1. Lessons on Love: 4 Schoolteachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts
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    Lessons on Love: 4 Schoolteachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts
    Suzanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen L. Maher, Carrie Fancett Pagels
    Barbour Books / 2019 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Hampton Roads -- VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Touching Novellas!
    November 13, 2019
    homesteading
    Hampton Roads -- VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    If you enjoy inspirational historical romance then you're sure to find a few pleasurable hours spent with these four school teachers while they address and work through challenges faced in and out of the classroom. With four unique writing styles, readers are sure to be entertained and encouraged by one or more of these courageous young teachers.

    I have to mention the gorgeous cover. Between the embossing and the cutout, it's one of the prettiest covers on my book shelf this year!

    I was gifted a copy of the book. No review was required.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Lessons Learned
    October 16, 2019
    Lynndy
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Was not disappointed in this Historical fiction. Each story captured my interest from the start. I love when I can put myself in the place of the characters, see what they're seeing, smell what they're smelling, feel their emotions and during my visits to their story learning real history too. I loved every novella. A big thanks to all the authors for their research and excellent skill and talent that made each story come alive and nice to read.

    I pre-ordered this book. What a great purchase!
  3. Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Lots to learn from this lovely love stories collection!
    October 15, 2019
    Paty Hinojosa
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a wonderful collection of novellas about four strongminded schoolteachers who, as the front page says "will find more than they bargained for in their contracts"!

    And it was just like that! Sweet historical romances that center around school, teaching, and finding love and so much more discoveries in the process!

    Something old, Something new, by Kathleen L. Maher. 1840, New York.

    Loved this sweet story of Gilda, a Jewish girl with the loving burden of fitting in her father's shoes after his passing. Her father, was more than a Patriarch for the Jewish community, he was the perfect schoolmaster and Gilda knew she had a great challenge before her, to resume what her Papa had left. But she never expects the mayor to bring his nephew as a way to test her capability as her assistant. Not only that but she is to include the Christian morals in her lessons. But how can this partnership work when Josh in none other that a Gentile, of the Christian revivalists?

    This is a sweet story with many lessons for both, Gilda and Joshua, regarding their beliefs and their judgement of each other. Can they be true friends? Is there a chance for more than friends, or is their relationship strictly professional?

    This was a very sweet story, and I specially loved the characters. They both had matching wits. Even if from different upbringings they were the perfect match, you'll see for yourself. But it will take some battles to win before love conquers all. Totally loved this story, probably my favorite.

    Love in Any Language, by Susanne Dietze. 1870, Kansas.

    Mary Clarence teaches english to the children of Swedish immigrants in her home, after being replaced by a male schoolteacher who discriminates the new students from Sweden. She wants so desperately to teach these children so they can fit in the american community. And then she realizes that she's the one who can learn more than anything from then.

    But then she meets Kristofer Nilsson, her favorite student's widowed father and can't help by being impressed by his honesty and simplicity. But when he's accused of robbery, she knows she can't just stay quiet and is determined to clear his name. Will this endeavor bring her closer to Kristofer and finally uncover the truth? Or is she in for a letdown? And will she risk her reputation in the way?

    This is a sweet story of following your heart and never let others or circumstances make you judge someone undeservedly. Mary Clarence will learn a few things along the way. And Kristofer too. But can Love find a way?

    Sweet story with sweet characters and plot.

    In Desperate Straits, by Carrie Fancett Pagels. Mackinack Island, 1894.

    Maggie is in "desperate straits". Things at her home are dire, and she wants to do her part. She knows she is a plain girl, so marriage is not in the horizon. Mackinack Island is known for its horses that pull the drays and carriages around the island, So, when she realizes her brothehe's are not in a healthy condition for applying to be a dray driver, Maggie disguises herself as a young lad so she can get the job, and she gets it!

    But will she be discovered before getting her due wages? When some soldiers look for trouble with her, Jesse, the island teacher, comes to her rescue. But he discovers her secret as he met her before she started faking being a young lad. Will he keep her secret? Will their secret turn into something more?

    I thought this story was so cute. I loved Maggie and her attempts to behave like a boy. It made me laugh!

    And the romance that buds between them was so sweet too.

    A Song in the Night, by Rita Gerlach. Maryland, 1904.

    Karien has a genuine talent of music, being an accomplished pianist and music teacher. She has her widowed mother to take care of, so leaving for Refuge, Virginia, seems like the opportunity they both need for a new start. Then she meets Nathaniel, when he saves her from being ran over by a reckless driver. He's so charming and gentlemanly than she can't help thinking of him. But as a teacher, she longs to improve the poor school and include orphans. She wants to uplift their lives with the power of music. But then opposition comes from the schoolboard. Will Karien with the help of Nathaniel be able to show them what she has to give through her music and help the community children, and that orphans are as part of the community as the rest of the children and even more deserving of love and support?

    Sweet story and I loved Karien's backbone to stay firm and prove herself to the school board. Sweet romance too.

    These are all sweet and deep even if short stories of strongminded women who want to give their best in a society that is not favorable of women doing things that men do. And proving themselves worthy and finding ways to provide for their families, like men do. Lots of lessons here, but as the title says, lessons of love, friendship, and kindness.

    I definitely recommend it! Loved every story!
  4. Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Charming collection of historical fiction
    October 4, 2019
    Annelr
    Brighton, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lessons on Love is a collection of four novellas from Barbour Publishing with the themes each being centered on school teachers during the time period of the mid-19th century and early 20th century. I love these collections as they are easy to read one story at a time and when they are written by authors you love, it's a great book! The stories each have a schoolteacher as one of the main characters and yet each one is different--a Jewish gal taking on the classroom after her father dies, a young woman who teaches English to Swedish immigrants, a young man who desperately needs a job to care for his mother and sisters, and a young music teacher who loses her job. Readers are treated to background information that adds such great interest to the stories--Jewish customs, Pen and Ink Alphabet books, the fact that most women teachers were not allowed to date or be married, Percheron horses and Mackinac Island, and a disastrous fire in Baltimore. The vibrant characters are realistic and relatable with their flaws as well as their strengths being portrayed. Each author has their own seemingly effortless style of writing that draws the reader into her story. Stories of forgiveness, family, faith and a little romance as well! I was given a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.
  5. USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Historical Fiction
    October 2, 2019
    Sunnie
    USA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was such a good book. It's 440 pages so I thought it would take some time for me to read, but the stories were so engaging that I couldn't put it down. It was really a great read. There are four stories written by some very talented authors.

    The four stories cover four different time periods, 1840, 1870, 1894, and 1904. So you get a little different perspective of those years in the different stories about school teachers and their responsibilities and rules, etc.

    Having been an immigrant myself, the story of the Swede's called "Love in any Language" really hit home as I remember learning the English language and then trying to help my mom to understand, which took much longer. It is a challenge.

    I loved "In Desperate Straits", the title being a cute play on words, and how Maggie dresses as a man to work the job that is a job that would otherwise go to one of her brothers. Such a great story by a very talented writer.

    The book was so nice to read. I can only say I am glad not to have been a teacher back in the day. The rules!

    I received an ARC copy from one of the authors. All thoughts are my own.
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