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The Winds Of Autumn (Seasons of the Heart #2)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  2,894 Ratings  ·  82 Reviews
Seasons of the Heart Book 2.

Readers will laugh and cry as they follow the story of Josh Jones, an orphan growing up during the Great Depression. Eighteen-year-old Auntie Lou is the only mother Josh has ever known. When his grandfather and uncle start talking about finding a husband for his aunt, he knows something has to be done! As he grows to manhood through disappointm
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Faith
Apr 10, 2016 Faith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a perfect sequel to book one, "Once Upon a Summer"! I enjoyed this book immensely and can't wait to read the rest of this series. :D
Margaret
I hated to give two stars to this book, I enjoyed the first book of the series Once upon a Summer but this second book was too preachy and seem to be trying to convince the reader to become a Christian. I am a Christian and when I read the genre, I want to explore relationship with the Lord, faith and further development of my belief. This book might be good for a teenager who is on the cusp of deciding where their faith lies. Not enough for my interest to say that I really enjoyed this book. Th ...more
H
Feb 23, 2010 H rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-favorites
I liked this book about as well as the first one. Josh is still as enjoyable and relatable as ever. We get to see him have his first crush, and then see how he deals with questions and thoughts that really question his faith and what he believes. I like how this book portrays the importance of family and good friends--not just good like loyal, but good like they have good principles and share your beliefs and standards--and how both can help you stand strong to what you believe and are always th ...more
Andrea
Aug 18, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I was born 100 years too late. Something about her books I can read over and over. Love the setting.
Valerie (Val's Vicinity)
The whole town is surprised when the school teacher up and leaves to get married -- in the middle of the school year! With this unexpected break from studies, 15 year old Josh and his friends decide this would be a great time to take a hiking and camping trip...but their trip doesn't turn out exactly as they planned!

After a few weeks, a new teacher is located and classes once again resume. With the new teacher comes a new student (the teacher's attractive daughter), Camelia, and immediately all
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Karen
Feb 09, 2017 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the second book in the Season's of the Heart series, which follows the main character Josh Jones from age 9 through his 20's and is set in the late 1800's and early 1900's-- the entire series is wonderful! I like the realistic look at family life during this time period in history-- it's filled with a lot of sorrows and set-backs, but also with hope and with a lot of life lessons. I've read this series many times and I have taken something different away from it each time-- this ser ...more
Molly Cline
Jan 25, 2016 Molly Cline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people dealing with death-loss of a loved one
3 1/2 star
This is book 2 of this series but you can read them as stand alone novels. However you did get to know the characters better from reading book 1 then this one; but if you don't have access to book 1 don't feel like you can't read book 2 because of that.

In this book it's more of a 'finding yourself with God' book. An elderly man comes to terms with dying and helps his great grandson understand. A teen age boy deals with all his emotions he feels toward God for allowing a much beloved an
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Terri
Jun 05, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I don't agree with every one of Oke's doctrinal views on God (like I believe you're not automatically damned if you die without God - that's what baptism for the dead is for 1 Cor 15:29 - and I have a different view of the Godhead), I do like how the people in her stories truly strive to do as God would have them. They struggle with real life problems and don't expect God to just take them away. Instead they see these struggles as opportunities for growth and to bring them closer to God. I ...more
Rosa Cline
Jan 25, 2016 Rosa Cline added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people dealing with death-loss of a loved one
3 1/2 star

This is book 2 of this series but you can read them as stand alone novels. However you did get to know the characters better from reading book 1 then this one; but if you don't have access to book 1 don't feel like you can't read book 2 because of that.

In this book it's more of a 'finding yourself with God' book. An elderly man comes to terms with dying and helps his great grandson understand. A teen age boy deals with all his emotions he feels toward God for allowing a much beloved an
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Kristy
Rating: 5/10

Another audio book to keep me entertained while I do my chores around the house. I liked hearing the story from Joshua's POV. He is a young teen boy that is honest and trustworthy. He thinks things through and though he might take a turn for the worst, when he hears the advice he needs to help him get back on the straight and narrow, he takes it. I love his commitment and love for his family and how he sticks up for those who cannot stick up for themselves. I will enjoy reading more
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Rosa Cline
Jan 25, 2016 Rosa Cline added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people dealing with death-loss of a loved one
3 1/2 star
This is book 2 of this series but you can read them as stand alone novels. However you did get to know the characters better from reading book 1 then this one; but if you don't have access to book 1 don't feel like you can't read book 2 because of that.

In this book it's more of a 'finding yourself with God' book. An elderly man comes to terms with dying and helps his great grandson understand. A teen age boy deals with all his emotions he feels toward God for allowing a much beloved an
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Meita
Aug 21, 2010 Meita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini adalah seri kedua dari The Season of Heart. Seri yang paertama berjudul once upon in Summer. Di buku The Winds of Autumn ini, Josh pindah bersama dengan bibi Lou dan paman Nat ke kota untuk bersekolah di sana pulalah dinamika kehidupannya terjadi lagi. Dan bagaimana dia bisa berfikir tentang mempertentangkan Tuhan dengan kejadian kejadian yang dialaminya, serta pelajaran pelajaran yang didapatnya dari guru barunya. Tapi pada akhirnya dia tau, Tuhan ada bersamanya. Semua yang terjadi dal ...more
Janiece
Dec 01, 2008 Janiece rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one in this series. They are simple books, but wholesome and uplifting. The themes where faith in God, education, family, friendship, forgiveness, community, letting go and turning your life over to God. As Josh continues to grow up and have the experiences that life brings, he struggles to understand why God requires and allows certain things of his children, how to deal with the betrayal of a friend, his first love and what is truth. His new teacher ...more
Nadine Keels
Mar 29, 2015 Nadine Keels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gee, there was a lot here, more than I expected there'd be, and writing out my thoughts on all of it would turn into more of a philosophical essay than reflections on a novel, but I liked the mixture of common growing pains (including Joshua's first teenage case of girl trouble) with difficult issues that anyone could face at any age, serious doubts included.

Josh made me proud for eventually standing up, even while he was still mixed up, and I've also more respect now for Aunt Lou's character, f
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Becky
Feb 08, 2013 Becky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audiobook and did like the characters as much as I did the first in the series. I was disappointed that the themes didn't get more complex though. It still focused on whether or not the main character, Josh, had true faith in God. The author added some complexity when she brought in the teacher who taught evolution. But it seemed that evolution was either good or bad. You were either a Christian or an evolutionist. There was no room in the book for anyone who believed both. In ...more
Dora Wagner
Jul 07, 2015 Dora Wagner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2015
I have decided to return to a favorite author and read some of her books. I picked this series, as I had not read it before.

This is the second in the series. The books center around Josh Jones, an orphan growing up on a farm. It is set around the time of the late 1920's early 1930's. These stories center around Josh's growing and strengthening faith. He lives in a time, where is faith is challenged and he must ask himself what he believes and what is truth for my life. His struggles are real and
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Janet Wilcox
Oct 04, 2011 Janet Wilcox rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of a young adult, old fashioned book, in the genre of Little House on the Prairie, but I really liked it. The conflict between the protagonist and his mentor/teacher replicated discussions held thousands of times over regarding evolution vs. creationism-Christianity. Would be very good for a family to read or listen to together. I enjoy stories set in the late 1800's on the western frontier. I was born in the wrong era I guess. Listened to audio tape from Blanding library.
Annalisa
Apr 16, 2009 Annalisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book continues with Josh now living during the week in town with his Aunt Lou and Uncle Nat while he continues his education and living on the farm over the weekends. His new teacher and the teacher's beautiful daughter taking a liking to Josh and introduce him to the theory of evolution. Josh finds himself struggling between what is being taught and what he knows and feels to be the truth. Gramps is very inspirational in this story but sadly will not continue into the next.
Pewterbreath
Dec 14, 2007 Pewterbreath rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I often read what my mother was reading at the time. My mother really loved Janette Oke--she's the sort of writer that Christian ladies used to read instead of romance novels. It's thoroughly average writing (though this woman can crank 'em out). I certainly am not going to review every one of these things I've read--b/c I find it all the books to be rather samey. I have to say--other than a salvation scene every now and then (and a moral here and there), they're pretty harmless.
F
Feb 09, 2009 F rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Novel spends 12 months with fifteen-year-old Josh Jones. I was disappointed that novel had no well developed storyline / plot. However, I enjoyed the characterization of Old Sam, the town drunk, and how Josh's Uncle Nat (town pastor) was persistent in seeing that Old Sam was taken care of. I also thought Josh's great-grandfather (aka Gramps) did a marvelous job of helping Josh analyze the Darwin theory of evolution in Chapter 17.
Julie
Sep 14, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read the first of this series as a free Kindle book and then went hunting for the other three. Great characters and beautifully written, as we've all come to expect from Oke. So many things resonate in Josh's story from happiness to hardship to the just sheer confusion of trying to grow up in the world.
Rosemary Markham
I love Janette Oke books. In this book Josh has his faith tested as he grows up. But first he enjoys a fun camp-out with his buddies. He even learned important life lessons during the camp-out. The author makes you laugh or cry and teach you important lessons at the same time without being preachy.
Breena
Jun 08, 2013 Breena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2013
i love the eloquence Oke uses in expressing the bitterness and doubts of the young boy. Many people experience hurt that turns to anger. I think that the show of faith and really good peer pressure is when his good friend tells him that he needs to pray and repent. "Me? But I'm not the one..." What a typical argument.
Well written. My kind of story. Loved it!
Shannon
Mar 01, 2009 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults who like religious romance
As Joshua is still struggling with his relation with God he enter town school and find even more confussion about the place of God in his life. The teacher is teaching evolution and his lovely daughter who Joshua is falling in love with want him to realize that it wass childish to believe in God. Following even more lose in his family, Joshua need to deside what he does believe.
Tracy L.
Aug 08, 2011 Tracy L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an awesome sequel to the story. The continuing story of a young woman that found her husband by her father, grandfather, and uncle. She treats her nephew as her own son. They are close in age, and have both lost ther mothers at young ages. It's a story of love, and of life's choices we make.
Jessica
Apr 02, 2013 Jessica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was certainly skeptical when I read the first book of this series, but I am so glad I stuck with it! I loved the second book. I am glad to be following Josh's story, especially as he grows older. I hope the next two are as good as this one! Certainly another easy read!
Cara
Josh is starting to grow up. He is interested in a girl, while at the same time struggling with his faith when tragedy strikes. The girl and her family don't believe in God, and Josh needs to figure out how that effects him.
Allan67
Jul 06, 2014 Allan67 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The wife and I liked the book. Josh learns some good, hard lessons. The last three chapters are good Bible lessons. I sure hated the ending, but it was effective. Read the book and see if you don't agree.
Donna
Sep 25, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good sequel. It gives commentary about a lot a wide variety of topics- evolution, death, coming of age, built up anger- which I thought were good and not very typical of Christian/Janette oke books. Some of it made me think about things that are going on in my own life that I need to work on
Deidre
Jul 18, 2011 Deidre rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Simply Amazing!!!!

Janette Oke has a simple way with writing that makes you feel everything.
I cried through a lot of this story.

I love it when a book can make me smile, laugh, cry right along with the characters!
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  • The Damascus Way (Acts of Faith, #3)
  • A Promise for Tomorrow (Ribbons of Steel, #3)
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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.

Janette was born during the depression year
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Other Books in the Series

Seasons of the Heart (4 books)
  • Once upon a Summer (Seasons of the Heart, #1)
  • Winter is Not Forever (Seasons of the Heart, #3)
  • Spring's Gentle Promise (Seasons of the Heart, #4)

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