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.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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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 spread on rather thickly (too thickly), and because Elizabeth had already learned a pretty tough way of life in the West, it seemed strange that she’d now get huffy and/or weepy with Wynn on account of conveniences he can’t offer as they start out in the North.
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.
Here’s my review of Book Three in the Canadian West series, When Breaks the Dawn.