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After years of schooling, Beth Thatcher has graduated and is determined to become a teacher. But when she's assigned the position no one else wants - in the tiny mining town of Coal Valley, located in the rugged foothills of western Canada - she worries she doesn't have the courage to accept. Inspired by the diary of her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years earlier, as well as her father's encouragement, Beth eventually decides to put her trust in God and leave behind all she's ever known. But the conditions in Coal Valley are even worse than she'd feared. A recent mining accident has left the town grieving and at the mercy of the mining company. The children have very little prior education, and many of the locals don't even speak English. In addition, Beth's heart is torn between two young men - both Mounties, one a lifelong friend and the other a kind, quiet man who comes to her aid more than once. Despite the unexpected challenges, Beth is determined to make a difference in the rustic frontier town. But when her sister visits from the East, reminding her of all the luxuries she's had to give up, will Beth decide to return to her privileged life as soon as the school year is over?

©2014 Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan (P)2014 Recorded Books

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True enjoyment

I really enjoyed this book. I started watching the TV series on Netflix and thought I would read the book while I wait for the next season to become available. The book is a little different than the TV series but just as good!!

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Great book!

I recently watched the hallmark series and loved the story. It left me wanting more so I listened to the audiobook. Loved it even more!

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Loved it!

I just wish it were easier to find the books following this series, wish audible could figure out how to put all the series together.

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where courage calls

I've listened to this twice, I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first.

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Pretty good

The book was good. I guess it bugged me her always thinking what would papa think mother or Julie. I haven't decided if I want to read the second book. The book is good just not captivating.

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Great Story

I love this book, and followed the story line with When Calls the Heart on TV. I enjoyed the differences in this book, and the additional detail.

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Stirring

Loved this story! Loved the narrator! Stirred my soul and made me feel like I was there, and want to go back. One of the better books!

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Great book

Shows how teaching can be a learning experience. Great Characters. An all around good read.