Once Upon a Summer

Seasons of the Heart, Book 1
Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
Series: Seasons of the Heart, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (157 ratings)

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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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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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What a Blessing!

Absolutely loved this story! Full of so much joy and love. The narrator was wonderful!

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lovely writing

these books are lovely without being sickly sweet.. that old time feel and full of genuine love and kindness. wonderful read.

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  • 03-26-12

great for young teens

Good christian values and it is a easy read/listen.... My 11 year old loved this book.

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Great family reading.

This book and its secquals are great family reading. You will enjoy this book.

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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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  • L
  • 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.