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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,057 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janette Oke Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Prairie Legacy Series Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455178247
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The yearning deep inside her—to go somewhere, discover something, be a part of the world about her in a new way—would not go away. But what would satisfy it?

In The Tender Years, Virginia Simpson managed to struggle through adolescence and was looking forward to stepping into adulthood. When her graduation day arrives, she walks to the podium as the class valedictorian to the proud grins of her grandparents, Marty and Clark Davis. College beckoned, and life seemed to be well in hand.

But she thought she would feel different. Like an adult, with an inner knowledge that she is on the edge of the nest, ready to try her own wings. And then circumstances began swirling around her, making her rethink her plans and reevaluate her priorities.

Does God have something else in mind for her—something she hadn’t considered?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As with the first in the series, The Tender Years…the elements for a ‘wholesome’ read are here: strong family values, the natural integration of Christianity into the story line, and a plot that is easy to follow.”

    VOYA

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cambria | 2/13/2014

    " love these books! they have such good leassons "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 2/12/2014

    " Confusing...... 1st I thought that she was going to be w Jamison then I was really sure she was going to be with Pastor Black then of course Jonathan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 1/30/2014

    " Book 2 of A Prairie Legacy. Shattered by loss, can Virginia Sampson find faith that God replaces what has been taken away? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meghan | 1/26/2014

    " This book does a better job in wrapping up than the previous one did. I also felt that there was enough going on to keep me interested, without having too much going on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 1/23/2014

    " This is really a great series; I especially like the part in this one where she meets Jonathan. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annalise | 1/22/2014

    " I really loved this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daddy's Girl | 1/20/2014

    " Janette Oke is a great writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kari | 1/20/2014

    " I cried in the beginning byt smiled in the end. Even though this book is fictions its a great story showing how God shuts one door and opens another! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grete | 1/19/2014

    " One of the better Oke novels. God isn't pasted into her books, as God is in much Christian fiction. Oke's is an appealing, organic Christianity. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/15/2014

    " This book was really very good. I enjoyed it alot and can't wait to read the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 12/25/2013

    " The prairie legacy series is really good. i loved it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Minor | 12/19/2013

    " This is a good book about a young girl growing up and maturing in her faith and learning that sometimes God's plans aren't our own. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dahlia | 12/2/2013

    " Hearwarming. I loved the romance! Almost made me cry....; "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 12/2/2013

    " A little slow, in parts. All in all, pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/30/2013

    " Dealing with change and heartbreak, a wayward friend, and new understanding of God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 9/15/2013

    " these books are really good... definitely not as good as the first series, Love Comes Softly, but I still really like them. I was so happy to find out that there was a "sequel series!" :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larisha | 5/2/2013

    " Delightful... I love how Janette weaves together into this book Damaris, from one of her earlier books :). As Virginia says so wonderfully in this book...'as we Trust God with our eternal souls, so we can trust HIM with our daily lives. God knows Best!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leah | 3/25/2013

    " This book was so good! It is just the same with girls of today, only Janette Oke wrote it in a time in the early 1900s "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 2/26/2013

    " The authors propose for writing the book is to show that your life is in Gods hands. Don't be afraid about what God has done or will do. What has been placed before you has a propose for being there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/21/2013

    " quick read. The character Virginia resonates (with me) well, though I found myself almost envious of her faith. She's very much like her grandfather in that regard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla Still | 11/6/2012

    " Another quick read in this series following the growing years of Virginia. As she enters young adulthood, I could identify more with her. Her strength and maturity in relying on God makes for an inspiring story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 5/23/2012

    " I know that this is classified as a Christian romance, but it didn't seem much like a romance to me. That isn't a bad thing, though. It reminded me a little of those Howard Fast family sagas I was fond of reading when I was in high school. Gentle action, yet still compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 5/1/2012

    " again another great book by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Ginger | 3/28/2012

    " eeling about the same with this book as the last. It is a real slow read, but I intend to finish the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynnea | 3/13/2012

    " This book was MUCH better than the previous one. I was so disappointed in the first book of the series, I wasn't sure I would continue... I am glad I did. Now on to book #3! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meadow | 12/28/2011

    " As Virginia enters into adulthood, she graduates, then thinks her life prioritys over. But things keep coming up and swirling in her mind. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie Danible | 11/19/2011

    " Nice start for the younger generation but better for teens to read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jana | 7/11/2011

    " This was just a simple, good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daddy's | 4/6/2011

    " Janette Oke is a great writer! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/1/2011

    " again another great book by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy | 6/18/2010

    " This is really a great series; I especially like the part in this one where she meets Jonathan. :D "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dahlia | 3/23/2010

    " Hearwarming. I loved the romance! Almost made me cry....; "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 12/1/2009

    " Dealing with change and heartbreak, a wayward friend, and new understanding of God. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 8/12/2009

    " This is a good book about a young girl growing up and maturing in her faith and learning that sometimes God's plans aren't our own. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dani | 4/24/2009

    " I know that this is classified as a Christian romance, but it didn't seem much like a romance to me. That isn't a bad thing, though. It reminded me a little of those Howard Fast family sagas I was fond of reading when I was in high school. Gentle action, yet still compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meadow | 12/17/2008

    " As Virginia enters into adulthood, she graduates, then thinks her life prioritys over. But things keep coming up and swirling in her mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 10/24/2008

    " The prairie legacy series is really good. i loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/16/2008

    " these books are really good... definitely not as good as the first series, Love Comes Softly, but I still really like them. I was so happy to find out that there was a "sequel series!" :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 8/9/2008

    " This book was so good! It is just the same with girls of today, only Janette Oke wrote it in a time in the early 1900s "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynnea | 1/23/2008

    " This book was MUCH better than the previous one. I was so disappointed in the first book of the series, I wasn't sure I would continue... I am glad I did. Now on to book #3! "

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About the Author
Author Janette Oke

Janette Oke, recipient of the 1992 ECPA President’s Award for her significant contribution to the CBA industry and to Christian fiction, has also been awarded the coveted Gold Medallion Award for fiction. Oke and her husband live in Alberta, Canada.

About the Narrator

Marguerite Gavin is a seasoned theater veteran, a five-time nominee for the prestigious Audie Award, and the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones and Publishers Weekly awards. Marguerite has been an actor, director, and audiobook narrator for her entire professional career. With over four hundred titles to her credit, her narration spans nearly every genre, from nonfiction to mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance, and children’s fiction. AudioFile magazine says, “Marguerite Gavin…has a sonorous voice, rich and full of emotion.”