Bethany House sent me a book awhile ago called Where Courage Calls by Janette Oke and Laurel Oak Logan. I was anxious to read this one because I have not read any by Janette Oke in awhile. However I was captivated by this book from the moment I opened it. Beth Thatcher has decided to leave all she has ever known - wealth, comfort, family - in Canada for the very rugged outdoors of western Canada where she has accepted a teaching position. While on the train headed that way, she runs into Edward, a Canadian mountie, who is the one her mother wants her to marry. Edward has always been a thorn in Beth's side but as she continues on her journey, she is glad to have a friend beside her. Once she gets to Coal Valley, she sees that things are much different than she had imagined. Not only is she needed as a teacher, but she is a counselor, nurturer and friend to so many who have lost so much. She has her work cut out for her as she tries to educate the children as well as possibly some of the miners that are left. As she tries to help the town get back on their feet, her heart begins to wonder if Edward is really the one for her or could his mountie friend, Jarrick, be the one her heart wants. Obstacles abound in this small town as Beth tries to decide what she can do to help the town, her heart and future decisions. This is a wonderful book and I would highly recommend it to anyone!