Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Where Courage Calls

Book 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 review:  I was so excited to see this book, since I have always been a fan of Janette Oke.  I was disappointed, though.  It just wasn't as good as her other books.  I realize she and her daughter co-wrote the book, but I was expecting better.  Where Courage Calls started out slowly and never really seemed to pick up.  It was a story of day-to-day living and even though there was a little mystery, the story was just lacking.  Some of the characters could have been developed a little more, and some of the sub-plots weren't developed enough to allow the story to flow and have continuity.  I do appreciate that the plan of salvation was given, and the main characters clearly live a life of faith.  So many Christian fiction novels do not give a clear Biblical message, but that is not the case with Where Courage Calls.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own. 

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