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The Pioneer Woman
“This book will fully resonate with moms who have already walked this path, but also serve as encouragement and comic relief for those who are considering homeschooling their children.  Julianne’s character moves from a very frantic, unsettled mother to a more relaxed and introspective one, all the while realistically addressing so many of the lingering questions and self-doubts of first-time homeschooling moms.”
Read Heather’s whole Pioneer Woman review here >

San Francisco Book Review                               5 stars
“Homeschooling parents around the world, rejoice! Charity Hawkins’ The Homeschool Experiment is the mainstream, hilarious, and refreshingly accurate homeschooling book you’ve been waiting for…Whether you homeschool or not, you’ll be able to relate to Julianne’s struggles, fears, joys, and accomplishments as a parent.”
Read the whole review here >
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Southern Literary Review
. . . parents staying home with young children will appreciate Julianne’s struggle to find a little bit of peace each day. More than that, Julianne’s story is a wonderful reflection on savoring the journey parents and children take together.”
Read the whole review here >
Read the author interview by Patricia O’Sullivan here >

Oregon Christian Home Educator’s Association Network (OCEAN)
“Charity Hawkins succeeds beautifully with this book for so many reasons. Her heroine, Julianne, is real. She reminds me so much of myself. She hates that she yells at her kids sometimes.  So do I. She doesn’t always have all the answers. Neither do I.  This book is also hilarious.  I read most of it while flying across the country, and I struggled multiple times not to snort as I laughed out loud.  Don’t mind her.  She’s reading a book about homeschooling.”
Read Amy’s whole review here >

5 Minutes for Books
” . . . and just like a conversation with a good friend, I came away with tips and ideas, or at least encouragement — feeling like I’m not alone on this journey of motherhood.”
Read Jennifer’s whole review here >

The Heart of the Matter Review
“The characters are well-defined and honest. Very honest. From the three kids to a supportive husband to the not-so-supportive in-laws, the characters in this book just will probably seem very real to fellow homeschooling moms.”
Read Pamela’s whole review at The Heart of the Matter here >

Our Homeschool Reviews
“I found myself laughing at the many stories included in The Homeschool
, some of which sounded all too familiar.  Whether you are a
homeschool mom of one {like me} or many, I think you will relate to these
stories on some level.”
Read Christine’s whole review here >

Home Educating Family Association
“What I loved the most about The Homeschool Experiment was just how real Julianne was. I could relate to her in so many ways as I read the book. . . . The only thing I didn’t like about The Homeschool Experiment was that it ended! ”
Read Teisha’s whole review here >

I Can Teach My Child
“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.”
Read Jenae’s whole review here >

The Cypress Times
“Looking for a spring break read? I have one to recommend. . . .
I highly recommend The Homeschool Experiment.  It’s funny, honest, and so relateable. You don’t have to be a homeschooling family to enjoy this. In fact, I recommend it because I think it will help you appreciate these families and perhaps find a way to encourage them.”
Read Julie’s whole Cypress Times review here >
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Homeschool Share
“A few days ago I picked it up off the shelf, started reading, and kept reading until I finished it that same night. It’s that good!”
Read Jen’s whole review here >

Joy in our Journey
“First of all, do not attempt to read this book while driving (oops, I mean riding) in a car on a long trip and the nearest bathroom is still an hour away.  You will be laughing hard every now and then, and you want to arrive at your destination still wearing dry clothes and looking somewhat presentable. . .

I don’t know where I was reading this book when I laughed so hard that everyone stared at me.  Was it at my hairdresser’s shop?  Or during an orchestra rehearsal?  I don’t remember.  All I remember is that I could NOT contain my laughter, no matter how hard I tried to be polite.”
Read Julieanne’s (the real person, not my character!) whole review here >

So You Call Yourself a Homeschooler?
“Hawkins’ sense of humor is what this book so intriguing to me. Even though the book takes on several real life issues that are not a laughing matter, Hawkins was able to write it in a way that kept it lighthearted throughout.”
Read Carlie’s whole review here >

“I have to tell you, I wasn’t sure how the concept of this book might work.  I don’t tend to read much fiction these days, and I’d certainly never read fiction about a homeschooling mom.  However, I found this book to be a delight.  Within five pages I was laughing out loud.  Within ten I was nodding over wisdom being shared by the friends of this new homeschooler.  And within twenty I was sure this novel was well worth my time.
Read  Mary’s whole review here > 

My Life and Kids Library
“If I didn’t know any better, I’d say the author, Charity Hawkins, was peeking in my windows and following me around. How does she know so much about my life?! I can so relate to Julianne Miller in this story. . .  I recommend this book to any and every homeschooling family. You are not alone out there. We all go through some of the same things. This really brings everything close to home. . . This is a very encouraging novel. I received at just the right moment. God knew I needed this.”
Read Michele’s whole review here >

The Sweet Bookshelf
“As a mother, I laughed out loud through most of the book. The stories are
so…real. Hilariously so. If they happened to me I’d probably cry or something.
But, happening to someone else’s kids is just fine. Yet, we’ve all been there.
Kids are unpredictable! If you’re a Mom you’ll really identify with this book. A
lot of really great one-liners.”
Read Mary’s whole review here >

Sam’s Noggin
“This is the first book by author Charity Hawkins, but the book won’t give that away, the writing is fantastic!. . . I tabbed pages and pages with books to read, audios to order, poems to memorize, and lessons to learn. This book has been a blessing to me, and I almost missed out on it!”
Read Sam’s whole review here >

My Blessings From Above
“If I did not know better I would swear that The Homeschool Experiment was written about me! Those were my first thoughts when I started reading this book! Really.”
Read Michele’s whole review here >

“The Homeschool Life” radio show, 970 AM in Tulsa.
(I will link to this interview once it is archived on their site.)

Call Her Happy
“Let’s just say, if Becky from the Shopaholic series decided to homeschool her daughter, this would be the book written about it. The Homeschool Experiment is hilarious, uplifting, genuine and inspiring. It really feels like an honest look into the life of a homeschooling family. . . So, maybe you are looking into homeschooling. I most certainly am. I want to make sure I explore all of my options before Ellen is school-age. Maybe you’re a gawker and you just want to get a better look into this lifestyle. Maybe you are just in the mood for a light, Spring-y read that leaves you feeling excited about life.”
Read Jenna’s whole review here >

Laugh With Us
“I loved this book.  It is so real.  Change a few details here and there and this is my homeschool experience!  Which curriculum to use?  How do I deal with family and friends that think I’m crazy?  How do I get all the things done in a day without going nuts?  Julianne wrestles with these questions and many more.”
Read Esther’s whole review here >

Carey Jane Clark, author
“When it comes to novels, I want to be awed by the way the author puts words together, and I was not disappointed. But perhaps the most disarming thing about this book is the main character, Julianne Miller, and her very real life. Any mother who’s ever compared herself to others (and what mother hasn’t?) will relate to this down-to-earth character.”
Read Carey’s whole review here >

Being Made New
“I’m in the process of reading it for the second time in six months, and I’ve
gained valuable insight from every chapter both times. And all 24 women in my
two book clubs using Experiment as its study guide for the year -
whether newbies or women with years of experience – have found it equally as
Read Tina’s whole review here >

Forgetful Momma
I quickly read every word in this book. It was a easy read and well written. I would and do highly recommend it, and would love to see her have another book.
Read Ashley’s whole review here >

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