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Far in the Wilds (eNovella) by Deanna Raybourn {Review}

Far in the Wilds novella Review

Last night I finished reading Far in the Wilds, the prequel novel to A Spear of Summer Grass. A few years ago I started to read ASoSG but was turned off by the over sexual nature of the story. After recently reading A Curious Beginning, I decided I would give this saga another try because I do so enjoy Deanna Raybourn‘s writing. This week I started reading ASoSG again and when I came across the introduction of the character Ryder, I decided I wanted a little background on his story. So I hiatus ASoSG and picked up FitW. Far in the Wilds was a great read. I got it when it was a freebie on Kindle, but I have noted that it is also available in the Overdrive R.E.A.D.S. Library system as a digital book as well. It apparently translates to about 54 physical pages and I read it in about. . .

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A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell) by Deanna Raybourn {Review}

  First in a new historical mystery series about intrepid Victorian England adventurer Veronica Speedwell Following my reviews you know that I spend most of my reading hours in the realm of Christian Historical Fiction; however, there are a few authors that are in the general fiction market that I gladly and eagerly jump into their novels. Therefore, I realize this recommendation is not for everyone who reads my normal reviews. With that said, A Curious Beginning is an amazing book and a wonderful start to a new series with an author divined with a creative mind Deanna Raybourn. I absolutely loved the Lady Julia Grey series that I started reading on recommendation of my author friend Michelle Moran and I devoured every additional story. Deanna does have another series set in the 1920s that I have not entered into yet. Stepping back into 1887, Veronica is an incredible character.. . .

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Top Ten Places I search for our next Read Aloud (Book Lists)

Creative Madness Mama top ten reading lists

Hi, my name is Margaret and I’m a book-a-holic. You caught me. I am without excuse a complete bibliophile, a book nerd, collector, and I missed my calling as a classical librarian. One of my utterly favorite things to do since I caught the homeschooling bug is to make book lists. I have book lists for reading aloud. Book lists for required student reading. Book lists for enrichment and unit study purposes. Book lists for taking our studies a bit further. Book lists for entertaining and educating and book lists for just plain escaping into the pages of a story. I am delighted to discover a new book list source! Share your book lists with me! Memoria Press My most appealing book lists come from particular curriculums that I’m in love with. For instance, Memoria Press has never steered me wrong when it comes to books. From Junior Kindergarten, Kindergarten,. . .

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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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A+ Interactive Math Placement Test {Online Math}

In our experience so far we have been extremely blessed with our math curricula and AppleBlossom is staying on target, but it is still early and in the future we will most likely need to know our options if she or her sister just doesn’t get it (already I can tell that teaching her little sister is going to be a patience-testing endeavour). The online software of A+ Interactive Math ~ (http://www.APlusTutorSoft.com) comes from a neat company with lots of products available. One such product is the Adaptive Placement Test and Individualized Lesson Plan, this is a three month subscription. For the purposes of this review, I was blessed with access for two students and we found that it was all completely above OrangeBlossom’s preschool and basic kindergarten level and nearly so for AppleBlossom, but we kept on with her on the First Grade level. More Information from Vendor: Top. . .

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What is your favorite romance novel from the Tudor era?

Tudor collage

  Sandra Byrd‘s novels took up quite a few of my hours in reading time immersing me in the Tudor Romance genre. The Ladies in Waiting series was exhilarating. Full of a bit of mystery, plenty of romance, and independent women vying for respect. Also the Gilbert Morris books, which apparently prequel a classic Winslow series kept me up well into the night wanting to know what would happen to this next Winslow heir. What are the books that keep you up in the night enrapted in the time frame of the British Tudor era? Are they romance? Are they tinged with mystery? Please do share your favorite Tudor Romance!

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Jinx’s Magic is now in paperback!

In this second installment of the Jinx trilogy, Sage Blackwood’s daring hero is called upon to save the Urwald. The more he learns, however, the clearer it becomes that this quest will require more than the magic of a solitary wizard’s apprentice, and soon he’ll have to call upon all of the Urwald—witches, werewolves, wizards, and trees—for help.

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Rebel Queen: The Last Queen of India by Michelle Moran {Review}

Rebel Queen Moran

From the internationally bestselling author of Nefertiti and Cleopatra’s Daughter comes the breathtaking story of Queen Lakshmi—India’s Joan of Arc—who against all odds defied the mighty British invasion to defend her beloved kingdom.

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Janam Kundlis {Michelle Moran Guest Post} for Rebel Queen

With every book I write, I discover something about the culture I’m researching which completely blows me away, often because it’s so unusual and something I’ve never encountered before. In the case of my book, Rebel Queen, set in India during the British invasion, the concept of Janam Kundlis struck a chord with me, particularly since Janam Kundlis very nearly played a role in my own life and my marriage to my husband, who is Indian. Also known as an astrological chart, a Janam Kundli is made by a priest for each child in India. No one is sure when the concept of a Janam Kundli came to be, but as Vedic astrology is several thousand years old, it’s not surprising that my protagonist’s Janam Kundli would have looked similar to my husband’s, even though they were born more than a hundred years apart. A person’s Janam Kundli includes the. . .

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Presidents’ Day Resources for the youngers and mama

Presidents’ Day is Monday Feby 16 Ariel Bradley: Spy for General Washington Four Great Americans: Washington, Franklin, Webster, and Lincoln by James Baldwin (YC) Life of Washington by Anna C. Reed (New Leaf Press) – other biographies Washington’s Lady by Nancy Moser (Ladies of History #3) – series Mount Vernon Love Story by Mary Higgins Clark (mystery) George Washington’s Breakfast by Jean Fritz Mandie and the Washington Nightmare (#12) by Lois Gladys Leppard – Pres. McKinley A Kid’s Guide to Washington DC Meet George Washington by Joan Heilbroner (Landmark books)* Heart on Fire: Susan B. Anthony Votes for President Amelia Bedelia’s First Vote (Young) Abe’s Fish Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address by James Daugherty Abe Lincoln: the Boy who Loved Books Abe’s Honest Words* Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – film Abraham Lincoln by D’Aulaire Meet Abraham Lincoln (Landmark) Mrs Lincoln’s Dressmaker Mrs Lincoln’s Rival Abraham Lincoln’s World* by G Foster JFK by. . .

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