Henry--a Canadian Mountie like his father--struggles between the call of duty and the call of his heart. When he informs a young logger's wife of her husband's death, the memory of that loss haunts him for years. Assigned to a new beat five years later, he rediscovers Amber and gains her trust...and eventually her heart.
Oke, whose evangelical Christian romances have sold 19 million copies worldwide, here presents the romantic lives of an adopted brother and sister in pre-WWI western Canada. Duty calls Henry, a sensitive and kind Mountie, to inform a young logger's wife that her husband has been killed in an accident. The woman's tragic loss haunts Henry, who wonders for years afterward what became of her and her infant son. Assigned to a new beat five years later, he rediscovers Amber and gains her trust--and eventually her heart--by offering his calm and steady assistance as she copes with another near-tragedy. Meanwhile, Henry's younger sister, Christine, off to work as a secretary in the big city of Edmonton, experiences her own loves and losses. Courted by the boss's temperamental, randy son, the saintly Christine has to fend off the traditional temptations of her suitor's fast friends, late evenings and penchant for alcohol. She and the boss's son become engaged, but his mercurial outbursts only worsen, occasionally erupting in violence (the novel anachronistically refers to Christine as "physically abused"). A heartbroken Christine breaks off the engagement, sadder but wiser. Oke covers little new ground in this latest historical Christian romance, though she paints a fairly realistic portrait of a controlling, abusive man, and refrains from tidying up the novel by having Christine fall for someone more suitable.
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I enjoyed this series very much, and learned a lot about the Canadian North West. But it seemed there was a book missing. The 5th and 6th book referred to things that happened that were not in the previous 4 books. Other than that, it was a great series.
While I was originally disappointed when I realized there had been a 20 year gap between books, Mrs. Oke did a phenomenal job in recapturing my excitement of this story line. It included enough of Elizabeth and Wynn so that we were still attached to them and it also explained very well how Christine became part of their family. I enjoyed this one just as much as the others in this series!
Beyond the gathering storm
Good story in this book. However it took several books in this series and tedious narrative to go through 4or 5 years. Then all of a sudden your thrust 15 years later with hints of things you know nothing about. Could have used much less talk in previous books and fill in some blanks from the last one to this one.