About the book: Beth Thatcher returns
home from her first year as a schoolteacher in the mining town of Coal
Valley and steps into a whole different world. Her life back among her
wealthy Eastern family is a stark contrast to her primitive life in the
West, and Beth isn't sure where she belongs anymore.
has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family
holiday--a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada
and the U.S. Wishing to reconnect with her mother and sister, Beth
agrees to go but quickly finds herself at odds with her mother's
expectations. After enjoying complete freedom in the western wilds, Beth
isn't sure what to make of her mother's ongoing efforts to direct her
life--and her heart.
Beth keeps in touch with her Mountie beau,
Jarrick, even as young men more of her station catch her eye. Is she
ready to fully give her heart to Jarrick, knowing it will mean saying
good-bye to her family and her life of privilege once again? And when
Beth trusts the wrong person, will Jarrick be able to help her despite
the distance between them?
My review: I have been reading books by Jannette Oke since I was just a teenager. She was the first one to introduce me to Christian romance. In which, it was completely okay to be in love and also completely okay to never travel to a bedroom scene. I love each of her books, set in the Canadian West and this book is no different.
Beth is an amazing young woman. She comes from a privileged family and chose in the first book in this series, Where Courage Calls (make sure to read this one first,) to teach school to a group in the Canadian West. In this book, she's just come home. She's ready for some downtime with her family, and she wants to take some time to discover just how she feels about Canadian Mountie Jarrick. But her family has made other plans. Her father is headed to South America on business, and the rest of the family is headed on a cruise down the East Coast of North America.
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed Beth's view of how the cruise was, it's interesting to me the way things were different in a far different time than our own. I enjoyed Beth's family, her mother is truly a lady, I loved the concern she showed for the way that her girls were acting that she didn't feel seemly. Beth's sister Margret was also a great woman, I love the way that her son JW almost steals the entire book because he's so cute! And Julie, I loved her character. So trusting and generous to a fault, I was hoping that she didn't have problems because of her generosity. The ending of this book is worth waiting for!
I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library.
Labels: christian fiction, christian romance, Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan, Return to the Canadian West series