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

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  6,833 ratings  ·  145 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, 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 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
#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...more
Megan Palasik
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...more
-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...more
Breane Hoffman
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.
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
Krissy Obermark
I adored the fact that this sweet heroine was really disillusioned with the life that was waiting for her "out west." If it was not Christian fiction, I'm fairly certain her thoughts would have ranged out to "WTF?" I'm glad I stuck with the series after the disappointing second book.
Rex Cluff
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
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
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...more
Apr 21, 2013 Mimi rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
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
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...more
Brittany Perry
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.
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
Jessica Van Vleet
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.
Even once Missie and Willie get settled in a temporary home on the frontier, dangers and boredom still factor in, especially during the winter months. In between the wagon trip and getting settled, Missie and Willie experienced a long, difficult separation as she stayed in the closest town.
Apr 09, 2014 Alissa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 12 and up
This book is wonderful! Janette Oke is amazing about bringing the prairie to life! This book is about Missie and her Husband Willie as they journey west to the land of there dreams. Missie struggles with the pain of leaving home, and has a wonderful surprise for Willie!
Okay so this book was relatively better and I found Missie to be a better lead as maybe beacause we were with Missie from the start. And I'm glad that in this book there were problems other than just death.
The problems I had with the book were:

-I could not keep track of all the different characters during the journey.

-I could not connect with any character. I mean I was not comfortable with or really liked any of the characters. I did not like the character development. There's something imperso...more
This is the third in Janette Oke's "love comes softly" series. It follows Missie and her new husband Willie as they strike out on their own, heading out west to their ranch land. In this book at times the language can be hard to understand, but it is true to the times so it makes sense why it is that way. The relationships formed during the book make it worth reading. You are introduced to many likable characters who are well written and have flaws like any human being. The journey you take thro...more
Dichotomy Girl
So, this was much better than #2, as it wasn't just a bunch of random events hodge-podged together, but it was much more religious in nature than the first two. 2.5 Stars
This book (the 3rd in the Love Comes Softly series) took a bit of plodding to get through it. It didn't have me hooked to the story line like the first two books in the series did, focusing on the lives of Clark and Marty. This book shifts its focus to Clark and Marty's now grown daughter Missie. It takes awhile, at least it did for me, to totally get into her life and get acquainted with a whole new set of characters. I still liked this book, but kind of see it as a transitional book. By book's...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
Watched the movie first and found while reading the book, that the movie is different. Still, the book is a good read.
Amazing how much the movies have deviated from the books! That being said, I enjoyed this book in that it gave you an idea how much of an ordeal it was for women back in wagon train days - the hard work, the boredom, the fears. This book follows Missie and Willie as they head out west to fulfill Willie's dream of starting a cattle ranch. Missie is supportive yet her heart aches for her old home and the nearness of her parents. And upon arriving at their new "home", her homesickness and boredom c...more
Cathy Houston
Couple's love sustained by God and others help during the early pioneer days
I actually cried at a couple points in this one. It was really good.
Nice light weight reading. Enjoying reading the stories of movies I've seen repeateedly.
April Horvath
Love this series!!
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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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