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So much has been accomplished. Lillian Walsh has stepped out courageously beyond what she'd ever dreamed of being able to achieve. She and her newly rediscovered sister, Grace, have settled three children from England into new Canadian homes and are prepared to place two more just after the New Year, when it happens--another painful disruption. A white lie the sisters used So much has been accomplished. Lillian Walsh has stepped out courageously beyond what she'd ever dreamed of being able to achieve. She and her newly rediscovered sister, Grace, have settled three children from England into new Canadian homes and are prepared to place two more just after the New Year, when it happens--another painful disruption. A white lie the sisters used to protect some orphans has resulted in an official complaint and a letter revoking the sisters' permission to manage their little children's home. And unexpectedly, Walter, the young man who has won Lillian's heart, departs for a job in the oil industry without leaving any hope for their future, making her confused and lonely. With more children on their way from England needing caring homes, Lillian and Grace must use every ounce of gumption to keep their mission alive. But when startling information about the past surfaces and a new arrival comes via suspicious circumstances, they'll have to decide what is worth fighting for and what is better left in God's hands.


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So much has been accomplished. Lillian Walsh has stepped out courageously beyond what she'd ever dreamed of being able to achieve. She and her newly rediscovered sister, Grace, have settled three children from England into new Canadian homes and are prepared to place two more just after the New Year, when it happens--another painful disruption. A white lie the sisters used So much has been accomplished. Lillian Walsh has stepped out courageously beyond what she'd ever dreamed of being able to achieve. She and her newly rediscovered sister, Grace, have settled three children from England into new Canadian homes and are prepared to place two more just after the New Year, when it happens--another painful disruption. A white lie the sisters used to protect some orphans has resulted in an official complaint and a letter revoking the sisters' permission to manage their little children's home. And unexpectedly, Walter, the young man who has won Lillian's heart, departs for a job in the oil industry without leaving any hope for their future, making her confused and lonely. With more children on their way from England needing caring homes, Lillian and Grace must use every ounce of gumption to keep their mission alive. But when startling information about the past surfaces and a new arrival comes via suspicious circumstances, they'll have to decide what is worth fighting for and what is better left in God's hands.

30 review for Sustaining Faith

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “So much has been accomplished. Lillian Walsh has stepped out courageously beyond what she'd ever dreamed of being able to achieve. She and her newly rediscovered sister, Grace, have settled three children from England into new Canadian homes and are prepared to place two more just after the New Year, when it happens--another painful disruption. A white lie the sisters used to protect some orphans has resulted in an official complaint and a letter revoking the sisters' permissi About this book: “So much has been accomplished. Lillian Walsh has stepped out courageously beyond what she'd ever dreamed of being able to achieve. She and her newly rediscovered sister, Grace, have settled three children from England into new Canadian homes and are prepared to place two more just after the New Year, when it happens--another painful disruption. A white lie the sisters used to protect some orphans has resulted in an official complaint and a letter revoking the sisters' permission to manage their little children's home. And unexpectedly, Walter, the young man who has won Lillian's heart, departs for a job in the oil industry without leaving any hope for their future, making her confused and lonely. With more children on their way from England needing caring homes, Lillian and Grace must use every ounce of gumption to keep their mission alive. But when startling information about the past surfaces and a new arrival comes via suspicious circumstances, they'll have to decide what is worth fighting for and what is better left in God's hands.” Series: Book #2 in the “When Hope Calls” series. Review of the first book, Here! Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, remembered, & read; Prayers & Thanking God; Talks about God & trusting Him; ‘H’s are capitalized when referring to God; Mentions of prayers, praying, & thanking God; Mentions of churches, church going, pastors/vicars, services, & a church’s rituals; A few mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; A few mentions of those in the Bible; A few mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of crucifixes & crosses; A couple mentions of Christian pity and people with Christian hearts; A mention of Heaven; A mention of a godsend; A mention of a miracle; *Note: A mention of the devil. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘blast’, a ‘dumb’, an ‘idiot’, a ‘shut up’, and a ‘stupid’; A mention of a curse (said, not written); A bit of eye rolling; Ben has to take care of the bodies of children that passed away while on the ship (this includes dropping the bodies into the sea, even though he hates to do it; He says a prayer for each of them as it happens, up to semi-detailed); One of the sisters sneaks and reads letters that weren’t for her (she feels guilty about it); Mentions of a drunk father that lit a house on fire with his family in it & fires (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of illnesses, accidents, & deaths; Mentions of children not surviving a journey on a ship; Mentions of children running away; Mentions of abusive parents (adoptive and biological); Mentions of hateful people & hating; Mentions of lies, lying, & deception; Mentions of gossip & eavesdropping; A few mentions of kidnappings; A few mentions of fighting and bullying/teasing between children; A couple mentions of prisons; A couple mentions of eating animals for food (explained to a child); A mention of a thief. Sexual Content- Some Noticing & Touches (barely-above-not-detailed); A bit of winks & blushes; Ben is asked if he touched Janie inappropriately (to which he immediately says he would never); Mentions of kisses & wanting to be kissed; A mention of love letters; Some love, falling in love/being in love, & the emotions; *Note: A couple mentions of a wife having trouble carrying babies until full-term. -Lillian Walsh -Ben Waldin P.O.V. switches between them & Edgar {Historical, the year is unclear} 325 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- Two Stars Older High School Teens- Three Stars My personal Rating- Two Stars To be completely honest, I do not care for any of the romance or hinted romance in this book or the prior book. There are too many men around these sisters and they struggle with almost jealousy at the other getting attention from a man—especially Lillian, who’s point of view was the majority of this book (and therefore effected my ratings). What did I like, since I gave this book two stars? Well, I liked the non-romance parts, I mostly liked Ben (though, when he talked, I had to focus hard on what he was saying because of the written heavy accent), I liked the children, and I really appreciate the amount of faith content in this book. I appreciate the adoption and foster care message of this book, even though I don’t like most of the adults. There was also one scene that was incredibly hard for me to read that caused my heart to ache and lower my personal rating. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll attempt to read the third book whenever it releases. I hope that Lillian and Grace’s relationship will be better and that they’ll trust each other more. Link to review: Coming soon. *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Leslie McKee

    This is the sequel to "Unyielding Hope," and if you're the fan of the Hallmark shows "When Hope Calls," you'll want to check these books out This book picks up where the prior book ended, with Lillian and Grace continuing their work with the orphans, so it's best to read them in order. There is a bit of a romance angle, but it's not the key focus, which I appreciated. I liked the fact that the main story centered on the faith journey for each character. The story immerses the reader in the early 1 This is the sequel to "Unyielding Hope," and if you're the fan of the Hallmark shows "When Hope Calls," you'll want to check these books out This book picks up where the prior book ended, with Lillian and Grace continuing their work with the orphans, so it's best to read them in order. There is a bit of a romance angle, but it's not the key focus, which I appreciated. I liked the fact that the main story centered on the faith journey for each character. The story immerses the reader in the early 1900s in Canada. Great attention was paid to the historical details. It's easy to engage with the characters and root them on. And it's heartwarming to see faith in action throughout the book. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy, but I wasn't required to leave a positive review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    This is one of the books the TV show When Hope Calls is based on. The book was very slow moving.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Sustaining Faith by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the 2nd book in When Hope Calls series. I recommend reading Unyielding Hope before embarking on this new tale. Sustaining Faith picks up where Unyielding Hope left off. This is a heartwarming Christian novel. It is well-written with developed, realistic characters. Lillian and Grace are good women with big hearts. They have opened their home to children being brought over from England who have yet to find forever homes. They care about each Sustaining Faith by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the 2nd book in When Hope Calls series. I recommend reading Unyielding Hope before embarking on this new tale. Sustaining Faith picks up where Unyielding Hope left off. This is a heartwarming Christian novel. It is well-written with developed, realistic characters. Lillian and Grace are good women with big hearts. They have opened their home to children being brought over from England who have yet to find forever homes. They care about each child placed in their care. A wee lie, though, has gotten them into hot water. The authors captured the locale as well as the time period. I can tell they did their research for the series. The story moves along at a gentle pace with an alternating point-of-view. While I enjoyed reading Sustaining Faith, it does not have the same ease or pacing as Janette Oke’s earlier works (I have read every book that Janette Oke has written). I found it that it took me longer to get into the story because of the pacing and the amount of detail. The children are endearing. I felt bad for these kids being sent off on an unknown voyage and not knowing with whom they would end up nor where. There is romance in the story, but it is not the main event. I like the Christian elements woven into the story. It was not heavy handed or preachy. We know that God is in charge, and we must wait for Him to show us the way in His own timing. Sustaining Faith leaves us with a cliffhanger, and we must wait for the next installment to find out what happens next. If you are a fan of Hallmark’s When Calls the Heart, you will like Sustaining Faith. Sustaining Faith is a sweet story that will touch your heart.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    This story talks about British Home Children that were sent to Canada with the promise of a better life. It worked out for some, but there were too many to keep track of and many were treated as free laborer’s not small, beautiful children. In the book series McAlister Family by Carrie Turansky and Susan Mason’s Canadian Crossings series. Both series deal with family members that had been taken away and sent to Canada. The families are trying to be re-united. This novel is quite different as the This story talks about British Home Children that were sent to Canada with the promise of a better life. It worked out for some, but there were too many to keep track of and many were treated as free laborer’s not small, beautiful children. In the book series McAlister Family by Carrie Turansky and Susan Mason’s Canadian Crossings series. Both series deal with family members that had been taken away and sent to Canada. The families are trying to be re-united. This novel is quite different as the perspective is from the ones who are running the homes and trying to do their best to care for these wounded, frightened children. They are doing all they can to care for these young ones and then find them good homes. This is book two in the series, but it reads as a standalone. It made me want to read book one and find out more about these caring sisters, Grace and Lillian Walsh. This is an enthralling story I could not put down. It would work well for your book club pick as it is rich in characterization and story. It’s one that you will want to add to your summer reading list. I found this story intriguing, heartwarming and fascinating. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  6. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Sustaining Faith picks up where Unyielding Hope ended with Lillian and Grace going to the Brayton House regarding possible charges surrounding two orphans. This is a continuation of caring for orphan children as well as the journey of a new group coming with possible placement at their home in Brookfield, Alberta Canada. The characters are likable and realistic with some only out for themselves instead of truly caring for the children who just arrived and being transported away from all they kne Sustaining Faith picks up where Unyielding Hope ended with Lillian and Grace going to the Brayton House regarding possible charges surrounding two orphans. This is a continuation of caring for orphan children as well as the journey of a new group coming with possible placement at their home in Brookfield, Alberta Canada. The characters are likable and realistic with some only out for themselves instead of truly caring for the children who just arrived and being transported away from all they knew. There are new characters, events and so much more with each main character needing to find their own faith and do what was right. Ben and little Janie was favorite characters with his caring heart despite of his own past. Will truth be revealed in time or will another accusation against Lillian and Grace be made? I’m glad our library has this book on their shelves. I’ll look forward to the next book as the epilogue is intriguing. This review was my own thoughts.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I'm getting more into this series about two Canadian sisters who run a home for orphans. This series was introduced on the "When Calls the Heart" TV series. Because the two sisters grew up as orphans (one adopted, the other in an orphanage), they have a heart for wounded, hurting children. In the previous book, they had started caring for a group of children, most of whom have found adoptive families, and a new group of orphans is arriving from Britain. Among them are two children who don't alre I'm getting more into this series about two Canadian sisters who run a home for orphans. This series was introduced on the "When Calls the Heart" TV series. Because the two sisters grew up as orphans (one adopted, the other in an orphanage), they have a heart for wounded, hurting children. In the previous book, they had started caring for a group of children, most of whom have found adoptive families, and a new group of orphans is arriving from Britain. Among them are two children who don't already have promised homes, and one surprising adult - the sailor who has helped care for the children on the voyage from England who wants to find his own family who emigrated years before - he has lost track of them and hopes to find them in Canada. He has rescued a young girl from being sent to the workhouse, smuggles her aboard, and helps her blend into the group of orphans being sent to Canada. All does not go smoothly, and the sisters' faith is tested over and over, but they are learning to rely on God more and more through the challenges. I'm looking forward to the next installment of this great series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sherilyn

    The second book in this sweet series. More characters are introduced and we grow to know the main characters better. Really liking this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Capturing Luminous

    Sustaining Faith by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan A deeply moving and heartwarming story of faith and new-found family. For those who have enjoyed Janette Oke’s books this is another wonderful look at Canada in the early 1900s. The second book in the When Hope calls series, Sustaining Faith continues the story of Lillian Walsh and her sister Grace who run a Children’s Home in the wilds of western Canada. The authors attention to historical detail is wonderful. I especially enjoyed how they sh Sustaining Faith by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan A deeply moving and heartwarming story of faith and new-found family. For those who have enjoyed Janette Oke’s books this is another wonderful look at Canada in the early 1900s. The second book in the When Hope calls series, Sustaining Faith continues the story of Lillian Walsh and her sister Grace who run a Children’s Home in the wilds of western Canada. The authors attention to historical detail is wonderful. I especially enjoyed how they shed light on the plight of immigrant children during this time period, and I found myself becoming very emotionally attached to the characters as I cheered them on along their journey. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Victoria W.

    Fans of Oke and Logan will be pleased to reunite with sisters Lillian and Grace in Sustaining Faith. This book is a direct sequel to Unyielding Hope (which far warning I somehow missed) and follows the two sisters as they settle into all the changes the past year has brought to their small family. Now as I mentioned before, I haven't read book one in the When Hope Calls series. For people jumping into the series at this point it is totally doable. Logan and Oke present a wonderful tale with Lilli Fans of Oke and Logan will be pleased to reunite with sisters Lillian and Grace in Sustaining Faith. This book is a direct sequel to Unyielding Hope (which far warning I somehow missed) and follows the two sisters as they settle into all the changes the past year has brought to their small family. Now as I mentioned before, I haven't read book one in the When Hope Calls series. For people jumping into the series at this point it is totally doable. Logan and Oke present a wonderful tale with Lillian and Grace's story, however I did feel I missed some of the richness of the world, plot, and emotions that they laid out earlier. Essentially, if you can get your hands on book 1 first go ahead and enjoy it but if you can't I think you'll pick up just fine. Oke and Logan really draw on their strengths with this novel. While the events of the book feel very ordinary, right down to waiting on phone calls with spotty connection, Oke and Logan shine with their emotion connection and their ability to pull out their characters hearts, hopes, and fears. Given the underlying themes of loss and starting over that run throughout the book, the authors had plenty of chances to dig deep and I was thrilled to see how often they let their characters sit with what was happening around them. I've read a few novels in the past that touched on the stories of international orphans sent out to the frontier to find homes or work placements but I really appreciated the approach taken here. With Grace's own experience growing up in homes and Lillian's as someone who was adopted, Logan and Oke really give their characters the ability to explore the issues surrounding the developing care system from different angles. I was pleased, remembering Oke gentler style from previous novels, to see the authors digging into the more painful emotions that can surround these placements and the grief that surrounds them. From Grace, to Jane, to Freddie the character reacted with an honesty in their portrayal that made my heart ache. Now, one key point I forgot about an Oke and Logan series is don't expect an ending until the end and that also proves true. This novel very purposefully weaves itself into the story previous and the one (or ones) that are yet to come. In fact, warning to readers, this book does leave you on a cliff hanger on more than one plot line. Not in a lazy way but in one that leaves you checking the calendar for release dates. 4 out of 5 stars. "Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc."

  11. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Sustaining Faith is not only the title of this second book in the When Hope Calls series, it is the book's theme. Lillian Walsh is learning through having joined her sister in caring for orphans to place them and herself first and foremost in God's care. Thankfully God has given her friends and family to support her as these lessons do not come easily. In this book we also meet Ben Waldin, a sailor whose heart has gone out to Jane Henry, a young orphan whose aunt wants nothing more than to be re Sustaining Faith is not only the title of this second book in the When Hope Calls series, it is the book's theme. Lillian Walsh is learning through having joined her sister in caring for orphans to place them and herself first and foremost in God's care. Thankfully God has given her friends and family to support her as these lessons do not come easily. In this book we also meet Ben Waldin, a sailor whose heart has gone out to Jane Henry, a young orphan whose aunt wants nothing more than to be relieved of her. Like Lillian once had to do, Ben has to choose between duplicity and protecting a child, the proverbial rock and the hard place. This joint effort between Janette Oke and her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan is a delight. I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of Sustaining Faith from Bethany House via NetGalley without obligation. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    I really enjoyed learning more about Lillian and Grace's journey opening their own home for orphans. I appreciated the reminder that God has a plan, even when we end up mucking things up by second guessing Him. When we trust and allow our hearts to align with His will, things go much better. I liked the additional characters in this story. Ben, Janie, and even Freddie added even more depth to an already well-told saga. The only frustrating thing about this book is that it ended on another cliffhan I really enjoyed learning more about Lillian and Grace's journey opening their own home for orphans. I appreciated the reminder that God has a plan, even when we end up mucking things up by second guessing Him. When we trust and allow our hearts to align with His will, things go much better. I liked the additional characters in this story. Ben, Janie, and even Freddie added even more depth to an already well-told saga. The only frustrating thing about this book is that it ended on another cliffhangery moment. Well, at least I know that means there's more to come with the Bennett/Walsh sisters? (note to future readers that you might want to wait until the entire series has been published before reading . . . unless you're the patient sort that won't mind waiting another year? or so before the next installment is published)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    In this historical tale, Grace and Lillian are sisters who are running a placement home for children that are brought by ship from Europe for adoption in Canada. I had read some Janette Oke books thirty years or so ago and had stopped because I felt they were just simple cookie cutter stories. But obviously Janette Oke has perfected her craft over the years. This was a page turner. I have a feeling there will be another book with these characters later and if so, I am looking forward to reading In this historical tale, Grace and Lillian are sisters who are running a placement home for children that are brought by ship from Europe for adoption in Canada. I had read some Janette Oke books thirty years or so ago and had stopped because I felt they were just simple cookie cutter stories. But obviously Janette Oke has perfected her craft over the years. This was a page turner. I have a feeling there will be another book with these characters later and if so, I am looking forward to reading it. The characters were interesting and the setting was rich in history and I felt the period was well researched. I have voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book that I received from NetGalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion .

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jennie Webb

    Good continuation of the first story. I love the new character, Ben! This story shows a lot how deception can cause problems. The main drawback is that it ends right in the middle of the story!! So my question is, when's the next book coming out??? Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance e-copy of this book. The opinions are all my own. Good continuation of the first story. I love the new character, Ben! This story shows a lot how deception can cause problems. The main drawback is that it ends right in the middle of the story!! So my question is, when's the next book coming out??? Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance e-copy of this book. The opinions are all my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    I just love reading Jannette Oke’s books! This one was no exception! Grace, Lillian, Walter, all the children, it is a joy reading about them. I was very surprised with the ending. I was expecting it to be the end of the series, but it had a cliff hanger. I hope that means there is another one coming!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Leanne

    I enjoyed reading more of the story of Lillian and Grace and their work with orphans. The new characters brought into the story were delightful and I'm looking forward to more of their story. It ending on quite a cliffhanger so I hope things can be resolved in the next book. I enjoyed reading more of the story of Lillian and Grace and their work with orphans. The new characters brought into the story were delightful and I'm looking forward to more of their story. It ending on quite a cliffhanger so I hope things can be resolved in the next book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Hinchee Purdy

    Excellent book. I want to read more of this story ! I’m never disappointed with Mrs. Ike’s writing. I am looking forward to reading more. The story seemed to end abruptly. Many questions to answer and people to reunite. Please add another book to the series!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

    The book's epilogue is definitely aimed at setting up the next book. I'm not a fan of when the epilogue leaves more questions than answers. Otherwise it was an enjoyable book. The book's epilogue is definitely aimed at setting up the next book. I'm not a fan of when the epilogue leaves more questions than answers. Otherwise it was an enjoyable book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    I just could not get into this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ann Adams

    I liked it---written with her mom---Locale Canada

  21. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jason Stafford

  23. 4 out of 5

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Christine Barber

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lavon Moffett

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Bland

  28. 4 out of 5

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  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Comparette

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tammy Zdravich

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