With Lee in Virginia from Heirloom Audio Productions {Review}

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  If you are ready to immerse your students in a Civil War era to listen to a story based on the novel by G.A. Henty feature two teenage boy characters grab a hold of this audio drama. Heirloom Audio Productions  ~  (http://www.WithLeeinVirginia.com/) is releasing the third dramatization based on a novel by George Alfred Henty, known as The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty. This dramatization comes in a two-CD set providing two hours of educational entertainment for ages six and up to capture the imagination. The vendor sent a physical copy of: With Lee in Virginia to members of our Crew. This is a physical CD set. Members also received a bunch of extras like a Study Guide, a soundtrack. The study guide and soundtrack is a digital download. Selections from The Extraordinary Adventures of G.A. Henty have previous been chosen for the TOS Review Crew Blue Ribbon Award…

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Tillie & Clementine: Noises in the Night {Review}

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Tillie & Clementine is a brand new series with a Peanuts flair featuring two true nieces to the author. I was blessed to catch a sneak peak at an advanced copy of Noises in the Night and I’m delighted with it! I do not know if there will be any changes, but I think it is adorable as I received it. By my assumption this will be an 8×8″ paperback book and perfectly on level to shelve with other early reader books (such as the Berenstain Bears, Clifford, and other classics from my own youth). This is a book about two girls that live in a town house with their mother and father. Mama is headed out for the night, and the sisters are left with daddy in charge. Which in a mama-run family life can always lead to interesting things when daddy is left to the chaos that we…

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Strauss tells a story in music. Merry Pranks of Master Till: Maestro Classics {Review}

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The medieval tales about a boy named Till are set to Richard Strauss’s classic tone poem, Till Eulenspiegel. Till plays tricks on people to show them that they may not be as high and mighty as they think! Twisting the words of professors and bakers, tailors and priests, Till travels the countryside. In the end, however, he discovers that the world has little patience for his antics.

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Early 20th Century Romance Book List (in pictures)

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Consider this a work-in-progress, because I’m sure I won’t catch everything in one attempt. I was talking to my mama the other day and she mentioned she was truly enjoying reading books set during the early 1900’s and WWI era, so I decided that I would try to make her a list of recommendations in my genres. I have to agree, I’ve been reading quite a few books set in the 1890s-1925 and I’m enjoying myself as well. Here are a few that I’ve read and even more that I’d like to read. Please comment with your suggestions! I’m including the following time periods: 1878-1905 Gilded Age 1901-1919 Edwardian Era 1914-1918 US WWI I’ll save the 1880-1900 US Turn of Century, 1929-1939 US Great Depression, and 1939-1945 US WWII post(s) for another day…  *What’s the difference between my 1880-1900 and 1878-1905 time frames you ask? Well it seems to be that…

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To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles) by Rebecca DeMarnio

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Last year I read the first book in The Southold Chronicles, A Place in His Heart and while the writing was really good – the story left me unimpressed. Overall, it was just too sad and not a great read. I was eager to give this new-to-me author a chance with her next novel, as I mentioned one of my favorite authors (Siri Mitchell) can also write a pretty devastating story. In the end, I just wasn’t impressed. If this is meant to be a Christian Historical Romance, the romance is sorely lacking and just falls short of my typical expectations for such a novel. For this story it seems as if it was incredibly and thoroughly researched but then rushed to be finished without a smooth flow. The historical details do provide interest, but it’s just not enough to make me enthusiastic.

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Reasons to read an eBook novella

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A few years ago you would never find me reading novellas, much lesson eBook novellas. However, time went on to where it was time, space, and financially-worthy for me to get an eReader. Then I discovered a freebie one day in the title of Gentleman of Her Dreams and read it. It was an author that I didn’t know but the cover and description were awesome. I loved every minute of it! You can read my review of that novella and the books in the series that it prequels as well (here). After this I became thirsty for anything written by the author Jen Turano and she remains a favorite author of mine today! Now I think e-novella books are awesome! The freebies are a wonderful idea and have introduced me to a few favorites that I am glad to buy and recommend and buy for family & friends in…

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‘Among the Fair Magnolias’ Southern Hearts Kindle Fire Giveaway

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Four best-selling novelists bring tales of four Southern women who face near impossible choices on their journeys in life and in love during the most turbulent decade of our nation’s history in Among the Fair Magnolias. Don’t miss this collection of stories from Tamera Alexander, Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser. Join the authors in celebrating the release of Among the Fair Magnolias by entering to win their Southern Hearts Kindle Fire Giveaway and RSVPing to their August 13th author chat party! One grand prize winner will receive: A Kindle Fire HD 6 One copy of Among the Fair Magnolias Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/13. The winner will be announced at the Among the Fair Magnolias Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tamera, Dorothy, Shelley, and Elizabeth, as well as for a chance to win some great prizes! RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase…

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Among the Fair Magnolias: Four Southern Love Stories (Novella Collection) {Review}

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I love novella collections, I really truly do. I love them for vacation to carry a little bit of everyone with you. But I also love them for meeting new authors. In this instance, all four of these ladies are not new to me. Actually all four of these ladies find themselves on my favorites list. Contains four sweeping stories from bestselling historical romance authors. Provides novella-length releases between authors’ full-length novels. One-of-a-kind stories set in antebellum and post-bellum Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Includes Reading Group Guides. Bonus content: http://media.harpercollinschristian.com/page/fairmagnoliastreasury/ Dorothy Love writes a good deep story. Even for a short story her writing can captivate an audience. It’s amazing when a character can make you so angry… I was wondering if this was going to be along the lines of an unrequited until very later years love story like a Nicholas Sparks novel. Reading the whole of…

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Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt {Review}

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We have done a lot of research on resources for studying history. It is my desire that I teach my children using a Classical Christian Education method. For years I’ve heard of a family that created their own timeline pieces and now more and more creative hands-on projects. One of our main curricula resources we have opted to use for history recommends resources of Home School in the Woods  ~ (http://www.HomeSchoolintheWoods.com). Therefore, it has been my plan to look into certain materials from Home School in the Woods, but I’m delighted that I’ve waited because they have come up with a brilliant, even better than before!, product called Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt. They actually have three time periods currently available (including Middle Ages & Renaissance/Reformation) with more topics planned, but I’ve been blessed with Ancient Egypt which is perfect for our beginning studies this year. Our ‘project…

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In Good Company (A Class of their Own) by Jen Turano {Review}

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This is my current nightly indulgence read and I’ve found I’ve missed a few Turano books as well. Jen Turano is an author that makes me smile and I just delight in falling between the pages of her creatively witty stories set in the regal 1880s New York. These feminist creatures are intelligent and fun and I’d love to know them in person, but on the page is the second best. I cannot wait to see what happens next and then head back to catch the stories I’ve missed. *This post was originally published on July 9, 2015. I am updating it now with a finished reading status and review. Jen is such a humorous author and I love the witty characters that jump off her pages. I am soon to read After a Fashion as I some how missed getting myself a copy of that one (had a baby…

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A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction) by Jen Turano {Review}

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  In November 2012, I was given the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance Best Tour Review for the first Ladies of Distinction novel and prequel from Jen Turano in A Change of Fortune and Gentlemen of Her Dreams. You might want to see that review, back here. I have been long awaiting to read Arabella’s story with her own P.I. 😉 This particular book had the issue of being published at the same time as I had a small tragedy in my own life and thus I was delayed in being able to read the story. However, once I finally delved in I was pleased and amusing as always with the wit and humor of Jen Turano’s pen. In early-July I got my digital fingers on a copy of Jen’s latest In Good Company and dived right in and loved it from the first page. After reading that one, I recalled…

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Homeschool Planet (Online Planner) {Review}

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The last few years I have found myself a member of the free Homeschool Buyers Co-op  ~  (http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/) and have truly enjoyed the resources they have offered and brilliant deals I have discovered through their organization. For a while I have had my eye on their pet project and thus when an opportunity came up to review their program Homeschool Planet for a full year I found myself ecstatic! This is entirely online and is a complete homeschool/life planner and I will have access for one full year. I have become attached. Frankly if I’m online, I’m logging into Homeschool Planet. We have been able to use this program in numerous ways. My favorite and most typical forum to use Homeschool Planet has been on a Linux Ubuntu based laptop running Firefox. However we have successfully used Homeschool Planet through a 3rd generation iPad in Safarai, iMac desktop running iOS…

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