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Friday, March 28, 2014
Where Courage Calls
I remember years ago when my Meemaw would pass along to me books she had read. Some of those were in a series by Janette Oke. I enjoyed those books and was glad to read and review this new book by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.
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? A special companion story to Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series.
I really enjoyed Beth's story. I admired her determination in leaving behind her family and her life where she basically wants for nothing to go to the unknown in the mining village of Coal Valley. She works had to form relationships with the people there and to make a difference for the children both educationally and spiritually. She faces many challenges along the way that might have scared away another teacher; however, Beth remains committed to her task which is very admirable.
One character I liked besides Beth was Molly. She runs the place where Beth resides and really takes Beth under her wing as a motherly figure. This is something Beth needs and longs for as she is away from her own family. Molly offers advice to Beth on more than one occasion that I appreciated for my own life.
I thought the setting of this book was interesting as well. Living in the mining village is totally different from Beth's normal surroundings. Also, I think the cover is such a serene image and makes me want to visit.
I enjoyed reading this book and recommend it to you.
This book was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers for my review. Thank you.