When Hope Springs New by Janette Oke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
The blurb: Leaving behind their dear friends in Beaver Creek, Elizabeth and Wynn take over an even more primitive RCMP outpost in the Canadian Northwest. Elizabeth finds herself totally isolated when the local Indian women are afraid to even communicate with her. The Delaneys thought they had already faced the most crushing disappointment of their lives when they saw little Sammy disappear from view in the arms of his father. Would they be able to survive the challenges ahead?
My review: The fourth book in the series takes Elizabeth and Wynn away from Beaver Creek and even further north. They end up living in an Indian village, in a shack with a dirt floor. The Indians in the village are superstitious and will not talk to Elizabeth. However, being used to having a Mounty around, they are civil with Wynn. Due to a change of events, Elizabeth and the rest of the village find themselves homeless and that’s when everything changes
Some of the story line I felt was far-fetched. Other sections I felt were too convenient. Overall, I continued to keep reading because of my dedication to the couple. I wanted to see where their story would end up.
I have no regrets and I felt satisfied with where this book ended. And I made the decision not to read the last two books in the series. Why? Reading some online reviews I believe the last two books in the series are not about Elizabeth and Wynn, but follow story lines concerning their adoptive children. Once I discovered that, I decided that (for me) the Canadian West series was complete.
The first book was great. The second very good. The third and fourth were not bad, but started to dull a bit. Having said that I still recommend them. I’m glad I read them.