Sunday, April 10, 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?
This story is set in Walnut Hill, Nebraska starting in September 1882. Her first experience with the Children is rather frightening. The kids are shaking, come to find out the last teacher had terrorized them. The first thing she does is destroy the switch! What a delightful teacher she is, made me wish I had gone to school there.
Edyth Amsel grew up young, she held her family together after her Mother's untimely death. She raises her siblings, and when the youngest is old enough to go live with her married brother, she sets out to grab her dream of teaching. She has decided to rely on herself and never have to take care of a family again.
Edyth may not want to rely on anyone, but love how the Lord works on her heart. You will have a hard time putting this book down.
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