Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Where Courage Calls," by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan: My Review, Plus Enter to Win an iPad Mini!

Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for Where Courage Calls, by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan! This book is receiving rave reviews and is the companion story to Hallmark Channel’s TV series When Calls the Heart, set in the Canadian west.

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?

Purchase a copy and read an excerpt:

About the Authors:
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, and 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:
Janette Oke is one of my favorite authors, so I was really excited to have the opportunity to review Where Courage Calls, a Christian historical fiction novel -- my favorite genre -- with a little romance thrown in. I loved to see Beth’s growth as a person. With her privileged background, she could have easily grown up to become a spoiled, entitled woman, but she decides that a little hardship will be good for her by teaching in the mining town. Of course, it turns out to be a LOT more hardship than she’d anticipated! No indoor toilets, a schoolroom in the tavern, poverty and even danger all await Beth in Coal Valley. And yet she decides that God has sent her there for a reason -- to improve the lives of the children and their families. When her sister Julie arrives, their differences become all too apparent, but Beth knows that she has changed for the better and resists her sister’s advice to return home and find a rich man to marry. I loved every word of Where Courage Calls and can’t wait to read more novels by Janette Oke.

P.S. If you haven't had a chance to check out When Calls the Heart, the TV show on the Hallmark Channel, you should definitely watch. I've been enjoying it immensely!

Janette and Laurel are celebrating the release of Where Courage Calls with an iPad Mini giveaway and a Facebook author chat party on March 4th.

One winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 4th. Winner will be announced at the Where Courage Calls Facebook Party on March 4th. Connect with Janette and Laurel for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more!

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