Veteran’s Day Book Review: War Torn Heart by Allison Wells

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Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Girl likes boy.

It’s a classic story, but Allison Wells sets this story in America just before war breaks out. Her new novel is titled War-Torn Heart.

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War-Torn Heart highlights the angst of those suffering on the home front: those waiting at home to be reunited with their loves, and those wondering whether their family members will return. There are lots of moments that give this story a coming-of-age feel, as the young female narrator comes to terms with what it means to be a woman. Moving from being a girl to a woman, she faces her sensuality and her sexuality, as she progresses through friendship to romance with a young man. She is forced to reconcile how that relates to living out her faith in this relationship. War-Torn Heart remains a family-friendly read, but it shows how the protagonist faces her urges and is honest with herself about these natural longings. It doesn’t lack moments of cheesiness or sappiness, and these moments could have been cut. What the story does offer young female readers is the insight that they’re not alone in the universal, inner female longing to love and be loved by a man.

Just like Little Women, where the ladies band together to get through, this book focuses on the female perspective. In War-Torn Heart, the men have their own ideas and beliefs about war, while the women face their own challenges. Everyone’s attitude is focused on “bringing the boys home”, yet the women face things through their own eyes. In War-Torn Heart, there is undeveloped potential throughout the story that could have been better shaped. Particularly, in the last chapter, one of the characters faces a significant challenge that almost seemed added on, as if it was an afterthought. However, for young women (particularly teenagers) who enjoy historical fiction or romance stories, War-Torn Heart could be a rewarding read.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from this publisher, Ambassador International, in exchange for my honest opinion. I received no compensation for this review.

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Tips for Homeschooling & Music

 

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Is it hard to believe that it’s back-to-school already? Believe it, friends.

The school year is young, so if you haven’t gotten back into the groove just yet, no worries. I have a freebie for you-  Oak Meadow’s  journal, Living Education . Oak Meadow is a school offering distance learning options for homeschoolers. The fall issue is out and it’s free online.

Plus… I offer up tips on page 20 on how to put some music in your daily rhythm.

 

Fast Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is just beginning, and it’s the season for cleaning.

Maybe you realize it’s time for spring cleaning, but you just don’t have the time. It happens, and it’s understandable.

But before summer creeps up on you, don’t let this season pass you by! Take advantage of some fast spring cleaning tips to get your house in order.

Get Rid of Old Pantyhose

Take a look at the pantyhose, socks, and leggings you have. Sort through yours to see if you have any that don’t fit, are too stretched out, are stained, or in the case of socks, those that don’t have a mate. You can Google ways to re-purpose pantyhose and socks and find ways to up-cycle these items that can no longer be worn. Things like using socks as cleaning rags, or using pantyhose for gardening to start seeds, are good ideas. But in the end, if it doesn’t work as part of your wardrobe, it shouldn’t be in your closet! Move those items out so they won’t waste any more of your time or energy. If need be, replacements for the things that no longer fit or are past the point of repair.

Guys, Donate Unwanted Ties

Guys, do you have ties that you haven’t worn in a long time and probably won’t ever wear again? Maybe you work in a job that will never ever require you to wear a tie. Or maybe your personal style has changed – maybe you used to wear lots of ties with cartoon characters on them but your style has matured and you go for a more sophisticated look. Either way, look at your collection of ties, and if you have more that what you want to keep, donate it! There’s bound to be a a thrift shop near you that will happily take your old neck ties. If you find that you need more ties for work or church, you can take care of that in less than five minutes here. There is also a lot of up-cycling potential in ties – the crafty ladies in your life might want to take these for various projects. (Just ask a girl that likes to play on Pinterest what she can do with a bunch of old ties – there are may things.)

Sort Through Children’s Items

While you’re watching TV or listening to a favorite podcast, you can sort through children’s clothing that you’ve just washed and dried, using a critical eye to make sure they still fit properly. Can the items be used as a hand-me-down for a sibling, or is it best to just get rid of the item? Pruning down items that no longer fit can make getting your child dressed much easier and for every child’s clothing item that you get rid of, when you discover that another is needed, you can order a new one.