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Review of Home School in the Woods’ Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures

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We love using the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline Figures from Home School in the Woods for more than just our history timeline!  As a homeschooling parent, some companies provide such incredible products that I love going back when I need to find additional resources.  When I am looking for history lapbooks, hands-on history notebooking pages, and more, my first instinct is to go to Home School in the Woods.  So when I had the opportunity for our family to review the timeline collection from Home School in the Woods, I was thrilled.  For this review, we received the downloadable version of this product.  However, it is also available on CD.

Home School in the Woods provides a large variety of products to suit children of all ages. From timelines to U.S. History Studies to World History Studies, to games, to hands-on activities, and more Home School in the Woods has items to please everyone. Click here to read an article from Amy Pak’s blog about using timelines in your homeschool.  Or if you want to read an article about how to add sanity to your school year, click here.

When I received the Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Figures, I knew our family would find many ways to use this hands-on resource.  This resource is one resource that everyone in your family can use.  When I received the file to download, the first thing that is important to remember is that it is a zip file, so it is necessary to extract the files first.

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Once the files are extracted, you can pick and choose what time period you need, what size figures you want, and exactly what pages you need to print at a time.  Another great thing about these figures is that the figures can be used no matter what history resource or curriculum you are using.  Once you have selected a page, you can print it out and then use the figures in whatever way suits your family.  Also, you can print only the pages you need for a given year, semester, quarter, month, or even week to make life manageable.  Personally, I like the idea of printing the pages out by the week to ensure we do not misplace any.

I found it interesting that depending on where you choose to print from, the files printed slightly differently.  In the picture below on the left-hand side, I elected to print from the index page, which when clicked on opens the index in a browser window.  It seems to be slightly larger than when I selected to print from the actual file on my computer.  I am not sure why this is the case, but I just found it interesting.

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I appreciate the fact there is an option to either print the figures with additional text or without the additional text.  For younger children, I think printing the ones without additional information would be better.  But for older children and teenagers, I think the ones with text allow for conversations to begin.

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I  love the idea of using the figures to create a self-directed high school history course.  I could easily see giving our 16-year-old daughter free rein to pick and choose what historical figures to study and then allowing her to find resources to utilize for studying those figures.  Whether your family is studying Ancient History, World History, or American History, you will find figures you can use.  Because we are doing this review during the summer, I decided to change things up some and let her start from the most recent figure and start working our way back.  Basically, I had her work three days a week.  I asked her to place half of a page each day. Here are some sample pages.

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One of the most helpful things I found about this program is the Index that allowed me to quickly search for anything I might want or need.  When you select the file labeled Index, a window will open in your browser that looks like the bottom of the picture below, then you can select what you want to print.

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I also found it helpful how the files are broken down into sections including Creation to Christ, Napoleon to Now (World History), Resurrection to Revolution (World History), and America.  So if you are concentrating on a particular time in history, this feature allows you to quickly navigate to the figures you need.

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So if you are looking for hands-on history activities, products, and timeline figures, check out  Home School in the Woods for yourself.  If you would like to read my earlier reviews of products from Home School in the Woods, click here for my review of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  Or you can click here to read my review of the Á La Carte collection.

If you want to read other reviews of Timeline Collection: A Collection of Historical Timeline or other products being reviewed by Crew Members, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline

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Home School in the Woods is my favorite company for timeline materials, so I was super excited to receive The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline from their À La Carte Timelines projects. Our children tend to enjoy hands-on History studies rather than using a typical textbook.  So I was thrilled for our family to review this product.  I feel Home School in the Woods offers some of the best history studies available.

Home School in the Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines for all grades from Kindergarten to high school.  These product lines include À La Carte Timeline projects, Hands-on History Lap-Paks, Time Travelers American History, and more.  For this review, we received the digital download of The Renaissance and Reformation Timeline.  I was very excited for our 15-year-old daughter to receive this product.  Moreover, I was excited to work on it as well.

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This scrapbook-style timeline includes artists, historical figures, world leaders, religious leaders and more.  It is recommended for grades 3 to 12th.  I have to say I agree with that recommendation.  For the younger students, they will enjoy cutting and pasting the figures into the timeline. For older students like our daughter who is in high school, this can be a springboard for deeper studies.  My initial plan was to get the timeline completed, which we did.  Now for the upcoming school year, I plan on our daughter researching the events and people included on the timeline in more depth.  I want her to complete notebooking pages on some of the historical people and events on the timeline as well as write some more in-depth reports on others.

 

With this product comes the timeline pages are broken down to time periods and indications on the pages what person or event belongs where.  It includes figures, predated lines, and a teacher’s key, so the only extra supplies needed are glue and scissors.  We simply printed our timeline and figures on normal printer paper.  However, I would recommend using cardstock at least for the timeline pages to make it sturdier.  Also for our purposes right now, we put the completed pages in a Presentation folder.  As I have our daughter do more in-depth studies and she completes more pages, I will probably have her move everything into a binder broken down into the timeline pages, notebooking pages, reports and other items she wishes to include as she completes them.  

 

I feel this product is an excellent springboard for more in-depth studies of historical events and people.  Our family definitely recommends this product line.

One of Home School in the Woods’ newest products is their Project Passport World History Studies.  This series includes hands-on activities.  Students receive a passport and a luggage folder in order to prepare for their journey.  According to their website, students will “Take a trip through history and discover cultures at another era of time with hands-on projects and activities that drive the lessons home in a fun way”  These studies are designed to take approximately 8-12 weeks and are meant for grades 3-8.  Students will learn about everyday life, agriculture, trade, education,  writing, medicine, government, the Bible and more.  So click here if you want to learn more about the Project Passport World History Studies.

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Check out Home School in the Woods for yourself.  If you want to read other reviews by other members of the Home School Review Crew of the À La Carte Timeline or other product lines, click here or on the graphic below.

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Review of Home School in the Woods’ Á La Carte Collection

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Sometimes run of the mill textbooks and worksheets do not make the grade and some creativity and variety are needed.  Home School in the Woods offers products that meet that requirement. Because my youngest child is fifteen-years-old finding products that meet her needs are more challenging.  Fortunately, Home School in the Woods now offers many of their hands-on history projects Á La Carte.

Because all our children, as well as my husband and myself, are participating in our area’s homeschool band and/or strings programs, I decided that items focusing on music would definitely meet the bill.  So we selected “Composers through History Timeline” and “The Orchestra”, which is a File Folder Display of the Orchestra across 4 different periods of history in music.  I like doing hands-on crafts such as scrapbooking and crocheting.  So I decided to select “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” for myself.

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Our family found all these products to be fun and interesting to use.  “The Art of Quilling A Renaissance & Colonial Craft” involves paper art that uses the 3-dimensional art of rolled paper.  This product was originally created as part of “Time Travelers: Colonial Life”.  This particular product required the purchase of a quilling tool, quilling paper, and an adhesive to attach the paper rolls to the paper.  The instructions were clearly stated, but I did find the quilling tool somewhat difficult to use.  Also, the adhesive is exceptionally sticky which meant my fingers managed to get and stay sticky.  But all in all, I really enjoyed making my one project.  Here are some of the pictures while I was working on it and a picture of my completed picture.

Here is the picture of the finished product.

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Next, I would like to talk about “The Orchestra A File Folder Display of the Orchestra Across 4 Periods in the History of Music“.  This product was originally created for the “Composers Activity Pack”.  It examines the way musical instruments were introduced over time and how the orchestra grew to include many of them.  It takes the student through The Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods and includes over 25 instruments along with the conductor.

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This product requires a file folder, card stock, an adhesive and scissors.  The most involved part of this product is cutting out and attaching the pockets to the file folder and the cutting out the instrument descriptions and information about the period.  I love how this product is interactive and can allow for multiple periods to be displayed using the same file folder.  Here are some pictures of me creating the file folder and then set up the arrangement of instruments for the Classical Period.

Finally, I want to talk about “Composers through History Timeline” product.  This involves the use of card stock or other paper, scissors and an adhesive.  Students learn about periods of music and the various composers that belong to each period.  It allows for parents and students to go into as much depth as desired for each composer and period.

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 Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods also offers selections such as Timeline of the American Revolution and the Renaissance Reporter Newspaper.  So check these out for yourself.  Click here or on the graphic below to read more reviews of the Á La Carte products from Home School in the Woods.

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On a Coastal Breeze – A Review and Giveaway

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About the Book

Book:  On A Coastal Breeze

Author: Suzanne Woods Fisher

Genre:  Amish Romance

Release Date: May 5, 2020

On A Coastal BreezeFor Madison Grayson, life is good. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can’t wait to start her practice. Despite the unfortunate shortage of eligible bachelors on the island–they’re all too young, too old, or too weird–Maddie feels like she’s finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O’Shea drops in. Literally. Floating down from the pure blue sky, the one man in the world she hoped never to see again–the one who’d been her archnemesis from kindergarten through her senior dance–parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock, canopy draping behind him like a superhero. Ricky O’Shea. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

With wit and a bit of whimsy, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Three Sisters Island where family, forgiveness, and a second chance at love await.

Click here to get your copy!

My Thoughts

I have to say the idea of reading about somene parachuting into a town, especially when that person is the new pastor of a place intrigued me.  I loved how family dynamics and small town dynamics pulled everything in this book together.

Sisters have a way of being there for each other while aggravating each other at times.  The three sisters in this book come to life through the pages of this book.  I love how the author pulls together the past and the present.

Ricky grew up with Maddie and her sisters and as a child and teenager seemed intent on tormenting her.  Now as adults, he has come back to town as the pastor and tris to mend fences with her.  Forgiveness and second chances play an integral part in this story.

I also appreciated reading about how the girls interacted with their father with planning a wedding, opening a summer camp, and dealing with the youngest daughter taking a break from culinary school, this book made me want to keep reading.

So check it out for yourself.

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

 

About the Author

suzanne woods fisherSuzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California. Learn more at http://www.suzannewoodsfisher.com and follow Suzanne on Facebook @SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor and Twitter @suzannewfisher.

 

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Dear Reader,

 

The minute you step off the ferry and onto Three Sister Island, magic begins. Crisp ocean air acts like an elixir. Stress starts to evaporate, like a wisp of steam from a cup of hot tea. Happiness moves in, and you’ll feel more cheerful, more positive about the future.

And then there’s time! Somehow, there seems to be plenty of it.

 

Little things will catch your notice—finding seashells on the beach, watching waves crash against the rocks, gazing at the star-studded night sky.

 

Life just starts to slow down…and you wonder if you really want to ever leave Three Sisters Island.

 

Nor do you have to! That’s the beauty of books—they are the perfect escape. Always available, just waiting to be picked up. Always ready to transport you to a fresh and new state of mind.

 

On a Coastal Breeze is that kind of a read. The Grayson Family saga continues as they move to Three Sisters Island off the coast of Maine for a fresh start. Maddie Grayson takes center stage in this story. Life is finally coming together for Maddie. On the very day she opens her counseling practice, she spots a billowing skydiver. Parachuting in is Ricky O’ Shea—the one person on earth Maddie hoped she’d never see again. But Rick’s the new pastor for the island’s only church and he’s not about to leave. That’s when sparks start to fly.

 

Join me for a getaway by the sea that will leave you in a happy, relaxed, vacation-y state of mind…without leaving your home. Once you board the Never Late Ferry, even in your imagination, the island will take it from there.

 

Warmly, Suzanne

Blog Stops

Through the Fire Blogs, May 18

The Avid Reader, May 18

By The Book, May 18

Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, May 19

Locks, Hooks and Books, May 19

Artistic Nobody, May 19 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway)

Betti Mace, May 20

Lighthouse Academy, May 20

The Power of Words, May 20

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, May 21

Texas Book-aholic, May 21

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, May 21

Wishful Endings, May 22

Inklings and notions, May 22

deb’s Book Review, May 22

Blossoms and Blessings, May 23

reviewingbooksplusmore, May 23

Connect in Fiction, May 23

Remembrancy, May 24

Writing from the Heart Land, May 24

Blogging With Carol, May 24

Blessed & Bookish, May 25

Inspiration Clothesline, May 25

Back Porch Reads, May 25

For Him and My Family, May 26

Jeanette’s Thoughts, May 26

Daysong Reflections, May 26

Spoken from the Heart, May 27

Mary Hake, May 27

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, May 27

Simple Harvest Reads, May 28 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Bigreadersite, May 28

Splashes of Joy, May 28

Older & Smarter?, May 29

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, May 29

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 30

EmpowerMoms, May 30

Pause for Tales, May 30

Batya’s Bits, May 31

Southern Gal Loves to Read, May 31

Hallie Reads, May 31

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Suzanne is giving away a copy of her book to five winners!

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

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Review and Giveaway for Bitter Honey

About the Book

Book:  Bitter Honey

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre: Historical Christian Romance

Release Date: March 23, 2020

With God, all things are possible.
But can lost love be found again or two wounded hearts knitted together?
Young love, sweeter than honey, is separated by a natural disaster and turns bitter. After five years, a miracle reunites Samantha Adams and Silas Mercier, but it seems it’s too late. Will love prevail?

 

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For quite a while now, I have enjoyed reading the books by Caryl McAdoo.  She does such a wonderful job of creating worlds and characters that come to life.  Having read her book, “Remi”, I looked forward to reading Bitter Honey that takes up the story of Remi’s stepdaughter Samantha and her love Silas.

Circumstances happen that prevent these two from being together, but five years later they find each other again.  I love how they do not immediately come together to go into the sunset.

I also love how at the start of the story how certain people come together to show Silas true Christain love. The characters and storyline captured both my attention and my imagination.  I love how her storylines pull me into the character’s life.

So check out this book for yourself.

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

 

 

About the Author

Praying her story gives God glory, award-winning author Caryl McAdoo continues prolificity with her new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series. Readers around the world enjoy her best-selling novels and shower them with 5-Star ratings galore. With forty-eight titles—and counting—her love for writing is obvious; the lady loves singing the new songs the Lord gives her as well! (Check out YouTube). Caryl gave Ron four children and the couple shares eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, the seat of Red River County, in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

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Are you ready to revisit the Adams and Corbin families (from UNIQUELY COMMON and REMI)? Five years have passed, so it’s 1853, and life has gone on.

Samantha, only fourteen back then, wrote faithfully to Silas back in New Orleans as she traveled west on the Oregon/California Trail. She expected a tall stack of letters waiting on her at the General Store in Napa, but alas there were none.

BITTER HONEY is a story of puppy love time tries to dissipate, but Samantha never forgot Silas—or forgave him either! Though she had no way of knowing what tragic events had kept him from mailing the return missives, he never quit thinking of the beautiful girl who’d written of her love for him.

However, each day that passed only made it harder for him to write. Until he decided only a face-to-face talk would suffice, he worked with the man who’d always loved his mother, Claude, to rebuild his family’s vineyard, catching gators on the side.

This story has a second love story, that of Claude and the prostitute he rescues Odette, so there’s plenty of action to keep readers flipping pages. A story of first love and late, second-chance love with a taste of the Cajun life in Louisiana, BITTER HONEY is about restoration and following God’s will.

I hope you enjoy BITTER HONEY and all the other Lockets and Lace stories!
BLESSINGS!

Blog Stops

Inklings and notions, April 23

deb’s Book Review, April 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, April 25

For Him and My Family, April 26

Simple Harvest Reads, April 27 (Author Interview)

The Meanderings of a Bookworm, April 28

Texas Book-aholic, April 29

Betti Mace, April 30

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, May 1

For the Love of Literature, May 2 (Author Interview)

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, May 3

Artistic Nobody, May 4 (Guest Review from Donna Cline)

Connect in Fiction, May 5

Lukewarm Tea, May 6 (Author Interview)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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/f8f4/bitter-honey-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Review and Giveaway for Leaving Texas

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About the Book

Book:  Leaving Texas

Author: Caryl McAdoo

Genre:  Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: January 2, 2020

Leaving Texas coverI know the plans I have for you, plans for good, not evil.

Cruel is the illusion of love. Robbed of her true love by his mean-spirited mother, Charity is given no choice but to leave Texas and follow her Prince Charming to the Golden State. Instantly attracted to her, Morgan agrees to help the young beauty on her journey, but where all other ladies paled after first blush, his initial fascination only deepens with every turn of the wagon’s wheels. Though obvious to all those around the two—how perfect Morgan and Charity were for each other—will the hard-headed, strong-willed daughter of Liberty O’Neal Harrell ever realize it?   

 

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For quite a while I have enjoyed reading books by Caryl McAdoo, and this book is no exception.  Having read the other books in this series, I was excited to see what this story would reveal.  Charity makes the difficult decision to leave her family and Texas and seek out the man she believes she loves.  But as sometimes happens, time and distance play a cruel trick on Charity’s heart.  Along the journey, she meets Morgan who proves he is worthy of her friendship and possibly more.

I love how this story captures the essence of why Christians need to forgive others not for the other’s sake but for their own instead.  I also love how this story emphasizes how telling the truth can have remarkable results in the case of one of Charity’s friends who is on the journey with her.

So if you enjoy Christian books that include forgiveness and love, check out this book for yourself.

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

About the Author

Caryl McAdooPraying her story gives God glory, award-winning author Caryl McAdoo continues prolificity with her new Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga series. Readers around the world enjoy her best-selling novels and shower them with 5-Star ratings galore. With forty-eight titles—and counting—her love for writing is obvious; the lady loves singing the new songs the Lord gives her as well! (Check out YouTube). Caryl gave Ron four children and the couple shares eighteen grandsugars. The McAdoos live in the woods south of Clarksville, the seat of Red River County, in far Northeast Texas, waiting expectantly for God to open the next door.

 

More from Caryl

As my second family saga series—Cross Timbers Romance—grows, and the children of Book One GONE TO TEXAS come into adulthood, I fall more in love with these characters. This story—Book Four in the series, LEAVIN’ TEXAS, takes readers on another wagon train that historically left right about the same time of year as its early spring setting from Red River County, heading for California in 1850.

LEAVIN’ TEXAS is Charity O’Neal’s story wherein she determines to follow her Prince Charming, Eberhart ‘Hart’ de Vecchi, to California to start her new life with him there—no matter the naysayers or rough trails ahead. But as so often is the case, our plans and those God has in place for us don’t always correlate.

 

Many times, we’ve prayed about it—what we want Him to do, how we expect everything to turn out—and feel certain we are in His will. I personally thank God for praying mothers, friends, and grandmothers who perhaps see us heading in a wrong direction and beseech Him to guide us in His way, not our own.

My life has benefitted from such praying women.
So does Charity O’Neal’s.
I imagine yours has as well!

I love the well-known verse in Jeremiah! “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 Especially the ‘expected end’ part. I find great comfort in knowing His thoughts—or plans—are of peace and not evil, and that He intends to give us an expected end!

I hope you enjoy LEAVING TEXAS and will take time to review it!
BLESSINGS!

Blog Stops

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, February 13

deb’s Book Review, February 14

Texas Book-aholic, February 15

Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner, February 16

Inklings and notions, February 17

For the Love of Literature, February 18 (Author Interview)

For Him and My Family, February 19

Betti Mace, February 20

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, February 21

janicesbookreviews, February 22

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, February 23

Stephanie’s Life of Determination, February 24

Tell Tale Book Reviews, February 25 (Author Interview)

Artistic Nobody, February 26 (Guest Reviewer Donna Cline)

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Caryl is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

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/f5bf/leaving-texas-celebration-tour-giveaway

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Promo Blast for With You Here

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Holy Roman Empire, 1527
In the wake of Martin Luther’s religious reforms, Princess Christyne von Heidelbraum is compelled by her sense of duty to help ease the burden of her people. When she stumbles upon a dying man in the woods, she vows to aid him—even when she discovers the arrow shot in his leg was put there by a heretic hunter. With both her physical and spiritual well-being in danger, she must choose between conscience or adhering to the laws of the Empire.

Present Day
Doubting her calling to become a hospital chaplain, Amber Carrington takes time off from her theology studies to volunteer with refugees in Germany. Working with children, making a difference, reconnecting with the conviction that once drove her—these were her expectations. An instant attraction to a professional soccer player wasn’t a part of the plan…and she can’t let him distract her from her purpose.
As a new Christian, Seth Marshall is determined to put his popularity as a world-renowned footballer to good use. Unfortunately, old habits and public opinions are hard to overcome. When he falls hard and fast for Amber Carrington, his former life—and her no-dating policy—may block his perfect shot for the woman he loves.

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This book jumps from the Holy Roman Empire in 1527 to the Present Day.  I found it easy to connect with both Princess Christyne and Amber Carrington.  Princess Christyne lives in the Holy Roman Empire and is a Christian willing to step out and help a man injured because he was considered a heretic.  She has the power of God behind her because of her faith.  I loved the relationship that developed between Princess Christyne and her father’s betrothed.  The characters and relationships are well-developed in a way that pulled me into the story.

The other portion of the book examines Amber Carrington and her desire to follow God’s Will for her life.  Amber is the example of a real “good Christian girl” who believes in courtship rather than dating and desires to become a Hospital Chaplain.  She comes to Germany to help refugee children.  However, she finds more than what she was looking for when she meets a professional soccer play who is also volunteering.  The relationship between Seth Marshall and his sister adds a wonderful dimension to this story.

So if you like books with dual storylines, check out this book for yourself.

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

Sarah Monzon

Author bio:

A Carol award finalist and Selah award winner, Sarah Monzon is a stay-at-home mom who makes up imaginary friends to have adult conversations with (otherwise known as writing novels). As a navy chaplain’s wife, she resides wherever the military happens to station her family and enjoys exploring the beauty of the world around her.

 

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Link to purchase:

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Review and Giveaway for Abraham

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Book:  Abraham

Author: Jennifer Beckstrand

Genre: Inspirational Amish Romance

Release Date: November 26, 2019

Abraham coverThings at the Petersheim house are getting too crowded for eight-year-old twins Alfie and Benji. As if things weren’t bad enough with three older brothers hogging all the bacon at breakfast and using more than their fair share of toilet paper, Mammi and Dawdi Petersheim have to move in because of Dawdi’s stroke. If Alfie and Benji have any hope of getting their own bedrooms, they have to get rid of their annoying brothers, and the only way to convince their brothers to move out is to make each of them fall in love. What could be so hard about that?

Abraham Petersheim is known as a man of few words. He’s painfully shy and doesn’t see the need to prattle on like other boys in the community do. That’s why he can’t understand his unexpected attraction to Emma Wengerd. For sure and certain she’s pretty, but she also has five or six boys buzzing around her all the time, and she seems to be constantly annoyed with Abraham and his little brothers. Emma would never be interested in someone as boring as Abraham, and he could never set his sights on someone as wunderbarr as Emma.

 

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Nothing can be worse than younger siblings at times, and that is definitely the case with Alfie and Benji.  These two boys have three older brothers that they are determined to see get married so they can move out of the basement and into bedrooms again.

Having read Andrew, the first book in this series, I was excited to have the chance to read Abraham.  Alfie and Benji truly bring these books to life.  They do all the things little brothers and sisters do to annoy their older siblings.  Yet their hearts are in the right place in some ways.

Emma’s main interest is her chickens.  So Alfie and Benji scheme to get Emma and Abraham together.  Unfortunately, things do not go according to plan.  Emma is not interested in marrying someone like Abraham (or so she thinks).

With chickens, a dog, and twins a lot of mischief can be found in this book. Plus, it illustrates how moms always know everything (even when you are trying to hide things from them).  It will have you laughing and shaking your head in disbelief at times.  So check out this book for yourself.

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

 

About the Author

jennifer Beckstrand 1Jennifer Beckstrand is the two-time RITA-nominated, #1 Amazon bestselling Amish romance author of The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill series, The Honeybee Sisters series, and The Petersheim Brothers series for Kensington Books. Huckleberry Summer and Home on Huckleberry Hill were both nominated for the coveted RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America. Jennifer has written twenty-one Amish romances, a historical Western, and the nonfiction book, Big Ideas. She and her husband have been married for thirty-five years, and she has six children and eight adorable grandchildren, whom she spoils rotten.

 

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Alfie and Benji Petersheim will do just about anything to get their brother Abraham to fall in love with Emma Wengerd, even adopt a stray dog. But to catch that dog, they’re going to need Aunt Bitsy’ help. Alfie and Benji are about to get in a lot of trouble.

 

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from Abraham.

 

Benji pushed his coffee cake around his plate with his finger. “Maybe we could keep that stray dog.”

Maybe they could keep the dog. Alfie’s heart started pounding. A dog could find them if they ever got lost in the woods. A dog could fetch sticks and bring Dat his slippers. A dog would eat crumbs off the floor. Mamm would never have to mop again.

Bitsy shrugged. “That’s up to your mamm.”

Alfie’s heart sank to his toes. “Mamm would never let us have a dog. She won’t even let me have a goldfish.”

“I have a pet spider,” Benji said.

Alfie popped a small bite of coffee cake into his mouth. “He’s not your pet. He just lives in the corner of the cellar and kills other spiders.”

“You tried to spray him,” Benji said, “and I saved his life. He’s my pet now.”

Bitsy nodded. “Spiders are gute pets. They feed themselves and don’t poop on the carpet.”

Benji sat very still before wrinkling his forehead like he did when he was upset. “We need to help that dog.”

Alfie wanted a dog as much as anybody, but they had to be sensible. They’d been asking Mamm for a dog ever since they could talk. “Mamm won’t let us.”

Benji started crying. “But he’s going to get gassed.”

Bitsy reached over and patted Benji’s arm. “He might not get gassed. The pound might find a nice family that wants to adopt him. People like chocolate labs. I’m told they’re cute.”

Benji caught his breath and suddenly stopped crying, as if someone had turned off a faucet. “Do girls like chocolate lamps?”

“Chocolate labs?” Bitsy folded her arms. “Well, I’m a girl and I don’t think he’s cute, but most girls love dogs. Do you remember Vernon Schmucker? Poor fellow had a face like a potato, and the girls ignored him. One night he brought a puppy to the gathering, and he was surrounded by girls all night. That’s how he met his wife.”

Benji jumped from his chair and threw his arms around Alfie, making Alfie spill milk down his new shirt. “Hey. Watch it.”

“Alfie, girls like dogs!”

Benji was a good partner, but sometimes he made no sense. “So?”

“If Emma Wengerd saw us walking our chocolate lamp down the street, she’d run out of her house to pet him.”

Alfie’s heart started pounding. Benji was the best bruder in the world. “We could bring Abraham with us.”

Benji got more and more excited with each word. “And they could talk about dogs and chickens and maybe start kissing.”

Alfie set his milk on the table. “We’ve got to catch that dog.”

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Jennifer is giving a $10 Amazon gift card to three winners!!

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Promo Blast for Unwilling Promise

Unwilling Promise

 

Book Back Cover Copy:

Klarysa Tutko, a young single mother, moves to Caribou, Minnesota,
where her family is now living, to put her life back in order. All she
wants is to leave the past in the past; though a family friend has
other ideas and persuades her to make a promise that she is unwilling
to keep.

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Unwilling Promise includes elements of abuse, death, as well as attempts to put lives back together.  I found the book was somewhat enjoyable to read, but I will not say it was my favorite book.  I felt the story was somewhat easy to figure out what was going to happen next at times.  At other times,  I found it difficult to concentrate on the story.

I find it difficult to imagine my best friend asking me to marry her husband after her death.  At the same time, I can not imagine trying to rebuild a life after divorce either.  I have seen the effects divorce can have on someone because my parents divorced when I was in my twenties. The one wish I would have for this book would be faith to play a more prominent role in the story.

Check it out for yourself.

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

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Author Bio:

Emily Yager writes Inspirational Romance novels set among the lakes,
rivers, and north woods of Minnesota. Is the author of the Pursuing
Voyageurs series.

When Emily is not writing, she is doodling over her notes, listening
to music, searching for a new history book to explore, or dealing with
the dramas of a bi-polar prima donna canine and writing puppy
sidekick, Xian. She lives on the family farm in northwestern Minnesota.

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Aiming For Love – A Review and Giveaway

About the Book

Book: Aiming for Love

Author: Mary Connealy

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release Date: October 2, 2019

Aiming for LoveJosephine Nordegren is one of three sisters who grew up nearly wild in southwestern Colorado. She has the archery skills of Robin Hood and the curiosity of the Little Mermaid, fascinated by but locked away from the forbidden outside world–a world she’s been raised to believe killed her parents. When David Warden, a rancher, brings in a herd much too close to the girls’ secret home, her older sister is especially frightened, but Jo is too interested to stay away.

David’s parents follow soon on his heels, escaping bandits at their ranch. But his father is wounded and needs shelter. Josephine and her sisters have the only cabin on the mountain. Do they risk stepping into the world to help those in need? Or do they remain separated but safe in the peaks of Hope Mountain?

 

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Aiming for Love captured my attention and I found it difficult to put the book down.  Josephine demonstrates an incredible amount of determination and inquisitiveness. Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, she and her sisters believe the outside world was responsible for the death of their parents.  However, she meets David and her life changed.

David’s family has fled from their ranch in order to escape gunman.  The action and adventure kept me reading.  The storyline was well-told.  I had a feeling David’s mother was going to have an effect on Josephine.

This book is the first in a series of books about Josephine, her sisters, and Hope Mountain, the mountain they grew up on.

So check out this book for yourself.

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

 

About the Author

Connealy_MaryMary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

 

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What it would do to someone to run wild from nearly their earliest memory?

What if three young girls had the basic skills to survive a rugged life but no adults to guide them?

Would they grow up to be a completely odd and untamed version of themselves, or the truest, in some ways most honest version?

I wanted to explore that idea: wild children, tough young women, afraid of the invading world, but lonely, too. So I created the plot for my Brides of Hope Mountain series by mixing the three little girls who’d grown up wild on the top of a mountain with some fairy tale ideas.

Book one, Aiming for Love, is Josephine Nordegren’s story. I had this vision of Ariel the mermaid seeing a man for the first time when strangers invade the high valley she lives in with only her two sisters. Curiosity is her besetting sin, or so she’s always been told. She has wilderness skills, mainly in the form of owning a bow and arrow and understanding wild animals, but for the first time, she is drawn to a man.

Jo needs to be tamed, or Dave, the man she can’t stop watching from in the woods, needs to learn the ways of the wild, because they’re out of place in each other’s worlds.

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Mary is giving away a grand prize package of a $20 Amazon gift card, a copy of Aiming for Love, and a copy of Fairy Tales from Around the World!!

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

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