Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Another great historical novel -- Courting Miss Amsel

Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer is another great historical novel by this author.  Edythe Amsel begins her first teaching assignment in Walnut Hill, Nebraska, in 1882, planning to put her difficult past behind her and forge ahead as an independent young woman.  She has innovative ideas and enjoys teaching students of all ages in her one-room school house.  Along the way, she manages to stir up some of the towns-folk with her unorthodox methods but also finds some much-needed support.  She also learns important lessons about letting go of the control she so desperately wants to have over her own life and enjoying the better life God has for her.

As always, Kim creates characters that you would love to know in real life -- and almost feel like you do by the time you finish the book!  Edythe, Joel, Luthenia, and others draw you into their stories and lives in a compelling way.  Although In Every Heartbeat is still my favorite Kim Vogel Sawyer story, I can whole-heartedly recommend Courting Miss Amsel.

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