Five Fall Favourites Day 2: Family!

Welcome back to the second day of our Five Fall Favourites party!!!

I’ve just finished picking some bushels of crisp red apples, so be sure to grab some before you settle down with your new books to read. Now all I have to do is decide whether to make an apple sponge or an apple crumble with the leftovers. 😉 Any suggestions?!

Today I have the privilege of sharing with you five books that are suitable for family read-alouds! I have such fun memories of reading books with various family members. And even though we’re all older now, we still enjoy grabbing a book and reading it together.

Five Fall Favourites Day 2: Family!

Alone, Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven

A miraculous survival. An extraordinary faith. Autumn 1755. Settled in the Blue Mountains of Pennsylvania, deep within America’s new frontier, the Leininger family celebrates the blessings of a beautiful homestead and bountiful harvest. Until tragedy strikes with the beginning of the French-Indian War, and the devastating raid known as the Penn’s Creek Massacre.
The lives of this simple, God-fearing family are forever altered when Barbara and Regina, two young sisters, are carried away by a band of Allegheny warriors. Driven by their faith in God and the powerful bonds of family, Barbara and Regina hold firmly to the belief that they are never alone, even in their darkest hour, and that they will be reunited again.

No one expresses Barbara’s apprehensions better than her own words, written in 1759: “If one could not believe that there is a God, who helps and saves from death, one had better let running away alone…The extreme probability that the Indians would pursue and recapture us, was two to one compared with the dim hope that, perhaps, we would get through…even if we did escape the Indians, how would we ever succeed in passing through the wilderness, unacquainted with a single path or trail…”

This one is on my all-time-favourites book list! The book is written for a younger audience (and is more simplistic in style), but the story is nothing short of miraculous. God’s hand of protection was definitely on these two sisters. If you like true stories about Indians and settlers that also include God’s amazing provision, then be sure to check this out!

The song “Alone, Yet Not Alone” which was written for the movie is also a favourite of mine. I enjoy playing it on piano while my sisters sing. 🙂

“Each of you will have times of testing in your life. But you must always remember — no matter how difficult the trial or how dense the wilderness — God will never leave you. If your hearts remain true, God promises endless blessings.”

Alone Yet Not Alone, by Tracey Leininger Craven

Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince–A Tale of Long Ago by Sidney Baldwin

Young Prince Hubert is incorrigible, unmanageable, and tiresomely demanding. What is the good King to do? How will his selfish Prince ever learn to rule the kingdom well? His most trusted friend, Sir Malcolm, has a plan. Prince Hubert is swept away to a land where he is simply known as Hugh, a peasant boy. His silks are replaced with rough work clothes, his castle dwelling with a humble cottage. It is here that Hugh learns valuable life lessons from the widow of the forest.

I own several books from the Lamplighter Collection! Their covers are beautifully designed with embossing and expensive cover materials–so they make such a lovely addition to your bookshelf! I have to admit though, that I’ve mainly listened to the Lamplighter audio dramas (which I highly recommend!!). They always have such important lessons to learn and are so professionally done–my whole family loves them. 😀 Anyway, this book flows well and is easy to read, making it a fun tale with important lessons to learn along the way.

Children of the Storm by Natasha Vins

Young, school-age Natasha receives pressure from her teachers to give her unquestioning allegiance to the Soviet State. Anti-Christian sentiment dogs her family’s life as well. The Vins family faces imprisonment, humiliation, court trials, and loss of jobs as part of the persecution waged by their government. In her teen years, Natasha begins to see that doors close to those who remain faithful to Christ. Now she must count the cost and decide for herself whether she wants to pay the price. The autobiography of Natasha Vins.

I found this quite an eye-opening book as I’m not all that familiar with Soviet Russia. The writing itself was simplistic, but the content is well worth reading. Books like this make us ask ourselves what we would be willing to stand up for if we were faced with such pressure and persecution. Natasha herself was not immune to struggles and questions, so her journey is “real.” And the truth remains–under persecution God’s people flourish and grow. God’s Word will not be silenced!

Footprints in the Barn by Stephen and Susan Castleberry

Who is the man in the green car? What is going on in the hayloft? Is there something wrong with the mailbox? And what’s for lunch? The answers to these and many other interesting questions are found in the book Footprints in the Barn.

This series is more a family favourite as I have mainly heard snippets when they’re being read aloud. 😀 I’m pretty sure I would’ve loved these books if we had owned them when I was younger though! If you’re not familiar with The Farm Mystery Series, they are about the adventures of two young brothers who form their own detective agency (and what children wouldn’t love to to that!) and solve everyday mysteries that crop up around the house. They are full of good lessons as the boys’ family strives to live for God.

Grandma’s Attic Series” by Arleta Richardson

Remember when you were a child—when all the world was new, and the smallest object a thing of wonder? Arleta Richardson remembers: the funny wearable wire contraption hidden in the dusty attic, the century-old schoolchild’s slate that belonged to Grandma, an ancient trunk filled with quilt pieces—each with its own special story—and the button basket, a miracle of mysteries. And best of all was the remarkable grandmother who made magic of all she touched, bringing the past alive as only a born storyteller could.

These books are probably familiar to most, but if you haven’t read one, then take a moment to settle down and be transported back in time. And get ready to have a good laugh! I have fun memories of my dad reading these aloud to me and my sisters when we were little. 🙂 Even though Mabel and Sarah Jane certainly got mixed up in a lot of mischief, there are important lessons to be learned too. 😉

Now if you’re ready for some more great family book recommendations, head over to the literary lodge where you can find some more books to read!!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a paperback copy of my novel, Jayne’s Endeavour plus four other paperbacks, a Five Fall Favourites book bag, and an Amazon gift card! And the best part is that the giveaway is open to international entrants too (an international winner will receive ebooks and the gift card, but no physical items). So be sure to go ahead and enter!!

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Don’t forget to spread the word about the Five Fall Favourites Party!! If we can get 75 individual entrants, there will be a second prize as well 😉

Let me know what your favourite read-aloud book is below, and see you tomorrow for more fun (and books!!). 😀


28 responses to “Five Fall Favourites Day 2: Family!”

  1. Lydia Coral W Avatar
    Lydia Coral W

    Oh, apple crumble, definitely 😉
    *screams when she sees Alone Yet Not Alone* I love that book! I wish I’d had it when I was younger 🙂 And as for the movie… and the song…*screams again* Well, let’s just say it’s among my top three favourite movies ever 😉
    *screams a third time when she sees Grandma’s Attic* I’ve read the first two books and I loved them so much!! I wish I could get my hands on the rest of the series 🙂
    The other ones look so lovely too!! Thanks for sharing <3

    1. Good choice! I love apple crumble . . . though we don’t have apple sponge as often, and it’s really tasty too!

      Haha! Oh dear! I fear my post was a little too exciting for you 😛 But I definitely agree that the book, song, and movie are quite good!!

      You should try to read the others sometime 😉

  2. Katja Labonté Avatar
    Katja Labonté

    If you make apple sponge I want pictures because I never heard of that but it sounds cool!!

    I’ve read the Grandma’s Attic series, but the other books all sound so good!!! Thanks for the recommendations, Lauren!

    1. 😀 Mum actually made one in the last week, but it’s all gone or I would send you a picture! If I make another one, I’ll try to remember to send you a pic 😉 It’s actually not as fancy looking as it probably sounds. It is basically apples topped with a cake like topping that’s light and fluffy in texture. And then it’s served warm for dessert (what we refer to as a pudding).

      You’re welcome! Hope you get to read them sometime!!

      1. Katja Labonté Avatar
        Katja Labonté

        Oh how cool! I’ll have to look up recipes.

        1. You should! It’s so yummy! 😀

  3. Thanks for these recommendations, Lauren! I’ve read In Grandma’s Attic, but the others I haven’t! (Although I do recognize a couple as books I’ve seen/heard of)

    1. You’re welcome! Thanks for stopping by! It’s fun that you recognize some of the ones I mentioned–now you’ll have to read some of them!! 😛

  4. Courtenay Burden Avatar
    Courtenay Burden

    Alone Yet Not Alone, and Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince are both books I looked at in catalogues growing up, but never actually read! Grandma’s Attic I HAVE read. And the other two are completely new to me. Thanks for sharing, Lauren!

    1. Oh! Well you’ll have to read them sometime then. They are both worth a read!! You’re welcome!! 😀

  5. CutePolarBear Avatar

    Yes, I have read the Grandma’s Attic books. I have not read Alone Yet Not Alone, and I never really realized what it’s actually about. Not I really want to read it!


    1. It’s fun hearing what books people are familiar with/have read! You should definitely give Alone Yet Not Alone a read. It’s a great story (especially because it’s true).

  6. Great list! I love Grandma’s Attic. And the Farm Mystery series as well. I don’t know if I actually read Sir Malcolm or just listened to the audio drama, but it was good. I haven’t read the others though I’ve heard of Alone Yet Not Alone.
    Thanks for sharing. And I don’t know which thing you should make. Have you ever made apple fritters?

    1. That’s fun that you enjoy the Lamplighter audio dramas too. It’s interesting reading and listening to the dramatized version of the same story.

      Mmm . . . apple fritters sound yummy! No, I haven’t. But I’ll have to look them up! 😀

  7. HistoryGirl Avatar

    I absolutely loved “In Grandma’s Attic”! It is such a sweet book.

    1. They are such fun stories!! 😀

  8. “Alone Yet Not Alone” is one of my absolute favorite books!

    1. I’m glad to hear we share a favourite!! It’s on my all-time favourite list too! 😀

  9. Grace Elizabeth Avatar
    Grace Elizabeth

    I’ve read some of the Grandma’s Attic series and I know my sister loves them. And Children of the Storm is so good! The others sound great too!

    1. I’ve read the Grandma’s Attic series multiple times! Such endearing characters!! And yes, Children of the Storm is so helpful for getting a glimpse of what things are like for other believers.

  10. Ruthann Joy Avatar
    Ruthann Joy

    Apple crisp, definitely!! 🙂 Children of the Storm is so good and I love the Grandma’s Attic books!! The rest, I haven’t read but they look really good!! Thanks for sharing!

    1. 😀 That makes two votes for apple crumble/crisp! 😀 I’d have to agree that there’s just something delicious about apple crumble (and I’m rather partial to apricot crumble too)!

      You’re welcome! I hope you get to read some of the others then!

  11. Kenzie O'Brennan Avatar
    Kenzie O’Brennan

    “Alone, Yet Not Alone” is a book?!?!??!?!?!?!? I need to get my hands on this!!!!! *squeals* Ahhh, “Sir Malcolm And The Missing Prince”!!! My family has a TON of Lamplighter books and audio dramas, and this one will always be one of my top favorites! (The Boy Of Mount Rhiji is probably my all time favorite. *heart eyes* Or, “Treasure of the Secret Cove”. ) XP

    1. Yes, it certainly is!! I read the book multiple times before I watched the movie. But I like them both. 😀 That’s lovely that your family enjoys the Lamplighter Collections so much. My family often listens to the audios in the evening on birthdays or on car trips. It’s fun hearing what you’re favourites are!

  12. These are all such excellent suggestions for family reads. I’m going to keep an eye on these.

    1. Thanks, Rachel! I hope you get to read some (or all!) of the sometime soon! 😀 😉

  13. I really love the Grandma’s Attic series! I used to have lots of fun reading them to my sister!

    1. 😀 That’s fun to know that you enjoyed the Grandma’s Attic series too! Lovely memories!!

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