Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

If you have watched When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark channel, this book does not miss a beat. This picks up from where the last book, Where Trust Lies, left us. Since I didn’t read the last book nor have watched the series as often as I like, everything was a surprise to me.

It picks up with Elizabeth Thatcher coming home to Coal Valley after a summer break and adventure with her family and Constable Jack (Jarrick) Thornton. Jarrick has been reposted to Lethelbridge, South of Coal Valley, making their relationship a challenge as their wedding approaches in the Spring. However, as she”leans forward for her first glimpse of the little mountain town that has captured her heart, she discovers something has changed.” (back cover quote)  She notices so much has changed; more houses and miners, and the wretched tree stumps that she hates. Even Molly’s adopted daughter, Marnie, has changed so much in the past few months; older and very giggly at times. Is there a beau in her life? Plus, to make matters a little more challenging, the town hires a new second teacher, Mr. Robert Harris Hughes, who is as secular as they come, according Elizabeth, to teach the older students. Elizabeth is not very happy, plus she has to live by herself in the old crazy Grant family’s place above Abigail’s Tea House. This is just too much for Elizabeth to handle with out God’s guidance.

Elizabeth tries to cope with the living arrangements and other little issues through the help of Molly and Marnie, but her stubborn and feisty ways could lead her into trouble with the new teacher. She just can’t stand him and his curt disposition and flippancy about God’s existence. Plus she hates his teaching skills and he seems to disagree with hers. No one else seems to agree with her feelings and anxiety on the issue, not even Jarrick supports her in feeling so annoyed with Mr. Harris Hughes.  What can she do to show what’s really in her heart?

When Mr. Harris Hughes is on the brink of trouble with the town and being wrongly accused with inappropriate relations with a student, Elizabeth knows that the accusations are wrong, but the court date conflicts with other important plans? Will Elizabeth stand back and let the court decide what’s best for the man? Or will she stand up and defend him for who he really is, a lost but intelligent soul that wouldn’t hurt or do anything wrong toward any child of the town? Well… You’ll just have to grab a book to find out what happens and what else new is going on in Coal Valley.

Here’s where to get this wonderful book. If you have a local bookstore or library hurry over and get one. Always support the businesses in your home town. They support local economy and growth. Otherwise check these nice retailers below.

Amazon: Kindle $7.86 ; Paperback $8.27

Barnes and Noble: Nook $10.49 ; Paperback $8.27

As always, I’d like to thank Bethany House Publishers for giving me the opportunity to review this book for free and give an honest opinion. This has been a wonderful story to share with you all. See you next week for my review of Gratitude- Prayers and Praises coloring and devotional book. 🙂

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