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Beyond the Gathering Storm (Canadian West #5)

4.09  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,187 Ratings  ·  97 Reviews
The love of Wynn and Elizabeth Delaney has healed their adopted son Henry's painful memories and helped him grow into a man of character. But when his job as a Royal Canadian Mountie brings tragedy into his life once again, Henry is left frightened and vulnerable. Assigned to a new post some five years later, he rediscovers someone who, once and for all, may be able to hel ...more
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Published November 16th 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 1990)
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Jan 26, 2011 Melissa rated it liked it
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
Rachel Melton
Jan 22, 2013 Rachel Melton rated it liked it
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
Jun 03, 2009 Annalisa rated it really liked it
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
Chloe "The Master of Magnetism"
I loved this book!
It taught me a lot of lessons about romance.. even though I wasn't really there.
It's pretty important to marry someone that has moral standards the same as yours.
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Sep 07, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“The love of Wynn and Elizabeth Delaney has healed their adopted son Henry's painful memories and helped him grow into a man of character. But when his job as a Royal Canadian Mountie brings tragedy into his life once again, Henry is left frightened and vulnerable. Assigned to a new post some five years later, he rediscovers someone who, once and for all, may be able to help him put his past behind him.
Henry's sister, Christine, also leaves home to explore life's possibilities.
Feb 03, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
I had a hard time rating this book. I liked it, but didn't at the same time.

It was nice to see how Elizabeth and Wynn's kids grew up and read their stories. Christine's story was good at first. It had me interested from the start. I liked her, liked the values and purity she held herself to and was also happy to see that with those things, she never came off as being saintly or boring. She still had flaws and it was intriguing to read about her journey into adulthood. The down side came with the
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
Jun 06, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the fourth book in the Canadian West series and at first I was lost because the previous book ends with Elizabeth and Wynn still a fairly young couple who have recently taken in a young boy. Suddenly this book begins talking about a grown daughter and son (the boy they took in). I do wish there was a book between that gives more details about their lives, but this book does fill in enough to catch you up. I liked the stories of Christine and Henry as they struggle through early adulthood ...more
May 13, 2014 Kara rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 05, 2015 Amber rated it really liked it
It took a little while to get into it, but good story once it got going. I've read all of the Canadian West series together, so it was jarring to go from Wynn/Elizabeth to Christine/Henry.
May 30, 2010 Nanette rated it it was amazing
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!
Theresa Pollard
When I first picked up the book, I thought I must have grabbed the wrong one because there is a significant jump in time from the last book. I would have enjoyed hearing more about Wynn and Elizabeth and the adoption of their children and their adventures. Instead the book jumps back and forth between the lives of Wynn and Elizabeth's grown adopted children. The story is interesting, but a little cliche and maybe a little rushed. I'd have liked to see more character development and more details. ...more
Nov 24, 2014 Allan67 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 01, 2014 Heather Bassett rated it it was amazing
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
Sara Cleveland
May 07, 2016 Sara Cleveland rated it it was ok
I was rather disappointed in this book. It was not nearly as enjoyable as the previous books in the series. Going from the first person perspective of Elizabeth that I'd come to expect in the first four books to the third person narrator was a bit jarring. Both storylines, the son and the daughter, felt short and stilted. It might have been better if the author had written each as it's own book, taking the time to better flesh out some of the characters and making less of the son's story flashba ...more
Apr 04, 2014 Eloise rated it really liked it
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Shelly Ann
Oct 15, 2014 Shelly Ann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2015 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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.
Elizabeth Maxwell
Feb 24, 2016 Elizabeth Maxwell rated it liked it
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I didn't enjoy this story as much as the others. I was slightly disappointed to learn that it was so much further in the future for Elizabeth and Wynn and that their time in the North had come to an end. The longer I read the more invested I became with each of the new characters. The end of the book was solid and I can now move on to the next one happily to see where Christine ended up and how Henry, Amber and Danny have come along.
Apr 20, 2015 LadyCalico rated it liked it
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

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.
Oct 02, 2014 Beverly rated it really liked it
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.
Apr 01, 2014 Cyndi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 18, 2014 Abby rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 28, 2016 Rebecca rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the earlier books in this series, however I was disappointed that Wynn and Elizabeth weren't in this books as much. I would have liked the book to be more centered around the old familar couple rather than their children.
Jul 29, 2015 Lexie rated it liked it

This is probably like my favorite of the series. which honestly surprised me.

I liked the way she dealt with Christine's central conflict and while I figured Henry would end up how he did it still pleased me immensely.
Callie Conklin
Feb 02, 2015 Callie Conklin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Mar 09, 2014 Fred Ann rated it liked it
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Canadian West (6 books)
  • When Calls the Heart (Canadian West, #1)
  • When Comes the Spring (Canadian West #2)
  • When Breaks the Dawn (Canadian West #3)
  • When Hope Springs New (Canadian West #4)
  • When Tomorrow Comes (Canadian West #6)

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