The Tender Years

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The Heartwarming Return to the Legacy of Marty and Clark Davis From the LOVE COMES SOFTLY series

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 doesn't really fit...

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Tender Years, The (Prairie Legacy Book #1)

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Overview

The Heartwarming Return to the Legacy of Marty and Clark Davis From the LOVE COMES SOFTLY series

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 doesn't really 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?

More than 500,000 copies sold!

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Judy Sasges
Oke's new Prairie Legacy series begins twenty years after the conclusion of the Love Comes Softly series published by Bethany. Belinda and Drew, the protagonists from the earlier series, have passed their values and strong Christian beliefs to their five children. However, fourteen-year-old Virginia is struggling with self-doubt and the urge to yield to peer pressure. This title is Virginia's coming-of-age story. Virginia desperately wants to be part of a popular group, even though Jenny, the leader, is often reckless and thoughtless. It is difficult for Virginia to balance her need for her family's approval with the desire to be a little wild. Both Virginia and Jenny like the same boy, which adds even more tension. Finally, a tragic accident combines with a crime in which a man is unjustly accused to make Virginia realize the importance of living one's values and accepting God's plan. Oke's fans will be pleased with Virginia's story. The elements for a "wholesome" read are all here: basic plot, strong family values, prairie setting, personal growth, and the natural integration of religion and God into the storyline. The story is definitely didactic-the adult family members are authority figures who are patient and wise almost beyond belief. The young protagonist is challenged and grows through meaningful interaction with adults, God, and peers. The dialogue, at times, is forced, and some of the plot seems contrived, especially the resolution at the trial of the falsely accused man. These weaknesses will not deter Oke's legion of fans who wish to continue following the story of this prairie family. At the time of this review, my library system already had sixty requests for this book. Young adult readers looking for a novel of faith and optimism will enjoy Virginia's story. VOYA Codes: 3Q 4P M J S (Readable without serious defects, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal
Prolific author Oke (Another Homecoming, Bethany, 1997) continues the story of Marty and Clark from her Love Comes Softly series with this book focusing on their granddaughter Virginia. Just entering her teen years, Virginia is finding life in her household a bit stifling. Although she dearly loves her family, she is anxious to grow up and often finds the family rules and religious beliefs are getting in the way of her fun. When Virginia becomes friends with a lively, outgoing girl named Jenny, she suddenly finds herself questioning her need to obey her parents when she could be enjoying herself with her friends. Unfortunately, Jenny's headstrong behavior soon has tragic consequences. As always with Oke's books, the characters are charming and engaging. Fans of the Love Comes Softly series will certainly demand this compelling and well-written follow-up.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764205279
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Prairie Legacy , #1
  • Edition description: Repackaged
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 307,514
  • Product dimensions: 8.16 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Bestselling author Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") is celebrated across the world for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry. She is credited with launching the modern era of inspirational fiction with the publication of her first novel, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. Today, her novels have sold more than 30 million copies, and she is the recipient of the ECPA President's Award, the CBA Life Impact Award, the Gold Medallion, and the Christy Award. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Alberta, Canada.

Janette Oke (pronounced "oak") pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over one million copies. Janette is now the bestselling author of over 70 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.

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. They make their home in Canada.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Amazing!

    This book is about Virginia Simpson who is thirteen, her freind Jenny is a girl who puts alot of presure on Virginia. Virginia has to learn not to give in, but sometimes she does and she gets in trouble. It was realy good I read all four books. I loved it because she is my age and I can totally relate.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Awesome

    I loved this book! Virginia is a character I can most certainly relate to. Being a girl her age, I have experienced a similar journey. I've had problems with friends and jealousy, and I know, like Virginia learns, that everything happens just as it should in God's time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    a good start to a wonderful Series

    I picked up this book on a whim as I entered the bookstore about 5 years ago. The cover is what drew me to it, but when I read the story, I was so drawn into it, that I read the book in a mere 2 days. Now that I have time to read, I've read it all over again, and I still love it! It is such an amazing story about a girl struggling with forming who she is and who she wants to become -- a coming of age story. In this book, you follow her through a rollercoaster of emotions that ultimately leaves you inspired to think about your own life. If you like this book, you will definitely LOVE the rest of the series. I know I did.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2013

    Love janette oke

    I love this series, Janette oke isoneof my favorite authors, if you like this book and the other three in its series than you should read the series that goes before it ,love comes softly series. I've read it seven times and im only twelve ive only read the prairie legaacy three or four times cause i got my nook when i turned twelve

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2012

    I know, this is a great series! 8 D

    Being a girl Virginia's age, this book has really spoken to me. I can really relate to Virginia. As I read the rest of the series, I felt that it was really speaking to me as well. I also enjoyed reading about Marty and Clark (the Love Comes Softly characters) again too. This book (and the series) is great for any age! I totally recamend it! 8 D

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2011

    Oke never disappoints!

    This book was awesome! wonderfully inspiring as only Jannette Oke can do! You wont be disappointed!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2009

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    Confused

    I have been watching the series on Hallmark, and I did not get the impression Belinda and Drew had children, I only saw her adopt Lillian from the orphanage, I assumed Drew died before they had children, because in previews for Love Finds a home she tells Annie she can's get pregnant

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2011

    Confused

    It doesnt say much on the overveiw so what is it about.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    This is a very good book for kids to read to learn about the pioneer days!!

    The Tender Years is a very good for kids to read but first they need to read the love saga series which is sooo much better though. These books really get you into the mind of how the pioneers lived.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2002

    This is a wonderful book for preteens and teens struggling with right, wrong, and fitting in.

    I gave this book to my daughter and my niece. Both were going though trying times in school and always needing the question of "Why do I always have to be the good one?" answered. It helped a great deal. Janette Oke said everything that I wanted them to know.

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