Beth Thatcher has spent her entire life in the safe, comfortable world of her family, her friends, and the social outings her father's wealth provides. But Beth is about to leave it all behind to accept a teaching position in the rugged foothills of western Canada. Inspired by her aunt Elizabeth, who went west to teach school several years ago, and gently encouraged by her father, Beth resolves to put her trust in God and bravely face any challenge that comes her way.
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 had very little prior education, and many of the locals don't even speak English. There isn't even a proper schoolhouse. 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 many 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?
I've watched When Calls the Heart and was excited to be able to review this book and see how Beth's story continues. Last year was my first year teaching - I was able to connect with Beth as she made it through her first year. I couldn't help but get emotional when she had made it to the last day of class! Her students and the mothers gave her the box of letters and then Esther shared how she had changed since Beth arrived. Oh, just pass me a tissue! Beth was willing to take a leap to pursue what she felt God had called her to do. She was willing to give up the comforts of home and what she knew. Though I had a hard time getting into the story at first, this was an overall good read. It's a great story of courage and trusting God and making a difference through small acts and simply caring for people. I love how Beth changed the small town of Coal Valley by falling in love with her students and embracing the opportunity before her.
I received a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity for my honest review. You can read other reviews on the tour by clicking here.