Love’s Abiding Joy by Janette Oke

Love's Abiding Joy“The coming of the railroad has bridged those frontier miles, making possible the long-awaited reunion between daughter Missie and her parents, Clark and Marty Davis. And the visit turns out to be everything they had expected, including the heartwarming introductions to two adorable grandsons. Then the joyful time is shattered…”

Love’s Abiding Joy is the fourth book in the Love Comes Softly series. In the previous novel we read about the long move that Missie and Willie made west and of their family expanding. By the time this novel begins a few years have passed and little Nathan isn’t the only child that Missie and Willie have. The railroad has also finally come to their town and made it possible for Clark and Marty to get the “if-only’s” they had been dreaming about for the past few years. The reunion between mother and daughter wasn’t just emotional for Marty and Missie, I even found myself tearing up while reading about their reunion. I can’t imagine not being able to see my family, or even hearing their voices, for years. A letter is better than nothing but I still can’t imagine not being able to just grab my keys and go see them, or call them from my phone. The tragedy that occurs in this novel is one that I had a hard time reading about. It doesn’t seem fair for bad things to happen to good people. But we always have to remember that God is in control and even though He allows for those things to happen to us there is always a reason. One that we may not understand right away but in time will be revealed to us. I really enjoyed this novel and recommend it to all. Happy Reading!

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