Book Review | Where Hope Prevails

Author: Janette Oke with Laurel Oke Logan 
Series: Return to the Canadian West Book 3
Genre: Christian fiction 
Published: 2016
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Pages: 320
Age Group: 12 +

When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever. 
But the town's rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education--one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond. 
At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father's company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?

Another lovely book by Janette Oke! I was so excited to read and review this book  that I didn't pay close attention to which series it was in- the last in a series that I *cough* haven't read yet. Where Hope Prevails is a sequel to the other 2 books in the Return to the Canadian  West series. Despite the fact that I have not yet read the previous books, I was able to enjoy this one as a stand-alone pretty well! It probably would have helped me understand things a little better, but I'm glad I could just dive in without having to read the previous ones first. I loved the setting, the story, and the characters. I also appreciate how Janette Oke's books are always very sweet and clean in the romance, if there is any. This one was not a disappointment. :) In all, I enjoyed this book, and I can't wait to read the others in the series! My rating: 9 out of 10 hearts- ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

**I received this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review**

Have you read Where Hope Prevails? If so, did you enjoy it?

Thanks for reading!



  1. I've never read this book before, but it sounds really good! Janette Oke books are usually sooooooo amazing ;)

    Great review, Emily! :)

    1. I bet you would like it! I agree- I have enjoyed all of Janette Oke's books that I have read so far. :)

      Oh, and I wanted to let you know that I'm still following your blog- just now by email. ;)

      Thank you, Blessing! <3

  2. Hmm. Have you seen the movie "When Calls the Heart" before? I recognize the name Coal Valley from that movie, as well as Elisabeth Thatcher. Jarring is called Jack in the movie. I have heard that the books are a bit different than the movie, but haven't read any of them.


    1. I haven't seen the TV shows or movies yet- on purpose, since I wanted to read the books first. ;) Movies are always different from the books, so I like to do that. I'm sure you'd enjoy the When Calls the Heart books, if you like the movie. :D

  3. I've never read this book and don't plan to simply because there's a series from the 90s that Janette Oak wrote beforehand which were amazing - same Elizabeth and stuff - and now she redoes them which makes me mad so I refuse to open a single page. Haha.
    I hear they're pretty good though so I'm glad you enjoyed it. ☺ Have you seen the TV show for them?

    1. Hmm... are you talking about the Canadian West series (the first of which is When Calls the Heart?) This book is the last in the follow-up series to those books. I know the covers got updated, but I didn't think that the actual books did! I hate it when that happens too. ;)

      No, I haven't seen the TV shows yet- on purpose, like I explained above. :D

  4. I didn't get the email or something to review this book. XD (I review for Bethany House occasionally too! :D) But I HAVE read the first two in the series! I liked the first one quite a bit more than the second one, though. :P (I find it strange that they're companion novels to When Calls the Heart, the show, but they're not really the same...)

    1. Aw, that's too bad! Hopefully you can read this one soon anyway. I'm sure the whole series is great- I just have to read the previous ones and then I'll find out! :D


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