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Once Upon a Summer

Once Upon a Summer Seasons of the Heart Book Readers will laugh and cry as they follow the story of Josh Jones an orphan growing up during the Great Depression Eighteen year old Auntie Lou is the only mother Josh has

  • Title: Once Upon a Summer
  • Author: Janette Oke
  • ISBN: 9780764226649
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • Seasons of the Heart Book 1 Readers will laugh and cry as they follow the story of Josh Jones, an orphan growing up during the Great Depression Eighteen year old Auntie Lou is the only mother Josh has ever known When his grandfather and uncle start talking about finding a husband for his aunt, he knows something has to be done As he grows to manhood through disappointmSeasons of the Heart Book 1 Readers will laugh and cry as they follow the story of Josh Jones, an orphan growing up during the Great Depression Eighteen year old Auntie Lou is the only mother Josh has ever known When his grandfather and uncle start talking about finding a husband for his aunt, he knows something has to be done As he grows to manhood through disappointment and tragedy, triumph and joy, Josh learns to trust God no matter what life brings.

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    1. I don't read book blurbs when I don't have to, and I had no intention of looking at any blurb or other beforehand to know what this book was about. Janette Oke's name and the fact that I've known of this novel's existence for years was enough.I was in for three noteworthy surprises from the beginning: first, this story is told in the first person, which isn't common for Oke's novels; second, the protagonist is an adolescent boy, Joshua, which isn't common for Oke's novels; and third, Josh's pers [...]

    2. I do not want to say anything against this book. It was sweet, it was simple, it was boring. It was far more suited to a very young and unsophisticated reader. I have a friend who has insisted that I must read Janette Oke, so I have now fulfilled that demand. I can say with conviction that she writes for a reader who is not me. Interestingly enough, I have seen a few movies made from her earlier novels and they were quite respectable, with interesting characters. Character development is her str [...]

    3. This was such a sweet book. I loved the fact that it was written from the perspective of a 12 year old boy. It was a nice change. You see the world through his eyes and it kind of took me back to the way I viewed the world at 12, even though this book takes place in the late 1800s/early 1900s. Joshua is a twelve-year old boy who lives with his 18 year-old aunt, his grandfather and his great-uncle and later, his great-grandfather. Joshua loves his little family and when he discovers that his gran [...]

    4. Such a sweet book!! The beginning seemed a little slow to me (though that could've just been my life and reading schedule at the time :P), but everything else about this gem made up for it. :) I loved the relationships with Aunt Lou and "her men" (Grandpa, Uncle Charlie, Gramps, and Josh) and the strong faith woven through the book. I would recommend this book to anyone. Can't wait to read the rest of the series! :D

    5. This was a really fun, really tender book. I laughed out loud several times while listening. Josh has a really comfortable head to live in as he tells his story. He really makes you understand what he's feeling. I liked how this book brought God into it, too--and how it wasn't a bam! I believe sort of thing. How Josh really had to struggle with his feelings and belief and come to know God for himself. And I liked how it didn't feel preachy at all, or at least not to me. It was more of a personal [...]

    6. Janette Oke is a wonderful writter. If you loved Little House on the Prarie and that's your kind of book, you will love all of Janette Oke's books! They are full of heartwarming stories and good values.

    7. Slightly predictable and character development was lacking, but I found it to be sweet and enjoyable regardless.

    8. A little boring for me, but it's an older book(1981) and maybe just not my style (Christian fiction). I'm more of a crime/mystery fiction girl, but I chose the series as part of a book challenge so I will still try to read the other books. 1 down 3 to go!

    9. Janette Oke’s books always make me cry, laugh, and get very emotional. This one was no different. It’s a cute story about a twelve year old boy, Josh, being raised by an unusual assortment of relatives: his grandfather, his Uncle, his Great-Grandfather and Aunt Lou (who is only eighteen—not much older than himself.) When the men in the family scheme to find a husband for Aunt Lou, Josh is scared it will break up the only family he’s ever known, and he fights it in every way possible. He [...]

    10. I thought this was a good book. It was a enjoyable, light read with a good Bible message sprinkled in. It kind of reminded me of the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. The family was extremely unique, and I loved all the relationships between the characters. You can really tell how close-knit they are just by the dialogue and their interactions. :)The perspective of the book was also interesting. It was told in a first-person from the POV of the youngest in the family, a boy named Josh. [...]

    11. "You didn't have to be a ma and a pa and four kids to be a family. All you need was people living together and loving and helping on another. That's what made a family- blood-ties and love-bonds.I was right proud to be a member of this family.""Boys weren't supposed to cry-but I cried. I cried until my eyes ran dry, and then I jest laid and groaned.""I don't understand all about God, but there's one thing that I'm as sure of as the fact that I live and breath. He loves us. He loves us completely [...]

    12. Review written for and posted on Sarah's ReviewsOrphaned as a baby, Josh blames God for his parents' deaths and fears loosing anyone else. So when Aunt Lou comes of age to marry, Josh is determined to do everything in his power to keep her from leaving. First order of business: scarring off the suitors.Set on a farm back when telephones were the new thing, Once Upon a Summer is a heartwarming story that deals with anger, sorrow, and God's love. Slow paced but not dull, this book is a light read [...]

    13. This is a lovely book, a Christian, pioneer, romance novel that was a pleasure to read. It was told from the perspective of a 12 year old boy, orphaned, being raised by his grandfather, his uncle, and his young aunt who is now his mother figure. It's filled with the hardships and the simple joys that you would find in that time and setting. Jeanette Oke is an excellent writer and she is at her best with this one.

    14. On Christian bookshelves the world over, one can spot a row of Janette Oke's books. So let me try one. Aaaargh! This is sickly sweet Mills and Boon about God-fearing folk. I tried to persevere (mostly for the reading challenge) but in the end extricated myself before I drowned in baby ducklings, twinkly blue eyed Grandpas and melt-in-the-mouth cornbread.

    15. Janette Oke was one of the first Christian authors I discovered, and I fell in love with her books. She still treats me to a delightful story each time I pick up one I haven't read. Her books are a quintessential blend of the strong pioneer family ties of Little House on the Prairie, the faith of Grace Livingston Hill's books, and the reality of the life and times of Lori Benton books. Oke's storyline brought me to laughter, joy, and tears throughout the book. I loved the relationship between Gr [...]

    16. I really enjoyed the story of Josh Jones and his unusual family. It is a sweet story of family, love and friendship in the face of change and challenges. I know a lot of people found this book boring, and many of them haven't bothered to get past the first few chapters - but that is there loss. Like a lot of Janette Oke books, Once Upon a Summer really takes off in the middle of the story and you find yourself enjoying it without realising when you began too. It is deceptively simple as it is to [...]

    17. I, at first, judged a book by it's cover it didn't really interest me, but it was in one of those cute little free library things by people's homes, so I was like 'Why not?'.I really loved this book. Faith, historical, romance this book had it all! I normally don't like romance, but it really spiced this book up a bit. It was kind of funny (view spoiler)[when Grandpa and Uncle Charlie tried to match-make Lou with guys to marry her off, but she really didn't like any of them. She feel in love wit [...]

    18. A very good bookI wanted a nice easy read to sit back and step into another time and this was perfect. By the end of this book I fell in love with this boy and his family. It has hard working people living a simple life on the farm in a small town filled with love. Can't wait for book 2.

    19. Josh, an orphaned boy, is angry at God. He is growing up on a farm with his grandpa, great uncle, aunt, and later his great grandpa. Josh is such a sweet soul but he is tortured with the realization that he has no memories of his parents. His great grandpa and aunt help him discover that he is deeply loved. What a lucky boy Josh truly was!

    20. A pleasant read. Got teary often--when Gramps arrives, when the puppies appear, etc.In the same way a mural of a countryside can make you feel you are there (and not, say, in a windowless cubicle of a room) this book made me feel I was sitting at the table in that country kitchen as young Josh lunges for the cookies and milk on the counter.

    21. EnjoyableHeld my interest. It was sweet and I wanted to know how the next chapter would go. At one point I found I couldn't put the book down. I shed tears of joy. Tears of longing. A mixture of tears and laughter. I was sad the book ended. Not because it was sad, but because I didn't want it to end.

    22. I read this back in my early teens. Definitely enjoyed it then and now it brings back good memories.A story of old fashioned, good times and a boy who doesn't want to see his Aunt marry. It warms my heart.

    23. I couldn't put it downThis was such an interesting story that I couldn't put it down Read it completely in like 3 days. Great story and I can't wait to read the next one in the series.

    24. I loved this book, once I got used to the rhythm of the country dialect Josh, the narrator, uses. It is sweet, uplifting, and very family-oriented. I have put the other three books in the series on my To-Read list.

    25. Coming of age for two brothersNot in a way as children but in realization of a young woman can choose the man that God chooses for her & a young man whom had lost so much in his life to gain a Gramps & a Uncle as well as forgiveness for not wanting to lose the ones he loves.

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