Thursday, May 12, 2011

Courting Miss Amsel: A Book Review

About The Book:

Edythe Amsel is delighted with her first teaching assignment: a one-room schoolhouse in Walnut Hill, Nebraska. Independent, headstrong, and a firm 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?

Having raised his nephews since their parents' untimely deaths, Joel Townsend is thrilled to learn the town council has hired a female teacher. His sons could use 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. Of course, Joel can't help but notice that she's also mighty pretty—and just might make a good mother for his boys.

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 teach the boys, how can he trust her with his heart?  

You can read an excerpt of Courting Miss Amsel here.

About The Author:

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women's fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. She invites you to visit her Web site for more information.

My Review:

I have read several of Kim Vogel Sawyer's novels and have loved them all. Courting Miss Amsel was a great fun, light read with characters which were developed in great detail, along with the writing style. As with most of Sawyer's writing, Courting Miss Amsel was a typical romance but there were underlying elements that added to the storyline nicely, for example the place of women in society, letting go of the past to embrace the future, and trusting in God. 

A great read, that I highly recommend.

BUY IT: You can purchase Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer at your local Christian bookseller of Bethany House books.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Bethany House Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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