I 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.
- Oke, Janette. Love Comes Softly. Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2003. Originally published 1979. Print. 237 pgs. ISBN: 9780764228322. Source: Library.