Where Courage Calls, When Calls the Heart Series #2
Coal Valley, Wonderful Characters, Adventure & Rom
Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan in their new book, Ã¢ÂÂWhere Courage CallsÃ¢ÂÂ published by Bethany House takes us into the life of Beth Thatcher.
From the back cover: Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expectedÃ¢ÂÂ¦
Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her fatherÃ¢ÂÂs wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind to accept a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. Inspired by her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years ago, and gently encouraged by her father, Beth resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way.
But the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than sheÃ¢ÂÂd feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. The children have had very little prior education, and many of the locals donÃ¢ÂÂt even speak English. There isnÃ¢ÂÂt even a proper schoolhouse. In addition, BethÃ¢ÂÂs heart is torn between two young menÃ¢ÂÂboth Mounties, one a lifelong friend and the other a kind, quiet man who comes to her aid more than once.
Despite the many challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town. But when her sister visits from the East, reminding her of all the luxuries sheÃ¢ÂÂs had to give up, will Beth decide to return to her privileged life as soon as the school year is over?
A special companion story to Hallmark ChannelÃ¢ÂÂs When Calls the Heart TV series
Welcome back to Coal Valley. The OkeÃ¢ÂÂs have done a previous six book series that featured Elizabeth. Ã¢ÂÂWhere Courage CallsÃ¢ÂÂ starts a new series that features ElizabethÃ¢ÂÂs niece, Beth. Beth wants to be a school teacher and Coal Valley is the place to start. The OkeÃ¢ÂÂs have given us plenty of wonderful characters to fall in love with, lots of adventure and romance. There is a lot going on in Coal Valley and the OkeÃ¢ÂÂs know how to take us through each event by letting us in on the lives of the participants. This is a great start to a new series. I have enjoyed it immensely and I look forward to the next book to see what will happen with Beth.
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February 27, 2014
Reading a Book by Janette Oke is Like Going Home
I have been a fan of Janette Oke's books for a number of years. I enjoy the life stories that she creates which allow the reader to truly get to know the characters. I also enjoy that I am able to learn some of Canada's history while reading the books.
Beth Thatcher is a teacher headed from her life of luxury in early 1900's Toronto to the Western Canadian mining town, Coal Valley, to teach its children. Many of whom have recently lost their father or brother in a mining accident. It wasn't easy for Beth to adjust to her new life in this unfamiliar town, but she quickly came to love the people of the town and several became like family during her year of teaching there.
Janette and her daughter Laurel continued the standard of quality that was set with the Love Comes Softly series with their newest book, When Courage Calls. This book is longer than Janette's other books, the length lent to the opportunity for the authors to spend on character development and character relationships. This is not a fast paced book, if it was I think it would take away from the heart of the story. Life on the Canadian Prairie (as well as the American Prairie) was not fast paced, like today's world. It was hard. The story really did give the reader that impression. I'm looking forward to the sequel, when it becomes available, because I'm certain that Elizabeth's story has not yet been completed.
**Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan was provided for me free by Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for my honest review.
February 26, 2014
This is a romance, adventure and faith-filled tale filled with scenes of danger, times of loneliness wrapped up in each character learning about life, love and how much God provides for them. Long ago, after graduating college and being employed, one of the joys I looked forward to was reading purely for the sake of reading. I was grateful to be done with memorizing facts, taking tests or writing papers, though learning the Word is a lifelong pursuit for me. So one night I was in a local library looking for something to enjoy and I came across Janette Oke and her Love Comes Softly series.
Now, decades later, I once again discovered the latest writing of Janette Oke along with her daughter Laurel Oke Logan in Where Courage Calls. Within the book is a story of a young woman who believes she is answering GodÃ¢ÂÂs call to go West and teach children in a mining town all by herself. Though her parents are believers one can sense the turmoil within their hearts of letting their daughter spread her wings in the frontier instead of just settling down near them.
Throughout the novel I felt compelled to just picture the scenes in my mind that the printed words painted. The time of the story takes place when women were expected to marry and not go to college or leave the nest before setting up their own homes with their husbands. The people Beth meets in the coal town are uniquely different than those Beth left behind. Yet, throughout the story Beth is learning what really matters and Who really matters most.
I loved the interactions between the various characters, most of all the praying that Beth does as God is smoothing the rough edges off her character. In looking at the poor within the small community, Beth draws conclusions then acts accordingly, and through these experiences her faith is expanded and challenged. It isnÃ¢ÂÂt hard to understand why Janette Oak is such an inspiring author; I have to believe it flows from her own relationship with the Lord. Where Courage Calls, I believe, has reminders for those living today about faith, love, hope, compassion and more. I sure hope readers pick up more than one copy to share with family, friends and anyone the Lord leads them to.
February 16, 2014
Nice Weekend Read
Where Courage Calls was a sweet story of faith and love, and I enjoyed the nice, quick, easy read. However, to me it lacked depth. I felt like you never really got beyond an acquaintance with any of the characters besides Beth, and I kept wondering if there was really much of plot, because it didn't really start til after halfway through. But when it did it moved quickly and was enjoyable! It was strange to read during the turn of the era; Coal Valley felt like a western/prairie town, and Beths hometown in Toronto was all up to date with the roaring 20's! A huge contrast. But it wasn't anything against the book, because like I said, times were changing- it was just strange to read it! :)
My favorite character was Molly- the mother-hen figure in the story. (I usually end up loving those!)
I was really pleased with how everything turned out with "Beth's torn heart between two young men". ;) And also, that the romantic theme didn't overpower or get annoying.
It was clear that this book was written for the Hallmark TV series. With that in mind, I was able to enjoy it and look past the little things that seemed missing.
A nice weekend read. :)
February 14, 2014