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While Wynn is accustomed to life in the north, Elizabeth is not. Can their love for each other sustain them through a harsh winter, loneliness, and rigors of life without any of the conveniences they're used to?
Book 2 of the bestselling Canadian West series. Keels - LibraryThing Elizabeth once braved the frontier to fill a teaching position, but now she'll find out if she has what it takes to make it in the North as the new wife of a Mountie in When Comes the Spring by author Good News and Bad News. She recently started writing for young children. When Comes the Spring. The sequel to When Calls the Heart continues to follow Elizabeth and Wynn who find in their isolation on the frontier that their commitment to God and to each other gives their life meaning. Keels - LibraryThing Elizabeth once braved the frontier to fill a teaching position, but now she'll find out if she has what it takes to make it in the North as the new wife of a Mountie in When Comes the Spring by author Good News and Bad News.
Stop acting like a three-year-old. Jun 03, Maria Nane rated it it was amazing Shelves: Nu stiu sa explic cum si de ce, dar seria asta mi a intrat la suflet. Este o serie absolut superba. Este despre viata, despre oameni, despre necazurile zilnice si despre puterea de a trece peste tot. Jul 05, Xenia 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.
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Her neediness in this book was disappointing. Jan 07, Hilary rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. 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. May 16, Loretta Marchize 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. Feb 03, Grace rated it it was amazing. Once again, an amazing book of love, heartache and joys with Elizabeth and her Mountie, Wynn. I loved being able to experience life up north and with the Delaneys. Aug 13, Suzanne Keetch rated it liked it. A light, easy listen. Mar 28, Christina DeVane rated it really liked it Shelves: This was fun read with some great humor and realistic conditions of living with Indians and dealing with the harsh winters of Northern Canada.
Jan 26, Melissa rated it liked it Shelves: It is preceded by When Calls the Heart. Like all of Oke's novels it is a wonderful tale and a nice continuation of the first book. This book takes off a little bit after the first book ends.
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Elizabeth is planning her wedding with Wynn and looking forward to a honeymoon in the mountains with him. Unfortunately, before she can completely get her wedding plans off the ground, Wynn is sent a posting far North, and they would have to When Comes the Spring is the 2nd book in Oke's Canadian West series. Unfortunately, before she can completely get her wedding plans off the ground, Wynn is sent a posting far North, and they would have to leave in a little over a week. Realizing that she'd rather be with him than wait one or more years to be married, she rushes the wedding. Shortly after they go for a small honeymoon in the Mountains.
They stay at a lodge and do some hiking. During this part of the novel there is a huge argument about wearing pants. Elizabeth wants nothing to do with the manly pantaloons Wynn brings her for the hike.
When Comes the Spring (Canadian West #2) by Janette Oke
I'm sure the author was just using the scene to demonstrate how the man is the head of a Christian household, but it was one of my least favorite parts of the book. They then set off for their new home far North. It details a bit of their journey and their lodgings they stayed at while poling up the river. When they arrive, Elizabeth is dismayed to find she is the only white woman there. Later she realizes her shortcomings in judging by skin color and makes friends with most of the womenfolk there. In particular, she befriends Nimmie, the wife of the trader. She also encounters Catherine, the trader's sister who is not as pleasant.
The rest of the book details the troubles of that first winter in the North and the people's hardships. It also shows Elizabeth's growth from a city woman, to a woman who can hold her own in the wilderness. Normally Oke's books, while being Christian, are not very preachy. While this one was not near as sermon-like as other author's can get, she does tend to go a little far sometimes with her conversion attempts.
Otherwise, the writing is as neat and expressive as all her books normally receive. She details things well and writes very descriptive characters. I did find another fault with this book that made me like it a little less than her others as well. In her first book of the series, Oke made Elizabeth a very strong courageous woman who needed no man.
However, as soon as she gets married she seems to lose that. Elizabeth becomes a whimpering fool who often looks to her husband for approval and advice.
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While this is not a bad thing, she does it so often and it's greatly accompanied by words like "child like" or "young" that it makes the reader lose sight of Elizabeth the woman, and instead thinks of her as her husbands child. She lost a lot of strength in my eyes. Looking past these few things however the story did a wonderful job of continuing her story.
It was very believable and one felt cheery at the end of it. Another great reading for a weekday night. Jan 24, Wolf Alpha rated it it was amazing Shelves: I really enjoyed the book. I liked that Elizabeth was willing to do anything for Wynn, even give up her dream wedding. I really like Nimmie, because she is a sweet lady. I feel bad for Crazy Mary, and think that she should have accepted help.
Elizabeth once braved the frontier to fill a teaching position, but now she'll find out if she has what it takes to make it in the North as the new wife of a Mountie in When Comes the Spring by author Janette Oke. It took some time for me to really get into this second novel in the Canadian West series. While the events of the book's first half didn't exactly seem to drag, they still felt stretched out to the point of being stretched thin. The sweetness around Elizabeth and Wynn's wedding was spr Elizabeth once braved the frontier to fill a teaching position, but now she'll find out if she has what it takes to make it in the North as the new wife of a Mountie in When Comes the Spring by author Janette Oke.
But, maybe it's just all the prairie and frontier novels I've read that gave me a low expectation of conveniences--novels that Elizabeth doesn't know about. Besides, though she gets snively sometimes, she recognizes it and does something productive about it every time. And then the story picks up about halfway through, when she and Wynn reach their new home and the challenges awaiting them there.
I especially appreciate what Elizabeth learns about herself in regards to her native neighbors, particularly the women she meets. I'm on a mission to finally get this entire series read, and I'm enjoying the mission. On to Book Three. Jun 24, Jessica rated it really liked it Shelves: I thought this book took both a realistic and yet satisfactory look at marriage.
We follow Elizabeth and Wynn as they travel on their honeymoon which was completely younger reader friendly , overcome their first marital disagreement, and begin setting up house at Wynn's new posting. It was interesting seeing the contrast between Wynn's confidence and Elizabeth's determination to adjust to her new, harsh surroundings. I liked reading what Elizabeth did to settle in and how she tried to make a home for her new husband.
I also enjoyed seeing how she struggled to make friends and the attempts she made to overcome loneliness when Wynn was away tending to work duties. I probably wouldn't have cared for the harsh look at marriage when I was younger and desiring more happily ever afters to my books but now that I'm older, I was happy with the honesty that Janette Oke shared with her readers. Nothing was sugar coated. But in contrast to that, God is so good. I loved seeing how the Lord worked in the lives of these two characters and their new neighbors.
Overall, it was a pretty satisfying sequel to the series. Oct 04, Sara rated it really liked it Shelves: She knows how to make the reader feel as though they are standing next to the characters. Her stories are realistic; her characters as frustrating as they are endearing; and her descriptions enchanting. These novels are not fast-paced. They are not dramas or sweeping romances in the modern way. But they are sweeping, and they are dramatic in a way that is realistic.
I love watching Elizabeth and Wynn grow through their challenges.
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They are such a sweet co sigh Janette Oke is a wonderful writer. They are such a sweet couple, and I adore the honest and healthy relationship between them. Their example of marriage is inspiring; Wynn deeply cares for and values Elizabeth, while Elizabeth has admiration and love for Wynn. Although they get frustrated with one another, like any couple, they realize that sometimes compromises must be had- and that prayer helps you through the tough spots.
I greatly enjoyed reading When Comes the Spring, the 2nd book in Elizabeth and Wynn's journey, and watching them as they try to adapt to living in a rough and unforgiving Northern Canadian village. Through a grueling winter, Elizabeth's fortitude and faith will be tested.