Where Courage Calls

Where Courage Calls

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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  • I have been enjoying Janette’s books since I was a teenager and this new book did not disappoint me in one bit. I like how her books are very easy read as well as touching. You fall in love with the characters from page one and feel as if they are your friends and you have known them you whole life. It was nice that this book was written by both her and Laurel, I think it just added to the book. Beth was a strong woman to move to a place unknown to her and such a rough place. To me the story just flowed along so much so I did not want it to end. I recommend this book to all ages.

  • WordSmith says:

    True to Janette-Oke form, an enjoyable read with great writing.

    This was a heartwarming story about personal growth with a smidgen of romance thrown in. The main character, Beth, was a little too melancholy for me, but she had a lot of heart. I enjoyed watching the small town of Coal Valley revive under her influence. There were also elements of mystery that kept me wondering until the end. To me, the biggest mystery of all was who Beth was going to end up falling in love with–or if she was at all. The answer surprised me.

  • I really enjoyed this sweet book. It was easy to read and kept me interested with all the subplots and relationships between the two men, her friends and her family back home. I loved the setting for this book in Coal Valley. It was really rustic and kind of historical…so very different from my suburban lifestyle that it was really refreshing and riveting to read about. It was great to have her sister enter in after she is all settled and add a new element into the book with her family and new life mixing together and adding a sense of interest too. It was a fun read that you will definitely like.

  • Beth’s romantic pursuits take a backseat in this story. I appreciated that, since it seemed she had her hands full with all of the other business going on. There were several twists in the story that kept things going. As can be expected by author Janette Oke, the beautiful prose in Where Courage Calls is breathtaking. I could almost hear the whispers of the breeze in the trees, or the babble of the brook as Beth took a stroll through the woods. The characters seemed like real people I could touch and feel. After turning the last page, I already missed them!

  • Where Courage Calls was a super fun book to read. I loved this book but I have to say I didn’t like the ending at all. The only reason I didn’t like the ending was because I didn’t wrap everything up like I wanted it too. But that being said I did love the book and I am glad that I go read it.

  • I really do admire the women of this time frame because I don’t know if I could have been so gracious and have the will to go on when it was so hard, especially the people in the mines.

    It’s a very dirty job and I know something about stuff like that. I was born in West Virginia and my grandfather worked in one of the steel mills. They are very dirty also and all the houses that were near the mill were black just about, especially on the roofs and porches. So, I can imagine how much worse it was back then in the mines.

    It’s really a lovely story and yes, there is romance involved, one she doesn’t want and one that she does. If you love stories from this time period, this one will be one of your favorites.

  • I have missed reading Janette Oke books. She is the author who got me started reading Christian Fiction. This book was classic Janette Oke, filled with strong characters and filled with GOD’s love. Janette is one of the best at portraying how GOD is always there through her writing. Beth is a very determined young woman. No matter what happens to her, she tries to follow GOD’s will and do what is best. I really enjoyed this book and am glad there are some new Janette Oke books out.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review

  • Throughout the novel I felt compelled to just picture the scenes in my mind that the printed words painted. It isn’t hard to understand why Janette Oak is such an inspiring author; I have to believe it flows from her own relationship with the Lord. Where Courage Calls, I believe, has reminders for those living today about faith, love, hope, compassion and more. I sure hope readers pick up more than one copy to share with family, friends and anyone the Lord leads them to.

  • I absolutely love Janette Oke and was thrilled to hear this book was releasing!
    First, I have to point out how absolutely beautiful the cover is- love it!
    This was a story rich in themes of faith and love- the faith message is strong and touching.
    The characters are unforgettable and I especially enjoyed the “love triangle” as Beth tried to figure her heart out.
    I love that the story took place in the roaring 20′s- one of my fave fictional time periods.
    I was easily swept away with Where Courage Calls and look forward to future releases!

  • Where Courage Calls is classic Janette Oke, featuring a Western Canadian setting, a faith-filled heroine, and endearing children. It’s also a bit slow moving, and I did struggle to keep reading at times. Everything—the relationships, the action, and the romance—picks up in the last third of the book, and I flew through those pages. Really, I was quite hooked by the end, and I will probably read any subsequent books in the series.

  • Travel on a journey of self-discovery as Beth learns to follow God’s leading as she accepts the call to become a school teacher in a mining community ripped by grief. Grow with Beth and the rest of the town as they put back together the pieces of their hearts, learn to accept others and learn to reach out to those around them. I highly recommend this book for a great entertaining, heart warming read that reinforces the values of faith, perseverance, hope and following that still, small voice in all aspects of life.

  • I love Janette Oke and read everything I can by her. Her characters and story lines are realistic, and the lessons learned are applicable today. It is wonderful to find her daughter writing this one with her! This story is rich in God’s guidance and answers to prayer, although sometimes the characters, like us, have to wait a little while. If you like stories that have strong characters, realistic dilemmas, light romance, and the power of God, you will love this book.

  • I have to say, I really enjoyed this book, of course I have read a few of Janette Oke’s books before and I just love her style of writing. This book, Where Courage Calls is no different. Beth leaves high society and moved to a remote location to teach school. She lost her things when they were stolen, including her prized possession. Of course, her mother sends off more items. But Beth realizes how different her life is with the lives of the pupils she teaches. Beth just amazes me with her love, her enthusiasm, and her love of God. I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.

  • I really enjoy Mrs. Oke’s books and I had missed them, I was very excited to read and review this book.
    This was a wonderful mild romance and moving story.
    I loved the strong characters and the plot classic Oke style. I loved the character Beth. I was sad to see the book end.
    If you are a fan of Oke’s books then you are sure to love this one as well.
    Maybe there will be a second book and we will find out what Beth is going to do after her visit home in the summer.
    I really love the mother daughter team writing. What a neat idea.
    I gave this book 4 stars.
    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

  • I loved to see Beth’s growth as a person. With her privileged background, she could have easily grown up to become a spoiled, entitled woman, but she decided that a little hardship would be good for her by teaching in the mining town. Of course, it turned out to be a LOT more hardship than she’d anticipated! And yet she knew that God had sent her there for a reason — to improve the lives of the children and their families.

  • I love that the story is about a young lady from a wealthy family moving to a poor mining town without electricity, and that tells what else it is without. Beth is such a sweet lady, and even though it was so difficult for her, and even more after losing everything she had. The reception she rec’d in Coal Valley was heartwarming, and I loved the acceptance from the mothers who were so eager for Beth to teach their children. As I went through the struggles and difficulties together with Beth, I fell in love with her, as well as these Coal Valley people. So much so that I was wishing to be there, helping in any way I could.

  • Where Courage Calls is a well written story, with classic values and an admirable heroine. Everything one could hope for from an Oke novel. I loved the timeless quality to the story, and writing which to me just confirms why Janette Oke has long been a household name in Christian Fiction and Romance.

  • In every Janette Oke novel I’ve ever read, the story warms my heart and gives me a taste of life’s goodness. It had been a while since I had a new book by Janette Oke, and Where Courage Calls reminded me why I love them so much. I really wish I lived next-door to Mrs. Oke. There’s a peace about her writing, even when she deals with the hard stuff of life. There’s a genuine delight in friends and family, the wonder of nature, the light of home, and the Power of God.

  • Where Courage Calls is a great read. If you’ve loved Janette Oke’s books in the past, you’ll love this one, too. It’s made even more special since she co-wrote it with her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan.

    The characters in the book are from all walks of live, and all ages. It’s easy to find someone in the book to identify with.

    The ending of Where Courage Calls leaves the story wide open for another book. I look forward to reading any future books in this series.

  • snidbits says:

    I’ve watched When Calls the Heart and was excited to be able to review this book and see how Beth’s story continues. Last year was my first year teaching – I was able to connect with Beth as she made it through her first year. I couldn’t help but get emotional when she had made it to the last day of class! Her students and the mothers gave her the box of letters and then Esther shared how she had changed since Beth arrived. Beth was willing to take a leap to pursue what she felt God had called her to do. She was willing to give up the comforts of home and what she knew. Though I had a hard time getting into the story at first, this was an overall good read. It’s a great story of courage and trusting God and making a difference through small acts and simply caring for people.

  • This sounds wrong, but with my work at the food pantry out here in a rural (but not nearly as poverty-stricken) Southern Rocky Mountain region, I couldn’t help but picture some of the women I’ve met through the pantry as I read this novel. The town where Beth is teaching is in need of so much more than just some readin’ ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic — there are hungry children, impossible-to-pay medical bills, distrust, prejudice — in short, a society not all that different from ours today.

  • I absolutely LOVE this series both the books and the TV series! I love the strong determination that Elizabeth digs deep to find especially when all the odds are against her. She refuses to accept failure at any turn and her love of not only teaching but the children and women she meets is apparent in the many times she goes out of her way to help people in need. Even though she comes from a wealthy upbringing, she becomes one of the women and gains so much more insight into her own strength and character, especially when her sister comes for a visit and gets more than she bargained for. I easily give this one a 5 out of 5 stars!

  • My favorite part of Where Courage Calls was the way that Elizabeth was determined to help the children of Coal Valley as much as possible before the school year was out. She put the children before her time, her health, and her safety. In doing so she not only taught the children but assisted the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in solving a major crime ring that was based out of Coal Valley. The foreshadowing and building of suspense involving the crime was well written and added a great angle to the story.

    I’m happy to be adding Where Courage Calls to my Janette Oke collection, and I look forward to reading it over and over again – just as I have all the other Oke stories.

  • Whenever I am able to read a book by Janette Oke I fall in love with all of her characters and the story. I have loved every book that I have read, written by her. She continues to write about faith and love. Her characters always put their trust in God.

  • Janette Oke is a good storyteller. It’s easy to get caught up in the book right away because her characters are likeable and the storyline is interesting. A little romance mixed in makes this a delightful book.

  • Janette Oke had dropped off the radar screen as of late. But thankfully she and her daughter have reemerged with a best seller! Character placement is rich and full, her signature style. She will NOT disappoint!

  • This new companion novel to the When Calls The Heart Hallmark movie and T.V. series, is sure to be a delightful read for any fans of Janette Oke, as well as fans of the movie adaptions of her books. Filled with lots of prairie close-knit family together-ness and courage to boot, join Beth Thatcher on an unforgettable journey where she learns to trust God in every situation, knowing He is working all things out for good.

    This was a very nice novel, which I greatly enjoyed reading during the time when the T.V. series based on Janette Oke’s book Where Calls The Heart, was airing each Saturday evening. I had already come to love the T.V. series and fallen in love with the characters, so I was very enthusiastic to read the book that inspired the series.

  • I have read most of Janette Oke’s books including Dana’s Valley that she also co-wrote with her daughter Laurel, because I just love the story lines and once again I was not disappointed. Beth feels that her mother is trying to dictate her future and comes to realize that she first must submit to God then peace will come with other relationships. I can definitely relate to this story as I have been at odds with my own mother trying to tell me what she thought I should do. This is a great story about courage, misunderstandings, and romance.

  • This book is well written and easy to read. The best part to me is that it includes a bit of romance but it doesn’t overtake the book. I loved every bit of this book! It left me wanting to read more about the characters presented in this story.

  • Janette Oke Strikes again! In this heart wrenching tale of a woman following her calling, you will laugh, cry, and smile. This book had wonderfully created characters with inspiring personalities and a plot that kept me interested from start to finish. I am fully convinced that Janette Oke could make a story about a potato interesting. She really is a fantastic author, and her historical fiction has no competition. I can’t recommend this book enough.

  • It had been some time since I had read one of Janette Oke’s books. I wasn’t disappointed, She still can write the story in a way that draws you into the story line. The characters are interesting and evolve as the story unfolds. The authors daughter joins her in writing this book but the book flows easily without any interruptions. It will be great to see what these two authors put out next,

    This is a interesting Christian based book with some romance, adventure and how one must grow in God’s grace trusting that he alone knows what is best for us. I recommend this book!

  • liked how Elizabeth took on the town and brought a sense of grace and upstanding to their schools, while also being changed from the person she was when she got there. And there is certainly room for further stories in the series.

  • If, like me, you grew up reading When Calls the Heart (and the rest of the Canadian West series) in junior high, you’ll want to read this newest offering from Janette and daughter Laurel Oke Logan. Where Courage Calls is the story of Beth Thatcher, the “niece” of Elizabeth Thatcher from the first four books. It’s a special companion story to the Hallmark TV series.

    While there are many similarities initially, to the two women’s tales (pampered young lady leaves overprotective family to go teach somewhere uncivilized) this book is worthy of reading on it’s own merit. I knew I liked it 23 pages in, when I ran across the words, “…we spend the rest of our lives basing the way we think about our families on what we thought happened–instead of what really did.” Um, yeah. Guilty! I could go off on a tangent there, but I won’t. Suffice it to say, I love these little nuggets of wisdom that made me think as I enjoyed a good story.

  • I enjoyed this book once I got into it. But Beth and Julie having the same names as the Characters in “When Calls The Heart” series was confusing. But I do hope this mother-daughter team write another book to let us know if Beth & Jarrick get married and to see if Beth returns to Coal Valley.

  • It has been awhile since I have read a book by Janette Oke but “Where Courage Calls” reminded me why I once enjoyed them so much. In fact, this collaboration between Janette and her daughter Laurel may just be the best one yet. I enjoyed the fact that although there were several men who showed interest in Beth, the story was so much more than a romance and actually left that aspect unresolved for the most part. I loved Beth’s determination to fulfill her obligations despite adverse conditions. I also liked the way she did everything she could to help the children and the miners and managed to bring the entire community together to help each other. I was honestly sorry to see the book come to an end and look forward to hopefully reading more about Beth and her new friends in Coal Valley in the near future.

  • Janette and her daughter Laurel continued the standard of quality that was set with the Love Comes Softly series with their newest book, When Courage Calls. This book is longer than Janette’s other books, the length lent to the opportunity for the authors to spend on character development and character relationships. This is not a fast paced book, if it was I think it would take away from the heart of the story. Life on the Canadian Prairie (as well as the American Prairie) was not fast paced, like today’s world. It was hard. The story really did give the reader that impression. I’m looking forward to the sequel, when it becomes available, because I’m certain that Elizabeth’s story has not yet been completed.

  • Shoopette's Book Reviews says:

    Where Courage Calls gets back to the roots of Christian fiction. It’s a sweet story of romance and faith from the first author who helped me fall in love with this amazing genre.

  • Welcome back to Coal Valley. The Oke’s have done a previous six book series that featured Elizabeth. ”Where Courage Calls” starts a new series that features Elizabeth’s niece, Beth. Beth wants to be a school teacher and Coal Valley is the place to start. The Oke’s have given us plenty of wonderful characters to fall in love with, lots of adventure and romance. There is a lot going on in Coal Valley and the Oke’s know how to take us through each event by letting us in on the lives of the participants. This is a great start to a new series. I have enjoyed it immensely and I look forward to the next book to see what will happen with Beth.

  • I found this book to be so loving. It makes you feel like Beth and all in Coal Valley were your friends. The authors wrote with such compassion and love. The authors characterized Beth in such a charming way. I felt like she would be every reader’s sweetheart. the author’s wrote a wonderful book that takes the reader into Beth’s world as she goes from the wealthy family into a mining town of a different world. I would recommend this to any reader who loves stories about the West and how one woman made such a difference. This is definitely a keeper and a book to be read and re-read.

  • There is certain to be a little something for everyone in this latest novel, be it adventure, mystery, a hint of romance or just plain entertainment!

  • From one of the christian fiction author’s that started my love for reading!

    My 9 yr old girls and I recently watched When Calls the Heart movie and tv series…imagine our enjoyment when we realized this book would be releasing soon! This is one of those books that you can pull off the shelf and feel confident in what you’ll be getting just because of the name that is associated with the title!

    Every young, old, new, and in between reader should check this novel out! I give this book 5 stars!

  • When I saw that one of my all time favorite author had a new book out, co-authored by her Daughter Laurel Oke Logan, I knew I had to read it. Again, I was not disappointed. You will wonder if there is a bit of romance in the air, and I see at least three possibilities. Will any of them work out?
    I hope that there will be more stories coming, I feel like I need to know what is going to happen next!

  • Its been awhile since I have read the first book in the series, but Where Courage Calls follows the same basic plot, but only with new main character (though they are related). The young schoolteacher traveling to a small town to teach has been done to death in Christian novels, but the authors ignored all the typical cliches and wrote an intriguing story with likeable characters. Will this be the final book in the series? I hope not, as I enjoy Janette Oke’s storytelling.


  • Moments says:

    Beth is such an inspiring main character in this book and she was fun to read about. However, I also really loved the other characters as well, including Molly. Molly is such a good friend to Beth and is there for her. The two men whom are vying for Beth’s heart are enjoyable to read about as well and I found myself liking them both and having a hard time trying to help Beth choose. This is a sweet story and an enjoyable story to read set in a rugged frontier that is filled with hardships, but also filled with wonderful people and memorable moments.

  • This is a story of trust and acceptance. I enjoyed the flow of it as each learn from the other. Kindness, thoughtfulness, and the teacher is learning from the students and those she is near. A good story for all ages to learn respect and influence we are to others just by being who God has placed us to be with the giftings He has given each of us.

  • I’ve been a fan of Janette Oke novels for as long as I can remember. Her novel “Roses for Mama” was my first adult fiction as a young pre-teen. Since then, I’ve read most if not all of her books. I even read her biography in high school to learn more about my favorite author.

    Where Courage Calls is a beautiful romance set in a historical period and laced with adventure. The main character, Beth, travels from the comforts of her privileged home to become a teacher in the rugged hills of Western Canada. Many challenges and trials will come her way as she faces life altering decisions regarding work and love. A perfect weekend read sure to delight Oke fans across the globe.

  • Janette Oke was my first experience with Christian fiction. My mom brought home the Love Come’s Softly series and I devoured them. I love how once again the story that Janette Oke started in the Canadian West series has continued.
    Whether you have read the original Canadian West series or not you will enjoy this one.

  • I found Where Courage Calls to be a delightful read. After reading all of Janette Oke’s prior books, I welcomed the opportunity to review her new endeavor.

  • I must say I wasn’t disappointed in the least bit. It was hard to set the book down when other things needed to be done.

  • I liked this book. After watching the movie, When Calls the Heart, we were frustrated with the lack of closure. This novel answers some of the questions we had.

  • Where Courage Calls is a lovely story detailing the adventures of Beth Thatcher, a privileged young lady on the journey of a lifetime. I have fond memories of reading Love Comes Softly many years ago as a teen and when approached to review Where Calls Courage, I was truly excited! The story had a bit of slow beginning but I quickly fell in love with Beth. She’s an inspiring heroine with tremendous inner strength, a tender heart and an unfailing love of the Lord. I adored the characters! My favorites were Molly, the town “mother”, Frank, the endearing Italian immigrant, and Jarrick, the dashing RCMP.

  • I would highly recommend When Courage Calls for fans of historic type fiction, for fans of past Oke novels, or for fans of really, really awesome books in general. This is one that heads to the favorite shelf and I can see being reread time and time again!

  • Veronica's 'Views says:

    Beth was a wonderful character and I also loved the wise Molly, a woman she befriends in Coal Valley. The book and TV show on Hallmark aren’t quite the same and I was disappointed that the book didn’t really have any romance. I really liked the focus on Beth’s strong faith and how she had to learn to depend on God to give her strength when she was at the end of hers.

  • It is never easy for someone to give up a life that has given them anything they have ever wanted. The authors have written a book about a young woman who wants to help others, and does just exactly that. I have loved every book that Janette Oke has ever written.

  • It was enjoyable to dive back into the When Calls the Heart stories. Instead of continuing with the original characters, we are introduced to newer characters. We did see Beth briefly in the original series, but as a little girl. Here, Beth has grown and made it through college and is ready to put her knowledge to use, just like her aunt, in the wilds of the Canadian frontier.

  • I knew right away that I would like this book better than the movie that was made about Where Calls the Heart.

    And it’s not at all a surprise.

    Books are almost always better than movies – not to mention, the movie was actually the story Janette and her daughter have written here – when the storyline was supposed to be about Elizabeth and Wynn.

  • When Courage Calls is a companion story to the Hallmark When Calls the Heart TV series. While this story stands alone, having watched the Hallmark series added to my enjoyment. There’s just something special about Janette’s writing, settings, and spiritual themes – so I enjoyed the co-writing of Janette and her daughter very much.

  • My first Christian fiction novel that I remember reading in junior high was by Janette Oke. Her books are always classy and clean. The story is always good, wholesome and brings across some great truth.

  • Readers can always be assured of a gentle, charming and inspirational romance when they choose a Janette Oke novel, and with her latest release, “Where Courage Calls,” co-written with her daughter Laurel, they will not be disappointed.

    Combining a look at Western Canadian history with a memorable story of courage and romance, this novel is captivating and fast-moving. The descriptions of the time period are fascinating, and the characters are personable. Janette Oke is known as being a wonderful storyteller and this novel shines as one of her best works. It’s great to know that she has also passed down that storytelling skill to her daughter, and the tale here shows that the legacy of these inspirational stories has been passed down to good hands.

  • I love reading Janette Oke books as they really have a depth that some Christian fiction doesn’t have today, including a chaste romance within the pages of her books, and in this one her daughter was included in the writing of Where Courage Calls. . . . I pretty much stayed up late one night just so I could finish reading it! One reason I enjoy Oke’s books is because it takes me to a country and a place that no longer exists, the Canadian West.

  • sunny island breezes says:

    Wealthy Beth Thatcher decides to leave her safe, comfortable life to accept a position teaching school out west in the small town of Coal Valley only to discover how very different life there is from her life in Toronto.

    I’m looking forward to reading more of Beth’s story. Will you be giving us that book, ladies?

  • There is romance – we’re just not sure out of the two eligible men who express interest in her will be the ones that capture her heart. This doesn’t become clear until the end, which makes the story more interesting.

    I just loved this book!! I give it 5 out of 5 stars and I highly recommend it!

  • 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!)

  • I was excited to read this book, which is part of the When Calls the Heart series. I like how all of the characters in Janette Oke’s books are very strong. That stays true in this book, too. I like that mother and daughter are writing together. I’m sure they are making some wonderful memories together!

  • Where Courage Calls is a must read for Janette Oke fans as it holds true to her style of writing where God takes center stage and is woven throughout the pages. A beautiful story of courage in the face of numerous adversities. Highly recommended!

  • Yeap I still love everything that Janette Oke has ever written. That pretty much sums it up! I fell in love with Beth at the very beginning. She’s such a likeable character. I wanted to throttle Edward several times thoughout the book. And Jarrick. . . well let’s just say that is probably one of the most perfect Mounties out there. I really want to get to the next book(hint hint) and see what happens. Obviously, little sister Julie is going to be disappointed in her quest for a certain man, but I personally am seeing her being set up with one Mr Philip. Maybe I’m the only one here, but that would make me smile! So definitely read this book so you can see if the little boy dies from the illegal hooch or if the bootlegger is caught or if Beth falls in love or so many other things!

  • Barb Shelton says:

    Beth Thatcher touched me deeply – she had the true heart of a missionary, with a spirit of kindness within a soul full of God’s Holy Word. All those wonderful characteristics plus courage to venture into the unknown enabled her to face challenges with belief that she could be the impetus to change things through her deep faith in God.

  • A well-told story, good characterization, and a trip into the days of early Americana will delight. Jannette Oke and her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, have written a story that transmits with one voice the reader into the depressed coal mining area of Canada.

  • The IE Mommy says:

    A when Calls the Heart is another heartwarming story that keeps God at the forefront. The entire book is centered on God and the characters relationship with Him. Each decision that they make is based on his word. I love how the authors put practical belief into each page of the book without making the story too wordy. Where Courage Calls was a great read!

  • As usual with Janette Oke books, I found this one to be more about the characters lives than about the romance. While I do love a good love story, I also like that her stories focus on the communities, families, and their lives and not just a quick romance.

  • All Meant To Shine says:

    Out of the books I have read recently, this was one of my favorite. I love Janette Oke and all of her novels. This one was definitely wonderful like the rest. I just want to jump right into the stories and live my life with her characters. Her characters are so full of life and so vivid. The women are strong and courageous. The men are rugged and handsome. What makes a better story? Since I can’t jump into the story, I happily read them! If you love Janette Oke you will not be disappointed and if you haven’t ever read one of her stories you should definitely check this one out!

  • 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.

  • Barb Shelton says:

    It is my hope that the Ms. Janette Oke and Ms. Laurel Oke Logan will write another novel in this series continuing the story of Beth and answer all my questions about what happens next. My curiosity is as real as my admiration for the authors. Thank you ladies, for blessing your readers through Beth’s story. I feel blessed having the pleasure of reading it.

  • Austenitis says:

    I enjoyed seeing (or at least hearing about) characters from some of Janette’s earlier series. The end leaves it open for a sequel, most certainly! The story in this particular book is almost predictable, but a few surprises make sure that it’s not quite. A good read!

  • As an 11 yr old, I would steal my mom’s Janette Oke books and read them late at night. My teenage daughters now watch the Hallmark series. I love that this new book combines the writing of both Mother and Daughter. It is perfect.
    3 generations of my own family have read or watched generations of Marty’s family grow. This book does not disappoint.

  • I loved the look at the Canadian mining town and the things you never really think about. Like how people can be looked down upon or thought of has being dangerous just because they speak a different language. You know that was true back then and I think it is still true nowadays.

  • This novel is a “special companion story” to Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart TV Series. I’m not familiar with the TV series at all, however Where Courage Calls is vintage Janette Oke with a good storyline and many well-defined characters. At a time in the early 20th Century when women were finding their own voices, Beth Thatcher is a strong-willed woman who is committed to her faith in God. The resilience and tenacity of Beth is encouraging and inspirational.

    The Oke-style of writing is primarily what would naturally be found on The Hallmark Channel. The characters are good and wholesome, sometimes almost to an unbelievable fault. Even so, the theme of trusting in God will be familiar and well-loved to fans of Oke.

  • Beth faced many problems involving things she had never dealt with nor even knew existed. Through it all, she may have cried and feel like a failure, but she never quit and always looked to God for the answers.

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