[CFBA Tour&Review] Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer

Posted 11 January, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Courting Miss Amsel
Bethany House (January 1, 2011)
Kim Vogel Sawyer


Kim Vogel Sawyer is the author of fifteen novels, including several CBA and ECPA bestsellers. Her books have won the ACFW Book of the Year Award, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, and the Inspirational Readers Choice Award. Kim is active in her church, where she leads women’s fellowship and participates in both voice and bell choirs. In her spare time, she enjoys drama, quilting, and calligraphy. Kim and her husband, Don, reside in central Kansas, and have three daughters and six grandchildren.


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Courting Miss Amsel, go HERE.

My Review:
I LOVE Kim Vogel Sawyer! Her work is NEVER disappointing and ALWAYS filled with love and grace. She can transport me every single time and make me a character in the midst of that love and grace. It’s always a wonderful feeling to sit down with a Kim Vogel Sawyer novel and meet new friends.

I truly enjoyed getting to know Edythe Amsel, the new schoolmarm and her students. Edythe’s character was the one I loved the most. I felt such a strong connection to her in so many ways, as I watched her through out this story. Her struggles were like my own, it seemed. And, Joel. WOW! Now THAT is a fantastic man to have as the “hero” of the story :)! God truly knew just what Miss Amsel need when He crossed her path with Joel’s!

So, what happens to Edythe, her students, and Joel??? Well, don’t just sit there! Grab a copy of this 5 star sweet, tender novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer, sit back, relax and see for yourself. If you’ve never read a novel by this sweet author, then you will become INSTANTLY hooked. If you have read books by this author, then you will be so happy to add this book to your collection! What are you waiting for? GO NOW! 🙂

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