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

Janette Oke
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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.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 687 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: #2,486 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    70 of 75 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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    45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars When Calls the Heart??? December 27, 2013
    By SKB1323
    Format:DVD
    This is one of my favorite series of Janette Oke books. I was so excited to see this movie come out. Then I watched it and wondered...What happened to the story line??? It's been totally rewritten. The Elizabeth and Wynn characters (that, in my opinion, are what make the When Calls the Heart story) seem to barely be part of the plot. There are new characters, a different plot, a different location, and a different time period. I was so disappointed.

    The movie itself (if you aren't expecting it to be anything like the book) is a good movie.
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    29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome Family Movie November 20, 2013
    Format:DVD
    When Calls the Heart has just been released. I had the privilege of receiving a free copy for review. It's a movie based on the book of the same name by Janette Oke. I first read my first Oke book back when my oldest son was a preschooler. She's had several of her books made into movies. You might recognize the Love Comes Softly series.

    We enjoyed this movie very much. The scenery, the costuming, the details were wonderfully rich. The acting was superb. The music was appropriate and good. We liked everything about this movie from beginning to end. Except. One. Thing. I forgot that this book was the first in a series. Therefore, when we got to the very end, it ended. Abruptly. Without Closure. Ugh! My kids complained.

    Will we watch the television series when it comes out? No, at least not unless it comes out on video someday. We don't have television access. We just watch selected movies.

    Would I still recommend the movie? Yes, it's really good. I loved the interplay of the characters. Two story lines are being told at the same time.
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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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    27 of 31 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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series!!!
    Good book!!!! Couldn't put it down because I just had to see how it all ended up!
    Published 1 day ago by K on the Coast
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
    Jeanette Oke is a great storyteller. Her books are always enjoyable. This one was no exception. Highly recommend this one.
    Published 3 days ago by Greg
    5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    Awesome read! Not as good as the movie but awesome still. Recommended to anyone that's like a good romance read
    Published 7 days ago by Lisa O Moore
    5.0 out of 5 stars another book
    Good introduction story to the series. The plot moves along and makes you want to continue reading.
    Published 7 days ago by Pen Name
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    A very good movie about courage and duty, with pure romance highlights.
    Published 10 days ago by Michael
    5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!!!
    What a beautiful story. I loved how Elizabeth so easily adapted to the west. Completely heartwarming can't wait to read the rest of the series.
    Published 13 days ago by Eliza Smith
    4.0 out of 5 stars The setting is beautiful Calgary Canada
    The setting is beautiful Calgary Canada. Can't wait to read the rest of this series! A young schoolteacher agrees to go West to Canada where her older brother lives with his wife... Read more
    Published 17 days ago by Sherri3d
    3.0 out of 5 stars nice book
    Picked for my book club. It was a nice easy read, but I can't see much discussion coming from it.
    Published 17 days ago by sed
    4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet.
    I liked the book, but knocked off one star for length. It was just too little time with Elizabeth and Wynn! Read more
    Published 19 days ago by M. K.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable so far
    First Janette Oke book I can remember reading. Not done with it yet but purchased it to see if I could find out what the movie left hanging out there.
    Published 23 days ago by K. Valdez
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    More About the Author

    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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