Where Courage Calls, When Calls the Heart Series #2
Where Courage Calls
Beth is made to endure a going away party her mother has arranged for her which was against Beth's wishes. Her mother has invited the very elite of society. He main comfort and support at the party is her father. Beth has taken a teaching position in the remote foothills of western Canada. This is a great undertaking for such a refined lady but she is sure she up to the challenge. After all her aunt had taken a teaching position in a remote area in Canada several years back.
When Beth arrives at her destination of Coal Valley the conditions were poor. The families had very little in shelter, clothing and food. Many of the families had lost their husbands and fathers in a mine cave in. She is also informed she will be holding school in a pool hall. Her mother would be mortified. To her great pleasure the people of this mining town were mostly pleasant. The town was protected by the Canadian Mounties. Which gave her a small sense of security.
This was an informative read. I remember watching shows with the very impressive Canadian Mounties. I like historical novels and this book was an exceptional read .
The authors write of a brave woman that takes on such an adventure where she would be in danger on a daily basis. This was the wilderness of all wilderness. She had a very big heart and a great desire to teach children in order to give them a chance at a better life.
I see Janette Oke as one of these women cutting a path for our young women to follow in her footsteps. I have so much love and respect for women authors who have given me many hours of reading pleasure.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group/Bethany House for review. I was in no way compensated for this review. This review is my honest opinion.
March 17, 2014
COURAGE CALLED & LEFT A GREAT MESSAGE!
While anticipating the honor of writing a review for Janette Oke and Laurel Oke LoganÃ¢ÂÂs novel When Courage Calls, I pondered if my words could give proper merit to such creative teamwork from these two superb authors. As a long time reader of Janette Oke Ã¢ÂÂ often relating her skilled gift to Laura Ingalls Wilder, I perceive the same in Laurel Oke Logan. I am sincerely humbled to be reviewing this work of perfection
Beth Thatcher touched me deeply Ã¢ÂÂ she had the true heart of a missionary, with a spirit of kindness within a soul full of GodÃ¢ÂÂs Holy Word. All those wonderful characteristics plus courage to venture into the unknown enabled her to face challenges with belief that she could be the impetus to change things through her deep faith in God. Beth made a daring decision to accept a position as the school teacher in remote Coal Valley, an indigent mining area in Western Canada. Beth finds herself in a bit of culture shock without the conveniences of home and wealth she had been privileged to know in Toronto. One of my favorite characters, Molly, the boarding house owner where Beth lived, was delightful and quite appropriately written into this beautiful story. Oh, but then there is FrankÃ¢ÂÂ¦. and the childrenÃ¢ÂÂ¦..and the unlikely school roomÃ¢ÂÂ¦and the Italian miners Ã¢ÂÂ there is no end to the unique quaintness versus durability of the people of Coal Valley. When Beth played her violin and enthralled the community to envision the miracle of ChristmasÃ¢ÂÂ¦. my heart felt the glory. When you read this story and find out why BethÃ¢ÂÂs violin played a part in a huge surprise, you will soon realize there are many surprises in store to keep the pages turning.
Edward Montclair and Beth were lifelong friends, however Beth considered him an annoyance and was not intending to gratify their mothersÃ¢ÂÂ presumptuous plans that the two would one day marry. BethÃ¢ÂÂs exhaustive train ride from Toronto to Coal Valley had some unpleasant and unpredicted surprises; in a bizarre way concerning Edward. Beth envisioned no dreams of romance then or after arriving in Coal Valley. However, this is a love story in my estimation about how GodÃ¢ÂÂs love can turn hopeless situations to promising. It is no surprise that the authors created the characters of this story to breathe and come alive on the page. Sensational writing includes the vindictive and evil side that plagues the community with mystery. When the hint of romance comes into the story with Royal Canadian Mountie Jarrick (Jack) Thornton, my own heart palpitated a bit and wondered if Beth would have secret thoughts about this warm and charming Christian believer.
Before I forget myself and deluge too much Ã¢ÂÂ you can find out from the back cover an excellent synopsis of this solid story, as well as peruse many fine written reviews as to why you should acquire this book and read whatÃ¢ÂÂs between the covers for yourself. Interestingly, I learned When Courage Calls is a special companion story to Hallmark ChannelÃ¢ÂÂs Ã¢ÂÂWhen Calls the HeartÃ¢ÂÂ TV series. You know you are getting the best when you see it on Hallmark. Where have I heard something like that said before? Unfortunately, I have not seen or read the prior episodes of this series on the Canadian West. Through further information, I found this series of seven books was republished in 2005 with updated covers. These novels will be added to my library as time permits.
It is my hope that the Ms. Janette Oke and Ms. Laurel Oke Logan will write another novel in this series continuing the story of Beth and answer all my questions about what happens next. My curiosity is as real as my admiration for the authors. Thank you ladies, for blessing your readers through BethÃ¢ÂÂs story. I feel blessed having the pleasure of reading it.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
March 15, 2014
I absolutely LOVED this story!
The When Calls The Heart series has always been dear to my heart. The first four books were given to me by my Mom as a gift when I turned 10, they were my very first Janette Oke books and I read them through two or three times. Later I bought the fifth and sixth books on my own. I was so thrilled to find out that Janette and Laurel had decided to revisit that wonderful series and tell the story of a new Beth Thatcher. Where Courage Calls did not disappoint any way!
I really liked Beth. She was the image of what every growing Christian should be, she prayed for strength, she asked God to help her with her failings, she did her best to share her faith and encourage the faith of others. She might have been a little idealistic but with her own sense and the wise help of some good friends she manages to genuinely help the town in her time there.
The romance was light and understated. I honestly wondered which of the two men would start to catch her interest though I had my own favorite the entire time.
Two of Beth's more interesting relationships are between her and the mother figures in her life. Her relationship with her mother is a bit rocky with her mother's over-protectiveness. The woman that runs the boarding house encourages, instructs, and helps Beth not only aid the town but also learn a little bit about real life.
Janette Oke has been a staple in Christian Fiction for years and for good reason, she knows how to write a good story and it seems like they only get better with each one. Her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, brings something extra to the stories that they write together, I remember how powerful Dana's Valley was as to me as a then-teenage reader.
I really can't say enough positive things about this book! The only problem was.... that it isn't longer!
I enjoyed every page of Where Courage Calls, the characters were great, the scenery was well painted, and most of all it was a good story. I sincerely hope that there is a sequel to this story published in the near future, I would most definitely read it!
(I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
March 14, 2014
An easygoing and relaxing read from Oke and Logan!
Set in Western Canada in the early-ish 1900s, Beth Thatcher steps out in faith to follow God's call. This setting is a change for me as a reader. I can't recall the last book I read set in Canada. Not that this is a bad thing, it's actually quite the opposite! The backwoods, small-town culture reminded me a lot of our own country in some ways.
Beth possessed a great deal of determination. She truly felt called to teach so she did. Not everyone has the courage or faith it takes to take that first step. That being said, Beth's personality was almost borderline similar to so many other historical novels set in the same general era. This didn't put me off completely due to a few differences that made her stand out. The first would be that this novel is probably set in the 1920s. We are never out right told so this is an assumption, but it's a fairly good one, I think. Most novels with that single, out-going, stubborn, nonconforming woman are set almost twenty years prior, thus Beth's ambition would be better received. Another thing that singled her out was her faith. She stepped out and followed God's lead and stayed there. I can't tell you how many heroines I've read about that sway or do their own thing completely. Beth never did.
This is definitely a personal opinion, but I found the pace of this novel very slow. Almost crawling at times. Again, this is my opinion probably because I enjoy mysteries and a quicker pace. Something that confused me was the Edward or Jack love triangle. Without spoiling anything, I'll say I rooted for Edward. I can't really delve into why, but I wish the author(s) would have made the romance more clear. All in all, however, it was a good afternoon read. I recommend to all of Oke's past and present fans.
I received this book from Bethany House in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!
March 8, 2014