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Twenty-two-year-old Garnet Adams longs to marry and have a houseful of children. Forced to support her widowed mother, she embraces her role as a teacher, although the Carrie Town board of education's rules for female teachers leave no opportunity for a social life. She contents herself playing the violin at church. 

Tall, bearded, and rough around the edges, Deputy Noah Scott would rather hunt than socialize. Garnet thinks he’s a rude, insensitive drifter, and Noah's sure the last person he'd want to court is a schoolmarm - especially with her unladylike sneeze. As the needs of her students bring them together, opposites seem to attract until a certain Christmas present derails their future.

©2019 Forget Me Not Romances (Winged Publications) (P)2020 Kimberly Grist

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A Teacher’s Tale

I loved this book.
Who on earth wrote the Rules for Teachers back in the 19th century?
The way Kimberly writes about the children in this story takes you right into their lives and is masterfully told by the narrator.
Garnet is left without a lift home and needs to be home before dark or she’ll meet the ire of the school board. The sheriff comes to her rescue and offers to walk her home but can she keep up with him?
You’ll have to read the book to find out.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-07-2021

Great story

Loved it! Narrator made it even better. And the singing..... tears in eyes. I would like like to have a CD by the singer. And more books by author.

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  • Shopgirl
  • 27-02-2021

Sweet Teacher Romance

Really enjoyed this sweet teacher and deputy story. The narrator did a good job bringing the characters to life as well. Definitely recommend.

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  • Frank D
  • 09-01-2021

Wonderful story

This was a delightful story. I particularly enjoyed the hymns. I will try another bSA.

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  • Natalya
  • 10-12-2020

Rules for Teachers

Sweet, romantic, and funny story of the young teacher and a handsome deputy with some facial hair lol
I enjoyed it and it confirmed that I wouldn’t survive as a teacher in 1890s.
I received a complimentary copy of this book; I was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions in this review are my own.

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  • Rheacty1
  • 10-12-2020

Sweet read

Narration is excellent, story is oh so sweet. Loved it and will listen again. Good characters, they found ways to help those in need.

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  • Donna M
  • 01-12-2020

Honesty is the best

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Great narration and refreshing. Garnet Adams is 22 and working as a school teacher to help support her widowed mother and aunt. It's 1890 and there are a lot of rules, for a woman being a school teacher. She has to be in her room by dark, no dancing and she cannot be married. Oh boy, not much social life with those rules and many more. She is attracted to Deputy Noah Scott, but finds him rude and insensitive. She decides to make him a Christmas present anyway, but he looses it. She sees him take the gift and put it in the trash. She retrieves it and gets very upset. How could she be so stupid, she asks herself. Noah is upset also, but can't tell Garnet. Will one misunderstanding ruin their chance at happiness.

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  • Marie
  • 28-11-2020

Sweet and swift!

This story is an adorable story of two people floundering in life to make things the best they can. Doubts fly, confusion and then answers, lots of cute humor and enough realness to the characters to make them believable. If you are looking for a short read or listen, that is sweet and heartwarming, this is the book for you!! And I loved all the rules of the School teacher! Nice touch!

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  • Kurt E. Karlson
  • 17-10-2020

Garnet's Gift

A clean, sweet Christian Romance set in by gone days.

If you like clean historical romance, you'll enjoy this book.

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  • DebLynn
  • 21-07-2020

Revealing history of 1890's female teacher's life

The story is what you’d expect of a settlement town of 1890’s between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Except for the "Rules for Teachers" which were more than an eye-opener. The double standard – male teachers could court and marry, but not female teachers who had to quit teaching if they married. But the school board who established these rules seemed bent on keeping the females under lock and key and the watchful eye of clergy and the sheriff’s office, as well as the high standing members of society. Garnet’s teacher’s heart rings true: sacrificing to meet the physical, emotional, societal and economic needs of her students as well as their educational needs.
The text, a long short story, has little time to develop psychological needs of the main characters, though they are revealed as the back stories come out.
The narrator voices the characters well, with sensitivity. However, since the romance progresses quickly at one point, I wished for more emotional nuance and slower, contemplative pacing, to let the depth of meaning of the words and the vulnerability of the characters be more real – not so matter-of-fact and inevitable. Grists’s writing could have included more character depth, especially at that point.
I listened twice, and the second time, especially appreciated the Rules for Teachers organization around which each chapter was hung. I recommend for a quick listen, that incorporates the quirkiness of children and their impact on all of our lives.
I received a free copy of this audiobook, and am pleased to submit this honest review.

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  • HappyToBeHere
  • 22-06-2020

Garnet's Gift

I enjoyed listening to this book.
The rules that were in place for teachers were strict, especially for women. A lot of research went into this book and it shows. Kimberly Grist wrote a fantastic story. Lorena Hoopes did a fantastic job narrating the story.

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  • Robin Beattie
  • 09-12-2020

Christian clean restrictive romance

Clean Christian romance in a time when woman were restricted in work and not generally allowed to work if they marry

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