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Janette Oke
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April 1991 Women of the West
It had all turned out to be so strange, so ironic. Angela Peterson's family had moved west because her mother had not been well and the doctor said the cooler, clear air of the region might be easier on her lungs. Her father sold the farm and loaded everything they could take with them in three wagons. They found new land and a new life, setting about to build another farm.

Her mother's health did improve at least for a while. Then a winter cold put her back in bed and it became clear she had only months to live. Angela was just fourteen at the time, and in those intervening months her mother tried to prepare her for the responsibility of raising three young siblings. But no one dreamed that something would happen to their father.

For Angela, now seventeen, and her older brother Thomas, the profound events that reshaped their family also changed their lives. Angela does her best to care for the children, but still wonders if she is providing everything they need like her mother did. And as the children grow, the questions and challenges intensify, at times even feel overwhelming. Preparing them for life seems to require something more.

She did not know a bigger challenge was yet to come.

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Janette Oke pioneered inspirational fiction and is the leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, Janette's first novel, has sold over 1 million copies. Janette is now the best selling author of over 40 books, 32 of which have been translated into fourteen languages. Janette receives fan mail from all over the world and answers each letter personally She received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, and has been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Janette and her husband, Edward, have four grown children and nine grandchildren and make their home in Canada. size : 4.2 x 7.0 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Tender, Moving Story June 16 2004
Format:Paperback
Roses for Mama is the story of five siblings left on their own after their parents die a short time apart. The older siblings Thomas and Angela take on the roles as parents to their younger brother and sisters. Thomas tends to the fields while Angela does the running of the house. Times aren't always easy though as Angela realizes Thomas might soon take a wife and she'll be left on her own to deal with the children. Angela finds herself in a bit of a situation herself when she attracts the attention of a neighbor.
This story was very touching and moving. The characters were so real that the reader can't help but feel sorry for them and want so badly for them to succeed. Angela tries so hard to teach her younger siblings the lessons their mom taught her before her death. Readers without a doubt can identify with this young girl who is forced into adulthood and has the challenge of being a mother to three growing children. This book is so well written, as are all Janette Oke books, that is is easy to understand the ups and downs of daily life for these characters. This book was so easy to read that I was able to read it in a day.
It is great to know there are authors who write books about everyday people doing everyday things. This would be a great book for anyone from grandmother to granddaughter. It has likable characters, values, and great settings. A great book to read and share.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Perfect April 4 2004
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Format:Paperback
The touching story "Roses for Mama," could not have been written better. Jannete Oke used her warm, comforting style of writing to make her readers laugh with the characters and cry with the characters. Oke described the character's feelings and surrounding so well, it seemed as if you were actually in the story!! None of the story was missing...except the sequel! I can't wait for that to come out (hopefully, she will write one). I mean, she described beautifully every point in the story. In some of her other books, it seems as though she didn't exactly know how to give the details of what she was talking about. Therefore; she would just tell us what happened, not necessarily show us what happened. However, that was most definitely not the case with this book. In other words, I didn't find myself wanting to know more about certain scenes, she described them all. Furthermore, on top of having beautiful, let me emphasize beautiful, writing techniques, the plot was well thought out, charming, and very enjoyable.
This story is about a 17-year-old girl Angela and her struggle to survive. When Angela was 14, her mother and father both died, much to the sadness of her and her siblings. She and Thomas, her 19-year-old brother, were left to fend for themselves, while trying to care for their younger siblings. Although Angela is only 17, it seems as though all of the fun from life has been sucked away. For, she solely, well...with the little bit of help her siblings, has to take over the duties has to take over the duties a grown woman would do,such as washing, ironing, cleaning, and meal preparing, but at age 17.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly Perfect and Unique April 4 2004
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The touching story "Roses for Mama," could not have been written better. Jannete Oke used her warm, comforting style of writing to make her readers laugh with the characters and cry with the characters. Oke described the character's feelings and surrounding so well, it seemed as if you were the person she was talking about! None of the story was missing...except the sequel! I can't wait for that to come out (hopefully, she will write one). I mean, she described beautifully every point in the story. In some of her other books, it seems as though she didn't exactly know how to give the details of what she was talking about. Therefore; she would just tell us what happened, not necessarily show us what happened. However, that was most definitely not the case with this book. In other words, I didn't find myself wanting to know more about certain scenes, she described them all. Furthermore, on top of having beautiful, let me emphasize beautiful, writing techniques, the plot was well thought out, charming, and very enjoyable.
This story is about a 17-year-old girl Angela and her struggle to survive. When Angela was about 13, her mother and father both died, much to the sadness of her and her siblings. She and Thomas, her 19-year-old brother, were left to fend for themselves, while trying to care for their younger siblings. Although Angela is only 17, it seems as though all of the fun from life has been sucked away. For, she solely, well...with the little bit of help her siblings, has to take over the duties at age 17, such as washing, ironing, cleaning, and meal preparing. Angela feels she is quite prepared to give her younger siblings what their BODIES need, however; she does worry about giving the children what their SOULS need.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sooooo Sweet and Comforting Feb. 11 2003
By Allyn
Format:Paperback
Seventeen-year-old Angela Peterson and her nineteen-year-old brother Thomas face a situation that not many their age do. Since they moved West with their parents and siblings after their mother's health declined, they have seen both of their parents die and now manage the family farmstead and raise their younger siblings (Louise, Derek, and Sara)alone. With the help of God and their kindly neigbors, the Andersons, Angela and Thomas find themselves managing to "head" their family well. However, now that Angela is getting older, she is finding that Carter Stratton, a young, handsome rancher who recently moved into the Peterson's hometown, seems to bee looking for more than Angela's friendship. How will Angela respond to this? How will she continue to raise her family if she is married? Can she and Thomas continue to raise their "family" as Derek, Louise, and Sara all seem to be coming to terms with the death of their parents and facing adolescence?
...As you read this plot summary, you are probably thinking, "What a sad book" and "What a predictable plot." Well, first, I must say that this book wasn't sad at all. Janette writes in such a positive way and makes all of her characters face trials with faith and dignity. I really love how she shows in her writing that a bad sitiuation (like the death of parents) can be turned into a learning and growing experience. Thomas and Angela (especially) were both inspiring characters who serve as great role models of how a moral, Christian person lives and acts. Yet Janette never gets "preachy" or fake-sounding with her "do good" message. It is hard to explain this phenomenon, but as I read this book it seems that it is written so honestly and sincerely that its truths just shine through and you feel encouraged and comforted (instead of preached at).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
Jannete Oke did a wonderful job of making this story. it was flowing, sweet, enjoyable, and touching. i laughed, cried, and couldn't stop reading it. Read more
Published on April 5 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book for Teenage girls...
This story is about four siblings who learn to live on their own after their parents die. Angela and Tomas must learn to fend for themselves and their three siblings. Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003 by "robinbro"
5.0 out of 5 stars A exteremly "Bath-tub" book!
This book was one of the hardest to put down I have ever read! (and I read alot) I found I wanted to stangle some people and felt compassion for others in this book.
Published on Aug. 8 2002 by "georgia-cowgirl"
5.0 out of 5 stars Encouragement from Roses for Mama
This book in my opinion is a very good example of the courageous measure of faith that can be practiced in one`s life if they choose to take that path in their life. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2000 by Wendy Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Janette Oke Book (so far)!
This book was so good! It takes place in the old West, as you probably expect. Angela and her brothers and sisters were left orphans when both of their parents died 3 years ago. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2000 by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great View Of How God Works In Lives
I had not read any of her books for a few weeks and i thought that this one looked good so i thought i would read it. And let me tell you that i am very glad i did. i love how ms. Read more
Published on May 3 2000 by Joey
5.0 out of 5 stars emotionally draining!
. This book will make you laugh, sigh, and cry. Angela is a little too perfect though. No wonder she's got more than one boy liking her! Read more
Published on March 15 2000 by KL Wagenbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Roses for Mama
Maybe the best christian fiction book written in a long time. Guys if you haven't got time to read it. May I recomend the auto version. Read more
Published on Jan. 16 2000 by "lcheapo"
5.0 out of 5 stars A good book
This was such a good book. I couldn't put it down. It is full of God and life situations that are easy to relate to. This is one of the best books ever written.
Published on July 22 1999 by mayaml@hotmail.com
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