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Twenty years have passed since youngest daughter Belinda's story in Love Finds a Home. Marty and Clark's spiritual heritage has been lovingly passed on to their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And now, beloved granddaughter Virginia faces the test of her young life. Caught in that difficult period between childhood and adulthood, feeling that she really doesn't fit anywhere, Virginia struggles against what she considers to be unreasonable restrictions and expectations.

A lively new girl arrives at school, and Jenny seems to represent everything that Virginia is longing for: her looks, her daring, her alluring freedom from constraints. But then comes the day neither girl will ever forget.

©1997 Janette Oke (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

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"A bittersweet, winning story." ( Booklist)

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  • Anne
  • 10-02-13

Another good book from Janette Oke!

It was a little slow in the beginning but turned out to be another good story from Janette Oke. Good for all ages but especially interesting to teens since it's a story about a young girl.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-09-10

This book will bless your heart

This is a wonderful book about a young girl coming of age and haveing to deal with family friends and a terrible tragedy. She learns to love and trust in the lord and gives her soul over to him. After that life seems to look a litte diffferent to her. She learns more and more how prayer can really change someones life if you just have faith. I highly recommend this book I hope it touches your soul the way it has mine. May God Bless you and your family We need all to remember as christians to always be planting the seed of faih.

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  • ME
  • 30-07-19

Another great Janette Oke story

Janette Oke continues to bring great stories that make me laugh and cry and sometimes bring me down memory lane.
I have enjoyed every book I've read that Janette Oke wrote or co-wrote!
None of them beat the "Love Comes Softly" or the "When Calls the Heart" series, tho. A couple other favorites include the "Seasons of the Heart" series and "Drums of Change".
This story is part of a sequel series to the "Love Comes Softly" series. So if you are wondering about the story of the main characters maternal grandparents, Clark and Marty Davis as well as the story of her mother, Belinda, then you need to go back and read the entire "Love Comes Softly" series! It is very good and you won't be disappointed!
I love how Janeete Oke continues writing stories to extend the family of Clark and Marty Davis. It makes me feel like I know them and that they are real characters!

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  • Jamie Rymer
  • 25-03-18

great, wholesome story

I loved the story. It takes a little bit to get going, but it's good. The reader is a bit dramatic: aggressive really. Once you can see through that, it gets better.

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  • mama8usa
  • 17-09-16

This is my first time

I love this. Can't water to do it again. It is so inspiring. The narration is very clear. Very moving.

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  • Amneris Jacobucci
  • 03-06-22

Holsome

Good message and holesome. I am left wondering about a few characters. otherwise it was a nice story.

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  • Kimberly L.
  • 29-04-22

Wonderful

What an enjoyable story to listen to about a young girl growing up and struggling with life at her age. I enjoyed how the author tells the story of two friends with differing family dynamics and struggles.

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  • Emmaus worker
  • 13-03-22

Good lesson learned

I enjoyed this book and the narrator did a great job, but it is more for young girls. It teaches a lesson about jealousy and jumping to conclusions.

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  • Skyhorse
  • 14-02-22

A Learning Experience!

Thank goodness for books that portray real problems in real lives, where faith infuses each trial to bring Light into darkness.
Thank you Janette! Thank the LORD for you!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-22

Heartfelt♥️

Simply put this story was wonderful. Touched my heart wholesome uplifting and enjoyable. I would have liked to have known that era and location of the story but otherwise it was one that left me feeling satisfied