WHERE HOPE PREVAILS
Welcome back to Coal Valley, where the mountains are plenty and the people are friendly and give of themselves for those in dire straits. Characters are honest to a fault. Even when there is bad news to share, they don't beat around the bush — they put all their cards on the table and hope for the best. The plot is believable with some unexpected turns throughout the book. The mother-daughter team of Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is a powerhouse, each have their unique writing style but have created a cohesive and well thought out series.
Beth Thatcher is happy to return to Coal Valley to be a teacher to the children of the coal miners. She has noticed a few changes since she left, some of which she does not care for. While she is excited to see her true love Jarrick, she is concerned that he is considering taking a position at her father’s company to please her. There is also a new teacher in town, and he has a very different approach to teaching that unsettles Beth. Can Beth accept all the changes around her, or will she lose everything she holds dear? (BETHANY HOUSE, Aug., 320 pp., $14.99)