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A Quiet Strength (A Prairie Legacy, Book 3) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 1, 2008

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Secure in God's guidance, Virginia rushes into marriage with Jonathan. But right away, they forgo a honeymoon so that Jonathan can build their house on his horse ranch. Even after they move to the ranch, the amount of time Jonathan must spend training the horses dissatisfies Virginia. When her best friend abandons her child, Jonathan and Virginia open their arms and their hearts. In the process, Virginia learns that love shared is returned many times over. Virginia's childish tantrums are an annoying counterpoint to a simple story, but Oke fans will want it.
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In the third book of the Prairie Legacy series, Virginia Simpson's courtship with an old beau is rekindled and the couple marries. The early days of marriage prove difficult. As Jonathan builds their home and starts his business, the newlyweds have little time for one another, and when Jonathan's grandmother moves in, Virginia mourns the lack of privacy. Things are further complicated when the couple takes in the child of an old friend who is an alcoholic. The little girl has many emotional problems, but Virginia and Jonathan come to love her as their own. When their own child is born, they consider themselves the parents of two daughters. Oke's fans will relish the directness and simplicity of the novel, and they will enjoy watching as sensitivity, intelligence, and faith gradually shape Virginia into a young woman who gives generously to others and overcomes the disappointments life brings her way. Shelley Townsend-Hudson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reprint edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764205293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764205293
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I just finished reading this book and could not put it down. As in all of Jeanette Oke's books she makes you feel as if you are a part of the story, and cry and laugh right along with the carracters. I could see a lot of myself in Virginia. It is much easier to give advice about how to let God lead your life then to follow it sometimes. Realizing the difference between romantic love and true sustaining love in a marriage is not always easy. The story was very true to life as always. It is great the way that Jeanette even referred all the way back to the loss Marty suffered in Love Comes Softly of her first husband, while consoling Virginia. She always ties the history of her books together, but they are still understanable if you have not read the previos books!
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I love all of Janette Oke books. They are such a breath of fresh air. I love the challenges the characters face and how they turn to God for guidance. I lost my husband almost two years ago. I prayed for help in finding peace. I believe Jannette Oke was sent to me. I have found so much peace by reading her books. Thank you Jannette Oke.
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I rather look at this one as an ending to the "love come softly" series.

It deals with many issues that have become common in our society. Drug and alcohol abuse. Abandoned children. Old friendships versus relationships with spouse and God. A very intriguing and well written story.
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By O.L.J.C. on February 24, 2000
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I loved the first two books, but this one is the best yet! Virgina has now grown up. At first I was sad that her teen-years adventures were over, but reading about her as an adult has been thrilling. So many things, including an abused child, her own children, a husband, struggles, and her grandmother, happen to her. Through the whole thing she realizes that her relationship with Christ is not what it should be. I think that this book has a great value to it!
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I loved the further telling of the life of Virginia. Her family is still a focal part of her life as is God. The story develops well and the characters are full of surprises. I like the family togetherness and the way everyone is enjoying the life they have in Christ. The women are focused on family and telling their children about God and family. The picture of the mountain and the valley where they live is beautiful. A life on the ranch is full of surprises yet fun. They live a simple life but, it is lived with courage and determination. They miss the rest of there family in the East but with love and laughter they enjoy the family living near them.
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By kiaty on October 14, 2013
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Once again Janette Oke has come through with a terrific and touching story. Many years ago I read her Love Comes Softly series and was so sad for it to end. But in her own elegant way, Janette Oke has offered her readers a continuing story of Clark and Marty and their family. For me, it's like a visit from old friends, "catching up" on life. For my daughter, who is new to Janette Oke, it has been an exciting adventure back in time to learn how so many things were very different, but the most important things in life are so very much the same: Faith, Love and Famiy! Thank you, Mrs Oke for your beautiful, inspiring stories!!
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I love all of her writings. She tells a wonder story of the life and times and trials and joys of our forefathers went through settling this country. All the while stressing the importance of God in their life.
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Janette Oke is a wonderful writer. Each of her books follows the one before it. I've read all the "Love Comes Softly ", series and am now reading ," A Prairie Legacy", series. This book is about Virginia, the daughter of Clark and Marty from the," Love Comes Softly" series.
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