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Love's Enduring Promise (Love Comes Softly #2)

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Continuing story of pioneer adventures begun in Love Comes Softly. Book 2, Love Comes Softly series.
Paperback, Large Print
Published March 1st 1985 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1979)
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Kelly
I read this book, having previously seen all the movie versions of the books in the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke.

I enjoyed this book more than the first, but them movie seems to depart even farther from this book than the first, and there is quite a bit of liberty taken with the first book. It is almost as if one could put a disclaimer on the movie that "any similarity between this movie and the book it is based upon is coincidental."

Seeing as I think this book was better than the fi...more
Jessica
This is the second book in this series and probably the last one I will read. It was sweet, but if I have to be perfectly honest, a bit boring. I kept waiting for some sort of prairie-disaster to happen, like a fire, snow storm, or bear mauling, but no such luck. Also, I felt the author side-stepped any difficult issue. For example, one of the sons of the heroine's friends falls in love with an Indian woman. Rather than dealing with the cultural/racial implications of this union, the problem is...more
Julianna
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"4.5 stars" I'm pretty certain I read Love's Enduring Promise years ago in my teens, but prior to picking it up again, I couldn't really remember a thing about the story. As a consequence and knowing that this was a continuation of Clark and Marty's relationship, I was kind of expecting an epic love story which isn't quite what this novel is all about. The book opens about two years after the ending of Love Comes Softly. It is still primarily about Clark, Marty, and their...more
Tiffany
The second book in the Love Comes Softly series. After finishing the first novel I found myself aching for more. I immediately picked up this book with my hot chocolate and dug in. Started at 9:30am and finished at 2pm. Great read. Having watched the movie series I was sad to find the book completely different, but was glad to learn more about this wonderful family and watch them grow. I can't wait to start the third, but needed to shower and check email...off I go.
Janet
***Spoiler Alert*** (It was suggested I do that although I don't believe I'm giving anything way but just to be safe...)

Other than the ending, this book is nothing like the movie of the same title. Not sure why Hallmark/Michael Landon Jr. deviated so far from the original story but they did. Unlike the first book, "Love Comes Softly", this book is at a much quicker pace. Missie, the two-year-old daughter of Clark's in the first book, starts off at age 5 in this book and and is 18, getting marrie...more
Bethann
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Lindsey
The second book in the "Love Comes Softly" series. I did watch the movie before reading the book and I have to say that the movie is way better.

But putting the movie aside the book was great. The relationships between the characters have developed. As a reader you can tell the love between the husband and wife. And the love that they have for all the children. Great book about a romance that everyone wants - a great husband/wife and a happy family.

"Love's Enduring Promise" opens up about two ye...more
Whitney
I really wavered between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I LOVED the story-very sweet. I also loved the characters; however, I thought the story could have used more development. Quite a few years pass rather quickly and we're simply told someone had a baby, and someone died, and someone is now 4 and not an infant. I wanted it to slow down a little bit. That said, I still really enjoyed the goodness of the characters. They are pure, honest, humble, hard working people who are easy to look to as examp...more
Helen
This is the second in the Love Comes Softly series. Clark and Marty continue to add to their family by taking in the two Larson girls as well as their own Ellie and Luke. In this story, the children are growing up and beginning to make their own lives as Clark and Marty help to build up their community by adding a school and church, as well as a teacher and preacher. Clark builds a large new house, Clae Larson goes to normal school to become a teacher, Missie grows up and follows in Clae's path...more
Jerry
It moved a bit too fast, and the dialogue was annoying; other than that, I enjoyed it.
Kirsten Hobbs
I was so deeply sad when I read this book because it moved way too fast, and did not give me the details I desperately craved after finishing Love Comes Softly. I still loved the story. It was a simple yet very fulfilling read, but I was hoping to get more details of those early years between Clark and Marty. I felt like Marty became seasoned and wise (like Ma Graham) over night,and I missed hearing about her struggles and learning processes. Still, this book left me with a warm heart, and a gre...more
Dichotomy Girl
Ok, this book gets a begrudging 2 stars from me (in reality probably about 1.5). It's one thing for me to ignore that Jesus-Talk (which was worse in this one, than in book 2), because I accept that I am not the target audience, and accept these books for what they are.

But this one wasn't a story as much as it was a very long and meandering epilogue. The first book was a snapshot in time, it told the story of Marty and Clark, and how the marriage of convenience turned into something more. This b...more
Rosa Cline
Janette Oke does such a wonderful job with this series of books. (It's overall a tie with this series and the Abram's Daughter's series by Beverly Lewis.) If you enjoy Pioneer life and reading about other that struggle in life but have that Faith in God that things will be okay then you will fall in love with Marti and what started out as a marriage of convenience but soon turns into love as Love Comes Softly. For those of you who have watched the movies and enjoy them TRUST me you will FALL IN...more
Tyra
Book two to the series. I watched some of the movies an thought it would be fun to read the books. Unfortunately I think it would have been much more interesting to read the books before I saw the movies.
Pandamonkey
The plot was fine. But I hated the book because of the uneducated english they spoke. Example "if him be thinkin it be wise me thinkin i aint have no say." GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Katie Glenn
LOVE LOVE LOVE this whole series! I can't say much else about it. I have read and re-read them over and over since I was 13! Definitely worth the read!
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Continues the story of Marty and Clark Davis.
Marty and Clark now love each other and soon they get the idea to have a school and begin the task. Next thing they know, they also get new additions to their family with the Larson sisters Nandry and Clare. Missie is starting to grow up and soon, Missie, Nandry and Clare. Missie is starting to grow up and soon, Missie, Nandry and Clare go to school. Throughout the book there was some cute and sad moments, even heartwarming ones too that you can't hel...more
Reneein Dallas
After Reading this series I felt I knew the characters intimately and they were my friends.
Nadine Keels
Thoughts on the entire series.

Yes, I’ve switched to put the editions from the 80s on my Read shelf, since those are the ones I read and own, and I’m partial to the stories in all of their old-fashionedness, before the updated covers and later book edits that have gone into newer editions. (I didn’t read all of these in large print, but the cover art is the same.)

The first book, Love Comes Softly, was the first I ever read by Oke, my introduction into her sweet, warm, and simplistic style of stor...more
Becky
Love's Enduring Promise is a comfortable read. I've read it half a dozen times at least since it is the second book in one of my favorite series that I read as a child. In this second novel, Marty and Clark have a family together. The first few chapters sees the birth of their first child together. The remaining chapters see their family expand even more: with Marty having more children and with the couple adopting two daughters. By the end of the book, Marty has seen three of her daughters (Mis...more
Bethany
SPOILER ALERT:: This review contains a few spoilers!!

I was very impressed with Love's Enduring Promise and for sure liked it a lot more than I did Love Come's Softly, book one in the Love Comes Softly series. I think the reason why I liked this book better than the first is there were many more characters involved, and lots more going on making the story go faster and not seem as dry. I mean in the time span of this book (which, by the way, covered around 10 or so years!) Marty had three childre...more
Veronica
This book was wonderful, but I didn't feel the same intimate connection with the characters as I had with the first book. That is, until about the last 5 pages, then suddenly the tear-jerking emotion that I was searching for was finally manifested! I was a little disappointed with how skim-like this story was in comparison with Love Comes Softly. The time line lengthened RAPIDLY and the sheer number of characters made it nearly impossible to feel connected with any of them. So many were simply m...more
Amy Riccio
You can totally tell that when she wrote the first book in this series that she had not planned on it being a series at all. This second book was rushed, the characters were not nearly as developed and plot shifted and changed way too suddenly. I felt rushed and disjointed. I think the only redeeming quality is that I got to see what happened to the characters from the first book in the series. That's what kept me going.
Jodi
After reading this second book in the series, I'm calling it quits. I just can't make myself read the remaining 10 books in this series. This second book has been very repetitive in the sense that I'm continually reading about a new couple getting married and more babies being born. There really isn't a great deal of conflict or resolution in this book--more like just a day-to-day account of life in their new little settlement out West. This book was ok enough to finish, but I'm just not falling...more
Ashli
I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't the mot insightful book, just....enjoyable and that's something I needed without realizing I needed it until after I finished this. I loved the characters, and the romance, and the time period. Heck I even liked the speech.

I wasn't the biggest fan of the first book. I'm not sure if it was because it was a first book to a series or if it was because the movie is one of my favorites and they weren't that similar. Either way, I have not seen the rest of the mov...more
Brittany Perry
I really enjoyed this book. The only thing I disliked was thatboth women who went for something bigger like teaching gave it up to marry and such. Now I know some women would do that but I really hope Missy goes on to teach wherever she settles. I loved how people find love in the prairie.
Sarah
Just as it drove me nuts in the first book, the uneducated English they that every character aside from 1 or 2 (and those 1 or 2 are very minor characters) speak. If I were to write a sentence like this: "Them there young'uns bein' without enything fittin' 'nuf to be wearin' to thet new school to get edjucated.", it wouldn't be any more irritating than what you would read in this book. And it's constant. Not just on occasion.
Also, there is no plot in this books. Maybe little, tiny boring plots...more
Joy C.
a lovely continuation to Clark and Marty's family! this one had some very funny scenes, but also some sad and touching ones too. Enduring Promise is quite unlike the movie adaption, so that was interesting. I wonder what will Missie and Willie's story be like in 'Love's Long Journey'. . .
Linda
Continuation of Love comes softly. I shall continue with the other books in the series when I can. A good relaxing read for the evening instead of TV.
Megan Palasik
Another great story in the Love Comes Softly series. I listened to this book on tape.

This book's time line moved a lot more quickly than the first book, which was a bit confusing at first but actually made the story move along quite nicely. Marty and Clark have established their relationship and are now raising their own family. Along the way there are more babies in the Davis family as well as in the neighborhood. The Davis' also take in two more neighbor girls who's pa left town.

The story is...more
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Janette Oke writes with a profound simplicity of what she knows best—real life, honest love, and lasting values. With over 23 million in sales, her historical novels portray the lives of early North American settlers from many walks of life and geographical settings. She also writes engaging children's stories and inspiring gift books that warm the heart.

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