Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Where Courage CallsBook Description:
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?

My Thoughts:
I think I have enjoyed every Janette Oke book I have ever read.  This one was no different.  Beth is leaving her 'safety net' and going out to teach.  It isn't what her mother wants but she does get encouragement.  Going to a mining town to teach, she leaves all modern conveniences behind and is trusting in God.  Add to her tests are two romantic interests!
I really liked Beth.  She was strong and determined, but not overly pushy.  She wants to teach and doesn't hate her mother for not wanting that life for her but instead just wants her own life.  I love how she went from the conveniences of life to having none of them!  There are some romantic elements but I wouldn't call this a romance book.  More of a pioneer book with wonderfully written characters and scenes!
I rate this a 4/5.  It is good for preteens to adults. (I'd say 11 and up!)
Thank you to the publisher for the review copy of this book (via litfuse).  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.


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