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After living in the wilderness with her grandfather, a trapper, Kendra returns to school and soon must decide between love with the older brother of a classmate and returning to her grandfather.


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After living in the wilderness with her grandfather, a trapper, Kendra returns to school and soon must decide between love with the older brother of a classmate and returning to her grandfather.

30 review for Heart of the Wilderness

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carlie Blevins

    The book really gave me the feel of what God can do in a new believers life. I also felt that I could see Kendra's little cabin in the wilderness.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nadine Keels

    When Kendra is orphaned at a very young age, her grandfather, George, sees no better choice than to take her to live with him in the backwoods. But given that George has lived alone as a trapper for years, the life he provides Kendra, away from the city, may not be enough for her in Heart of the Wilderness by author Janette Oke. I first read this novel a number of years ago, so it didn't hold any big surprises for me. Indeed, it's not the kind of read for major surprises or twists. It's a simpl When Kendra is orphaned at a very young age, her grandfather, George, sees no better choice than to take her to live with him in the backwoods. But given that George has lived alone as a trapper for years, the life he provides Kendra, away from the city, may not be enough for her in Heart of the Wilderness by author Janette Oke. I first read this novel a number of years ago, so it didn't hold any big surprises for me. Indeed, it's not the kind of read for major surprises or twists. It's a simple, easygoing story with only a few characters most of the way through. Now, while I've enjoyed a good deal of this author's easy reading over the years, this one almost seems to wander along the path of Kendra's childhood, girlhood, and young womanhood. There's not really a driving focus until quite late in the book. Then the last few chapters awkwardly rush to pull the faith theme together, to introduce some rather last-minute characters, and also to squeeze in a new, underdeveloped romance. Nevertheless, even with the weaknesses I recognize in these novels, I still consider the Women of the West series to be one of my all-time favorites. It's trailblazing fiction: some of the first of its kind in ChristFic as we now know it. Historical stories that are easy to digest but that also tuck some important nuggets inside.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    I found this book very interesting. Kendra is raised in an Indian village between her grandfather (who isn't a Christian) and an older Indian woman (who teaches Kendra the superstitions of Indians). As she grows, she begins to search for Truth - beautiful!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This was an easy read,good book. I enjoyed learning more about a western trappers life.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annalise

    This was a good story of a girl and her grandfather. it kinda reminded me of the story of Heidi at first. it's pretty good.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    this book is so sweet i love it

  7. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    Wonderful book--Janette Oke books are the best!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    Great book... Illustrates, even, wonderful reasons for Homeschooling... ;o)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Allan67

    Notice: Boiler-plate paragraph follows. Another book that I read to Diana. We can't do much anymore after her stroke, so I read to her to spend time together. Diana has always loved to have someone to read to her - and I like to do just that. nd Boiler-Plate: A somewhat sad story with a happy ending about a little girl, orphaned sometime before her fourth birthday, who was taken in to be raised by her grandfather in the Canadian wilderness. It was a good story about the little g Notice: Boiler-plate paragraph follows. Another book that I read to Diana. We can't do much anymore after her stroke, so I read to her to spend time together. Diana has always loved to have someone to read to her - and I like to do just that. nd Boiler-Plate: A somewhat sad story with a happy ending about a little girl, orphaned sometime before her fourth birthday, who was taken in to be raised by her grandfather in the Canadian wilderness. It was a good story about the little girl, surrounded by good, loving people, finding God and bringing others to know God along the way, while growing to be a young woman.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    This book is pure nostalgia for me. I remember my Gran lending it to me as a girl and how much I loved the story then. I think it was the first Janette Oke book o ever read. So for the sake of how it brings back happy childhood memories and reminds me of how my Gran also loved to read it gets 5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Vkcrochet

    I love the story line of this book. There are many unexpected turns, and I like that. I like being surprised by the plot line, not in a constant state of knowing what will happen next.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really good from the start there is a boring patch but it's not to long.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Abbey

    So good!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    I love all of Janet Oke books and what amazes me is each one is totally different but totally enjoyable. These are books you should read before going off to dreamland.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    Heart of the Wilderness! A review by Anna Scardina A tragic yet inspirational and inspiring story with romance and God. This describes everything this book is, just amazing! Heart of the Wilderness by: Janette Oke is a phenomenal story. This story is one of my favorites because it can relate to so many people. Not in the exact aspect of the story but in feelings and similar situations. The author does a wonderful job portraying Kendra, the child with two dead parents. She really b Heart of the Wilderness! A review by Anna Scardina A tragic yet inspirational and inspiring story with romance and God. This describes everything this book is, just amazing! Heart of the Wilderness by: Janette Oke is a phenomenal story. This story is one of my favorites because it can relate to so many people. Not in the exact aspect of the story but in feelings and similar situations. The author does a wonderful job portraying Kendra, the child with two dead parents. She really brings your whole heart into the book. I love this story so greatly. The main reason is when you begin to read the story its starts not being clear you’re kind of lost, but then you kind of get hit in the heart with the news that this little girl has lost both her parents. This book brings your heart into the story. It draws you into this girl and her grand-fathers lives. You really get emotional with the book you find yourself smiling and laughing and crying with the characters in the book as if they were really there actual people. This book relates to me in many different ways. Though I can’t say I’ve ever lost a parent or even both I can say I know what it’s like to feel without them. I can’t say I know what it’s like to grow up in the woods with my grand-father; those aren’t the things I relate to in this story. I relate to the more personal aspect of this story. I can relate to the feeling of being alone and the feeling of being attached to something and having it then taken away. I relate to Kendra when she has to leave her grand-father and go to a whole new school when she’s never been to school before. I relate to this in the fact that I have felt alone I know the feeling of going to a new school, in fact I’m going to be going to a whole new school in a few weeks. I understand the feeling of being an outcast among other people the feeling of looking around and think none of you really like me do you? This book was one of the best I’ve ever read. I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s inspirational in so many ways. It really does pull at your heart strings. The way it challenges your brain to really thing about what’s going on with the characters and what they are thinking is incredible. I think anyone who could read and understand this book would LOVE it!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Olivia Terwilliger

    This is a great book for for you to read if you like stories about the wilderness. It's about a girl named Kendra Marty. Her parents died in a river accident when she was only four years old. Since then she has been living in a cabin the woods with her Grandfather who is a trapper. He tries to make Kendra life a little better, but he knows someday he will have to leave her so she can go to the city to go to school.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Marie Pinkham

    Still satisfies Janette Oke has long been a favorite author of mine, since I found her first book in the library years ago..Many of her books, like this, I have read multiple times over the years, and continue to enjoy them each time. Stories of times long past, full of rich characters and settings, are ones not soon forgotten. If you like stories full of history and well-drawn characters, you are sure to love hers. This is just one of many examples of her fascinating work.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I usually enjoy these books in Oke's Women of the West series, but this one just fell flat for me. The details about living in the back country and trapping were interesting, but the religious aspect took over the entirety of the back 1/3 of this book and sort of fell flat for me. Of all of these I've read, it seemed like the actual plot was thinnest in this one. Not as good as I hoped, but not terrible.

  19. 5 out of 5

    GJ S

    Good Christian book I had difficulty getting into the book for quite awhile, then I never wanted it to end. This book has such a godly message of promise. Thank you for not putting any sexual content in this book, I know and trust this author you always write great books. This book is safe for anyone.b by

  20. 4 out of 5

    Winnette

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. At first, I felt very sad at Kendra and her grandfather since they both lost someone precious to them. For Kendra it was her parents, and for her grandfather it was losing his daughter and son-in-law. But I was happy to read on that Kendra and Grandfather got on very well, and both had a happy ending, especially Kendra.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Delphine

    Miss Oke does it again I love this story, how wonderful of Kendra to live such an exciting life. a trapped out in the wilderness! and then her true best friend a farm girl who shares her faith with Kendra. So many different relationships I thought would happen first, but the one that did is the best

  22. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    I LOVE Okes books let me say! I was very excited to read this one I just knew it was going to be detailed with "winter cabin meals" and cozy settings. It felt so RUSHED to me, it was like heres the girl BAM...shes years older now...and straight to the religion at the very end. I liked it however, it was just very rushed for me.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rishi

    This book was great in the beginning. I loved the first half of it and then it sort of fizzeled. She always has to have every character married, even if they are three in the beginning of the book. Other than that it was fun.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Captivating story of a young girl coming of age in the wilderness, jointly being looked after by her grandfather and Native American "nonie". The tale has a lot of loss and heartbreak, and caused me to go through a lot of tissues. However the ending was a let down.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Beverly

    God We know not the plans God has for His own. Kendra lost so much thru the death of her parents but gained everything thru God. He always watched over her and corrected her path. Straightened her faith to find family love and Jesus Christ the given Son for all sin.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gwen Haaland

    I am starting this feel good book now as a comforting antidote to the disturbing tragedy I just finished: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I need to feel people are basically good after such evil. Had not planned to read this between all the heavy reads, but it called out to me at the library...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rash

    I didn't find this interesting at all. It was hard for me to continue with the book even after the first chapter. There is good writing, as with any book it isn't all bad, but it left much to be desired in my opinion.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    pretty good, about a girl and her grandpa, living the remote trapper's life in Canada, her struggles to learn and to fit in when she's re-introduced to society. Mostly the ending is about her search for the meaning of life and finding "religion". A little to neatly wrapped up, but a fun read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Another engaging book by Janette Oke! This one I especially enjoyed, as it wasn't mainly a romance. It's nice to take a break from that style every now and then! ;) A lovely story of a soul searching for the Truth and finding it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Kandra is tragically orphaned, and goes to live with her grandfather, a trapper in the backwoods of the USA. She grows up secure and confident, educated at home, and emerges into the adult world to learn about God and other people. A pleasant light read without too much preaching.

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