The Tender Years

The Tender Years

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by Janette Oke

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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


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!

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.

Product Details

Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
Prairie Legacy Series, #1
Edition description:
Repackaged Edition
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Product dimensions:
8.16(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.69(d)

Meet the Author

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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Tender Years 4.1 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 41 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 12 months ago
I enjoyed this book and would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clean read. Good clean read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story. I have read it several times. I recommend the whole series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 13 days ago
a story with a moral
Anonymous 17 days ago
Enjoyed this story. Hated Jenny. What a bully. The more Virginia and her family did for her the worse she got She tried to make everything about herself.
Anonymous 19 days ago
I couldnt get very far in the book because there were so many different names and relationships being explained before any plot was established that it wasnt making sense. I generally like thus authors books but not this one
Anonymous 21 days ago
Always enjoy anything by this author. She has done it again...excellent.
Anonymous 29 days ago
Couldn't put it down and wished it continued Janette Oke is my favorite author I have almost all her books thank you J O for your lovely western novels and also for letting me grow up with the family .
Anonymous 3 months ago
Good characters and very good reading about second chanches and Gods grace and forgivness.
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Rather simply written story about young christian girl in her mid teens trying to stay on the right path with the Lord.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all her books. This one is as always the best. Her books are suitable for all readers. I would advise for all readers.
Vivaldi More than 1 year ago
The genealogy at the beginning nearly put me off reading the book, but perseverance pays off. Nice story, but I skipped a fair amount of it because the angst of a 13 year old get's old after so many pages of it. All's well that ends well however, and it was a decent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The geneology at the beginning if this book is totally confusing. Rather than introduce the characters as necessary they were listed in a so and so begat so and so fashion. I very much disliked that.