Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Oh, spring...? And a GIVEAWAY!

Right about this time every year, I begin to realize how far away spring still is. Although I love being in a cozy sweatshirt and warm socks, curling up with a good book and drinking hot chocolate, I long for spring.


My favorite time of year.

Fresh air.



Pushing my kids on their swing sets.



Oh, yeah. Mud.

You know what? I don't even mind the mud.

But, there's still a long wait until even a hint of spring. So, to help you through these last few weeks of winter, I thought a GIVEAWAY would cheer you up! It cheered me! :-)

CSN Stores has offered to give one of my readers a $65 gift certificate to be spent at any of their 200+ stores! Wahoo for YOU!

Want to WIN IT? One person will win a $65 gift certificate to CSN Stores. To enter, tell me what's your favorite way to beat the winter blues! For additional entries (must do above to qualify for extra entries!),
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Entries that do not fulfill guidelines will be deleted, so read carefully!
Entries accepted until Monday, January 31, 11:59 PM (EST).Winner(s) will be chosen by random.org and winner(s) will be notified by email. Winner(s) must confirm prize email within 48 hours or another winner(s) will be chosen.

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**Disclaimer: I was not compensated in any way for this post. Giveaway is hosted by me and provided by CSN Stores.**

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer

This week, CFBA is introducing Courting Miss Amsel by Kim Vogel Sawyer.


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?


Honestly, Kim has become a favorite of mine and Courting Miss Amsel is just another sweet, prairie read to add to my KVS collection.

I just loved Mrs. Kingsley and her interaction with Edythe - reminded me of my favorite 'classic' characters, Marty and Ma Graham in Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly series. I also enjoyed Edythe's teaching methods - wish I'd had such a creative teacher!

Kim does such a great job developing her characters. They are so real, and you can't help but connect with their struggles and emotions. Although I didn't feel that Courting Miss Amsel had as much spiritual references as some of Kim's past books, she is really good at weaving scripture into her stories.

So, if you haven't yet read a book by Kim, I urge you to! I don't think you'll be disappointed!

AND FOR YOU, a peek into the book:
Courting Miss Amsel

Recommend: YES
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