The Homeschool Experiment: A Novel (Review & Giveaway)

*Sorry, this giveaway has ended.*

Charity Hawkins, the author of The Homeschool Experimentrecently contacted me and asked if I would be interested in reading and reviewing her new novel.  At first, I was a bit reluctant simply because I am not technically homeschooling (my oldest son goes to a church-based preschool 3 mornings a week).  As I quickly found out, however, this book exemplified my life and the daily challenges of raising children all the while attempting to teach them in the process.

This book is a hilarious blend of real-mom confessions, homeschool how-to’s (and a few how-not’s), and encouragement for weary moms.  Written as a novel, the character of Julianne Miller quickly becomes someone who I can identify with as she deals with toddler tantrums, preschooler meltdowns, and just trying to make it through the day without any major catastrophes.

One major reason I loved this book is because it exemplifies real life.  It’s not some fairy-tale version of a homeschooling mother.  It is real, honest, and genuine with Julianne making many mistakes along the way but finding joy nonetheless.

When asked why she wrote the book, Charity Hawkins responded that it was a book that she herself would like to read, “I didn’t want to read an Amish romance; I wanted to read a book that looked, even in a small way, like my life.  There was none.”

If you’re interested, read the first 3 chapters of the book here.


How would you like to win a copy of The Homeschool Experiment (signed by the author) and a $20 gift card to your choice of Target or Amazon?  Just leave a comment!  


This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only (apologies to my international readers).  The giveaway will end on Friday, November 2 at 10 am (CST).  A winner will be randomly selected shortly after and notified by e-mail.  By entering, you are agreeing to these official rules

Good luck!

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  1. Amanda Olson says

    This homeschooling mom of three gives this book two thumbs up!! As I read the book, I just kept saying, “Wow…this looks like a page right out of my own journal!” I would love to add this to my library…thanks for the chance!

  2. Rebecca S. says

    Thanks for the giveaway! Would love the book, this is my first year homeschooling my 4 children.

  3. melanie says

    I’d love to win this for a Christmas present for a friend who is thinking about homeschooling.