Image of Courting Miss Amsel (Heart of the Prairie)


Image of Courting Miss Amsel (Heart of the Prairie)

The phenomenal story of a courageous young teacher who wishes to make a difference in the lives of parents and children will challenge the reader to understand the suffragette movement and how one woman makes peace with her inner struggles by finding support and facing her fears. Readers will want to make changes in their own lives, too.

Local suitors will not persuade Miss Edythe Amsel, the new schoolmarm in Walnut Hill, Neb., to accept their romantic advances. She’s too busy teaching her brand of well-rounded education in the town’s one-room schoolhouse. Her outlandish teaching methods include activities like collecting leaves, catching bugs and making snow angels, which has the town up in arms. Joel Townsend is happy that his nephews will have a female teacher after enduring a ruthless man in the classroom for two years. Joel is raising the boys after their parents’ untimely deaths and he thinks that they would benefit from a woman’s influence. Turns out they’re not the only ones who would … (Bethany House, Jan., 352 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Lindy J. Swanson