The Bluebird and the Sparrow (Women of the West Book #10)

The Bluebird and the Sparrow (Women of the West Book #10)

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by Janette Oke
     
 

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Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . .

"She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!"

Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna.

Somewhere along the way,

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Sometimes she wished she was an only child . . .

"She's lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She's just beautiful!"

Berta was used to hearing comments like that. But they were not about her. . . . Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the street, they exclaimed over Berta's little sister, Glenna.

Somewhere along the way, Berta decided that whatever Glenna was, she would not be. Whatever Glenna did, she would not do. Whatever Glenna liked, she would not like. She would be the opposite.

Sure enough, Glenna is sparkling, vivacious, outgoing, and adored, while Berta is serious, dependable, and prim. Their relationship grows more and more distant until, finally, Berta must look into her heart and discover what truly has caused the rift between them.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-A richly detailed inspirational novel from a prolific writer of Christian fiction. Set in the early 1900s on the Canadian prairie, the story centers on Berta, the older, plain, dependable sister of cheerful, beautiful, affectionate Glenna. From childhood on, Berta feels ignored as pretty Glenna receives most of the attention from family, friends, and especially young men. She develops a protective shell so as not to compete with her sister's limelight. Circumstances and the stress of not revealing her true feelings finally cause the young woman to seek the advice of her minister. Both sisters eventually discuss their feelings and Berta discovers her ``true self.'' Oke presents believable characters in a well-paced story full of insight and common sense. It will be especially appealing to any young adult who feels like a ``sparrow'' in comparison to the ``bluebirds.'' The religious message does not appear until the later half of the book and could be overpowering to some readers, but the universal message of acceptance of self is this book's strong point.-Judy R. Johnston, Auburn High School, WA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585587360
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2006
Series:
Women of the West , #10
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
76,686
File size:
441 KB

Meet the Author

JANETTE OKE is the beloved, bestselling author of more than sixty books. Her writing has earned her the Christy Award for excellence in Christian Fiction, a number of Gold Medallion Awards, and two honorary awards for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry. Janette and her husband, Edward, live in Calgary, Alberta. For more information visit janetteoke.com.
Bestselling author Janette Oke is celebrated for her significant contribution to the Christian book industry. 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.

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The Bluebird and the Sparrow: Women of the West Series, Book 10 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. It is about two sisters who couldn't be more different from one another. Berta Berdette, the elder sister, has never felt loved. She thinks that she is too plain and ordinary for anyone to ever care. But she learns that it is 'not our circumstances that forge and form who and what we become'. This book is full of good lessens and is a wonderful reading experience. I adore Janette Oke. This is by far my favorite book of hers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a sweet story. Janette Oke books are always fun to read and never dull.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Bluebird and the Sparrow is a great book. Janette Oke tells the story of two sisters. You can almost feel the pain and hurt that the sisters are feeling. Also you feel the love that they truly have for each other. I have read several other books by this author and they are very inspirational.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. When I picked it up the first time I could'nt put it down.
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Hm... wow. I assumed that it would be something like that when you said it was a big secret. Dont kill anyone, and i will say nothing. But If you even scratch anyone, i will slit your throat myself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not my favorite Janette Oke book. I have read many of her books and really enjoyed them but not this one. It was the old story of sibling rival told again and the outcome was so very predictable. She does have a nice writing style which was evident in this book as well but very quickly I wanted the book to be over. Unfortunately I am one of those people who finds it necessary to finish the entire book. I just kept thinking I was going to start liking it but it never happened! My recommendation is if you feel like you have to read this book, borrow it.