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

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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. MaryAnn
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    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.

  2. Lucy
    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.

  3. richard r blake
    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.

  4. GRITS
    Georgia
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    April 15, 2014
    GRITS
    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!

  5. Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Where Courage Calls
    March 17, 2014
    Its About Time Mamaw
    Cleveland, Texas
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5

    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.

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