Ruth Marlene Friesen: Welcome!
This site is like Ruthe,
the heroine of my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
Ruthe is . . .
intimate with God,
prays a lot,
a bleeding heart for the hurting,
a big sister,
has creative ideas,
likes to give
loyal to friends,
dreams of love and
dreams of writing a book
goes the extra mile
So this site offers;
good books to read!
help to become Friends with Jesus,
The One Ideal Real Friend
a cure for loneliness
An Older Sister's Coping Secret
how to pray Panic Prayers,
how to grow in faith
how to share your faith
how to become a writer
God tells me I am His own - does He ever tell you that? You can find out how by reading my novel,
Ruthe's Secret Roses
A Book I can Highly Recommend
by Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn
Published by Bethany House Publishers
ISBN: 1-55661-980-4 (1997)
The first time this writing duo joined forces, they wrote Return to
Harmony (which I've already enjoyed and reviewed). This book is another homecoming plot, but
with different characters in a different time and place. It's the early 1900s in North
Pregnant Martha sees her husband off to war, but upon hearing that he is missing in action, at the
time of giving birth to their daughter, Martha gives the baby up for adoption. She is sure she can't
Harry does return eventually, and although they never speak about the adoption after Martha tells
him, both suffer deeply inside, the loss of that missing child.
They have a son, Joel, but he grows up in a very silent home. In his teens he meets up with a new
friend, Simon from a Mennonite family. The plain, honest and loving family has a huge impact on
Joel's life, and he meets the Lord and is healed of his great loneliness.
The book switches back and forth, so while we see this family's situation, we are also watching the
daughter who was adopted by the well-to-do Rothmores, and named Kyle. The whole time we watch how
she adores her father, and he her, and how her mother manipulates and tries to use Kyle, we keep
thinking, "She's going to end up connecting back to her birth family."
It is in how all that happens that the true pleasure of reading this story comes. I don't want to
spoil it for you, but I found it quite satisfying. I think you would too, so do read it.
Character development and treatment in a novel matters a great deal to me, and I must say that Oke
and Bunn handle their characters very well. They are life-like, and their decision-making processes
believable, and the outcome exactly, as I realize when I'm done, that I have hoped all through the
I liked the way Joel was treated too. His life took a different tact, but was well rounded as well,
and given value and meaning.
We can look forward to reading more books by these authors, confident that the quality will be
excellent. In fact, there is a sequel to this story in Tomorrow's
Dream in which Kyle and her husband suffer a great emotional loss and Kyle has the hardest time
recapturing what she gained in the previous book.
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