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Love's Long Journey (Love Comes Softly #3)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,241 Ratings  ·  183 Reviews
Book 3 of Love Comes Softly. Clark and Marty's daughter, ready to start her own life, must rely on faith in the face of homesickness and mounting hardships.
Paperback, Revised Edition, 234 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers (first published January 1st 1982)
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Oct 18, 2012 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Inspirational Frontier Romance; Little House on the Prairie
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Love's Long Journey was another wonderful story in the Love Comes Softly series that is so reminiscent of the Little House on the Prairie books. The author really brought to life the stark reality of the hardships on a wagon train and how sometimes people died along the way. There was also the sheer boredom and monotony of doing the same things and eating the same things day after day. Even once Missie and Willie get settled in a temporary home on the frontier, dangers an
Feb 18, 2013 Lindsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-book, 2013, series, romance
#3 in the "Love Comes Softly" series. The first in the series that I have read before watching the movie. Something that I usually do. Now I'm looking forward to the movie to see what is different.

I still like the series and I have hopes that it stays interesting as the series goes on.

In a nutshell the book picks up after Missy and Willie got married. They have set out on the wagon train with the idea of heading west towards his land. However the wagon train is going to be harder then Missy fi
May 04, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it
Where can I find my Willy please?!?
This was my second time reading this book (March 2015). This book can be divided up into 2 sections: the travel to Willie's land, and then everything that happens once they arrive. I'm re-reading the series this year (with hopes of finishing all 8 books this time around-unlike in 2012 when I read only 6). They are quick reads and nice brain candy.

I think books 1, 3 and 4 are my favourite from what I remember. What I especially like about this book is the attention to detail and the day-to-day a
Megan Palasik
Apr 12, 2010 Megan Palasik rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book a lot. I read this book as an audio book, so my experience may be different than others'.

This is the story of Missie, her marriage to Willie LeHaye, and their adventures together creating their life out west.

The first third of the book or so are their adventures on the wagon train going west. It takes them months to reach their destination and many things, from birth to death and everything in between, happen throughout their journey. Once they finally reach the town where
-I decided to read this book because I absolutely loved the other books in the series.
-The category on the bingo board that this completes is a book that has been made into a film.
-What I liked about this book was the way that the author wrote it to make the reader feel the characters' mixed emotions when different things happened e.g. when one of the characters left her childhood home to live on a ranch with her husband she felt sad, happy, excited and nervous at the same time.
-What I didn't li
Apr 01, 2016 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Love’s Long Journey is the third book of the Love Comes Softly series, written by Janette Oke. The author walks you through the journey of Missie and Willie LaHaye, newly-weds who start a family in the west side of America. Missie and Willie go through many hardships and trials throughout their lives. This novel gave me a wake up call to the reality of this world and reminded me that life is not a fairy tale. Janette Oke re-iterates that through rough times everything will still be okay.

For exa
Mar 11, 2015 Brandi rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
It was good; the plot, the characters, the setting. All good.
It was totally different from the movie though. Totally. I guess the producers were just doing their own thing. I would say the movies are “very loosely based on the books”.
I think I both laughed and cried just a tad. (I chuckled and teared-up.)
Didn't hardly even notice the western talk this time.
I love seeing the characters grow and it's so special to be able to join their lives. I really love it.
I would recommend these books
Molly Cline
Mar 25, 2016 Molly Cline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys Little House series books
This is the third book in the Love Comes Softly series of books. . You end up loving and becoming a part of the neighborhood-family that is within the cover of this book. Reading this book opens the door to the next book and you won't be lost or behind just feels like your walking into a kitchen and sitting down to a cup of coffee to visit. If you don't have access to the first two books you 'can' pick this one up and go with it, this book the main characters change to a child from the first two ...more
Breane Hoffman
Aug 23, 2012 Breane Hoffman rated it really liked it
I have seen the movie series and i think is different I couldn't tell you how different it really is, you would have to judge that yourself. I did like the book. What I liked was that when the characters were happy you felt happy and when they were sad you felt sad, the book really did show great emotion. There really isn't anything that I don't like about it, but I couldn't say that I can't wait to read it again.
Jaetyn Conrad
Dec 16, 2015 Jaetyn Conrad rated it it was amazing
I'm also re-reading this series, it's definitely one of my favorite books in the historical fiction genre. Jeanette Oke is a fabulous author who is such a talented writer!! I also suggest this to anyone!!
Dec 08, 2014 Allan67 rated it really liked it
This was another Oke book that I read to my invalid wife. In all, it was a pretty good book. Missie married Willie LaHay and together they moved west to property that Willie had bought in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a cattle rancher. The story is from Missie's perspective of love on the prairie. One of the themes of the story is that real love requires work and sacrifice. On their way west, Willie and Missie endure: life in a wagon train, death of friends, separation, birth of a child ...more
Rex Cluff
Sep 19, 2014 Rex Cluff rated it really liked it
The series is good reading with a heavy dose of Christian moral teaching added. I'm not sure if the Protestant perspective in the 19th Century, as portrayed in the novels, was quite as pronounced as the author presents it to be. I agree that people were probably more reliant upon their faith in frontier America than they are today and certainly the lessons are timeless, just as valid today as they were then, but I do feel that the author got a bit "preachy" in the story telling. Not that I mind ...more
Diamond Jones
Dec 17, 2015 Diamond Jones rated it it was amazing
So far book #3 is my favorite in this series! Reading about Missie and her husband's journey was funny, touching and loving.
Rosa Cline
Mar 25, 2016 Rosa Cline added it
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys Little House series books
4 star

This is the third book in the Love Comes Softly series of books. . You end up loving and becoming a part of the neighborhood-family that is within the cover of this book. Reading this book opens the door to the next book and you won't be lost or behind just feels like your walking into a kitchen and sitting down to a cup of coffee to visit. If you don't have access to the first two books you 'can' pick this one up and go with it, this book the main characters change to a child from the fir
Morris Graham
Feb 19, 2015 Morris Graham rated it it was amazing
Love's Long Journey was the third in the Love Come's Softly series. This book starts with Willie and Missie getting married and heading west on a wagon train to follow Willie's dream of owning a ranch. Missie finds she is pregnant along the trip, and Willie leaves her at Tedford's Junction for her and the baby's safety as he goes to start building the ranch. He returns after the baby is born, and brings the two of them home to a sod hut house. It is a book of faith, and one of my favorites of th ...more
Feb 05, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Beautiful series of Christian fiction.
Rosa Cline
4 star

This is the third book in the Love Comes Softly series of books. . You end up loving and becoming a part of the neighborhood-family that is within the cover of this book. Reading this book opens the door to the next book and you won't be lost or behind just feels like your walking into a kitchen and sitting down to a cup of coffee to visit. If you don't have access to the first two books you 'can' pick this one up and go with it, this book the main characters change to a child from the fir
Tracy Passmore
Jul 18, 2015 Tracy Passmore rated it liked it
As you read this book, a picture forms in your mind of travel to the west and ranch territory. Oke gives a view of the good, the bad, and the ugly of moving during the setting of this book. I love the passage that was given to this couple to read as they traveled. I also was glad to see the development of the ranch life for these two. The change in Missie's mind of home helps to show that you can find home wherever you find family. The way that the couple used what they had to reach out to other ...more
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
Mignonne819 Cheng
Question#1: (WEEK 3) the BOOK "LOVE'S LONG JOURNEY"
The heroine of book reminds me to feel the life about myself. I also felt bored sometimes and wanted to do some things different. So I choose to go abroad and leave my country to experience new life. I will try my best to full this trip!

Question#2: (WEEK 4) the BOOK "LOVE'S LONG JOURNEY"
This story reminds me about a movie named "Nights in Rodanthe" I watched last year. They are alike because they both describe some people just need to take a t
Apr 21, 2013 Mimi rated it liked it
Shelves: adult
This is the third book in a series. It details the life of a young wife as she leaves her family to follow her husband's dream of settling out in the West. She overcomes homesickness and trials by turning to her Christian faith and support from her husband.

If you've liked other Janette Oke books, this one will not disappoint. I think I liked the first book more, but that is just my personal taste. It is not an amazing book, but it is a solid book, and a good read to help you realize that perhaps
Mar 19, 2010 Shelby rated it really liked it
I've REALLY enjoyed reading this third installment of Jannette Oke's charming series. In fact, I found myself actually rushing through Jane Austen's "Emma" in order to begin reading this novel.
The story continues when newly-married Missy and Willie set out on the long-anticipated wagon train West to his land. On the way, our heroine, Missy, encounters a multitude of adventures and trials, affirming that tiny suspision that the trail was going to be a difficult one.
I was pretty surprised to disc
Feb 19, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it
The third book in the Love Comes Softly series, this story departs from the setting and main character of the first two and follows Marty’s daughter Missie to the far western prairies.

At first, it seems that the “long journey” referred to in the title is the trek west — days of walking until sore and nights of sleeping under the canvas of covered wagon is hard to endure — but the promise of a beautiful valley where Missie’s husband has staked his claim for a cattle ranch hangs before them, drivi
Mar 09, 2013 Becky rated it it was amazing
Love's Long Journey has always been one of my favorites in this series. I love the romance between Missie and Willie, and I found their wagon train journey west interesting. Both Missie and Willie are missing the families they are leaving behind. Both know that they may never see their families again, and that even keeping touch through letters may be difficult. But Missie loves her husband so much that she believes in her husband's dreams fully. Missie also has a secret. She's pregnant. She doe ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Love's Long Journey is mainly about Missie and Willie's trip to Willie's recently purchased ranch, where they travel by wagon train to their new homestead. At first I thought that a whole book about traveling on a wagon train sounded pretty uneventful, but once I started reading I realized this was not the case as there were many "mini-adventures" that happened during the trip.

For me the biggest reason why I just loved this book is because of the relationship between Missie and Willie and the w
Brittany Perry
Aug 21, 2014 Brittany Perry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
These books deal with life: growing up, child bearing, child raising, marriage, and death. These books are so good because they deal with what makes us human. Also I think in every human the urge of discovery and adventure inspire us to go west and move forward. I really enjoyed this book and though I don't normally like westerns it gave me a want to read more like it. The reason I took off a star is because I hated the cover and I wanted to see more of marty.
Aug 19, 2014 Chrys rated it liked it
I got into the "Love Comes Softly" Series because I had really enjoyed the Hallmark movie of the same title with Katherine Heigl. So I was a bit surprised when it turned out to be a series of Christian novels. Although I am not usually interested in that type of literature, I have enjoyed Oke's series very much. It is very interesting to learn how women lived back then. I completely understand Missie's temporary disappointment and boredom at the type of life she ended up in; I can't imagine not ...more
Apr 03, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Missie is all grown-up and married to Willie Lehaye. She is getting ready to move out West to support Willie in his dream to have a cattle farm. She must face some pretty hard challenges that test her faith and character. Along the way, she meets new friends to help encourage her on her journey. I love reading how Willie and Missie grow as a couple and eventually as a family.
Jessica Van Vleet
May 20, 2014 Jessica Van Vleet rated it it was amazing
When I first started reading this one, I was disappointed that it went to Missies story instead of following Marty and Clark. I was surprised that I liked this one so much. Of course, the author got me again, and I found myself sobbing uncontrollably at 2 a.m. because I couldn't put the book down and the book was breaking my heart.
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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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