Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner {Review}

Secrets of a Charmed Life Review

You may already know that my favorite genre is Christian Historical Fiction but did you know that my truly favorite stories to read are their own little sub-genre of a Christian Historical Fiction/Contemporary mix? Like that of Susan Meissner and Elizabeth Musser. Nothing grabs me in more than stories that bring you in and out of the historical context to a modern day to truly bring the characters alive and off the page. The Shape of Mercy and The Girl in the Glass are two such novels that I have read and enjoyed in recent years from Susan Meissner. Thus when I discovered that the New American Library from Penguin Random House was now publishing some new stories for her I had to look them up. Lately, I have been on an Edwardian kick and reading many early 20th century setting novels. When I was browsing through my to-reads list I noticed a few titles from. . .

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Horizons Spelling & Vocabulary 2nd Grade {Review}

Our 2015-2016 year is the first year where we really are adding in the subject Spelling. We have been blessed with the opportunity to review Horizons 2nd Grade Spelling & Vocabulary Set and what a blessing it has turned out to be! Horizons is one of several imprints from Alpha Omega Publications  ~  (http://aophomeschooling.com/TOS) and one I’ve been drooling over since I discovered them at an expo conference a few years ago. I am so delighted to get this curriculum in hand and it has been an incredible few weeks as we have delved deeper and really started a study on Spelling & Vocabulary for my AppleBlossom. Alpha Omega had it’s start in creating curriculum for private Christian schools, but they have gone into (for nearly 30 years now!) the homeschool world and are definitely one of top company names that you will hear as a recommendation when you’re seeking. . .

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Early 20th Century Romance Book List (in pictures)

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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The Girl in the Glass by Susan Meissner {Review}

Renaissance is a word with hope infused in every letter.

Sophia, Meg, and Nora’s stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question: What if renaissanceisn’t just a word? What if that’s what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn’t what has to be?

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The Scarlet Thread by Francine Rivers {Review}

The story of two women, centuries apart, who are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands – and even themselves – until they fall into the arms of the one who loves them unconditionally. When Sierra discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Catherine Murray, she finds that their lives are amazingly similar. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance and Mary Catherine endured the hardships of life on the Oregon Trail, many of the issues and problems they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Catherine’s example, Sierra learns to surrender to God’s sovereignty and unconditional love.

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