Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

love comes softly“Nineteen-year-old Marty Claridge starts west with her adventurous, boyish husband, Clem, seeking to claim land and hoping for good fortune. But when the venture turns suddenly to tragedy, Marty is left alone with her great loss. And coupled with her grief and heartache is the grim reality that there is no way to return home. Clark Davis and his little girl, Missie, are also in great need. Clark’s wife has died, leaving him to care for Missie and the farm at the same time. His offer to Marty comes with good intention, but will courage and faith be enough to bring them to true love?”

When I first discovered Christian novels this was the first book (and series) that I read. At that time I was in middle school and didn’t understand exactly what was being said or hinted at. Either way, I found myself in love with this genre. It included two of my favorite things: history and God. When a book is about a topic you are passionate about and an era you wish you could have experienced yourself, then it will no doubt be a great book. That’s exactly what I thought about this novel. Love Comes Softly is the first novel in the series Love Comes Softly. Janette Oke, who is an extremely talented author, does an exceptional job in keeping her readers interested and tugging at our hearts.  Marty, who has no family or home to go to, does a wonderful job in being positive about the situation that she finds herself in. When one could have given up, she takes herself in check and keeps on going. No matter how much pain she experiences. The way Janette describes love in this novel is one that most teenage girls are unaware of. A love that doesn’t bring butterflies to your stomach or bashful glances, but one that sneaks up on you when you least expect it. One that is true and meant to be. This book is one of my favorites by this author. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I have! Happy reading!!

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