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Becoming the schoolmarm in tiny Walnut Hill, Nebraska, in 1882, fulfills Edythe Amsel’s dream, although she regrets leaving Missy, her youngest sister, back in Omaha with their brother. But Joel Townsend and his nephews, Johnny and Robert, together with her landlady, Luthenia Kinsley, make Edythe welcome. Soon she is caught up in town life, her happiness marred only by one student’s malicious pranks and by the suspicion with which many parents view some of her innovative teaching methods. When Missy arrives during a bad storm, having run away from Omaha, and proves to be sullen and demanding, Edythe finds herself turning more and more to scripture with Luthenia’s support and guidance. Sawyer’s first-rate, stand-alone Christian historical prairie romance moves rapidly. She sets the stage, then allows events to play out over the course of the school year as Edythe attempts to broaden her students’ perspective while introducing them to suffrage and current events around the world. --Lynne Welch

About the Author

Kim Vogel Sawyer is the bestselling author of more than fifteen novels. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. She and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.

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  • File Size: 783 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004D39MUE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,343 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Christy VINE VOICE on January 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
It's been awhile since I've read a historical romance that was as good as this one. While the storyline itself wasn't anything new to the world of books, the delivery of the story was what really captured my attention. Kim's style of writing was so pleasant and easy-going. It felt like I was getting together with an old friend over a glass of sweet tea.

Her characters were down-to-earth people that really cared about one another (even though some were too nosy and troublesome for their own good). "Miz" Kinsley was one of my favorites because she never hesitated to tell it like she saw it. Her character was there to show Edythe that she could run her life on her own for only so long. She cared about Edythe beyond just being her landlord; her desire and prayer was to see Edythe relinquish control of her life over to the Lord. I also really enjoyed Joel's character, and especially his relationship with his nephews. I could picture those boys in my mind's eye as being very cute little youngsters that could've been some michevious little rascals if not for their constant desire to please their Uncle Joel and teacher, Miss Amsel.

Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the conversation. Now, Edythe was a very intelligent lady, but almost too intelligent for the people of Walnut Hill. When she arrived spouting her big vocabulary, most folks had to ask her to repeat it. Over time, she became a little easier to relate to. In the mean time, though, what she heard from the townsfolk was some down-home lingo--"Miss" became "Miz," "courting" became "courtin'," and apparently, when one was sick with an illness of sorts, they were "stove up." I have to admit...that last one was a new one for me.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By C. Kendall VINE VOICE on January 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
Every time I start reading one of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books I am certain that I will come away from it feeling uplifted and happy. I always look forward to reading Kim's books because I have yet to be disappointed by them. Courting Miss Amsel was another positive and joyful reading experience thanks to this very talented author.

Edythe is an independent woman who is always in control, or so she thinks. As we experience Edythe's first year of teaching the children of Walnut Hill, Nebraska, we see her struggle to maintain control of the many issues and problems that come her way. This story provides an important lesson in learning to trust God and learning that we really do not have control over anything. Edythe must learn this lesson the hard way. She must also learn to give up some of her independent spirit and allow herself to find the love of her life.

As I expected, I really enjoyed Courting Miss Amsel. It is a very relaxing read, which is something I have found with all of Kim's books that I have read. Kim's talent for creating charming and endearing characters (especially the children) add an extra layer of warmth to her books and this book was full of warmth and a happy feel. I got a little frustrated with Joel and Edythe not being honest with each other from the start, but it would be a boring story (and a short one) if they were honest. So, the level of tension was perfect, the amount of action was spot on and the story as a whole was wonderful. I have become such a fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer's work and this book will be going on my favorites list!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christina Lockstein on January 10, 2011
Format: Paperback
Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer is a fast-paced historical romance with a lot of heart. Edythe Amsel is determined to start living her life on her terms when she takes a position as schoolteacher in Walnut Hill, Nebraska, away from her family in Omaha. The children of the school quickly fall in love with her when she refuses to use the brutal tactics for discipline that the former teacher employed, but the parents aren't as sure of her ability when she insists on teaching them more than just readin', writin' and 'rithmatic. Joel Townsend has never viewed caring for his nephews, Robert and Johnny, after the death of their parents as a burden, but he understands that any woman he courts must have the same view. Edythe's insistence that she is done with caring for others sets a rift between the two of them that is so large, only God will be able to overcome it. Sawyer's writing is always populated with likable characters and solid plots with God at the center, and this book is no exception. Readers will sympathize with Edythe's love for her students. Joel is strong hero with love for his nephews and the Lord. Readers will hope that Sawyer intends to revisit Walnut Hill again soon.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
After her mother's death, Edyth Amsel took care of the household chores and raised her siblings. With just her younger sister, Missy, still at home, she decides that it is time for her to live on her own. She takes a job as a schoolteacher in Walnut Hill, Nebraska. Since she is single, the town thought it would be best if she didn't live by herself, so she rents a room from Mrs. Kinsley.

The students were nervous for their first day of school, but Miss Amsel was more nervous than them. The previous teacher had whipped the students when they were out of line or didn't understand their school work. Miss Amsel would have none of this. She wanted her students to love learning, and the students become fond of her. Miss Amsel informs the students that she would be making a visit to each family, so she could introduce herself to the parents. There are several single father's in the area that are eying her, including Joel Townsend, who is raising his two nephews, who are students of Miss Amsel, on his own.

Miss Amsel's teaching methods aren't liked by some of the parents, who feel that the children only need to learn basic schooling. A student named William starts acting up during class, and is disturbing the students. She goes to his parents about his behavior, but they tell her that William is her problem during school hours. To make matter's worse; she receives word from her father that Missy has runaway.

I'm a fan of Kim Vogel Sawyer and Courting Miss Amsel was not a disappointment. It's fast paced and is cleverly plotted. I easily felt for the teacher as she struggled with the parents and the misbehaved Will. Being classified as historical romance, the book could have fallen into a cliche, but the author avoided this by using witty dialogue. I recommend Courting Miss Amsel to all readers.
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