Fiction Friday: When Calls the Heart

*On Fridays I will share what I’ve been reading, whether fiction or non-fiction. The books here can range from fiction of any genre, to personal development, to how-to, and anything and everything in between.

The Stats

Title: When Calls the Heart (Canadian West Book #1)
Author: Janette Oke
Publisher/Year: Bethany House 1983
Genre: Christian Fiction


Cultured Elizabeth Thatcher decides to take a teaching position in the Canadian West, and much to her surprise, she finds herself in more primitive settings then she expected when she left Toronto. Making the most of a less than ideal situation, she falls in love with her students and the townspeople, despite the howling coyotes and unruly mice. What is harder to deal with is her undeniable attraction to Wynn Delaney, a helpful local man who seems to be out of reach emotionally. 

This is the first book of Janette Oke’s I’ve read outside of her Love Comes Softly series. In much the same vein, it details a young woman’s new life in the west, though the account of Elizabeth Thatcher is minus the initial heartbreak of Marty Claridge. I enjoyed learning with Elizabeth how to acclimate to her surroundings, was emotional when tragedy struck the townspeople, and found myself feeling for her personal hurt and misunderstandings. 

It’s a simple tale warmly written and worth the read, especially if you enjoy fiction that details life as it used to be. 

Have you read When Calls the Heart or any of the other books in the series? If so, which was your favorite?

– Melinda

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