Where Hope Prevails (Return to the Canadian West Book #3)

Where Hope Prevails (Return to the Canadian West Book #3)

by Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan

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Inspiring Conclusion to a Popular Series with a TV tie-in

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441229915
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2016
Series: Return to the Canadian West , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 75,266
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Bestselling author Janette Oke is celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry. Her novels have sold more than thirty million copies, and she's the recipient of the ECPA President's Award, the CBA Life Impact Award, the Gold Medallion, and the Christy Award. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

Laurel Oke Logan
, daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novels Dana's Valley, Where Courage Calls, and Where Trust Lies, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel's growing family includes six children, their spouses, and three grandsons.
Laurel Oke Logan, daughter of Edward and Janette Oke, is the author of Janette Oke: A Heart for the Prairie, as well as the novels Dana's Valley, Where Courage Calls, and Where Trust Lies, which she co-wrote with her mom. Laurel's growing family includes six children, their spouses, and three grandsons.

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Where Hope Prevails 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Moonpie72 More than 1 year ago
I have greatly enjoyed this series and was excited to see another sequel! After a long visit with her wealthy family Beth Thatcher excitedly returns to rural Coal Valley, the place that has stolen her heart and to her beloved teaching job with the miner’s children. She loves the simplicity, never missing the prosperous life she grew up with. She is in for a surprise! Nothing looks the same! Not only has the small town grown, but the beautiful trees have all been cut down to make way for more homes. She feels sick and hates the hideous stumps that dot the land. If that isn’t bad enough, she has found they have hired another teacher to help with the increased number of children. Being accustomed to being in control and having the school to herself, Becky is upset to say the least. But that isn’t the worst of it. She also learns she will not be able to stay at her beloved Molly’s boarding house, the woman that is like a mother to her. There isn’t room plus somehow there is the assumption that she and her Mountie boyfriend, Jarrick, are going to be married! She must stay in the upstairs apartment the Grant’s used to inhabit. The family brings back so many bad memories. Their abusive attitudes, the husbands arrest and the wife’s attempted suicide there. The quarters are cramped, dingy, and cold! She has no idea how to cook or care for a household, plus she has never stayed alone! Poor Becky Some sequels begin to fizzle out as they are added but this one did not. The plot is full of surprises and wonderful characters. Becky has always been one to jump to conclusions and think the worst of people and situations. God works on her in a big way to wait on Him and learn to trust His choices for her. She grows in leaps and bounds in her spiritual maturity and abilities. I hope there is another sequel after this one! I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Where Hope Prevails is the third book in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. It's a compainion of sorts to the Hallmark Channel's When Calls the Heart. If you haven't read the other books in the series or haven't seen all the esisodes on tv, don't worry you can still follow along just fine and enjoy the book. After spending the summer with her family Elizabeth Thatcher is looking forward to coming home to Coal Valley. She enjoyed her time, but she really missed her friends, who are like a second family, and her students. She's looking forward to coming home and getting back into a routine. What she finds upon arrival though, disturbes her more than she thought. Her town is expanding and nothing seems to be as it was when she left. There are stumps everywhere from where they have cut down trees to expand the town. She hates those stumps, she views them as ugly scars instead of seeing them as a blessing of expansion. Not only are there ugly stumps, but Coal Valley has hired a second teacher to help with all the new students moving into town due to the expansion. Elizabeth is worried how some of her students will relate to a stranger. After all, she's spent years building relationships with these children and their families. She knows their strengths and weaknesses, their insecurities and their home life. Besides she doesn't really think Coal Valley needs a new teacher, she was doing just fine on her own, thank you very much. Elizabeth struggles to come to terms with all the changes life brings her way. Will she and Jack marry? If they do, where will they live? What about Coal Valley? Will they still need her when the new teacher arrives? Where exactly does she fit into this new Coal Valley? Will they ever remove those ugly stumps? I truly enjoyed Where Hope Prevails. I feel like we are all a little like Elizabeth. I for one hate change. I like things to stay the same and I really enjoy staying inside my comfort zone. Just like Elizabeth, when change is hard or uncomfortable I find it ugly. I find it unnecessary and I want it gone as soon as possible. Can you relate? God doesn't call us to the comfortable. He is constantly challenging us to look beyond ourselves to see something more. To give others a chance and show them the love of Jesus. Sure, it may not be easy, life never really is, but when you trust Him you can be assured it will lead to a greater good. Life is hardly ever what we expect it to be but with God we can manage all the ugly stumps life throws our way. * I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed above are my own.
RockandMinerals4Him More than 1 year ago
Although I know several people who love Janette Oke's writing, and although I've heard of Oke's books several times before, I don't think I've ever read a book by her. This book is also the third book in the second serious with the same character list, which makes it really a tad bit confusing for me as I read it. In this book, I really enjoyed how Beth's (the main character) Christian worldview was front and center, and how she dealt with the nonChristian co-teacher without lashing out, and the forgiveness she shows him. I also really liked the character development of Beth: how she learns to live on her own and cook, her change in attitude towards the co-teacher, as well as her preparation to becoming a wife. As for the storyline itself, I felt like each of the characters were not very well-defined and developed. I’m not sure if it’s because I haven’t read any of the previous books, but I got a little lost withing the plethora of characters within the book. I’ll have to say, though, that each of the characters were very established: they each had their own personality and didn’t stray from it. The progression of the plot was really good, and I enjoyed that. Overall, it was a really good 'clean' romance book, with an interesting plotline.
swimreadbreathe4JC More than 1 year ago
Where Hope Prevails is the third book in the “Return to the Canadian West” trilogy by Janette Oke with her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan. This series is a companion series to Hallmark channel’s “When Calls the Heart” show, which I have become a fan of over this past year. To see this advertised on the back cover of the book as being a companion caught my interest, but I found it very hard to follow. I’ve seen the first and second seasons of “When Calls the Heart” and the first two episodes of season three, and this is the first book that I’ve read from this trilogy–or by this author, period, although I’ve enjoyed dozens of screen adaptations of her works. At first, the book seemed to be picking up right with the beginning of the third season. However, as I continued reading, I came across at least five characters whom I did not recognize, and found that the plot differed slightly, as well as having “missing” characters from the TV show. This made it really confusing for me, being familiar with the show, so if you are a faithful “Heartie”, I would not recommend starting off with this book. Perhaps if you read the whole trilogy instead of just the last book. Which brings up another good thing to mention: This book does not stand alone. You have to be very familiar with the storyline and characters, and even then it may not make sense. For those of you unfamiliar with the “When Calls the Heart” phenomenon, I’ll try and sum up the series here for you–but I would not recommend starting with this book, just working your way up to it. Elizabeth Thatcher is from a rich family in Eastern Canada, and she decides to move out west and become a school teacher in a little town called Coal Valley (later renamed Hope Valley). It is there that she meets the Mountie Jack (Or Jarrick, as he’s called in this book by Elizabeth–who’s called Beth in the book) Thornton, who she eventually falls in love with, and in the beginning of this book, becomes engaged to. Throughout this book Elizabeth continues to face trials in Hope Valley, with her family, and with a new schoolteacher who becomes her competition. This would still probably be a good read if you have read the first two books in the series and haven’t seen the Hallmark show, but I would not recommend mixing the two mediums. It makes for one muddled story. Thank you so much to Bethany House publishers for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own and were not required to be positive. *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
EmilyAnneK17 More than 1 year ago
Sweet Historical Fiction Beth returns to Coal Valley planning for a year of teaching and a wedding in the spring. But she doesn’t expect the many changes that have happened while she has been gone all summer. The town has expanded, many trees cut down, and a second teacher hired to accommodate all the new children—a man who does not hold the same beliefs in God and who has moved into her previous home, forcing her to relocate. Where Hope Prevails is the third and final book in the Return to the Canadian West series by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. It is a sweet story of growth for Beth, her fiancé, and the many people in her beloved town. Much of the story focuses on Beth as she comes to terms with the changes happening in Coal Valley, especially with the other teacher who she consistently tries to thwart rather than showing him God’s love. The story is rich in historical detail, growing relationships, and sometimes-funny misunderstandings. Beth faces some of her insecurities and learns a little more of what it will mean to be a wife, including facing overbearing in-laws and talking to her partner in a way that is truthful and respectful. Through Beth’s relationship with the other teacher, she struggled with trusting him to teach the children the truth though she believed in God and Creation and he believed in Atheism and Evolution. The most memorable parts of the story truly did focus on the growth of the different characters, and it was very well done. I enjoyed this book immensely and recommend it to those who love sweet, historical romance. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
What’s not to like about Janette Oke? She was one of the first Christian romance authors that I ever read and I enjoyed all of her books. Where Hope Prevails didn’t disappoint me at all. I was immediately pulled into the story and I didn’t want to stop reading. The only thing that I could say in the negative was that I wish I had read the first two books in the trilogy first! This is a must read for all Janette Oke fans and fan-wannabes. Bethany House provided a copy of this book to me for an honest review.
JustCommonly More than 1 year ago
A sweet conclusion that wrapped things up, yet not in a way that left it feeling rushed nor dismissed. Beth's and Jarrett's story continues to blossom, and they learn much more about each other, and themselves. I love the growth and development in the whole series of the characters, especially of Beth, from a somewhat spoiled rich girl, to someone that relies on her faith and trust in God. The romance was lovely, but I've always enjoyed the journey of the town, and its people the most. The relationships throughout have a special place in my heart, and then from the beginning, we (and Beth) are thrown in a frenzy with all the change happening! Change and the aftermaths of change, be it good or disheartening, how these characters accept (or deny) and carry on, that's what makes this last installment riveting to say the least. It was a good and lovely goodbye. This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog. NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first started "Where Hope Prevails" I expected it to take me at least a week to read...I should have known better! In 2 days I knocked out this amazing book. "Where Hope Prevails" is the sequel to the 2 other books in the "Return to the Canadian West" series. I enjoyed the first 2 books a lot from what I can remember, but I'm pretty sure this was my favorite of them all! I loved the setting, Coal Valley, a small quaint little mining town with a small church and schoolhouse. Beth, the main character, was sweet and kind, but she also made quite a few mistakes in the book, which I appreciated that the author didn't portray her as the "perfect westerner". :) Her romance with Jarrick and engagement are super sweet and very clean which I really, really appreciated as some authors I've read books by have romance that can make you uncomfortable. Janette Oke has never been like that that I can remember! So, anyway, this book was really good and although there wasn't a ton of excitement (like in the book before it), the setting, characters, and everything about it was so fun to read about and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! *I receive this book from Bethany House publishers for the purpose of this review*
llparrish782 More than 1 year ago
Wow!!! is really I can say about this book!! What an arrogant man!! Who does he think he is anyway? I almost felt sorry for Beth who returned to Coal Valley to everything changed and new ppl in town. Beth isn't one for change and I have to admit I'm not one for change either even if it is for good. Beth has a lot to overcome. But, I believe she can with the Lords help. Beth also has a challenge. A new teacher has come to town. Beth isn't sure what his motives are and does t like his ideas for teaching. Mr.Harry Hastings is new in town and thinks he knows it all! His beliefs differ very differently from Beths. I shouldn't have been shocked as there are a lot of non believers ot there. I love Mrs. Molly. she runs a boarding house and is a wonderful person and counselor. Sometimes it seems as of she's a second mother to Beth with her wisdom and wise ways. One things for sure, she definitely kows the Lord. I love her husband Frank as well. He has a lot of knowledge about the town and who has settled there since it was founded. It seems to me there is a little mystery involved. Someone is causing a ruckus down by the river. Who is doing it and why? Beth thinks she can take matters into her own hands and concoct them to go her way.But, when things don't go her way she seems confused and wants to throw a temper tantrum. Jarrack is still the sweet man that he aways is. He is still my hero! I just looove a Mountie. I loved this book for. any reasons. first I lived it ease the author is showing us there is still hope no matter what happens in our lives! If and when God allows it, it will happen for He knows what will happen before we do! Two, she is showing is that there is friendship in this town called Coal Valley. people still do gatherings and feel safe plus they don't mind helping one another. I love that! I wish we could trust like that in today's world but we're not sure who has your back and who doesn't. One thing I know for sure is God's got our backs. He is always there if you need a true friend. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review I love Janette Oak. I definitely love her writing style! I also wanted to say I loooooved the book cover. I gave this book a 5 star rating because it was full of wonderful people and I especially enjoyed retuning to my previous friends.
LannieM More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. I enjoyed this conclusion to the Return to Canadian West Series. It has not become my favorite by Janette Oke, but it was a fitting end to this series. To be completely honest, this series could have been fulfilled with only two books if some of the minor plot points were removed. The majority of this book, for instance, focused on some schoolroom drama that did little to drive the story forward. However, I did enjoy how the overarching story concluded, and I felt that trademark Janette Oke charm present throughout the story. Overall, a fun read for an old fan of Janette Oke, but not the series I would recommend for starting her work. I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review.
MotherofPeace More than 1 year ago
Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke Where HOPE Prevails. Hope for the future. Elizabeth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley after spending the summer with her family. She is welcomed by a few surprises. A new teacher, trees that have been cut down, a community garden where a vacant lot had been. Elizabeth's encounters with the new teacher are not too pleasant. Her Mountie, Jarrick Thornton has proposed and Elizabeth sets about planning her wedding. The problem is where will they live? In Toronto, or in Coal Valley? Will she still be teaching after she gets married? Another page-turner. The characters are so memorable. There’s Beths’s mother, Priscilla Thatcher; her father, William Thatcher; her younger sister, Julie; Margret, John, and JW Bryce, her older married sister and family; Jarrick Thornton, her suitor; Molly and Frank Russo, owner of boarding house and retired miner husband; Teddy Boy and Marnie, orphaned teenagers adopted by Molly; Philip Davidson, pastor; Robert Harris Hughes, new schoolteacher. This is my second book by Janette Oke, and it’s a winner too. Pick up a copy today and enjoy Elizabeth's journey and see where it takes her. You won't be able to put it down. I can’t wait to read another Janette Oke novel. This is the last book in the Return to the Canadian West Series, I haven’t had the opportunity to read the first book in this series, but I will. The team of Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan is a winning team. Keep up the good work. Good Reading!!! I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers for this review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the final book in the Return to the Canadian West series. Elizabeth “Beth” Thatcher is returning to Coal Valley after being away for the summer. Beth is expecting everything and everyone to be the same, but she is in for a shock. There have been many changes to the town. Trees have been cut down to make way for new buildings. Abigail has taken over the bar for a tea house and the school will now have its own building. There are two big changes that Beth was not prepared for at all. Beth will now be staying in her own apartment over Abigail’s Tea House. Beth loved her room at Molly’s and is very sad to move. But with all the new miners and the construction boom, Molly needs Beth’s room. Plus, there is going to be a second teacher. The school board came through and so how many children were going to be attending school (several new families in town). They have hired Mr. Robert Harris Hughes, and he will be taking over Beth’s room at Molly’s boarding house. Beth has a hard time adjusting to all the changes. But there is one more change for Beth. Jack Thornton proposes to Beth (finally). They have decisions to make regarding their future. Join Beth, Molly, Marnie, Abigail, Frank, Jack and the others for another year in Coal Valley in Where Hope Prevails. Where Hope Prevails is a lovely nice and a good conclusion to the series. Beth got on my nerves a little in this book with her doubts, skittishness, afraid to speak up, and her dislike of change. It did not seem to go with her character. Her sister, Julie is just the opposite. Julie is outgoing, loud, always on the go, and extremely annoying. Where Hope Prevails is well-written (as are all of Janette Oke’s books) and enjoyable to read. I do suggest that you read the previous books in the series (or at least have watched the show on Hallmark) prior to reading Where Hope Prevails. Otherwise, you will not understand everything that is happening. I give Where Hope Prevails 4 out of 5 stars (I liked it). The ending is sweet and will make you give a little sigh (of pleasure) when you close the book (or e-reader). The book has a good moral message. It emphasizes the importance of prayer, relying on God, how we are all flawed, and how God has a plan for us and he will nudge us in the right direction if we listen. I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review of the book. The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.
Sharon__C More than 1 year ago
Note: I received this book for free, specifically to review it. I was a little nervous when I learned that it was a sequel to a previous book, but that didn't end up being a problem at all (especially with a lovely letter at the beginning of the story to cleverly 'summarize' the past book's events for the reader)! The book's plot has a nice progression, although it was a much longer story than I expected, and there is plenty of interesting information to be learned about Canada for those of us who are fairly ignorant regarding its geography. The 'authentic' dialogue of the book is the only historically accurate change that I really found disconcerting; it took me quite a while to adjust to reading the Coal Valley citizens' dialogue, and even more time to adjust to reading Frank's Italian version. However, the styles of speech were not illegible; instead, they were just a little inconvenient--and they help highlight the differences between Beth and the Coal Valley people, so I don't regret their presence in the text. The heroine of this novel is an admirable one in many ways--and, occasionally, a comical one too. Perhaps the most endearing quality about her is her flawed nature; Beth makes many mistakes in this novel, most of them involving her own self-centered tendencies and her irrational resentment of the other schoolteacher. These behaviors may not be admirable in and of themselves, but they do make her relatable. Beth's failures often cause her to turn to her Christian faith, which means that this book does discuss religion fairly often. However, although you should probably be aware of that focus before reading the novel, it is not necessary to be a religious--or, for that matter, Christian--reader to enjoy this book. The book's general plot was not one that I had expected, which made for some enjoyable surprises, and it's definitely a good book for a relaxing evening--maybe even an evening in the Canadian West! The best part? Some of the beautiful descriptions that can be found in the novel. The way that the authors describe the wintry climate, the Canadian environment, and Beth's emotions are all very unique and, at the same time, stunningly accurate; so, to Janette and Laurel, I say well done. Overall, this was a wonderful read, with vivid descriptions and a historic authenticity that really taught me more about the Canadian West! :)
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Where Hope Prevails written by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the third book in the Return to the Canadian West series. Elizabeth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley after being home with her family during school break. When she gets to Coal Valley so many things have changed, including the addition of another teacher. Elizabeth does not take to the new teacher very well and does not want to change the way she teaches to go along with his suggestions. She also is feeling very protective of her students and questions if he is a good teacher for them. Elizabeth and her boyfriend, Jarrick Thornton, are moving forward in their relationship, despite the amount of time he is away on duties. Jack has to make some serious decisions about his employment future if he is going to marry Elizabeth. This is a great series and I wish it would go on and on. Early American fiction is among my favorite genre to read. I especially like that it is a good ,clean, wholesome story where the characters turn to God during their struggles. I like that Elizabeth has such strong beliefs and faith that she wants Jack to make the decision as to what job he will have after they marry. I like the sense of family that Elizabeth has with the people in Coal Valley and how important they and the area have become to her, even though they are so far away from her family. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishing for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of WHERE HOPE PREVAILS by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. This is the third book in the “Return to the Canadian West” series. I specifically asked to review it because I fell in love with the TV show. I had not read any of the other books in the series, so I was going off of what the TV show had told me about the characters. After this I will definitely look for them to read. In WHERE HOPE PREVAILS, Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley. There are many changes that she has to endure. I felt for her deeply. We are currently redoing my grandmother’s house and landscaping the overgrown outdoors. Even though it needs doing, it is still sad. There are lots of hardships for Beth to learn from, and along the way she remains true to her faith in God. This is a very inspirational book, and you really feel for the characters, especially Beth. If you enjoy historical Christian fiction or the television series, I highly recommend this book. You will enjoy it. Although, I do recommend you read the other books first (unlike what I did!).
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Beth Thatcher has returned to Coal Valley and is shocked at how it looks, she doesn’t recognize her beloved valley, most of the prized trees have been clear-cut, and ugly stumps remain. I could sympathize with her here, I don’t like change, and coming to grips with it is not easy. There is a lot more changes that she has to come to terms with, as the town has grown a lot in the short time that she has been gone, she finds a new teacher here, but wait a moment isn’t Beth the teacher? Oh poor Beth, but she is back and we know that Jarrick is about to pop the question, and her dear friends are there for her. Beth is about to learn some dear life lessons, and God is her conscience and at times she is reminded of her Faith. This story tests Beth right up to almost the last page, and reminders are here from the past books, along with a reference to Beth’s Aunt Elizabeth. I will admit that I have read all of Janette Oke’s books, and now Laurel’s, and have not been disappointed. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Bethany House, and was not required to give a positive review.
lsnlj More than 1 year ago
This is book three in Return to the Canadian West series, it is a stand alone book, however I feel you will miss much of the history of the characters if you jump right into this novel. This is not your typical romance type book, even though romance is woven throughout this novel it is not the main focus. This novel focus' mainly on Elizabeth Thatcher and dealing with the many different surprises throughout her life. She is a determined well educated woman with opinions of her own. She must learn to see the good in others, forgiveness and trust. Elizabeth must learn concepts that we all can learn from. When faced with an uncertain future and an opinionated teacher she must really learn God is in control. I was given a copy of this novel from net galley for my honest opinion.