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Beyond the Gathering Storm (Canadian West #5)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  1,799 ratings  ·  74 reviews
After following his father's footsteps to become a Canadian Mountie, Henry discovers that his job comes at a high emotional cost, while his sister, Christine, leaves their family home to seek a new life in Edmonton.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 1990)
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Melissa
I was much surprised at this book. I had expected, at the end of the last book in the Canadian West series, that this book would pick up where it left off. Instead it seems to be about 20 or so years in the future and primarily about the Delaney's two adopted children, Henry and Christine.

We find them while Henry is reliving a painful memory. Like his dad, he has joined the Mounties and has been one for about 5 years. He however finds trouble at time, especially when he had to inform a young wid
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Annalisa
I was hoping to hear more romance and the story of Elizabeth and Wynn but following her pattern in the Love Comes Softly series the author Janette Oke has moved on to Elizabeth and Wynn's posterity. This book is almost like two in one switching back and forth between the Delaney's adopted son Henry (who is now a Mountie) and their adopted daughter Christine (who at age 18 has just taken her first job in the city). You do receive some information as to what transpired for Elizabeth and Wynn over ...more
Rachel
I've got to say, I was disappointed that the story of Wynn and Elizabeth, one that I had followed faithfully for four books previously was cut off.
I loved reading of them in their rural lives and the adventures, trials and victories that they had. But I felt that their story was stopped rather abruptly.
This book picks up some 20 odd years later with the stories of their adopted children. After the first few chapters, you are drawn into the story of Christine and Henry, but nonetheless, the unde
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Jennifer
Well, once I settled down my grumpiness from the time jump this book does, the story proceeded like the rest of the series, only in the next generation for the most part (with cameos from the parents). Amazing how Henry could be so much like his adopted dad, and yet he's grown into his own self as well (a nod to his good upbringing by Elizabeth and Wynn). Christine was a bit more cause for worry in the story. Though I had predicted she'd be let go after she found her courage, I found it a bit di ...more
Judy
This is a very enjoyable and inspirational addition to the Canadian West series. About 20 years has lapsed since the previous book took place. This book focuses on Henry and Christine who were adopted by Wynn and Elizabeth Delaney after the last book. Henry and Christine are now adults. Henry has followed his father's footsteps and is a Canadian Mountie and Christine has moved to the city and gotten a job.
Virginia Markhart
One of my all time favorite authors. This was so comforting to read. I just love the style and simplicity of this author's story.

This book follows the relationships of a brother and sister. Sister falls in love with a man who is not a good match for her. He is quite the scondral. Brother falls for the right girl and it all works out well in the end. Sister comes to her senses before the wedding. EXCELLENT
Kara
I just love this series. When I found out that Janette Oke wrote 2 more after the first 4, I reread the first 4 books because I read them probably 20 years ago. I couldn't believe how much I had forgot about the stories. But I really remember liking them and I can really identify with Wynn and Beth all their moving around and unable to have children. Now the next two books pick up ironically 20 years later. Yes this one is a little different but it is still historical fiction but I felt kept the ...more
Nanette
I am reading this series to our children as out bedtime story. I LOVE Janette's ability to share such vivid images of God's love and desire to see us through ANYTHING!
Allan67
Another of the Canadian West book series that I read to my wife. In Book #5 of the series, Elizabeth and Wynn take in a little boy, Henry. In this book, it turns out that they adopted him and a little girl as well. This book is about the children, now grown. Henry becomes a Mountie like his dad and finds a good woman to share his life. Christine is not so fortunate, but she has a good strong background and gets out of a bad relationship in time with a broken heart to show for the ordeal. I suspe ...more
Heather Bassett
another amazing story by janette oke, but what do you expect other than greatness when you choose a book by this amazing author. we followed the journey of two adopted siblings, one boy the oldest and one girl the youngest on their journey through love. Even though only one of them got their happy ending you understand the joys and sorrows of each, and God's gentle guidance through each. Beyond the gathering storm is a correct depiction of the book. "the sun is the reason for the black clouds an ...more
Eloise
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Shelly Ann Haselden
There were allot of different stories in this one book. In each one though, there was a different, scene in which someone had returned to the Lord, than another was very obedient to the Lord, and would give in or give up on her faith! She obeyed diligently in every area of her life. No matter how hard it was for her, she listened and obeyed God, even though people kept telling her she didn't need Him, that there was of life was better, without God. But she kept pressing on! Some of the focus was ...more
Beverly
Storms

The two storylines in this penning takes us further in the lives of Elizabeth and Wynn. How Elizabeth longed for children in which the Lord brings her thru that storm is not how you would expect. Two more storms emerge in the lives of Christine and Henry but brought full circle home to the arms and love of Elizabeth and Wynn.
LadyCalico
I can't say that I didn't enjoyed this book, but it is far from the best Janette Oke out there. It's biggest problem: Christine. When I read the synopsis the story sounded great and I was sure I would enjoy the Chrissie part more than the Henry part since her part sounded more original while his was a trite re-write of a generic romance plot we've read over and over in other books. I was wrong. The character of Chrissie was so poorly developed as was the plot that when reading about Chrissie, I ...more
Teresa l. Yrure
Disappointed

I was disappointed when I read this book, reading it and how it jump into the future...There was so much unanswered.
It was hard to get into this book, don't get wrong the story was good. It just needed another story in between this one and the 4th installment to understand fully what happened.
Beverly
Quickly read this and since it had been some time since reading the one before in this series, I thought I might have trouble following, but not so. Enjoyed going back and forth between the lives,of the sister and brother. Just a good read and ready to move to the next, hoping it continues the life of Christine Delaney.
Cyndi
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Abby
WIIA: E. and W.'s children facing their own life's problems.

Pros: I ADORED this book!!! In every way!!

Cons: I don't know really..guess I had a hard time picturing E. old...

Iffy: kissing, girl is going to get married, the usual in a romance. Clean though :) none detailed.
Callie Conklin
Hearty85

This book is Amazing! I have read almost all of the books in this series now and I highly recommend them all to any one who can appreciate tender, sweet stories like this one.
Fred Ann
A lovely comforting read with a greater theme of Family and their need of and their faith in God. A family that prays together stays together would be my evaluation of this family featured in this book
Elaine
I was disappointed at first to find this book didn't continue with the lives of Wynn and Elizabeth, but of their two children. However Janette Oke pulled it out again with another feel-good read.
Barbara
A pleasant enough book to listen to, characteristic of Janette Oke's style. The story only seemed remotely related to the title though, and the ending seemed a bit abrupt, perhaps leaving room for a follow-on sequel.
Mona
Jumps to next generation. Takes a bit to get used to the jump with so much missing in the story, but eventually the writer wins and delivers.
Becky Rose
the 5th in a series, that I had not read. I tried to find the others on CD, but they were not to be had in Twin Falls. This author has A LOT Of books, all series and the good christian kind. Nothing to doctrinal, just good people.

This story is about a brother and a sister each working on finding a spouse. The girl dates someone not suited for her at all, to make it worse it's her boss's son and they are not religious at all.

The brother, has much better luck.

I story set in Canada pre-WWII. Lov
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Awjtf
Wished for more of the story of wynn & elizabeth, the story skips to grown children.
Laura
A great story about standing strong for one's beliefs.
Sarah Richards
I take responsibility for my opinion being high after the previous books, but this addition to the Canadian West series read like an awkward adolescent trying to fit in at the grown up table.

The writing is superior (as always), but the plot line shifted to adoptive characters that I couldn't connect to. The insight into the characters by thoughts didn't help me to understand them. I found myself not as engaged or motivated to finish this one. The previous books I couldn't put down, but this one
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Rhonda
I started the book skeptical. I was hoping to pick up right up from book #4. I was a bit disappointed in the direction or long (long!) lapse of years in-between books. I would have liked to have read about Wynn & Elizabeth's journey that brought them to where this book starts. I still feel a bit cheated but as I read on, I did enjoy Christine and Henry's journeys. I couldn't give it 5 stars because of the long lapse in time I was so wishing for. Otherwise the book is a great continuation of ...more
Pelican Rapids
Writes nice stories
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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.

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