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When Calls the Heart (Canadian West Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Janette Oke
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Book Description

A Classic Prairie Romance from Bestselling Author Janette Oke!

Nothing in her cultured Eastern upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position in the Canadian West. Despite the many hardships, she cares deeply for the schoolchildren, but she is determined not to open her heart to any of the local frontiersmen. Then she meets a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...

Winner of the Gold Book Award (500,000 copies sold)


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Nothing in her privileged eastern upbringing has prepared Elizabeth for the challenges of frontier life...

Elizabeth Thatcher is young, pretty, cultured, and educated. But when she journeys west to teach school in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, she's completely unprepared for the conditions she encounters. Still, she's determined to succeed at the formidable task of fitting in with the locals and shaping the hearts and minds of the schoolchildren in her care.

She's just as determined not to give her heart to any of the local frontiersmen. Until she meets Wynn Delaney, a member the Royal Canadian Mounted Police...

Special bonus section featuring a letter from Janette Oke and photographs from the movie!

About the Author

Janette Oke pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, Janette's first novel, has sold over 1 million copies. Janette is now the best selling author of over 40 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, and has been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and make their home in Canada. size : 5.2 x 8

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  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Repack edition (February 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BOXICM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best of Janette Oke November 21, 2000
Format:Paperback
I have read most of Janette Oke's books, and this series is my favorite by far. The story takes place in a different setting from most Christian historical fiction (i.e., not the prairie), and with the first-person narration Elizabeth's voice shines through. If you are tired of finding the same plot in many books, try this series; the books do stand out. They are also laugh-out-loud funny in places.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something different and refreshing from Oke June 10, 2001
Format:Paperback
I found this book delightful because it was different. Yes it had alot of the typical things that you expect to find in historical Christian romance novels. But it also had a lot of new twists and a very different setting and plot. I too, enjoyed the first person narration, it served to pull me into the story much more effectively. The only down side to the book was that the ending was a bit too predictable.
This is my favorite Janette Oke series just for the sheer difference in writing style and plot.
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54 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel to read!!!!! July 20, 2006
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved this novel.

I am a Christian, and I enjoy Janette Oke's books dearly. They are so wonderfully written--such wonderfully story lines, great details, great plots, and great faith in God.

I have read many of her novels, but I must say this one was my favorite. Something about this wonderful story made me just couldn't put it down! I found myself wanted to read it until I finished.

The story is wonderful, with Elizabeth's heart for teaching and her courage to moving to the west, and I love that is a love story at the same time. And her faith in God is so wonderful as well...

It's so neat cause when I read Janette's books, I don't just read a great story, but I learn something at the same time---great principles to apply to life - every time

If you want to read a great story (with no worries if younger readers want to read it) I truly recommend this story!

I loved it!!!!!!!! And you will too.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet story June 6, 2011
By Karen B
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I originally read this book about 20 years ago as a teenager. At that time I would have rated it 4 or 5 stars because it was such a sweet story.

But, having just finished reading this for the second time, I find my tastes have changed considerable and I'm pickier than I used to be with what I read. I would give it 3.5 stars.

The beginning of the story starts out very slow. It's easy to see from very early in the first chapter that Elizabeth will be moving West. The first ten chapters or so summarize a great deal, making it extremely difficult to get immersed in the book. It reads more like a letter to a friend (I did this, and then this, and then this.)

About two-thirds of the way through the book it starts to read more like real time. There's more dialogue and more introspection on Elizabeth's part.

I was sorely disappointed that the romance barely sparked in any way until very, very late in the book. I would have loved to see more depth in Elizabeth's reflection of her feelings--something more than "I loved him, I hated him, I pined for him."

This book is a prime example telling versus showing. Much of the story is relayed in a "tell" way which really prevents the reader from feeling connected to the characters or a part of the story. I thought Janette Oke's collaboration with Davis Bunn (the Songs of Acadia Series) does a much better job of showing versus telling.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites July 15, 2005
By puff
Format:Paperback
This is my second favorite Janette Oke book. (My first is A Gown of Spanish Lace.)I am currently rereading it for about the tenth time and once again falling in love with all the characters.
It is about a somewhat pampered and sheltered young woman named Elizabeth who decides to accept a teaching position in western Canada where life is backward compared to her hometown.
She encounters a few obstacles with courage and spunk. She adores her students and is an awesome teacher and role model.
She is determined not to marry right away, but when an attractive Mountie comes into her life, her mind changes. Mine would too if I met someone like Wynn! Jannette Oke has good taste in men. :) I highly recommend the entire Canadian West Series for females ages 15 and up. I especially love the first 2 of the series. It is easy to fall in love with both the characters and Canada.
In order to really enjoy an Oke book you really have to read it slowly. So if you don't have the time and patience to spend a few days quietly reading a book, this isn't for you.I often have a hard time settling down for the first chapter or two of her novels since they are slowpaced, but then I am able to really get into the story and am glad I decided to slow down and smell the roses.
I hope someday Hallmark (or anyone else)makes this book into a movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I first saw this book made into a movie/TV mini-series called "When Calls the Heart" on The Hallmark Channel. They have done a remarkable job making so many movies out of so many of Janette Oke's books! I could sit all day, and I have sat all day watching the movies based on her books! Most all of these movies, from what I can tell, are available to watch as movies/mini-series wherever you purchase them from. You can also catch them on TV as re-runs, too, or even as dedicated days or weekends called 'for fans of Janette Oke'. I have fallen in love with the books and the movies and mini-series. If I see them coming, I take the time to rewatch them! They are so true-to-life and apply to even today, in my opinion.
This book I am reviewing here is different than the movie version/TV series, and if you are interested in reading that book, there is a dedicated book that is has the same name as the movie version/mini-series called 'When Calls the Heart: Hallmark Channel Special Movie Edition (Canadian West Book 1)'.
I have also LOVED Janette Oke for decades now! I used to go to the library and get her books out on cassette tape and listen to them when I had a job that had an over one-hour commute to and then home from work each way, and that time just flew by as I listened to them! I looked forward to my commute just so I could listen to the books (and read them at home) because it transformed that commute I had into a wonderful trip to so many places the characters went on their way out towards and into the prairies and the west as new settlers finding their places to call home. I was also a newlywed myself at the time, so perhaps that even struck closer to home as we were looking for a place to call home, too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars the story of a lost world and time.
The book was an easy read. It was so good to read about good god loving people with no profanity in it. About Good kind neighbors helping one another.
Published 4 days ago by Pat Caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Really enjoyed this book. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to read the next one. I liked the fact that you felt you were right there in the story.
Published 5 days ago by Heather W
5.0 out of 5 stars When calls the heart
I love it ,it was so interesting I would reckamend this book to anyone that loves to read romance and or love storys
Published 6 days ago by disbears4
3.0 out of 5 stars Heartie85
This book is amazing and so uplifting! I bought this book after watching the first season of the television series that Michael Landon Jr and Hallmark Channel made for it. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Really enjoy her style of writing. Great gospel presentation. Truly a love story of great devotion. W o old recommend.
Published 9 days ago by D Greene
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This was a good romance book. I would recommend it to my family and friends. A good clean romance book
Published 9 days ago by Ramona Jane Pratt
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
The most boring series I have ever read
Published 14 days ago by Karryon
2.0 out of 5 stars OK
I started just skimming about 1/2 the way through. Very slow. Just not for me. I found it quite boring.
Published 18 days ago by Mary L
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
I love Janette Oke novels. They are very well written with the opportunity to learn some Canadian history along with an exciting story.
Published 18 days ago by Elizabeth Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars When calls the heart review
A very entertaining book. It moves a little slow but paints a beautiful picture of western Canada. I have a greater appreciation of Pioneer life.
Published 20 days ago by Frans Bloodworth
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Janette Oke (pronounced 'oak') pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.
Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. They make their home in Canada.

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