Monday, February 24, 2014

Where Courage Calls

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Janette Oke Where Courage Calls

Book Info and Review
About the book: 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?

WHEN COURAGE CALLS is rather slow starting with a lot of back story. I understood why Beth wanted to leave the fake, overly loud world she was used to, but I wondered why she wanted to go west when she seemed so frightened, needy, and even ill.  I also wondered who the hero was going to end up being. I saw possibilities, but didn't know who she'd choose. Even the way it ended left some doubt in the readers mind as to whether they would get together or not.

This isn't the best Janette Oke book I've ever read.  I was rather disappointed in it as it wasn't the warm, friendly style I've associated with her Prairie romances. This one had more of the stilt and language of the Golden Gild age--which really Beth came out of.

Still, it is well written and fans will no doubt want to read it. Especially those who watch the series on the Hallmark channel on TV.  $14.99.  336 pages. 3.5 stars.

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About the Authors: 

Janette Oke Celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, Janette Oke is the recipient of numerous awards. 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 is the 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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