Item description for Spring's Gentle Promise (Seasons of the Heart #4) by Janette Oke...
Overview Seasons of the Heart Series, Book 4
Josh is in a quandry. Matilda is vivacious and lovely; Mary is sweet and supportive. And they won't remain single for very long. But how is he to go about courting someone he sees in his kitchen nearly every day? And, more importantly, whom does he truly love?
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7" Width: 4.28" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2002
Publisher Baker Pub Group/Baker Books
Series Seasons Of The Heart
Series Number 4
ISBN 0764226673 ISBN13 9780764226670
Availability 0 units.
More About 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. 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...
Reviews - What do customers think about Spring's Gentle Promise (Seasons of the Heart #4)?
The last book in the "Seasons of the Heart" series Apr 12, 2009
Josh Jones has happily settled into the farming life, glad to know that this is where God would have him be. Grandpa and Uncle Charlie have recently transferred possession of the family farm, and the deed now has Josh's name on it. He owns the farm, it's all his! Josh is near to bursting with this, and he runs the increasingly prosperous farm the best he knows how. Yep, things are pretty good, until a new neighbor starts to come calling on the two girls that live with Josh, Grandpa, and Uncle Charlie.
Mary (the hired help for the kitchen and household duties), and Melissa (the local school teacher that boards at the Jones farm) have become like family to Josh. He cares about them both, but has kind of taken for granted the fact that they would both always be around. So when this new neighbor comes calling on the girls, Josh starts to realize one (or both!) of the girls could up and marry at any time. This sets Josh thinking about having a family of his own..... Mary and Melissa are both great girls, and he cares about them both, but in different ways. How will Josh ever choose which girl to court?
I don't want to give away any more of the story line, so I won't say who Josh chooses. But I will say that Josh and the girl he picks go through quite alot, and even though their faith is stretched at times, they still try to trust God and depend on Him to get them through the tough times.
While this is a nice ending to the series, I would've liked a little more closure...it ended and I was like, "That's it?!" The short epilogue was okay, but I think one or two more chapters would've really been ideal to totally wrap things up. (However, don't let that stop you from reading the series, it does have an ending, it was just different than I expected.) In closing, I think this entire series would be a good one for just about any age!
Harvest Brings Love and Tears Jan 8, 2008
Harvest Brings Love and Tears
This story captivated my mind and gave me a glimpse of a truly loving family. I thought this book, Spring's Gentle Promise by Janette Oke, was a very well done, realistic story. Janette Oke is known for her Historical Fiction books. This book will give you a picture of what it might have been like for some farming families, during the Depression. I liked the way that Janette Oke gave a mood to the story line to show how the family was operating. When the rains weren't coming, it showed how Josh's family was torn in different ways. I also liked the way Janette Oke focused into Josh's thoughts. She really made Josh's character believable. For instance, when Josh was going back for the Christmas tree in the woods, Janette described how he felt, through first person point of view. In this story, Josh just gets ownership of a farm that was passed down by Grandpa and Uncle Charlie. Along with the ownership of a farm, Josh finds someone he truly loves. He marries and has a family. The Depression hits Grandpa, Uncle Charlie, and Josh's little family. The family is emotionally broken and separated. The spring then brings the family their Gentle Promise. If you are the kind of reader that likes books that take over your thoughts and emotions, then take a chance in taking this book home. You will really like this story that gets you sucked in and stuck. If this book sounds appealing to you, then pick it up, grab a blanket, and jump into Josh's world. It will take you through a part of his touching life of love and sorrow.
wonderful book Oct 23, 2005
This was the first Janette Oke book I read. I was about 13. I adored it. My favorite part was when Josh was deciding which girl he was in love with. I got hooked on J.Oke after reading this one. It is good reading for both preteens and adults. Parents, if you can't get your girls to read, buy them a J.Oke book and watch them change.
Great story Feb 26, 2002
If you are a fan of Janette Oke, then you need this book and the others in the series. I have only read this one of the 4 and it ruined it. :) This book is so very powerful, however about the need for family and God. I highly recommend this book.
Awesome! Dec 23, 1999
I am 12 and totally in love with all of Janette Oke's books!As we speak I am reading "Spring's Gentle Promise" and I've cried for joy and sadness throughout this whole book! I can't do anything to make you read it but I would recommend it in a second!