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Love Takes Wing (Love Comes Softly #7)

4.2  ·  Rating Details ·  6,260 Ratings  ·  109 Reviews
Janette Oke pioneered Christian fiction with the LOVE COMES SOFTLY series. Over one million readers fell in love with that first story of Marty and Clark Davis, whose tragic circumstances brought them to a marriage of convenience on the frontier prairies of the mid 1800s. Books 5-8 continue the story of Marty and Clark and the trials and loves of their grown children. The ...more
Hardcover, Revised Edition, 240 pages
Published February 1st 2004 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1988)
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Jerry
Mar 06, 2016 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series continues to deliver; I'm curious as to how it will end in the next volume.
Nadine Keels
Aug 15, 2014 Nadine Keels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Christina
This isn't as much of a stand-alone novel as the ones before it. This one and #8 (Love Finds a Home) go together.

I enjoyed this book because it takes us to Boston - a totally new experience for the Davis family.
Jenn
Aug 15, 2015 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great finale overall to a great series. I will admit, Belinda's story was NOT Marty's, but still overall one of my favorite series.
Erin Martin
Maybe my least favorite of the series, but still adorable.
Janice
Nov 18, 2016 Janice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Enjoyed it a lot.
Angie
Nov 11, 2016 Angie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Brandi
Great book. It was well-written, every bit of it.
I really enjoyed all of this novel, but I must admit that I didn't care for this one as much as I did the others. I missed home. I missed the quiet togetherness, the bubbling family, the heart-to-heart chats. Yes, they had some of those in there, but once Belinda moved to Boston with Mrs. Stafford-Smyth (don't worry, it's not spoiling much), and maybe even before that, the book just began to decline. Janette Oke did a good job at portraying Belind
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Molly Cline
4 star

This is book 7 of the Love Comes Softly series. It's a part of Marty and Clark; but it very rarely mentions them. It's more of their youngest child, Belinda's story. Of her nursing career and her looking at childhood male friends as 'friends' and nothing more but they have other things in mind. Will she stay in her hometown and become a housewife, or will she take up the offer an elderly lady has given her and she travel and move with her to be her travel companion and personal nurse. Beli
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Shaina
Dec 04, 2008 Shaina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls
Recommended to Shaina by: I guess the movies :)
Shelves: to-read-again
Up to this point I have absolutely loved the Love Comes Softly Series but this one was just ok. I was quite disappointed that the young lady, Belinda, did not stand up for herself and her beliefs. There's a part about an elderly woman giving Belinda a low cut dress but even though Belinda was extremely uncomfortable she wore it anyway and never told the woman she felt it was inappropriate. I know at times it's alright to go along with something (like eating something that you don't really like b ...more
Terri
Apr 07, 2016 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Marty and Clark's youngest daughter Belinda is now grown and working as a nurse. She finds joy in her work, but is restless and not ready to settle down with the two young men (Rand-a builder & Jackson-a doctor) who are pursuing her. An elderly, wealthy woman from Boston takes ill on a train as it passes through town and Belinda becomes busy nursing her and develops a friendship. As the woman prepares to return home, Belinda is invited to go along as companion and nurse. Belinda enjoys the n ...more
Kristal
Mixed feelings on this book. It can basically be divided into two parts (much like the 3rd book of this series when Missie moves out west): the time Belinda spends in her home town being courted and the time she spends in Boston in high society. I like how Belinda is so devoted to her nurse work, yet she seems not to miss it too much when she goes to Boston? I know she feels like she's being lazy, but there was no mention of "shouldn't I be helping people who actually need help?". I know she rep ...more
F
Feb 25, 2009 F rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Slow starter for the first eight chapters, but after that two distinct plots begin to form. First, the Davis family have their first family rift in regard to Abe's arm injury. The rift lays heavy on Clark and Marty's heart. Family gatherings are tense. I think this builds reality in the storyline as families are always going to be divisional / disagreeable, and you seek help for family unity. The second plot occurs when Virginia Stafford-Smyth arrives as a patient with a stroke and resides sever ...more
Lisa
Nov 02, 2013 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was another Christian book. It was also quite boring. 220 pages of boring. Ms. Oke had several chances to make this book interesting - when Abe's arm was hurt, when the family reconciles, etc. I felt like these were missed opportunities to delve into the power of Heavenly Father. Instead, they got the "brush off" - mentioned that Luke prayed and then talked with Arnie and Arnie was better - with none of Arnie/Luke's conversation in the book. In addition, the book's description leads one to ...more
Sue
Nov 04, 2009 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seventh in the 'love comes softly' series; light American Christian historical fiction for teens and adults. It's a direct sequel to 'Love's Unfolding Dream', in which Belinda starts her introduction to nursing, and gets to know her niece Melissa, who is about her age.

In this book, set a couple of years later, Belinda is established as practise nurse at her brother Luke's surgery, and Melissa returns briefly to the family after training as a teacher, before returning to the West. Two young men
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Megan Palasik
Jun 07, 2010 Megan Palasik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as an audiobook, so my experience may be a bit different than others. After having listened to the previous six books on tape as well, this one was about the same to me. Maybe it's the reader or maybe it's just that this series of books, while all different in their own ways, are also all very similar.

This story was about Belinda. She is now a young lady and doing young lady things; meeting potential beaus and thinking of them as just friends, being a nurse for Luke, and clingi
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Joy Gerbode
Apr 14, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have found it very interesting how much the later books have meant to me in this time of reading ... as I have grown older, my "place" in the books has changed, and different ones are meaning more. This one is special for me this time, because I understand many of the feelings of the young Belinda, but also relate well to the feelings of her parents, as well as the elderly matron she is hired to "nurse". And I have been chastised by the reminder that God wants to be with us where ever we go, a ...more
Jennifer Kim
A good read. A coming of age story about a young girl who wants to see the world and wonders if she's missing out on something in her little town. But when she goes searching for what she thinks she might be missing, she learns a valuable lesson about life. It was a good book, but when the movie is almost better than the book, what does that say about the book?

I like complicated, epics, and this is a simple book. There's nothing wrong with that. But I wish I could have had more from this book. W
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Kimberly
Book 7 in the Love Comes Softly series.
Dr. Luke has trained his young sister Belinda very well and she is now his full time nurse. She is very serious about her career, but soon realizes the sacrifices she has made to follow her dream. She can't help but feel a little jealous as her family and friends move on, get married and start their own families. Her normal routine gets the awakening it needs when an elderly woman is suddenly in need of constant medical care. Belinda becomes her personal nu
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Jennifer
I'm so unsure how to rate this book. It had its good parts and frustrating parts. In the last book, we left a budding friendship between Belinda and Drew, and yet there is no mention of him in Love Takes Wing.
I started to really enjoy it about a 3rd of the way through as it seemed that a courtship was beginning between Rand and Belinda - I can totally understand how he expected that they had a future. But then for Belinda to say that she thought they were just friends. It just doesn't seem righ
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Rosa Cline
This is book 5 of the Love Comes Softly series. It's a part of Marty and Clark; but it very rarely mentions them. It's more of their youngest child, Belinda's story. Of her nursing career and her looking at childhood male friends as 'friends' and nothing more but they have other things in mind. Will she stay in her hometown and become a housewife, or will she take up the offer an elderly lady has given her and she travel and move with her to be her travel companion and personal nurse. Belinda re ...more
Rosa Cline
4 star

This is book 7 of the Love Comes Softly series. It's a part of Marty and Clark; but it very rarely mentions them. It's more of their youngest child, Belinda's story. Of her nursing career and her looking at childhood male friends as 'friends' and nothing more but they have other things in mind. Will she stay in her hometown and become a housewife, or will she take up the offer an elderly lady has given her and she travel and move with her to be her travel companion and personal nurse. Beli
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Kristen
Jan 04, 2016 Kristen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any One
I won't start this review with a synopsis, since that is available under the book description.

I own the Hallmark movie version of the this book series which is how I first heard about Janette Oke. There is some differences between the book and movie, which is normal. However this story is awesome! I fell in love with the characters/family, who are imperfect and realistic. This book is based is written beautifully. It is one of my favorite Christian/western romance novels/series.
Sarah
Feb 13, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My least favourite of the series, it's a bit of a place-card and I'm wanting to get on with the story. The Boston bit is a little tedious and Belinda drifts with her faith. But, it is also very moving and touching in parts, particularly in relation to Arnie's son's accident and the family rift that develops over the treatment of Abe's damaged arm. Belinda does return to her faith at the end of the book, which is good.

Not much else to say really.
Meadow Frisbie
Sep 04, 2009 Meadow Frisbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Pioneer Adventure Lovers
Belinda Davis is invited to a grand house in boston of a rich eldrly woman who Belinda helped save, She is now her personal nurse. So many riches are not even compared to her own home back west. She even goes on a several month tour to Paris, France, Italy...ect.

This book has a great message: No money can ever amount to family. Belinda is thrown into a life full of riches and gradeur, but her heart is still with her family and the simplicity of her western hometown.

Sara Smith
Sep 22, 2014 Sara Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was my least favorite in the series, it felt like it took way too long to get to where I saw it going and then it was rushed at the end. I really would have enjoyed a quick overview of what happened with everyone, we got attached to so many main characters and left hanging on all of them. overall the series was quite enjoyable though!
Malia
I really enjoyed that the dialogue was so much "bett-ah", but it was still far from normal. This was my least favorite of the series thus far.

I think Belinda should have been more clear with Jackson and Rand. If she didn't want anything more than friendship, she should have said so from the beginning.
Sarah
May 30, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is more like part one of a two-part series. I'm enjoying the depth at which the author is delving into Belinda's character. I'd venture to say this is the most character development we've seen in the series yet. I appreciate her struggle to find where she fits in the world... I'm excited to finish the last book to see how Belinda "turns out".
Bethany
Jul 02, 2010 Bethany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I had started the series a couple of year and got over halfway through it, but for some reason I stopped reading the books. No worries though, it was still very enjoyable. Not too romance oriented, but it gives you a little to keep you interested. I mean this is about a young woman after all.
Brittany
Jul 29, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was very good, better than the movie I would say. However, You would want to read the whole series, there are a lot of people I didn't know about and you still don't know what happens to Belinda (This book's main character) by the end.
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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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Love Comes Softly (8 books)
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