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The only thing she has left is her faith in God. . . . Is it enough? With the closing of the Calder Springs' timber mill, most of the town's residents are left unemployed. Several families, realizing the lack of a future in the small mountain town, soon decide to relocate. But not the Harrigan family. Although John has lost his job at the mill, he and his wife, Julia, ma The only thing she has left is her faith in God. . . . Is it enough? With the closing of the Calder Springs' timber mill, most of the town's residents are left unemployed. Several families, realizing the lack of a future in the small mountain town, soon decide to relocate. But not the Harrigan family. Although John has lost his job at the mill, he and his wife, Julia, make the decision to stay in their beautiful home with their twin daughters. Eastern-educated Julia searches for a way to bring business and people back to Calder Springs--a task she feels God leading her to accomplish. Will her faith and determination carry her through the challenges and setbacks she'll face?


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The only thing she has left is her faith in God. . . . Is it enough? With the closing of the Calder Springs' timber mill, most of the town's residents are left unemployed. Several families, realizing the lack of a future in the small mountain town, soon decide to relocate. But not the Harrigan family. Although John has lost his job at the mill, he and his wife, Julia, ma The only thing she has left is her faith in God. . . . Is it enough? With the closing of the Calder Springs' timber mill, most of the town's residents are left unemployed. Several families, realizing the lack of a future in the small mountain town, soon decide to relocate. But not the Harrigan family. Although John has lost his job at the mill, he and his wife, Julia, make the decision to stay in their beautiful home with their twin daughters. Eastern-educated Julia searches for a way to bring business and people back to Calder Springs--a task she feels God leading her to accomplish. Will her faith and determination carry her through the challenges and setbacks she'll face?

30 review for Julia's Last Hope

  1. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    I love Janette Oke's classic books that she wrote so many years ago. I'm intrigued with the way people lived in the late 1800 and early 1900s. My grandparents lived during these years and I enjoy reading these stories because it helps me to feel closer to them. Life was a lot simpler in those days but they did suffer set backs just like we do today. I find these books to be a very refreshing read. John Harrigan was an overseer at a lumber mill in Calder Springs Canada. He built a fine home for h I love Janette Oke's classic books that she wrote so many years ago. I'm intrigued with the way people lived in the late 1800 and early 1900s. My grandparents lived during these years and I enjoy reading these stories because it helps me to feel closer to them. Life was a lot simpler in those days but they did suffer set backs just like we do today. I find these books to be a very refreshing read. John Harrigan was an overseer at a lumber mill in Calder Springs Canada. He built a fine home for his wife Julie and his twin daughters Felicity and Jennifer. Then unexpectedly he received the bad news that due to a shortage of trees the lumber mill would be closing. The men in town along with John would be losing their jobs with no hope of finding a new job in a town that depended solely on the lumber mill. Some of the families agree to stay and Julie strives to try to turn the town into a tourist attraction. Beautiful mountains graced the horizon around the town, with many nature trails for the tourist to enjoy. The ladies of the town worked hard to make crafts to sell in the abandoned shops in town. Some of the larger homes were opened up as places for the tourist to stay. John and Julie opened their beautiful home as well. Slowly people began to come to Calder Springs for a get away vacation. But soon the church closed and then the school closed. The tourists industry was very slow and the town's people who were left compensated by planting gardens and the men hunted for wild game. Would all of Julie's efforts be enough to keep the town together or would more people eventually leave ? I would recommend this book to readers of Christian Fiction . It is suitable for family reading and for teenagers. I borrowed a copy of this book from the Hoopla Library. My review is voluntary . All opinions expressed here are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Natasha

    Though slower paced, Julia's Last Hope was an enjoyable read for me. :) Set in the early to mid 1900's (I'm guessing), this is a story about a family living in a mountain mining town. Julia Harrigan is living happily in a beautiful house with her husband and twin daughters when something happens that puts them all in a hard situation. The mine has closed, and the town will be abandoned. In an attempt to save the town, Julia and the families that decide to stay try to turn the place into a reso Though slower paced, Julia's Last Hope was an enjoyable read for me. :) Set in the early to mid 1900's (I'm guessing), this is a story about a family living in a mountain mining town. Julia Harrigan is living happily in a beautiful house with her husband and twin daughters when something happens that puts them all in a hard situation. The mine has closed, and the town will be abandoned. In an attempt to save the town, Julia and the families that decide to stay try to turn the place into a resort town. It was kind of fun to see the different people who came to stay at the Harrigan's home. Some were rich and spoiled, some kept big secrets... It was kind of fun. Though some of the people! Ugh, they're terrible! :( (view spoiler)[ The poor little baby! Priscilla wouldn't even look at her baby. And her mother said the baby wasn't to be given a name?! That is just TERRIBLE! (hide spoiler)] There were good lessons imparted i this book, such as telling your neighbors the gospel message and loving "sinners". :) I liked Julia. She was a nice character, not perfect, but striving to do right. And her and John were sweet. :) Jennifer and Felicity were fun to read about too, and I liked Constance and Hettie too. Anyhow, it was a pretty good book all in all! Historical, a tad bit mysterious, faith-filled, and even a little sweet. ;) my reccomendation: I'm thinking this book is classified as adult, but it's obviously fine for younger ages too (since I read it :P). Maybe 13-15+? Probably the most "mature" theme is that someone who isn't married has a baby and doesn't want (her\him). Then the book is about a married couple and all, too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    This didn't keep me interested, as I took very long breaks between reads, and I didn't even really like the ending. This is probably my least favorite Janette Oke book so far. This didn't keep me interested, as I took very long breaks between reads, and I didn't even really like the ending. This is probably my least favorite Janette Oke book so far.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This series of books is so enjoyable. This is the second in the series, although they are really stand-alone books. They are Christian based.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ali

    When the timber mill closes in Calder springs, people are worried. The men who worked there don't have a job anymore. Julia has an idea to try and make Calder Springs a resort town. Some people do stay at Calder Springs for a little bit, but their neighbors start moving away. What is going to happen? What are they going to do? Read this fascinating book to find out! I liked this book a lot! When the timber mill closes in Calder springs, people are worried. The men who worked there don't have a job anymore. Julia has an idea to try and make Calder Springs a resort town. Some people do stay at Calder Springs for a little bit, but their neighbors start moving away. What is going to happen? What are they going to do? Read this fascinating book to find out! I liked this book a lot!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sharon Manuel

    Trusting God in hard times Reminds us that we have trying times and are placed in those places for specific reasons. We have to stay close to God and wait for Him to show us what they are and bring us through the trials

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jerry

    Another enjoyable historical fiction yarn from this author.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Kate

    This one was so good! It felt like everything was hurriedly ended within the last chapter, but would definitely reread anyway. The family faces so many struggles, but ultimately trusted God to guide them, and he did, in his own ways and time. A great book! Definitely tops the 1st book in Women Of The West for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Salinn

    Loved this book so much! Very highly recommend!

  10. 4 out of 5

    toulouse ☼

    I’m sad to say that this book did not set right with me. It would’ve been a three star read if the ending was not what it was. My problems with it: —— • The ending. Read the ending and you’ll know what I mean. There was no reason for it to end that way, and with it ending that way, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THE BOOK?! • Julia & John. I didn’t necessarily have a problem with Julia nor John, individually. However, they did not feel like a married couple to me. They didn’t ever strike me as in love or SO c I’m sad to say that this book did not set right with me. It would’ve been a three star read if the ending was not what it was. My problems with it: —— • The ending. Read the ending and you’ll know what I mean. There was no reason for it to end that way, and with it ending that way, WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THE BOOK?! • Julia & John. I didn’t necessarily have a problem with Julia nor John, individually. However, they did not feel like a married couple to me. They didn’t ever strike me as in love or SO caring for one another. It just put me off. • Jennifer & Felicity’s names. I know this is nit picky, but it bothered throughout the entire book. Jennifer and Felicity just don’t sound like they would be sisters, much less twin sisters. Jennifer makes me think of a city girl who cowers at the mere thought of the country, and Felicity makes me think of a girl who loves horses despite her mother’s attempt at making her a true lady. They just don’t sound like sisters and it distracted and bothered me. My enjoyment with it: —— • Jennifer & Felicity’s banter. There were times that I would be laughing so hard that I was wheezing; their arguments were definitely my favorite part of the whole book. • Julia’s determination. I like how determined Julia is as soon as she learns that the mill is shutting down. She could’ve been down and out and just said “guess we’ll have to move”, but she didn’t want to do that, so she became determined to save her town. Would I recommend this book? No. Maybe if you’re just looking for a quick read and don’t care about a good ending or anything, then maybe I would then, but that’s the only scenario in which I would recommend this book. UPON REREAD: Updated 2 star rating to 1.5** star rating. I don’t know what about the ending I hated? Maybe I misread something or.. I don’t know, cause the ending was completely fine. The rest of the book, though, was the most boring thing I’ve ever read. It’s just so stale and boring. Nothing happens, nothing to make me care about these characters, nothing to instill the stakes of all that’s happening in me, nothing. It’s 204 pages of pure nothing, so I just have nothing good to say about it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Corri Johnson

    Janeete Oke is one of my favorite author's. I am not baptist but I love the religeous elements of her story. It also helps that they are historical fiction, my favorite! I always feel like I am part of her stories. This one was no exception! Janeete Oke is one of my favorite author's. I am not baptist but I love the religeous elements of her story. It also helps that they are historical fiction, my favorite! I always feel like I am part of her stories. This one was no exception!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    Pleasant, easy reading. Good.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Emily Speller

    While I would not consider this one of Janette Oke's best, it still made a good read, and certianly one that those who love Janette Oke's books would enjoy. While I would not consider this one of Janette Oke's best, it still made a good read, and certianly one that those who love Janette Oke's books would enjoy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    This story by Janette Oke is such a sweet, heart-warming story. I enjoyed reading it each night, and I think you will, also, if you like to read about the time before the internet and tv, when neighbors were Godly and kind to each other, and when people helped each other when times were difficult. The town's main source of income shuts down and moves to another city. Most of the residents pack up and move out, leaving Calder City and turning it into a very quiet, deserted area. The families that s This story by Janette Oke is such a sweet, heart-warming story. I enjoyed reading it each night, and I think you will, also, if you like to read about the time before the internet and tv, when neighbors were Godly and kind to each other, and when people helped each other when times were difficult. The town's main source of income shuts down and moves to another city. Most of the residents pack up and move out, leaving Calder City and turning it into a very quiet, deserted area. The families that stay rely on their God-given talents to create income and a way to survive from year to year. This story was fascinating to me, because it has been so long ago that people acted in such a way that showed strength of character, compassion for their neighbor, and resourcefulness. The ways people pitched in and helped each other to make ends meet. Julie, the mother, her reason for staying in the town was to tell people how to be born again, and she did help some of them ask Jesus to save them. Julia's Last Hope was so nice to read, and I enjoyed being "in" the story, in that time in America that was simpler, yet more solid and reliable. Not so many empty distractions, like there are today. The characters are believable, and their worries and concerns are what most people would be thinking about if they were in that situation, decades ago. Their trust in God's faithfulness to provide all their needs was a welcome exhortation. The overall attitude of awareness of Jesus and His love permeated the story line. I recommend this book to anyone, even non-Christians. It will give you a good idea of what life was like when Americans were still respectable and friendly. Romans 10:8-13; John 3:16-21

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rebeca

    4.5 if there were half stars. Janette Oke is my favorite author. I loved this book, specifically how it started but I really did not enjoy the ending. It would have been worth it if the book was longer so readers could enjoy a more developed and satisfying ending. The ending screams sequel. I absolutely loved Jennifer and Felicity. The book started with a balance between the perspectives of Julia, John, and Jennifer and Felicity, which was perfect but after a few chapters, John sort of lost scre 4.5 if there were half stars. Janette Oke is my favorite author. I loved this book, specifically how it started but I really did not enjoy the ending. It would have been worth it if the book was longer so readers could enjoy a more developed and satisfying ending. The ending screams sequel. I absolutely loved Jennifer and Felicity. The book started with a balance between the perspectives of Julia, John, and Jennifer and Felicity, which was perfect but after a few chapters, John sort of lost screen time and so did Jennifer and Felicity. The two daughters were such strong and interesting characters and the book could have been so much stronger if the story was told through their perspective. Their conversations, banter, and just general sisterly talk was so sweet and enjoyable; it would have been enough to carry the story. Now, I'm so disappointed because I would want to know how their lives continued after the events of this book. i.e. careers, marriages, children, did they move back to the west or become city girls? Etc. Janette Oke's writing style is definitely for me so this was a good read!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emma Turner

    This was a pretty fun book to read. The theme was very unusual, and I have never read anything like it, but I think the author did a good job working it into a story. The twins’ relationship was so much fun to see blossom, and I couldn’t help but relate to the stern, more mature, and responsible one, aka the boring one. 😄 It was sweet to see that although they were so different, they still truly loved each other very much. There were a few things like the ending that I believe could have been tho This was a pretty fun book to read. The theme was very unusual, and I have never read anything like it, but I think the author did a good job working it into a story. The twins’ relationship was so much fun to see blossom, and I couldn’t help but relate to the stern, more mature, and responsible one, aka the boring one. 😄 It was sweet to see that although they were so different, they still truly loved each other very much. There were a few things like the ending that I believe could have been thought through a little bit more, which is why only three stars. I also thought that one of the situations should not have been included as the author didn’t give it enough room in the book to blossom. It just seemed a bit rushed in general in certain parts.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    Julia's Last Hope by Janette Oke Series: Yes Women of the West #2 Format: Large Print Stars: 2 Recommend: No Would Reread: No I remember readings this book almost 20 years ago and I remember not really liking it then. I've been having to down size so I thought I would reread it again to see if it got better with age. It didn't. Its was as sad as I remember it. This is not one of Janette Oke's better books. I give honest reviews and all my opinions are my own. For more of my reviews go to Heavenly High Se Julia's Last Hope by Janette Oke Series: Yes Women of the West #2 Format: Large Print Stars: 2 Recommend: No Would Reread: No I remember readings this book almost 20 years ago and I remember not really liking it then. I've been having to down size so I thought I would reread it again to see if it got better with age. It didn't. Its was as sad as I remember it. This is not one of Janette Oke's better books. I give honest reviews and all my opinions are my own. For more of my reviews go to Heavenly High Seas Books https://heavenlyhighseasbooks.blogspo...

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adele

    This is the third book in this series that I’ve read and the only one I’ve liked. It was a nice change to read about hardships that a family faces together. The heroine was a strong woman but not in a feminist way.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Sweet quick read - story of a woman’s desire to save her town and home after the lumber mill that her husband and all the town’s men work at closes down. Her faith in God brings her through many challenges.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ranette

    A wonderful book about facing adversity through out life and holding fast to faith in God. After many years in a small town with many friends, Julia must make changes when the wood mill closes and her husband looses his job.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Just a quiet, family drama novel. Nothing spectacular about this story but it does show how the main characters and supporting characters accept God in their own time which gives them the faith and strength to take their next steps in their lives.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dianne

    I found an old reading journal from 2001. I wrote "enjoyed listening to it" I found an old reading journal from 2001. I wrote "enjoyed listening to it"

  23. 5 out of 5

    Pamela

    Moves too slow. I found the main character difficult to bear, believe.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This is another great book from Janette Oke, but it did seem to end a little abruptly. Still, I recommend it if you like Christian historical fiction.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Vernell Schutte

    Good story but didn't like the way the dialogue for the mother was written. Did she stutter or what?!! Good story but didn't like the way the dialogue for the mother was written. Did she stutter or what?!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Not one of my favorite Janette Oke books, but is a quick read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Gates

    I was all right with this novel up until the ending, which was so abrupt and left too many dangling threads to keep it at a three star read for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    A nice story with references to Christian faith and helping others come to know the Lord.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Doreen Hockley

    A pleasant quick read.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Didn't really like this book Didn't really like this book

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