Publication Date: 2014
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
ARC Copy from Bethany House and NetGalley.com
Where Courage Calls is the story of Beth Thatcher, a young teacher related to Elizabeth Thatcher, whom we met in the earlier When Calls the Heart novels. Beth is a frail, rather quiet young woman who has led a sheltered and rather privileged life. She feels a strong calling to be productive and do some good in the world. So she takes a position as a teacher in the Coal Valley area of western Canada.
Beth arrives at the last train station of her destination, and through no fault of her own, she loses all of her belongings to a thief. Her beloved violin and compass are stolen along with her baggage. For Beth, this loss is a true trial to her spirit. However, she rallies and continues her journey to the small poverty stricken town of Coal Valley to begin teaching with only the clothes on her back.
Her trials are many as she learns to adjust to a life without stores, indoor plumbing, and no family support. Although Beth came from a privileged life, she adjusts very well to her primitive life and job in this poor area of Canada. She uses her big heart and creative mind to do good in the community, as well as engaging her young students to learn.
This is a very engaging story that touches the heart. Janet Oke and Laurel Oke Logan have a wonderful way of weaving a story that pulls the reader right in to the pages of the novel and the hearts of their characters. Her books are a testament of the good work people can do when they try. The story also grows and evolves around Beth’s growing faith and trust in God as many of Mrs. Oke’s novels do. A very pleasant and endearing read! Fans of this series will really enjoy this standalone novel.
This book was an ARC copy from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley.com. Many thanks for this opportunity to review the book. The book has been provided in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.