Friday, July 10, 2015

"Beyond the Gathering Storm" by Janette Oke

About this book:

  “The love of Wynn and Elizabeth Delaney has healed their adopted son Henry's painful memories and helped him grow into a man of character. But when his job as a Royal Canadian Mountie brings tragedy into his life once again, Henry is left frightened and vulnerable. Assigned to a new post some five years later, he rediscovers someone who, once and for all, may be able to help him put his past behind him.
  Henry's sister, Christine, also leaves home to explore life's possibilities. Moving to the city, she finds employment and loses her heart to the worldly son of her wealthy boss. Boyd is a lonely young man with an aching heart and does not share Christine's strong faith. Is her heart leading her down the wrong path?”

Series: Book #5 of the “Canadian West” series.
(Read Reviews of #1 Here, #2 Here, #3 Here, #4 Here, and #6 Here. ) {There is a movie based on the first book of this series with the same name, plus a TV series on Hallmark about the continuation of the series, “Return to the Canadian West.”
(Read Reviews of Book #1 in that series Here, and #2 Here.)} 

Spiritual Content- Talks about God, trusting Him, His will & praying; Witnessing; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; Prayers & mention many of praying; A couple of Scriptures are quoted and mentioned; Christmas (x2); Church going & mention of going; Mr. Kingsley & Boyd never to go church (Boyd gets rude about it; “little use for the church—or for God.” And “church is for wackos.”).

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘bully for her’, a ‘dumb’, two ‘idiot’s, six ‘stupid’s; Many curses are said but not written; A couple mentions of prison; A couple mentions of animals in traps (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of dead animals; A mention of a man who was killed by a tree (barely-above-not-detailed); A mention of suicide; A mention of fighting (semi-detailed); Many mentions of drinking, drunks & alcohol; Boyd drinks and parties; Boyd has a temper & strikes Christine; A bear attack & blood (semi-detailed).

Sexual Content- four not-detailed kisses & nuzzles, six barely-above-not-detailed kisses, ; a finger kiss, three forehead kisses, and four cheek kisses (barely-above-not-detailed); A married couple kiss on the nose; Noticing, Nearness & Blushes (up to semi-detailed); Hand holding & touches (up to semi-detailed); A mention of mistletoe; Mentions of flirting; Mr. Kingsley & Boyd hound Christine to move in to their house with them (she will/does not and sticks to her beliefs); Love, falling in love, & the emotions.

-Christine Delaney, age 18
-Henry Delaney, age 28
                                        P.O.V. switches between them & Elizabeth
                                              Set in 20 years after “When Hope Springs New”
                                                        251 pages

Pre Teens-
New Teens-
(and a half)
Early High School Teens-
(and a half)
Older High School Teens-
(and a half)
My personal Rating- 
Hmp. I knew that this one wouldn’t be anywhere near as good as the first four, but I was still disappointed. Not only was there a 20 year gap, but there was new things that the reader "missed" in those many years (Wynn losing his leg, Christine, etc.). It also was really weird to picture Elizabeth and Wynn in their early 50s. Christine really bothered me; Mid-way I read the back of book six to make sure it would be okay! Personally, she annoyed me. Henry was better but it still wasn't Elizabeth and Wynn's story anymore. (Though there is E's POV a couple times.) Overall, it was okay, but wasn't as clean as the rest of the series and kinda odd for fans of the originals.

See y’all on Monday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

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