Where Courage Calls (A When Calls the Heart Novel) by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan ~ Review

Where Courage Calls

Where Courage Calls (A When Calls the Heart Novel) by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

Coming from a home in the East with all the advantages of wealth, Elizabeth Thatcher had determinedly set a course to follow. Not content to be society’s darling, she wanted to make her life amount to something. After taking courses in college to learn to teach, Beth accepted a teaching job out West among mining families. She reminded her tearful family as she boarded the train that it was only for a year. She would return.

Upon arrival in Leathbridge things started to go wrong. Her luggage was stolen and she wasn’t given enough time to replace her belongings before she moved to the last leg of the journey. Also lost was a special compass that her father had passed on to her, her violin, and books for her classroom. It was not a promising beginning. Edward, her traveling companion, was beside himself. He had newly signed up to join the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and had to admit on the first day reporting to his post that he had been duped and robbed. Her luggage had been his responsibility.

Beth’s final destination was Coal Valley, where she would teach. Edward accompanied her on this part of her journey to the isolated mountain town in a car owned by the mining company. As an acquaintance of her family, Edward was well
aware of what she was used to. He was dismayed at the primitive living conditions, the ramshackle houses with outside privies, the lack of stores, surrounded by deep forestation. He did his best to convince her to return with him to Leathbridge, but Beth was determined to see it through, her father’s encouraging words and Bible verses in her ears and a prayer on her lips. She would live in the boarding house and teach in a former saloon, and trust God to honor her efforts.

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I found the adventures Beth experienced heartwarming and exciting. She kept seeing needs and with a loving heart jumped in head first to help, sometimes getting herself into a bit of trouble. Janette Oke’s writing style makes each person Beth comes into contact with a close friend, and the entire town into a community that feels like family. Those are the traits that make Ms. Okes’ stories eagerly read and re-read.

I’ve read nearly every book Janette Oke has written. Some of them were read to my children when they were young and learning about the West. This book is filled with the same heart and charm we found so special for so many years. Reading When Courage Calls is like becoming re-acquainted with an old friend.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from NetGalley, on behalf of Bethany House. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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