Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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.  Edythe’s 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. Sawyer’s books. 

I have received this from book Bethany House in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

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