Emmeline by Kathy J. Perry ~ Book Review + Giveaway

June 9, 2021


About the Book

Book:  Emeline – A Journey with the My Journey companion Journal
Author: Kathy J. Perry
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction Adventure
Release Date: November 1, 2020


I can’t ask Pa; I must decide for myself.

What do I really want?

Set in 1890, a period of no phones or refrigerators, thirteen-year-old Emeline has lost both parents and must travel through ten states to reconnect with family in Boston.

On the way, she encounters many people and trials. Some characters are unsavory, ruthless, and violet, wanting only her money and possessions, caring nothing for her life. But all is not bleak: good folks make her trip memorable, giving her help as they are able.

Will she make it, and if she does, will she stay?

Will the events of her journey redefine her life?

This Christian historical fiction adventure will educate, entertain, and inspire young readers.

My Journey:

You Are Unique

What do you believe?

What motivates you?

What are your thoughts, hopes, and dreams?

Find a quiet place and contemplate the questions inside. Journaling is a great way to understand yourself and work through emotions.

Who knows? You might surprise yourself!


Click here to get your copy!


My Thoughts

As a Christian homeschool mom I am always on the search for books that we can either read aloud or that my older ones can read on their own. My stipulation for these books are that they are wholesome, clean and without any types of agendas. Sadly, they are very hard to find nowadays so when you find an author like Kathy J. Perry then you have found a treasure. This was my first encounter with this author and I am so glad that she came into my midst. 

I read this book in one sitting. It reminded me of Little House in the Prairie, which is a favorite in our household. It was easy to love Emmeline, although it was a bit concerning as she is embarking on her adventure that none of the adults around her seem to talk her out of it, but then I had to reposition my thinking to that time period where in most cases a 13 year old girl was considered a bit more mature than nowadays. 

I love how the author shows Emmeline's faith grow and shows us that she spends time in the Word and even journals her prayers which continues that growth with the Lord. The companion journal that came with the book kind of reminded me of it. 

Overall I thought this book was excellent. It would make a great read aloud for a Christian homeschool family and even a great assigned reading for a girl who would also benefit from the journal as I know my boys would not be happy with another writing assignment (haha).  I am so glad I encountered this author and I have already added her Bandana Acres Series to my to-be-read books wish list so I can purchase them from our home library!

My Rating: 5 Stars/Really enjoyed it! Can't wait to read it to my kiddos!

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

About the Author

After the passing of my parents, I evaluated at what I was doing with my life and my contribution to others. I’ve always had a heart for teaching kids. I’ve been a classroom teacher, a homeschool mom, a tutor, and a substitute for many years. I’ve written, illustrated, and published the Bandana Acres series of Early Reader Chapter Books with solid moral lessons that fill a genre gap between picture and chapter books. Fellow teachers say, “Great! Keep it up. We need more of these.”

As a twelve-year-old, I identified with a fictional orphaned girl and was so impressed with her cleverness and honesty that I wanted to be like her. It was this story that inspired me to write Emeline – A Journey — a story that will educate, encourage, and inspire your tween or teen to find their way as a confident young adult.

A companion book, a consumable guided journal entitled My Journey, will challenge your young adult to important questions and give them lots of room to process their thoughts, hopes, and dreams.


More from Kathy

Research for Emeline’s story gave me such joy. It amazed me how much I learned about life in 1890 from internet searches, YouTube videos, and library books. Some topics, however, were more difficult than others. I purchased a book about 1800s printing for lithography details. I later gifted this beautiful book to my printer brother-in-law.


With new technology bursting at the seams of the fabric of our lives, could your young adult have an interest in such a time as 1890? Fantasies and futuristic books claim attention and provide an escape from our time and place. But the 1890s was a fascinating time, too, with inventions that would change how we live forever — inventions that we take for granted today. Regardless of the external factors, people then had the same personal issues. People remain people, no matter when or where they live.


I hope that from reading or listening to this book, your tweens and teens will internalize the important character qualities vital for confident, successful adulthood. The companion book, My Journey, follows the same values shown in Emeline’s book and provides a place for personal evaluation and self-discovery.

Blog Stops

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, June 7

Labor Not in Vain, June 7

Inklings and notions, June 8

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, June 9

Connie’s History Classroom, June 10

Library Lady’s Kid lit, June 10

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 11

Texas Book-aholic, June 12

For Him and My Family, June 13

Mary Hake, June 13

Locks, Hooks and Books, June 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 15

Lots of Helpers, June 16

deb’s Book Review, June 17

She Lives To Read, June 18

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, June 19

Splashes of Joy, June 20


To celebrate her tour, Kathy is giving away the grand prize of a hardcover copy of Emeline, a softcover copy of The Journey, and a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.



  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book, it sounds like a wonderful read

  2. Kelly-Ann, Thank you for sharing your excellent review! I'm sure my neighbor's children would enjoy reading it.

  3. I think this is a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for the review!