Unyielding Hope (When Hope Calls, #1)
In this sweeping companion to the Hallmark TV series When Hope Calls, Lillian Walsh rushes to a reunion after discovering the sister she believed dead is likely alive. But Grace has big dreams beyond anything Lillian is prepared for. Can Lillian set aside her own plans and join her sister in an adventure that will surely change them both?

Unyielding Hope (When Hope Calls, #1) Details

TitleUnyielding Hope (When Hope Calls, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 5th, 2020
PublisherBethany House Publishers
ISBN-139780764235115
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Christian Fiction, Christian

Unyielding Hope (When Hope Calls, #1) Review

  • Amanda Tero
    January 1, 1970
    I know when I pick up a Janette Oke book that I will get a story that is clean and has a solid, Biblical lesson. “Unyielding Hope” is no different. It is the story of two sisters, orphaned and separated at a young age, their discovery of each other, and how they work together to make a patchwork family with other orphans.This is one of those “settle into a comfy chair and read” books. It’s not especially plot or character driven. It’s more the sweet story covering the lives of a few characters.I I know when I pick up a Janette Oke book that I will get a story that is clean and has a solid, Biblical lesson. “Unyielding Hope” is no different. It is the story of two sisters, orphaned and separated at a young age, their discovery of each other, and how they work together to make a patchwork family with other orphans.This is one of those “settle into a comfy chair and read” books. It’s not especially plot or character driven. It’s more the sweet story covering the lives of a few characters.I loved the realistic picture that the authors painted with orphans and foster children, their easily-shattered worlds, and their long road to piecing together their own lives.There were hints at romance in this, but it seemed to set up more for a more in depth romance for book two. It was sweet.Like I said, there was a solid, Biblical message in this book. I didn’t find it to be quite as prevalent on the pages as her “Return to the Canadian West” series, for instance, but it was still a story that revolved around Christ and His work in people’s lives.I loved this quote: “Often it’s in the timing of things where I see God’s hand most easily.”*I received this book from NetGalley and provided my honest review*
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  • Kristina
    January 1, 1970
    Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan takes us to Brookfield, Alberta, Canada where Lillian Walsh lives with her father. Lillian deeply misses her adoptive mother who recently passed away. They are preparing to depart for Wales where Mr. Walsh will be giving a series of lectures as well as visiting his family. Mr. Dorn, a lawyer, arrives to inform Lillian that she has inheritance from her birth parents and that her baby sister, Grace is still alive. Lillian is shocked because she h Unyielding Hope by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan takes us to Brookfield, Alberta, Canada where Lillian Walsh lives with her father. Lillian deeply misses her adoptive mother who recently passed away. They are preparing to depart for Wales where Mr. Walsh will be giving a series of lectures as well as visiting his family. Mr. Dorn, a lawyer, arrives to inform Lillian that she has inheritance from her birth parents and that her baby sister, Grace is still alive. Lillian is shocked because she had been told that Grace died with her parents. Lillian postpones leaving and works with the law firm to locate Grace. The sisters have a tearful reunion that touches those in attendance. Grace is a joyful woman of deep faith and hope. Grace has begun an undertaking that will change the course of Lillian’s life. Unyielding Hope is the debut novel in When Hope Calls series. I always look forward to a novel by Janette Oke (I have been reading them since I was a teen). I know I will be getting a well-written Christian novel featuring a likeable female protagonist. I got myself comfortable and began reading this engaging historical novel that quickly transported me back in time. I was not disappointed with Unyielding Hope. Two sisters separated at a young age who rediscover each other. They take on children who are without parents or a home. They create a special family for these orphans. I like how the sisters treated these poor kids. They did not view them as a burden or extra help. The sisters gave them love, structure and a safe home. The authors deal with the topic of Home Children. A program where hundreds of children from England were transported to various countries that included New Zealand, Australia, and Canada (the author’s preface explains the program). We get a realistic picture of what life was like for these children. Some were fortunate and found good homes, but many of these kids were treated like farm hands and servants. They would be discarded like a newspaper in a recycling bin. I loved the kids in this tale. There were a variety of ages and personalities. It is just terrible what they had been through in their young lives. I found it delightful how Harrison would introduce himself to people. There is a hint of romance in this story which I believe it will be explored further in the next book. I am glad that it was not the prevalent theme in the book. There are good Biblical messages in the story. Grace was a woman with a strong faith. I like how she expressed it and showed by example. Unyielding Hope is a touching story that will linger with you long after you finish it.
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  • Amanda Geaney
    January 1, 1970
    I've seen Janette Oke's name time and again in my online reading groups. For many, her books were the first Christian novels they devoured as teens and these loyal readers are still recommending her works to teens and adults today. With this in mind, I decided to read Unyielding Hope—my first Oke novel.I didn't dislike the writing or the characters... the story was simply unremarkable.
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  • Kaitlyn S.
    January 1, 1970
    Guys, I'm still sniffling at this one. Maybe because I know people who have been adopted, or who have fostered or been fostered. Maybe because the way these two sisters find each other. Maybe because the providence of God was seen so clearly.In any case, this one was a tear jerker. The two sisters are so very different. Lillian has been raised in wealth and grandeur, with a loving home, privileges and advantages, and lots of friends. Grace has been raised in an orphanage, and has hopped around a Guys, I'm still sniffling at this one. Maybe because I know people who have been adopted, or who have fostered or been fostered. Maybe because the way these two sisters find each other. Maybe because the providence of God was seen so clearly.In any case, this one was a tear jerker. The two sisters are so very different. Lillian has been raised in wealth and grandeur, with a loving home, privileges and advantages, and lots of friends. Grace has been raised in an orphanage, and has hopped around all her life. Two totally different lives, two totally different views. Yet they unite to help orphans who have faced the same circumstances that they themselves have. And it's a beautiful tale of grace, and love, and selflessly serving. The stories of the young children were based on true stories from the actual period in history, and that made it all the more real. The way the children are discarded so quickly, because of their circumstances, when they had nothing to do with it . . . someone needed to do something. And these two fictional sisters stepped in to help. I must confess, I found the way that Lillian waited for her fathers response to her telegram to come in before sharing any plans with Grace quite refreshing. Too often in fiction, we have well-intentioned heroines jumping ahead of their authority figures . . . and to see her wanting her fathers advice and guidance was a blessing. The relationship the sisters had with God was sweet to read, too. This was a strong Christian book, not just in lip service, but indeed and example, as well. And that is always a plus in my book. Miss Tilly was a sweet soul, and I adored her. I loved the advice she'd hand out, so gently. As a side note, I also appreciated her stance on women working outside of the home -- something I was wondering about playing into the story, since, of course, it's that time era. I enjoyed the snippets of Hope Valley. With Faith and Carson Shepherd . . . well, hopefully, we'll see more of them in the upcoming books =) Rosemary and Lee figured in, as well, and we saw a glimpse of Elizabeth and her son. I'll confess -- I never finished watching the series after Jack died because it became quite like a soap opera. A very enjoyable one, granted, but there was still so. much. romance. and. drama. But, I've had experience with the books being quite different, and this one was no different. It was different, and good, and I can't wait for book 2. Especially since this one was a cliffhanger, ya'll. If that bothers you -- well, I suggest waiting for the second one before reading this one :D So . . . romance. From this aspect, I was enjoyably surprised. I was expecting more, to be honest, and I'm totally glad that it was so mild. Both girls have suitors interested in them. There was one ((2?? I can't remember . . . )) kiss. Not really detailed, just barely-there. I am very thankful to the publisher for a copy of this book!
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  • Laura Rae
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for an advanced reader of this book! I really enjoyed this book. It tells some of the background behind the Hallmark show When Hope Calls! I enjoyed getting to know each of the characters more deeply!
  • Faye
    January 1, 1970
    Companion book to the popular TV series, this is the first in a brand new series by Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan. Lillian and Grace are two sisters reunited after a lifetime apart, Lillian was adopted after the death of her parents and raised by a loving family. When she finds out that she has a small inheritance from her birth family, she also learns that her sister, long believed dead, is alive. Slow to start, this book spends much of the time setting up or future installments Companion book to the popular TV series, this is the first in a brand new series by Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan. Lillian and Grace are two sisters reunited after a lifetime apart, Lillian was adopted after the death of her parents and raised by a loving family. When she finds out that she has a small inheritance from her birth family, she also learns that her sister, long believed dead, is alive. Slow to start, this book spends much of the time setting up or future installments to come in the series. There were parts of the story that seemed to come more easily than I expected, but I liked the characters and the setting. Grace has a strong faith, she is very hands-on, and outgoing with a passion for orphans. Lillian quickly agrees to help, uses her gifts of organization to help as well.The book also follows an older orphan Lemuel, with dreams of pursuing higher education. He is a huge help to the sisters, and I'm excited to see where his story will go. Overall this was a pleasant read, but felt more like a prequel or set up book, while the pace is perhaps realistic, there were times when reading it that I wondered if this book could have been condensed and tightened. I like the contrast between the sisters, and how Lillian grows throughout. There is a strong theme of faith and family. I'm interested to see where this will go, and am planning now to look into the show. I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • PollyAnna Joy
    January 1, 1970
    I cut my reading teeth on Janette Oke's books, so I have been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember, probably longer than I am old! ;) I own every book she wrote up until these last few with her daughter. I honestly have no idea why I don't have those, too; probably because I thought she had retired and was no longer writing. I am de-lighted to find that even if she did retire, Janette has a new book for me to devour and find great pleasure in reading.Unyielding Hope does NOT disappoint th I cut my reading teeth on Janette Oke's books, so I have been a fan of hers for as long as I can remember, probably longer than I am old! ;) I own every book she wrote up until these last few with her daughter. I honestly have no idea why I don't have those, too; probably because I thought she had retired and was no longer writing. I am de-lighted to find that even if she did retire, Janette has a new book for me to devour and find great pleasure in reading.Unyielding Hope does NOT disappoint the reader. It is slow in the beginning as I wondered where they were going with the story and was simply unsure of this new subject matter. That isn't to say that the beginning isn't interesting; I'm simply saying that I was in unfamiliar territory and I had no idea what to expect. As the story unfolds with the grace and dignity typical of a Jenette Oke book, I found it increasingly difficult to put the book down and quit reading. I de-voured it, hungrily, anxious for the next event in the lives of this wonderful family I fell madly in love with. I wanted to take Lillian into my bosom and share her pain with her as she struggled with her faith and understanding God's plan in all that was happening around her.I wept with joy and sorrow, like Grace with Grace as I learned more of her story and of the great love she has for those in her care.I wanted to bop Lillian over the head to get her to see sense with "her man." LOL. I admit that I love a good romance!I cried with uninhibited joy and sorrow over little Byrony's whole story. I pray that we are not yet finished with her.And Lemuel. Oh, heavens. Lemmy. Even at the tender manly age of 14, I wanted to love on him as only a mother is able to love her Precious. Each of the children: Matty and Milton, Hazel and George, 'Arrison. Byrony. Lemuel. Miss Tilly. Grace. Lillian. The doctor. The Thompson's. Marisol! UNYIELDING HOPE, like each and every one of Oke's previous books, is one I fell in love with and will remember for the rest of my life. I am excitedly looking forward to the next book in the story of this amazingly wonderful family.
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  • Lori
    January 1, 1970
    I loved reading about the British Children's Home Society and I learned a lot. I first heard of this subject when I read Carrie Turansky's No Ocean too Wide. I knew that I wanted to read more so I was happy when I discovered this book. Grace and Lillian are two of the most remarkable ladies that you'll ever want to meet. I felt like they were the sisters I never had. I admired them very much! The children in the story will make you want to cry when you learn each of their stories and how they ca I loved reading about the British Children's Home Society and I learned a lot. I first heard of this subject when I read Carrie Turansky's No Ocean too Wide. I knew that I wanted to read more so I was happy when I discovered this book. Grace and Lillian are two of the most remarkable ladies that you'll ever want to meet. I felt like they were the sisters I never had. I admired them very much! The children in the story will make you want to cry when you learn each of their stories and how they came to be with Grace and then Lillian. I already knew I'd love them like my own. There wasn't a thing that I didn't like about this book. It was very well written and some of these characters are very easy to make friends with and well, some are a little harder in getting to know. I do hope there's a sequel to this book. I don't think the children's stories are over just yet. I have a feeling there's more to tell. I think I what I enjoyed most was when someone said that it doesn't matter who your family is. They could just be passing through or be staying awhile. They just could be your immediate family, friends or maybe just the townspeople they're still family. Where one or two is gathered in my name there I shall be also. Another reminder is that you can run but can't hide. Grief will follow wherever you may go. God will use you when you least expect it. Miracles do happen all the time. We just need to open our eyes and see what's in front of us.I highly recommend this book. It will leave you thinking about the people in the book long after it's over. I really enjoyed this book! I believe you will too!My thanks to Netgalley for a complimentary copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own
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  • Emma Maher
    January 1, 1970
    This was a finominal book. I loved reading a Christian book with the power of God's love & mercy throughout the story. I absolutely loved the orphan children. They all were so sweet & were special in their own ways. This book represented reality in that bullying happens with kids at school & Its so unfortunate to see people being so terribly nasty & unkind to each other, but I'm pleased how the Headmaster handled the situation & I think Lillian & Grace were excellent Orphan parents to the Childr This was a finominal book. I loved reading a Christian book with the power of God's love & mercy throughout the story. I absolutely loved the orphan children. They all were so sweet & were special in their own ways. This book represented reality in that bullying happens with kids at school & Its so unfortunate to see people being so terribly nasty & unkind to each other, but I'm pleased how the Headmaster handled the situation & I think Lillian & Grace were excellent Orphan parents to the Children. I loved the budding relationship between the sisters, how they dealt with fear, worry, being poor but also trusting God for support & guidance was encouraging to see. This book had all the aspects that a person needs to go through in real life, there isn't just good or isn't just all bad but through It all God works everything to his good & to his Glory. I loved that the Headmaster & his wife wanted to adopt the 2 boys, & I loved Briony's love for the Piano. I have never read Janette Oak before, but this was a fantastic read & I would recommend that anyone who loves children, books of the heart or just a good Christian novel must read this book. You sure won't be disappointed!! I also loved the distant relationship between Lillian & her Father & how through letters they loved one another & really supported each other. I also loved how her Father helped her to realise how much she needed God & through his words, she decided to really try & put trust in the Lord that her Father talked about & who her Sister, Grace really whitnessed about.
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  • Nancy Larimer
    January 1, 1970
    #Unyielding Hope# by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is an historical fiction book. takes place during the Janette has written over 70 books. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. She lives in Canada. Thi #Unyielding Hope# by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is an historical fiction book. takes place during the Janette has written over 70 books. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. She lives in Canada. This outstanding book takes place in the 1800's. in the Industrial Revolution. During that time period there were many orphans . Many people died of diseases . The children were left on the street as orphans. These orphans were sent to Canada, New Zealand, Australia, and some parts of Africa to be adopted. These children were not often treated well. They were often abused. The author writes this outstanding book to ask us are " We able to meet the challenges in our generation and be Jesus' hands and feet?, " The characters are well described . The setting is Canada. The reader will feel like they are truly experiencing the difficult days of life during the 1800's . I walked away from the book thinking about the characters and reliving the beauty of this book. I commend the author for this excellent book and reminding us not to allow this to happen again. The themes are forgiveness, unyielding hope , steadfast love, Jesus hands and feet for the weak . Thank you to the publisher and netgalley and the author for allowing me to read and review this book. The opinions are my own . I will share my review with Amazon, facebook netgalley , Goodreads, Bookhub, my blog, with the church staff. ,
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  • Elyse
    January 1, 1970
    Book 39 of 2020When I think back to reading in my early days, some of my favorite books were Christian fiction -- I mean Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Tracie Peterson. These ladies are legends for me when it comes to writing books set in early times (I love period pieces like this) filled with adventure, misfortune, romance and a center based on faith. Uh, yes please. The only Janette Oke books I read were the Love Comes Softly series, and can someone say classics? Yes please. I mean, I even Book 39 of 2020When I think back to reading in my early days, some of my favorite books were Christian fiction -- I mean Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Tracie Peterson. These ladies are legends for me when it comes to writing books set in early times (I love period pieces like this) filled with adventure, misfortune, romance and a center based on faith. Uh, yes please. The only Janette Oke books I read were the Love Comes Softly series, and can someone say classics? Yes please. I mean, I even watched the Hallmark movies with NO shame. So, when I saw Janette and her daughter, Laurel were co-writing a new series of period pieces based on the true stories of orphan trains from England to Canada, I knew I was in. It was exactly what I was hoping for in this type of book -- tried and true. It was exactly what I remembered, and for me, I need more of these books in my life, especially in these trying times. I love the comfort that they bring, and sometimes I question if I was born in the right decade, ha! Rating -- four starsFormat -- audiobook
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  • Leah
    January 1, 1970
    This is a companion to the series Return to the Canadian West. The story takes place in the late 1800's in Alberta, Canada. Some of the characters from the other series make appearances in this book. The story is about sisters being reunited, faith, family, and Home Children. This is a bittersweet story with a cliffhanger. The stories involving Home Children are based on real stories, which makes it depressing.
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  • Gaitree
    January 1, 1970
    I just love this book so far, It’s my first time reading a book written by Janette oke after watching when calls the heart television series.I love how she gives her readers an aperçu of the time period of the story at the beginning,to be able to live in the shoes of the fictional characters in the book.I could easily recognized the two sisters from the WCH.I would definitely recommend it to my friends and I cannot wait to know the end of the story to know how God worked in the lives of two long I just love this book so far, It’s my first time reading a book written by Janette oke after watching when calls the heart television series.I love how she gives her readers an aperçu of the time period of the story at the beginning,to be able to live in the shoes of the fictional characters in the book.I could easily recognized the two sisters from the WCH.I would definitely recommend it to my friends and I cannot wait to know the end of the story to know how God worked in the lives of two long lost sisters and how he reunited them and use them for a good purpose.
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  • Natalie
    January 1, 1970
    This was a sweet Canadian historical that reminded me a lot of No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky which I read earlier this year and really enjoyed. I liked the cameos of the characters from When Calls the Heart. The story was cute and my heart went out to the children and what they went through. The epilogue had quite a cliffhanger and I’m looking forward to the next book.
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  • Claudia
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of these two authors will be most pleased with their latest offering. Fans of Hallmark's When Hope Calls series will also enjoy this first book in the book series by the same name, although they will notice some differences. Hearts will rejoice with the sisters' reunion, and grieve for their losses. They will rise with emotion as they come to love the children under the sisters' care, and will grow concerned over their hurts. This book is definitely not a stand-alone read as it ends with a Fans of these two authors will be most pleased with their latest offering. Fans of Hallmark's When Hope Calls series will also enjoy this first book in the book series by the same name, although they will notice some differences. Hearts will rejoice with the sisters' reunion, and grieve for their losses. They will rise with emotion as they come to love the children under the sisters' care, and will grow concerned over their hurts. This book is definitely not a stand-alone read as it ends with a cliff hanger. I only hope it won't be a long wait until the release of the series' second book. I am grateful to have received a copy of Unyielding Hope from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
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  • Kathryn Voss
    January 1, 1970
    When I learned that Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan had released a new book, I was absolutely thrilled. Reading books by this duo feels like coming home. Since I was a teenager, Janette Oke has been a staple in my reading repertoire. To still be reading her books decades later is the ultimate comfort. Their latest series, When Hope Calls, is a spin-off of their previous When Calls the Heart trilogy. The first book, Unyielding Hope, is a gentle read, presenting a bevy of characters When I learned that Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan had released a new book, I was absolutely thrilled. Reading books by this duo feels like coming home. Since I was a teenager, Janette Oke has been a staple in my reading repertoire. To still be reading her books decades later is the ultimate comfort. Their latest series, When Hope Calls, is a spin-off of their previous When Calls the Heart trilogy. The first book, Unyielding Hope, is a gentle read, presenting a bevy of characters that will hopefully continue to ap-pear in future novels. In many ways, this book feels like an introduction, with the ending clearly leaving knots unraveled. In Unyielding Hope, we meet two sisters who are working to provide homes for children from the British Children’s Home Society. I loved learning about the plights of these children, and my interest was quickly piqued as my heart rooted for each child. With a heart-warming and compassionate tone, this story is one that resonated with me. I encourage you to grab onto this book. It promises to be the start of a great new series. I received this book from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)
    January 1, 1970
    Coyer Quarantine Edition Buddy Read With Tarissa Coyer Member #13- She gave it a 5 star reviewTwo sisters who each thought the other had died reunite and forge a path together trying to save the lives of orphan children.
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    First sentence: “Mama.” The word came quietly at first, then grew in intensity. “Mama! Mama!” Lillian’s small body wrestled in the dark bedroom until her thick quilt became tangled, constricting around her tiny shoulders. Still the nightmare persisted. Droplets of sweat formed beneath her hair and began to slide in lines down her neck, soaking into her flannel nightgown. She fought with frail arms against the bondage that her blankets had become.Premise/plot: Lillian, our heroine, has grown up i First sentence: “Mama.” The word came quietly at first, then grew in intensity. “Mama! Mama!” Lillian’s small body wrestled in the dark bedroom until her thick quilt became tangled, constricting around her tiny shoulders. Still the nightmare persisted. Droplets of sweat formed beneath her hair and began to slide in lines down her neck, soaking into her flannel nightgown. She fought with frail arms against the bondage that her blankets had become.Premise/plot: Lillian, our heroine, has grown up in a loving adopted home. Her birth parents and sister all died. Now her adoptive mom has died too, and her father wants to go on an extended vacation in Wales. Lillian does NOT want to leave her home, it feels too soon, too fast. So when a lawyer shows up revealing that Lillian's sister did NOT die, it's a perfect excuse to stay put. Lillian goes on a search for her sister...but may find much more as the months unfold.My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. I read that it is supposed to be a companion to the television show When Calls the Heart. Hope Valley does get a couple of mentions and some names are dropped. I don't think I've watched since season three, so I'm not sure if I caught each and every name drop. There might be some characters in this book that are also in the show that I just didn't catch. That's good news in my opinion. I don't think your engaging with this book depends on your familiarity with the show.It is told with multiple narrators. Perhaps this will continue in further books and other characters will get a chance for their happily ever afters.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This heartwarming story set in Canada introduces us to sisters, Lillian and Grace, orphaned and separated at a young age. Lillian raised in a wealthy family, lives a pleasant life with her loving father while Grace, on the other hand, grew up in orphanages. The two sisters finally meet and their story unfolds as they move with a group of foster children from the British Children’s Home Society to Lillian’s comfortable home. Lillian’s charmed life is greatly changed as a result of her sister and This heartwarming story set in Canada introduces us to sisters, Lillian and Grace, orphaned and separated at a young age. Lillian raised in a wealthy family, lives a pleasant life with her loving father while Grace, on the other hand, grew up in orphanages. The two sisters finally meet and their story unfolds as they move with a group of foster children from the British Children’s Home Society to Lillian’s comfortable home. Lillian’s charmed life is greatly changed as a result of her sister and the children and Grace finds herself challenged in caring for multiple children and living in someone else’s home. Love, challenges, and adventures carry the sisters and their young wards through this enjoyable tale as they struggle to get to know each other, live together, and find a path to their future. A great book to curl up with in your comfortable chair and enjoy! A delightful tale of two sisters, their young charges, and their enterprising scheme to find families for them! A thoroughly enjoyable read! Readers of Janet Oke and Laurel Oke will be delighted with this new spin off of the Canadian West, When Calls the Heart, series. This copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
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  • Ebos Aifuobhokhan
    January 1, 1970
    Lillian and Grace. Sisters but yet different as day from night. Lillian was sheltered but Grace was exposed to the ills and troubles of life. I loved reading about Grace's faith despite the many troubles she had gone through. The way she spoke about God's faithfulness was so inspiring. Wow! The work she was doing with adopted children was so heartwarming. I enjoyed reading about these courageous and bold young unmarried women as they took care of orphans and street children alone. Their care, lo Lillian and Grace. Sisters but yet different as day from night. Lillian was sheltered but Grace was exposed to the ills and troubles of life. I loved reading about Grace's faith despite the many troubles she had gone through. The way she spoke about God's faithfulness was so inspiring. Wow! The work she was doing with adopted children was so heartwarming. I enjoyed reading about these courageous and bold young unmarried women as they took care of orphans and street children alone. Their care, love and support of the children seeped into my hearts from the pages of this book. I received a copy of this book from netgalley and this is my honest opinion.
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  • Modern Miss Granger
    January 1, 1970
    Janette Oke is a remarkable writer. As a kid I would visit the library as often as I could and pull her books off the shelves to read and then reread. I jumped at the chance to read her new books. I love the new series When Hope Calls. This book was so enjoyable and I hope we see more characters from the show in the next book.
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  • Maia is Reading
    January 1, 1970
    Unyielding Hope is the story about two sisters, Lilian and Grace, who were displaced because of the death of their parents. They led different lives but due to unimaginable circumstances, Lilian found out that Grace is still alive. She took on a search and happily found each other again. This is where the adventure begins for the sisters, I love how Grace is full of hope and seems to be at peace with her faith. I love how Lilian was accepting and trying to trust God on the new things happening i Unyielding Hope is the story about two sisters, Lilian and Grace, who were displaced because of the death of their parents. They led different lives but due to unimaginable circumstances, Lilian found out that Grace is still alive. She took on a search and happily found each other again. This is where the adventure begins for the sisters, I love how Grace is full of hope and seems to be at peace with her faith. I love how Lilian was accepting and trying to trust God on the new things happening in their lives despite some hesitations and doubts. The children are adorable. The story is not very fast faced but slow enough for me to follow each character and how their lives intertwined. I was not so satisfied with how it ended though. I recommend and give it 4/5 stars.Thank you netgalley and Bethany house for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is a thoroughly enjoyable story from many aspects. It contains heartache, suspense, familial love, prejudice, and the power of prayer. Most of us have endured injustice and heartache but it probably doesn’t hold a candle to what these children “rescued” from the streets and sent to another country had to endure. The author does a tremendous job in bringing their plight to life in the words of this book. Wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but was cemented to the story before halfway through t This is a thoroughly enjoyable story from many aspects. It contains heartache, suspense, familial love, prejudice, and the power of prayer. Most of us have endured injustice and heartache but it probably doesn’t hold a candle to what these children “rescued” from the streets and sent to another country had to endure. The author does a tremendous job in bringing their plight to life in the words of this book. Wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but was cemented to the story before halfway through the first chapter. And though I’m a big fan of happy endings, I understand why this soul-wrenching tale couldn’t be held down to just one book. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my volunteer review.
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  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    This is a thoroughly enjoyable story from many aspects. It contains heartache, suspense, familial love, prejudice, and the power of prayer. Most of us have endured injustice and heartache but it probably doesn’t hold a candle to what these children “rescued” from the streets and sent to another country had to endure. The author does a tremendous job in bringing their plight to life in the words of this book. Wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but was cemented to the story before halfway through t This is a thoroughly enjoyable story from many aspects. It contains heartache, suspense, familial love, prejudice, and the power of prayer. Most of us have endured injustice and heartache but it probably doesn’t hold a candle to what these children “rescued” from the streets and sent to another country had to endure. The author does a tremendous job in bringing their plight to life in the words of this book. Wasn’t sure if I’d like it or not but was cemented to the story before halfway through the first chapter. And though I’m a big fan of happy endings, I understand why this soul-wrenching tale couldn’t be held down to just one book. I received an advanced reader copy from NetGalley in exchange for my volunteer review.
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  • Mardell
    January 1, 1970
    Unyielding Hope is one of those stories that not just warms the heart but enters your thoughts about a time when the good intentions of some had unintended consequences. And sometimes, those consequences turn out just the way they should. Two young sisters lost their parents to consumption. Lillian was told her younger sister Grace also died of the disease that we know of today as tuberculosis. Little did she know, Grace survived.Grace and Lillian, through God's grace, found each other again in Unyielding Hope is one of those stories that not just warms the heart but enters your thoughts about a time when the good intentions of some had unintended consequences. And sometimes, those consequences turn out just the way they should. Two young sisters lost their parents to consumption. Lillian was told her younger sister Grace also died of the disease that we know of today as tuberculosis. Little did she know, Grace survived.Grace and Lillian, through God's grace, found each other again in His own time. To find each other after so many years and build a life together was amazing. Each had her own story, with Grace never finding a forever home through adoption and Lillian, a young woman who was afforded many opportunities is a very loving home. Grace, who grew up with so little was so open to possibilities while Lillian, was a little more reticent. Yet, she brought Grace and all of the orphan children in her care back to live in the family home in Brookfield.I have enjoyed reading Janette Oke's stories over the years and they leave me with something to think on when the story is long gone. Unyielding Hope, written with her granddaughter Laurel Oke Logan, is a good lesson in putting things into perspective. It isn't what we have been given but what we do with what we have that matters most. Giving love when it is needed most to those who need it is far better than all the riches of the world. I heartily recommend this book for the hope it brings and the laughter the children provide in the midst of two sisters reconnecting.
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  • Leslie M.
    January 1, 1970
    I love "When the Heart Calls," and this book is linked to a companion show that I haven't watched yet, When Hope Calls (but I want to watch it now!)Vivid detailing quickly pull the reader in, and the story, in general, tugs at the reader's heartstrings. I haven't read many books about child immigration schemes, so that was interesting. Grace's faith was solid, and her and Lilian were easy characters to relate to. The ending paves the way for a sequel, which I look forward to reading.Disclaimer: I love "When the Heart Calls," and this book is linked to a companion show that I haven't watched yet, When Hope Calls (but I want to watch it now!)Vivid detailing quickly pull the reader in, and the story, in general, tugs at the reader's heartstrings. I haven't read many books about child immigration schemes, so that was interesting. Grace's faith was solid, and her and Lilian were easy characters to relate to. The ending paves the way for a sequel, which I look forward to reading.Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.
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  • Emma Filbrun
    January 1, 1970
    I found this book very interesting and well-written. I enjoyed that the main focus was not romance, although there was a little more romance in the story than I thought there would be. It was quite interesting to learn more about the child immigration scheme, taking children from Britain to Canada. I appreciated Grace's faith and how she shared that faith with Lilian. One of my biggest gripes with the book? The cliff-hanger at the end! I sure hope that there is a sequel, and that I find it so I I found this book very interesting and well-written. I enjoyed that the main focus was not romance, although there was a little more romance in the story than I thought there would be. It was quite interesting to learn more about the child immigration scheme, taking children from Britain to Canada. I appreciated Grace's faith and how she shared that faith with Lilian. One of my biggest gripes with the book? The cliff-hanger at the end! I sure hope that there is a sequel, and that I find it so I can learn the rest of the story.I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    First and foremost I really enjoyed the book. I am always excited to see a new book come out with Janette Oke’s name on the front and I was not disappointed with this one! This book/series is based off the Hallmark TV show When Hope Calls. Quick clarification, it is very different. The TV show was released first so only a couple of the characters are the same. So don’t expect the TV show when reading the book or vice versa. I was drawn into this book quickly! Both of the sisters were adorable an First and foremost I really enjoyed the book. I am always excited to see a new book come out with Janette Oke’s name on the front and I was not disappointed with this one! This book/series is based off the Hallmark TV show When Hope Calls. Quick clarification, it is very different. The TV show was released first so only a couple of the characters are the same. So don’t expect the TV show when reading the book or vice versa. I was drawn into this book quickly! Both of the sisters were adorable and I enjoyed reading their stories. This book mainly follows Lillian and her perspective. But it does change perspective to a young orphan boy a few times. At first I did not like that but then it grew on me and I did not mind reading the story per his point of view.While reading this story I could almost imagine being there and living out the book. It was extremely interesting and sad to read about the Canadian version of the orphan trains. I could never imagine the horror of being separated from a sibling. I guess that is what drew me in. I have sisters so I could understand how the sisters felt. Even though they lived different lives the sisterly bond was stronger.I do have to mention this. If you are a true fan of Janette’s books this one was written with her daughter so the writing style was different. It was not bad but there is a difference in this book’s writing style compared to her original books.Overall this book was excellent and I really enjoyed this vivid story. When I finished this book, I was a little sad that I finished it and would have to wait for the next book. But I most definitely will be reading the next book in this series.So final comment… I highly recommend this story and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!I received this book from the Bethany House Publishing of the Baker Publishing Group through Netgalley for this review. All words are my own.
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  • Lynne Modranski
    January 1, 1970
    I've always been a Janette Oke fan, and she didn't disappoint this time. A story of and unusual family, sacrifices and hope. I can't wait until #2 arrives!
  • Anne Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I love anything written by these two. I feel in love right away and I didn’t want the story to end. Loved the plot, time era and the characters. I felt like I was transported to the 1800’s. I highly recommend this book!I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and Bethany House for my honest review.
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