Saturday, September 3, 2022

Review: Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan

My rating: 3 stars / I liked it


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 Review

I enjoyed this gentle story of Beth and her adventures in teaching and pulling a mining community together. The description of everyday mundane details slowed the pace, but immersed the reader in the lives of the characters. The children are a big part of the story, and romance was definitely on the back burner. I didn't realize that Beth's story continues through the whole trilogy, so it looks like her relationship with Jarrick will deepen in the next book. There is some danger in the mountains which comes to a head in the climax of the story, changing the dynamics of the little town for the better. Beth undergoes growth through her experiences and matures in her perspective and faith.

Disclosure statement: A complimentary copy of this book was provided from a tour group, publisher, publicist, or author, including NetGalley, OR was borrowed from the library, including OverDrive, OR borrowed from Kindle Unlimited, OR purchased. A review was not required and all views and opinions expressed are unbiased and my own.

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