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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