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The Tender Years (A Prairie Legacy #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  3,566 Ratings  ·  179 Reviews
Twenty years have passed since youngest daughter Belinda's story in "Love Finds A Home." Marty and Clark Davis's spiritual heritage has been lovingly passed on to their later generations. And now granddaughter Virginia faces the test of her young life. Caught in the difficult period between childhood and adulthood, feeling that she doesn't fit in, Virginia struggles agains ...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published October 1st 1997 by Bethany House (first published July 1st 1997)
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I always feel so blessed and satisfied coming away from a book by Janette Oke. Her books are rich in faith with sweet, simple stories. Reading things like this make me want to aim higher in my reading.

I love the story about a girl struggling with growing up and doing right. I think that many young people will be able to relate. I know that we have the rest of the books in our collection. I'm going to find them and read the rest of this series soon.
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a really easy, simple, sweet book. I wouldn't say there is anything profound about the story nor amazing in the writing style. However, I so appreciate reading a good, clean story, with religious and spiritual messages (without being preachy or overbearing) so I'll keep reading the series.

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Hannah D.
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Virginia Simpson has a friend, but not a good one. Jenny is a great girl, that likes trouble. Virginia invites Jenny to come to church, hoping that this would change Jenny into a better person. Virginia thinks that maybe, just maybe, she wished she were Jenny. No chores. No parents to tell you what to do. And freedom to do anything she wants. But when her "dear" friend gets in an accident that kills one kid and hurts everyone else. And when others accuse Rett Marshall of stealing things, Virgini ...more
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Complex and Beautiful

Characters extremely well developed . Sweet, complex story . Difficult situations dealt with realistically and with positive, godly outcomes. Highly recommended.
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This continuation of the Love Comes Softly series was very good; I'm glad I have the entire box set on hand.
Lydia Dyslin
The Tender Years is the first book in the Prairie Legacy series by Janette Oke.

I really enjoyed this continuation of the family from the Love Comes Softly series. Actually, when I grabbed the first two books in this series off the shelves, I didn't realize this was about one of Marty's granddaughters until I started reading the prologue!

Virginia was likeable. I could really relate to her. Normally I would be very frustrated at her for going along with all of Jenny's plans, but the author wrote
Jan 31, 2016 rated it liked it
I used to enjoy Janette Oke years ago when I was into inspirational romance. I love her writing and still do. I had many irritations with this book but because it's so well written, she kept me gripped. I really liked the main character, Virginia, and felt that in some ways she was put in a bad light for not getting on with the brat, Jenny. I hate that she felt she still had to be friendly to the mean and manipulative girl because she needed to love her into the church. I don't believe a Christi ...more
Oct 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
This is the first book in the sequel series "A Prairie Legacy" which follows "The Love Comes Softly" series by Janette Oke. About 25 years pass between the end of "Love" and the beginning of "Prairie" so it is all about a new generation. I highly recommed the "Love" series and thoroughly enjoyed it, but I didn't find anything so interesting about "The Tender Years" that makes me want to keep reading. Think I'm stuck on the former generation and nothing is going to measure up. For me, it's time t ...more
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Prairie Legacy series, and I really enjoyed it. It was also the first book I have read by Janette Oke. The book is about a teenage girl named Virginia and her struggles with friends and family. Because it is a "Christian novel" I was worried that it might be too preachy for my taste, but the sections dealing with her faith were heartwarming. The entire book was sweet and wholesome and I liked it so much that I immediately started reading the 2nd book in the series a ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet story
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tender Years begins the story of Belinda and Drew's daughter Virginia, and her turbulent teenage years. At first I found the story hard to get into. Virginia's attitude towards her family annoyed me and her friend, Jenny, really irritated me. The story of one girl being led astray by the other just lacked something. And Jenny didn't have any of the qualities that draw you to a 'bad' character that other works of fiction seem to be able to cultivate in them. So you just don't like her, and yo ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I thought this was a bit boring, but after the first couple of chapters, the story and the characters certainly drew me in, and I really enjoyed reading this.
A story about growing up, about trust and faith, and helping and supporting others.
I could not quite figure out the era the story took place, I would be guessing early 20th century, or a bit earlier perhaps?
Anyway, great storytelling, great dialogues, and a very good plot. The only thing that put me really off were the numerous sp
Alysa Farrell
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love reading Janette Oke's books...When Calls the Heart, Once upon a Summer, Love Comes Softly...all the series that go with those books.
I loved following the story of Marty & Clark and then their children and now on to grand children!

The Tender Years is a simple but very pleasant read, I loved it so much I read it in 2 1/2 hours. I couldn't stop reading and it had been so long since I've picked up a story that gave a glimpse into Marty & Clark's lives and their family. Looking forwa
May 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Virginia Simpson has a friend, Jenny, who is a lot of fun but really is "trouble"; which means Virginia wants to be like her, instead of like the person she was raised to be. Good, church going, and obedient. Jenny's temptations are almost more than Virginia can bear. And, then, Jenny gets in an accident that kills one kids and hurts everyone else, reality begins to set in for Virginia. It's multiplied when others accuse a disadvantaged young man of stealing things...did he do it? It's a sweet b ...more
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-chlenge
A very touching story of a young girl growing up. She must reconcile her feeling for her family with her desperate need to have a best friend and be a part of a group. She finds that she is called upon to help out jenny, a friend who bosses her around. Due to her complex family life, Jenny becomes a problem and in many ways doesn't prove to be a true friend.
A good story that demonstrates that family love puts everything to right.
Patsy Gilmore
Jul 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sweet book about relationships with others

Virginia had a lot of growing up to do. Jenny was totally opposite of everything she had ever known. Their love and concern for Jenny showed some results in this book, but I think the sequel will tell us more about a change that is bound to occur in her life because of love and prayer. The book stresses the acceptAnce and respect for all people regardless of their circumstance or situation. Great read for young teens
Pamela Kay Vaughan
A Wonderful Christian Journey

Any Christian can relate to all that Virginia, the main character, goes through. The beauty of this story brings to light the struggles of any Christian, whether they be young or old. Wonderfully written and a book that is hard to put down as you begin to see Virginia grow, not only from a young girl into a young woman, but also as she grows in Christ.
Heather Hamilton
I couldn't stop reading!!!

ABSOLUTELY wonderful, I honestly found it hard to put down when something else needed my attention ! Not only was this book a joy to read but it also caused me to take a look at my life and what kind of person I am .
God is Amazing, all he wants from us is to believe in him, Trust him and care for others as he cares for us.
Patricia  Moore
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Loved this story. Two days read. Seemed real-life with many truisms put forth in an uplifting way. Tears and laughter and real time messages that all readers could learn from.
Linda Henderson
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me a long time to read this, not because it was a difficult read or that I didn't like it. I just got interrupted with other need-to-read things in the meantime. Every time I went back to it, I knew the characters and enjoyed the plot. I do like a Janette Oke book once in a while.
Tiffany Weister
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
It's a sweet story and easy read with complex characters and Godly examples. I went in thinking it would just be "okay", and a turn of events during the story helped it become so much more! I am excited to start the next in the series. A fabulous continuation of the Love Comes Softly series.
Sue Phillips roberts
I was a little disappointed in this compared to other Janette Oke books. It moved slowly.
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another fantastic book by Janette Oke. I absolutely love the stories of Marty and Clark's family.
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Listened to this as an audio book. Easy read novel
Annie Kate
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sweet and wise, a good book for all ages. I am glad my daughter enjoyed it.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
predictable but good story.
Julia Allison
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet book!

This author has done it again!
I've read so many of her books, over many years.
She's never disappointed me.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The tender years

Wonderful story of youth coming of age, Sharing Gods love, struggling through trials, and seeing the justice work along with prayers.
Dec 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I actually couldn't finish the book. It was ok, but not really an adult book.
Chloe (aka Crystal)
WILL POST A REVIEW LATER. It's hard holding a baby and typing with one hand... :P
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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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