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Janette Oke
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July 15 1986 Canadian West (Book 2)
Elizabeth, the lovely young eastern schoolteacher, has braved the western frontier and spent a year teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Now she and Wynn, her Royal Canadian Mountie, are planning their wedding and their new life together at his outpost in the far north. Will their love for each other sustain them through a harsh winter, loneliness and the rigors of life without any of the conveniences they have been accustomed to?

You will laugh, cry, suffer and rejoice with Elizabeth during her first year of marriage to her mountie!

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Janette Oke pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, Janette's first novel, has sold over 1 million copies. Janette is now the best selling author of over 40 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, and has been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and make their home in Canada. size : 5.2 x 8

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Book of Suffering and Survival April 26 2004
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The book "When Comes The Spring" is an okay book. I would most likely give it a four on a scale of one to ten, ten being it's the best book ever.It's a book that has a tad of mystery, but very little if any at all. I would say it's a quiet book really, no real excitement.
My favorite character would have to be Elizabeth Thatcher, or Beth for short. Beth is the main character in the story. I like her best because she loves animals, and is funny when it comes to hurting animals. Well a little funny, funny like over-reactive funny.
I wouldn't exactly recomend this book, but I wouldn't not recomend this book either. You will understand when, and if, you read the book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book May 18 2002
By A Customer
The first part of this book, in which Elizabeth and Wynn prepare for the wedding, actually get married, take their honeymoon, and travel to Wynn's station out in the wilderness, is all pretty good and interesting. Once Janette Oke gets Elizabeth settled out there, however, the book lost its appeal for me for two reasons. First, the author obviously relied quite a bit on "Mrs. Mike" to supply her with incidents. Second, whatever she couldn't take from "Mrs. Mike," she made up for with stereotypes and unbelievability. I recommend that you read "Mrs. Mike" instead of this book once you get to the point where Elizabeth and Wynn get settled in the wilderness.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Survival and the bitter cold May 6 2004
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I sort of liked the book "When Comes The Spring." It had a bit of adventure, if any at all. It's a quiet book mostly, a bit dull too.
My favorite character is Elizabeth Thatcher. She is the main character in the book. I think she's funny when it comes to hurting animals. Funny like over-reactive funny, not laugh out loud, joking funny.
I wouldn't recomend this book, but I wouldn't not recomend this book either. It's a type of book that you'd have to read for yourself and get your own opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Superb!" Oct. 27 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Following their wedding Wynn and Elizabeth Delaney head north to Wynn's posting with the Royal North West Mounted Police in Beaver Creek. The change is not easy for Elizabeth, a school teacher from Toronto, but your heart will be warmed by her faith in God and her commitment to her husband event through the tough times. You will become entwined in her life as she steps out of her comfort zone to make friends with the Indians and show God's love to the people of the community. Janette Oke has done a suburb job of portraying history in a way that will have you virtually living it!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story told by Mrs. Oke Jan. 8 2013
By L. Baker - Published on Amazon.com
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This is very well written. I loved every passing page. I read it so fast though and went right on to the next and read that one as fast. These are great books with a strong Biblical Salvation message and great story telling qualities. She is well versed on Canadian towns, cities, provinces and wildernesses. Her knowledge of the Canadian Indians is splendid and well worth the read. I love the characterization of Wynn and his new wife. I love the fact that there is not a whiff of sex or bad language. How refreshing to get away from the titillating nonsense of SO many books written today. They seem to be written for shock value and not with the true values and with the sense of a well-written fiction novel. I highly recommend these books....all six.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining Aug. 11 2006
By ShelleyL - Published on Amazon.com
I am really enjoying this series and seeing how Elizabeth gets through her experiences. I am not sure if I could handle all that she needs to. This was a great read on relationships -- especially those girlfriend releationships -- it makes me realize how important my own girlfriend friendships are. I am looking forward to reading part three of this series in When Breaks The Dawn.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Pulling Together as a Team in the Wilderness" July 29 2014
By Plume45 - Published on Amazon.com
In this 2nd book of the Christian series set in Canada, the story continues as Elizabeth prepares for a big wedding with Wynn--her Royal Mountie fiancé. Busy and excited her brother's family is surprised to learn that Wynn has been posted much earlier than planned, so the wedding will have to be rushed and on a modest scale. Both families meet; the service is concluded and the honeymooners take a few days off before heading to the distant wilderness in the North Country. Their first argument involves a pair of man's trousers and boots which Wynn wisely insists she wear--to successfully negotiate a dangerous mountain trail. This is one of the first lessons she must learn: to sacrifice her modesty and feminine vanity in the name of safety. Lessons learned with tears and prayer--trusting in God's benevolent judgment and in Wynn's experienced wisdom.

After arduous travel by barge and wagon, thrown in with uncouth river men and trappers, Elizabeth finally reaches a distant outpost called the Beaver River settlement--where she finds few white people. Crushed not to have a white woman with whom to bond she makes their cabin into a home. As a Mountie Wynn must serve several functions: arbiter of justice, doctor and quartermaster for medical and other supplies--even innkeeper for the sick or homeless. Frustrated by her lack of knowledge of the Indian tongue Elizabeth must communicate using gestures with a few native words scattered in. She offers tea, sewing lessons and eventually Bible studies in her cabin, but her dream is to establish a school for the Indian children. Many disasters befall the little settlement, all of which result in the community pulling together for their mutual survival. Will "Mrs. Sergeant" prove a true pioneer's wife, able to earn praise from her indispensable husband?

Oke's story is interspersed with many references to the Bible and Elizabeth's need to seek guidance and comfort through prayer--always trusting the Lord to a provide loving answers in His own time. Only once does she lose her temper but it is justified--to cure an embittered spinster of her selfishness. Although I enjoyed this sequel to WHEN CALLS THE HEART--watching Elizabeth as she matures--I have two mild criticisms with this story:

1) Wynn is too perfect a husband; he never makes a mistake in his judgment. The author stresses the concept that the man is the Head of the household and should be dutifully obeyed. How lucky Elizabeth is to realize that she has been granted a perfect specimen for her husband.

2) A more serious consideration is the blatant fact that a once proud and self-sufficient tribe is reduced to dependency on the White Man for tinned goods, medical skills and frontier justice. Their social structure includes no medicine man, chief or even Elders to dispense tribal justice. These Native Americans are depicted more like dependent children than the proud adults they once were. Otherwise an enjoyable read about a heroine we have come to love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Canadian Frontier CONQUERED Oct. 23 2012
By Dawn Kurtz - Published on Amazon.com
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When Comes the Spring is the 2nd book in the Canadian West Series by Janette Oke. I loved this story! I found it more interesting than the first in the series, although I liked that story as well. The second book has so much more going on throughout it. I loved the beginning where Elizabeth learns to submit to her husband about wearing pants to climb the mountain. As a woman who does not wear pants, I felt her pain! But, her husband was right! She could not have climbed that mountain successfully in a skirt. Mostly, though, she learned to trust Wynn. He was only trying to protect her and that is a basic theme of the Bible. Protection comes when we obey authority. First, I loved that they trusted in God. I love the way the author helped Nimmie find Jesus and the Bible Studies. I am amazed at the hardships that this prim and proper lady from the East conquers. I felt for her! I lived on a farm and I know just how hard times can get if you don't have water. I experienced some of these hardships but not as difficult as Elizabeth had it. I'm in love with her "Mountie". What a dream man. His love for Elizabeth exemplifies God's love for the church. I thoroughly enjoyed Elizabeth's struggles to "talk" to the Indians through sign language and a word here and there. Her friendship with Nimmie, the English speaking Indian friend opened her heart to other people and their cultures. Excellent book and well-written as all of Oke's books are. Enjoy!
Dawn Kurtz, author of the Christian novel: Secret of the Mexican Doll
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