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When Breaks the Dawn

(Canadian West #3)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  6,956 ratings  ·  235 reviews
After surviving a harsh first year in the far north, Elizabeth Delaney and her Royal Canadian Mountie husband, Wynn, are settling into the small community of Beaver Creek. Elizabeth is once more teaching school, and they seem to be gradually making a place for themselves among the Indians. And then the news arrives...
Paperback, 215 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1985)
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Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it

When Breaks the Dawn is the third novel in Janette Oke's Canadian West series. I found that this book was much improved over the second in the series and just as good as the first.

This installment starts out exactly where the second book left it, at the trader's and his wife's return to the settlement with much needed supplies. Unlike the other books however, this one covers several years instead of just one year.

Elizabeth has largely adjusted to living life in the frigid North and with her frie
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“After surviving a harsh first year in the far north, Elizabeth Delaney and her Royal Canadian Mountie husband, Wynn, are settling into the small community of Beaver Creek. Elizabeth is once more teaching school, and they seem to be gradually making a place for themselves among the Indians. And then the news arrives...”

Series: Book #3 of the “Canadian West” series. (Book #1 review Here! and Book #2 review Here!) {There is a movie based on the first book of this series with the s
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.

The third book in the Canadian West series did not disappoint! True, it was a little draggy at points, but I still enjoy Elizabeth and Wynn and all the people at Beaver Creek. I think I’m just about done with this series; I’ll probably read the next book and then stop.

SPOILERS! I guess I’m just disappointed that Elizabeth and Wynn didn’t have a child … and in all likelihood won’t, from what I can tell. END OF SPOILERS!

~Kellyn Roth
Alexis Villery
Apr 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I used to read Janette Oke a lot when I was younger so I decided to pick up this book in a moment of nostalgia. In a nutshell, this book is about the trial and tribulations of Elizabeth and Wynn while they endure the hardships of the rugged west.

You don't have to have read the first two books in the series but it might be helpful. Some characters are mentioned in passing that will be unfamiliar if you haven't read the previous two books but it doesn't affect the present storyline much. Some boo
Mar 28, 2013 rated it did not like it
I liked the first book, but the next two were too God in my face, and there was absolutely no romance mentioned! I mean really, I'm no prude, but even God wants people to have kids. At least talk about it a bit. It's such a white elephant in the room how it is so ignored until so late in this series. ...more
sydney elaine
Feb 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfort-reads
the Candian West series is such a nice change of pace from other books I have been reading. Though the timing moves rather quickly, it's so nice being able to slow down and read about the daily life and experiences of Elizabeth as she settles more and more into her life in the west.

this book dealt with quite a bit of loss and heartbreak, which I'll admit, was not quite what I was expecting. though I read the first two in this series a couple years ago, I don't remember them being quite as sad a
Rebekah Morris
Nov 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I liked this story. The hardships were harder, but there were also some fun times. I liked Elizabeth most of the time, but there were times I didn’t like her as well. Of course I don’t know how I would have acted in her place. Wynn was a delight and the perfect sort of husband for Elizabeth. I did find the contrast between the “outside” and “home” quite interesting. I really like that the Christianity was not just added in as an afterthought to make it “Christian” but actually a real part of the ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Now settled in the remote village with her Mountie husband, Elizabeth's life is still full of changes. Her friends need help, she wants to start a school, and she desperately wants to start a family. The emotional turmoil and pain some of these cause may hit close to home for some, but the author doesn't dwell on sadness for too long - and Elizabeth's faith in God always brings hope. ...more
Heather McC
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Elizabeth and Wynn make the most of their life in the Northern territories while trying to build a family and create new memories together. When trouble comes their way, Elizabeth and Wynn are reminded that exciting things may still lay ahead, over the very next hill.

While retaining the beloved characters of the original book in the series, book three does not hold the same spark as the original.
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
I liked the first one but the second book in this series fell flat for me because there was no real courtship between the two main characters - it just sort of happened.

The third book basically details Elizabeth's longing for a child. Now granted I know that this series is set in an earlier time period, but I would still like to see some female empowerment. She mopes a LOT, saying things like "God had blessed so many women with babies, but not me" or "I needed a child to make my life complete" o
Leslie Books and Socks Rock
This was a really slow read...the 215 pages covered about 4 years. Little bit here, little bit there. Elizabeth was kind of annoying and whiny and it was just kind of a depressing read. I'll read the rest of the series to see how it ends. Tell me it gets better! ...more
Carolyn Pina
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
This was Book 3 of a series of 4. I won't be reading Book 4. In this book, the Bible verses increased, as the story, itself, became boring. ...more
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
The third installment continues the story between Elizabeth and Wynn this part of the story covers several years.

Elizabeth has largely adjusted to living life in the frigid North and with her friend Nimmie starts a school for the children of the settlement. While it does not catch on quickly she finds a few willing students to learn all she has to teach. One of these in particular, a little girl named Susie, actually lives with Elizabeth and Wynn for awhile and gives them a taste on what it is l
Loretta Marchize
Another wonderful book in this series! I own all four of the first books and have been re-reading them (I first read them before I was on Goodreads) They are just as good as the first time! I did find them very anti-climatic because whatever surprises or hardships they faced I already knew how it all turned out.

Content: cheek kisses, hug (both with married couple), mentions of birth and child-bearing (little-to-none, not described), mentions of Indian witchcraft
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another slam dunk for me. Having lived in Bush Alaska, it made me super homesick for that way of life and for all the friends I made while there. That said, there is a lot (a LOT) of pain in this book. People reading it should have a heads up for struggles with infertility and loss of kids. The rating would have been altogether different if I didn’t have my PPD under control.
Nov 11, 2018 added it
Shelves: 2018
I can’t believe I am still reading these
Jun 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
These books have a lot of history and nature descriptions in them. Very enjoyable reading.
Jun 17, 2021 rated it liked it
Elizabeth is now settled in their new home and has friends, which is a vast improvement on the last book. I've been racking my brains as to why I kept reading this series even though I thought book two was rubbish, and I've come up with three reasons:

1. Without spoilers, there's something I really want to happen in the plot and I think I'm 90% just reading hoping that it will.
2. I really empathise with Elizabeth. My fiancé's job means that I move around the world for his work. I choose to go wit
Apr 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 3 in a favorite series by a favorite author. This book takes place shortly after book 2 ends continuing Wynn and Elizabeth's life in the Canadian north. I love Elizabeth. To me she is such a realistic character. We watch her as she adjusts to her life in the north and we see her struggle and grow. I find her so relatable. I especially love seeing her seek God to help her through her struggles. Wynn is strong, wise and steady. I would love to have seen things through his eyes though. I think ...more
Dystopian Mayhem
Mar 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
This is a book about how the frontiers were working so hard to change the Indigenous people’s language, religion and ways of life, and their struggle to cope with the limited resources among other issues. Some things in the book didn’t feel right, for example, I was surprised when a native boy was compared to a dog because he can’t talk. There was no romance, unless you consider a tentative husband romantic, and the religion didn’t hold my interest.
Christina DeVane
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book had a lot of sadder things in life which is very realistic of living in this time period. I loved the Bible perspective it brought through the hard times though and brings much more depth to deep pains in life.
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2021-reads
So the routine is established. Oke draws me in with really cool character ideas, then breezes over their interactions in an overhead, months passed in paragraphs, view, and completely abandons any attempt to actually sit and write the *scenes* that are happening. It's infuriating. I want to actually read what's happening, I'm invested and I want to be drawn into scenes, but she...refuses to write them.

There are some awkward lines like 'he smiled into my eyes'. Could've maybe used a good editor
Wow, this is a sad one. So much happened, so many sad things. I can say I totally identified with Elizabeth’s struggle with wanting to be further along in life. Her struggle with all her friends having babies yet she doesn’t (but totally wants one) is a universal problem. That’s her next step in life, that’s what people expect of her. Yet it hasn’t happened yet and she finds it difficult to deal with. We all want to keep up, and people/society all have expectations of what our next step should b ...more
Nadine Keels
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The city had changed much since then, but I had changed more. The young, stylish schoolteacher from the East no longer existed. In her place was an older, wiser and, I hoped, more sensitive woman.

Elizabeth and her Canadian Mountie husband, Wynn, are nearing their first wedding anniversary. They've been making a life for themselves at Beaver River, a village in the far Northwest, but they'll face a devastating disappointment in When Breaks the Dawn by author Janette Oke.

This novel felt like class
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel like I understand Elizaeth more after reading this 3rd book in the series. In the first 2, she would have her own thoughts, but I feel like she really dug deep into her thoughts in this one. Her pain was real. She felt lonely & wanted children. After reading this, I feel like I understand how people may feel a little more now in situations where people want children but aren't able to have them.

Wynn's job seems to get harder & harder. I can't imagine how tough you would have to have been
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
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Jun 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Eh. It was fine, but the plot felt largely the same as the previous book. Elizabeth and Wynn are oddly uncommunicative - if something is bothering Elizabeth she just hides it, and Wynn is super quiet and doesn’t ask. It makes it hard to connect to the characters. Elizabeth wasn’t able to have a baby and she doesn’t talk to Wynn about it like ... ever. Until she abruptly freaks out on him one night and he just lets her freak out and leaves her alone for hours until she calms down. I get that peop ...more
This book picks up maybe minutes after the last book ends so reading as I did (i.e. finishing book two and immediately purchasing this) worked very well. These books are really short (I think I read this in under two hours if memory serves) so combining two together makes sense.

In terms of the story writing etc, this remained as with the previous entries in the Canadian West series. There are no real plot twists or turns that will surprise you, the story overall remains a sweet one (though I do
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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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