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Sonrise Stable Books 3 & 4 Review & Giveaway {Closed}

Sonrise Stable horse booksI already knew I had a winner when I presented the Sonrise Stable series books Clothed With Thunder (book three) and Tender Mercies (book four) to Lily because there were horses involved. I really got a kick when Lily came running to me, after she had started reading the books, excitedly telling me that the children in the book are also homeschooled. That made the book even more attractive to her (and to me).

In the last two books of the series, we walk through the lives of Carrie, Rosie and Grandma (and other family members). The girls are the kind of girls that you want your daughters to spend time with and play. They are bright, courteous and are not afraid to share their faith, which is what they do in Clothed With Thunder.

From the beginning of the book, when the girls hear a presentation in their 4-H group about the evolution of the horse, you get a feel for the strength of the characters and their values, with Rosie’s desire to make a rebuttal. At the suggestion of their mother, the girls make it their project for the next 4-H meeting to prove that God created horses and that they did not evolve. Although the project is Carrie’s and Rosie’s, their family members offer suggestions giving the reader a sense of how the family works and encourages each other.

Lily has been enjoying the Sonrise Stable series and I like the fact that I do not have to worry about the content of the books she is reading. Vicki Watson, who is the author of the series, introduces her readers to a loving, Christian family. There is respect for each other and you can tell that the children are loved by their parents.

There are currently four books in the series. You may read a review of the first two books from Heidi here at Hip Homeschool Moms. Watson has brought to life in her books several characters, who are based on real-life people she has known. Those even include her three homeschooled daughters who are all graduates. The character of the grandmother is based on Watson herself. The stories she tells are based on personal experiences and the people she has met while growing up and her work with horses. Readers not only get insight into Watson’s life, but also know that the interaction with the horses is accurate.

Horses, Christian family values and children who are just like mine (homeschoolers) make this series a good find for my daughter (and me). You are just in time to jump on board as book five in the series is expected sometime in the future.

The Sonrise Stable series books are available as physical copies or as e-books. Learn more at the Sonrise Stable website and on the Facebook page.

Sonrise Stable Giveaway

Sonrise Stables books and t-shirtWe’re excited to be giving away a Sonrise Stable Prize Pack this week! The prize pack includes Sonrise Stable Books 1-4 and a fun t-shirt that your horse lover is sure to love.

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About the author


Jennifer now lives in Small Town, USA, but will always remain a California girl. She is a Christian, wife and homeschool mother of three children (a.k.a. the ‘Wild Bunch’). Jennifer is a writer, who enjoys reading, running, too much time on the computer, sewing and taking lots and lots of pictures (just ask her children). She is also a lover of food and can be found in her kitchen whipping up something delicious and vegetarian. Oh, she never forgets dessert. You may find her writing at her personal blog, Milk & Honey Mommy and for West Tennessee families at Kid Madison, a blog for kids, teens and families and at Homeschool Roster, a listing of events and news for homeschoolers.


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