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Wooing the Schoolmarm (Pinewood Weddings #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  93 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
A Spinster by Choice When Willa Wright's fiancé abandoned her, he ended all her hopes for romance. Now she dedicates herself to teaching Pinewood's children, including the new pastor's young wards. If she didn't know better, Reverend Calvert's kindness could almost fool Willa into caring again. Almost...Though Matthew Calvert adores his niece and nephew, he wants a family ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 3rd 2012 by Love Inspired (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 28, 2012 Mitch rated it it was amazing
What a surprise this book was. I randomly was at Wal Mart getting my oil changed when in the wrong section of the store I saw "Wooing the Schoolmarm" by Dorothy Clark laying out. I thought, hmmm ok, I've read a couple other Harlequins before a while back and they were surprisingly good, so I hoped this would also be a great read.

Then, I get home, open the book and realize that NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO this is a Christian religious book! Being raised without any church background, I've always av
Jun 04, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it
This was a sweet book! I really liked Willa, even though she was reacting in ways I didn't want her to because of the way she had been emotionally wounded in her life. Matthew was a great and very believable character. The kids were just right! They acted in an age appropriate way and dealt with things in a believable fashion. Ellen was a character who was necessary for the emotional turmoil to the story, but I really did not like! I think this is a good beginning to the Pinewood Weddings series ...more
Jun 26, 2012 Judy rated it it was amazing
Wooing the Schoolmarm by Dorothy Clark
Pinewood Weddings Book 1
Willa Wright faced the fact that she would live her life as a teacher and when her mother could no longer handle the work load of being the laundress for the bachelor loggers...she would take over that. It was the only way they could keep their home. She knew she would never marry as she no longer trusted men. Her father left her. Her fiance left her. So when the new pastor comes to town she see’s malice in all he does, after all he w
Nov 08, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
This is a Christian historical fiction story about a schoolteacher in the 1840's. Enduring many hardships as a child, Willa Wright carries those hurts into adulthood. I admired the way she related to children and reacted to crisis situations. One aspect I don't think I fully understood was Willa's loyalty to her best friend Ellen, whom I did not find likable at all, but her personality added interest to the book. Romance and spiritual decisions also enter into the plot. Those who like historical ...more
This is my first book by Dorothy Clark and I really enjoyed it. This book caught my eye because I love historical fiction about schoolmarms. This book is about Willa a woman whose father left her and her mother to fend for themselves. Willa has experienced heartbreak as days before her fiancé runs off. Willa decides that she will be single and teach and then help her mom with the laundry she does so they can stay in the cabin they live in. A new preacher comes to town with his brother's children ...more
Sep 11, 2012 Rhonda rated it really liked it

At first part of the story I was not sure that I liked Willa she was so bitter. Then I realized how bad it would be for a while going through those issues. No wonder she
did not trust gentlemens words and actions.
Willa did keep her feelings away from the children she taught and she cared for the children. She cared and helped those around her.
Willa Wright's fiance left her by leaving her a note saying he was going west and follow his dream. Her dad left her and her mom when she was really
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Sep 30, 2013 Curse of the Bibliophile rated it it was amazing
Love comes at the most unexpected times.

This is a heartwarming tale of hope, faith, and love. The characters are all written realistically and they all must overcome grief and other obstacles to obtain happiness.

Willa has had bad experiences with men and though her wariness his well deserved she needs to learn that that not all are like her ex. I really admired her spirit and ability to put others before herself. She truly cared for the children she taught and went above and beyond to help them.
Oct 24, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it
The story line to the book is your typical one for a quick Christian romance. The new preacher is also a new father. He has been given his niece and nephew to take care of. The local schoolteacher seems to be right there to help when he most needs it. Their connection is undeniable. The children are written beautifully and they are an addition to the story not a hindrance.

I gave this book 4/5 stars. I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would but would still recommend it. Without the
Jul 14, 2012 Ausjenny rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical
Thanks to Netgalley for my review copy.

I enjoyed this book. I like that Willa is content to be single and loves being a teacher. She has had a hard life with her father leaving her mother and her when she was young and this has turned her against being married. Then comes the new Reverend with his niece and nephew after the death of there parents. Her best friend who happens to be quite self centered sets her mind on being Matthews wife which further causes Willa issues. Willa doesn't want to li
Jul 13, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Willa has a problem trusting. The new pastor has suddenly become a father to his niece and nephew. Willa thinks Matthew's shallow, much like her father and ex-fiance. Matthew's drawn to her way with the children. And the children adore her. Will Willa learn to trust again and that a good man can love her?

I've had this book sitting in my pile for about a month now. I picked it up this evening and curled up and read. I thought that Matthew did a pretty good job in figuring out how to balance his r
Jan 30, 2016 Christy rated it it was ok
This was just average. Willa Wright was just annoying and bitter and a bit dramatic. I do like Love Inspired Historical Fiction but find really good ones hard to find. I like the small size and usually a quick read. This one was quite corny for me. Sometimes writers just remark on too many things for me; the tilt of her head; the wisps of her lashes; tear soaked eyes. There was a lot of assuming between these characters and not enough real talk. Should anyone come across a humorous and exciting ...more
Jul 29, 2012 Naomi rated it really liked it
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Alright...I have to admit..the book was cheesy and predictable, but had such an innocence that IT WORKED FOR ME!! There was just something so heartwarming about this book that I couldn't put it down...even though I knew what the ending was going to be and there were no twists in surprises. I absolutely fell in love with the Pastor Calvert and the Spinster Clark!!

Readers who love author Jeanette Oke...will love this book! I honestly thought
Vickie McDonough
Oct 02, 2012 Vickie McDonough rated it it was amazing
Wooing the Schoolmarm is a charming tale of one-sided love-at-first-sight--and I loved that it was the man who fell for the woman. Willa is a hard nut to crack. She's a woman who has been hurt by men and now wants nothing to do with them, but Matthew is patient and kind and determined to win her over. A sweet story filled with emotion, battles over past hurts, and struggles to start anew. A book that's well worth the money.
Jan 14, 2014 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried so hard and got so far. So flipping long and unnecessarily so.
Sep 23, 2012 June rated it really liked it

I really liked Matthew. He was a really good and decent guy who was willing to take God's answer that maybe Willa wasn't the girl for him. And Willa was a great gal, willing to help so many. Sally and Joshua were real heart stealers too. Even Tickles and Happy were fun to read about. Looking forward to the next book in this series.
Susan F
Jul 25, 2012 Susan F rated it it was amazing
Go grab this book while it's on the store shelves. It is a beautiful story. The historical information that is expertly woven into the storyline is excellent, as is the romance. Warning, you may stay up way past your bedtime reading this. :)
Apr 13, 2013 Shelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Very sweet romance. I enjoyed a lot of aspects of the setting. I liked the secondary characters quite a bit and already bought the next book.
Aug 29, 2012 GONZA rated it it was ok
It was ok but not really my favourite type of romance.

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Miniseries: Pinewood Weddings
Category: Inspirational Romance
Cathy Daniel
Jul 08, 2012 Cathy Daniel rated it it was amazing
I ADORED this book! I even cried at the end :)
May 14, 2013 Shawn rated it liked it
Predictable but cute.
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Miniseries: Pinewood Weddings
Jul 03, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
A very sweet story.
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