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Publisher's Summary

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 really doesn't 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.

©1997 Janette Oke (P)2000 Blackstone Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

"A bittersweet, winning story." (Booklist)

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Another good book from Janette Oke!

It was a little slow in the beginning but turned out to be another good story from Janette Oke. Good for all ages but especially interesting to teens since it's a story about a young girl.

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This book will bless your heart

This is a wonderful book about a young girl coming of age and haveing to deal with family friends and a terrible tragedy. She learns to love and trust in the lord and gives her soul over to him. After that life seems to look a litte diffferent to her. She learns more and more how prayer can really change someones life if you just have faith. I highly recommend this book I hope it touches your soul the way it has mine. May God Bless you and your family We need all to remember as christians to always be planting the seed of faih.

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Another great Janette Oke story

Janette Oke continues to bring great stories that make me laugh and cry and sometimes bring me down memory lane.
I have enjoyed every book I've read that Janette Oke wrote or co-wrote!
None of them beat the "Love Comes Softly" or the "When Calls the Heart" series, tho. A couple other favorites include the "Seasons of the Heart" series and "Drums of Change".
This story is part of a sequel series to the "Love Comes Softly" series. So if you are wondering about the story of the main characters maternal grandparents, Clark and Marty Davis as well as the story of her mother, Belinda, then you need to go back and read the entire "Love Comes Softly" series! It is very good and you won't be disappointed!
I love how Janeete Oke continues writing stories to extend the family of Clark and Marty Davis. It makes me feel like I know them and that they are real characters!

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great, wholesome story

I loved the story. It takes a little bit to get going, but it's good. The reader is a bit dramatic: aggressive really. Once you can see through that, it gets better.

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This is my first time

I love this. Can't water to do it again. It is so inspiring. The narration is very clear. Very moving.

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yes!

I have read many Janette Oake book. So nice to read another. I loved it!

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Janette Oke is a very entertaining author

A fun read making one think on how well we relate & if we are showing the love of Christ to those around us

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This narrator does her voices splendidly!

Nice story. Narrator does Marty's voice soooo well! The main character seems a little too angry and whimpy in all her relationships to be soooo compassionate towards just one person. Too much of a paradox for me. But still a nice story.

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Loved it!

Sweet story that took me back to those difficult years middle school. Excited to continue the story!

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Young Virginia is befriended by one of the popular girls at school and is thrilled she was chosen. However, her friend Jenny slowly reveals her true colors. They come from different backgrounds, different upbringings and different places spiritually. As Jenny begins to lead Virginia down the wrong path, Virginia has to give up her friendship to save herself. Unfortunately, she also has to endure ridiculous, manipulation, the loss of the life of friends, illness and a lot of growing up physically, emotionally and spiritually. It’s interesting that just as you are beginning to dislike the character Jenny, in the end, you get a reality and heart check just like Virginia.