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Courting Miss Amsel (Heart of the Prairie #6)

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ACFW Book of the Year Award winner Kim Vogel Sawyer is acclaimed for her soul-stirring fiction. In this enthralling tale, schoolmarm Edythe Amsel arrives in 1882 Nebraska with lofty goals. Soon her teaching methods—and her views on women’s rights—ruffle feathers. Only Joel Townsend speaks in support of the teacher who’s won the affection of his nephews. But when Miss Amsel

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Coranne
Courting Miss Amsel
By Kim Vogel Sawyer
Published by Bethany House
Published on January 1, 2011


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 terrori
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Jessica
I have a problem with Ms. Sawyer and it has very little to do with her writing style. Its not often that I read the back of books, I like to be captivated by titles and covers (yes, I'm one of those who judge a book by its cover), but when I agree to write reviews for novels I read the little blurb they offer. I want to read something I find interesting after all, and I only get one choice at a time, so I put my hopes into these quick synopsizes. Each time I have read a novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer ...more
Clockstein Lockstein
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 ...more
Debra Brinkman
I just finished reading Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer. It wasn't until I had finished the book that I realized I had reviewed another of Sawyer's books in the past, In Every Heartbeat. One of the things I really liked about that book was how well-researched it felt, and the flawed, believable characters. This was certainly true of Courting Miss Amsel as well.

Courting Miss Amsel occurs in a totally different time and place -- Nebraska in 1882. I'm drawn to fiction in the plains states,
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IrenesBookReviews
A schoolteacher and a man trying to raise his two nephews on his own, a perfect combination or is someone too proud to accept the other? Well written and fun to read, this book takes you back to the time of small country towns and one-room schools.

Edythe Amsel comes to Walnut Hill, Nebraska for her first teaching assignment. Excited and ready to teach she makes it clear that she is not ready to take on any family responsibility. Having helped raise her siblings the last thing she wants is a rea
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Tina
If you are looking for a good historical romance filled with sweetness, faith and hope, read Kim Vogel Sawyer’s COURTING MISS AMSEL. I’ve had this book, which was given to me by the publisher, on my shelf for a few months and I feel terrible that I’m just now posting a review. That said, I’m glad I waited because this was the perfect summer read.

As she always does, this author surprised me with a character who has more grit and spunk than I am usually expecting from this genre. My favorite part
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Petra Donatz
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Walnut Hill - ein beschauliches Städtchen in Nebraska. Ein Städtchen, dessen Bewohner Weizen anbauen und glücklich sind, wenn alles so bleibt, wie es ist. Allerdings nur, bis die junge Lehrerin Hannah Robin dort ihre erste Stelle annimmt. Für sie ist es ihr Traumjob: eine Schule, eine Klasse, in der sie ihre progressiven Ideen umsetzen kann. Für Walnut Hill ist das eine neue Erfahrung und Grund für Empörung. Doch Hannah lässt sich durch die Proteste nicht beirren. Und dann ist da noch
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Cari
This was a sweet story and I quite enjoyed it. :) It was a light read. I love when I can set a book down and look forward to picking it up again later, expecting only to be able to relax and not think overmuch about the contents. Sometimes you just need a break from the heavier subjects.

This is the third book I've read of the series Heart of the Prairie. The series does not need to be read in order, as each book is composed of different characters and settings.

The characters in this novel were
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Renee
If you're looking for a guaranteed sweet and heart-warming read with more than a smidgen of faith, you can't go wrong with a story from the pen of Kim Sawyer. Each time I pick up her books I'm prepared to relax and enjoy life on the prairie. Don't be fooled by the pretty covers because books by Kim aren't just romances, there are spiritual relationships and neighbor helping neighbor camaraderie that you don't often see nowadays.

While Courting Miss Amsel started out rather slowly by the end I was
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Dailycheapreads
A young teacher arrives at a one-room school house on the prairie ... You know exactly how this story will go. But then it's full of fun little twists and you enjoy every single page of it.
Edythe Amsel, for one thing, isn't the typical young little miss. She is 28 years old and is proud to begin a teaching career after raising her younger siblings following the death of their mother. Joel Townsend is raising his nephews after their parents were killed in an accident. As they get to know each oth
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Molly
Jan 10, 2011 Molly rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly by: CFBA
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 thr
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Susan
A young teacher arrives at a one-room school house on the prairie ... You know exactly how this story will go. But then it's full of fun little twists and you enjoy every single page of it.
Edythe Amsel, for one thing, isn't the typical young little miss. She is 28 years old and is proud to begin a teaching career after raising her younger siblings following the death of their mother. Joel Townsend is raising his nephews after their parents were killed in an accident. As they get to know each oth
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Wendi
Courting Miss Amsel
By Kim Vogel Sawyer
Published by Bethany House

Escaping a life of familial servant hood, and responsibility Edythe Amsel moves to Walnut Hill, Nebraska where she has been hired as the town’s new schoolteacher. Bright, strong-minded and creative, Edythe longs to evoke a passion in her students for learning and exploring everything the vast world has to offer… whether the town is ready for her unorthodox methods or not.

Joel Townsend is an honest hardworking man, filled with integ
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Kara
After the busyness of the last few weeks, I was more than ready to sit down and read something relaxing and fun! Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyers, which I recently received from Bethany House Publishers, seemed like a good choice.

Set in the small town of Walnut Hill, Nebraska in the 1880s, Courting Miss Amsel tells the story of Edythe Amsel, a young woman on her first teaching assignment, and Joel Townsend, a local farmer who is raising his two young nephews after their parents' untimely
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Maureen Timerman
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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 thei
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Elsie
Aug 17, 2014 Elsie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Elsie by: publisher review
This was a very sweet book. Set in Nebraska in 1882, the characters were endearing and likable. At first I thought it was going to be extremely predictable, but it threw a few twists into the mix that kept it going for me as the book went on. It also had some good Biblical principles, which not all "Christian fiction" includes.

Miss Amsel has a few things from her past keeping her from courting the eligible bachelors in town. She's not interested and they are very persistent. Although she keeps t
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Lorie
Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer is the story of Edythe Amsel. Edythe has had a rough life. After her mother’s death, she is left to raise her brothers’ and sisters’. She feels like she has given up all her dreams because she has had care for her family. After raising all but one, Edythe decides to go after her dreams and accepts a teaching position at Walnut Hill in Nebraska for a one room classroom. Edythe is very headstrong and likes to be independent. She also believes in a well round ...more
Carly
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
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Kaity-Jane Culbertson
I have read a couple books by Kim Vogel Sawyer and loved them all, so I was excited to pick up Courting Miss Amsel. It has SUCH a gorgeous cover, too! The writing style was easy to read and understandable, and it made it very easy for me to enjoy the story at it's most.

Edythe was an awesome character that I instantly fell in love with. She had SUCH a heart for teaching kids - so much like me! I would love being a teacher, especially during that time where the classroom had an average of 16 kids
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Cafelilybookreviews
Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors because there’s no work involved when it comes to reading her stories. I just fall right in and get lost in the pages, as Kim works her literary magic.

Courting Miss Amsel was a delightful read and I enjoyed every minute of it!

This book is about Edythe Amsel, a young woman with progressive ideas and a passion to teach. The quiet little town of Walnut Hill is quickly turned upside down with her arrival and her ideas. Replacing the previous tyrannical
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Holly Renee
I've read a few of Kim Vogel Sawyer's novels, but I believe Courting Miss Amsel is her best one yet.

Edythe Amsel is the new schoolmarm in Walnut Hill, Nebraska. With a clear vision and passion for her new pupils, she is eager to begin the school year with one purpose: to expand the children's education to ideas and concepts beyond farming and reading. Parents from the community, however, don't share her views on education. As if the irate parents aren't enough, she finds herself in constant batt
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Jodie
Edythe Amsel is the new schoolmarm in Walnut Hill, only her unfamiliar ways of teaching set the town on edge. Unruly William is bound and determined to irritate her and everyone else in her class, but she refuses to go back on her word to not use the switch. When a once in a lifetime opportunity presents itself, she decides to take a field trip with a few of her older students to a woman's suffrage meeting. The town has had enough and calls a vote to decide if they should keep her the remainder ...more
Itsjustme-wendy
Well I love Kim Vogel Sawyer so it was no great surprise that I really liked this book. Her books are just so nice and easy going, they all flow so nicely. What I really loved about this book was that it was about a schoolmarm. I love books about school teachers in the 1800's. This whole story was based around the school and her students. A few of her students were main characters in the book. This one was very well done.

As usual there was great character development! I loved Miss Amsel, "Edyth"
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Harpmary
Every once in a while I think I want to read a book that really doesn't require much thought. Courting Miss Amsel definitely falls into this category. The book is one of those typical of the "Amish" genre, complete with the image of the pretty pensive-looking young woman on the cover gazing into the distance at a handsome young man who presumably is her husband or husband-to-be. Edythe Amsel is an 'old-maid' school teacher (being 28 years old and unmarried) teaching in a one-room school house on ...more
Kame
Miss Amsel is the new schoolmarm - this is her first teaching assignment and she is full of new ideas. Mr. Townsend is the guardian of his two nephews and is leary of her decisions on the first day of school. Imagine a teacher who has told the students she will not use the switch for disciple.

Many in the town question Mr. Amsel's (Edyth) teaching methods - she is very progressive for this small farming community - some question why students should learn about longitude and latitude, and bugs! M
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Karen
This book made such an impression on me, that I couldn't remember I had read it before until about halfway through. While I do think author Kim Vogel Sawyer is a very good writer, I couldn't get into this book. I tried and tried to feel something, anything toward the heroine, but couldn't raise any sort of connection with Edythe Amsel.

I thought all of the characters were fairly well developed. I understood the background behind each one, or at least I think I did. Maybe I didn't and that's why
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Liz
Edythe Amsel is single, pretty, independent, and the new schoolmarm at a one-room schoolhouse in Walnut Hill, Nebraska. Although the single men in town would like an opportunity to court her, she has only one goal in mind. She wants to teach her students, not be a wife and mother.

Miss Amsel's students love her, but the school board is quite irritated with her discipline, teaching methods, and broad subjects, since the children will simply become farmers when they graduate. Miss Amsel believes th
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Megan
What a charming & entertaining book by Kim Vogel Sawyer. Edythe Amsel was such a lovable, endearing teacher & Joel Townsend was such a caring & charming caregiver to his two nephews. So many times while reading "Courting Miss Amsel" I felt as though this book was a slightly different "Little House on The Prairie". There are a quite a few similarities: Walnut Grove/Walnut Hill, Troublemaker Willie Olsen/Troublemaker William Sholes, Schoolteacher Miss Pringle/ Schoolteacher Edythe.

What
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Julie
The Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't. (pg. 181)

Wow...how true are those words?! It's sayings such as these that have drawn me to this book and new-to-me-author Kim Vogel Sawyer.

Miss Edythe Amsel moves away from her family to take a teaching position in the small town of Walnut Hill. Like all first year teachers, Miss Amsel puts her heart and soul into teaching these young minds. She does not anticipate having to deal with the scrutiny of what she is teaching howe
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Casey
A schoolmarm bent on new ideas and a town slow in coming around this story is filled with the classic characters, warm hearted moments and depth of faith that Sawyer is known to bring to her fiction.

I thought setting and character wise this story was an enjoyable read. It has all the qualities of a prairie romance with hard working characters and their love for the land and each other. But it moves beyond “mere” sweet romance, taking on issues of that day of age, faith and the difficulties of wh
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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 calligrap ...more
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