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Beyond the gathering storm
Oke, Janette, 1935-
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Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2000]

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342 pages ; 23 cm
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As a youth, Henry had been rescued from terrible circumstances by the Delaneys, and he has grown into a young man of character and faith. Henry has followed his father into the RCMP, where some of his duties haunt him -- like the young widow and baby boy he longs to help. . . . Some years after Henry was adopted, Christine joined the family. Now moving to the city to find work, she's determined to follow in the faithful footsteps of her parents and beloved older brother. Her employer's son soon wins her heart and the promise of her hand, and both compassionate young hearts are now at risk to be broken . . .

Author Notes

Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") was born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, during the depression years. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta where she met her husband, Edward. She and Edward married in 1957 and went on to serve churches in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, and Indiana.

Oke published her first book, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. The book experienced immediate success because works of fiction were a virtually unknown genre in the Christian publishing industry. Oke has gone on to publish some 36 romance novels, earning her the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. She is the author of the "Love Comes Softly" and the "Prairie Legacy" series of books.

Oke enjoys a large reading audience primarily comprised of teenagers, homemakers and working women. She recently started writing for young children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Oke's legions of fans will be delighted with her new stand-alone romance, set in her favorite Canadian province of Alberta a little before World War I, complementing her ongoing Prairie Legacy series and her recent collaborations with T. Davis Bunn. It's a quiet story about brother and sister Christine and Henry Delaney, adopted children who strike out from their parents on new courses. Christine finds a clerical job in Edmonton, while Henry, a Mountie like his father, assumes his first command at a small post in the far north. Christine's tale develops into the familiar one of a Christian woman who falls in love with an unbeliever. In this case, the unbeliever happens also to be the boss' son, and when Christine reaffirms her faith, the romance, not to mention the job, heads south. Henry's less instructional story may be more satisfying: in his lonely outpost, he connects again with a widow to whom several years before, as a rookie, he delivered the news of her husband's death. The young woman's sorrow and her plight as a single mother have haunted him, and his sympathy quickly turns to love. After some initial distrust, the woman comes to understand what a good man Henry is, and loves him, too. --John Mort

Publisher's Weekly Review

Oke, whose evangelical Christian romances have sold 19 million copies worldwide, here presents the romantic lives of an adopted brother and sister in pre-WWI western Canada. Duty calls Henry, a sensitive and kind Mountie, to inform a young logger's wife that her husband has been killed in an accident. The woman's tragic loss haunts Henry, who wonders for years afterward what became of her and her infant son. Assigned to a new beat five years later, he rediscovers Amber and gains her trustÄand eventually her heartÄby offering his calm and steady assistance as she copes with another near-tragedy. Meanwhile, Henry's younger sister, Christine, off to work as a secretary in the big city of Edmonton, experiences her own loves and losses. Courted by the boss's temperamental, randy son, the saintly Christine has to fend off the traditional temptations of her suitor's fast friends, late evenings and penchant for alcohol. She and the boss's son become engaged, but his mercurial outbursts only worsen, occasionally erupting in violence (the novel anachronistically refers to Christine as "physically abused"). A heartbroken Christine breaks off the engagement, sadder but wiser. Oke covers little new ground in this latest historical Christian romance, though she paints a fairly realistic portrait of a controlling, abusive man, and refrains from tidying up the novel by having Christine fall for someone more suitable. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved