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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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  • Debbie
  • Toney, Alabama
  • 11-20-15

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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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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  • L
  • APO, AP, United States
  • 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.