Monday, April 30, 2012

Blue Moon Promise, a review

These days, book covers are becoming essential to the success of historical fiction, it seems. 

Colleen Coble's newest work, Blue Moon, is identified with a gorgeous cover, to match the brilliant story within.   It preludes to a story full of dynamic plot and settings- a proxy marriage, unbeknownst to the groom, within the state of Texas.  

The characters were well-developed, setting gracefully administered, and the plot was well-weaved with mystery, romance, and faith.  I had mixed feelings concerning a side character, for his true self grew to something I had not expected towards the end of the book.  It was important to the storyline- so there's an example of great writing for you! I believe Coble has written a beautiful, worthy novel to be shared!    

Thank you to Net Galley for the complimentary ebook from Thomas Nelson publishing. 

Here's the official summary:

Lucy Marsh's worldly resources are running out, but she's fiercely determined to care for her younger brother and sister. When she discovers that their father's recent death was no accident, Lucy is eager to leave town. She accepts a proxy marriage she believes will provide safe refuge. But trouble follows her to Texas where her new husband is surprised to suddenly have a wife and children to care for.
Nate Stanton always hoped he'd marry someday, but running the family ranch meant he had no time for romance. When his father deposits Lucy Marsh-a city girl-on his doorstep, with two siblings in the bargain, he expects ranch life will send her running on the first train out of town. But Lucy is made of tougher stuff than Nate imagined. When danger moves in, Nate finds he'd give anything to protect Lucy and the children he's grown to love. Even if it means giving up his ranch.
Blue Moon Promise is a story of hope, romance, and suspense . . . immersing the reader in a rich historical tale set under Texas stars.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

She's nine!

Alice, Peter, and Mole- a literary study for students

I confess- this is the third time typing up this post. Both times before Blogger, good ole faithful Blogger, messed it up and lost my time and patience. Grrr...

Finally, it has saved my photos and hopefully I can finish THIS post so it can help someone who needs to know a little bit more about this curriculum- Alice, Peter, and Mole, by Michael Clay Thompson, from Royal Fireworks Press.

I've been delighted to be a member of the Well-Trained Mind forums for a few years. In the process, I've come across a variety of materials to use, to try, to investigate. This certain one, a literary trilogy of sorts, was a wild gander, a choice I figured would work for us but not sure.  Now that it is in my hands and I've had the opportunity to look over the books, and teacher manual, I'm absolutely certain it's a superb fit.   We were going to begin this study in the fall, when Ella begins fourth grade. However, I'm too excited and may begin with Alice in Wonderland over the summer, for some family reading time and to keep her mind fresh. We're working on Farmer Boy with a literature guide from Memoria Press also so I don't wish to bog her down too much.

This study takes creative questions, quotes, and Socratic ideas to enrapture your child's mind in a world of its own.  I am THRILLED with the process of learning that carries itself through this program.  It looks like quite an adventure, doesn't it?  I think Philip will love to listen in as I read, or even read himself.   Throughout the students' editions of these classics are notes on vocabulary and literary elements.   Oh, I cannot wait- a natural way to learn, not cluttered, simple but a wealth of info to be gathered.