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Publisher's Summary

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 12 faces a tragedy that begins a life-long search for forgiveness and love. In the years that follow, young Jane finds herself involved in an unusual and touching romance with a dreamer 16 years her senior, struggles to make peace with an emotionally distant mother, and fights to build a family of her own.
Filled with heart-warming 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.
©2008 Jane Kirkpatrick (P)2009 Random House
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"Her research gives the book depth; her empathy gives it a soul." ( The Sunday Oregonian)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sarah D. on 12-15-11

Unexpected Treat

When I found this book on Audible, I had to check Amazon to read other reviews. The summary sounded good, and the other reviews were raving about it, so I decided to go ahead. I didn't know what to expect, but as I began the book, I thought I was disappointed. Because I bought the book, I was going to keep listening.

I was very wrong about the book, and I'm very glad I kept going.

This is not a thrilling novel. It's not going to keep you on the edge of your seat, barely able to wait for what was going to happen next. It will, however, bring the story about Oregon pioneer days to life. It's was even more special to me, knowing it was based on true life people. The author knows the right way to use description without overwhelming her readers. The narrator did a wonderful job becoming Janie, and telling her story. The life struggles of the different characters were so poignant, so very pertinent to me as a reader even 130 years later, that it easily became one of my favorite stories.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tracey on 12-16-16

Beautifully done

I read this book years ago and really enjoyed it. I loved the audible version. The narrator was perfect and the story was lovely read aloud! Thank you

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