Thursday, September 24, 2009

GIVEAWAY and Review: Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

Janette Oke - Love Comes Softly
Truly some of my favorite books!! I am almost sure that Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly series was one of the first "grown up" books that I read as a young teenager.

I rarely reread books -- once is usually plenty for me. However, I have lost count of the times I have reread this particular set of books. Oke's Love Comes Softly series is like an old friend to me. I feel like I know and love the characters.

I almost know the words by heart! :-) Yet even though I know the plot and storyline, I STILL laugh and cry in the same places.

Love Comes Softly follows the lives of the Davis family. The story begins with Marty, recently widowed, who marries widower Clark Davis to become a mother to his young daughter. Promised train fare back East in the spring, Marty endures her circumstances, anxious for spring to arrive. Thus begins a journey to love and family...

The books are well-written and I just love them!

Now as for the movies that have also come out based upon Oke's books: Hm!

If you want to watch a clean, family movie, then they're okay. But, based on the books?! Hardly!! Remember, I said I know the books almost by heart?!! About the only thing true in the movie that holds to the book is the character NAMES of Clark and Marty.

I didn't think the acting was all that great either...

Most people I have talked to have greatly enjoyed the movies; however, I don't think they love the books as much as I do... :-)

Eh, it's my personal review! You READ THE BOOKS FIRST...then, watch the movies. Decide for yourself!!

And, I'm going to give you a chance to read the book first! I'm giving away a copy of Love Comes Softly.

To enter (and qualify for other entries), leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite book or who your favorite author is! Be sure you leave your email, or have email enabled in your profile, so I have a way to contact you if you win!

Additional entries (must do above to qualify):
  • Follow me or subscribe via email, and comment telling me so!
  • Blog about my giveway, and comment with a link to your post!
Entries will be accepted until October 22.

Recommend: YES

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Mrs. M said...

Happy Birthday! My favorite book is The Lovely Bones! And I am stopping by from SITS to wish you a wonderful day!! ;-)

Jessica said...

Happy, happy birthday! I hope it's a wonderful day and a fabulous year for you and your sweet family!

My favorite book is "Captivating," by John and Stasi Eldredge. (I'm about to read it AGAIN!)

Visiting from SITS......have a good one!

Nicole @ said...

Not entering the giveaway, but just wanted to stop by from SITS to wish you a Happy Birthday!

Chris said...

Hope you're having a wonderful birthday. Just stopped by from SITS to say hi.

Janelle said...

My all-time favorite book is "The Secret Garden," but I have to admit that I realllllllly enjoyed the "Twilight" series that I read recently. Sad, but true! :)

LadySnow said...

I am not sure if I have a favorite book at this time (besides the Bible) But the books I have enjoyed the most are by an author of the name, Christmas Carol Kaufman (yep..that is really her name.)

Nancy Irby said...

I can't think of a "favorite" book right now, but one of my favorite series is the Californian series by Lori Wick. I think I've read those books at least 3 times each, which is a lot for me to reread books.

Rhiannon Bosse said...

One of my favourite books is The Lovely Bones (coming out as a movie soon!!) and My Sisters Keeper. Jodi Picoult is a fabulous author and I love her twisted endings! I try to avoid seeing the movie versions though because books are so much better! Cool giveaway. Thanks for sharing :)

Teresa @ ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥ said...

My absolutely favorite book is my Bible. My favorite fiction writer is Francine Rivers. I love all the books I've read of her's. Some include: 'Leota's Garden', 'Redeeming Love', 'The Atonement Child', 'And The Shofar Blew' and 'The Scarlet Thread'. I've still got a long ways to go to read all of the ones she has written, but I'm working on it!

I'd really love to read this series. I know Ms. Oke is a really great writer, too. I've seen some of the movies based on these books, and they are great, but I know movies never do books the justice they deserve. Thanks for the chance to win!


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Teresa @ ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥ said...

I am now one of you 'Followers'!

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Teresa @ ♥ Too Many Heartbeats ♥ said...

I have subscribed to your blog via email AND confirmed the subscription.

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adge said...

Wow. This looks like a great book. Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you.

And my favorite book... I have so many. Some of my favorite authors are Lynn Austin, Denise Hildreth, Lori Wick, and Laura Frantz is a good one too. My favorite book can be one by one of those authors.

Reading said...

Please enter me. Thanks for the chance. My fav author is Charlaine Harris.

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April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

My favorite author at the moment is Nicholas Sparks. I absolutely LOVE the movies that go along with his books!!

April @ PolkaDots n' PinkySwears said...

I subscribe via email! :)

Unknown said...

I LOVE Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, IT is a classic and my fave!
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Sheila said...

My favorite book is "Coming up for Air" by Margaret Becker, however my favorite all-time author has got to be Janette Oke!

bison61 said...

my favorite book is the Notebook

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Ms. Anita said...

My favorite author is C.S. Lewis. I love The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Unknown said...

My favorite Book is The Red Tent By Anita Diament

Deb K said...

Some of my favorite authors are

Jodi Picoult and Sandra Brown!

Thanks for the chance :)


Deb K said...

I am a new email subscriber


Winning Readings said...

Definitely a classic book!

I like Karen Kingsbury, and MANY MANY others. Janette Oke has always been a favorite...

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I'm following!

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Annette W. said...

Happy day to you!

I agree: read, then watch!!

I really like Lynn Austin. If you like Oke, you'll like her.

Lady Araujo said...

Wow, what a hard question.

My favorite book is Woodhouse Family Welcome Home! Our Family's Journey To Extreme Joy by Kim Woodhouse. It's a great book.
And my favorite author is Robin Jones Gunn.

I'd LOVE to read this book. Janette Oke is a wonderful author.


Lady Araujo said...

I follow your blog.


Anonymous said...

I loved the movie. I hate to admit...but I'm also a Twilight fan!


Unknown said...

My favorite author is Karen Kingsbury and I love Even Now and Ever After by her.

Donna said...

My favorite author is Robert Whitlow (I am a little biased because I know Robert!) but I do love Janette Oke's books as well. I have read many of her books. They are very well written and I love her story lines.

Mrs. Apple said...

Ok I'm a Jane Austen fan. Pride and Prejudice is sooooo excellent even the 4th and 5th time! And thank goodness the BBC movie is quite true to the book. Love it.

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Anonymous said...

I just finished reading Eve: a novel of the first woman by elissa elliott...excellent!!

karen k

Anonymous said...

I'm a subscriber :)

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Renee said...

One of my favorite books is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe by Fannie Flagg.

Dottie @ Tadlafleur said...

I found the first book when I was 12 years old while on vacation at the Oregon Coast. I think it was the first book I bought with my won money. I fell in love with the series then and I still love it now. Yes the movies were not the same but they did have some good moments. I do wish they were a bit more true to the book. Glad others love it as much as I do.

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