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Publisher's Summary

An excerpt from the book: "Sure, it's unusual to have an 18-year-old mother when you're 12. But when you're an orphan and she's your aunt and the only mother you've ever had well, as I explained, it had worked out real well.

That's why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin' about findin' a fella for Auntie Lou!

You see, somethin' had to be done! I couldn't just sit back and watch our special family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin' so hard to get Auntie Lou married off, I really had my job cut out for me.

Then, when that poor preacher came along, it really got complicated.

And maybe you'll find out what I found out about the best kind of family, I mean."

©1981 Janette Oke (P)1999 Blackstone Audiobooks

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Wrestling with God . . . Learning . . .and Loving

This is a sweet story about family, faith and loss . . . a young man growing up without his parents, being raised by his grandpa and his aunt, who isn't too much older than he is . . . and blaming God that he can't even remember his parents . . . it is a different era, a time of working on the family farm, of respecting and obeying one's elders, and going to church in a wagon . . . a gentle tale of life, growing, changing, accepting . . . I only wish is that a different narrator had been chosen . . . I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the voice of Josh had not been a woman . . . it set me on edge throughout the whole book

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good book

I enjoyed this book. it was funny , uplifting and easy to listen too. Good.

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Wonderful

Normal Janette Oke style of story. I read this as a teen. Was excited to listen to it 15ish years later! Going to work my way through the whole series.

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Refreshing story

It is so refreshing to read a book that doesn't use foul language. The story is great.

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love it

i loved this book my sister bought me once upon a spring when i was younger just thought id continue now.

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Enjoyable Listen

I listen to books as I walk outdoors in the mornings. This one was a bit slow to catch my interest but shortly did and was very enjoyable and worthwhile.

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Christian Historical Fiction

What an interesting look into a boys country life!
The narration was perfect!
Completely different from a Janette Oke romance book, yet this one too had a romance. I highly recommend any of her books especially her audiobooks!

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Loved it!

What a fun and humorous book! From the perspective of a 12 year old, life as an orphan living with three generations of men and his Auntie Lou, you are giving a perspective of life in the prairie on a farm. He goes through loss, love and awakening as he navigates growing up and possibly loosing his favorite Auntie Lou who has raised him from birth. Full of humor from a young boy’s perspective.

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Another great book by Janette Oke!

Such a touching story of a family always being there for one another and loving each other. Janette Oke tells a wonderful story from a boys point of view. Grab the tissues because you will need them.

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Smiled all the way through it! Well did cry once!

This story brought me back toy teenage years. My Mom had the whole series and my sister read it to me. Thought I'd listen to it as an adult and see if I still liked the story! That is an understatement! I love you these characters! This book takes you back in time and you can just sit back and enjoy! I drive a long distance to work this definitelyadey trip feel shorter!

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  • VioletRuth
  • 09-20-17

Once Upon A Summer

Lovely, homespun tale of pioneer folk in the West. The storyline is gentle, yet compelling and is narrated beautifully.

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  • 09-19-18

Love

My whole family, boys & girls, loves this book & the series. It is a clean book with christian values. It shares the christian character traits I want my family to learn. Thank you Janette Oke for this beautiful book & the series.

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  • David S
  • 03-01-18

Wonderful story

Difficult to put down. Well read and a great story. Handled the doubts and fears of a young boy in a realistic way. Loved it.