22/03/2000

The Tender Years (by Janette Oke)

'The Tender Years' is a light historical novel for teenagers, written by the prolific American Christian writer Janette Oke.

Virginia, the granddaughter of Marty (who starred in the 'Love Came Softly' series by the same author) is starting to grow up and discover the temptations of peer pressure.

This story follows her path to understanding and love, a commitment to God and greater responsibility.

The book is complete in itself, although I was glad to have read some of the previous series many years ago, as there were some recognisable minor characters. Apparently it's the first in another series called 'The Prairie Years'.

Recommended in a low-key way; it's light reading that's pleasant and gentle; really intended for teenagers but adults who like this kind of book will probably enjoy it too.

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