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Marty and Clem set out for the pioneer West full of hopes and dreams. They would stake a claim of their own on the new frontier, and build a home for themselves and their family. But just after they'd arrived and Clem had chosen the perfect setting for their new home, an accident took his life...leaving Marty alone and pregnant. Then, on the day of his funeral, Clark Davis Marty and Clem set out for the pioneer West full of hopes and dreams. They would stake a claim of their own on the new frontier, and build a home for themselves and their family. But just after they'd arrived and Clem had chosen the perfect setting for their new home, an accident took his life...leaving Marty alone and pregnant. Then, on the day of his funeral, Clark Davis came along...and asked Marty to marry him! Marty was infuriated -- but with no money, no shelter, and a baby on the way, what choice did she have? Besides, Clark said he only wanted her to be a mama to his baby girl, Missie. If Marty was still unhappy come spring, he would pay for her ticket back East. Determined not to be a burden to Clark, and intending only to earn her keep. Marty threw herself into her new role of "Mama." But she had never been anyone's mama before, and she didn't even know how to keep a house! If only she could do right by this lonely man and his daughter just long enough to earn her train fare back home... Now, Marty must learn wholeness and love through patience and faith


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Marty and Clem set out for the pioneer West full of hopes and dreams. They would stake a claim of their own on the new frontier, and build a home for themselves and their family. But just after they'd arrived and Clem had chosen the perfect setting for their new home, an accident took his life...leaving Marty alone and pregnant. Then, on the day of his funeral, Clark Davis Marty and Clem set out for the pioneer West full of hopes and dreams. They would stake a claim of their own on the new frontier, and build a home for themselves and their family. But just after they'd arrived and Clem had chosen the perfect setting for their new home, an accident took his life...leaving Marty alone and pregnant. Then, on the day of his funeral, Clark Davis came along...and asked Marty to marry him! Marty was infuriated -- but with no money, no shelter, and a baby on the way, what choice did she have? Besides, Clark said he only wanted her to be a mama to his baby girl, Missie. If Marty was still unhappy come spring, he would pay for her ticket back East. Determined not to be a burden to Clark, and intending only to earn her keep. Marty threw herself into her new role of "Mama." But she had never been anyone's mama before, and she didn't even know how to keep a house! If only she could do right by this lonely man and his daughter just long enough to earn her train fare back home... Now, Marty must learn wholeness and love through patience and faith

30 review for Love Comes Softly

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elaina

    ~4.5 stars~ This was the first book that I read by Janette Oke ^_^ I saw the movies for this series a long time ago and didn't remember too much about them...also I watch When Calls the Heart with my mom and sisters all the time :P But this was the first time I actually read something from her and I was surprised by how much I liked it! :D The things Marty would think/say always made me smile or crack up laughing xD It was such a relaxing book to read for me...if that makes sense lol I do plan on ~4.5 stars~ This was the first book that I read by Janette Oke ^_^ I saw the movies for this series a long time ago and didn't remember too much about them...also I watch When Calls the Heart with my mom and sisters all the time :P But this was the first time I actually read something from her and I was surprised by how much I liked it! :D The things Marty would think/say always made me smile or crack up laughing xD It was such a relaxing book to read for me...if that makes sense lol I do plan on continuing with the series! I have also heard that people like the other books more so I'm anxious to start reading the second book! :)

  2. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    I love this entire series of books. Janette Oke is such a wonderful author. The characters have flaws, but they always, always try to do the right thing. The stories are sweet, real, and always teach a valuable lesson. If you're looking for a "feel good" Christian romance that doesn't contain any explicit sexual content, then I'd strongly encourage you to give these stories a try. I love this entire series of books. Janette Oke is such a wonderful author. The characters have flaws, but they always, always try to do the right thing. The stories are sweet, real, and always teach a valuable lesson. If you're looking for a "feel good" Christian romance that doesn't contain any explicit sexual content, then I'd strongly encourage you to give these stories a try.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    Well, that ended up being better than I thought. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It was very sweet and well-paced. I can't say I'm a huge fan of Oke's writing style. (Please nobody hit me.) It's very stripped down, and doesn't really delve much into the characters emotions. Very prosey. I prefer something with a little more "life" to it. And the dialogue . . . I wanted to hit myself over the head with the book a few times because of it. Each character has a very thick backwoods accent, and Well, that ended up being better than I thought. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. It was very sweet and well-paced. I can't say I'm a huge fan of Oke's writing style. (Please nobody hit me.) It's very stripped down, and doesn't really delve much into the characters emotions. Very prosey. I prefer something with a little more "life" to it. And the dialogue . . . I wanted to hit myself over the head with the book a few times because of it. Each character has a very thick backwoods accent, and whether that was realistic or not, it really drew me out of the story. I had to reread a bit of dialogue two or three times just to know what the character was saying. While I often times like the authentic feel accented dialogue gives a character, I think it was too much in this case. I couldn't focus on the story because of it. That was probably my main beef with this book. The characters were very lovable and sweet, and the story was intriguing and interesting. All in all, this was kind of a "meh" book for me. I may or may not read more in the series.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mada Linx

    3 stars. Not my favourite, but it wasn’t bad, just what I needed to pass the time.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Jarmusch

    This entire series is just GOLD. One of my favorites. <3

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This is such a Christian classic. The writer in me wonders why I love it so much, when Janette Oke writes an older style that breaks so many modern rules. But I truly do love this book. It’s like eating comfort food. Revisiting it now was a delight. I love the Biblical themes that Oke weaves through her stories, the realistic characters, the true-to-life events without being melodramatic, and the old-fashioned feel. I remembered the Gospel message in this book being one of my favorites. It still This is such a Christian classic. The writer in me wonders why I love it so much, when Janette Oke writes an older style that breaks so many modern rules. But I truly do love this book. It’s like eating comfort food. Revisiting it now was a delight. I love the Biblical themes that Oke weaves through her stories, the realistic characters, the true-to-life events without being melodramatic, and the old-fashioned feel. I remembered the Gospel message in this book being one of my favorites. It still is. Marty’s spiritual journey is gradual and so tenderly crafted. Very realistic. I also appreciate that, while she questioned how life could be so hard yet God is Love, she didn’t become angry against God or bitter. Her search was one of an honest heart. Yes, it is a romance, but it’s a romance between a married couple, which I find sweet. When I first read this book in my teens, the romance was a little too much for me (perhaps I should note that this was probably the first book I read with any romance to speak of). Now, it seems like very mild romance. Not until the end does Marty begin to have emotional feelings, and it is done in a very chaste manner. Unlike many modern books written, this one doesn’t at all go too far; other marriage-of-convenience books tend to mention being married “more than in name only” and that whole topic is pretty much avoided. Clark and Marty are two grieving souls who need help from each other. Really, I find it beautifully done. In short, I still like this book. I had feared that, because of everything I learned in writing, it would destroy my enjoyment of the story. I was able to shrug them off and love the story for what it is.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Morris

    If you dislike stories that tell instead of show, don't read this. If lots of "hick" accents annoy you, don't read this. If you want sappy romance, don't read this. If possible historical inaccuracies bother you, don't read this. If you prefer books where you live with the characters instead of watching from the sidelines, don't read this. Otherwise, enjoy the story. I have never read any book by Janette Oke, but I had heard so much about them and how good they are, that when I found the kindle versio If you dislike stories that tell instead of show, don't read this. If lots of "hick" accents annoy you, don't read this. If you want sappy romance, don't read this. If possible historical inaccuracies bother you, don't read this. If you prefer books where you live with the characters instead of watching from the sidelines, don't read this. Otherwise, enjoy the story. I have never read any book by Janette Oke, but I had heard so much about them and how good they are, that when I found the kindle version for free, I got it. I can't say I was impressed. The story was fine, and I liked the ending. I liked the characters, but never felt like I would cry or laugh with them. Much of the story was told instead of shown, which didn't bother me, but I was a little surprised. The fact that the main character who had just arrived from the east, had the exact same "hick" accent as the westerners made me raise my eyebrows. Huh? Some historical things that didn't sound accurate to me at all. Overall, I enjoyed the story okay, I might read it again, but it's not on my recommend or read again soon list.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    I used to watch the Hallmark movie version of Oke’s bestselling book over and over again, and I was interested in reading the original book. However, as I came to find out, the movie version is vastly different and much better. The characters in Oke’s book appear to be very one-dimensional -- Marty refuses to be a bad wife and Clark is stoic and cold -- in their marriage of convenience. And the plot as a whole was very simplistic with day-to-day details that make the whole thing very cumbersome. I used to watch the Hallmark movie version of Oke’s bestselling book over and over again, and I was interested in reading the original book. However, as I came to find out, the movie version is vastly different and much better. The characters in Oke’s book appear to be very one-dimensional -- Marty refuses to be a bad wife and Clark is stoic and cold -- in their marriage of convenience. And the plot as a whole was very simplistic with day-to-day details that make the whole thing very cumbersome. The story feels rushed as the narration skips over months and other important details, and the description of the setting makes it seem like Oke has no idea when Oregon winters occur. Love Comes Softly is very shallow, and I’m still not exactly sure how Marty came to love Clark and visa versa.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews I first read Love Comes Softly when I was only about 15 or 16 years old, and if memory serves, it was my very first romance novel. It seems I must have picked well, because not only is it an appropriate story for younger readers content-wise, but it has stood up to the test of time. I still enjoyed it every bit as much today as I did 25 years ago, perhaps even more because I'm seeing it through more mature eyes. Love Comes Softly is something of a Little House on the Prai Reviewed for THC Reviews I first read Love Comes Softly when I was only about 15 or 16 years old, and if memory serves, it was my very first romance novel. It seems I must have picked well, because not only is it an appropriate story for younger readers content-wise, but it has stood up to the test of time. I still enjoyed it every bit as much today as I did 25 years ago, perhaps even more because I'm seeing it through more mature eyes. Love Comes Softly is something of a Little House on the Prairie story aimed at a slightly older audience. Janette Oke captures that same spirit of the pioneers, depicting their day-to-day lives in a way that made me feel like I was there with them. It amazes me how hard-working and courageous these people were. Ms. Oke paints a picture of joys and sorrow, hardships and laughter against the backdrop of the frontier where close-knit communities of people existed who were willing to help each other in any way they could. She also really brings home the harsh reality for people in that time period, especially women, and how few choices they had. Marty would have been in unbelievably dire straits, and could possibly have even died, if Clark, a stranger to her, hadn't proposed a marriage of convenience. Under the circumstances, it couldn't have been an easy thing for him to do either, but he needed her almost as much as she needed him, even though she didn't want to admit it. The vast majority (probably more than 95%) of the story is told from Marty's third-person point of view. Marty was a great female lead, but she was also a character who had to slowly grow on me. The author did a wonderful job of palpably expressing Marty's grief over the loss of her first husband. Then Clark came along immediately after her husband's funeral with his proposal. After some thought, Marty, being a practical woman, realized that she really had no other choice, but it didn't stop her from stubbornly resenting Clark for it. Although Marty never gave voice to her angry thoughts in Clark's presence, the reader is certainly privy to them. There were times when I felt like she was being ungrateful for this man taking her in and treating her with kindness and respect, and that she was rather selfish in not even considering the fact that he too might still be grieving the loss of his wife. In her defense though, I carefully considered what it would be like to be in her shoes, and decided that she was for the most part simply having a fairly normal human reaction to being placed in such an untenable position. During these times, I wish that a little more background information had been given about Marty so that I could better understand her reluctance to be beholden to a man, her being suspicious about Clark's kindness, and her inability to perform some of the simplest household tasks. I did admire her determination to uphold her end of the bargain (one way in which her stubbornness served her well), her willingness to learn, and that she always tried her best even when it didn't turn out right. Marty's initial ineptness at cooking and doing household chores could be pretty funny at times. As I continued to read, I realized that the story was really all about Marty's journey back to wholeness and being able to open her heart to love again, and I really enjoyed watching her learn, and change, and most of all grow as a person. There is a part of me that wishes we could have had a little more insight from Clark's point of view. There were only a handful of times in the entire book where we get to see things from his perspective, and they only last for a couple of paragraphs. However, I think that the author meant for the reader to experience Clark through his actions, and the message that actions speak louder than words came across very clearly through his character. Clark was an incredibly kind and gentle man. He only asked for a mutually beneficial marriage in name only, and even offered Marty an out if she chose to take it. He gave her the space she needed to grieve the loss of her husband. He was never mean or demanding like she expected, but instead treated her with respect and patience when she burned dinner or made a mess of her attempts at cleaning. He even ate pancakes every meal for several days without complaint, and helped with some of the cooking and other chores until Marty got her feet under her. Clark was always caring, thoughtful and understanding, especially after he found out that Marty was expecting. He was an amazing father to Missie, and later, to Marty's child as well. Even Marty realized that Clark always did what was right and best for others, even if it hurt him to do it. I think that the best thing about Clark though was how he quietly “lived” his faith in God through example. He never, ever used it to beat Marty over the head. He just accepted her as she was. It would have been impossible not to love a romantic hero like Clark, and slowly but surely his love (as well as God's love) stole into Marty's heart softly and unexpectedly. There were a couple of other elements in Love Comes Softly that really drew me in. First was the marriage of convenience which I haven't really read much of in romance before, and I guess had never really thought much about either. After reading this book, I am quite curious to try more romances with this theme. The other was simply the underlying Christian message of the story which I found to be utterly inspiring. I've been very reluctant to read inspirational romances lately because of the preachiness I often find in them, but Love Comes Softly was a truly uplifting novel that brought me back to some simple spiritual truths that had somehow gotten lost in the busy hustle and bustle of everyday life. For that reason alone, I am so grateful that I decided to re-read this book. In fact, the one and only small problem I had with the story was the author's use of backwoodsy vernacular that seemed a little extreme even for the frontier. In my opinion, it made the characters seem somewhat unintelligent which they clearly weren't. Overall though, it was a minor issue, and otherwise, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the book. Love Comes Softly is the first volume in the series of the same name. I can't recall how many of the books I read as a teen, but since the latter three were published several years later, I know that I never made it past #5. This all makes me very eager to revisit/discover the rest of the series soon.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Vannetta Chapman

    This series was first published in 1979, and I probably read it around that time. Janette Oke introduced me to "Christian fiction" when there wasn't such a thing. I remembered it being a lovely story, but I wondered if I'd like it as much nearly 40 years later. The answer is YES! This story is beautiful written with strong characters and plenty of action. And now I want to re-read the rest of the series. Strongly recommend. This series was first published in 1979, and I probably read it around that time. Janette Oke introduced me to "Christian fiction" when there wasn't such a thing. I remembered it being a lovely story, but I wondered if I'd like it as much nearly 40 years later. The answer is YES! This story is beautiful written with strong characters and plenty of action. And now I want to re-read the rest of the series. Strongly recommend.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    The emotions in this story—particularly those of grief and loss—were quite palpable from the beginning. This hooked me in right away and kept me intrigued throughout. The stakes were raised high in chapter one and continued to surprise me all the way through the story. I loved that Clark set a great example of what a God-fearing husband and father are supposed to be like, specifically in his teaching his family the Word of God and praying for them. This was an exquisite look at how God intended The emotions in this story—particularly those of grief and loss—were quite palpable from the beginning. This hooked me in right away and kept me intrigued throughout. The stakes were raised high in chapter one and continued to surprise me all the way through the story. I loved that Clark set a great example of what a God-fearing husband and father are supposed to be like, specifically in his teaching his family the Word of God and praying for them. This was an exquisite look at how God intended for the family unit to be directed, according to biblical instruction. Content: replacement expletives

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Brazytis

    This is among my top favorite books! Why? ~ Pioneer courage. A young woman goes West with her new husband, suffers his death, and goes on. Not in the modern way of most books(Pregnant widow goes to town! Gets job with local blacksmith! Teaches town that women can shoe horses too! Oh, please...), but in the quiet way of the times. She simply does what she has to do for her own survival and that of her unborn child, and does it the best she can despite her grief. ~ Pioneer practicality. Marty and Cl This is among my top favorite books! Why? ~ Pioneer courage. A young woman goes West with her new husband, suffers his death, and goes on. Not in the modern way of most books(Pregnant widow goes to town! Gets job with local blacksmith! Teaches town that women can shoe horses too! Oh, please...), but in the quiet way of the times. She simply does what she has to do for her own survival and that of her unborn child, and does it the best she can despite her grief. ~ Pioneer practicality. Marty and Clark accept their situation and do their best not to make each other or little Missie any more miserable than they have to be. Marty tries to feed and care for Clark to the best of her ability; Clark tries to provide for and protect Marty to the best of his. That's what God ordained marriage for, whether feelings of 'love' are there or not. ~ Pioneer faith. Clark lives his faith every single day. He doesn't get in Marty's face and demand whether she knows God or not - but he is Christ to her in every way, until the day when she accepts 'Clark's God'. He is the first she wants to know about the new state of her soul, expressed in a simple clasp of the hand and a look of wonder and joy. It is enough. No psychology, no emotional hoops to jump through. Praise God! How refreshing. ~ Pioneer decency. Marty will be living in his house, so Clark marries her, even though her position will be only the caregiver of his daughter. It is never even suggested that they would do otherwise. He doesn't try to express anything towards her until he knows she shares his feelings, and it is shown in the book in a way that does not violate purity. He's a complete gentleman, in every meaning of the word. ~ Pioneer determination. They don't give up. Not on life, or the West, or each other, or their faith. Good times or bad. Period. May God give us all the grace to hold on to what is most important as those who have gone before. ***Big warning: If at all possible, get a copy from the 1980's. Newer editions are revised and are not as good - the author made some changes that really messed with the feel of the story, possibly to make it more appealing to the movie crowd; but Marty is like a different person, and it ruins it completely! *Little warning: It might make you want to clean house, learn a new recipe or two, and work harder to be the best wife/mother/daughter you can be. Not a bad thing at all, is it?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    This was favourite childhood book. I remember reading it for the first time when I was 8 or 9 and loving it! My very ancient copy had us cover nearly fallen off and yellowed pages.....a well loved book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Angela Watts

    This was one of the sweetest, most endearing little books I've ever read. It was gripping, sweet, and realistic- all in one incredible package. Loved it. This was one of the sweetest, most endearing little books I've ever read. It was gripping, sweet, and realistic- all in one incredible package. Loved it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Alethea

    This book was picked up, exactly because it looked really old, sitting on the shelf in the library at the school that I work at. I was bored, and I always do strange things every time it happened. I was never a fan of romance story, especially one that is so sappy my teeth actually hurt. However, this romance is different. The book is thinner than books I usually read, but it captures me just the same. A friend told me once, that books usually cover two or more of the four main features: Charact This book was picked up, exactly because it looked really old, sitting on the shelf in the library at the school that I work at. I was bored, and I always do strange things every time it happened. I was never a fan of romance story, especially one that is so sappy my teeth actually hurt. However, this romance is different. The book is thinner than books I usually read, but it captures me just the same. A friend told me once, that books usually cover two or more of the four main features: Characters, Plot, Setting, and Language. Since English is not my first language, I can't even categorize the type of English that was used in the book. I do know that it was a struggle to understand the conversation parts. Despite that, however, the book describe the Setting excellently, that I was able to picture the places, and the transition of the seasons in the book. It's quite impressive, considering I am living in a tropical country which doesn't experience all 4 seasons. Then, the plot is also developed well, with all the correct development. Nothing seemed rush, all went by just at the correct pace. Then, there's the characters. There wasn't a colorful physical description, but you get to know the characters emotionally. The best kind of knowing characters. It's truly captivating. What I admire the most, however, is the Christian theme that is carefully woven throughout the book. It came by really naturally, and we get to experience the struggle Marty (the main character) had with the God that was being introduced to her at the time when she is most miserable. The idea that we can indeed find God at any circumstance, and even more so, I believe, when we are hitting the lowest point of our lives - which is often the point when every body seems to desert us - is truly comforting. Oke also sent the message that God's providence will never fail us, if only we allow ourselves not to be blinded by our so often wrong focus, and she sent it in a familiar and realistic way. God's love is so fierce, but it can come to us softly.

  16. 4 out of 5

    SallyB

    Read the book when I was a teen, then again as an adult. Watched most of the series and then re-read the book. The first movie,I think, was with Katherine Heigle, The author of this Christian romance series is from my home province but I didn't know that until recently. She also did a very lovely RCMP series set in Alberta. Anyway, I won't go into the book because the mass amounts of ratings but highly recommend this beautiful story. Very authentic. Read the book when I was a teen, then again as an adult. Watched most of the series and then re-read the book. The first movie,I think, was with Katherine Heigle, The author of this Christian romance series is from my home province but I didn't know that until recently. She also did a very lovely RCMP series set in Alberta. Anyway, I won't go into the book because the mass amounts of ratings but highly recommend this beautiful story. Very authentic.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Wow, what a read! I loved this poignant story so much!! Janette Oke can always be counted on to deliver a beautiful faith-filled story. She is a classic author in Christian fiction. When I was in primary school, I read 'Love Comes Softly' about 5 times, and I absolutely loved it. As I got older, I really wanted to read it again so I obtained it and read it again. It was just as good, if not better than the first times I read it! It was so beautiful to see God working through and in the lives of Wow, what a read! I loved this poignant story so much!! Janette Oke can always be counted on to deliver a beautiful faith-filled story. She is a classic author in Christian fiction. When I was in primary school, I read 'Love Comes Softly' about 5 times, and I absolutely loved it. As I got older, I really wanted to read it again so I obtained it and read it again. It was just as good, if not better than the first times I read it! It was so beautiful to see God working through and in the lives of Marty and Clark. Their love isn't a love that is fireworks, but a slow and steadily burning love. This is the kind of love that lasts a lifetime. It had me sighing with contentment and growing wistful as the book came to an end. I literally sat down and finished the whole novel in one go. I just couldn't put it down! The plot was nice and solid. The characters were all amazing and I loved all of them, including some of the secondary characters: especially Ma Graham and Missie. I can't wait to go on to the next books in the series (even though I've already read them multiple times)!! Overall, I really enjoyed it and I VERY HIGHLY recommend it!! RATING: 5 points 1-5 SCALE: 1: I couldn’t even finish it 2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing 3: I didn’t hate it, but I didn't like it either 3.5: On the line between good and ok 4: Solid story / worth reading 4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read 5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Teri

    This is my first Janette Oke novel, and I plan to read more by her. This was a bit like Little House on the Prairie. Oke's prose style is simple and doesn't call attention to itself. The only things I found to be a little bit annoying were the bumpkin dialect she writes in for the dialogue, and how the characters are always drinking coffee-- as though the author were in a rut and couldn't decide what else to do with them! But the story is a good one, sweet and simple, and I'm looking forward to This is my first Janette Oke novel, and I plan to read more by her. This was a bit like Little House on the Prairie. Oke's prose style is simple and doesn't call attention to itself. The only things I found to be a little bit annoying were the bumpkin dialect she writes in for the dialogue, and how the characters are always drinking coffee-- as though the author were in a rut and couldn't decide what else to do with them! But the story is a good one, sweet and simple, and I'm looking forward to reading the rest in the series. It's a sweet contrast to other westerns that delve into immoral themes. Janette Oke brings us the Christian side of the frontier.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this story at first. The dialogue/language got on my nerves. But I quickly warmed up to the story. Missy is pretty sweet, and I found Marty relatable, especially her cooking struggles! Clark was an amazing man, too. Ma Graham was lovely. The story was exciting and interesting and sweet and well-written—very clean & non-detailed romance. And I loved the Christian content. I’m eager to start the second book! A Favourite Quote: “‘Seems the storm nea 4.5 stars & 5/10 hearts. I wasn’t sure if I’d like this story at first. The dialogue/language got on my nerves. But I quickly warmed up to the story. Missy is pretty sweet, and I found Marty relatable, especially her cooking struggles! Clark was an amazing man, too. Ma Graham was lovely. The story was exciting and interesting and sweet and well-written—very clean & non-detailed romance. And I loved the Christian content. I’m eager to start the second book! A Favourite Quote: “‘Seems the storm nearly won,’ she acknowledged slowly, ‘but it can’t win unless ya let it, can it?’” A Favourite Beautiful Quote: “Marty looked out toward the west. Far beyond the rolling hills the blue mountains rose in majesty. Was it from here that Clark was seeking the help of his God?” A Favourite Humorous Quote: “She stood by one of the trees, not sure if it was an apple tree or not, but should it be, she implored it to please, please have some apples next year. She then remembered that even if it did, by then she would have left for the East. She didn’t bother to inform the apple tree of this, for fear that it would lose heart and not bear after all.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Erin O'Connor {If The Review Fits}

    Last review I made, I didn't put a single quote. (I really should do that more often...) Anyways, I'm gonna put my favorite one from this book rite below! "Love doesn't always come with fireworks, sometimes love just had to come soflty" My Take I read this book after seeing every single movie that Hallmark made, I was of course shocked at how different it was. Usually, when they make old books into movies, they make it close to the book. But no, this was totally different. Me personally likes to co Last review I made, I didn't put a single quote. (I really should do that more often...) Anyways, I'm gonna put my favorite one from this book rite below! "Love doesn't always come with fireworks, sometimes love just had to come soflty" My Take I read this book after seeing every single movie that Hallmark made, I was of course shocked at how different it was. Usually, when they make old books into movies, they make it close to the book. But no, this was totally different. Me personally likes to compare books with their movies or vise-versa. I loved how I can actually read Marty's thoughts instead of having to guess them in the movie. To me, it just makes the book more meaningful, I guess. My older sisters have read this, and they said that Janette Oke can bore over things that shouldn't be, so it makes it boring. Well, I wasn't bored. I couldn't even put it down. This is my first book by her and definitely won't be the last. I actually might go ahead and finish this series. ☺ I do recommend this for an older audiences, because there is some things that a younger audience should be sheltered from. So here is my review, not much but it's okay!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ellie

    I so wanted to hate Janette Oke. She was everything I "look down" on. Too simplistic writing & world view, some stereotype of a "Christian" writer, sentimental-clearly, my identity would be seriously shattered if I were to enjoy reading her. So here I write, identity shattered. I broke my leg & was staying in a camp cabin & there were books available in the camp but they all were books I wouldn't ordinarily read. So of course I read them, not having other books available, and had a number of nice I so wanted to hate Janette Oke. She was everything I "look down" on. Too simplistic writing & world view, some stereotype of a "Christian" writer, sentimental-clearly, my identity would be seriously shattered if I were to enjoy reading her. So here I write, identity shattered. I broke my leg & was staying in a camp cabin & there were books available in the camp but they all were books I wouldn't ordinarily read. So of course I read them, not having other books available, and had a number of nice surprises. One was Love Comes Softly by Oke. It didn't take long to read & it wasn't a "great" book but I enjoyed it very much and became very involved with the characters & their struggles. I was moved by their tragedies & rooting for their success. So now I'm busy constructing a slightly different, hopefully more flexible, identity.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    I was wrong to have waited so long to read this book; I almost missed a treasure by not reading it at all! I watched this as a movie on TV and I really didn't cling to it. The book however was a breath of fresh air. It's true pioneer grit and charm all in one. It's not just about love but a community linking arms in times of need. Quiet humor and strong faith. No flowery words or talk of beauty; no secrets needed or misunderstandings to keep a novel going; just pure pleasant writing at it's fine I was wrong to have waited so long to read this book; I almost missed a treasure by not reading it at all! I watched this as a movie on TV and I really didn't cling to it. The book however was a breath of fresh air. It's true pioneer grit and charm all in one. It's not just about love but a community linking arms in times of need. Quiet humor and strong faith. No flowery words or talk of beauty; no secrets needed or misunderstandings to keep a novel going; just pure pleasant writing at it's finest.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Phillips

    This book was amazing and teaches family values. If you enjoy the Little House series, this is good clean holsome reading, but for adults.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sara Cardon

    What a great read! I love how Clark and Marty build a relationship based on respect, teamwork, dignity, and mutual appreciation. Marty is a great female lead -- she's determined, makes an impact on Clark's life as much as he does on hers, and changes other's lives for the better in small impactful ways. The love Marty discovers with Clark is beautiful. I loved the ending few pages for the big payoff at the end of their journey. This is much better than the movie. What a great read! I love how Clark and Marty build a relationship based on respect, teamwork, dignity, and mutual appreciation. Marty is a great female lead -- she's determined, makes an impact on Clark's life as much as he does on hers, and changes other's lives for the better in small impactful ways. The love Marty discovers with Clark is beautiful. I loved the ending few pages for the big payoff at the end of their journey. This is much better than the movie.

  25. 4 out of 5

    anika

    I read all these books when I was like 10 XD XD Maybe this is what gave me such an appetite for romance.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    I thought I would like this book. I really wanted to like this book. Billed as Sarah Plain and Tall meets Little House on the Prairie with a dash more overt Christianity, it seemed like a good fit. But it was flat. There were stump storylines that didn't make the story go anywhere. The book was thin - not only physically, but on the conveyance of depth of character and life in the settling frontier. Still, it would have been a solid 3-stars if not for the stylistic affectation Oke used to convey I thought I would like this book. I really wanted to like this book. Billed as Sarah Plain and Tall meets Little House on the Prairie with a dash more overt Christianity, it seemed like a good fit. But it was flat. There were stump storylines that didn't make the story go anywhere. The book was thin - not only physically, but on the conveyance of depth of character and life in the settling frontier. Still, it would have been a solid 3-stars if not for the stylistic affectation Oke used to convey the talking of the people of the story, in spoken and internal dialogue. It was so heavy handed that instead of conveying a dialect and an accent, I had to translate to English in my mind as I was reading. I was excited to read the series after discovering them in my library, but I think the rest will go back unread.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Davida

    This book surprised me! It is something I would have never picked up on my own, so I have a fellow Book Club friend to thank for the recommendation. I found this to be a nice palate-cleansing book as I read quite a bit of heavy material. I was pleased that that relationship that developed in this book was not over-the-top romantic and the Christian aspects of the novel are gentle, not aggressive for any readers who may not be of the same faith. I loved learning about the day-to-day life of the f This book surprised me! It is something I would have never picked up on my own, so I have a fellow Book Club friend to thank for the recommendation. I found this to be a nice palate-cleansing book as I read quite a bit of heavy material. I was pleased that that relationship that developed in this book was not over-the-top romantic and the Christian aspects of the novel are gentle, not aggressive for any readers who may not be of the same faith. I loved learning about the day-to-day life of the folks who lived during the pioneer days. I might continue reading additional books in this series to continue the journey of the characters in this novel.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Joy Gerbode

    Wonderful ... again! One of my very favorite series, and this time I just wanted some light reading before beginning what promises to be a semester of very heavy reading! April 2015 ... read again and enjoyed it just as much. Again the "light reading" was a welcome relief after some heavier reading in March. The romance, and the faith, all work together for a delightful story. Wonderful ... again! One of my very favorite series, and this time I just wanted some light reading before beginning what promises to be a semester of very heavy reading! April 2015 ... read again and enjoyed it just as much. Again the "light reading" was a welcome relief after some heavier reading in March. The romance, and the faith, all work together for a delightful story.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Susan Kendrick

    Well, I wanted something fast, fluffy and wholesome, and I was not disappointed! Though I generally turn up my nose at Christian romance in search of something more edgy and intellectual, I’m tired and yearning for the literary equivalent of boxed Mac and cheese - straightforward, easy to digest comfort food. So thanks 1979 Janette Oke! My only issue was the heavy handed vernacular dialogue, but I’m afeareed there tweren’t naught to do abixt it. Still scratched the fluffy fiction itch. Now off t Well, I wanted something fast, fluffy and wholesome, and I was not disappointed! Though I generally turn up my nose at Christian romance in search of something more edgy and intellectual, I’m tired and yearning for the literary equivalent of boxed Mac and cheese - straightforward, easy to digest comfort food. So thanks 1979 Janette Oke! My only issue was the heavy handed vernacular dialogue, but I’m afeareed there tweren’t naught to do abixt it. Still scratched the fluffy fiction itch. Now off to find book 2!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mikayla

    This book was amazing. The depth of emotion pulled me in so much. And those characters. <3 Janette Oke took situations that would have been awkward with other authors and somehow made it comfortable. She also didn't put in any awkward scenes between Marty and Clark like the movies did. Overall, an awesome book, I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! This book was amazing. The depth of emotion pulled me in so much. And those characters. <3 Janette Oke took situations that would have been awkward with other authors and somehow made it comfortable. She also didn't put in any awkward scenes between Marty and Clark like the movies did. Overall, an awesome book, I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!

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