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A Quiet Strength [Paperback]

Janette Oke
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July 1 1999 Prairie Legacy (Book 3)
Shattered by loss, can Virginia Sampson find faith that God replaces what has been taken away? A Prairie Legacy book 2.

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Secure in God's guidance, Virginia rushes into marriage with Jonathan. But right away, they forgo a honeymoon so that Jonathan can build their house on his horse ranch. Even after they move to the ranch, the amount of time Jonathan must spend training the horses dissatisfies Virginia. When her best friend abandons her child, Jonathan and Virginia open their arms and their hearts. In the process, Virginia learns that love shared is returned many times over. Virginia's childish tantrums are an annoying counterpoint to a simple story, but Oke fans will want it.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In the third book of the Prairie Legacy series, Virginia Simpson's courtship with an old beau is rekindled and the couple marries. The early days of marriage prove difficult. As Jonathan builds their home and starts his business, the newlyweds have little time for one another, and when Jonathan's grandmother moves in, Virginia mourns the lack of privacy. Things are further complicated when the couple takes in the child of an old friend who is an alcoholic. The little girl has many emotional problems, but Virginia and Jonathan come to love her as their own. When their own child is born, they consider themselves the parents of two daughters. Oke's fans will relish the directness and simplicity of the novel, and they will enjoy watching as sensitivity, intelligence, and faith gradually shape Virginia into a young woman who gives generously to others and overcomes the disappointments life brings her way. Shelley Townsend-Hudson

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4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage, Grandmother, Horses and Mindy Feb. 9 2004
Virginia is so anxious to be married to Jonathan that she does not fully count the cost. When reality hits her, she is angry and disallusioned. Her home is finally built and just as life looks promising, an old friend drops in and with her a little waif daughter who ends up being Virginia and Jonathan's. Raising horses is risky and not without long hours - again leaving Virginia to fret. With a baby on the way and an wounded child to heal, horses take priority and Virginia loses her perspective on what is really important. The last straw is when Grandmother breaks her leg and must come live with them. Virginia is ready to throw in the towel when she allows God to speak to her heart and she finally listens. She is able to sort between fact and fantasy, romance and committment and wakes to the real reason for being a family. She is changed forever. Another Janette Oke thriller. Off to book 4!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heartfelt and captivating Jan. 20 2000
I just finished reading this book and could not put it down. As in all of Jeanette Oke's books she makes you feel as if you are a part of the story, and cry and laugh right along with the carracters. I could see a lot of myself in Virginia. It is much easier to give advice about how to let God lead your life then to follow it sometimes. Realizing the difference between romantic love and true sustaining love in a marriage is not always easy. The story was very true to life as always. It is great the way that Jeanette even referred all the way back to the loss Marty suffered in Love Comes Softly of her first husband, while consoling Virginia. She always ties the history of her books together, but they are still understanable if you have not read the previos books!
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5.0 out of 5 stars They just keep getting better and better.. Jan. 24 2000
I read the first two stories in this series and loved both of them. The plight of young Virginia in the first, and the older Virginia in the second gave us a glimpes into the life of a girl in that time period, I'd say, around the turn of the century. This third book introduces us to an adult Virginia, a married woman, caring for an elderly grandmother and an abused child as well as her husband, her own child, and household chores. Life for her was not easy, but she had God by her side, and He is the only one who can give you the stregnth and endurance to make it through the tough times. This book was really inspiring, and I hope Ms. Oke takes pity on us and writes the next one soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Feb. 24 2000
I loved the first two books, but this one is the best yet! Virgina has now grown up. At first I was sad that her teen-years adventures were over, but reading about her as an adult has been thrilling. So many things, including an abused child, her own children, a husband, struggles, and her grandmother, happen to her. Through the whole thing she realizes that her relationship with Christ is not what it should be. I think that this book has a great value to it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! Feb. 23 2000
By Biddy78
Just like the previous reader, I couldn't put the book down! It was such a wonderful story I only wished that I had read the first two novels! I'm a first time reader to author Jannette Oke and I'm happy that found her! It was wonderfully written and very warming to the heart. I was glad to see Virginia's strength renewed during her toughest times. May God continue to bless Mrs. Oke.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of her best books yet Sept. 16 1999
By A Customer
A Quiet Strength was hard to put down and I enjoyed the story clear to the end. The End is the hardest part because you do not want it to end. One of the Hardest Parts is waiting for the next book in the Series. I hope Janette has many more books in this Prairie Legacy, and that they are coming out soon.
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