Thursday, October 3, 2019

LESSONS ON LOVE 4 DIfferent Schoolteachers find more than they bargined for in their contracts



Lessons on Love: 4 Schoolteachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts


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4 Teachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts

Something Old, Something New by Kathleen L. Maher
New York, 1840s
Her father’s sudden death makes Gilda Jacobs the new schoolmaster, but to teach Christian curriculum she partners with fire-and-brimstone revivalist Joshua Blake, who learns a lesson in love.

Love in Any Language by Susanne Dietze
Kansas, 1870
Mary Clarence teaches English to the children of Swedish immigrants, but when her favorite students’ widowed father, Kristofer Nilsson, is accused of robbery, she’s determined to clear his name.

In Desperate Straits by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894
Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.

A Song in the Night by Rita Gerlach
Virginia, 1904
Karin Wiles longs to share the uplifting power of music with children. But when she seeks to improve a poorly run school and include orphans, Nathaniel Archer delivers harsh words of opposition from the school board.


Hi Lori, thank you for having me on your blog and for your beautiful review of Lessons on Love. 

Writing a school teacher story made me reminisce about my own elementary school experiences. I had some really great teachers. There was one in particular that I thought of while writing Gilda Jacob’s character, who inspired me with her youthful vim and vigor. 

My art teacher, Mrs. Raymond, had a special way of connecting with each student and left quite an impression on me. She had a giant banner in her classroom that said “there’s no such thing as can’t!”
Somehow that got through to me. I accepted that if I put my mind to it, and tried really hard, I could accomplish more than I realized. At any rate, it left me with a lifelong love for art, both creating and appreciating.

One of my favorite subjects in grade school was reading. Big surprise, right?  :-) We had what they called SRA packets that evaluated our reading comprehension with short articles. I found it fascinating to read about the Egyptian Sphinx, or whale family pods, and all of the amazing people, places and things that fill our world with wonder.

Other lasting impressions from grade school were the tadpoles we watched turn into frogs in our second grade classroom, and the monarch chrysalis from which a beautiful butterfly emerged. It inspired within me an awe for God’s creation that has carried with me through my life. I love nothing better than to take my children and grandchildren on nature walks. 

Great teachers do so much more than impart basic skills such as reading writing and arithmetic. The truly good ones instill a love of learning that stays. 

Question for your readers: What is your favorite grade school memory, or did you have a favorite teacher? Answer this, and you will be entered to win a signed print copy of Lessons on Love. 

Thanks once again for celebrating Lessons on Love book launch on your blog, Lori. I can’t wait to read the answers people leave to the question. 


Kathleen L. Maher’s first literary crush was Peter Rabbit, and she’s had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since. She has a novella releasing with Barbour in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, NY. Her debut historical “Bachelor Buttons” was released in 2013, and incorporates her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the American Christian Fiction Writers' Genesis Contest for unpublished writers, historical category, in 2012.

Kathleen and her husband raised their three children in an old farmhouse in upstate NY, along with a small zoo of rescued dogs, cats, and birds. They run an art business in their spare time and enjoy spoiling their grandchildren on the weekends.

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  1. I loved my first grade teacher Mrs Davidson. I think everyone remembers their first grade teacher. I remember having to put my nose in a circle on the blackboard for talking. I was a wiggly and talkative kid. It’s funny now and I don’t think it bothered me much then either. Lol! I loved school because my sister was in school three years before I got to go and I could hardly wait. When I started reading Run Spot Run I never quit reading. By the time I was in 3rd grade I was reading the Bible in Psalms. Every Sunday our Sunday school teachers wrote down how many chapters we read. Oh the joys of childhood.

    1. Hi Brenda. Those are great memories. I can relate to being caught talking. 😊 only my version was being caught daydreaming. Thanks for sharing

  2. Hi, I too loved my first grade teacher, she was such a very sweet young lady. Her name was Mrs. Norton. One time when she went skiing she brought us all a pinecone from the forest, well that year for Christmas we painted and put glitter on the pinecone and made it into an christmas tree ornament , well , that was our gift for our parents for christmas, I will forever remember that and Mrs. Norton. Your book sounds like a very good read and like a book I would love to read. I will be adding it to my TBR list. I love the cover of your book, it is Beautiful. Have a Great weekend. God bless you.

  3. Hi Alicia! Thank you for sharing your teacher story. I love those glittery pinecone’s. ��. Good luck in the drawing.

  4. I absolutely loved my elementary school years! Such fond memories!

    1. Thanks for stopping by Betsy. I have found memories also

  5. My favorite teacher was my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Drake. She was very strict but fostered my love for learning. She had a great influence on my becoming a teacher. I love books and shows about teachers in the "olden" days. I have always thought it would have been a great experience to teach in a one-room school house! I have added this book to my "want to read list". Thank you for an opportunity to win a copy!

    1. This is Drake sounds like a wonderful lady if she inspired you to teach! Thank you for your service to the next generation. Good luck in the drawing Carolyn

  6. I really enjoyed school from kindergarten until I graduated from high school. My shorthand and off practice teacher really helped me prepare for a future in business. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

    1. Hi Vivian, thanks for stopping by this blog and sharing

  7. I had wonderful elementary school teachers and my eighth-grade teacher had the reputation of 'being hard' but my freshman year of high school was a breeze because of what I had learned in her class! IKathleen, I look forward to reading your story in this new collection.

    1. Thank you Connie I’m sure you were an A+ student :-)

  8. My favorite grade school memory was the SRA reading box. It had different colored levels. We had to read the story cards and answer questions. I always loved completing each level.
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    1. Hi Mary Ann, I love the SRA’s also :-) I remember leveling up was so exciting. That was long before video games LOL

      Good luck in the drawing

  9. I loved school as a kid and liked the fact in grade 3 I could outrun some of the boys when we played tag. Vivian Furbay jtandviv (at0 q (dot) com

  10. I had an amazing 2nd grade teacher. Her name was Opal Mullins. At Christmas she let us listen to Elvis's Christmas record after lunch if we were good that morning. We just loved that!

  11. That would motivate me to be good! Lol. Great memory. ☺️

  12. We have a winner! Random dot org helped me select our giveaway. Before I announce, I want to offer a huge thanks to our hostess Lori. Show her some love and follow her blog.
    And to each of you who came and commented and shared. I truly enjoyed each memory you shared.

    And now, congratulations go to MarAnn for being selected for our signed print copy. I will email you shortly.
    Next stop on the blog hop will be at DebbieLynne Costello ‘s blog The Sword and Spirit on Oct 15. One last chance for a giveaway there. Hope to see you all then.


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