Lessons on Love Blog Tour

Hi, Linda! Thank you so much for having me on your blog! I am so excited to share my brand new novella with your readers. It is part of the Lessons on Love schoolteacher historical romance collection by Barbour which just released this week Oct 1.

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I had a lot of fun researching for my novella “Something Old, Something New” to recreate an early 19th century New York village along the Hudson River within a day’s travel to New York City. Westchester County is a large and wealthy county which earned that distinction early in its history. By 1840 the Erie Canal had been operational for several years, only increasing commerce up the Hudson to the waterway that would link east to west. The land was rich in timber and natural resources. Its natural sylvan beauty inspired an art movement—the Hudson River School of Art, and the American literary classics of novelist Washington Irving.

Into this setting, I dropped a culture of Old Dutch Reform catechism, and a thriving community of Jewish scholars, artisans, and professionals. These diverse backgrounds provide chemistry aplenty between the hero and heroine. Joshua Blake is the nephew of the town mayor, and though he comes from the traditions of the hardworking and practical Dutch, he brings the influence of New York revivalist Charles Finney, his mentor. Joshua represents the new, bringing fresh thought, fresh ambitions and fresh energy to a village set in its ways. Golda Jacobs represents something old, the traditions of her family, her scholarly upbringing, and the Torah.

The story opens up as Golda mourns the loss of her father, the beloved community schoolmaster, on a prescribed day of mourning which happens to coincide with a high Jewish Holy Day, Yom Kippur. Prior to this, the Jewish calendar begins the New Year on Rosh Hashana and the time between the two is known as the Ten Days of Awe, a time of introspection and self-evaluation in preparation for The Day of Atonement. It is ten days wherein a believer can repent and change their destiny for the new year, but on Yom Kippur, the books are closed and one’s fate is sealed.

It is on this fateful day that Golda meets Joshua, and their course is set—their academic course, as well as their destiny. The mayor wants his nephew to teach, but Golda isn’t ready to relinquish her father’s desk and curriculum. Sparks will fly, igniting a fire that will reach the whole community. Can love, cooperation, and common ground allow new and old to coincide and even thrive?

Lessons on Love

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Four schoolteachers find more than they bargained for in their contracts. Class is in session on the four R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic, and romance!

Something Old, Something New  by Kathleen L. Maher
New York, 1840
Her father’s sudden death makes Gilda Jacobs the new schoolmaster, but to teach Christian curriculum she partners with fire-and-brimstone revivalist Joshua Blake, who learns a lesson in love.

Love in Any Language  by Susanne Dietze
Kansas, 1870
Mary Clarence teaches English to the children of Swedish immigrants, but when her favorite students’ widowed father, Kristofer Nilsson, is accused of robbery, she’s determined to clear his name.

In Desperate Straits  by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894
Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.

A Song in the Night  by Rita Gerlach
Virginia, 1904
Karin Wiles longs to share the uplifting power of music with children. But when she seeks to improve a poorly run school and include orphans, Nathaniel Archer delivers harsh words of opposition from the school board.

Contest: I am offering a signed print copy of Lessons on Love to one lucky commenter. To enter, answer this question. Do you believe in divine appointments in life, days or seasons that shape your destiny? Have you experienced one?

For extra entries, share this post on your social media: FB, Twitter, Pinterest, or (the cover of the book) on Instagram, etc. Be creative! The more shares, the more entries. ***US only***

( Please come back and leave comments as to where you shared on your socials )

Thank you for having me as your guest on this lovely blog, Linda.  I look forward to interacting with your readers!

 

Drumroll please… Random.org has helped me select the winner for a signed copy of lessons on love. And the winner is… Number five, Vivian Furbay! Congratulations Vivian. I will be contacting you for your snail mail address.

Thank you so much to everyone, especially to Linda for being such a lovely host. I have enjoyed reading all of your responses

There will be several more stops on the blog hop, including
Blog stop #2
Connie Carpenter’s blog
https://connieshistoryclassroom.blogspot.com/2019/10/book-review-and-giveaway-lessons-on.html?m=1
Blog stop #3 Lori Parrish’s blog
https://redheadedbooklady.blogspot.com/2019/10/about-book-lessons-on-l
And a Rafflecopter
http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/aac1581d7/ove-4.html?m=1

This has been fun. Thanks, and hope to see y’all at the other entries

 


Carole P. Roman books and collections review

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Since the children and I have been studying History, we were very excited to be chosen to review three of Carole P. Roman‘s books! We were asked to chose three that we thought we would really enjoy, we chose these books from Carole P. Roman books and collectionsIf You Were Me and Lived in Colonial AmericaIf You Were Me and Lived in The American West, and If You Were Me and Lived in Elizabethan England .

Our Review

We hope you enjoy our little video we made to share the books we read !

These are not just some small reading books for little ones. These are books filled with a whole lot of information on each time period.  They could be read to younger children ages 4 to 8 , but they make excellent books for  advanced readers ages 9 to 15 year old.

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In If you were me and lived in Colonial America, you will learn about Puritans and Separatists, their differences and why they wanted to come to the new land. Learning about this and how government was set up in Colonial America, helped the children to see that rules were meant to help us live more peaceable lives and ensure everyone’s safety and survival.  Reading about how their homes were built, what they ate and how they lived actually made the kids see that , they themselves have life really easy today.

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In If you were me and Lived in the American West , You will learn things like what kind of food you might eat on the Oregon Trail, the clothes you would wear in the American West, what your name  might have been in the 19th century, and what children did for fun once their many chores were done.  I think this gave the children a view into the time period from a child’s point of view.  For us that was important as they viewed History as mundane and reading this gave them more understanding and made them realize that History is anything but boring !

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In if you were me and Lived in Elizabethan England, We learned about the differences between living there today and living there over 400 years ago. What folks ate and the differences between that was eaten by the Rich and the Poor !  We also learned about what the differences in clothing were. Also what people did for work. The children got to see what it was like for others in another culture then our own. Yet it was a culture that some of our family heritage came from.

Each book gives a rich history as well as people who influenced that era and told about them. The illustrations are very colorful and hold your attention as you look at each to see what is included in them. They are simple yet beautiful. Each book also includes a very nice sized glossary in them, one that could be used for Spelling and Vocabulary lessons if one wished to.  We personally loved Carole’s books and I feel as a homeschooling mom that they really enriched our studies by giving us more understanding of our heritage and the lives of others. They are a fun and exciting way to add value to your studying or just reading for fun ! I like the way Carole writes so that the content covered is presented in a easy way for children to understand the historical era being talked about in her books.  Although my teen girls thought Colonial America was a bit on the little kids picture wise, I still feel it portrayed the content desired being taught. My Ten year old son thought they were great and as you can see in the video he enjoyed reading them to me and hearing them read to him.  I hope you will consider giving these books we read and other books Carole has written a place in the lives of your children.

Carol P Roman Children's Book Author

About the Author

Carole P. Roman is the award-winning author of over fifty children’s books. Whether it’s pirates, princesses, or discovering the world around us, her books have enchanted educators, parents, and her diverse audience of children. She hosts two blog radio programs and is one of the founders of a new magazine, Indie Author’s Monthly. She’s been interviewed twice by Forbes Magazine. Carole has co-authored a self-help book, Navigating Indieworld: A Beginners Guide to Self-Publishing and Marketing. Oh Susannah is her first Early Reader Chapter book series. She lives on Long Island with her husband and near her children and grandchildren.

Her series includes:
Captain No Beard

Captain No Beard

If You Were Me and Lived in- Cultural

IF you were me and lived in ...

If You Were Me and Lived in- Historical

IF you were me and lived in

Nursery series
Oh Susannah- Early Reader

Oh Susannah Books

Navigating Indieworld- with co-author Julie A. Gerber
Indieworld Marketing- with co-authors Angela Hausman and Julie A. Gerber

Couldn’t Resist I purchased this one !!!

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You can learn more about Carole on her Website and Goodreads

You can also connect with Carole on Social

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/CarolePRomanAwardWinningAuthorAndBooks

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/caroleproman

Instagram:  www.instagram.com/caroleproman

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6A9PDx7NdBgYUN1giUOp0A

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroleproman/

If you would like to hear what the Crew had to say about the other books read and reviewed, click below !

Carole P. Roman books and collections {Carole P. Roman Reviews}

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The Redcoats Are Coming ! by Marianne Hering & Nancy I. Sanders

The Redcoats Are Coming !

The first of a three-book story arc about the American Revolution, The Redcoats Are Coming follows Patrick and Beth as they assist the revolutionaries by waking up the sleeping citizens of 1775 Concord before the Redcoats come. In this adventure, the cousins meet Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock. They help smuggle musket balls, sound the alarm that the Redcoats are coming, and deliver a secret message to Paul Revere. Along the way they learn that most of the revolutionaries leaned on God’s direction and even pastors helped in the cause.

Christian parents and teachers will appreciate the historical facts as well as the biblical worldview training their kids and students will absorb. The kids will appreciate the excitement and tension of an America at war with England, and in some ways, with itself.

My Review

We really enjoyed this book for its historical content ! This is the first in a sub-series revolving around the Revolutionary War. We read this book as part of a homeschooling unit study on the American Revolution. We had fun reading as a family each night till we were done and I really feel we learned a lot in a fun way ! The children’s  attention was held while one of us read and to me this is important. This book only took a few nights to read , so it was great for before bed or during breakfast. If your children like history and you are looking for something that is fun and full of adventure, give this book a try !

You can purchase your own copy on Amazon in Kindle & Paperback

by clicking on the Picture below !

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network for my honest review and have not received any other compensation for doing so.


National Geographic Kids Leveled Readers and Super Readers

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I just love these books !  Each one is filled with beautiful photos and illustrations of each topic or story.  Being a bunny lover and a breeder in the past with ARBA, I have to say that Hop, Bunny was my favorite. They are fun and also very educational.  We homeschool and these fit right into our routine.  A few were easy for my son Daniel to read and the Level 3 were right where he is at in reading.

My grandchildren are also going to love these !  We all live a lifestyle of learning and the National Geographic Readers and Super Readers are a wonderful addition to our family.  I love that there is a word list in Vocabulary Tree for us to learn with ! They are very colorful and Entertaining.

I also really enjoyed the hardcover book Animal Ark ! It is full of Wild Animals and given the size it really held my Son’s Attention.  Giving an idea of the sights and sounds of each animal, so that it is a learning experience in a story !

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We visited the website for the children at natgeokids.com/superreaders  where they can watch videos, play games, learn about the animals, share photos and earn badges !  What a fun and exciting interactive website for the children to enjoy !  You really must take your children on a visit there ! They can even earn prizes and a certificate !!!  They can also download posters and stickers and be able to chart their reading accomplishments !

This is an excellent way to celebrate March’s  National Reading Month and Read Across America Day right in your own home !

You can connect with National Geographic Kids

Website natgeokids.com

Facebook facebook.com/nationalgeographickids

Twitter nationalgeographickids twitter.com

Pinterest NGKids pinterest.com

Instagram natgeo

They also would make excellent gifts for the children in your life !

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Disclaimer: I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com), May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my honest opinion on my blog. The opinions posted are my own.


Author Laura Frantz

Laura Frantz

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About Laura

I was born and raised in Kentucky, living first in Ashland, Mammoth Cave, Bowling Green, and then Lexington. But my heart has always been in Berea, Madison County, the place my family has resided since the 18th-century. I came to know Christ there at the age of 12, was baptized, and spent my childhood roaming through the woods and swimming in the rivers of my books.

My earliest memories are of the public library, standing in front of shelves filled with those little biographies of famous historical figures like Daniel Boone and George Washington and Sacajawea. I began scribbling stories at age 7 and thankfully never stopped. My passion then and now is history and all the wonders of past centuries.

I attended college at Denison University in Ohio and also in England, living in a manor/castle and studying the American Revolution from the British perspective. Shakespeare and 18th-century literature form the backbone of my English degree. Strangely enough, I only took one creative writing class.

It was never a desire of mine to be published. I simply love to write for the sheer joy of writing – and that was enough. But as Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of a man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”

Laura’s Books

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Connect with Laura

http://laurafrantz.net/

http://www.amazon.com/Laura-Frantz/e/B001UNZNX0

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2986307.Laura_Frantz

https://www.facebook.com/LauraFrantzAuthor

http://www.pinterest.com/laurafrantz/

Laura is the sweetest friend and Sister in the Lord Jesus, her kind heart and Love of the Lord truly shows through in all she does ! I am so glad she is my friend and Sister !