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When Calls the Heart: Hallmark Channel Special Movie Edition (Canadian West) Paperback – October 1, 2013
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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!
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This is my favorite Janette Oke series just for the sheer difference in writing style and plot.
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.
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.
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.
The movie itself (if you aren't expecting it to be anything like the book) is a good movie.
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This book has always had a special place in my heart. Janette knows how to write and connect the reader. 5 stars!!Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This book was so wonderfully written I looked forward to the next possible time I could spend time with it. I am now looking forward to book #2. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Helen Whitmire
It's not that times were simpler, but rather because people lived their Christian values more than most do now. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Janet Daniels
Happy ending, but took so long for it. Majority of the story, the main character spent on an emotional rollercoaster.Published 7 days ago by jay
I just had to post on this because I just love the books by Janette Oke. I think they are a wonderful story line and I really became attached to the characters. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Rebecca E. Rose
I loved the story line and all the characters. The story flowed well. I can't wait to read the second one.Published 15 days ago by Chloe