Courting Miss Amsel is another winning sweet historical romance from Kim Vogel Sawyer. The story moved along nicely, as I waited for each of Edythe's new teaching methods, and the townspeople's reactions. What really set this book apart, though, are the wonderful characters that Kim has created. The town is full of characters who felt very realistic and relate-able.
Edythe Amsel is a young self-sufficient woman who is striking out on her own. She is hired for her first job as teacher for the town of Walnut Hill, Nebraska. She is determined not to become romantically involved as doing so would interfere with her goals. Her resolve in this area is tested when she meets, Joel Townsend, the uncle of 2 of her students. Not her intellectual equal by any means but a good Christian man raising his two orphaned nephews. Joel is equally enamored but also cautious after having his heart broken by another woman.
Edythe faces her ideas of discipline challenged by one boy and her innovative teaching confronted by the parents. She was very much ahead of her time in finding creative ways to help her students learn.
Mrs. Kinsley, her elderly Christian, landlady gives her support and love to face all her struggles. Most importantly she teaches Edythe about God and His love for her. She gently guides Miss Amsel through example and prayer to find the real answers she needs. Edythes confusion and search for God reminded me much of myself when I am trying to do things in my own strength.
Edythe experiences a roller coaster of emotions, tragedy, danger and heartaches, but shows great courage and character. All this is not in vain because her independent spirit is tested and she learns to trust God and what is truly important in her life.
It is wonderful to read a wholesome Christian romance novel. The book was fast paced, and full of surprises. I enjoyed this book very much and look forward to reading more of Ms. Sawyers books.
I have received this from book Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.
Kim Vogel Sawyer has done it again with Courting Miss Amsel. This was a very satisfying read about a Nebraska school teacher in the 1800s. There were multiple facets to the story line: Edythes relationship with her father and siblings, her joy of teaching, her relationships with the townspeople, and the wonder of falling in love for the first time.
Sawyers descriptions made me feel like I was really there. I especially enjoyed how she described the activities in the one room school house and what it was like for Edythe to plan for her students and implement her teaching ideas. The descriptions of the children were wonderful and realistic. Edythes and Joels interactions and emotions pulled me into the story. The story flowed and was well written. This is my type of Christian fiction bookwell thought out characters and story line that glorify God.
Bethany House Publishers graciously supplied me with a review copy of this book my opinions are my own.