Genre: Christian fiction, romance, 1920s, Canadian west
Rating: 4 Stars for very good
Source: Free copy from Bethany House Open Book club
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Beth Thatcher, middle daughter, to a wealthy father who is in the import business, and a society type mother. They live in Toronto, Canada. Beth's personality is reserved, serious, a spark of independence, proper, contemplative, and studious.
Her older sister is married and has a child, her younger sister is a bit more like their mother. Culture, society, and family would prefer Beth to contemplate marriage. Beth makes the decision to travel to a small mining town in western Canada to teach school. The novel never comes right out by stating the year, but it gives hints. Prohibition is in force, women have began bobbing their hair, World War I and the Spanish Influenza is a recent event. The small town is named Coal Valley. Within a brief period after arriving Beth learns she's in a totally different culture, it's a place where people make do with what they have and what they have is sparse. Beth had grown up with people who provided for her every care. In a brief amount of time after arriving in Coal Valley, Beth is sobered with the truth that she must rely on her own hard work, and the providence of God.
I debated on whether to give the book 3 or 4 stars. I went ahead and chose 4 stars. I enjoyed reading the story, but it is a simple story and one that is told over and over again in Christian fiction, just with a different face and or backdrop scenery. I'm aware Christian fiction books like this one is very beloved by readers who enjoy reading a book with a small amount of problems, predictable story-line, and quick clean-up at the end. Every once in a while I enjoy reading a story such as this one, especially if I've got a lot going on in my own life and just need a fiction book that simply carries me away for a short trip.
Beth is a good girl, with a wee spark of independence. Her mother annoys her and Beth is often looking for a way out of a society function her mother planned. Beth would rather read (a girl like myself). She is young, not ready to marry, is seeking adventure, wants to make a difference. This last description is what I love best about Beth, even from her background of wealth and privilege, she is wants to make a positive difference for others.
Bible Scriptures are placed often in the book. Beth reads her Bible, and seeks guidance and direction and solace from it.
Strong elements of the Gospel message, sin, salvation, God is in control, is written throughout the book.
Over-all the book is suitable for young adult through adult.