First Line Friday (week 162): Love Comes Softly

Posted September 27, 2019 by meezcarrie in Christian, First Line Fridays, giveaway, historical, Janette Oke, romance / 16 Comments

Happy Friday! And welcome to First Line Friday, hosted by Hoarding Books!!! Since it’s Friday, it’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring Love Comes Softly by Janette Oke, in celebration of its 40th anniversary! Such a special book to me in so many ways, as I know it is to millions of other readers.

And the first line is

The morning sun shone brightly on the canvas of the covered wagon, promising an unseasonably warm day for mid-October.

First published in 1979, Janette Oke’s beloved classic launched a new wave of inspirational fiction and inspired and captivated readers with its endearing story of loss and love. Adapted for television in 2003 by the Hallmark Channel, it went on to become one of their most watched films ever. Millions have laughed, wept, and rejoiced with Marty and Clark Davis, whose tragic circumstances threw them together, suddenly and unexpectedly, on the frontier prairies of the late 1800s.


She ventured west with the man she loved, but in one day her whole world had crumbled around her…

Nineteen-year-old Marty Claridge starts west with her adventurous, boyish husband, Clem, seeking to claim land and hoping for good fortune. But when the venture turns suddenly to tragedy, Marty is left alone with her great loss. And coupled with her grief and heartache is the grim reality that there is no way to return home.

Clark Davis and his little girl, Missie, are also in great need. Clark’s wife has died, leaving him to care to Missie and the farm at the same time. His offer to Marty comes with good intention, but will courage and faith be enough to bring them to true love?

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16 responses to “First Line Friday (week 162): Love Comes Softly

  1. DeAnna Dodson

    I’ll probably be shunned for admitting this, but I never could get into this book. I enjoyed the movie, and I think it’s a good story, but the book tries so hard to reproduce the exact sound of every bit of dialect, it’s painful to read. For me.

    :::hangs head in shame:::

  2. Martha Troxel

    It doesn’t seem possible that this book was published 40 years ago! This was one of the first Christian fiction books I read!

  3. Kay Garrett

    Vacation For The Dogs
    July 23 – Yellowstone National Park is a paradise of mountain wilderness, studded with dramatic canyons, alpine rivers and lush forest.
    BRING JADE HOME by Michelle Caffrey

  4. I have happy memories of reading this story, long ago, tucked in the back corner of my school library snuggled in a beanbag!
    Over on my blog this week, I’m sharing the first line from Jody Hedlund’s newest YA book, Foremost.
    Here I’ll share the first line of a book I’m nearly finished reading, Aiming for Love by Mary Connealy.
    “Josephine Nordegren floated through the woodland silent as a ghost.”

  5. Sandy Smith

    From Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson:
    Krista Galloway didn’t usually second-guess herself, but as she slowed down the U-Haul truck on the outskirts of Winter Hill, she was assaulted with some serious doubts.

  6. Gloria A

    Read and Buried by Eva Gates
    Chapter One
    “Come in,” Bertie James, the director of the Lighthouse Library, called in answer to a knock on her office door.

  7. Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog I’m sharing the first line from Christmas in Winter Hill by Melody Carlson. I’m currently reading Freedom’s Kiss by Sarah Monzon. I’m just starting chapter 29, so I’ll share the first line from there.

    “Florida, 1832
    Winnie felt like a cow being led to slaughter, just waiting her turn to stand before the butcher with a club in his hand.”

    Hope you have a great weekend filled with excellent reading time. ?❤?

  8. Becky Smith

    Happy Weekend! My first line is from “Least Expected” by Autumn Macarthur:

    “Maggie Golding ran her fingers through her multi-coloured hair, planted her hands on her hips, and took a step back to examine the latest window display she’d created for Pettett and Mayfields London department store.”

  9. Megan

    “We’re gonna do this. You and me.” I cringe as I type this, but my son’t “Detective Pikachu Case Files” book is the book closest to me at the moment. I love that my boys enjoy reading, and I try to encourage them to read great literature They do read some great books, but Friday was Grandparents’ Day at their school AND the Scholastic Book Fair…so when his grandfather told him he could pick out a book, that is what he picked. As for “Love Comes Softly,” I remember starting to read the series in middle school and thinking it was special that it was a series that both my grandmother and I both liked. She lived over 2,000 miles away. She passed away when I was in 8th grade, and my mom made sure I got her copies of the books in the series to keep. I think one got lost when I loaned it to a friend, but I still have all the rest with my grandmother’s name in them. 🙂

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