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Love's Enduring Promise

(Love Comes Softly #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  11,774 ratings  ·  371 reviews
Tragedy brought them together, but love bound them into a family.

Clark and Marty Davis, the pioneer couple thrown together after the death of their first spouses, now preside over a growing number of youngsters in their prairie home. Together they face the joys and trials of life on a homesteader's farm.

Will they be able to find a suitable teacher for the long-awaited new

Paperback, Revised Edition, 239 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 1979)
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Rachel Moore Yes and no. It's that similar sort of prairie environment, but there are more people in this series for the main characters to interact with, and…moreYes and no. It's that similar sort of prairie environment, but there are more people in this series for the main characters to interact with, and definitely more of an emphasis on both romance and Christian themes. That being said, I'm a fan of both and enjoy both for their similarities and differences alike.(less)

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I liked the last book a lot, but I think I enjoyed this one even more!! :D There was a lot more going on this least it felt like it lol With all the weddings and babies being born :P But it did cover about ten years though so it is understandable I guess haha xD

I don't know what is so special to me about these books...they are just so nice and relaxing to read :) You don't have to think too hard when you read these, or worry about missing anything important if you didn't read carefully
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
Janette Oke has an endearing writing quality that can tug at you a little bit. While I did enjoy number two in this series I did find myself wishing that instead of everybody growing up and out so quickly that the pace could have been more day to day. I wanted to linger more over coffee at the table with a friend while the children were laughing and picking strawberries. I wanted a quilting bee in town where friends were gathered to discuss hearth and home and a little gossip and giggles. ...more
Nov 15, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this book, having previously seen all the movie versions of the books in the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke.

I enjoyed this book more than the first, but them movie seems to depart even farther from this book than the first, and there is quite a bit of liberty taken with the first book. It is almost as if one could put a disclaimer on the movie that "any similarity between this movie and the book it is based upon is coincidental."

Seeing as I think this book was better than the
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
This is the second book in this series and probably the last one I will read. It was sweet, but if I have to be perfectly honest, a bit boring. I kept waiting for some sort of prairie-disaster to happen, like a fire, snow storm, or bear mauling, but no such luck. Also, I felt the author side-stepped any difficult issue. For example, one of the sons of the heroine's friends falls in love with an Indian woman. Rather than dealing with the cultural/racial implications of this union, the problem is ...more
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Frontier or Feel-Good Stories
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"4.5 stars" I'm pretty certain I read Love's Enduring Promise years ago in my teens, but prior to picking it up again, I couldn't really remember a thing about the story. As a consequence and knowing that this was a continuation of Clark and Marty's relationship, I was kind of expecting an epic love story which isn't quite what this novel is all about. The book opens about two years after the ending of Love Comes Softly. It is still primarily about Clark, Marty, and their
Feb 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
The second book in the Love Comes Softly series. After finishing the first novel I found myself aching for more. I immediately picked up this book with my hot chocolate and dug in. Started at 9:30am and finished at 2pm. Great read. Having watched the movie series I was sad to find the book completely different, but was glad to learn more about this wonderful family and watch them grow. I can't wait to start the third, but needed to shower and check I go.
Dec 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I want to *love* these books because they have so much going for them, especially the great characters but what stops me from rating them higher is how quickly the timeline moves. From one paragraph to the next it is just as likely that a year has passed as it would be an hour had. I despise that. Maybe it’s me, but when I’m in a story like this it is the ins and outs of daily life that make it. From the first book to this one there was a gap of about three years in which a lot happens that we ...more
Kirsten Hobbs
Jun 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
I was so deeply sad when I read this book because it moved way too fast, and did not give me the details I desperately craved after finishing Love Comes Softly. I still loved the story. It was a simple yet very fulfilling read, but I was hoping to get more details of those early years between Clark and Marty. I felt like Marty became seasoned and wise (like Ma Graham) over night,and I missed hearing about her struggles and learning processes. Still, this book left me with a warm heart, and a ...more
Jun 03, 2014 rated it liked it
It moved a bit too fast, and the dialogue was annoying; other than that, I enjoyed it.
Aug 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: romance lovers, canadian historical fiction lovers, christian romance lovers
Recommended to Kristal by: Reuben's Nana
I am not a romance person but I enjoy this series. However, a few things bug me about this book, including about 2/3 of the way through when Oke completely sidesteps the issue with the Graham boy. If a white christian male was going to marry a First Nations female of a different religion in the late 1800s, there would be HUGE controversy. I thought it was unrealistic how "okay" Marty and Ma (mostly Marty though) were with the situation. Even if they weren't racist, all Christians should be ...more
Dec 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
***Spoiler Alert*** (It was suggested I do that although I don't believe I'm giving anything way but just to be safe...)

Other than the ending, this book is nothing like the movie of the same title. Not sure why Hallmark/Michael Landon Jr. deviated so far from the original story but they did. Unlike the first book, "Love Comes Softly", this book is at a much quicker pace. Missie, the two-year-old daughter of Clark's in the first book, starts off at age 5 in this book and and is 18, getting
Jun 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I really wavered between 3 and 4 stars on this one. I LOVED the story-very sweet. I also loved the characters; however, I thought the story could have used more development. Quite a few years pass rather quickly and we're simply told someone had a baby, and someone died, and someone is now 4 and not an infant. I wanted it to slow down a little bit. That said, I still really enjoyed the goodness of the characters. They are pure, honest, humble, hard working people who are easy to look to as ...more
Joy Gerbode
Feb 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful ... again. This one spans quite a few years, so moves very quickly ... but the stories of each time really help you know the family as it grows, along with all the neighbors. More importantly, it shares a life-style that would, in many ways, really be wonderful. They did work awfully hard, though ... makes me very grateful for all that I have.

April 2015 ... once again a wonderful story, continuing the family life of Clark and Marty and their children. The good times, and the hardships,
Mar 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Love Comes Softly series. Clark and Marty continue to add to their family by taking in the two Larson girls as well as their own Ellie and Luke. In this story, the children are growing up and beginning to make their own lives as Clark and Marty help to build up their community by adding a school and church, as well as a teacher and preacher. Clark builds a large new house, Clae Larson goes to normal school to become a teacher, Missie grows up and follows in Clae's path ...more
Loretta Marchize
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love's Enduring Promise I actually read a while (like weeks) ago, but I've been super busy (was at my grandparents, final editing a book, etc)
SO anyways, just like Love Comes Softly, I loved this book! Missie is very fun. I felt like this one was maybe a little more plot-driven than the last one, which I liked. The romance aspect was good too, although a little 'fake' at times.
Content: few kisses/hugs between a married couple, mentions of birth/pregnancy, the main character is pregnant at one
Aug 16, 2008 rated it liked it
I didn't think I could read another book in this series after the first one because I cannot stand the writing style. It drives me crazy, but I promised the young girls at my church that I would give it another try. Even though I did like the book but haven't decided yet if I'm going to continue reading them or not. Part of me wishes that I had never watched the movies based on this series, because I love them so much and they are very different from the books. "Loves Long Journey" is my ...more
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
After loving the first book, I was excited to read this one. Honestly, I didn't like this one quite as much as the first, mainly because it covers about fifteen years. I felt a bit lost by the end of the book because of all that had happened and changed.
But still, the book was good. Not as strong of a message with this one. Hopefully the next book is better.
Jun 10, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: read2008
Book two to the series. I watched some of the movies an thought it would be fun to read the books. Unfortunately I think it would have been much more interesting to read the books before I saw the movies.
Joy C.
Aug 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
a lovely continuation to Clark and Marty's family! this one had some very funny scenes, but also some sad and touching ones too. Enduring Promise is quite unlike the movie adaption, so that was interesting. I wonder what will Missie and Willie's story be like in 'Love's Long Journey'. . .
Katie Glenn
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
LOVE LOVE LOVE this whole series! I can't say much else about it. I have read and re-read them over and over since I was 13! Definitely worth the read!
{ U n s o l v e d M y s t e r y }

I am disappointed in this book.
Towards the middle, Marty was annoying and it became boring.

I have started book 3 already. I'm enjoying it much more.
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, owned
Review to come...
Mar 19, 2008 rated it it was ok
The plot was fine. But I hated the book because of the uneducated english they spoke. Example "if him be thinkin it be wise me thinkin i aint have no say." GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
Haley S
May 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books out if this series! Amazing!
Oct 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After Reading this series I felt I knew the characters intimately and they were my friends.
Marty Davis woke up to a bad dream of being all alone. Clark was there to comfort her and remind her that she wasn't alone anymore. She had him, his daughter Missie (5) and her son, Clare. She was pregnant and soon delivered another son, Arnold Joseph or Little Arnie. The towns people all got together before plowing time and built a schoolhouse. The finishing touches were done during free time in the summer months.
Wanda stopped by to tell them that she was pregnant. She told them that Cam said
Good read

So far, I love this series!!! It keeps me wanting to reach the next book. It's nice to have wholesome books to read.
Rachel Isaacs
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I absolutely adore this series and really enjoyed this book. Janette Oke does an exceptional job of putting the thoughts and emotions of the human experience into words through her characters. It's not a fairytale. It's the simplicity of the joys and hardships that any person may have gone through a couple of hundred years ago--no extreme violence, zombies, or vampires. Just reality.

I wish I could rate it higher than a three star, but I really had some difficulties with the pacing of this book.
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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

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