Book: Love Comes Softly
Author: Janette Oke
Publication: Bethany House Publishers, a division of Baker Publishing Group; Revised edition (1 April 2003)
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Janette Oke is a
Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke
reading Janette. Her first novel, Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. Other novels of this series are:
Love’s Long Journey, 1982
Love’s Abiding Joy, 1983
Love’s Unending Legacy, 1984
Love’s Unfolding Dream, 1987
Love Takes Wing, 1988
Love Finds a Home, 1989
There are her other series like
· A Prairie Legacy series
· Seasons of the Heart series
· Canadian West series
· Return to the Canadian West series
· When Hope Calls series
· Song of Acadia series
· Women of the West books etc.
So you can imagine what a genius she is to produce numerous fictions one after another. I get stunned at her fertile creativity. And one thing I like most about her is that almost all of her novels are women-centric.
I always love to read love stories and romance. And in this course, I pick it up Loves Come Softly by Janette Oke.
Love and Marriage:
For me, marriage is based on the necessity of both parts, and romance or love whatever you call it comes last. After knowing each other in close company trust, belief, and mutual respect take birth.
Whatever we see and experience in our daily life in bus-stop or coffee shop couple huddled together nearby…they are not meant for love…that is just a shallow infatuation, ephemeral…. frivolous fancy of young age. True love abodes inconsistency and contemplation…in the mutual trust and need for one another.
In this context, Marty and Clark met in Chapter-1 The Grim Reaper. Marty was burying her dead husband Clem who died unexpectedly. They came from the East with hope and plan to choose the perfect set of their new life. But as their wagon broke and a horse ran away at night, Clem went for help leaving Marty alone in the heath. Unfortunately, in a sudden accident, Clem died falling from the horse.
Everything changed in a blink of an eye. Marty was dipped into a terrible uncertainty. The shared dream to start a new life ended abruptly amidst excruciating agony.
In that sudden catastrophic situation helpless, abandoned, homeless, penniless Marty was approached by Clark, a farm man. He proposed to her for marriage. He didn’t utter any romantic word or any fancy circumlocutions. He just explained his need for his toddler’s mama as he had lost his wife and he emphasized the need for Marty for a shelter. Marty felt aghast but she had to consider it as she had no money, no shelter, and she was expecting her late husband’s baby. So she had to accept the sudden proposal in that inauspicious moment and for that, she loathed Clark from her heart.
Clark proposed her home and promised to provide her with the fare for the wagon train going back to East in the spring. On this condition, Marty agreed to marry Clark and became his child’s mother. on this condition, they married.
The marriage was a marriage of convenience. They started living under the same roof but in separate quarters.
Marty detested and loathed Clark at the beginning. But he always supported and helped inexperienced Marty in household work. Even Marty was fascinated by Clark’s religious attitudes and rituals. She gradually became involved in Clark’s household and as a mama for little Missie. In the end, she realized that loving Clark was not impossible for her. Her love for Clark was not a sudden whimsical outburst but it comes softly, nimbly tiptoeing on the snow freaks, pages of religion, adversities, and struggles of life.
“She felt his hands on her shoulders as he turned her to him, then pulling her gently into his arms, he held her close like a weeping child stroking her long loose hair. Silently he let her weep until all of the confusion and anger drained from her.”
So Marty’s plan to go back to East from where she came with her late husband is disrupted as she gets entangled with her new home. Missie had measles and nothing bother her except her recovery.