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Review: Waves of Mercy by Lynn Austin

It is 1897 in Holland, Michigan. Socialite Anna Nicholson has fled there to work through her feelings after being jilted by her Chicago fiancé for attending the wrong church.  In a different part of town, Geesje de Jonge has been asked to write her story for the 50th anniversary celebrations of Holland. As Anna ponders […]

Review: The Last Ride by Susan Marlow

I have never heard Miss 13, my reluctant reader, laugh and squeal her way through a book until she read The Last Ride by Susan Marlow. Then she said, “Give it a good review, Mom!  It’s awesome!” And a few days later she went back and read the best parts again, because it is so […]

Review: The Mouse on Wall Street by Leonard Wibberley

Do you want an enjoyable way to introduce your teens to economics? We started with The Mouse on Wall Street by Leonard Wibberley, and it has been very successful. For centuries the people of Grand Fenwick had produced their renowned wine, Pinot Grand Fenwick, and their wool.  Since defeating the United States in war, a […]

Jane Eyre: Thoughts and Quotations

You’ve probably heard the story.  Orphan Jane, mistreated as a charity case, courted as a governess, tempted to become a missionary, narrates.   She tells of rugged Mr. Rochester, dear little Adele, sweet Diana and Mary, cold St. John and, above all, herself, a meek but intense person, easily overpowered, capable of revolt when pressed too […]

Review: Journey Through the Night by Anne de Vries

When I started to read Journey Through the Night to my youngest daughters, they expected to be bored.  However, by the third paragraph one of them jumped up.  “What!  John does judo?”  The other one was interested by the next page.  As the story moved on, they begged for chapter after chapter.  Once, when I […]

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