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by Karen

to Karen

Dear Karen,
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.

Dear Karen,
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 Inn.
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 homeschool community.


Dear Karen,
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,
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Lessons at Blackberry Inn
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   Take a few soothing moments to open the pages of Lessons at Blackberry Inn. 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 Inn.

   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. 

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Homeschool Highlights provides homeschooling resources for home schooling parents and students. This site is hosted by Dean and Karen Andreola, noted authors who brought to light the works of Charlotte Mason. They also review "living books" and homeschool curriculum materials for Rainbow Resource Center.

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