Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Litfuse Review: Where Courage Calls by:Oke/Logan

Where Courage Calls: A When Calls the Heart Novel
About the Book:
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?

A special companion story to Hallmark Channel's "When Calls the Heart" TV series

About the Authors:
Celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, Janette Oke is the recipient of the 1992 ECPA President's Award, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award, the Gold Medallion, and the Christy Award. Her novels have sold more than 30 million copies and are beloved by readers around the world. Janette lives with her husband, Edward, in Alberta, Canada.

Laurel Oke Logan, daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novel Dana's Valley, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel and her husband have six children and two sons-in-law and live near Indianapolis, Indiana.

My Review:
 Beth Thatcher has never traveled much in her life. But when the opportunity comes up for her to travel to and teach children  whose fathers are working in the mines, she decides she will go. The job will only last a year so its not too long to be away from family. After all her Aunt Elizabeth did something very similar and that inspired her to spur on and make her family proud. Bravely she takes this on and with Gods help it is sure to succeed.

 But even as smart as Beth is, when she meets two great guys she feels so completely torn and then to further complicate things, her sister comes to visit and this leads to Beth being incredibly homesick. It is so funny reading tis book at this time in my life because I'm about to send me daughter off into the world to go away to school. As I have tried to explain to my daughter, sometimes life happens and the plans you expected for your life take a drastic turn. And you suddenly realize the change that God had planned is way better than what you had planned.

 I don't think Beth, the main character had her life planned the way it ended up but life is funny like that sometimes.

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.