27 February 2014

Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke, Book review (and GIVEAWAY Information)

  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (February 4, 2014)
  • Series: When Calls the Heart
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764212314


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 thoughts:

Janette Oke's series including 'Love Comes Softly' have captivated the imagination of many and like the Laura Ingalls Wilder 'Little House On The Prairie' are clearly destined to become classics! 

Few authors have managed to reach such a wide spectrum of readers worldwide! Young and old alike frequently immerse themselves in her novels for a chance to enjoy heart warming adventures set against solid historical settings. If you buy one novel, you are sure to collect all volumes of the series!

Known for a solid faith reflected in her writings Janette Oke's appeal is often linked to a gentler life, where family unity, duty and loyalty still means something.

Where Courage Calls is a special companion story to the Hallmark Channel 'When Calls The Heart' TV series (Pilot movie reviewed HERE).
Together with daughter Laurel Oke Logan, Janette Oke gives us yet a new adventure, this time set in the foothills of Western Canada. 

Placing her trust in God, Beth Thatcher leaves the comfortable world of her father's wealth to accept a teaching position in a coal mining town. Once there however, Beth is faced with many obstacles and must either muster her courage or turn back and admit she is not cut out to live in the West.

Proving themselves to be an excellent writing team Janette and daughter Laurel gives us yet another opportunity to see courageous people willing to make a difference whilst walking in God's intended path.
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!

5 Stars!

Note To Readers: Join me tomorrow for 'When Calls The Heart - Lost and Found' DVD review!

Meet the Authors:

Janette Oke and daughter Laurel Oke Logan co-wrote this story!

Janette is of course celebrated across the world for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry. She is credited with launching the modern era of inspirational fiction with the publication of her first novel, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. Today, her novels have sold more than 30 million copies, and she is the recipient of the ECPA President's Award, the CBA Life Impact Award, the Gold Medallion, and the Christy Award.

See additional information including a list of all her books (HERE)

Laurel Oke Logan is the 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 as well.

Interested in Janette and Laurel's Giveaway? 

(Pst...a chance to win an iPad MIni and participate in their Facebook chat party 
on 4 March 2014!)

Then be sure to visit the link below for all information!

http://litfusegroup.com/author/joke page: 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book courtesy of LITFUSE as part of this book promotion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 'Guides concerning the use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising. I was not asked to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. 


  1. I have enjoyed most if not all of Janette Oke's books. I read When Calls the Heart when it was first written, several years ago and we are enjoying the television series on Hallmark.

    1. Very nice to see you here Sherry!
      Until a few years ago I knew nothing of her but I too enjoy her books. Janette Oke entertains whilst reminding us of the things that really matters!
      God bless (Sun is here! Birds singing! Spring, we are ready for you!!)


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