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There was Always Laughter in Our House // Book Review & GIVEAWAY! // BLOG TOUR

Sarah Holman's new book, There Was Always Laughter In Our House, (her first non-fiction) will be releasing this month on Nov. 24th! Check out the great giveaway, the cover art, my review of this new title, and the other blogs in this countdown tour!

There Was Always Laughter In Our House by Sarah Holman (5 star review)

There Was Always Laughter In Our House

written by Sarah Holman

146 pages // published in 2017 // Christian non-fiction


What do you get when you mix two parents who grew up in the city, six kids who have always lived in the country, and add homeschooling? You get a whole lot of laughter!

Homeschool graduate and author Sarah Holman shares stories about her family that range from thought-provoking to side-splitting. She shares both hilarious mistakes and heartbreaking moments in her family. In this collection of stories, she endeavors capture some of the answers to the questions people have often asked her about growing up in a conservative homeschool family as well as some of the wisdom she has gleaned along the way. Sarah invites you to open up this scrapbook of memories. She hopes that you come away encouraged, inspired…and laughing.

My Review

5 Star Rating

As soon as I heard about this book, I was immediately excited, and for multiple reasons:
(1) I'm already a fan of Sarah Holman's fiction, but to get to read something true, something interesting about her and her family? Well, that's something entirely new – and exciting.
(2) I grew up in a Christian homeschooling family, just like Sarah did, and so of course I want to read all about the fun stories from her childhood, and perhaps pick up on other similarities in our lives too.

Well, I definitely enjoyed it. Sarah openly shares about her faith, her beliefs on many things including wearing skirts, politics, homeschooling, family life, and more. Sarah is witty and funny all throughout. Plus, there's so many chapters, each on different subjects; she has tons of little stories to tell about! The biggest takeaway that I got is that her family is a tight bunch, all devoted to each other. Her parents have built a godly character into each of their children. I liked how Sarah even wrote a chapter specifically about each of her siblings – that's pretty cool!

“We are a group of messed-up people, saved by God's grace, and blessed enough to call each other a family.” -Sarah Holman

I think one of my favorite bits in this book is about the ongoing battle between her and her brother on how the Narnia books should be organized on the shelf (okay, I've heard of scholarly battles on such a topic, but this is next level stuff when it comes to two people living in the same house). Oh, and that chicken story, that was pretty hilarious too...

Sarah's story would be most enjoyed by homeschooling families or anyone who may be simply interested in that lifestyle.

“Words have power, power we fail to recognize time and time again. Both spoken words and written words have an impact that can last forever. That's why I'm a writer.” -Sarah Holman

Available on Amazon in ebook format.
Pre-Order now, get it Nov. 24th!

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Author bio:
Sarah Holman is a not so typical mid-twenties girl: A homeschool graduate, sister to six awesome siblings. If there is anything adventuresome about her life, it is because she serves a God with a destiny bigger than anything she could have imagined. You can find out more about her at her website

Author Sarah Holman

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Win a 'Waltz Into the Waves' ebook!

Sarah has generously offered an e-book of one of her fairytale retellings as a prize (exclusive to my blog ONLY!). Want to learn more about 'Waltz into the Waves: A Cinderella Story'? Check out MY REVIEW that tells you everything you need to know.

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Tour Schedule

Be sure to check out these other blogs to find out more...

November 16
Reachel – What stories are you going to include, Sarah?
J. Grace Pennington – An interview
Esther Filbrun – A review
Tarissa Graves – A review
November 17
Leona Ruth – A review
Chloe – A review
November 18
Kaylee – A review
Alexa - A Thanksgiving Story
November 19
Liv K. Fisher – Short Girl Jokes
Kelsey Bryant – A review

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  1. Rosalyn Rooney11/16/2017

    I haven't actually read a homeschooled family book!! My family has a blog (we are homeschooled), but it's private. :)

  2. The only book I've read about a real homeschooled family is 10 P's In a Pod.
    This book sounds like it would be fun and ingesting to read! Thanks for sharing about the giveaway and Sarah's new book.


  3. This sounds really good. Can't wait to check it out!