Jan 23, 2011

Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Edythe Amsel is delighted with her first teaching assignment: a one-room schoolhouse in Walnut Hill, Nebraska. Independent, headstrong, and a strong believer in a well-rounded education, Edythe is ready to open the world to the students in this tiny community. But is Walnut Hill ready for her?

Joel Townsend is thrilled to learn the town council hired a female teacher to replace the ruthless man who terrorized his nephews for the past two years. Having raised the boys on his own since their parents' untimely deaths, Joel believes they will benefit from a woman's influence. But he sure didn't bargain on a woman like Miss Amsel.

Within the first week, she has the entire town up in arms over her outlandish teaching methods, which include collecting leaves, catching bugs, making snow angels, and stringing ropes in strange patterns all over the schoolyard. Joel can't help but notice that she's also mighty pretty with her rosy lips, fashionable clothes, and fancy way of speaking.

When Edythe decides to take her pupils to hear Miss Susan Anthony speak on the women's suffrage amendment, the town's outcry reaches new heights. Even Joel isn't sure he can support her newfangled ideas any longer. And if he can't trust her to know how to teach the boys, how can he trust her with his heart? 

For more information on this book or to read the first chapter, check out the preview that I posted earlier this month.


A one room school house with a class of her own is exactly what Edythe Amsel has been dreaming of, and it is finally a reality.  From the first day of classes, she has her work cut out for her. 

Eligible bachelors gather around vying for Edythe's attention.  Everyone seems to know her business immediately, as the life of a teacher in the late 1800's was an open book for the entire community.  Some of her teaching methods are met with resistance, yet she is determined to treat her students with kindness and tolerance instead of physical punishment.

This book was very enjoyable, as well as an easy read.  It was filled with life changing decisions, lots of laughter, and some delightful romance too!

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of Courting Miss Amsel through Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review COURTING MISS AMSEL. I appreciate it!