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The Bandit of Ashley Downs – Dave & Neta Jackson (Trailblazer books)

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Title: The Bandit of Ashley Downs (book 7/40)

Author/s: Dave & Neta Jackson

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Series (if any): Trailblazer books (Thrilling adventure stories introducing young readers to Christian heroes of the past)

Genre: Christian historical adventure/real historical events

*note from authors*

George Müller founded an orphanage in Bristol, England, that at first cared for thirty children. By faith, and without going into debt or revealing financial needs to anyone but God, the orphanage grew until Müller had cared for more than ten thousand children during his lifetime.

The fictional character of Curly Roddy is based on a real boy – William Ready (who was not, however, a bandit). As the story states, William was brought to Ashley Downs in 1872 by James Walk, a city missionary connected with St. George’s Church on Bloomsbury Way in London.

All other characters are fictional, but each event at Ashley Downs involving prayer and faith is true.

Era: Late 1800’s

Setting: London, England & Bristol, England

Content: 0/5

Curly receives a beating from Spuds. No details. Curly’s memories of his violent Dad, no details. No kissing or romance. No language.

Age-range: 8-12 (but I would recommend it for readers who are older as well)

Overall rating: 5/5

Source: I actually have no idea. 😛 But you can get it of AMAZON KINDLE.

Introducing George Müller

By the time Curly Roddy was twelve years old, he’d already survived six years as a homeless orphan on the cruel streets of London in the 1870s. He slept in dustbins and ate orange peels when he could find them. Sometimes he earned a few coins by singing and doing acrobatics in pubs. He had perfected his skills at snatching purses and picking pockets.

But when Curly overheard that a church was raising £3,000 for an orphan house in Bristol, his scheme of an armed robbery promised to bring him enough money for a lifetime. Enlisting the help of a local thug and thief, Spud Baxter, a plan is soon put into place. With Spud’s pistol and brute force, the church’s treasure should easily be taken.

But the highway robbery brings Curly more trouble than he had bargained for. Is it scarier to be sent to the orphanage from which he stole the money than to be sent to prison? Will George Müller, the man in charge of the orphanage, make Curly into a slave to earn back at least a portion of the money? Or might they do something even worse?

Curly’s in for the biggest surprise of his young life!

An adventure story, ideal for readers 8-12 years of age.


Wow. Just wow. This book had adventure, thrill, christian values, and everything awesome mixed in. No moment was dull when I read this book. I loved how the book started of with adventure, with the MC, 12 year old Curly Roddy in danger. This series has always been a family favorite. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves christian historical adventure.


I believe characters play a big part in books, and these characters nailed it. I think Dave & Neta Jackson developed their characters very well. Curly is a boy who’s spent six years of his life living on the streets and some of it staying with a thug and thief, Spud Baxter. Curly is very adventurous and headstrong, at the same time caring. I loved his character so much. There was also Spud. He’s not a big time thief, until Curly drags him into a big theft. He has mood swings, but he’s a pretty decent guy. He was very well developed.


The dialogue and the description told us everything about Curly’s life, the way he lived, and where he lived. I had no trouble remembering it was in the 1800’s.

PLOT 5/5

I’m giving everything 5/5 here! The plot was full of twists and adventure. Never, ever a dull or unexciting moment. The plot flowed very well; I loved the idea of it all.


Seriously amazing! It described a lot; the action and adventure was so good. I LOVE THIS BOOK! The Bandit of Ashley Downs is a book I certainly will read over again. I actually have read many of the Trailblazer books more than once. I think this whole review pretty much covers all the other books in the series!

So go ahead and read this book! I promise, you won’t be wasting your time.

About the Author

Dave and Neta Jackson, husband and wife writing team, are the authors or coauthors of more than 120 books that have sold over 2.5 million copies. They are best known for the 40-volume Trailblazer Books series for young readers and the Hero Tales series for families. Adults love their Yada Yada Prayer Group series, House of Hope series, Harry Bentley series, and Windy City Neighbors series along with numerous nonfiction books. They make their home in the Chicago area. Find out more about them at



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Beyond The Horizon – Jesseca Wheaton (Book Review)

Hello, my friends! 🙂 How are you?

How do you like my new header? I know I only had the old one for only a day, but I old you HERE it was a work in progress. 😛 Do you like it better than the old one? I do.

Disclaimer: I got the book clip art in the header from HERE.

My Homeschool Notebook

Hi everyone!

Yesterday I found this book via Reveries Reviews, Beyond The Horizon by Jesseca Wheaton. And from Kellyn’s review, I immediately saw it as a great book. So enough of that, let’s get on with it. 🙂


Rating: 4/5 stars

Source: Amazon Kindle

Age range: 12+

Era: Late 1930’s (WW2)

Beyond The Horizon

This cover!!

Eliana longs to see the world beyond the mountains that tower above Salzburg, Austria, but knows that dream will never see such adventure- and neither will she.

Surrounded by a world of cruelty, she lives for the weekly visits of Aron, a boy she met on one of her rambles through the countryside.

But as the years pass and she begins to grow older, a new and unwelcome world is opened up to her.
On a fateful night at a party she vowed she’d never attend, she comes face to face…

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Blog Tour Part Two: Ivy Introspective – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

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Hi everyone! Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her recently published books, The Dressmaker’s Secret and Ivy Introspective, the first two books in her series, The Alice And Ivy Chronicles. This book review is going to be shorter than usual.


Ivy Introspective

Ivy Introspective 1.jpg I love this cover!

Trapped in a world where she doesn’t belong, twelve-year-old Ivy Knight struggles to keep her head above water as her simplicity is brought to light by her new position as a young lady growing up at Pearlbelle Park.

Worried about their daughter’s inability to fit in, Ivy’s parents decide to send her to McCale House, a boarding school in Scotland for boys and girls like her. However, alone and frightened without her beloved mother, sister, and nurse, Ivy can’t seem to focus.

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Blog Tour Part One: The Dressmaker’s Secret – Kellyn Roth (Book Review)

Hi guys! My “first review” here. I’m putting it in quotation marks coz’ I’m just re-blogging this from my personal blog (CLICKY DA LINKY! It leads to what it says). 😛 But, I hope you enjoy this. Currently, I don’t have a review system I’m sticking to (like the way I will structure all my reviews), because the one I’m using in this post is sort of copying Kellyn’s system from ReveriesReviews (great review blog, btw), and I want it to be different. So I’m working on it, and if you have any ideas, please don’t hesitate to let me know! 🙂

My Homeschool Notebook

Hi everybody and you probably know that Kellyn Roth is hosting a blog tour for her first two books in the Alice And Ivy Chronicles: book 1, The Dressmaker’s Secret and book 2, Ivy Introspective. I am reviewing Ivy Introspective in a separate post that I will link RIGHT HERE, so be sure to check that out as soon as you finish this. 🙂 Let’s dive right in!

Review of The Dressmaker’s Secret

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Age range: 14+

Era/setting: Late 1800’s

Genre: Christian historical fiction and romance

Source: was given in exchange for an honest review

You can find it at: AmazonGoodreadsBarnes&NoblesCreatespace, Kobo, iBooks, and Inktera


The Dressmaker's Secret 1 (1).jpgthis cover is gorgeous!

After a revealing conversation with the first children of her age she’s ever met, curious eight-year-old Alice Chattoway realizes that one ought to have a father ……

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First Post Evah

Hi guys!

This is Zielle here. You might know me from My Homeschool Notebook. I started this blog to share book reviews, book tags, books I love, and just anything booky.

I wouldn’t consider myself as a pro at reviewing books, but I do my best!

Further into the future, I’ll be accepting books for review, but for now, I’d like to jump of the edge starting with books I choose to review. 🙂

As you probably saw in the header, ardent means enthusiastic or passionate. That’s me, when it comes to reading books. Sure, I like to skim over books sometimes to find out what happens next, but don’t we all? Sometimes I tend to judge books by their covers, or more by taking on look at a randomly opened page and judging by that if I’d enjoy it or not. 😉 Well no need to be shy, I know you do it too. But, all the same, I love and cherish books. If they weren’t a part of my life I’d probably die. 😛 So I hope you enjoy my reviews and opinions on the books I read!

Please be polite and God-honouring, and you can hang around for as long as you like. 🙂

Welcome, and happy reading!