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Schoolhouse Review: At Home In Dogwood Mudhole


At Home in Dogwood Mudhole is an interesting title for a book if you ask me. Home, dogwood, mudhole, huh? It’s actually a place in Tennessee, yup, Dogwood Mudhole  is located in Wayne, Tennessee.

At Home in Dogwood Mudhole is the first book (you can preorder the 2nd book right now) of three. The book is actually compiled of newsletters that the author Franklin Sanders has written for the Money Changer.

The book begins in the year of 1995 and ends in 2002 so you really feel as if you know the Sander family. You’ll “attend” weddings, births, and read many humorous stories as they learn to raise chickens, cows, and pigs. Mr. Sanders writes as if you are sitting in his living room sipping a cup of tea with his family as he tells another story.

Mr. Sanders

It was a slow reading start with me because I was expecting it to be written like a novel or a flowing story. At times Mr. Sanders will take you back in time and history. Something may remind him of an era and you’ll get a little history lesson as well which I really enjoyed. So once I got use to this I was able to appreciate the history trails.

It wasn’t a rush read book for me. I didn’t want to stay up all night reading to get to the end of the book to find out what happens (thankfully too because it’s 379 pages long). No, it was more of like visiting some friends and to enjoy the moment of being together type of book. I didn’t feel rushed nor was I ignoring the kids which happens at times when I ‘hooked’ on a book. So it was a nice change of read.

There is a beginning and end to each mini chapter. I say mini chapter because each new adventure begins with a title and date (the Money Changer is a monthly newsletter). Some may be two pages long and others may be a few paragraphs long. Again, I loved this because I could put the book down knowing what happened that month and begin a new one when I had a moment.

I had planned to use this as a read aloud with my children but it was kind of a lot for the younger two to follow at times so I ended up reading the book by myself. By ‘a lot’ I mean it goes in and out of history (as I mentioned above), so I could be reading about the Sanders at the beginning but reading about another point in time or era toward the end. Annette who has been super busy with school was very interested in the book and plans to read it later this year.

I am looking forward to read the 2nd and 3rd books to read more about the Sanders and their many adventures! You can follow along as well, the book cost $22.95, Kindle/Epub/PDF cost $16.95. And there’s a guarantee too (taken from the website)------> “If you don't laugh, cry, gasp, hug your spouse or jump up and down, we'll refund your money and you can keep the book to use as a door stop.” I laughed, almost cried, and hugged the whole family, so my book is a keeper (I already pre-ordered the 2nd book).

Recommended age: Adult but I would let my 8th and 10th grader read it.

You can read more about the Sanders and see pictures of the family too at Top of the World Farms website.

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1 comment

  1. On behalf of the Sanders family, thank you for taking the time to read the book and post your review. We would like to let your readers know they can get free shipping (for up to 2 books, to US addresses only) by using the discount code TOSFREE at checkout. Thanks again, and God bless!


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