Sunday, March 16, 2014
Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
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?
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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.
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.
I highly recommend this book.
I rated this book a 5 out of 5.
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.