Where Hope Prevails by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan
Janette Oke was the first Christian author I ever read. She was also the first author to make me anxiously await the next release. Her books largely helped me to understand life as a Christian when I first began my own journey. She is still a remarkable writer that I would love to meet one day.
That being said, this was not my favorite book from her and her daughter. In fact, I would rate it as my least favorite I have ever read from her and will promptly be reading my favorite book from her, When Calls the Heart, to make sure I end on a good note.
For me, the story line was very slow moving, and actually quite boring. There was not a lot of interaction with her and Jarrick, even though this is the book they get married in. Elizabeth spends most of the book struggling with her relationship with her partner teacher and her own personal emotional struggles.
If I had not been reading expecting a romance story, it would have been probably more enjoyable. I would call this book strictly women’s fiction. Elizabeth Thatcher has a great amount of personal growth, and there are great lessons to be learned. I would still recommend the book as long as you have that as the primary focus. If you are expecting romance and the sweetness of an engaged couple, you will find it in unsatisfactory amounts.