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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (420 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Kirkpatrick Narrator: Susan Denaker Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780739381564
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Based on historical characters and events, A Sweetness to the Soul recounts the captivating story of young, spirited Oregon pioneer Jane Herbert who at the age of twelve faces a tragedy that begins a lifelong search for forgiveness and love. In the years that follow, young Jane finds herself involved in an unusual and touching romance with a dreamer sixteen years her senior, struggles to make peace with an emotionally distant mother, and fights to build a family of her own. Filled with heartwarming insight and glimpses of real-life pain, A Sweetness to the Soul paints a brilliant picture of love that conquers all obstacles and offers a powerful testimony to the miracle of God’s healing power.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/14/2014

    " Can you ever go wrong with Jane Kirkpatrick? Of course, no! Yet another sure-fire winner from her. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 2/8/2014

    " I read this book several years ago for book club, and it is still one of my all-time favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal Bloch | 2/1/2014

    " I thought the book was good. It was a little slow moving at first so I only gave it 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 1/31/2014

    " I love all her books that I've read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Peterson | 1/22/2014

    " I loved their honeymoon night! So sweet! "

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

    " Another great Jane Kirkpatrick book. She bases a lot of her books on historical characters and this one is Jane Sherar. Jane marries a much older man, becomes best friends with an Indian girl, and makes a life for herself in Oregon. The love story between her and her husband is really sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 12/28/2013

    " Very Good I learned a bunch about Oregon History from a local author "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Mitchell | 12/26/2013

    " It started out slow but quickly pulled me in. I loved this book and loved even more learning how much of the book was based on real people and real event. It makes me want to go to Oregon, build a bridge, ride a horse, take some big risks, and keep a journal. Great book! "

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

    " This was a peaceful, great book. A real love story. I found a lot in common with Jane. I will be looking for more books from this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 10/14/2013

    " Great story. I really liked the main character and the Oregon history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna Hansen | 10/13/2013

    " The first few chapters were so soft and gentle to read, I fell in love with the book right away. Some authors use words like Michaelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 10/13/2013

    " Based on a true story of a girl from Oregon whose life intertwines with many historic events. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 6/27/2013

    " Vivid depiction of White settlers among the Indians in Oregon. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenalyn | 4/25/2013

    " Boring, couldn't finish it. The author does WAY too much foreshadowing. It's like she learned this technique in a writing class and has run with it and can't stop!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Art King | 3/25/2013

    " This is the most beautiful love story I've read since I found Willa Cather's "My Anotonia" ten years ago. A great story to ponder and remember. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie Martos | 1/8/2013

    " This book was historically very interesting. However, the author's style was a little on the sugary side. Good look at family relationships. Really enjoyed the location and time period of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 12/14/2012

    " Recommended by Ruth Hasnedl. Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Oregon Territory. 1861. "It's funny, the pleasures we deprive ourselves of rather than face our fears." page 14. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 10/18/2012

    " This is a great, historical fiction book. The story is taken from true facts. The book takes place from 1860 - 1890 in Oregon. A girl marries and never has kids. She loves her husband, builds bridges and paves the way to the west. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine Multer Griffiths | 6/13/2012

    " I had never heard of this author or this book, but I picked it up because I had nothing to read. To my surprise, I loved it. A great story with great life lessons intertwined. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ericka | 3/7/2012

    " Being an Oregon girl, I enjoyed this book a lot. I thought it was touching. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joy | 10/30/2011

    " This story and its companion are about the people who settled the present day town of The Dalles, Oregon, and in particular built up a lodge along the Deschuttes River. The author has a way of subtly keeping one on the edge so to speak all the way to the end of the book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becki Barker | 9/16/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 8/3/2011

    " I finished this book at a time when I started and stopped at least five different books because I wasn't satisfied with them. That is saying something right there! Apparently, I was in the mood for a book where people work hard and accomplish good things and find the good in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odetta | 3/11/2011

    " This is the first Jane Kirkpatrick book I have read. I really liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trisha Owens | 2/8/2011

    " Based on historical characters and events, a story of 12 yr. old Oregon pioneer who marries 28 yr. old man. This man builds a road and befriends Saphaptin Natives. Enjoyed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 12/12/2010

    " LOVED this historical fiction account. Such a good read. If you feel like diving into a good fulfilling novel, I would recommend this one. Especially if you love what I call "pioneer" stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shauna | 9/26/2010

    " My very favorite book by Jane Kirkpatrick about a spirited young Oregon pioneer. This is one of the best written books I have ever read, filled with genuine emotion and love. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 9/15/2010

    " I thought the book was good. It was a little slow moving at first so I only gave it 3 stars. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 8/12/2010

    " I listened to this in the car and REALLY enjoyed it. I particularly liked that it is set in eastern Oregon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbw | 8/3/2010

    " I listened to this book and really enjoyed it. The story is based on real people and events in the settlement of Oregon. I like the fact that author Jane Kirpatrick does indepth research for each of her historical novels. This one is exceptional. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 6/7/2010

    " I read this book several years ago for book club, and it is still one of my all-time favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 4/18/2010

    " This is a great, historical fiction book. The story is taken from true facts. The book takes place from 1860 - 1890 in Oregon. A girl marries and never has kids. She loves her husband, builds bridges and paves the way to the west. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 4/8/2010

    " Can you ever go wrong with Jane Kirkpatrick? Of course, no! Yet another sure-fire winner from her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 3/26/2010

    " This book was a bit slow in spots, but there were passages that really spoke to me. Historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 1/30/2010

    " The first few chapters were so soft and gentle to read, I fell in love with the book right away. Some authors use words like Michaelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 10/13/2009

    " I loved their honeymoon night! So sweet! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 9/16/2009

    " Very Good I learned a bunch about Oregon History from a local author "

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About the Author

Jane Kirkpatrick is the acclaimed author of many books, both fiction and nonfiction, including the award-winning A Sweetness to the Soul and the first two books in the Kinship and Courage series: All Together in One Place and No Eye Can See. She and her husband Jerry live and work on a 160-acre ranch in Eastern Oregon.

About the Narrator

Susan Denaker is an actress and Earphones Award–winning narrator. Her extensive theater credits include numerous plays in the West End of London, national tours, many English rep companies, including a season with Alan Ayckbourn’s company in Scarborough. In the US, she has appeared in Our Town and Sweet Bird of Youth at the La Jolla Playhouse and Breaking Legs at the Westport Playhouse.