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Seasons of the Heart: Once Upon a Summer / The Winds of Autumn / Winter Is Not Forever / Spring's Gentle Promise (Seasons Of The Heart) [Hardcover]

By Janette Oke (Author)
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Meet Joshua Jones, a young man growing up on the prairie at the turn of the century. Shaped by his unconventional family and the events that transpire in the small town he calls home, Josh faces questions of life, faith, and love in this heartwarming, four-part story by beloved and bestselling author Janette Oke.
Once Upon a Summer

Josh has always known his family isn't typical, but when Grandpa and Uncle Charlie make plans to find Aunt Lou a husband?and take away the only mother Josh has ever known?Josh has to do something!

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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Pages   704
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.2" Width: 6.4" Height: 2.3"
Weight:   2.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2008
Publisher   Bethany House
Series  Seasons Of The Heart  
ISBN  0764206532  
ISBN13  9780764206535  


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More About Janette Oke


Janette Oke Janette Oke (born 18 February 1935) is a Canadian author and pioneer of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer time period and centered around female protagonists. She is a committed Evangelical Christian.

Janette Steeves was born in the Depression years in Champion, Alberta, to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, Fred Steeves and Amy (née: Ruggles) Steeves. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta. Janette met her husband Edward Oke (pronounced "oak") while they both attended college. They were married in 1957 and have pastored churches in Indiana, and Calgary and Edmonton, Canada. He later became the president of the college. Janette and Edward had 4 children, including a set of twins.[1] Her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, has co-written books with Janette.

Her first novel, titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.

Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally. She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award and has been awarded the Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and enjoy their many grandchildren.

Janette Oke currently resides in Alberta. Janette Oke was born in 1935.

Janette Oke has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Return to the Canadian West
  2. Song of Acadia


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2Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Christianity > Fiction & Poetry > Fiction
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Reviews - What do customers think about Seasons of the Heart: Once Upon a Summer / The Winds of Autumn / Winter Is Not Forever / Spring's Gentle Promise?

An omnibus edition of four best-selling novels under one cover for a budget price  Feb 10, 2009
With nearly three million copies sold, Janette Oke's famed series have their numbers speak for them. "Seasons of the Heart" is an omnibus edition of four best-selling novels under one cover for a budget price. 'Once Upon a Summer', 'The Winds of Autumn', 'Winter is not Forever', and 'Springs Gentle Promise', are all included in this comprehensive volume following Josh Jones as he begins to face the rough road of life. "Seasons of the Heart" is an ideal pick for one interested in the series who wants to dive right in.
 
Not her best  Mar 11, 2008
After reading the Love Comes Softly Series and the Prairie Legacy, I couldn't wait to read another series by Ms. Oke. I was excited to get Seasons of the Heart in one volume. I just couldn't get into this volume though. I tried several times and just could not finish it. I have actually had the book for several years now, probably around five. Maybe one of these days. I even loaned it to a friend and she couldn't get into it either. Obviously, lots of folks do like it. So don't let me discourage anyone from reading it.
 
good series...  Mar 5, 2007
This was a good series from Janette Oke. It isn't one of her best, but I still really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend it to anyone who is already a Janette Oke fan. For new readers I would suggest starting with her other series such as Love Comes Softly or the Canadian West series.
 
One of my favorites growing up.  Dec 1, 2005
Originally my mom introduced me to this series because she thought I would enjoy it because it was from a guys perspective. Well she was right. I cant even count how many times I read through each of the books. I could always imagine being right there with him as he told his story. Eventually I was given this book collecting all four novels and again read through it over and over again. This being the only Janette Oke series I have read I cant really base it off of the other ones. But for me it was a great way to spend a rainy day or just any other time I felt like picking up a book.
 
All right overall  May 14, 2002
Personally, I don't care for the way Janette Oke used the first-person style of writing, with a man as her main character. Her man just doesn't seem like a real man, mainly because he acts and thinks along the same lines as Janette's women do in her other books. Overall, it was a mistake for her to use a guy to tell the story- I think the books would have been vastly better if Janette had used a girl's perspective.
Aside from that complaint-
This story begins with the childhood of the "narrator", and goes through the boy's growing-up years on the farm. Everything is peaceful and happy. Little incidents occur here and there- his grandfather comes to live with them, he gets his first dog, etc. Finally, he becomes a man. One night he overhears the men downstairs discussing the fact that he needs to get married. He decides that yes, he should get married, so bang! he goes out and does it. Then the books tell about his married life (I liked his wife, by the way.) During his married life they go through the Depression and he winds up on a road crew far from home. All of a sudden, at the very end, everything is resolved and he gets to go home.
Generally this story is pretty good, but I've read many books by Janette Oke that are much better. Like I said, I think what messed up this series was trying to use the guy's perspective. It just isn't quite right.
 

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