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A quiet strength
Oke, Janette, 1935-
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Minneapolis, Minn. : Bethany House, [1999]

Physical Description:
319 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 4.9 9.0 40944.
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Virginia & Jonathan Simpson begin their married life living with Jonathan's grandmother until their new home is built. Although Virginia loves the woman, she struggles with having to share her husband's time. Setbacks on the ranch delay further the building of their own house. And once they are in it, even greater obstacles to love & inner peace present themselves. Like gold refined, Virginia is emerging as a woman of character & godliness.

Author Notes

Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") was born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, during the depression years. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta where she met her husband, Edward. She and Edward married in 1957 and went on to serve churches in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, and Indiana.

Oke published her first book, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. The book experienced immediate success because works of fiction were a virtually unknown genre in the Christian publishing industry. Oke has gone on to publish some 36 romance novels, earning her the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. She is the author of the "Love Comes Softly" and the "Prairie Legacy" series of books.

Oke enjoys a large reading audience primarily comprised of teenagers, homemakers and working women. She recently started writing for young children.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-9. In the third book of the Prairie Legacy series, Virginia Simpson's courtship with an old beau is rekindled and the couple marries. The early days of marriage prove difficult. As Jonathan builds their home and starts his business, the newlyweds have little time for one another, and when Jonathan's grandmother moves in, Virginia mourns the lack of privacy. Things are further complicated when the couple takes in the child of an old friend who is an alcoholic. The little girl has many emotional problems, but Virginia and Jonathan come to love her as their own. When their own child is born, they consider themselves the parents of two daughters. Oke's fans will relish the directness and simplicity of the novel, and they will enjoy watching as sensitivity, intelligence, and faith gradually shape Virginia into a young woman who gives generously to others and overcomes the disappointments life brings her way. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

Library Journal Review

Secure in God's guidance, Virginia rushes into marriage with Jonathan. But right away, they forgo a honeymoon so that Jonathan can build their house on his horse ranch. Even after they move to the ranch, the amount of time Jonathan must spend training the horses dissatisfies Virginia. When her best friend abandons her child, Jonathan and Virginia open their arms and their hearts. In the process, Virginia learns that love shared is returned many times over. Virginia's childish tantrums are an annoying counterpoint to a simple story, but Oke fans will want it. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.