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Books set in one room school houses always intrigue me. Add in a second teacher to make a male/female teaching duo and I was extra excited! Claire's character showed a lot of real-life flaws but also showed a huge degree of development. I loved watching her teaching skills evolve throughout the book. I enjoyed watching her become more creative and take more risks. Barrett was also a great character with plenty of flaws and room for growth in his life but I definitely related with Claire more.
Kraak's ability to take Claire and Barrett's opposites and wield them into a story filled with inter-personal conflict, internal conflict, and a more than share of town gossip was impressive. Watching the two teachers duel to see who would get the teaching position was a little nerve wracking because they both showed great qualities as teachers. But you'll have to read the book to see who won!
And the love story... Well that was pretty fun too. It is always fun to read stories where two people are falling for each other but trying to fight off the feelings on one or both sides. I loved the banter. I loved that it wasn't an easy happily ever after. Yes, in the end I knew what the outcome would be but Kraak didn't make it easy for her characters and I always appreciate that.
If you're looking for a good Christian historical romantic fiction book this is the one for you.
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