Roses For Mama by Janette Oke

Roses for Mama“It had all turned out to be so strange, so ironic. Angela Peterson’s family had moved west because her mother had not been well and the doctor said the cooler, clear air of the region might be easier on her lungs. Her father sold the farm and loaded everything they could take with them in three wagons. They found new land and a new life, setting about to build another farm. Her mother’s health did improve – at least for a while. Then a winter cold put her back in bed and it became clear she had only months to live. Angela was just fourteen at the time, and in those intervening months her mother tried to prepare her for the responsibility of raising three young siblings. But no one dreamed that something would happen to their father. For Angela, now seventeen, and her older brother Thomas, the profound events that reshaped their family also changed their lives. Angela does her best to care for the children, but still wonders if she is providing everything they need – like her mother did. And as the children grow, the questions and challenges intensify, at times even feel overwhelming. Preparing them for life seems to require something more.”

Roses for Mama is part of Janette’s Women of the West series. That series does not need to be read in order for it includes twelve novels that are basically stand alone novels about women who live out west. This novel is heartwarming. Not often are novels about orphaned children joyful or uplifting but this novel is. Even though the Peterson children have lost both parents they are still able to continue living the life that their parents had hoped they would, even prepared them for. The sorrow and grief that the children were feeling were evident in these pages but the way they were able to overcome their loss and live the life that their mother and father had wanted them to was inspiring. Loosing a loved one, especially a parent, is one of the hardest things in life. I’ve heard of many folks who have lost a loved one and put the blame on God. As an outsider I know that that is the wrong thing to do. Jesus knows our future better than we ever could and He knows when it is our time to join Him. We may never understand why people are taken away from us when they are but Jesus does. The faith that Angela and Thomas had, as well as the younger children, was inspiring. Their story was a great example of how we should live our lives. If we put all of our faith and trust in Jesus, He will never let us down. He is always there for us even when we are unaware of His presence. I greatly enjoyed this novel. The way the older children were able to stand up and take charge was truly remarkable and a great example for all of us. A family that prays together, stays together. I hope you enjoy this novel as well!!

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