents including things relating to building a visual vocabulary, Art Appreciation and Art History, Techniques, and Application.  The course is designed so students complete 2 lessons per week spending about one hour per class.  Also, it is designed for 36 weeks of instruction.  However, this can be adjusted to fit your family’s needs.

More Pages

As I stated earlier, I am the one who is not artistically gifted in the family while our children are talented artistically.  So I will be frank, I bought this book more for me than for our children.  However, the wonderful thing about this curriculum is that it is suitable for both novices as well as more experienced art students.

The lessons are clearly laid out with the actual physical assignments printed in red so they are easy to see on the pages. Having a daughter who spends a lot of time drawing and especially drawing on the computer, I know it is important to be able to block out parts so you can clearly concentrate on other parts easier.  Combing illustrations, art work, and text, the book provides an easy to follow pattern for the lessons.  We found the assignments to be easy to follow and to understand what was expected from the student.

In addition to the typical thing found in art lessons, this book also contains tips as well as reminders to make sure the student is paying attention to details.  One assignment we have not gotten to yet, that I am excited for our daughter to complete is making a light box,   With a description of how to make the box as well as showing pictures of what it should look like, this lesson will provide a very useful addition for our daughter as she completes her artwork.

 

Here is an assignment I completed.

A Completed Assignment

 

You can find Artistic Pursuits Inc. on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at the following links.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ArtisticPursuitsInc/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ARTisticPursui1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/artisticpursuitsinc/

Free video lessons for beginning drawing students can be found here.   This 16 week summer series is featured each summer.

Online courses are also available here for all of the K-3 level books.

So if you are looking for homeschool art lessons for any ages from elementary through high school or are looking for homeschool art projects to stimulate your children’s creativity, check out Artistic Pursuits Inc. and the ARTistic Pursuits, High School 9-12 Book One, The Elements of Art and Composition.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on the various levels from Artistic Pursuits Inc.  this week.  Click here or on the graphic below to read additional reviews.

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