Book Review: Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home

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Have you ever had one of those days when nothing seems to go right? Twelve-year-old Andi Carter has. Life as the youngest daughter on her family’s California ranch in 1880 is hard — or so it seems. After a long, trouble-filled day, Andi finds herself in big trouble, so she decides to handle it in a way that most of us have considered at least once in our lives — she runs away from home! Andi quickly discovers that being on her own can be a dangerous and frightening place.

The story of Andi’s adventures with her horse, Taffy, offers an exciting, suspenseful look into the life of a young girl in California in the late 1800’s. The characters have depth and personality that will keep young readers turning pages. Through Andi’s eyes, readers get a first-hand look at how rash choices often lead to unfortunate consequences and at prejudice, as Andi experiences it for the first time in her young life.

Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home is a wholesome, well-written book featuring a strong, down-to-earth heroine with whom young readers can readily identify. Her experiences will entertain readers and provide a springboard for parents to discuss issues like personal responsibility, prejudice and accepting the consequences for one’s actions.

You can purchase The Long Ride Home, the first in a series about twelve-year-old Andrea Carter at Circle C Adventures. Beware, though, it will whet your appetite for the rest of the series!

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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