Hurt Road by Mark Lee (a review)

This memoir by a contemporary Christian musician from the group known as Third Day will be interesting to you if you are a fan of that group. Maybe you’ve even heard of Mark Lee? His life experiences form the bulk of the tale. His major, devastating accident when he was still a schoolboy, his father’s […]

Feta & Freeways, Susan Baganz’s Latest Contemporary Romance

Let me tell you…this one grabs you and won’t let go! I am blogging about this book for a writer friend, but I thoroughly enjoyed this one on its own merits — just thankful she gave me a copy for the blog so I could read it. Baganz’s touch with romance is so deft, so […]

“Love’s Fortune” by Laura Frantz ~ Susan Karsten’s latest book review

This is some excellent historical fiction!! If you like romance — who doesn’t? — this will surely satisfy your sweet tooth and craving for an elegant read. So well structured, the story captures you immediately and takes you to a world of the past. 1850s Pennsylvania makes the setting for this emotionally satisfying and thrilling […]

Susan Karsten’s Latest Book Review: “A Plain Love Song” by Kelly Irvin

This is the fourth book I have read by Kelly Irvin, and this is one of her best among many good ones. She really kept me guessing with the outcome and the interplay between heroine Adah and her two beaus stayed quite realistic, IMO. The plot elements of song-writing, music, performance anxiety, and Adah’s struggle […]

Susan Karsten’s latest book Review: “Sincerely Yours” Novella Collection (Authors Eakes, Cabot, Kirkpatrick, Shorey)

For variety alone, the novella collection “Sincerely Yours” is worth the price, and more. Four fascinating historical fiction novellas all under one Beautiful cover! First, you get A MOONLIGHT PROMISE by the prolific and successful author, Laurie Alice Eakes. She brings life on the Hudson River crica 1825 into focus. How knew how fascinating all […]

Music Literacy for the Home Educator – part 2

Nurturing children’s appreciation for music can be quite natural for some, but requires some planning, purposefulness, and effort. Some of the resources I used during early elementary years (ages 7-12) included Moving Freely, an interpretive dance video, and Sono Harris’s Fun Physical Fitness for the Home educational CD & book set which incorporates music. Movement […]

Music Literacy in the Home – Part 1, Early Childhood

Me, I’m just an average home educator, but even I’ve had moms come to me for advice and suggestions. One of the questions that surprised me, since it had come so naturally in our family was, “How do you teach kids to like music?” I gave an answer suitable for the situation in which it […]