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Love Comes Softly (Love Comes Softly #1)

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Marty and Clem set out for the pioneer West full of hopes and dreams. They would stake a claim of their own on the new frontier, and build a home for themselves and their family.

But just after they'd arrived and Clem had chosen the perfect setting for their new home, an accident took his life...leaving Marty alone and pregnant. Then, on the day of his funeral, Clark Davis
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Published (first published January 1st 1979)
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UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish
Aug 08, 2010 UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Christian romance.
Recommended to UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish by: Megan, my daughter.
I love this entire series of books.

Janette Oke is such a wonderful author. The characters have flaws, but they always, always try to do the right thing. The stories are sweet, real, and always teach a valuable lesson.

If you're looking for a "feel good" Christian romance that doesn't contain any explicit sexual content, then I'd strongly encourage you to give these stories a try.
Mar 25, 2011 Julianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Inspirational Romance or Little House on the Prairie Type Stories
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I first read Love Comes Softly when I was only about 15 or 16 years old, and if memory serves, it was my very first romance novel. It seems I must have picked well, because not only is it an appropriate story for younger readers content-wise, but it has stood up to the test of time. I still enjoyed it every bit as much today as I did 25 years ago, perhaps even more because I'm seeing it through more mature eyes. Love Comes Softly is something of a Little House on the Prai
Apr 30, 2009 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I used to watch the Hallmark movie version of Oke’s bestselling book over and over again, and I was interested in reading the original book. However, as I came to find out, the movie version is vastly different and much better.
The characters in Oke’s book appear to be very one-dimensional -- Marty refuses to be a bad wife and Clark is stoic and cold -- in their marriage of convenience. And the plot as a whole was very simplistic with day-to-day details that make the whole thing very cumbersome.
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Dec 07, 2009 Δx Δp ≥ ½ ħ rated it really liked it

Ok, belajar dr cerita HQ, chicklite, teenlite, dan sebangsanya, saia tidak terlalu berharap pada novel-novel romance. Bahkan, kalau disodorkan dua buah buku, satu komik Nubè, satu novel romance, tanpa pikir panjang saya akan memilih komik Nubè. Jadi, kalaupun memang ada novel romance di to-read list saia, paling saia cuma baca sekilas, skimming, dan baca beberapa helai halaman terakhir. Begitu juga saat akan membaca buku ini.

Yeah, niat awalnya gituh…

- Hei, buku Love Comes Softly yang dip
Apr 24, 2016 Rachel rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars love this book!
Dec 15, 2011 Alethea rated it it was amazing
This book was picked up, exactly because it looked really old, sitting on the shelf in the library at the school that I work at. I was bored, and I always do strange things every time it happened.

I was never a fan of romance story, especially one that is so sappy my teeth actually hurt. However, this romance is different. The book is thinner than books I usually read, but it captures me just the same. A friend told me once, that books usually cover two or more of the four main features: Charact
Wendy Phillips
Oct 31, 2007 Wendy Phillips rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This book was amazing and teaches family values. If you enjoy the Little House series, this is good clean holsome reading, but for adults.
Teri Anderson
Sep 19, 2009 Teri Anderson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Little House
Shelves: westerns
This is my first Janette Oke novel, and I plan to read more by her. This was a bit like Little House on the Prairie. Oke's prose style is simple and doesn't call attention to itself. The only things I found to be a little bit annoying were the bumpkin dialect she writes in for the dialogue, and how the characters are always drinking coffee-- as though the author were in a rut and couldn't decide what else to do with them! But the story is a good one, sweet and simple, and I'm looking forward to ...more
May 11, 2013 Davida rated it really liked it
Recommended to Davida by: Kirsten
Shelves: book-club-novels
This book surprised me! It is something I would have never picked up on my own, so I have a fellow Book Club friend to thank for the recommendation. I found this to be a nice palate-cleansing book as I read quite a bit of heavy material. I was pleased that that relationship that developed in this book was not over-the-top romantic and the Christian aspects of the novel are gentle, not aggressive for any readers who may not be of the same faith. I loved learning about the day-to-day life of the f ...more
Dec 22, 2014 Christy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was wrong to have waited so long to read this book; I almost missed a treasure by not reading it at all! I watched this as a movie on TV and I really didn't cling to it. The book however was a breath of fresh air. It's true pioneer grit and charm all in one. It's not just about love but a community linking arms in times of need. Quiet humor and strong faith. No flowery words or talk of beauty; no secrets needed or misunderstandings to keep a novel going; just pure pleasant writing at it's fine ...more
Apr 13, 2015 Abby rated it it was amazing
Finally reading this series! I have watched all the movies (comment if you have too!) and I promised myself I would not compare the movie to the book-but you know I did a little bit ;)
Anyway I enjoyed this quite a bit! I have a lot I could say about the book and movie differences but I will restrain myself! Let's just say I really enjoy both.
I was really happy with the flow of this never got to boring at all which occasionally happens with Janette's books. I loved Marty faith change,
Feb 22, 2010 Mimi rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I had quite an experience with this book. My parents own the Hallmark movie version of the story, and I saw that a while back. I really liked it, and it made me want to read the book. For Christmas, I gave the copy of this book to a friend (without having read it yet), and then the book she gave me was so awesome, I decided my book to her couldn't be as awesome. I finally got it from the library (after waiting on hold FOREVER) and started to read it. Really critically. I was mentally tearing it ...more
Jul 27, 2009 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: good-girly-book
I got interested in this book after seeing the hallmark hall of fame movie, They have done the first 8 books into movies and I loved them. When I read the book I fell in love all over again. The series takes place in Canada in the 1800's. It is a good pioneer story. It is about a women Woman, named Marty. After arriving to a new area to settle in mid october an accident takes the life of he husband. There is no one for Marty to turn to, they only arrived the day before she can't go home because ...more
Mar 29, 2009 Helen rated it really liked it
This series was recommended to me by a friend at work who loaned me her first three books to read. Marty is a young woman on her way out west with her husband Clem to claim and settle on the land there, when her husband meets with a tragic accident that claims his life and leaves Marty alone and bereft with a baby on the way and nothing to her name other than a few personal items from their broken-down covered wagon. Along comes a young man with an offer that she marry him and come to live in hi ...more
Feb 22, 2013 Lindsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-book, 2013, series, romance
One of the few books that I watched the movie before reading. But that is only because I came across the movie on Hallmark, watched it and then needed it read the book. There are small changes but nothing that was too different. The only main two differences were the age of the child and the characters accents. Other then that I loved the movie and liked the book.

"Love Comes Softy" is based in the mid 1800s. Marty lost her husband, Clark lost his wife leaving him with little Missie. In a way th
Feb 05, 2009 Shauna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a boxed set of the first four books in this series as a Christmas present from my MIL. Having enjoyed the Hallmark movies, I actually had good hopes for these books. However, they left quite a lot to be desired. The story lines were sweet and somewhat interesting, but the writing was simple (not bad, but nothing remarkable either) but sometimes affected. The movies don't hide that fact that these are "Christian" stories, but the religious elements there are tempered and used judicious ...more
Amanda Sheila
I don't like it. :/

Marty's all alone after her husband passed away. No money and no place to go, she agreed to marry Clark in behalf of his little daughter. Marty needs place to stay and Clark needs mother to his daughter. But what happen when Marty grew feeling toward him?

I'll be honest, I don't even finished this book. At first I was interested in its storyline, especially when little children's involved. It's cute. But this one's definitely major disappointment.

The story went too slow, I g
Apr 23, 2011 Ellie added it
I so wanted to hate Janette Oke. She was everything I "look down" on. Too simplistic writing & world view, some stereotype of a "Christian" writer, sentimental-clearly, my identity would be seriously shattered if I were to enjoy reading her.

So here I write, identity shattered. I broke my leg & was staying in a camp cabin & there were books available in the camp but they all were books I wouldn't ordinarily read. So of course I read them, not having other books available, and had a nu
May 18, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
I have to say that I enjoy the movies better than the books. Kind of disapointing since generally I like books better than their movies -- and I was expecting a lot from these. Also, it annoys me to NO end to that you have to read every single character's dialogue as they actually would speak it back then. Bad grammar, misspellings, etc... Drove me INSANE! I can handle one or two characters speaking like that and having to read it the way they'd say it, but EVERY character? Terribly irritating. ...more
I thought I would like this book. I really wanted to like this book. Billed as Sarah Plain and Tall meets Little House on the Prairie with a dash more overt Christianity, it seemed like a good fit. But it was flat. There were stump storylines that didn't make the story go anywhere. The book was thin - not only physically, but on the conveyance of depth of character and life in the settling frontier.

Still, it would have been a solid 3-stars if not for the stylistic affectation Oke used to convey
Rebecca McNutt
Apr 15, 2016 Rebecca McNutt rated it it was amazing
This book looked like it'd be really lame at first, but actually it was much better than its summary let on. The writing was kind of dull and predictable at times but otherwise I liked it.
Oct 15, 2010 Janet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Obviously a quick read. I saw the movie on Hallmark Channel and so borrowed the book (actually, the whole series). I almost like the movie better and that's unusual for me. Although the book was emotional, the movie was even more so, IMO. Plus, the movie didn't have everyone talking like illiterate hill-billies which was highly annoying to read through. The movie had a little more to the beginning - the relationship between Marty and her first husband. All in all though, this was a nice, light r ...more
Joy Gerbode
Apr 02, 2015 Joy Gerbode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wonderful ... again! One of my very favorite series, and this time I just wanted some light reading before beginning what promises to be a semester of very heavy reading!

April 2015 ... read again and enjoyed it just as much. Again the "light reading" was a welcome relief after some heavier reading in March. The romance, and the faith, all work together for a delightful story.
My second Janette Oke book and I think she will be one of my favorite authors. An endearing book showing God's love and then a whole lot of pioneering lore to boot. I need to start a book shelf just for this kind of genre because it is my absolute favorite. The only criticism that I would mention is that it seemed that Clark was much more well off than his neighbors and yet there wasn't a clear explanation for the reason. It seemed a bit unrealistic on that point, other than that I loved the boo ...more
Jan 18, 2016 Sana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: excellent
Old western stories. Not a favourite genra for everybody but I love these stories. Stories where life is harsh and you've to put honest effort to get something done.

Sometimes what we need is to read a love story about ordinary hardworking people. People who were raised by normal parents and married normal people. Just like most of us . Not everyone is damaged like these modern love story depicts. Setting this aside story in it self was wonderful, showcasing simplicity, integrity and love which
Gracie Jenkins
Oct 31, 2015 Gracie Jenkins rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
At first I put this book as 3 stars, but the more I thought about it, I realized that it didn't really deserve it. And that is just because, the book was so boring! The whole book was her talking about the chores that she is doing. I mean, I read books to get away from the tedious stuff that I have to do, I don't want to read about it as well! Seriously though, that was 90% of the whole story. The other thing that bugged me was the way that they talked. I know, the book takes place a while ago, ...more
Mar 11, 2015 Brandi rated it really liked it
So I finally read it; that sweet, classic love story that was the pioneer of Christian fiction. I have already seen the movies based on the books and I'll tell you this. The book was very different from the movie. First of all, Marty was nineteen in the book, while much older in the film, same with Clark who was supposed to be twenty-two. Missie was two-years-old, not nine. And some of the other characters, like Marty's first husband, had completely different names. The books were also a bit mor ...more
Sep 08, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
I have known about this book for years but never really felt drawn to read it- I was put off by the sickly sweet 1970's style "girly" cover and thought it would very likely be extremely corny...also, I don't like romances! However, it was on the library shelf and since I am trying to buy fewer books, I thought I would give it a whirl. I have to admit I loved it. It is a bit like Little House on the Prairie for grown ups. I loved its simplicity and for me the "romance" was the idea that life in t ...more
May 06, 2016 Vicki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Read this for the first time when my mid-thirties boys were young toddlers. Just re-read it for probably the 10th time, and still could hardly put it down. Dearly love it...such a perfect escape! Yes, fiction, but what a hard life these pioneers truly had! I dream & romanticize, but the reality must have been beyond my imagination! Bless them for settling our beautiful West! And curses to DirecTV for mocking them so ridiculously!!
Mar 13, 2009 Darlene rated it really liked it
If you think you know the book because you've seen the Hallmark movie a few times, guess again! I came across this little paperback while in the library looking for something else. I know the movie by heart, but I had never read the book.

The story still deals with toughing it out and getting on with life in spite of disaster and grief. Set in pioneer times, the life is not an easy one. Clark has a deep, unshakeable faith even during one trial after another. Marty is just determined to get throu
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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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“The truth of God's love is not that He allows bad things to happen, it's his promise that he will be there with us--when they do.” 220 likes
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