Sunday, June 26, 2022

Midnight's Bidding Morrow (Review and Giveaway)

Can real love grow between a wallflower and an unrepentant rogue?

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend time with her best friend at her crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Matrimony is the last thing on her mind and the last thing she expects to be faced with on a holiday. Yet she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend's rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family's estate, he can't be bothered to pay attention to his responsibilities as the heir. War is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father's stunning decree: marry before returning to war, or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he does not love.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. It isn't until her husband returns from war seemingly changed that she begins to hope they may find real happiness. But can she trust that this rake has truly reformed?

When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and his plans. Will they be destroyed . . . or will they discover that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope?

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This is part of an entire series!

While most stories set in Regency England focus on the rich, the young, and the beautiful, award-winning author Carolyn Miller decided she wanted to give readers something different for a change. Her new Regency Wallflowers series follows the commoners, away from the hustle and bustle of 1810s London, out in the Lake District of England. She tells the stories of women who are slightly older and have few prospects for marriage, women who might be considered “wallflowers.”

Midnight’s Budding Morrow is the second book in the Regency Wallflowers series. The first book in the series is Dusk’s Darkest Shores.

My Thoughts

This story immediately draws you in with the excitement and allure of England in the 1800s. As soon as you are introduced to the main characters you are enamored and curious all at once. What is going to happen? Will a love story play out, or not? Written from a Christian perspective and filled with adventure and suspense, this story appeals to a wide audience. I appreciated the unique voice that this author has in her writing and I also enjoyed that the setting was somewhere other than my native country, America. I enjoyed coming across terms that I was not used to and looking up their context. I also enjoyed being swept away from my time and culture as I got lost within the pages of this book. 

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About the Author

Carolyn Miller is an inspirational romance author who lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English literature and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. She enjoys music, films, gardens, art, travel, and food.

Miller’s novels have won a number of RWA and ACFW contests. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Australasian Christian Writers. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Timberdoodle Grade 9 Curriculum Kit—UNBOXING!

I know that comparing homeschooling to public school is a big no-no in the homeschooling world—and I completely understand why. Trying to recreate the classroom at home is stressful on mom, the kids, and is an unnecessary burden to put on yourself. Think back to your own public school experience—if that's your story—and try to remember your favorite teacher. Why was she your favorite? Most likely it was because she did not try to fit within the norm of the educational model. She thought differently, taught differently, and treated her students differently, leaving an impression that lasts a lifetime. 

I remember walking into such a classroom after Christmas break to find that my teacher had switched our desks completely around. Rather than sitting in individual rows, we were blocked off into groups of four to work both independently and as a group—for an entire semester! It was the simple things that made all of the difference, but our creativity was sparked and to this day I remember many details of what I learned that semester, more so than any other year of school. 
Is the 2022–2023 school year the year to change up your homeschool? With a handful of kids in the home ranging from a kindergartener to high schoolers, I quickly realized that every child learns differently. This year, I was at a loss when thinking about what to do for my rising ninth grader. This kid is as hands-on as you can get. Since day one, he has been my kinesthetic learner yet he likes to follow a checklist. He prefers to have all of his work laid out for him so he can check all of the boxes, but he learns best by doing. I had no clue how to combine the two until I was introduced to the customizable curriculum kits created by Timberdoodle. I ordered the Timberdoodle Grade 9 Curriculum Kit once I saw that the entire year was pieced together for you with piles of hands-on activities weaved into the curriculum. Check out what came in the mail! One box, yes, one box filled with the contents of an entire year worth of homeschooling curriculum for my ninth grader. 

Right away, he looked through the box getting excited about the different activities he would be working on and books he would be reading. Pictured below is what I ordered for him. Most of the items are in the traditional kit but you can absolutely customize, which is what I did. We already have a history curriculum that we are working on with several of the kids but as far as his independent work goes (which is what he thrives in) this kit is perfect for him. 

Of course he is excited to finally be in high school but with that comes much responsibility. The Timberdoodle High School Planner is perfect to help lay the foundation for the years to come. This is one of the many resources that came in his kit that I will be giving an in-depth review on in the coming year. Join us on our journey as we embrace Timberdoodle for high school. I will show you how we use this curriculum month by month so be sure to subscribe so you can see the ins and outs of these materials and find out if a Timberdoodle kit is a good fit for your family.

We will break into the board games, puzzles, books, and activities and let you join us along the way!

Here is a sneak peek into what I will be reviewing throughout the next school year:

From electronics to grammar this kit has it all, and I can't wait to share it with you. Please follow me throughout this journey! 

Which kit item are you most interested in? Let me know in the comments below! 

Disclaimer: Timberdoodle is providing Thrift Schooling free products in exchange for review(s). All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.