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Once Upon a Summer (1981)

de Janette Oke

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Sure, it's unusual to have an eighteen-year-old mother when you're twelve. But when you're an orphan and she's your aunt and the only mother you've ever had-well, as I explained, it had worked out real well. That's why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin' about findin' a fella for Auntie Lou! You see, somethin' had to be done! I couldn't just sit back and watch our special family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin' so hard to get Auntie Lou married off, I had a job cut out for me. Then, when that poor preacher came along and everything got really complicated. And maybe you'll find out what I found out about the best kind of family, I mean.… (més)
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"Sure, it's unusual to have an eighteen-year-old mother when you are twelve. But when you're an orphan and she's you aunt - and the only mother you've ever known - well, it works out just fine. That why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin' about findin" a fellow for Aunt Lou!"
  salem.colorado | Dec 30, 2022 |
I do not want to say anything against this book. It was sweet, it was simple, it was boring. It was far more suited to a very young and unsophisticated reader. I have a friend who has insisted that I must read Janette Oke, so I have now fulfilled that demand. I can say with conviction that she writes for a reader who is not me.

Interestingly enough, I have seen a few movies made from her earlier novels and they were quite respectable, with interesting characters. Character development is her strength and I did like her main character, the young boy, Josh, who tells this tale of his life with his great-grandfather, grandfather, great-uncle and very young aunt. I actually liked all her characters, but there wasn't any plot to speak of and the end result was obvious to me from the get-go.

I feel almost guilty not to give this book a higher rating. It tries to tell a moral tale and I like that effort. But, if I am honest, it isn't up to my standards for what I want to get from a novel. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
Josh Jones realizes his family isn't typical, but it's the only life he's ever known. Aunt Lou, Gramps, Uncle Charlie, Grandpa--they all have shaped the young man he has become. But as he grows into manhood, Josh begins to face important questions about life, love, and faith.
  BLTSbraille | Oct 19, 2021 |

I have loved Janette Oke’s books since I was young girl when I read her Love Comes Softly book (I never managed to get to the second and subsequent books until many years later). All of Janette Oke’s books are written with the utmost care and love. The characters in her books are lovingly developed and nurtured into life. Her books lack superficiality and are a delight to read. Once Upon a Summer is no different. Josh, the main character of the book, is realistic in his understanding of the reality of life and how people grow-up, move away and develop their own lives. This was a lesson he had to learn with respect to his Aunt Lou becoming involved with someone and all that that meant for him and the rest of his family. The process he went through to get to a place where he was able to understand what was happening was described and approached with great love, consideration and care. I wasn’t disappointed at all with this book and found it a pleasure to read. It was a real feel good read.

Overall I enjoyed this book like I have for all the other books that I have read of hers. I gave it 4 stars.


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  zarasecker18 | Aug 22, 2018 |
I was delighted to find this free for my Kindle, as I remembered enjoying it many years ago when I first read it. The story is told by the young teenage Josh who was orphaned at a young age, and lives on a farm with his grandfather, great-uncle, and Aunt Lou. Lou is only a few years older than he is, but runs the kitchen and household effectively, while Josh combines a zest for life with a great deal of hard work, both at school and on the farm where he has a lot of daily chores.

The arrival of Josh's great-grandfather shakes things up a bit, as does his grandfather's determination to find a suitable young man for Lou.

The book is a well-drawn picture of life in a bygone era in the US, with a surprising amount of human interest. I found tears welling up more than once as I read. There's some rather overt Christian content at the end which might irritate some readers, but it's not over-the-top, and in the context of the story is relevant and believable.

All in all, I enjoyed it. Suitable for teens or older children as well as adults. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Sure, it's unusual to have an eighteen-year-old mother when you're twelve. But when you're an orphan and she's your aunt and the only mother you've ever had-well, as I explained, it had worked out real well. That's why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin' about findin' a fella for Auntie Lou! You see, somethin' had to be done! I couldn't just sit back and watch our special family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin' so hard to get Auntie Lou married off, I had a job cut out for me. Then, when that poor preacher came along and everything got really complicated. And maybe you'll find out what I found out about the best kind of family, I mean.

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