Beth Thatcher is a teacher like her Aunt Elizabeth. She longs to teach children who might otherwise have no option, so she accepts a position in Coal Valley in western Canada. When Beth arrives, she finds many problems and difficulties. There was a mining accident, there are few educational opportunities, there's a language barrier, and no schoolhouse. She has work to do, but is Beth up to the challenge. Throw in two eligible bachelors, and her dilemmas increase. Beth still wants to help the children and families with their education but does miss the ease of life she left behind. Will a visit from her sister send her home after the first year? Will one of the Mounties grab her heart? Will Beth be able to trust God enough to lead and guide her footsteps? In classic Janette Oke style, all these questions are answered in a charming, well written story.
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 received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity for participation in the blog tour.
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?
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About the Authors:
Janette Oke Celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, Janette Oke is the recipient of numerous awards. 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 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. Laurel and her husband have six children and two sons-in-law and live near Indianapolis, Indiana.
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