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When Calls the Heart (Canadian West #1)

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  9,538 ratings  ·  365 reviews
Elizabeth Thatcher is young, pretty, cultured, and educated. But when she journeys west to teach school in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, she's completely unprepared for the conditions she encounters. Still, she's determined to succeed at the formidable task of fitting in with the locals and shaping the hearts and minds of the schoolchildren in her care.

She's just
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Published February 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1983)
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AlixJamie
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Sandy
I had to read this book for our week on Christian fiction for my grown-up books class. And the reason why I didn't like this book wasn't because it was Christian fiction, as I had expected. I actually thought that the spiritual/religious part was pretty tastefull and not overly preachy. Cheesy at parts, but tolerable. Not that I have a problem with religion or anything (I don't at all), but I just don't like being preached to and feeling like fictional characters are morally superior to me becau ...more
Lana Jackson
I read this after enjoying the Hallmark Channel series "When Calls The Heart." This book is the original that inspired the Hallmark Channel movie by the same name. The movie incorporated a few changes that made the story better. The series (books and T.V. show) has a different location and some of the characters are different.

Eastern born Elizabeth travels West to teach in a wilderness school in Canada. She finds difficulties in the surroundings, but adapts quickly and forms strong bonds to the
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Jessica
The first 3/4th's of the book were the funniest, most realistic fiction I may have read before. The troubles that Elizabeth faces are small everyday issues about learning new customs, how to live on your own for the first time, and dealing with animal pests. It might sound very boring, but Elizabeth's thoughts are so well-written I felt like I really was reading a real person's diary from the time. I could relate to many of her troubles from when I first moved out on my own.

If that had been all
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Sarah Beth
Janette Oke and I go way back. In the waning days of my total obsession with Oregon Trail books as a child, I came across her books in middle school and became obsessed with them for their innocent love stories (my mother was thankful for this too) and their historical fiction settings. I'm a pretty voracious reader, but Janette Oke is a very prolific writer, so I think her Canadian West series are the only ones I never read. (And this is terrible, but the copies my library had had hideous ugly, ...more
Rachel
I've never read more than a couple Janette Oke books, so when I picked this title up, it sat around for a while before I decided to read it. Unfortunately, I started reading at a time when I probably should have been busy doing something else. So much for finishing what I should have been doing! I couldn't put the book down and read on through the next few hours, that night and the next day till I finished. Janette Oke masterfully weaves the tale of a schoolteacher coming west to take a position ...more
Janet Nitsick
This was a very excellent book. The details, such as her description about her invading mice into her abode, were amazing. The end keeps you captivated although I had suspicions on how it would come out, but it did keep me going. I like her writing voice. I would highly recommend it. However, I would have liked to have gotten a better physical description of Wynn. This is one problem I have with some Christian literature even though I am a writer of same. But it was a great read and I will read ...more
Kaye
1983 Rating: 4.5 stars
2014 Rating: 3 stars

This is the first time I've re-read this book since it came out thirty years ago. As a YA reader, I absolutely adored it and the first two or three sequels (I think I read four books in this series as they came out); it went quite well with the Sunfire romances from Scholastic that I was reading at the time. I do remember that I enjoyed them much more than the Love Comes Softly series that I was reading around the same time. (I went to a very small, very
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TJ
Average, just average. This book is the perfect example of a three star read. It's nice, nothing to really recommend it but then again, nothing to really disparage. The romance aspect is absent until the last page, leaving it a story of the day to day life of a rather quiet school teacher in the Canadian West. It just kind of puddles along to the end.
Jaimie
Even as a Christian, I usually find Christian romance overly preachy. When Calls the Heart, however, did a good job of fitting within the confines of "Christian lit" without coming off as a sermon. Instead, the characters' beliefs seem wholly accurate for the these people in this time period. Regardless, I normally wouldn't have picked this one up. But it all started with a Hallmark tv series. I was bored one day and browsing through my options on On Demand. Hallmark's When Calls the Heart was o ...more
Melissa
This was a wonderful little book. I have read some of Janette Oke's books before and enjoyed them, so when I spotted this series I was excited to start reading it.

When Calls the Heart is the first book in Oke's Canadian West Series. It follows a main character of Elizabeth and is written in the first person from her perspective.

A school teacher back East, she travels to the West to begin a new school teaching job at the advice of her brother Jon. Before she learns of her assignment, the superint
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Rahel
The more I read, the more I couldn't stop!!!!!!!!! This book is great Sept. 2, 2013

This was one of the most wonderful book I have ever read! Even the first few pages got got me hooked (I know some people think that's not true but it definitely was for me).
The book "When Calls the Heart" by Janette Oke takes place around the 1910s and its about a proper, pampered, rich, city girl names Elizabeth Thacher that gets invited to the Canadian west by her brother who lives there to teach. She was so
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Rosa Cline
Janette Oke does such a wonderful job with this series of books. (It's overall a tie with this series and the Abram's Daughter's series by Beverly Lewis.) If you enjoy Pioneer life and reading about other that struggle in life but have that Faith in God that things will be okay then you will fall in love with these characters. It's based in Canada and how life there was with the Mounted Police etc. The series is wonderfully written and the more you read the more you will want to read so make sur ...more
Isabel
Mar 03, 2014 Isabel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
Christian romance novels are not what I usually read. At all. But gotta admit that this one was so adroable and sweet and had me go "aww" more than once.

Really enjoyed it :)
Shaina
Dec 04, 2008 Shaina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls!
Recommended to Shaina by: I guess the Movies :)
Shelves: to-read-again
I absolutely loved this book! Out of all the books by Janette Oke's this one is definitely a TOP favorite! I was laughing throughout most of the book, feelings were brought back to me reminding me of past wonderful memories, etc. I believe I FELT every emotion the book contained for Elizabeth! Not only was it hilarious, but it also had a wonderful message about why God hates sin so much...big or little it is still sin and it hurts Him so much because it hurts Jesus Christ! Totally wonderful! Lov ...more
Melissa
This isn't a literary masterpiece, but it is a very sweet story and I really enjoyed the heart of the main character, Elizabeth. She is such a great example for young women, and her heart to want to help her students is so inspiring. I read so many heavy, thought-provoking, and intellectual-type books that I needed something to lighten my mood - and I felt good about life when I read the last page. My teenage daughter will read this series when I am finished with it. Overall, it's a very easy, l ...more
BJ Rose
Sep 20, 2009 BJ Rose rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to BJ Rose by: Julie
I liked this for the look into the day-to-day living of people in the late 19th century in the developing West - this book takes place in Calgary and the countryside to the north. Also enjoyed the look at nature and the way she portrayed the majesty of the mountains. And as a teacher, I was amazed and appalled at the all-enveloping tasks of teaching in the country, not to mention the personal restrictions on a teacher's life. I have long been aware in an academic way of what was involved in a te ...more
Kaitie
I decided to read this book on a whim. The end of summer is approaching, and I have been trying to get some "fun" reading in before I have to hit the books I don't decide. Recently, I saw the film adaptation of this book, and it brought me back to my teenage years when I read Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly series. So, I thought I would give this one a try, and take a walk down memory lane.

I was unimpressed. I am an English major, and hold high expectations for literature. Her writing style did
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Dani
I picked this book up because Hallmark is running a TV show based on the series. Since I had already watched the first three episodes of the show, I figured reading this book would be like a review. Boy, was I wrong! I don't know if the plot points from the show were pulled from later books in the series or created specifically for TV, but they aren't anywhere in this book. From what I know of Janette Oke's writing, I think the TV scriptwriters adding twists to try to make the story more excitin ...more
Jody
I got this ebook free. I had heard so much about Oke and her books being made into tv movies that I decide I would try one. Maybe the others are better but this one just did not seem very good at all. The author spent probably 4 or more chapters on mice. Mice! I was so frustrated with this but once I start a book I try to finish it. I kept hoping it would get better. I did like the characters but just something about this one would not let me like the book.
Shannah Mauney
This book was sweetly amazing. I loved the characters, the story line, and the way the story flowed. It was simple, sweet, and hard to put down. Janette Oke is a wonderful writer. I liked how the author wove the message of trust and placing your life in God's hand expertly throughout the story without being overwhelming. Overall, this book didn't have a lot of action or adventure, but it's a sweet story and I would definitely recommend it.
Mrs. Tongate
"When Calls the Heart" is the story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom in a small prairie town. Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west. Loved her mice issue in her teacherage. I was rolling because I had the same issue at my first townhouse in Meade County for my first library job. I called my Dad 3 hours away to come help me and he did. :) I was so scared of those t ...more
OctoberWoman
The story is in first person POV, with Elizabeth being a sweet and reliable narrator. She loves teaching, loves getting to know the children and their families, along with other members of the community. Wynn Delaney holds a fascination for her that she finds unexpected and disconcerting. She's not perfect, she makes some mistakes and jumps to some conclusions, though she hurts herself more than anyone else in the process. Her battle with the mice who inhabit the little house she is provided was ...more
Heidi
I absolutely love this book. I am currently watching the TV show based on this book, and I wanted to see how different it really was from the book. They are very different, but both excellent in their own ways. I thought the way that Janette Oke portrayed Miss Thatcher was exquisite- confident, adventurous, but not too proud to admit fault.
Lynn Hartter
I read this when I was maybe 18, right after I read the "Seasons of the Heart," series, the first (and last, I hear) series Oke wrote in the first-person character of a male. I remember very much enjoying the first two books in this series, and didn't consider them girly at the time because "Seasons" was a male storyteller.

I was enamored of a titian-haired girl, just like Elizabeth, and my name is very similar to Wynn; I ride horses well and the physical description is and was me. . .

However,
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Gale
"A Woman for his Mountains”

To think that this charming, Christian series has been around since 1983—yet I am only just now discovering it! (Thank you, Hallmark Channel!) It is 1910 in Toronto and a young school teacher named Elizabeth Thatcher feels a restlessness which she can’t comprehend. (When she holds internal dialogues with her conscience—which occurs intermittently throughout the book—the two-way conversations are expressed in italics.) Her life as the daughter of a wealthy businessman
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Beth Stauffer
I decided to read this after watching the Hallmark Channel tv series, When Calls the Heart.

So far as I can tell, the only real similarity between the tv series and the book is the character Elizabeth Thatcher. Which, I guess is okay, but if you decide to read the book because of its similarity to the show, consider yourself warned.

The book is enjoyable if you like books about the frontier and Canada. Personally, I'm a fan of any book that has a Royal Canadian Mountie as a central character but
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MarieAnna
It has been almost three weeks sínce I have read this book but I still can not decide If it deserves three stars. I am not looking at this book from a christian perspective because I am not a christian, but I am a lover of old time values and morals of society as much as I still realise the roughness of those times. In todays world of fast realitionships and never ending run of material "need" one is glad to close the living room doors behind him with a cup of hot Cocoa and book of this kind in ...more
Heidi
I have read better Christian romances. In fact, the romance does not really develop until the very last few chapters of the book. When Calls the Heart is really more about a young teacher going to the Canadian wilderness to teach and her experiences there. That's it.

I thought the movie would be fun to watch too since it is from the same author as the Love Comes Softly series. I was wrong, and my daughter agreed with me.

I may have liked this book better if I had not read Mrs. Mike recently, whic
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Nanette
So, I saw that this is going to be a TV series (current DVD out with the same title). I enjoyed the movie so I thought I give the book a shot. Janette Oke can be a little too, ah, let's say "let's bake and make babies" for me, but I enjoyed this read better than the DVD in fact - because of the ending. It is not a book about teaching on the frontier as it glossed over the actual teaching part. Come to think of it, I can't remember Elizabeth actually teaching at all. The focus is really on the bl ...more
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Janette Oke writes with a profound simplicity of what she knows best—real life, honest love, and lasting values. With over 23 million in sales, her historical novels portray the lives of early North American settlers from many walks of life and geographical settings. She also writes engaging children's stories and inspiring gift books that warm the heart.

Janette was born during the depression year
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