When Calls the Heart Season 3: I Must Catch Up!

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It’s no secret that I’m a big, longtime fan of author Janette Oke. After planning on it for years, I’ve finally begun reading her Canadian West series, starting with When Calls the Heart.
That is…well, I did start the series years ago, reading the last two novels that were added to the series much later.

Beyond the Gathering Storm When Tomorrow Comes

But I’ve gone back to the beginning! And ever since I heard that Hallmark was coming out with a television show, When Calls the Heart, which is based on the Canadian West novels, I’ve told myself that I will not watch the show until I’ve read all the books. Even as a lifelong bibliophile, the cinephile in me is okay with the reality that filmmakers must make changes to a story to take it from the pages of a novel and portray it for a viewing audience. Even so, when it comes to one of my all-time favorite authors, I’d first like to know what she originally wrote before I see its screen adaptations.

The show isn’t waiting around for me, though, so I’ve got some catching up to do in my reading.😀 Season 3 of the television series is due to release in a collector’s edition on DVD this fall, and FishFlix.com is giving a free DVD set of the Season 1 episodes to everyone who preorders the new Season 3 collection before its release on October 11th.
They’re also holding a drawing for a $100 gift card on September 1st. Everyone who reviews Season 3 on FishFlix and sends an email to promo@fishflix.com to verify their reviewer nickname will be entered into the drawing.

Feel free to take a look at the When Calls the Heart Season 3 DVD Set.
You can also check out FishFlix for more Christian movies.

And, if you’re like me and don’t yet know everything Janette Oke first wrote about it all, then you’ve got some reading to do!

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Here’s a trailer for the premiere of the television series.

I Am Delilah by Josi S. Kilpack

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Ebooks For Review for an honest review.
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I Am DelilahI Am Delilah by Josi S. Kilpack

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Famous movie actor Sam Hendricks is all about showing love to his adoring fans by annually choosing one lucky, everyday woman to be his date to the Oscars. But in I Am Delilah by author Josi S. Kilpack, Delilah Glenshaw gives Sam his first taste of what it’s like for an everyday woman to tell him, “No.”

I was prepared for this novel to shape up into a nice rom-com. And, hey, I certainly dig nice rom-coms. But even with its delightful helpings of comedy, a rom-com this book is not. I found its differences to be rather wonderful, and I wound up getting more engaged in the story than I thought I would. Even with her flaws, which annoyed me at times, Delilah is a pretty remarkable heroine who, when push comes to shove, knows how to stick to her guns.

Now, despite the book’s title, this is as much Sam’s story as it is Delilah’s, and at times, I felt like it was more his than hers. But Sam, as a character, didn’t have me fully convinced, as he didn’t give me an impression of the intangible but commanding star power that some icons and artists really do possess. Hence, his obvious and frequent insistence, both inward and outward, about his own superiority made him come off as more of a caricature of a star than an actual one. Also, the novel’s Epilogue bordered on being a little too picture-perfect to me.

Nevertheless, this refreshing non-rom-com had me too entertained from beginning to end for me not to give it five stars, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, wholesome read with an empowering message.

A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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A Flight of ArrowsA Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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He’d risked his life to fulfill a promise made with the giving of those white beads… Submitted, at rest, and victorious. This was what the Almighty could do with a man, if he would only submit his heart.

What began with a stolen biracial baby and the rumble of impending revolution in The Wood’s Edge becomes a mix of reconciliation and all-out war in A Flight of Arrows by author Lori Benton.

As battle lines are drawn and crossed, there’s aligning, clashing, and fighting among and between cultures, white and Native American. But love, grace, courage, and forgiveness also make their marks in this sequel. The author shapes key aspects of the returning characters’ collective journey in a style that’s beautiful and heartrending, bringing everything that they feel to life. And the use of Scripture here is brilliant: deft, spot-on, positively poetic.

The read is dense, detailed, and contemplative, which I appreciate, since much of the story’s weight is found in the characters’ hearts and minds. Yet, like the preceding novel, a lot of this story seems to be “waiting,” positioning and repositioning, waiting for “something” coming. So with the exception of a few events that gripped me in Part One, I didn’t fully get into the novel until around the second half.

Also, as there was much to resolve by the end, it almost felt like the book had too many endings, or perhaps too many concluding speeches. I think a story can only remain in its bittersweet closing stages for so long before it runs the risk of feeling a little too sentimental.

Now, one does have to read the first book in The Pathfinders series to understand this one and to thoroughly realize its significance. It’s well worth the time, given the depth, poignancy, and redemption in this historical saga.

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Here’s my review of the first book in The Pathfinders series, The Wood’s Edge.

The Wood's Edge

The Bachelor’s Sweetheart by Jean C. Gordon

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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The Bachelor's SweetheartThe Bachelor’s Sweetheart by Jean C. Gordon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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For years, Tessa and Josh have gotten along so well as close buds. But the resurfacing of Josh’s unresolved past and a related, crucial secret of Tessa’s puts their friendship–and possibly more–on the line in The Bachelor’s Sweetheart by author Jean C. Gordon.

A sweet title and cover, this novel has, and a sweet romance it is. But the story also brings quite a mix of characters together to deal with some tough issues (dysfunction, disappointments, disease, distrust) and their effects on the young and old. I could feel my heart sinking at points as a spiral of key conversations and events had me nervous and intrigued to see how Josh and Tessa would handle the truth once it all came out. The story’s themes of serious dependence on God as well as the serious need for other people work well together.

Although this novel is third in The Donnelly Brothers series, it stands alone nicely, and it doesn’t seem to give everything in the preceding books away, for those who may happen to read the novels out of order. I’d recommend Josh and Tessa’s story to fans of romance with faith and redemption.

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Other novels in The Donnelly Brothers Series

Winning the Teacher's Heart  Holiday Homecoming