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Once Upon a Summer (Seasons of the Heart, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Janette Oke
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Book Description

Josh Jones realizes his family isn't typical, but it's the only life he's ever known. Aunt Lou, Gramps, Uncle Charlie, Grandpa--they all have shaped the young man he has become. But as he grows into manhood, Josh begins to face important questions about life, love, and faith. Three million books sold in the series!

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    From the Back Cover

    ONCE UPON A SUMMER

    Sure, it's unusual to have an eighteen-year-old mother when you're twelve. But when you're an orphan and she's your aunt--and the only mother you've ever known--well, it works out just fine.

    That's why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin' about findin' a fella for Aunt Lou!

    You see, somethin' had to be done. I couldn't just sit back and watch our family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin' so hard to marry off Aunt Lou, I really had my job cut out for me. Then that preacher came along, and things got really complicated...

    About the Author

    Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President's Award and the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry, has also won both the Gold Medallion Award and the Christy Award for fiction. Her novels have sold nearly 30 million copies. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 557 KB
    • Print Length: 256 pages
    • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (May 1, 2010)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00B5J4SHG
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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    58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The first book in a very good series October 20, 1999
    Format:Paperback
    This book and series shows the struggles of an unusual family structure including: a grandfather and his father, brother, daughter and grandson. The focus is on the grandson who was orphaned as an infant and has known no other family. His young aunt is the only mother that he has ever known. As the story unfolds, the young boy has to deal with jealousy towards his aunt's suitors. The whole series is quite well done.
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    41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A good story for any age... April 11, 2009
    By Valerie
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This is a cute and enjoyable read. Written from the perspective of 12 year old Josh, "Once Upon A Summer" covers the events that take place in his family during one summer and autumn.

    Josh's parents died when he was a baby, but he has his Grandpa, great-uncle Charlie, and Aunt Louisa to take care of him. Although he sometimes laments the fact that he has no memories of his parents, Josh is very happy with his family and doesn't want anything to change. So when Josh's Great-Grandfather comes to live with them, he worries that it will change things in their house (but things turn out quite differently!) Meanwhile, Grandpa and Uncle Charlie conspire behind Aunt Lou's back to introduce respectable suitors to her, but Josh doesn't want to see Aunt Lou get married and leave the farm, so he conspires against the suitors....and he gains a surprising ally in this, as well.

    This is a cute story, and it made an enjoyable read. At first I wasn't sure that I'd be able to get into it, since it's written from 12 year-old Josh's perspective....but I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story sucked me in so that I hardly even thought about Josh being so young. I think that this would be an entertaining story for just about any age -- young, middle, or old!
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    24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Cheerful story. July 3, 2004
    By MAB
    Format:Paperback
    "Once upon a Summer" is a book that is not too serious and not excessively religious. In fact, I think a subtle point was that a person may attend church, but that doesn't mean they are a good person, and that people who do not attend church, may in fact be good people (although I doubt these are the points author Oke was intending to make). I enjoyed the character of Auntie Lou and her valor towards her feelings. I found Grandpa and Uncle Charlie's actions to be awful (concerning finding Lou a suitable husband, and not leaving the choice up to her), and Josh and Gramps' relationship heartwarming. If you're looking for a book to sit back and relax with, then this is the book for you. I recommend.
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Despite the somewhat iffy period spelling attempts that came across as a clunky device to anchor the story in a time period the author isn't that familiar with, the generic plot (orphaned boy cared for by male relatives learns life lessons while the only female character of note rejects every potential love interest excluding the hero of the book, who she subsequently marries) and the paucity of description leaving the reader with only the bare bones of location and scene (eg. the creek (crik) has fish in it and an island to wade out to. the nearer place is the narrator's favorite place in the whole world, because it makes him feel peaceful. the other end of the crik is dry (how?)). Despite this, the book flows well and scenes are well structured, dialogue is believable and if you can bear with the language, then this is a decent book for younger teenage readers after a change of both pace and style. If you want an American prairie story as an adult however, you may find your time better spent relaxing with Mark Twain's characters. However, as a Christian I found this mildly profitable and encouraging, if bland. Not bad for the price of $free, but I wouldn't drop a dollar on it, and would see if the author had any more compelling work.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars cute series! March 15, 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:Paperback
    This was a cute series. These books are written from a boy's point of view and that makes them very unique. I don't know how Oke could write in a boy's point of view so well! It was as if a boy had written the book, which is probably why this series is not overly romantic, except for the last book. It had some pretty funny parts--and that helps make a book good.
    I like the last one in this series the best.
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    13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Family Story May 2, 2008
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    This Christian fiction book is a cute story of a boy's love for his unusual family made up of his uncle, grandfather, aunt, great-grandfather and his dog. I especially liked the boy's close relationship with his dog and his relationship with God. I think a boy might enjoy this book since the main character is Josh and it's his story. He shares his feelings with the reader about the things happening in his family and his anger towards God. The aunt finds romance but it was quite humorous how her father and uncle tried to set her up with "acceptable" candidates and the boy and Gramps would intervene. I enjoyed the book for a change of pace. I found it to be uplifting, amusing and an easy read.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much. March 3, 2014
    By Grace
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    This was a wonderful and heartwarming book. Jeanette Oakes made Josh so transparent and genuine by giving real insight to his doubts and fears. This is a truly inspiring read and I would highly recommend it.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful March 6, 2014
    By MA
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Nat and Lou- what a pair . I liked the suspense also. Another incredible book by Janette One. I can't wait to read more of her books.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good story
    I loved this book. It was nice to read something that was so sweet. I loved the story being told by Joshua. Really fun perspective on things. Read more
    Published 3 days ago by Jeribarey
    5.0 out of 5 stars very good book Janette oke is always
    very good book Janette oke is always good
    Published 7 days ago by tamara koontz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Read in one sitting.
    First time I read anything by Nanette Oakes. Stayed up and read it. I'll have to find more books by her.
    Published 7 days ago by lorraine
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
    A well written, sweet story! I love the perspective from which the author chose to write Once Upon a Summer... I would definitely recommend this for readers of all ages.
    Published 9 days ago by Rachel Hill
    4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
    I loved the way our main character worked through and grew into an understanding of Gods' ways and love for his people. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Janet Sue
    5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Janette Oke Series
    I love Janette Oke as a writer, but this series has always been my favorite of out of all of her stories. Read more
    Published 10 days ago by Megan G.
    5.0 out of 5 stars Love Janette Oak's books
    Love Janette Oak's books. This one shows the way our lives change. How not all of us have the traditional family but we all have family. Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Laurel Garn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a five star story
    I have never read one of Jeanette Oakes stories before. A good read from a young boy's point of view
    Published 13 days ago by Kay Ann Patterson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Once Upon a Summer ( Seasons of the Heart B....by Janette Oke
    This was a great story, Enjoyed it very much. It's not easy to find a book that isn't full bad words or smout........Jeweledwards
    Published 15 days ago by jewel edwards
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    After downloading this book I realized I had already read it. Not sure if I will read it again.
    Published 16 days ago by Sara A Teal
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    More About the Author

    Janette Oke (pronounced 'oak') pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.
    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, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren. They make their home in Canada.

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