When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The blurb: Nothing in her cultured East Coast upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. Yet, despite the constant hardships, she loves the children in her care. Determined to do the best job she can and fighting to survive the harsh land, Elizabeth is surprised to find her heart softening towards a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Book 1 of the bestselling Canadian West series.
My review: Firstly, I must state that I watched the Canadian TV series. In Australia, we have access to five seasons. I watched every episode and fell in love with Elizabeth and Jack. I loved their relationship. I was on the Elizabeth and Jack team. And I cried from heartache… (but that was the TV series).
When I discovered the series was based on books, naturally I set out to discover if my local library had any. To my delight, I found the first four of six ebooks available for borrowing. I couldn’t start reading fast enough.
I was a little put out that Jack was replaced with Wynn and that much of the TV series was not to be found in this first book of the series. Basically, a wealthy girl goes to out west to teach in a tiny town. Sound familiar? Yes, that’s the premise of the TV series and the books, but that’s where the similarities stop. The rest is totally different!
Yet, once I let go of what I expected to read and accepted this new story line, I also fell in love with the Elizabeth and Wynn romance. In my opinion, the book is grittier. I feel it probably portrays a truer account of how the people lived and interacted in those days. Life would have been difficult at best then.
I do not regret reading the book and would recommend it to anyone. 100% recommended.