Monday, January 9, 2017

When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke

Nothing in her privileged eastern upbringing has prepared Elizabeth for the challenges of frontier life...

Elizabeth Thatcher is young, pretty, cultured, and educated. But when she journeys west to teach school in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, she's completely unprepared for the conditions she encounters. Still, she's determined to succeed at the formidable task of fitting in with the locals and shaping the hearts and minds of the schoolchildren in her care.

She's just as determined not to give her heart to any of the local frontiersmen. Until she meets Wynn Delaney, a member the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This was my first time reading any books by Janette Oke. Honestly, I only picked it up because I somehow started watching the Hallmark channel TV show, When Calls the Heart, which is based on the Canadian West series by Oke. I think if it weren't for how slow the book seemed to go I would've enjoyed it more. It picked up some towards the end, but the beginning seemed to move at a snail’s pace. In addition, the romance was very bare minimum. Unfortunately, I didn't really look too far into this series before I picked it up because I assumed I'd like it since I had binge watched the first two seasons on Netflix, which was my bad because they're not very similar. However, I'm slightly curious how book #2 will proceed and will most likely take a peek at it. Nevertheless, this was an easy clean quick read.

Elizabeth, the main character, grew up in the East Coast and decides to move out to the Canadian frontier for a teaching position. Her cultured upbringing leaves her unprepared for the harsh lands and lifestyle on the frontier. Slowly, Elizabeth finds herself softening towards the red-coated Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer.

3 stars for When Calls the Heart. Did I hate it? No, but I also didn't really have a ton of fond feelings about it either, which is unfortunate because I've started to really enjoy the TV show. This one just left me feeling very neutral.

Janette Oke pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, Janette’s first novel, has sold over 1 million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of over 40 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally She received the 1992 President’s Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, and has been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and make their home in Canada.

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Jordan reviewed her personal copy of When Calls the Heart (Canadian West #1) by Janette Oke for this post.

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