When Comes the Spring by Janette Oke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The blurb: After a year of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse on the western frontier, Elizabeth plans her wedding to Wynn Delaney, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As they begin their new life together at his isolated outpost in the far north, Elizabeth is unprepared for the loneliness she feels and the rigors of life without any of the conveniences she’s accustomed to. Her deep love for Wynn and her faith in God seem like all she has. But will that be enough?
My review: Now we leave the TV series behind. Elizabeth is living with her brother and his family in a small town and she and Wynn plan their wedding. Elizabeth is no longer the timid girl who first came out west and is no longer scared of anything that scurries in dark corners or growls in the night. She is enjoying “civilisation” while she can knowing that once they are married, they could be sent anywhere. And when the orders come, they find themselves going far north to a place few white people, especially women, have ever been. A place plush cushions and lace curtains are not seen as luxuries, but a total waste of resources.
The pace of this book was slower than the first. However, it did pick up when the orders arrived. But I think that was mainly because of the primitive surroundings that Elizabeth and Wynn had to endure. I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that there is no way I could do what Elizabeth did. Yet she did it for love, so I say no more.
The book was an eye opener, so how can I not recommend it.