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When Comes the Spring

(Canadian West #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  8,173 ratings  ·  371 reviews
After a year of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse on the western frontier, Elizabeth plans her wedding to Wynn Delaney, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As they begin their new life together at his isolated outpost in the far north, Elizabeth is unprepared for the loneliness she feels and the rigors of life without any of the conveniences she's accustomed to ...more
Paperback, 252 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1985)
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Ash
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-library
Hmmm, surprisingly enough, I've decided I didn't like this book as much as I remembered. Not that it was bad, I think it is just something better enjoyed when you're younger. There were a lot of parts I quite enjoyed, but I found Elizabeth to be kind of....whiny? I do like Wynn though, he's a sweetheart.

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steph
This book was first published in 1985 and it shows. Elizabeth gets married and suddenly turns into a whiny and clingy child whose husband has to guide her in every step (the pants scene with the two of them was so bad). Also Wynn is so perfect in this book, like Wynn 2.0 in that he knows the answer to EVERYTHING and how dare Elizabeth question anything he says/does. Elizabeth only wants to make a white woman friend in the North and is shocked to find that there are only Native Tribal women there ...more
Beth
While I did enjoy this novel, it didn't hold the same appeal for me as the first book. Elizabeth's character didn't seem to be as strong as before, and I'm not really that sold on the romance between her and Wynn. It just felt...one sided, maybe? I don't know, I know it's hard to remove the modern lens and understand that this was a different time, but he just came across as condescending sometimes. She would feel stupid for not knowing something, but why would she know things about living in ba ...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“After a year of teaching in a one-room schoolhouse on the western frontier, Elizabeth plans her wedding to Wynn Delaney, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. As they begin their new life together at his isolated outpost in the far north, Elizabeth is unprepared for the loneliness she feels and the rigors of life without any of the conveniences she's accustomed to. Her deep love for Wynn and her faith in God seem like all she has. But will that be enough?”


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Hannah
An enjoyable continuation of the series about Elizabeth and Wynn. While it isn't the most exciting of books, it has solid storytelling and a strong Christian message. I liked her dog Kip and her friends in the frontier village, and will definitely have to read the next book to see what happens to all of them. ...more
Rebekah Morris
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
I’ve read many other books about the Canadian Mounties, but never one from the perspective of his wife. It was quite interesting and fun to read. I enjoyed Elizabeth and Wynn and their interactions with the trappers, Indians, and others in their little area up north. There were hard times, but there was always hope. And I really liked how the Christian aspects were woven in. I’m looking forward to the third book.
Danielle Flynn
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really liked When Comes the Heart ...Elizabeth was independent, smart, capable and had a nice sense of humor. In this second book in the series...she is just some silly, little wife to a condescending husband. She is no longer smart (does a SCHOOLTEACHER really not know how to say an animals name in singular/plural form? Or how to tell when Spring is coming?! The snow is melting, the river if running, it's getting WARMER...boom Spring! You don't need your husband to tell you that!) Elizabeth c ...more
Elizabeth
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
I feel as though I should of stopped at book one because this book just went on and on and mostly talked about daily life. Elizabeth is learning a lot and trying a lot of different things out of her comfort zone in this book which seemed like the main theme to this book. I also felt that there was a lot of tears in this book. Other things went on in this book but didn't really take over as the "main drive" of this book. I feel that I might not continue this series but I would recommend the first ...more
Emma
This was a sweet, wholesome, and interesting.
Loved seeing Wynn and Elizabeth married!! 🥰

I found it so interesting learning about the life of a Canadian Mountie. I also found it interesting watching Elizabeth adjust to this new way of life in the north. I felt bad for her but admired her at the same time.
Meeting the new characters was fun too. I really liked Nimmie! Ian too.

Overall, I enjoyed this! It was a relaxing book to read. I’m really excited to start the next book in the series!
Michelle
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but I thought it was incredibly boring. The first book was great, and it had an interesting plot. We were wondering if she would survive that first year teaching in the wilderness, and what would happen between Elizabeth and Wynn. I just didn't feel that same excitement in the plot in When Comes the Spring as I did in the first book. It almost felt like I was reading a diary since it all seemed to read "I washed the dishes, then I made the fire, then I made tea ...more
Brooke
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the first book for what it was, but this book was horrible. I did give it two stars because at least it was well written and edited.

The story had a lot of potential, but really - I mean REALLY TRULY - how unprepared could someone have been to move to the wilderness? Surely her fiance/husband would have had many LONG, SERIOUS talks with her about whether the life would suit her? And her obsession with finding another WHITE WOMAN to talk to did not sit well with me at all. I *do* unders
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Liz F.
This was a fun book to read! (more so the last half than the first, but still.) The only other thing I can recall that bugged me was sometimes the plot line seemed extremely cheesy and Elizabeth would have opinions that... oh my. XD They annoyed me a bit, but she resolved them!
I'm also interested to learn more about Ms. McLain....
I'd recommend to readers 12+
4 stars!
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Micaiah
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
When Comes the Spring
By: Janette Oke
Rating: 4 stars
Ages: 12 and up (for mild romance and mildly dangerous situations)

Elizabeth, the lovely young eastern schoolteacher, has braved the western frontier and spent a year teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Now she and Wynn, her Royal Canadian Mountie, are planning their wedding and their new life together at his outpost in the far north. Will their love for each other sustain them through a harsh winter, loneliness, and the rigors of life without an
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Magda
Oct 22, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Still not as good as Mrs. Mike (which I just found in a box my mother sent me), but better than some of the other Janette Oke books. Also too prissy.
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted in the April 2017 Mini Reviews

I really enjoyed this continuation of Elizabeth and Wynn’s story. I feel like it was dashed up somewhat hastily (could even use some editing), but it was still great. I especially liked all Elizabeth’s little escapades and the characters (Nimmie was a favorite, and Wynn, too, of course!).

Elizabeth was pretty silly … like not knowing the ‘deer’ is both singular and plural and stuff like that. She’s a schoolteacher. Seems weird that she wouldn’t know
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Heather McC
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth and Wynn take on the Northern Frontier as a newlywed couple, facing new challenges and opportunities along the way. While a heartwarming read, the second book doesn't have the same 'wow' factor as the first one - most likely due to the fact that Elizabeth and Wynn are now married and not courting or flirting with each other. ...more
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Rating: 3 / 5

Unlike the first book in this series, wherein all of Elizabeth's struggles were charming in how well she handled them, this one seems like it's increased her vulnerability tenfold--and therefore, her complaining ways.

I understand the general setup: harsh Canadian wilderness vs. "properly bred" lady. A showdown between those two is bound to end up with the lady whining about a lot of things and finding difficulty in most everything. Sure, realistic there, I completely agree.

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Natalie
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2016
This one really didn't do it for me, which is unfortunate because I loved the first one. Wynn went from a sweet guy to being kind of bossy and condescending and Elizabeth basically just said "well he's my husband and I should be submissive to him." Now granted Wynn had more experience in the wilderness but he seemed like the kind of person who always had to have everything his way.

I liked Elizabeth the schoolteacher far more than Elizabeth the pioneer woman as well. The characters that made the
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Xenia
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is the second in the Canadian West series written by Janette Oke. I enjoyed the first book, When Calls the Heart, but this one was a bit tedious to get through. In this book Elizabeth is more prissy and petty than in the first one. In When Calls the Heart Elizabeth is stronger and more independent. Marriage was not on her mind and she was determined to have a career as a teacher. All of s sudden in this book she can't seem to get along without her husband Wynn. She seems to need his co ...more
Hilary
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Elizabeth's story continues, as she discovers important lessons about how to make a good marriage, to be a good partner to her Mountie husband, and how to relate to people without prejudice. I actually enjoyed this one more than the first, though again it reminded me of a prettier version of Mrs. Mike. ...more
Claudia Jones
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I found that as I was reading this book I was thinking a lot of Anne of Green Gables. I really enjoy Janette Oaks writing. I would recommend this book to anyone.
Marythios (AkaSusanne )
Elizabeth, the young eastern schoolteacher, has braved the western frontier and spent a year teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. Now she and Wynn, her Royal Canadian Mountie, are planning their wedding and their new life together at his outpost in the far north. Will their love for each other sustain them through a harsh winter, loneliness, and the rigors of life without any of the conveniences they have been accustomed to?

The only thing that bothered me about this book is that Elizabeth seems t
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Berna
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance
3,5 stars rounded up to 4.

Elizabeth is has a potential to be one of my favorite characters. The book has a quiet and sometimes a slow tempo which I found quite relaxing. But by this way, the character development of Elizabeth felt so natural. I also liked the viewpoint of the author who appreciates the differences between white and indigenous people and uses not as a conflict point but as a learning experience.
Becky Johnson
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful adventure Elizabeth and Wynn have been on in the second book.
A book on how to dig deep when life gets rough and puts you out of your comfort zone.
A book which inspires you to not judge a book by its cover and to open your mind and heart to all races.
A book that shows a community working together as one.
So much love for this novel.
Anna
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you liked When Calls the Heart (book, not show 🤓), you’ll enjoy this one. Having lived in Alaska, and in Bush Alaska for a bit, I found Elizabeth’s initial prejudice against Natives a little annoying, but it was never such a large part of the plot as to turn me off altogether. I’d be interested in hearing what other readers who either are Native or have lived in villages think.
Loretta Marchize
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great continuation of Elizabeth and Wynn! I love the elements of moving north in this book, and Julie is very funny. I feel like Elizabeth has grown so much since the first book! She's learned so much.
Content: kiss on the cheek, hugs
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Suzanne Keetch
Aug 13, 2018 rated it liked it
A light, easy listen.
Kristy Hetzel
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved these books when I was young and am enjoying them again as a walk down memory lane.
Christina DeVane
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was fun read with some great humor and realistic conditions of living with Indians and dealing with the harsh winters of Northern Canada.
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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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