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 Comments: I enjoyed this book, and I was surprised how closely it followed the new Hallmark show When Calls the Heart. The books seem to follow the women in the Thatcher family with the first name of Elizabeth. I related to this book for two reasons: I am a teacher and I have been sickly just as Elizabeth. We only have so much to give and then when we outlive that we get sick. Right now, I’m going through a long bout of bronchitis. Elizabeth got sick whenever she did more than she was able. Elizabeth, or Beth, had a huge heart. She fell in love with her new home and the families. She saw past the poverty to the people. She wanted everyone treated equally. As far as romance goes, its a little confusing. Which man is the one for Beth? She goes back and forth between a couple of them.
I remember when Janette Oke began writing her fiction books in the 1970s. She is/was a trailblazer in the historical Christian fiction genre. She knows how to write a rest story! I am glad to see she continues to write.
Thank you NetGalley for the advanced reading e-copy. This opinions are strictly my own.
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