Friday, August 5, 2016

Janette Oke's "Where Hope Prevails"

#3: Where Hope Prevails  -     By: Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan
Beth Thatcher is preparing to return to her beloved school out in the far west, fully expecting an imminent engagement to Jerrick Thornton, though not all the potential changes that come with it for her and Jerrick. Will he continue on with Mounties, or accept a position back East with her father? An impending marriage isn't the only change for Beth--Coal Valley has changed too, expanding in population and physical size, with new additions of all sorts, including a second teacher. That's the rub--working with a man who doesn't listen to what Beth has to say and continually rubs her the wrong way. As Beth struggles with the changes, will she discover her heart needs some changes too?

Beth is clearly still growing and learning where she still struggles with the sinful nature. I can understand her resistance to change; just when one finally gets comfortable with the way things are, something changes and throws it all in turmoil.

I had more trouble with this book than the others as Beth sets herself up for some pretty hard lessons over her contentions with Robert Harris Hughes. I get it--it's really hard to make yourself like someone who rubs you completely the wrong way. But failing to act with love is hardly a good witness to a man who professes no belief in God. I was not looking forward to the humble pie she's baking for herself, but the authors convey the lesson with gentleness and love--much like God when He admonishes us.

Thank you Bethany House for providing a free book to review; I was not required to make the review positive, and all opinions are my own.

Return to the Canadian West
1. Where Courage Calls
2. Where Trust Lies
3. Where Hope Prevails

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