When Hope Springs New is the fourth book in the Canadian West Series by Janette Oke. Elizabeth and her beloved husband Wynn move even further North on orders from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police headquarters. A Mountie is subject to transfer orders at any time. Often they are relocated to very remote parts of the Canadian Northwest which makes life quite challenging.
In this novel the couple is relocated to a very remote Indian Village. There is some political incorrectness in this book. The Indians are portrayed as childish and needing a white woman (Elizabeth Thatcher) to tell them common sense things for survival. I doubt very highly that after their village burns to ground and they lose everything that the Native Indians would be running around laughing and playing like children instead of making plans to rebuild before winter arrives and to gather food so they don’t starve. Yet that is exactly what is described in this book.
There is a lot of higher wisdom and knowledge that comes out of the spirituality of Native Indians, but this book only equates them with irrational and superstitious beliefs.
I do not like how Native People are portrayed in this book at all.
I give this book 2 stars out of 5.