Too Long a Stranger (Women of the West, Book 9)

by Janette Oke

Paperback, 1994



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Bethany House (1994), 304 pages


A captivating mother-daughter story in the best Janet Oke tradition. When Sarah Perry loses her husband, she resolves that the best thing she can do for her young daughter Rebecca is send her off to a "proper" boarding school. And, years later, when Rebecca returns home, the distance between the two women can no longer be measured just in miles.

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This was a very good story that took me from being really frustrated with one person, to being really upset with another and in the end it brought me to tears. A story that shows the depth of love a mother will go for her child (even if you don't agree with her idea; I know I didn't!).

Sarah Perry
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finds herself alone with her baby Rebecca when her husband suddenly dies. All she has left is their home and her husband's freight-hauling business. She decides to run his business and haul freight in order to keep her and her little girl from having nothing. But hauling freight is a hard business for a woman and demands a lot of hours being away from home.

Sarah will eventually decide to send little Rebecca away to boarding school so she can get taught all the things she won't learn on the frontier town they are living in. From here you will watch Rebecca grow up in a far different standard of living than her mother and you will watch Sarah work more than she should to keep her daughter in school, miles away from home. (And yes other people try to help Sarah, but she was a little too proud to accept heartfelt help from others).

Finally the day arrives and Rebecca now returns home having graduated from school, with very little memory of home. What she finds will be hard for her to understand; a mother who looks more like a man, than a respectable lady, and a town with very little going for it. These two ladies will view each other from two different worlds and you wait for the day when they can truly be mother and daughter again (and a few town people will step up and help Rebecca see who her mother truly is and how much love she truly has for her daughter).

I liked the lesson Sarah finally learned in this story when she told God finally: " I was blind in assuming that I had the whole responsibility on my own shoulders. I should have learned to lean on You". And I also liked how the author wrapped this story up in a nice happy ending. This was one of my favorites in this series.
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8 inches


155661456X / 9781556614569

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