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Unfailing Love

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Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a gifted copy of Unfailing Love by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan. All opinions are my own. 

Unfailing Love is the third book in the When Hope Calls series. Lilian and Grace and continue working with the orphan children.  The first half of the books revolves around the search for missing children. 

I loved the first book in the series and mistakenly thought this was the second book. I definitely recommend reading the series in order to get the most enjoyment and understanding from the books. 

Christian
Historical Fiction
Release Date: June 7, 2022
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The Conclusion to This Series is Everything You’d Want it to Be!

We continue following the story of sisters Lillian and Grace and their growing extended families. The storyline keeps you moving through the book and will tug at your emotions. I am sad the series has ended but look forward to reading more books by these authors.

I received a complimentary ARC of this book from NetGalley on behalf of the Publisher and was under no obligation to post a favorable review.
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I was sadly disappointed in this book.  I started reading Janette Oke back when Love Comes Softly came out.  So I had the preconceived idea that this would be another “prairie” book.  This is not.  This also is book 3 in the three book series When Hope Calls.  With not having read the two prior books I was left out of the loop here.  

This is about a children’s home where you have some runaways.  The home has a possibility of being closed down, which would be a shame.  At the same time, Miss Lillian is engaged to Walter.  So there is a little romance here, along with trying to find the children.  

The questions here are, will they be able to find the children?  Will the children’s home be closed down?  Will Miss Lillian choose Walter over the children?  These and more questions will be answered when you read this book.  I just recommend don’t start it with preconceived ideas about it as I did. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for my honest review.

Unfailing Love became available for sale June 7, 2022.
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I was so happy to receive the third book of this delightful series. When Hope Calls is classic Oke, and she is collaborating with her daughter on this series. Unfailing Love continues the story of Lillian Walsh and Grace Bennett, sisters who run a small children's home, and the children under their care. In this third installment of the series Lemuel, a former resident of the home, leaves his adoptive parents to follow two runaways from the children's home in order to see to their safety and try to convince them to return. Things don't go exactly as he hoped. The resulting adventure, or misadventure, will keep the sisters, their friends, and the reader on pins and needles. 

I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of Unfailing Love from Bethany House via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.
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I have loved Janette Oak books for decades. I liked this storyline and several of the characters are enjoyable. But the book was quite a slow start for me. I didn’t want to quit but it definitely moved along slowly until maybe half way through. I also thought that it ended rather abruptly. However I really enjoyed the Epilogue and the way it tied things up. It is a good book, not my favorite of hers but worth reading. 
Thanks to NetGalley and Bethany House for the opportunity to read for my honest review.
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I was rather excited when I saw Unfailing Love available for review and recognized it as a sequel to Unyielding Hope, which I really enjoyed. I quickly read Sustaining Faith, and then dove right into this book, despite the rule I have made for myself to not read a sequel until I have written the review of the first book. Bad idea—then it took me awhile to get my review written. I could hardly wait to find out what happened, though. Book two ended with two children running away and “Lillian knew without asking which of the children would attempt such a desperate act.” I just had to find out what happened next!
Actually, three of the children had run away. Why was Lemuel with them? He had always been so grateful for the home with Lillian and Grace. The entire town started searching for them, but could hardly find any trace of the three. Worse, there were reports of a cougar roaming the area. As the story switched back and forth between Lillian and Lemuel, I kept turning pages to find out if the children would survive—and if they would even be found!
Meanwhile, along with the stress of the runaway children, Lillian and Lemuel had some surprising visitors. Lillian found her life turned upside down, and then, to complicate things further, Walter, while helping her deal with a lot of things, added more layers to her life. How could she possibly make wise decisions, with all this stress? How could she know what would be best for her, for the children, and for Walter? 
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. It was the perfect ending for the When Hope Calls series. Throughout the series, Lillian learned more and more about trusting God, and Lemuel learned more about trusting both God and the people in his life who cared about him. This pair of authors has crafted a delightful story that I really enjoyed.
I received a review copy of this book from NetGalley, and these are my honest thoughts about it.
WARNING: A suicide is mentioned in Chapter 3, and a boy badly injured in Chapter 17.
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This book is part of a series of three books, this one is the final book in the series. I have not read the first two books, so was a little lost at times.  I would recommend reading them in order.

Our main characters are sisters who are raising orphan children in Canada.  Three of the children run away and we witness the struggles of the children, Lemuel, Freddie and Victoria as the sisters seek to recover them.

We also witness the sisters emotional struggles as they learn to trust God and the test of their faith.

The story drags until mid way and some events are a bit unbelievable, but overall it was a good read. 

Not five stars, but may have enjoyed more if I had read the first two books prior to the third.

Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for granting me a copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.
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Unfailing Love by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the third book in When Hope Calls series.  I believe it is best to read the series in order.  It will allow you to get to know the characters and their storylines.  Unfailing Love is the conclusion of the series.  We return to Canada where Lillian Walsh and Grace Bennett run a home for orphaned children.  Three of their charges have disappeared.  People rally to help them find and return the children.  It is not going to be easy since the girl is very smart and one of the boys is wily.  To make matters more complicated, there is a mountain lion in the area.  They want to find the children before the mountain lion.  Lillian is also worried about her father who is returning after a long absence.  He is bringing his new bride who happens to be closer to Lillian’s age than her father’s.  Lillian is also worried about the future.  Her fiancé, Walter has a dream of owning a ranch.  This would take Lillian away from her sister, Grace, the home she grew up in, and the children.  She is torn between her desires and those of Walter.  There are several side storylines in this historical novel.  The story contains skillful writing, but the pacing is slow.  I have read every book written by Janette Oke.  I found Unfailing Love to be different from her earlier works.  The first half of the book is the slowest as the search is on for the missing children.  The pacing picks up in the second half.  Unfailing Love is a good story, but it could have been an exceptional story (needed some lightness and more action).  I could understand why Lillian had a tough time accepting her father’s new bride who is close to her in age.  Lillian still misses her mother and thinks about her frequently.  I liked seeing the characters grow as individuals and in their faith.  Unfailing Love is a heartwarming story with good life lessons.  I like how faith was woven into the story.  I enjoyed how Unfailing Love ended.  The epilogue was special and a great way to end the series.  I was hoping for one of the characters to have a change of heart, but it was not meant to be.  This person was not ready to accept what Grace and Lillian were offering them.  I have two lines that I wanted to share from Unfailing Love.  The first is, “We can’t be bothered by what other people think.”  The second line is, “God’s view is all what matters.”  Unfailing Love is a touching tale with absconded adolescents, an alarming mountain lion, a surprising stepmother, missing money, ranch realities, powerful prayers, and lasting love.
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When you just need something sweet, kind, and Christian, Janette Oke is a must go-to author. "Unfailing Love" is wonderfully great!
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I love Janette Oke's books. I currently own most of the Love Comes Softly series and I plan on owning all of the books in that series. Thank you so so much Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan as well as the publisher for sending me an ARC copy of this book. All your books including this one are absolutely fanominal.
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When three children go missing, Grace and Lillian find everything has been turned upside down. Will they find the missing children? Will they be able to keep their children’s home?

I’ve read Jannette Ike’s Love Comes Softly series, and loved it. When I saw this book, I immediately requested an arc. I was a little disappointed. The first half of the book was very slowly paced. Nothing seemed to happen. I really liked Lemuel as a character. He saved the book for me. Maybe if I’d read the first two books, I would’ve liked it better and the characters would’ve had more depth for me. 

Thank you to Bethany House and NetGalley for the ARC. All opinions are my own.
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You absolutely need to read the first two books in the series to have an appreciation of this book. This was my first Janette Oke book and I absolutely have an appreciation of her books. I am grateful to the publisher for my complimentary copy and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Unfailing love is the third book in the When Hope Calls series but one can solely read this separately. The book follows Lillian and Grace who are siblings that run a children's  home. An unexpected event that is the disappearance of three children is one of the most significant events in the book. The book solely touched on the themes of belonging, family and love. It is a heartbreaking and heartwarming book that tugs at the heartstring and makes you yearn for more
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Readers will want to read the first two books in the When Hope Calls series before reading this story. The story is mainly around the search for three runaway children. With lots of characters and the back and forth storyline, it does tend to drag on. It was interesting to see how the authors dealt with Veronika. I did enjoy the epilogue.
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UNFAILING LOVE is the third novel in the Whwn Hope Calls series by JANETTE OKE and LAUREL OKE HOGAN, but it can easily stand alone 
The story takes place in Lilian Walsh’s father’s house in Brookside, Canada, where she and her sister Grace Bennett run a children’s home with the help of Miss Tilly and Ben Waldin. With Lillian expecting her father, who she hasn’t seen for some years, home from Wales, the disappearance of three children could not have happened at a worse time!
It is a story about family and belonging and of unconditional love. It is a beautifully written book in which we see the sensitive way the sisters treat the children in their care. They long to gain the trust of these children who come to them hurting and broken. As they say, “It takes time, but they have to learn to trust first.” Some of the children are Home Children from the streets of Britain who have come to Canada to find a better life. Lillian and Grace take them in and nurture them until they find suitable adoptive parents. Lemuel is one such teenage boy who finds a loving home with Mr and Mrs Thompson, but he says of the Walsh home, “some places we never leave, we jus’ carry ‘em deep inside.”  Veronika Geary is another story! She is Canadian and looks down on the other orphans as “foreigners”. She is rebellious and bossy, and is controlling towards her younger brother, Casper. As the sisters try hard to ger through to her, overlooking to a large extent her rudeness, they show her incredible grace knowing that “You can’t punish the hurt out of a child.”
With the hunt for the missing children, some gentle romance and a strong Christian message, Unfailing Love has all you need for a most enjoyable, thought provoking and inspirational read.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Bethany House Publishers. The opinions in this review are completely my own.
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Unfailing Love is a story that really seemed to take forever for me to read. It seemed like most of the book stayed the same, nothing really changed until I was halfway through it. Then it got more interesting. Through most of the story, it was about three children missing from the children's home.   interesting enough, but it did kind of drag out.
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I found Oke’s Third installment from their When Hope Calls series, Unfailing Love, to be a pretty good read. I give it four and a half stars.
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