Where Courage Calls, Return to the Canadian West #1   -     By: Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan
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Where Courage Calls, Return to the Canadian West #1

Bethany House / 2014 / Paperback

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Beth Thatcher just graduated and her goal is to become the best teacher she can; but she didn't expect that her first assignment would land her in the tiny mining town of Coal valley, in the teaching position that no one else wants. Should she take this position, leaving behind all that she knows? Her inspiration, the diary of Aunt Elizabeth and her father's encouragement to pursue her dreams and ambitions finally allows her to press forward, take the risk of something completely new and accept the position...at least for now.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0764212311
ISBN-13: 9780764212314
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Series: Return to the Canadian

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Her courage and her heart will be tested in ways she never expected...

Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father's 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 she'd 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 don't even speak English. There isn't even a proper schoolhouse. In addition, Beth's heart is torn between two young men--both 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 she's 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 Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series

Author Bio

Celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, Janette Oke is the recipient of the 1992 ECPA President's Award, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award, the Gold Medallion, and the Christy Award. Her novels have sold more than 30 million copies and are beloved by readers around the world. Janette lives with her husband, Edward, in Alberta, Canada.

Laurel Oke Logan, daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novel Dana's Valley, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel and her husband have six children and two sons-in-law and live near Indianapolis, Indiana.

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  1. PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    INSPIRING AND ENTERTAINING!
    September 9, 2014
    Moonpie
    PRYOR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beth Thatcher was a beautiful young woman who had grown up in an extremely wealthy family. She had been very sheltered all her life from the world. All the pomp and splendor of high society did not interest her. Her parents wanted her to marry well and take her place as among the elite. Beth had other plans; she wanted to do a great work for God. She loved Him with all her heart.

    Being young and believing there was nothing she could not do, she jumped at the chance to serve as a teacher in a very remote region in Western Canada. Her mother is very against her going as Beth has always been sickly. Her father supported her desire and understood.

    She was understandably nervous about this venture, but nothing prepared her for what she found when she arrived. Coal Valley was the direct opposite of her home in Toronto. There was no electricity or indoor plumbing. The houses were battered and sparsely furnished. It never came to her mind that these things would be missing. The town was mostly widows due to a terrible accident at the mine. These poor women had given of the little they had a paid to have Beth come as their childrens teacher for a year. So much rode on her succeeding: proving to her family and those back home that she was capable, carrying out the mission God had sent her on, and not letting the women down that had sacrificially brought her there. While her confidence was shaken, she was determined to keep her commitment no matter what.

    She moved into Mollys boarding house, where she paid for her room and meals. Molly was a loving, wise, and simple woman that treated Beth as a daughter. Beth relied on her in many ways. Both were women of great faith. I loved Mollys wisdom and scripture applications to life. I learned from her too!

    There was no school house or supplies! The children and their families broke her heart with the poverty they lived in. This was no straight forward teaching job! She began organizing ways to meet the childrens needs both physical and spiritual. While at first some of her efforts were met with misgiving and opposition, gradually she began to make a difference in the lives of everyone in the town.

    Beth faced many problems involving things she never dealt with nor even knew existed. She may cry and feel like a failure but she never quit and always looked to God for the answers. She also faced the challenge of unexpected romance as she had had no interest in marrying. This involved two handsome Mounties vying for her affection. One was a family friend from her childhood that she always found annoying and the other she met through Molly. She surprised herself by developing feelings for both of them.

    The story was incredibly entertaining and well written. I was inspired by Beths dedication and faith. There were so many surprises that I found the book to be a real page turner. You always know it will be a good book if it is by Janet Oke!

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  2. OR
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 15, 2014
    MaryAnn
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    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    A long-awaited, heart-tugging story by beloved author Janette Oke, set in the Canadian Northwest, carries on the tradition she began decades ago. When Courage Calls tells of Beth Thatcher, who leaves her privileged life in the East to go to the rugged frontier to teacher coal miners' children in a remote village. Struggles abound, along with suspense, in this story of a young woman finding herself and maturing amidst adverse circumstances. The book moves more slowly than I remember others by the author, but presents a sweet read and encouragement to overcome one's own trials.
  3. 3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good Sequel
    May 27, 2014
    Lucy
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Where Courage Calls is part of the When Calls the Heart series. It follows the life of Beth Thatcher as she accepts a teaching position in western Canada, where conditions are rugged, and takes a look at the struggle that is going on in her heart as well, as she tries to decided between two Mounties. I enjoyed the book a lot, but in order to get more out of it, I should've read the beginning of the series first. It's been awhile since I've read the other books so it was hard to remember exactly who some of the characters were. The book did make me want to start watching the Hallmark Channel series based on the books, but sadly with school, work, and life in general, I don't have the time for that.
  4. Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian Historical Fiction With a Message
    May 11, 2014
    richard r blake
    Bridgman, MI
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Feeling a deep sense of social justice and a keen spiritual commitment to ministry, Beth Thatcher answers the call of her heart to take a teaching position in an out-of-the-way mining community in Western Canada.

    The conditions she met when she arrived in the small coal mining community of Coal Valley were far worse then she could ever have expected. "Where Courage Calls" is her story of facing the challenge, persevering in the face of trial, and the choosing between the responses of her heart as she is being romanced by two young men who have contrasting backgrounds and offer a diverse promise of her future.

    Jeanette Oke has established herself as the pioneer of Christian romance fiction and is still a pacesetter in the genre. She has not lost sight of her original vision to provide Biblical truth and principles through the medium of inspirational fiction.

    Oke's writing is compelling; she weaves action, drama, conflict and resolution throughout her plot and subplots. Just as her protagonists a sense of relief they find themselves facing a new crisis testing their endurance and strengthening their character. This is not the genre I usually read. I sometimes felt bogged down in detail and felt the protagonist was unrealistic in her expectations and idealistic expectations.

    Janette Oke collaborates with Laurel Oke Logan in "Where Courage Call" a ‘When Calls the Heart" novel. Readers will welcome this series a companion to the Hallmark Channel's TV series.

    A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
  5. Georgia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 15, 2014
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    Georgia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    I wasn't sure at first if I would like this book, I'm not very partial to ones set in Canada. But once I got into this book, I have to be honest I kept turning the pages trying to figure out what would happen next! This book is being turned into a movie, whether it is for TV or not I'm not entirely sure. But I can't wait to see it when it comes out. These two authors make a great team! They have you routing for both young me in Beth's life, while you are secretly hoping she just makes it through the year.

    It has its comedic points, I mean a privileged girl comes to a town that has know tragedy from a mine collapse leaving it pretty much without any men. The school is held in a saloon, and there isn't even a bathroom! lol. It is fun to see this world through Beth's Eyes and read how she falls in love with the town and the children, and leaves you hoping she will be coming back next term!
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