Having survived the harshness of their first year in the far Northwest, Elizabeth and Wynn, her Royal Canadian Mountie, now face new challenges. Just when they've made new friends and started a new school, they are presented with a new posting. It seems Elizabeth's dreams for a family and home of her own are not to be. Will their love for each other, hope for the future, and their faith in God carry them through the crushing disappointments? Book 3 of the bestselling Canadian West series.
By A Customer - October 19, 1999
Janette Oke has done an amazing job of bringing to life the history of the Canadian West! "When Breaks the Dawn" depicts the trials faced by the law enforcement officers (Mounties) on the harsh frontire but it also intricately entwines elements of Christ's gracious provision and protection as Wynn and Elizabeth Delaney work and interact in the small northern community of Beaver River. It will touch your heart and move you to laughter and tears as you join Elizabeth in her ventures as a school teacher and share her pain of the lack of a child. You will worry with her as Wynn is out on duty and become an accomplice in her stuggles. Each moment reading this book is to be savored and will be thoroughly enjoyed.
When Breaks the Dawn
By M. Reynard "kairosdreaming" - April 6, 2010
When Breaks the Dawn is the third novel in Janette Oke's Canadian West series. I found that this book was much improved over the second in the series and just as good as the first.
This installment starts out exactly where the second book left it, at the trader's and his wife's return to the settlement with much needed supplies. Unlike the other books however, this one covers several years instead of just one year.
Elizabeth has largely adjusted to living life in the frigid North and with her friend Nimmie starts a school for the children of the settlement. While it does not catch on quickly she finds a few willing students to learn all she has to teach. One of these in particular, a little girl named Susie, actually lives with Elizabeth and Wynn for awhile and gives them a taste on what it is like to have children.
Susie wouldn't be the only child they would take care of in the book however. They also adopt a baby from a man who's wife has died... read more
Weak female character, predictable
By Mom2BE "bectrek" - January 2, 2013
I found the first 2 books better then this one. This book is VERY preachy. I won't take off stars in my review for that because it is clearly listed as a Christian book. I will take stars off for a couple of things. First, the female lead character is very weak. Every 3-4 pages the author writes that her eyes fill with tears, mist with tears, tears spill, pour or gush or she lays down to cry. It was VERY annoying. I've never known a woman who cries several times a day, but I guess they do exist (I would think they should seek help & perhaps a bit of medication) I don't read romance novels. Perhaps that is how female leads are depicted in romances? If you like a somewhat strong female lead character this is not the book for you. Secondly the book is too predictable. I knew immediately how it would end when an event occurred in the book. The fist 2 books were just as predictable. You know exactly what is going to happen next with everything. Obviously I like the author's writing style... read more
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