Heart of the Wilderness (#06 in Women Of The West (Oke) Series)
In Heart of the Wilderness, young Kendra Marty goes to live with her grandfather after her parents die in a river accident. But what can a trapper living in the backwoods offer a small child? Will Kendra ever be ready...
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In Heart of the Wilderness, young Kendra Marty goes to live with her grandfather after her parents die in a river accident. But what can a trapper living in the backwoods offer a small child? Will Kendra ever be ready to face the scary and confusing world far from the wilderness she loves? Eastern socialite Cassandra Dell Winston was willing to travel to the ends of the earth to be with her husband, Dr. Samuel Smith. But it was still a shock when Sam took her west to a rustic frontier town--the place where They Called Her Mrs. Doc. Damaris escapes her father's drunken abuse, but she can't seem to escape her profound loneliness. Does the Bible hold the answer to both that and the question of why she is A Woman Named Damaris?
She loves the woods of her childhood, but something else is calling to her . . . Orphaned at a young age, Kendra Marty comes into the care of her only living relative, her grandfather. A trapper who lives alone in the backwoods, George McMannus doesn't know what he can offer Kendra, but one look into her green eyes and he is certain they belong together. Papa Mac, as Kendra calls him, teaches her how to survive among the mountains and trees and rivers, but he knows his granddaughter needs an education he can't provide. What will become of Kendra when she leaves the only home she can remember to enter a scary and confusing world far from the wilderness she loves?
Janette Oke was born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, during the depression years. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Alberta where she met her husband, Edward. They married in 1957 and served in churches in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, and Indiana. Oke writes historical novels which portray the lives of early North American settlers from many walks of life and geographical settings. She also writes engaging children's stories and inspiring gift books that warm the heart. Oke published her first book, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. This book experienced immediate success and became a series. She has won a number of awards including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 Presidents Award for her significant contribution to the category of Christian fiction from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and in 1999, the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Oke has published some 75 books including, The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West. Her most recent releases include a beautiful childrens picture book, I Wonder...Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Songs of Acadia series, co-written with T. Davis Bunn. - Publisher.