Homeschool Book Review

Isabel’s Secret, the first of the New Millenium Girls series by Christian author, Jan May,  was a real hit with my 10 year old daughter.  Together at night before bed, or over a hot chocolate at coffee shops, my daughter and I read  Isabel’s Secret together, and she never wanted to put it down.  Here’s why we chose to do a homeshool book review for Isabel’s Secret…

Author, Jan May, does a wonderful job developing the main character,Isabel- a girl very close in age to my own daughter- who has a love for horses, the outdoors, and her beloved ranch.  Throughout the story, the climax arises when conflict between Grandmother Biltmore and Isabel’s family are at odds about the future of the family ranch.  Isabel loves the ranch but her grandmother does not and uses the property as a tool to manipulate Isabel’s family.

Throughout the course of the story, Isabel learns that “winners never quit and quitters never win”, and she learns to completely put her trust in God to help her through each situation: horse competitions, scary snow storms, and the possibility of losing the ranch because of Grandmother Biltmore.

A special surprise arises near the end of the story, when Isabel meets her great grandmother and discovers a precious family secret that changes everything for her.  As a result, she grows a stronger bond with her father, and a happy surprise ending brings the story to an ultimate climax of faith, hope, and joy.


I received this book copy free of charge in exchange for an honest review- either positive or negative.  I was not paid for this review, nor asked to give a positive review of this product.  All opinions are mine and are honest.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. 


Here is my daughter’s homeschool book review of Isabel’s Secret:

“Isabel, the main character is a tomboy- she doesn’t like girly or frilly things, but she loves horses.  The plot is when Granmother Biltmore threatens to take her to Boston to go to a boarding school for girls unless they sell the ranch.  So, instead she went to a girl’s camp and it ended up being pretty fun for her because she got to ride horses and met Native American kids.  The mystery of the book is the actual family secret that she finds out about at the end of the story.

I like this book because it’s sort of like a mystery.  We get to find out Isabel’s secret.  It’s also a horse book and I love horses. I like her motto “winners never quit and quitters never win for I serve the mighty God that  lives deep within”.

It was just a fun book to read.  If you like horses and mysteries, I would recommend this book to girls around ages 8-12 who like horses.”


This is a great story for middle school girls- full of faith, inspiration, and courage.  Thanks, Jan May, for writing such an inspirational book for our girls!

About Demetria Zinga

Demetria is a homeschooling mom and mompreneur who lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, two daughters, and a dog. She currently runs two podcasts for homeschool moms and moms in business, writes songs, and spends lots of time at coffee shops. Her goal is to be an encourager and motivator of women, helping them to find success and joy in homeschooling, business, and motherhood.

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