- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Repack edition (April 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0764228323
- ISBN-13: 978-0764228322
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 538 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Love Comes Softly (Love Comes Softly Series, Book 1) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 1, 2003
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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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This story is about a young, newly married and pregnant girl that has traveled out west only to arrive and her husband dies in a freak accident. The story is about her making a decision that will help her at that point in her life - to marry a widower with a very young daughter. The deal is that she is simply to be the little girls mom and take care of the house. She is introduced to God and what it is like to have a personal relationship with God. By the time spring comes she has found her own relationship with God. Then she discovers that God had special plans for her. While it wasn't what she had planned, it was definitely what she needed (even if she didn't realize it).
Great reading material for anyone, at any age. At the end of the book I also discovered that this book was made into a TV movie....which I now plan on locating a DVD and watching.
All of the stories are wonderful, but in my opinion, books one through four are superior, and the first book, LOVE COMES SOFTLY, is outstanding.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Ms. Oke REVISED her series in 2003, to reflect slightly more modern vocabulary and context, in order to increase reading comprehension for those who do not know vernacular and colloquialisms of the mid-nineteenth century pioneer era. While the revisions certainly make the story more accessible to many, I feel that part of the charm and authenticity present in the original 1979 version have been a bit reduced. I was able to find a copy of the original 1979 release, and enjoyed this version a bit more. For the average reader, the story will not suffer; history and period piece buffs may want to try to find the original. Ms. Oke revised a number of the titles in the series as she saw fit, again only for vocabulary and comprehension, not for content.
Whether you are a Christian or historical fiction fan, a reader of romance or a strong female protagonist fan, or if you simply enjoy an honest, thoughtful, character-driven story, LOVE COMES SOFTLY will not disappoint. With a plotline that catches the reader's attention from the first sentence, this simply spun, authentic, beautifully voiced story rings with sincerity and pathos, and cannot fail to touch the heart of even the most taciturn reader. Read it yourself, read it with your children, recommend it to your parents or your book group or your church group. Just read it!
SERIES READING ORDER:
Book 1: Love Comes Softly
Book 2: Love's Enduring Promise
Book 3: Love's Long Journey
Book 4: Love's Abiding Joy
Book 5: Love's Lost Legacy
Book 6: Love's Unfolding Dream
Book 7: Love Takes Wing
Book 8: Love Finds a Home
Book 9: The Tender Years (Book 1 of A Prairie Legacy Series, a spinoff starring Clark and Marty's granddaughter Virgina)
Book 10: A Searching Heart (Book 2 of A Prairie Legacy Series)
Book 11: A Quiet Strength (Book 3 of A Prairie Legacy Series)
Book 12: Like Gold Refined (Book 4 of A Prairie Legacy Series)
My life mirrors the book in a way. I was the Christian from Oklahoma who met and fell very quickly in love with a young man from New Jersey. He did not have a clue what being a Christian meant! My family prayed fervently. In a letter he wrote to me he asked why I couldn't just accept and love him as he was without becoming a Christian. My reply was that without realizing it much of what he loved about me was Christ in my heart. I wanted a future with someone who would be praying along with me when our children were sick, when finances were hard and when we argued - yes I was sure there would be arguments as we were both pretty hard headed!! Slowly and softly God's love moved into his heart. His life, his heart was changed!! We married and he became a preacher telling anyone who would listen how he was loved by a wonderful Savior and they could be too! He passed away 12 years ago. I miss him terribly but I know where he is and that some day we'll be together again.
Despite that I'd recommend it.