Love's Enduring Promise (Love Comes Softly #2)

Love's Enduring Promise (Love Comes Softly #2)[Reading] ➶ Love's Enduring Promise (Love Comes Softly #2) By Janette Oke – Tragedy brought them together but love bound them into a familyClark and Marty Davis the pioneer couple thrown together after the death of their first spouses now preside over a growing number of youn Tragedy brought them together but love bound them into a familyClark and Marty Davis the pioneer couple thrown together after the death of their first spouses now preside over a growing number of youngsters in their prairie home Together they face the joys and trials Love's Enduring PDF \ of life on a homesteader's farmWill they be able to find a suitable teacher for the long awaited new school Is the very learned Eastern preacher going to be able to communicate with the simple people of the West And how do Clark and Marty guide their lovely daughter now grown to womanhood in her choice of a partner. I liked the last book a lot but I think I enjoyed this one even D There was a lot going on this bookat least it felt like it lol With all the weddings and babies being born P But it did cover about ten years though so it is understandable I guess haha xDI don't know what is so special to me about these booksthey are just so nice and relaxing to read You don't have to think too hard when you read these or worry about missing anything important if you didn't read carefully enoughidk I am terrible at trying to express what I want to say into words xD Can anyone else relate? lol I know not everyone likes these type of books but for me it's nice sometimes to read a book that doesn't reuire a lot of brainpower one you can just sit and relax with while drinking a nice cup of hot tea ya know? P I enjoy lighter reads sometimesand this was perfect for me Janette Oke has an endearing writing uality that can tug at you a little bit While I did enjoy number two in this series I did find myself wishing that instead of everybody growing up and out so uickly that the pace could have been day to day I wanted to linger over coffee at the table with a friend while the children were laughing and picking strawberries I wanted a uilting bee in town where friends were gathered to discuss hearth and home and a little gossip and giggles Everything was just too uick for me and I missed the slow and steady pace which I preferred I read this book having previously seen all the movie versions of the books in the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke I enjoyed this book than the first but them movie seems to depart even farther from this book than the first and there is uite a bit of liberty taken with the first book It is almost as if one could put a disclaimer on the movie that any similarity between this movie and the book it is based upon is coincidentalSeeing as I think this book was better than the first or perhaps to the author's writing style has grown on me I think I may read the other books in the series also This is the second book in this series and probably the last one I will read It was sweet but if I have to be perfectly honest a bit boring I kept waiting for some sort of prairie disaster to happen like a fire snow storm or bear mauling but no such luck Also I felt the author side stepped any difficult issue For example one of the sons of the heroine's friends falls in love with an Indian woman Rather than dealing with the culturalracial implications of this union the problem is dealt with sort of wussily The Indian grandfather takes the Indian girl away where she is expected to marry an Indian brave and the young white man goes off for a few years to work in a saw mill and then shows up back home with his new white and therefore acceptable wife his heart since healed I also found this book to be considerably religious than the first It sort of crossed the line for the amount of scripture reference that I'm willing to put up with when I read a fiction novel That said I really did enjoy the book It's very sweet sort of a religious Little House on the Prairie Reviewed for THC Reviews45 stars I'm pretty certain I read Love's Enduring Promise years ago in my teens but prior to picking it up again I couldn't really remember a thing about the story As a conseuence and knowing that this was a continuation of Clark and Marty's relationship I was kind of expecting an epic love story which isn't uite what this novel is all about The book opens about two years after the ending of Love Comes Softly It is still primarily about Clark Marty and their growing family but like a series of snapshots of their lives together over a span of approximately twelve years It is also about how the community in which they live and the people within it grow and change as time goes by as well I didn't find this one to be uite as romantic as the first book of the Love Comes Softly series probably because it doesn't focus in on the building of one couple's relationship but I suppose there was enough romance present in the multiple courtships and marriages among secondary characters and the next generation of the Davis family to loosely characterize the story as a historical romanceOnce again I loved reading about life on the frontier the sense of warmth and love that comes from family friends and community and how they all share in the joy and sorrow laughter and tears that life can bring Most of the story is still told from Marty's point of view but occasionally snippets of other character's perspectives pop up Then Missie takes over some of the bits near the end probably as something of a transition to the next book Love's Long Journey which will be her story There are numerous mini sub plots that highlight all the changes in the community As people come to the area the residents welcome a new teacher new preachers and new neighbors I particularly liked the part about the new preachers because it highlighted a spiritual position with which I agree that true spiritual sustenance doesn't come from big words or fancy sermons but from an ability to sense an earthy oneness with God on a much simpler level The people also say good bye as some of their fellow residents move on and others pass on I was very taken with a sweet side story about a young couple's much longed for child not being exactly what they were expecting but he ended up being a remarkable boy who was their pride and joy There was also one of the many romances that ended in heartbreak which also tore my heart open a little too not just because of what the couple experienced but because of other issues which I'll address in a moment Overall every little piece of the narrative came together to make me feel like I was a part of this little frontier neighborhoodI would have to say that Marty is still the main character in this book She strikes me as a no nonsense kind of woman who works hard and would do just about anything for anyone She can be pretty stubborn and independent at times She can also be fairly exuberant in her faith and is eager to share it with others but I wouldn't characterize it as being particularly overbearing or preachy Underlying everything is a loving woman who is a great wife and mother I was rather disappointed that Clark didn't play as much of a role in this book but what we get to see of him through his interactions with Marty and their family I could tell that he is the same kind gentle man with a heart of gold He is a loving attentive and protective husband and father always thinking of others before himself Clark is just an all around great guy Clark and Marty's family grows by leaps and bounds until their little frontier home is just about bursting at the seams and I thoroughly enjoyed reading about their interactions with each of the children and watching some of them grow up and move on to lives of their ownOverall Love's Enduring Promise was a gentle book that was a joy to read but there was one little part involving the secondary romance I mentioned earlier which left me rather troubled It involved a white young man a character I had come to care about a great deal and an Indian girl who was very sweet in her own right which raised the issues of racism and prejudice The couple was obviously very deeply in love and wanted nothing than to be married but not a single person in the story supported that desire except for one short line from his sister who was immediately chastised by their mother for being naïve and having her vision clouded by her own upcoming nuptials Marty came the closest by agreeing to meet the girl and talk to the boy's mother but even she wasn't entirely on board with the relationship What bothered me the most though was when the boy's mother essentially stated that it wasn't God's will for people of different races to be married and have mixed race babies I realize that prejudice of this nature was uite common back then and that no matter what happened the couple would have faced a difficult road However they certainly wouldn't have been the first whiteIndian pairing of the era and since the only way to combat prejudice is for someone to stand up and say it's wrong I couldn't help wondering if things might not have been different for them if well respected members of the community like the Grahams and Davises had taken that stand instead of being wishy washy about it After all they are supposed to be good Christian people and to me that seems like the Christian thing to do Admittedly the girl's Indian grandfather wasn't any better but since he had lost many family members in white attacks I felt like he at least had a good reason for hating them The main point I'm trying to make with my mini rant is that I felt the author opened a can of worms that ultimately went nowhere and then copped out on a very sensitive issue However I'm willing to admit that perhaps I'm applying too much of my modern sensibilities to a historical fiction story that was written over thirty years ago This was the one and only thing that kept me from giving this book the full five stars Thankfully it was a very small part of the overall narrative and otherwise Love's Enduring Promise was an enjoyable feel good story that left me with warm fuzzies all over and very much looking forward to revisiting Missie's book soon I read these books ages ago when I was a pre teen and though it would be fun to revisit them The first one is uite charming simple not overly complex but touching and even a bit believable This second one however raced along from year to year haphazardly but through all that somehow remained as one reviewer put it a little boring It ran into trouble for me when Marty Clark have their disagreement about whether or not she should visit Wanda Marshall Although Clark was clearly intended to be in the right and the scene was supposed to illustrate Marty's stubbornness it in fact is one of the few scenes that made Clark appear like a domineering sexist bully and Marty like a petty child who doesn't know what's good for her In and of itself it's not a problem all couples have these problems and it could have been a great opportunity to address them However the author skimps over the problems and in the end portrays a decidedly anti feminist resolution in which the bratty Marty is sufficiently chastised by her all knowing husband The next issue was even concerning and made me unsure if I want to continue with the series The author's treatment of the illicit relationship between Mrs Graham's white son and his Native American love interest is highly racist Although Marty sympathises with the young lovers Ma repeatedly says it's unacceptable and no good can come of children that are not white or brown She further goes on to say she will pray God breaks the lovers apart Even Marty is concerned the couple will be hurt and hopes they will break it off Literature is full of complex and challenging portrayals of racism and racist protagonists Gone With the Wind anyone? but in this case the racism is never addressed directly or otherwise The couple breaks it off and everyone else seems to breath a sign of relief especially when Tommy comes home with his new white wife several chapters laterThis scenario left me feeling extremely uncomfortable As the reader was I supposed to accept this unsettling incident and continue enjoying the book? Does that and me complicate in the supposedly Christian characters overt racism? As an author if you are going to tackle an issue like racism do it right You can't just pop it into the middle of a book gloss it over and worst of all make it look like it was no big deal and the characters were probably justified in their sentiments to begin with Wait no worst of all isn't that it's the fact that they all seem to think God is on their side and ultimately an inter racial relationship wasn't part of his divine plan Disappointing doesn't begin to cover it The second book in the Love Comes Softly series After finishing the first novel I found myself aching for I immediately picked up this book with my hot chocolate and dug in Started at 930am and finished at 2pm Great read Having watched the movie series I was sad to find the book completely different but was glad to learn about this wonderful family and watch them grow I can't wait to start the third but needed to shower and check emailoff I go After loving the first book I was excited to read this one Honestly I didn't like this one uite as much as the first mainly because it covers about fifteen years I felt a bit lost by the end of the book because of all that had happened and changed But still the book was good Not as strong of a message with this one Hopefully the next book is better I am not a romance person but I enjoy this series However a few things bug me about this book including about 23 of the way through when Oke completely sidesteps the issue with the Graham boy If a white christian male was going to marry a First Nations female of a different religion in the late 1800s there would be HUGE controversy I thought it was unrealistic how okay Marty and Ma mostly Marty though were with the situation Even if they weren't racist all Christians should be concerned about their children being yoked with unbelievers Marty just basically said that his emotions about this girl bypassed everything Also I though Oke resolved the issue in a poor way SPOILER by letting her get sent back to the reserve the girl's grandfather had been resilient about going to the reserve and it seems like no one else had seen the couple together so it doesn't seem likely that she would actually get sent back to me I felt like Oke had an opportunity to really get into this serious issue but she chickened out at the end Also I felt like the first 34 of the book were at a good pace and the last uarter was rushed through At least 5 if not closer to ten years were rushed through I distinctly remember at one point Ellie was a new born and in the next paragraph with very little indication she was 3 years old with a new baby brother It seemed like Oke was tired of the kids being young and sped towards growing them up so she could continue the series with Missy Overall this book is still nice brain candy Also isn't it interesting how when the girls are moving out and getting hitched one imagines Marty to be 45 but she's really just in her 30s? Crazy This is the second in the Love Comes Softly series Clark and Marty continue to add to their family by taking in the two Larson girls as well as their own Ellie and Luke In this story the children are growing up and beginning to make their own lives as Clark and Marty help to build up their community by adding a school and church as well as a teacher and preacher Clark builds a large new house Clae Larson goes to normal school to become a teacher Missie grows up and follows in Clae's path to normal school and the young people begin to pair up and marry This is another tender touching story of life on the prairies

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  • Paperback
  • 206 pages
  • Love's Enduring Promise (Love Comes Softly #2)
  • Janette Oke
  • English
  • 16 February 2016
  • 9780871233455