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When Calls The Heart Is A Faith-Building Frontier Tale

A Review by Rebecca Brister Janette Oke is a well-known author of Christian fiction and this is one of her very best novels, though I have many favorites. Set in the early 1900s in Canada, it tells the story of wealthy Elizabeth Thatcher, who leaves her high society family and upbringing in the east to join her half-brother in Calgary, Alberta, in order to take a teaching position. Through a series of events, she is placed in a one-room schoolhouse in the wilds of Alberta, teaching a small but eager group of children. During her adventure, she learns independence, acquires courage that she didn't know she possessed, and experiences a romance with a Mountie that changes her outlook. Janette Oke has a gift for drawing the reader into her stories and making you feel as if you're experiencing these events yourself, no matter how large or small. There's plenty of drama, romance, and humor, but at its core, this is a story about a young woman who comes into her own and relies on God in all of her experiences. Fans of Oke's most popular series "Love Comes Softly" will love this novel also, as well as fans of Grace Livingston Hill or Tracie Peterson, or others authors of Christian frontier fiction. It is the first in a series of six books in Oke's Canadian West series so you can see Elizabeth's journey continue. It is available in both ebook and audiobook format on Hoopla. The audio version has a run time of 7 hours 28 minutes.

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