When Breaks the Dawn by Janette Oke


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.

When Breaks the Dawn by Janette Oke

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

The city had changed much since then, but I had changed more. The young, stylish schoolteacher from the East no longer existed. In her place was an older, wiser and, I hoped, more sensitive woman.

Elizabeth and her Canadian Mountie husband, Wynn, are nearing their first wedding anniversary. They’ve been making a life for themselves at Beaver River, a village in the far Northwest, but they’ll face a devastating disappointment in When Breaks the Dawn by author Janette Oke.

This novel felt like classic Janette Oke to me: homey but challenging frontier life, simply depicted. I’ve respect for Elizabeth’s approach to the new teaching position (and even the motherly role) she gets to fill. Although she strives to educate and nurture the native children in her charge, she’s not out to “make them white,” so to speak, but instead she seeks to understand the village people’s culture more.

Some of my favorite parts are when Elizabeth looks outside of herself and empathizes with other people’s concerns, particularly her husband’s. As with the previous novels in the series, I still feel that Elizabeth cries too often for her tears to stay interesting, but she’s not a weak heroine. I got to realize right along with her how much she’s changed, and following the course and distinct shift of her homesickness may be what I liked best about this read.

My enjoyable mission to finish the Canadian West series continues. On to Book Four.


Here’s my review of Book One in the Canadian West series, When Calls the Heart.

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