This is such I lovely story. However, I wish I read the other books in the series first. Even though this book does stand alone and tells a story, I would have related better if I knew some of the background. With that said, I do love the relationship Elizabeth has with Jack. Event though they can be miles apart their love still survives. Also, with Elizabeth being a small town teacher her will is like iron. Even though she faces of troubled times she never gave up hope.
When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick’s proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever.
But the town’s rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education–one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond.
At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father’s company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?