Using a plot that owes much to Zane Grey, who himself owed a great deal to Walter Scott, Oke places a young schoolmarm, Ariana Benson, in harm's way and then joins her with the man she loves. Ariana is kidnapped and held for ransom by a band of outlaws--turns out though, that the boss' son, Laramie Lawrence, has a conscience and even an incipient faith. He steals Ariana from the outlaws, and on a long trek to Montana, the two fall in love. Laramie becomes a Christian, but a missing cuff on Ariana's inherited wedding gown shows up in Laramie's long-dead mother's trunk, linking the two as brother and sister, separated years before when Indians massacred their parents. Tough break, but further research reveals that they are not related, and so the marriage can proceed. Oke is the grande dame of Christian fiction, and her latest is likely to join The Bluebird and the Sparrow , her previous work, on the evangelical Christian best-seller list. John Mort
About the Author
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 : 5.4 x 8.5
This Western with a Christian theme and as many plot twists as a mountain trail takes young schoolteacher Ariana Benson through a kidnapping; love with an outlaw-turned-rescuer; disappointment; and, finally, happiness. (Was there any doubt?) Aimee Lilly's intense narration captures the outlaws' spirits, as well as Ariana's initial despair and later happiness. Lilly's characterizations are true to the tone of the book, capturing the personalities of all. Ariana seems too perfect, but this is due to Oke's style--and her fans will probably not object. M.A.M. © AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.