Monday, August 22, 2016

"Where Hope Prevails" by Janette Oke & Laurel Oke Logan

About this book:

  She leans forward for her first glimpse of the little mountain town that has captured her heart, but something has changed.
  Elizabeth Thatcher's highly anticipated return to her beloved Coal Valley after a long summer with her family back east is filled with surprises . . . and not all of them good ones, in her estimation. Maybe the worst one of all relates to her treasured students. Can she adapt and learn to cope with this enormous change?
  Her Mountie, Jarrick Thornton, hasn't yet proposed, but she already knows what her answer will be. His duties take him away from the valley much too often, in her view, but the two of them, with patience and understanding--and one significant misunderstanding--are learning to know each other better.
  The dark cloud looming on the horizon in Beth's mind, though, is filled with questions about where their future might take them. As a member of the RCMP, Jarrick is stationed wherever his superiors send him . . . but what about her teaching position in Coal Valley?
  Beth attempts to do her best with each obstacle she faces, but does she rightly assess each situation as it surfaces? Good intentions don't always lead to good results. . . .
  A companion story to Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart TV series”

Series: Book #3 in the “Return to the Canadian West” series. (Review of #1 Here! Book #2 review Here!) {There is another series that follows Beth’s aunt, Elizabeth, called the “Canadian West” series. Read Reviews of #1 Here, #2 Here, #3 Here, #4 Here, #5 Here, and #6 Here.  You do not have to read the first series to understand this one, but it’s a great series to read. :) }

Spiritual Content- Many Prayers; Many Scriptures are quoted, mentioned, remembered & talked about; Church going; Many Talks about God, His will, pleasing Him & hope; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God (not capital when an unbeliever is talking about God, though); Mr. Harris Hughes does not believe in God & many mentions of that; Many mentions of churches, a pastor & preaching; Mentions of God; Mentions of prayers, thanking God & blessings over food; Mentions of faiths, Christians & religious people; Mentions of blessings; Mentions of Bible & lessons; Mentions of those in the Bible; Mentions of a Bible club; Mentions of the possibility of children being astray from Biblical teachings; Mentions of Christmas & a play; A few mention of religions; A couple mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of singing hymns; A mention of the Lord’s Prayer;
*Note: Mentions of worldly gods; Mentions of ghosts; A mention of superstition.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘hush up’; Pain (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of the mine explosion & deaths (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of an attempted suicide & blood (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of a bear & bear attack (barley-above-not-detailed); Mentions of injuries (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of Book #2’s kidnapping; Mentions of gossip & jealousy; A few mentions of a bootlegger, threats, evil & jail; A few mentions of a saloon/pool hall; A couple mentions of a nightmare; A couple mentions of a pipe & smoke; A mention of tobacco; A mention of a nightclub.

Sexual Content- A nose kiss, a head kiss, a forehead kiss, and two barely-above-not-detailed kisses; Embraces, Touches, Warmth & Nearness (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of making eyes & mooning over someone (married or engaged); A couple mentions of a wife & a baby who died in childbirth; A few mentions of a rumor that a man acted ungentlemanly towards a young girl (which didn’t actually happen); Mentions of crushes & blushes; Mentions of reputations & chaperons; Mentions of a honeymoon (no details); Love, being in love & a bit of the emotions.

-Beth Thatcher
                                         P.O.V. of Beth
                                              Set in the 1920s
                                                        317 pages

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My personal Rating-
Ahhh, such a Janette Oke book! Such a sweet story-line and lots of Spiritual Content! Even though this series isn’t very close to the TV Show it’s a companion to, it makes me look forward to the Christmas special. I am hoping for another book in this series, though! ;)

See y’all on Wednesday 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.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House Publishers) for this review.


  1. Lindsey,

    How can we submit a book for review on "Books for Christian Girls"? My wife has written three Christian novels called "The Providence Series" that I think you would like. If you go to you will be able to review a couple chapters at your leisure. Her pseudonym is Grace Richardson after the three most important things in her life: God's grace, me (Richard) and our six sons.

    Thank you for taking the time to listen to my ramblings. I hope to hear from you soon regarding your submission guidelines.

    Best regards,


    1. Hello!
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      ~Lindsey Z.
      Owner of BFCG