Still no word on my poor computer so still using Mom's computer and my phone for quick check-ins.
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*** I was given a copy of this book by Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest and unbiased review of the book.
I have read almost all of Janette Oke's books so I was excited to read her newest book which she wrote with her daughter Laurel Oke Logan. In her "The Canadian West" series, we follow the life of Elizabeth Thatcher. In this book, we hear the story of Elizabeth's niece, also named Elizabeth, who is called Beth.
Teacher Beth Thatcher leaves her family to teach in a coal mining town in Western Canada. This woman, who is used to many luxuries in her Toronto home, has to learn how to live in the more primitive living conditions of Coal Valley and teach the children of the town. Before Beth arrived, there had been a terrible mining accident in which many of the men were killed. Most of the children she teaches are fatherless and very poor. As she gets to know the children, the women, and the few men in town, she sees their needs and tries to help them as best she can.
As with all of Oke's books, she adds scripture and lessons to learn in her stories and there are never inappropriate parts or words to skip. I was easily drawn into this story and I felt like I got to know the characters well and was a little disappointed when I got to this end of the book.