I have just finished reading your book Lessons at Blackberry Inn...I
absolutely loved it! When I finished [it] I felt sad because I didn't want it to
end. What a blessing it was every night to go to bed and relax after a long day.
I am a mother of five children . . . and have been homeschooling for many years.
I was introduced to A Charlotte Mason Companion a few years ago. It has become
such a treasure in my library. I bought a second copy to lend out. The children
and I have read Pocketful of Pinecones and Lessons at Blackberry
The Charlotte Mason method has been such a blessing in our homeschool [that] I plan
to share what I learn with mothers that are floundering under other methods. I ask
for your prayers as I take a step of faith to encourage those the Lord puts in my
path. May the Lord bless you and your family for your service to Him through the
I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Lessons at Blackberry
Inn. It was such an encouraging and edifying story - a refreshment to
my soul after a long day of homeschooling. My husband tells me that I was born in
the wrong era because I am an avid learner of the old forgotten arts. . . I plan
to try your apple butter recipe as soon as I find a great sale on applesause. I
have a large family.
All my best to you,
Take a few soothing moments to open the pages of Lessons at Blackberry
. You will find yourself sweetly transported to the village of Appleton, where
you will get a peek at how Carol, the main character, serves her family with faith,
hope, and love. If you wish to be upheld in your desire to
- love your husband,
- treasure your children,
- recapture the joys of home learning,
- or be reminded of the value of homemaking,
we invite you to a place where these things are lived out; we invite you to Blackberry
The homeschool mother who receives little encouragement within
the world in which she lives will find this story especially uplifting. The author,
Karen Andreola, knows that the culture which surrounds us is against us, and that
the tensions of the modern world can make us feel more tired than we already are.
Therefore Karen, provides a mother with a whole neighborhood of characters that
serve one another with kindness.
The principles of living the “educational life” are
so naturally woven into the story that you may find yourself so curious to know
what happens to the characters that you do not notice just how much of a “how
to” book Lessons at Blackberry Inn
really is. And yet a golden nugget
of an idea appears at the turn of every page, waiting to provide you with a practical
suggestion and the inspiration to carry it out. Read how Carol and her children:
- appreciate art, music, and literature,
- explore history and science,
- observe nature,
- practice hospitality,
- keep up with chores,
- cook healthy meals,
- develop friendships,
- and live frugally.
Nigel Andreola’s pencil drawings decorate each chapter.