Book Description: 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 Thoughts: Once again Janette Oke writes a grand book! But this time her daughter co-authors this great story with her. How cool is that?!?!
Janette Oke has been a favorite author of mine for years. In fact, when I was a teen Janette Oke was the first author that caught my attention. Janette and her daughter write with a compassionate, loving heart.
Beth Thatcher has been favored with a great upbringing, good friends, people who love her and then there's her father's wealth . . . all good!
But Beth wants to go teach in the rugged foothills of western Canada. She is inspired to reach and teach the younguns of this rugged country. For if she doesn't go to them how will they learn. And Beth is a wonderful, caring teacher.
Beth knew that Coal Valley would be rough but after arriving it is almost more than she can fathom. But Beth is strong in spirit and in strength and she refuses to give up even when she learns there isn't even a school house.
This is her story . . . the story of a courageous heart!
A not to be missed read for all Janette Oke fans! Or those who love to read of grace and courage!
*This book was provided for review by Bethany House Publishers*