I have blogged many times about my love for reading, and often share my book choices here. Lately life has handed us some lemons, and I needed to just escape for a bit. I wanted to read something that was an easy read and something that was a “feel good” read. I decided to go back to a set of books that I have read at least 10 times each previously. The set originally belonged to my grandmother, and I believe they are now at my mom’s house. The books are the Canadian West series by Janette Oke. She is a Christian writer from Canada, and writes several series of books that are amazing. These are the “starter” books for what eventually became “What Calls the Heart” series on Hallmark Channel, but more about that later.
The set started with the book “What Calls the Heart“, which is when we meet Elizabeth Thatcher, who heads west to stay with her brother & his family (his wife & children) and teach. The books progress to her living alone in the “wilderness” and the adventures of teaching. She then meets Wynn Delaney, a Canadian Mountie. That’s where I am going to end the descriptions, because I don’t want to ruin the surprise. The series continues with When Comes the Spring, When Breaks the Down, and then When Hope Springs New. Many years later 2 additional books were written called Beyond the Gathering Storm, and When Tomorrow Comes. You can see the entire 6 book set here: The Canadian West Series
The series on Hallmark Channel follows Elizabeth Thatcher, but this time it is the niece of the original Elizabeth Thatcher from the first set of books. I have not yet watched any of this series, mainly because I just don’t have time to add another show. But, I know that I can get the different seasons at the library if I ever choose to watch them.
I was able to get all the books on loan from my library, in the e-book versions. I am so glad that our library has this option available. The links above are to amazon, where you can also purchase the books. The series was just what I needed, and a week after starting I am part way through the last book. I was so glad to discover a few years ago that books 5 & 6 were written, because I had missed the characters and I wanted to see how things turned out. Don’t you hate it when you become so emotional invested in a character only to have the books end and you have to sit there and wonder “what in the world happened?!?!”
I hope you enjoy these books as much as I do. Let me know if you choose to read them!