For a number of years I have been reading weekly from vaious books to a group of widowed and older women in a retirement home. Of the many they have heard, these books by Janette Oke have been received with acclaim by them. In fact, after reading the first four books of this series, they have requested to hear the rest of them. Janette writes with a truly entertaining insight to reveal the gamut of honest and true family and spiritual values without maudlin characteristics but with pathos, compassion and humor. I found it easy to read her stories aloud without preview. If all her writing is as good as this series, I would recommend it be a classic addition to all student reading as well as an alternative to the seamy genre so available to he public today.