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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,740 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Janette Oke Narrator: Marguerite Gavin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Seasons of the Heart Series Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781455176328
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Sure, his family isn’t typical—Josh knows that. He’s a twelve-year-old orphan being raised by his eighteen-year-old aunt. When Grandpa and Uncle Charlie start making plans to find Auntie Lou a husband—and take away the only mother Josh has ever known—he knows something has to be done. His family has shaped the young man he has become. Now, as he grows into manhood, he begins to face important questions about life, love, and faith. How can he find his way when his whole world threatens to come apart?

Trying desperately to cling to the life he’s always had, Josh does what he can to keep his aunt single. But when a preacher comes along, Josh sees that things are going to get complicated.

This heartwarming story is full of love, humor, and inspiring faith.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meadow | 2/18/2014

    " This is the first book in Josh Jones life. Halrious, yet sweet. You'll love it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet Wilcox | 2/14/2014

    " Haven't read this author much, but was ready for something light and family friendly. It didn't disapoint. Will do another one on the next road trip. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 2/5/2014

    " Loved it! Fun, easy read that is sort of a "good ol' days" book. My favorite kind! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 2/3/2014

    " I started reading it last year, but never finished. So I am reading it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Phage | 1/30/2014

    " This was an awsome series about a the life of a young boy named Josh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine | 1/28/2014

    " Yet another series. The others I have read by Janette Oke have all been written with a female as the main character. This series is told by Josh and it was a good change. He lives with his Aunt Lou (all of maybe 20) and his Uncle and Grandfather. This book talks about experiences in his youth, meeting his great grandfather and the internal struggle of watching the older men try to get his Aunt, who is the closest thing he's had to a mother, married off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janiece | 1/28/2014

    " I did enjoy this book. The main themes were faith in God, family and community, finding fullfillment and joy in men's/women's roles, along with the love and value of hard work, and the beauty of the earth and what each season brings for us. Harvest time was Josh's favorite season. It reiterated for me that God allows some things to happen for our own growth, that we may blossom like the petunias that have been exposed to rain, sun, and bees for their own growth and good. Anyone who believes in God struggles at some time with the questions and anger that Josh struggles with when life brings hardship and it is inspiring to walk the journey with him. "

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

    " Enjoyed this book very much! Even though I had read the 3rd book in this series first, I enjoyed this story of Josh Jones and his family. The focus of this book was on Josh's young aunt, Lou. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenifer | 1/17/2014

    " Fun, quick read. A real page turner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly Hurst | 1/16/2014

    " Sweet story. Told thru the eyes of a 12 year old boy. Easy to see how some of it will turn out. Plan to read the next in the series since it is easy to read. Good story telling! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 1/10/2014

    " Book on CD. Typical Janetter Oke. The story telling was okay, and I liked it better than some of her other books. At times I felt a bit spoon fed with the story and the lessons, and the characters could have been more developed, but overall a good clean read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 12/11/2013

    " This is a story of a young boy who struggles to keep God in his life dispite the loses in his life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annalisa | 12/6/2013

    " This is the story of Joshua who was orphaned as an infant and now lives with his grandfather, aunt lou and great uncle. It is completely from the 13 year old boys perspective in the early 1900s so you get some fun antics and make believe along with his worries for the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Courtney | 11/20/2013

    " Sweet story of a boy growing up. Great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 10/25/2013

    " This book is the first book of Season of Heart series. Josh grew up by his Aunt (who was only 6 years older than him), Grandfather, and Great Grandfather. Through this odd form of family, Josh learn about God and to trust his life to Him. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick | 10/23/2013

    " I read this book at some point in my teens, upon my mom's recommendation. I remember liking it at the time, but I don't remember much about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kassie | 10/10/2013

    " I really like reading a story without wondering if there's going to be anything objectionable on the next page. I liked the character of Aunt Lou and was anxious to return to the library to get the rest of the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danni | 9/16/2013

    " I loved this book. It was refreshing. I liked the way they talked. They drop the g off everthing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 benebean | 8/26/2013

    " I was really pleasantly surprised. I actually liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. The last time I tried reading Janette Oke seems like ages ago. I didn't really like it much then and never tried it again till now. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 8/1/2013

    " I really enjoyed this book! At first I couldn't seem to get past the use of words such as "iffin and crik", but when you realize it's from a kid's (a boy at that) perspective, it seemed much more acceptable. I thought it was a very easy and enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 6/26/2013

    " Read all 4 of the Seasons of the Heart series. Good story of an orphaned boy raised by a loving grandfather and aunt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 5/29/2013

    " An orphaned boy finds his security in God after his aunt, who has raised him, marries and moves away. Seasons of the Heart book 1. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Odetta | 5/23/2013

    " I have "read" this 2x. I loved it. I liked how they all got along together, especially Josh & Gramps. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 3/25/2013

    " Simple, somewhat predictable, storyline; but enjoyable nevertheless. Stereotypical, but well-drawn, characters. I nice diversionary read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 10/19/2012

    " Good clean series, I hated to finish them. Highly recommend. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 4/22/2012

    " It was great book to get you informed about the characters and kept my attention so I would want to read the rest of the story. Some parts I had to use my imagination to get through the situation. But then again it isn't easy to try and express a 13 year old boys feelings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Granby | 12/20/2011

    " This is another great series that I love to read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cambria | 9/26/2011

    " so cute, i loved it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 9/3/2011

    " This was a nice easy read. I loved the first person telling from the mind of a young boy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany | 7/20/2011

    " This is a "coming of age" book. If you like The Education Of Little Tree or Cold Sassy Tree, you will enjoy this also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary M. | 1/31/2011

    " This book was well written (it felt like i was reading a letter from that time period). I was a little skeptical at first but once i started reading it i was sucked in. It's a good short story about only 200 pages. I did feel a lot of compassion for the characters in this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Callie | 10/2/2010

    " Probably my favorite of the Janette Oke books that I have read. Endearing characters, funny situations, and a feel good love story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christen | 9/14/2010

    " I had a little of a hard time getting through this book. But it is good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 3/3/2010

    " This 'Christian fiction' book is told from the perspective of a young boy, which makes it unique. It has a great balance of humor and touching moments. I'm definitely going to find more by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mayde | 11/15/2009

    " Typical Janette Oke, sweet stories, easy read and nothing offensive. Always a nice breath of fresh air. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 NaDell | 10/15/2009

    " I really enjoyed this series. I recommend it to everyone. It's mostly uplifting, but also has great points of going through real life challenges. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bette | 7/31/2009

    " A great reading of a young boy during his life from childhood till an adult. enjoyed this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie | 4/15/2009

    " I love Janette Oke! Her books take me back to a time when life was about family, hard work and introduce me to characters developing their faith in Christ. If I could step back in time it would be this time period for sure! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orpha | 2/26/2009

    " Love these books!!! Love anything from Janette Oke. They speak of a much simpler life! Wonderful reading!!! "

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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.”