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Heart of the Wilderness (Women of the West Book #8) [Kindle Edition]

Janette Oke
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Orphaned at a young age, Kendra Marty comes into the care of her only living relative, her grandfather. A trapper who lives alone in the backwoods, George McMannus doesn't know what he can offer Kendra, but one look into her green eyes and he is certain they belong together.

Papa Mac, as Kendra calls him, teaches her how to survive among the mountains and trees and rivers, but he knows his granddaughter needs an education he can't provide. What will become of Kendra when she leaves the only home she can remember to enter a scary and confusing world far from the wilderness she loves?

SHE LOVES THE WOODS OF HER CHILDHOOD, BUT SOMETHING ELSE IS CALLING TO HER...

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    About the Author

    Janette Oke pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, Janette's first novel, has sold over 1 million copies. Janette is now the best selling author of over 40 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, and has been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and make their home in Canada. size : 4.2 x 7.0

    Product Details

    • File Size: 480 KB
    • Print Length: 242 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1556613628
    • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (August 1, 2007)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004VRPKIA
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,197 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Heart of the Wilderness April 30, 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    Kendra was not yet four when her parent's died in a river accident. She had to live with her grandfather George MacMannus who was a trapper in the wilderness. Every time that George would go out, he would summon an old Indian woman named Noni to come to stay with Kendra. Although Noni didn't say much, she tought Kendra all about the wilderness. She tought her what kinds of plants to eat, which one's were poisonous, and which one's to use for medicines. Also, she tought her about how to respect the earth and animals, and that they were all her relatives. Papa Mac, what Kendra called her Grandfather, didn't want Kendra to believe in Noni's fables, which led Kendra searching for something more. Kendra's desire for knowledge leads her from her wilderness home to the home of her Papa Mac's trusted friend Maggie where she attends school. Will she find the answers that she is looking for? This is a an exciting book to read, and one of Janette's better books.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching and inspiring November 6, 1999
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I really enjoyed this book. Kendra Marty falls in love and wants to spend time with this young man, but she also feels the need to help her grandfather. The decision she makes reveals a lot about her character, caring and unselfish. A great Christian novel that I would recommend to anyone!
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    Heart of the Wilderness is an inspiring story about the experiential growth of a young girl into a women set on the backdrop of trapper country. Young Kendra lost her mother early in life and is raised in a "man's" world of wilderness and trapping with her father and the strong influence of North American Indian beliefs. As she matures, Kendra and her father search for the "proper" way to raise and educate a "proper" lady. Kendra's intelligence finds her in college and influenced heavily by a loving Christian family. The conflicts she faces are as real as her resolutions revealing. Kendra faces changes such as growing up in buckskins and then needing to learn social graces; growing up strong and independent and entering a society of submissive women; never thinking of a god and her best friend being a devout Christian. Her growth is most believable and most challenged when she returns a new women to her home of origin. This story is refreshing because it resonates with timely themes without the usual outcomes. Themes such as the role of women in society, the pressures youth face, struggles with religious growth, and family interactions are treated with a fresh outlook of triumph and peace.
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    5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars An uplifting story easily read in a couple of hours. November 24, 2005
    Format:Paperback
    This is my first experience with Janette Oke's books, and it certainly won't be my last! I had heard a lot of wonderful things about the author and was very excited about reading this book. It didn't disappoint. Beautiful in its simplicity, this moving story is full of pioneer culture and Native American folklore. The characters are well-presented and the attention to detail makes the setting and adventures come alive to the reader.

    When Kendra is exposed to influences outside of her secluded world, she becomes a Christian. At this point, the story becomes quite heavy-handed in its preachiness. This is the reason I deducted rating points - I don't buy into the concept that it is the mission of all Christians to impose their beliefs on others. I prefer stories that deliver the Christian message more subtly.
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Janette Oke rocks! August 24, 2011
    By Lecram
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    My Mother-in-Law only reads Janette Oke books. She reads them over and over and says they give her peace and inspiration.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Inspiring Read! January 21, 2000
    By Joey
    Format:Paperback
    I think that Heart Of The Wilderness was a wonderful book because even though it was not a true story, it could have happened and it was so well written that i thought i was in the story. Janette Oke is my favorite author and i think that if you want a good read then get this book.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Heart of the Wilderness" March 31, 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    I thought this was really a great book! I have read twenty four of Janette Oke's books and I have thought they were all excelent. I recomened you read this book and all her other books because they really are great!
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! June 9, 2013
    By JJ
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This was a wonderful book that gave a realistic account of the life of trappers in the Canadian West. Christians and Non-Christians alike were developed with empathy, compassion, and realism.
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    Love any Janette Oke books! Can't wait for more!
    Published 2 months ago by Nora Courtney
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story. I enjoyed this as much as many ...
    Great Story. I enjoyed this as much as many of the other Women of the West Series Books. I love how the main character searches for the truth and ultimately finds it in the place... Read more
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    The best!
    Published 3 months ago by Virginia I. Parker
    5.0 out of 5 stars God
    We know not the plans God has for His own. Kendra lost so much thru the death of her parents but gained everything thru God. He always watched over her and corrected her path. Read more
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Oke book
    I was not disappointed by the action, drama, and of course carefully woven light romance in true Janette Oke style. Read more
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    I am really enjoying this series. I like reading about how people lived back in the old days.
    Published 7 months ago by Rita A Wells
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read....not just a love story.
    Thought I had read all of Janette Oke's books and then I found this one. Really good.
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    Starting from the very beginning of this story there was always the desire to know the answer. Kendra had questions about the world around her. Read more
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