Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke

love-comes-softlyI used to watch the Hallmark movie version of Oke’s bestselling book over and over again, and I was interested in reading the original book. However, as I came to find out, the movie version is vastly different and much better.

The characters in Oke’s book appear to be very one-dimensional — Marty refuses to be a bad wife and Clark is stoic and cold — in their marriage of convenience. And the plot as a whole was very simplistic with day-to-day details that make the whole thing very cumbersome.

The story feels rushed as the narration skips over months and other important details, and the description of the setting makes it seem like Oke has no idea when Oregon winters occur. Love Comes Softly is very shallow — serving more a preachy sermon about Christianity — and I’m still not exactly sure how Marty came to love Clark and visa versa.

Book Mentioned:

  • Oke, Janette. Love Comes Softly. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2003. Originally published 1979. Print. 237 pgs. ISBN: 9780764228322. Source: Library.
Book Cover © Bethany House. Retrieved: April 29, 2009.

One comment

  1. Someone once gave me a copy of this book as a gift, and I felt a little bit for the character; in particular I remember a scene where she burned dinner and even the dog wouldn’t eat it. I wasn’t astute enough a reader at the time to realize how flat the book was, and read a few of the sequels hoping they’d get better but they didn’t so my interest fizzled.


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