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An excerpt from the book: "Sure, it's unusual to have an eighteen-year-old mother when you're twelve. But when you're an orphan and she's your aunt and the only mother you've ever had well, as I explained, it had worked out real well.

That's why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin' about findin' a fella for Auntie Lou!

You see, somethin' had to be done! I couldn't just sit back and watch our special family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin' so hard to get Auntie Lou married off, I really had my job cut out for me.

Then, when that poor preacher came along, it really got complicated.

And maybe you'll find out what I found out about the best kind of family, I mean."

©1981 Janette Oke (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Delightful

Lovely feel-good factor without any foul language, no violence and no sexual content. A little gem of a book. Downloading the next in the series.

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Heart warming!

I loved this book, Josh was so innocent, so blunt and funny, loved all the characters! The way a child perceives God is quite something...the little prayers made me chuckle:) it was a good story and the narrator was amazing, making somehow a distinct voice for each character. I especially loved grampa's 'Bed time, boy!' :D

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Once Upon A Summer

Lovely, homespun tale of pioneer folk in the West. The storyline is gentle, yet compelling and is narrated beautifully.

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  • 20-11-15

Wrestling with God . . . Learning . . .and Loving

This is a sweet story about family, faith and loss . . . a young man growing up without his parents, being raised by his grandpa and his aunt, who isn't too much older than he is . . . and blaming God that he can't even remember his parents . . . it is a different era, a time of working on the family farm, of respecting and obeying one's elders, and going to church in a wagon . . . a gentle tale of life, growing, changing, accepting . . . I only wish is that a different narrator had been chosen . . . I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the voice of Josh had not been a woman . . . it set me on edge throughout the whole book

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  • Lynne Morse
  • 01-07-22

Very nice story

This is not my typical genre, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Such a nice. Story but it was fun to put myself back in time.

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  • Jenica Long
  • 23-04-22

favorite

I have always loved Janette Oke's books. This was one of the first of hers that I read back in Jr. high. The reader dis a great job with the story.

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  • Skyhorse
  • 01-03-22

Wonderful story!

I really liked this story with the protagonist as the young boy.
Janette Oke writes about people with real challenges but with God they meet each one together.
I am so thankful to listen to Margaret too!
Just excellent!

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  • Wendy Lopez
  • 13-02-22

a great heartfelt story

A great heartfelt story about family, love, forgiveness and our awesome Father in heaven Amen

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  • carol curry
  • 15-10-21

story was so slow

story line was so slow went to sleep and didn't restart it in the morning

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  • Carolyn Sexton
  • 11-09-21

good book

I enjoyed this book. it was funny , uplifting and easy to listen too. Good.

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  • Jaelea
  • 30-08-21

Wonderful

Normal Janette Oke style of story. I read this as a teen. Was excited to listen to it 15ish years later! Going to work my way through the whole series.

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  • Debbie
  • 14-08-21

Refreshing story

It is so refreshing to read a book that doesn't use foul language. The story is great.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-08-21

love it

i loved this book my sister bought me once upon a spring when i was younger just thought id continue now.