“Where Courage Calls” by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan takes us to the rugged Canadian frontier. Beth Thatcher has been raised in an easy life and has not known the harsh realities of those less fortunate. Beth feels that God wants her to take a teaching position in the frontier town of Coal Valley. She has been inspired by her aunt Elizabeth who set out to teach in the frontier many years before. However, Beth is not prepared for what awaits her in Coal Valley. A mining incident killed many of the men and left widows struggling to raise their children. Beth takes the children under her wing and begins to teach. Beth makes friends while she is in Coal Valley and soon begins to really care about the people. When Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer Jarrick Thornton walks into her life she feels an attraction she has never felt with anyone else. Jarrick is drawn to Beth but holds back especially with her lifelong friend and fellow officer Edward makes an appearance. Will Beth be able to make a difference in the people of Coal Valley? And who will she choose, Jarrick or Edward?
This is a very well written book that details the life of on the Canadian frontier during the 1920’s. The details of the landscape, the people and there day to day lives makes you feel like you are there with them. This is a book about family, faith, trust, and love. In this book we see how Beth is faced with many decisions and hardships but she always relies on God to see her through. I highly recommend reading Janette Oke’s Canadian West series as well as this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.