Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Book Review - Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

True Inspiration

Where Courage Calls
Authors:  Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan
Publisher:  Bethany House
Publish Date:  February 4, 2014
New teacher, Beth Thatcher a young woman of upper class finds herself in a teaching position in the remote mining town, Coal Valley, Canada.  She certainly was not prepared for the hardships she had to endure on her trip to Coal Valley, much less what she would face once she arrived at her destination.  Her luggage was stolen, including her teaching supplies and all her clothing except for what she was wearing.  Upon arriving, she was appalled to find there was not even indoor plumbing.  The most daunting task was not the loss of personal belongings but the poverty of the community and the tragedy that most every family had endured when the mine collapsed and their husbands, sons and brothers were killed.  Beth quickly learns the clothing she packed certainly would not have fit in with her surroundings.  She felt it was part of God’s plan when her luggage was stolen as it forced her to borrow clothing from the ladies in the community, which she did with a grateful heart.   She not only educated their children, but brought about closeness to the community and integrated the newly hired Italian miners into the community as well. 
This is a wonderfully written book of hardships of school teachers in remote areas at the turn of the century and more importantly of the hardships of the mining families.  Their ability to persevere in the face of disaster is a true inspiration.   Beth stole my heart from the very first page.  I wanted to join in with the characters when they laughed and cried.  I felt their sense of loss and despair along with their joy.  I would recommend this book as it is filled with a bit of mystery, a little romance and a lot of love, faith, hope and inspiration.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Bethany House, through NetGalley  blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.

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