Where Hope Prevails (Return to the Canadian West Series #3)Janette Oke, Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan
Where Hope Prevails is the 3rd book in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan.When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The min... Read More
When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever. However, more children means a second teacher is brought in—one who dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond.
At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father's company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Jul 19, 2016
- UPC: 9780764217685
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Aug 2, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042030"
- ISBN: 0764217682
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- Enjoyable read by Laura R on 1/19/2017
Where Hope Prevails is the third in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan. I shared my thoughts on the second book in a past review. I definitely liked this book better than the previous one in the series. I'll pretty much read anything about a prairie teacher out West. Ever since I was a little girl, that particular story line has always captured me (Laura Ingalls, anyone?). As usual, Janette Oke's style is occasionally slow and almost boring or predictable, but also endearing to me. Though I skimmed a few chapters, for the most part I enjoyed the rhythm of this book and reading about the heroine and her story, even if it was the day-to-day activities-- or maybe particularly the day-to-day activities. I know I romanticize it but I love learning about how women of that era made their own clothes and cooked meals on a rustic stove and just the simplicity and authenticity of their lives and relationships. I think it's the same reason I enjoy Amish fiction. Overall, I'd give the book a 4 out of 5. Not a page-turner by any means, but a comfortable friend kind of book.
- A STORY OF GROWTH AND FAITH! by NARITA on 11/16/2016
I have greatly enjoyed this series and was excited to see another sequel! After a long visit with her wealthy family Beth Thatcher excitedly returns to rural Coal Valley, the place that has stolen her heart and to her beloved teaching job with the miner’s children. She loves the simplicity, never missing the prosperous life she grew up with. She is in for a surprise! Nothing looks the same! Not only has the small town grown, but the beautiful trees have all been cut down to make way for more homes. She feels sick and hates the hideous stumps that dot the land.
If that isn’t bad enough, she has found they have hired another teacher to help with the increased number of children. Being accustomed to being in control and having the school to herself, Becky is upset to say the least. But that isn’t the worst of it. She also learns she will not be able to stay at her beloved Molly’s boarding house, the woman that is like a mother to her. There isn’t room plus somehow there is the assumption that she and her Mountie boyfriend, Jarrick, are going to be married! She must stay in the upstairs apartment the Grant’s used to inhabit. The family brings back so many bad memories. Their abusive attitudes, the husbands arrest and the wife’s attempted suicide there. The quarters are cramped, dingy, and cold! She has no idea how to cook or care for a household, plus she has never stayed alone! Poor Becky
Some sequels begin to fizzle out as they are added but this one did not. The plot is full of surprises and wonderful characters. Becky has always been one to jump to conclusions and think the worst of people and situations. God works on her in a big way to wait on Him and learn to trust His choices for her. She grows in leaps and bounds in her spiritual maturity and abilities. I hope there is another sequel after this one!
I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.
- Welcome Back to Coal Valley by Chastity on 11/7/2016
Where Hope Prevails is the third book in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. It's a compainion of sorts to the Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart. If you haven't read the other books in the series or haven't seen all the esisodes on tv, don't worry you can still follow along just fine and enjoy the book.
After spending the summer with her family Elizabeth Thatcher is looking forward to coming home to Coal Valley. She enjoyed her time, but she really missed her friends, who are like a second family, and her students. She's looking forward to coming home and getting back into a routine. What she finds upon arrival though, disturbes her more than she thought. Her town is expanding and nothing seems to be as it was when she left. There are stumps everywhere from where they have cut down trees to expand the town. She hates those stumps, she views them as ugly scars instead of seeing them as a blessing of expansion.
Not only are there ugly stumps, but Coal Valley has hired a second teacher to help with all the new students moving into town due to the expansion. Elizabeth is worried how some of her students will relate to a stranger. After all, she's spent years building relationships with these children and their families. She knows their strengths and weaknesses, their insecurities and their home life. Besides she doesn't really think Coal Valley needs a new teacher, she was doing just fine on her own, thank you very much.
Elizabeth struggles to come to terms with all the changes life brings her way. Will she and Jack marry? If they do, where will they live? What about Coal Valley? Will they still need her when the new teacher arrives? Where exactly does she fit into this new Coal Valley? Will they ever remove those ugly stumps?
I truly enjoyed Where Hope Prevails. I feel like we are all a little like Elizabeth. I for one hate change. I like things to stay the same and I really enjoy staying inside my comfort zone. Just like Elizabeth, when change is hard or uncomfortable I find it ugly. I find it unnecessary and I want it gone as soon as possible. Can you relate?
God doesn't call us to the comfortable. He is constantly challenging us to look beyond ourselves to see something more. To give others a chance and show them the love of Jesus. Sure, it may not be easy, life never really is, but when you trust Him you can be assured it will lead to a greater good. Life is hardly ever what we expect it to be but with God we can manage all the ugly stumps life throws our way.
* I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
- Another good Janette Oke book by Em on 9/25/2016
Another lovely book by Janette Oke! I was so excited to read and review this book that I didn't pay close attention to which series it was in- the last in a series that I *cough* haven't read yet. Where Hope Prevails is a sequel to the other 2 books in the Return to the Canadian West series. Despite the fact that I have not yet read the previous books, I was able to enjoy this one as a stand-alone pretty well! It probably would have helped me understand things a little better, but I'm glad I could just dive in without having to read the previous ones first. I loved the setting, the story, and the characters. I also appreciate how Janette Oke's books are always very sweet and clean in the romance, if there is any. This one was not a disappointment. In all, I enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the others in the series! 9 out of 10 stars
**I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review**
- This is book 3 in a series by A Lovely Read on 9/17/2016
I accidentally got this book out of order! Sometimes there are issues with backstories that you miss so much it's hard to start off at the end of a series, but I didn't find that was the case. I was able to read this as a stand alone, although I'm sure I'd have appreciated it more had I read the first two.
Whenever I read a Janette Oke novel, I feel like I'm there in the Canadian West. Beth is returning from her visit back home, and so much has changed in the time she's been gone. The town has been growing, and she's missing the coziness and trees that used to make up her little town.
She also has a couple of challenges ahead of her. Jack proposing and preparing a wedding. Two things that will bring stress and excitement to any woman! Then she has to deal with someone else in her classroom who doesn't share the same teaching style or faith. Honestly, her reaction in a couple of situations mirrored what mine would've probably been. It was good to see her friends come alongside her to encourage her.
I enjoyed this story and can't wait to go back and read the first two!
*I received this book for review from Bethany House
- Final book in series! by Kristina Anderson, The Avid Reader on 8/18/2016
Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the final book in the Return to the Canadian West series. Elizabeth “Beth” Thatcher is returning to Coal Valley after being away for the summer. Beth is expecting everything and everyone to be the same, but she is in for a shock. There have been many changes to the town. Trees have been cut down to make way for new buildings. Abigail has taken over the bar for a tea house and the school will now have its own building. There are two big changes that Beth was not prepared for at all. Beth will now be staying in her own apartment over Abigail’s Tea House. Beth loved her room at Molly’s and is very sad to move. But with all the new miners and the construction boom, Molly needs Beth’s room. Plus, there is going to be a second teacher. The school board came through and so how many children were going to be attending school (several new families in town). They have hired Mr. Robert Harris Hughes, and he will be taking over Beth’s room at Molly’s boarding house. Beth has a hard time adjusting to all the changes. But there is one more change for Beth. Jack Thornton proposes to Beth (finally). They have decisions to make regarding their future. Join Beth, Molly, Marnie, Abigail, Frank, Jack and the others for another year in Coal Valley in Where Hope Prevails.
Where Hope Prevails is a lovely nice and a good conclusion to the series. Beth got on my nerves a little in this book with her doubts, skittishness, afraid to speak up, and her dislike of change. It did not seem to go with her character. Her sister, Julie is just the opposite. Julie is outgoing, loud, always on the go, and extremely annoying. Where Hope Prevails is well-written (as are all of Janette Oke’s books) and enjoyable to read. I do suggest that you read the previous books in the series (or at least have watched the show on Hallmark) prior to reading Where Hope Prevails. Otherwise, you will not understand everything that is happening. I give Where Hope Prevails 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The ending is sweet and will make you give a little sigh (of pleasure) when you close the book (or e-reader). The book has a good moral message. It emphasizes the importance of prayer, relying on God, how we are all flawed, and how God has a plan for us and he will nudge us in the right direction if we listen.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review of the book. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.