Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Where Hope Prevails

“Where Hope Prevails” by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan takes us back to Coal Valley, Canada with Elizabeth Thatcher. Beth has just experienced a summer like no other and is ready to once again head to the quiet town of Coal Valley where she is a school teacher. She expects to return to the same place and people but soon finds many changes have taken place and they are changes she is not fond of. Her biggest change is she is no longer the only teacher in Coal Valley and she finds herself in opposition with her teaching partner. Beth also has to deal with the uncertainty of her future. She knows that she and her Mountie, Jarrick, will one day marry but she is uneasy not knowing what their future will hold. She knows that Jarrick wants only the best for them however she has a hard time excepting the fact that she may be forced to leave her new friends in Coal Valley.

This is the third book in the Return to the Canadian West series and it is another winner. The authors are quick to draw the reader in and keep them involved in the story. The book paints a vivid picture of what live in a little Canadian town would have been like during the time period. In this book we see that even though Beth always turns to God and put her faith in Him to guide her she still stumbles. This book shows us that nobody is perfect but with God’s help and forgiveness we can always improve to become a better person.

I highly recommend ready the first two books, “Where Courage Calls” and “Where Trust Lies” first so that you will have the full back story of Beth, Jarrick, and the people of Coal Valley. I also recommend reading the Canadian West series by Janette Oke. This is the series that started it all with Beth’s aunt also named Elizabeth. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Beauty Refined

“A Beauty Refined” by Tracie Peterson takes us to Helena, Montana in 1907 where we meet Phoebe and Ian. Phoebe’s father, a German count, takes them to America in search of sapphires. Ian is a lapidary in Helena and is fascinated by the young German lady. The more time he spends with Phoebe the more he comes to care for her. He also realizes her life is not what it seems. It is during this time that Phoebe learns that her father is not the man he portrays to be. He is a lying, vindictive man that will not let anyone get in the way of what he wants. Phoebe learns just how far his treachery has gone when she comes face to face with a very important person from her past. With Ian’s help she is able to face her past and move toward a bright and better future.

This is another wonderfully written book by Tracie Peterson that will draw you in from the beginning. She paints a picture with words that will take the reader on the adventure with Phoebe and Ian and leave them wanting more. This book is a heartwarming read that will also take the reader on the spiritual journey of Phoebe as she grows close to God during her difficult time. This story shows us that even when things are at their darkest; God will carry us through if we will put our faith in Him to bring us to a better tomorrow. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House.