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She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the U.S. Wishing to reconnect with her mother and sister, Beth agrees to go but quickly finds herself at odds with her mother's expectations. After enjoying complete freedom in the western wilds, Beth isn't sure what to make of her mother's ongoing efforts to direct her life--and her heart.
Beth keeps in touch with her Mountie beau, Jarrick, even as young men more of her station catch her eye. Is she ready to fully give her heart to Jarrick, knowing it will mean saying good-bye to her family and her life of privilege once again? And when Beth trusts the wrong person, will Jarrick be able to help her despite the distance between them?
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Return to the Canadian West
When Calls the Heart & Where Courage Calls - 2 PackJanette Oke, Lauren Oke LoganBethany House / Trade Paperback$18.99 Retail:
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Where Courage Calls, Return to the Canadian West #1Janette Oke, Laurel Oke LoganBethany House / 2014 / Trade Paperback$10.49 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 29 Reviews
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After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be more challenging than she expected.
There's one special thing to look forward to--letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying good-bye to her family once again--and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined?
Then comes a great test of Beth's faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?
A companion story to Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series!
Laurel Oke Logan, daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novels Dana's Valley, Where Courage Calls, and Where Trust Lies, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel's growing family includes six children, their spouses, and three grandsons.
ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great storyMarch 18, 2016ThereadmasterDavenport,IowaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is the second book in the Return to the Canadian West series. I really enjoyed this story. I love the closeness between Beth and Jarrick even though most of their interaction in this book is by letters. Beth needs to come home for the summer and her mom wants the family to go on a long cruise. This way they can get closer to each other before everyone starts to leave the nest.there is romance and some fun and intrigue. Very well written. I received this book from bookfun.org for a fair and honest opinion.
loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Where Trust Lies!!!December 21, 2015loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If God is Good, Why Do I Hurt So Bad is a book about dealing with grief. The author dealt with the death of his son. The way the book is written though it can be used for any type of grief- death, dealing with cancer, suffering,loss,and pain. It is a book of encouragement.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Second in a SeriesOctober 15, 2015HeatherRichey, MTAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was a bit disappointed in this book. While I appreciate the trappings of wealth and the abundance that it provides, it is hard to imagine people living in this way. Exploring the way the women did would have been very interesting, however. I would like to take a cruise, maybe to Alaska.
The end of the book was pretty exciting. Tough to admit you have allowed certain people into your life that are unsavory and that seems to happen to anyone.
This series so far has been a good one for anyone to read. I am anxious to continue reading about Beth and Jarrick.
Laura Rene3 Stars Out Of 5Love the author but no so much this bookOctober 1, 2015Laura ReneQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0I was so excited to get a Janette Oke book in the mail and eagerly started reading this fiction book. I loved her books when I was younger and my girlish heart was delighted with the possibility of a new story of a teacher out West. I was somewhat disappointed with the book. It is part of a series, recounting the life of Beth Thatcher, who comes from a wealthy family but stepped out in adventure with a teaching job in the wild West of Canada. This particular book shares her visit back home with her family and their holiday excursion on a luxury steamship. Though I enjoyed reading Janette Oke's comforting, simple style once again, this book proved to be too slow of a pace. I found myself skimming at times even though I enjoyed the story and the plot. I also felt the kidnapping near the end (intrigued, are you? ;) ) was just a bit far-fetched. So I'm torn. There's the loyal Janette Oke fan in me, but there's also the honest critique. Final thoughts: love the author and some of her other books but this particular book was not my cup of tea.
[Thank you to Baker Publishing Group and Bethany House for sending me this review copy at no charge. These are my honest and original thoughts concerning the book.]
MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ANOTHER OUTSTANDING OKE BOOK!September 19, 2015MoonpiePRYORAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Beth Thatcher returns home for a summer vacation from her teaching job in the improvised mining town of Coal Valley. She loves her job, the people, and the children, but looks forward to rest and quite time with her family. She also has growing affections for a Mountie serving in the area name Jarrick Thorton. Was he the one? They agree to keep in touch during the summer, getting to know each other better.
She hasnt even unpacked when it becomes apparent there will be no rest or quite time! Her family wants to whisk her off on a 6 week cruise stopping at all the big cities from Canada to the U.S., ending in New York City! She wants to decline but her family wont hear of it. Her father promises to relay mail or telegrams from Jarrick and the school about her teaching position the coming year.
She does look forward to reconnecting with her family, especially her younger sister Julie. This requires Beth to tag along on the many activities youthful Julie enjoys. As if that isnt exhausting enough, her sister becomes involved with some modern friends on the trip. Beth has reservations but doesnt want to be judgmental. Julie is too stubborn to listens to her sisters concerns, so Beth makes sure she keeps an eye on her. The trip is anything but dull! The family is confronted with numerous surprises and even tragedy.
The book was fun and enjoyable to read. I learned a great deal about travel during that era, especially by ship. To me there was much hardship in spite of the fact that the Thatchers were wealthy and had first class accommodations. I had stark realization of the hardship dealing with emergencies when away from home without our modern day technology! I was on pins and needles!
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book of the Return to the Canadian West Series, Where Courage Calls. You will want to read the first book, but this can be read as a standalone. A very enjoyable book, but of course you can never go wrong with Janet Oke! I am looking forward to the next one!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated are my own.