Friday, March 7, 2014

Where Courage Calls {Book Review}

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 received this book from Bethany House a while ago and I decided to finish the book I was currently reading before I started this one. Then I got sick and my reading slowed down considerably. Now I'm reading much more and once I started this book it took me no time at all to read. 

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.


Blessings! said...

Hello. I popped in here from another blog and wanted to share that I am enjoying Michael Landon Jr.'s take on the story being shown on the Halmark Channel Saturday and Sunday evenings. I have enjoyed Janette Oke books for some time now finding her reading most enjoyable shortly after meeting my beloved husband almost 15 years ago now. *smile* Bed of Roses was my first one and I have been enjoying her books for some time now. *smile* Thanks for sharing this new one with all of us. Sincerely, Mommy of two growing blessings & so much more!

Michele said...

Hi Kati,

I am super happy that you are feeling better. One must be totally sick to not read, for sure!

Thanks for your wonderful review of this book. I love books were courage and spiritual faith triumph over any adverities life has to throw.

Isn't the model on the cover lovely? She belongs at one of my tea times, haha.

Thanks for your visit today, my dear. Stay healthy. Hugs.

podso said...

I've also been watching this on hallmark!