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Matching Points – A Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book: Matching Points

Author: Nancy J. Farrier

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: September 9, 2020

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She doesn’t hold his past against him…can he forgive hers?

Fresh out of prison, Asia Jessup wishes she could change her past and maybe her future. She has no family and no one to turn to. All she has is her newfound faith. She returns to the town where she spent a couple of idyllic summers to find family she didn’t know she had. Her devastating secret won’t bring a joyful reunion. Will it destroy her last hope?

Ian Kittridge has his own thriving restaurant, is a respected business owner, and is active in his community. Thanks to a teenage Asia’s empathy one summer he’d been pulled back from the brink of ruining his life and ending up like his father—a murderer. He is working hard to eradicate the past and rise above the murmurs of “like father, like son.”

When Ian runs into Asia he can’t believe she’s returned to their coastal California town. Although he’s eager to reconnect, he isn’t looking for a serious relationship—he can’t take the chance of becoming his father. Asia is wary of Ian’s friendship because of her shameful past and the sins of her mother and father. As Asia’s secrets quake the family she hoped to find, can she and Ian find their way through the storm, to a peaceful resolution, and look toward the future?

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With the emotional rollercoaster this book took me on, I have to say I definitely believe it is one worth reading. The idea of a former convict searching for family captured my attention. Perhaps because our second son wants to enter the culinary feed, having one of the main characters involved in the food industry also made me want to read this book.

This book examines family, sins of the past, and how secrets can affect our past, present, and future. Both Asia and Ian have things they need to deal with in order to fully move into their future. This book shows how secrets have a way of being discovered.

The storyline weaves together into a tapestry that moved along at a perfect speed. I felt the characters were well-developed, and the setting fit the story.  So check out this book for yourself.

I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

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Nancy J Farrier is a best-selling, award winning author of over twenty-five books. Nancy has written both historical and contemporary fiction, as well as nonfiction for the Christian market. Her Southwest fiction is filled with characters who face real life issues, which she hopes will encourage her readers. Nancy lives in Arizona in the Sonoran Desert and loves the sunshine and most of the time enjoys the heat. She lives with her husband or thirty-seven years, four cats, and dog. Nancy enjoys early morning hikes, spending time with her family, reading, and going to church.

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From the moment I first pictured Asia standing across from that quilt shop, I knew I had to tell her story. She carried so much emotional baggage and such longing, but I didn’t know why. Going on that journey to find where she’d come from and why she was here at this place, in this moment, was such a rollercoaster ride.

Exploring the theme of family and how our families impact our past proved both exhilarating and painful. I remember hearing a man say he couldn’t help being the way he was because of his father’s influence. That man was a Christian. My first thought was that he has a new Father and he is to be like Christ. Like God.

This is why both Ian and Asia struggle with the concept of having a parent they were compared to in an unflattering light. Ian couldn’t change what his father did, he could only make his own choices and be a different person. To be like Father, like son. Asia, too, had people assume she would be her mother’s daughter, but she wasn’t. Her choice was to live a different life, despite pressure to be as immoral as her mother.

Our choices are what make us who we are. How we choose to live. How we choose to forgive. How we choose to love. And Who we choose to love and follow.

Exploring these themes in Matching Points kept me on my toes. Seeing Asia and Ian work out their choices and their journey proved exhilarating. I hope my readers find encouragement in the pages of this book and the lives of the characters.

Blog Stops

Blossoms and Blessings, November 2 (Author Interview)

deb’s Book Review, November 2

Sara Jane Jacobs, November 3

Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 4

Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 4

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 5

Pause for Tales, November 6

Artistic Nobody, November 7 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Wishful Endings, November 8 (Author Interview)

Batya’s Bits, November 8

Texas Book-aholic, November 9

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 10

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 11

Inklings and notions, November 12

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 13

For Him and My Family, November 14

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 15

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Nancy is giving away the grand prize package of a Kindle Fire 7 and a handmade quilted table runner!!

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/1032e/matching-points-celebration-tour-giveaway

Posted in 2020 Home School Review Crew Posts, Computer Coding for Kids, Home School Review Crew Posts, Online Homeschool Programs

Python for Beginners: Learn Coding at Home – A Review

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.


If you are looking for a homeschool computer programming course, I suggest checking out Python for Beginners: Learn Coding at Home from Homeschool Code Academy. As a blogger, I am always desiring to learn more about coding so I can do more with my blog; I appreciated the opportunity to review this online product. This course lived up to my expectations. This online course requires a computer, downloading the Python program, a good Internet connection, and probably some patience will help.

Ideally, I wanted to work on this course three times a week. Unfortunately, my schedule did not always allow this. But I completed at least two days a week. The structure of the course requires students to work through the lessons in order. So students who already know a lot about computers may find the first few lessons tedious.

Matt Bohn provides the instruction for this course. With over 18 years of profession experience, he presents the material in a straight-forward and clear manner. Being self-taught prior to getting his degree allows him to talk to those with little or no programming experience. I also feel the presentation of the material ensures parents do not need to have coding experience themselves.

Within this course, students learn:

  • the basics of computers
  • working with output
  • Working with variables and keyboard input
  • Doing Math with Python
  • Lists and Tuples
  • Turtle Graphics
  • Writing Programs that Make Decisions
  • Loops – Writing Code that Repeats and Counts
  • Reusing Code with Functions
  • Getting Unpredictable with Random Numbers
  • Space Game Code Along Project

Once students complete the introductory materials discussing the basics of the computer and its various components, students dive right into coding exercises and challenges. I think one of my favorite things about this course comes from Matt’s demonstration of both correct coding and incorrect coding. I also appreciate how he breaks each section into smaller pieces. So children with busy schedules can complete work in ways that fit your family.

If my children were doing this program and were younger, I would probably elect to have them complete one small chunk in between other subjects in order to give them a break. Between the lessons and the challenges, I found this course extremely enjoyable to complete.

Providing directions for shortcuts to help code quicker impressed me. However, I have one desire for this course. I wish instructions for both PCs and MAC computers for the download. When installing Thonny (the program used to create the Python code) Mr. Bohn only provides the instructions for PCs. MAC users need to figure it out for themselves.

When he presented the challenges, I appreciated the PDF downloads being given. Another recommendation given, I strongly urge families to use comes from having two screens. Because I have both a MAC desktop and a MAC laptop, I had the videos open on my desktop (which has a larger screen) and completed the coding on my laptop. An alternative to two screens would be to use a split screen feature.

One of my favorite activities in this course was creating code to take text and have it spoken out loud. Here is a video of it.

You can find Homeschool Code Academy on Social Media at the following links: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

So if you are looking for a Homeschool Computer Programming course for your family, I suggest you check out Python for Beginners: Learn Coding at Home from Homeschool Code Academy.

Other members of the Home School Review Crew are sharing their thoughts on this product this week. So click here or on the graphic below to read their reviews.

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