Fiction Friday: Love’s Long Journey

*On Fridays I will share what I’ve been reading, whether fiction or non-fiction. The books here can range from fiction of any genre, to personal development, to how-to, and anything and everything in between.

The Stats

Title: Love’s Long Journey
Author: Janette Oke
Publisher/Year: Bethany House 1982
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction

Thoughts

*Please note that my thoughts contain spoilers for the book.

The third book in Janette Oke’s “Love Comes Softly” series. I enjoyed this book and put it on par with the first book. While there was some time jumping, it was not nearly as much as in the second book. 

The first part of the story tells of Missie’s travels with Willie on the wagon train west. Of her fears and hopes and apprehensions over their new life. I liked the detailing of the life on the wagon train. I really enjoy accounts of this time period, fictional or real. It even detailed the loss that happened on the wagon train, and what people had to endure to make it through. The next part of the book dealt with Missie’s short time in Tettsford Junction where she waited to have her baby. Willie had gone south to set up their ranch. Some of the wagon train women stayed in Tettsford, also, and I enjoyed reading of the continuation of their friendships. The last part of the book detailed life at their new ranch. It takes you all the way through the second Christmas there, and to the hope of new neighbors moving in with the railroad coming through. 

Janette paints a nice, yet not ideal, picture of life out west. Overall, this is a good solid read.

The weather is turning cold here in Ohio; what about where you are? Any winter reads lined up?

– Melinda

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