The Tender Years

The Tender Years Virginia Simpson s parents are too strict her sister is too bossy and God feels too far away Then along comes Jenny a big city girl ready to stir up excitement in Virginia s small prairie town Now V
  • Title: The Tender Years
  • Author: Janette Oke
  • ISBN: 9780764205279
  • Page: 385
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Tender Years
    Virginia Simpson s parents are too strict, her sister is too bossy and God feels too far away Then along comes Jenny, a big city girl ready to stir up excitement in Virginia s small prairie town Now Virginia must decide whether the faith that has always surrounded her will become her own.
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  • Janette Oke

    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 years to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, and she remembers her childhood as full of love and laughter and family love After graduating from Mountain View Bible College in Canada where she met her husband, Edward, they pastored churches in Canada and the U.S and they raised their family of four children, including twin boys, in both countries Edward eventually became president of Mountain View Bible College and recently established a coalition of colleges that became Rocky Mountain Bible College.During her earliest years, Janette sensed the desire to write Though she yearned to be a published novelist, she devoted herself to being a wife and mother because, she says, there is no higher honor that is my number one priority She began serious writing when her children were entering their teens.Her first novel, a prairie love story titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979 This book was followed by than 75 others She reaches both religious and general markets, telling stories that transcend time and place Her readers of all ages and walks of life can identify with the everyday events and emotions of her characters Janette believes everyone goes through tough times the key is to be prepared with a strong faith as the foundation from which decisions are made and difficult experiences are faced That perspective is subtly woven throughout her novels.After Love Comes Softly was published, Oke found her readers asking for That book led to a series of eight others in her Love Comes Softly series She has written multiple fiction series, including The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West Her most recent releases include a beautiful children s picture book, I WonderDid Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Song of Acadia series, co written with T Davis Bunn.Janette Oke s warm writing style has won the hearts of millions of readers She has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 President s Award for her significant contribution to the category of Christian fiction from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and in 1999 the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International Beloved worldwide, her books have been translated into fourteen languages.In recent years, Janette and her siblings lovingly restored their parents prairie farm home, and it now serves as a gift shop and museum of prairie life Please see below for a special invitation to the Oke Writing Museum and The Steeves Historical House She and her husband live nearby in Alberta, Canada, where they are active in their local church Visits from their families, including their grandchildren, are their delight janetteoke ME2 Sites d

  • 190 Comments

  • 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.


  • 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 view spoiler I do have to say that I pretty well despise Jenny I fail to see why anyone would want to be her friend Her selfishness is deplorable and I almost feel like Victoria is a glutton for punishment, [...]


  • 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, Virginia can t he [...]


  • Complex and BeautifulCharacters extremely well developed Sweet, complex story Difficult situations dealt with realistically and with positive, godly outcomes Highly recommended.



  • 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 it i [...]


  • 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 Christian sh [...]


  • 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 to leave the prai [...]


  • 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 after I [...]



  • 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 you don t [...]


  • 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 spe [...]


  • I love reading Janette Oke s booksWhen Calls the Heart, Once upon a Summer, Love Comes Softlyl 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 forward to finding the other [...]


  • 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 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 thingsdid he do it It s a sweet book, with a swe [...]


  • 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.


  • Sweet book about relationships with othersVirginia 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 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


  • A Wonderful Christian JourneyAny 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.


  • 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.


  • Very.enjoyableLoved 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.


  • 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.


  • 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 I am excited to start the next in the series A fabulous continuation of the Love Comes Softly series.







  • 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.


  • The tender years Wonderful story of youth coming of age, Sharing Gods love, struggling through trials, and seeing the justice work along with prayers.




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