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A captivating story of a young girl who must assume responsibility for raising her younger siblings. As the challenges intensify, she is determined to raise them as her mother would have wanted.


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A captivating story of a young girl who must assume responsibility for raising her younger siblings. As the challenges intensify, she is determined to raise them as her mother would have wanted.

30 review for Roses for Mama

  1. 4 out of 5

    R.A.

    That was sweet!! <3 The Characters: Angela - at times I really liked her, but it wasn't all the time. It was especially when she did something so silly that I groaned about! Obviously, no one can always do the right thing! ;) I like how compassionate she was with her siblings, but personally, I kind of thought at times she was overdoing it in trying to raise them. (Maybe that's just me!) Anyway, once she figured out that one decision she made was a bad move, things started to get better for her! Th That was sweet!! <3 The Characters: Angela - at times I really liked her, but it wasn't all the time. It was especially when she did something so silly that I groaned about! Obviously, no one can always do the right thing! ;) I like how compassionate she was with her siblings, but personally, I kind of thought at times she was overdoing it in trying to raise them. (Maybe that's just me!) Anyway, once she figured out that one decision she made was a bad move, things started to get better for her! Thomas - such a sweet brother! Loved him! :) Louise - she was definitely growing up! I like her! She reminds me of one of my sisters! Sara - haha!! Her personality was funny! Derek - awww! <3 *gives him a hug* Thane - *squeals* He was the best!! The nicest friend ever, nicest everything! :D Yes, I'm being really exaggerating, but he was really sweet! He understood the siblings so well! After all, he was their best friend! Charlie and Gus - those two cracked me up! (view spoiler)[I'm so happy they got saved! <3 (hide spoiler)] Felt bad for them too at one point! Trudie - she was rather a nut! (view spoiler)[She can take Carter, I have nothing else to say! :D (hide spoiler)] Carter - *coughs* Please, I shouldn't give him a section, but I must. Let's just say he had a lot of problems for someone who acted so "perfect," and leave it at that! :P The Story-line: I did like the story-line. Angela and Thomas have to take care of their younger siblings because of their parents death, and it's a lot harder than they expect! Of course, not all western stories are that thrilling, but this one I did like! Throughout the story, the main characters are getting older, things start happening, which makes tension start rising. ;) I loved how the siblings would do the Memory Game and each tell each other memories they remember of their parents! There were also lessons tied into those memories too! :) I also love how the salvation message is tied in the story! Content: Two kisses done by unmarried couples (view spoiler)[During the first kiss, Angela was thinking to herself "so this must be what falling in love feels like" (hide spoiler)] . A couple kisses on the forehead and hand. Some hugs. All-in-all: I really liked it! A sweet story-line and a simple read. I'd probably re-read it if I want something easy to read!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    A reread. One of my favorite Janette Oke books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    Mama's Roses Angela and Thomas are left with the responsibility to raise their younger siblings. It's hard work. Much of the book deals with daily life on the farm and growing pains of the siblings. Angela has a brief courtship before the right man comes along. I loved the memory game. I also loved Charlie and Gus. Mama's Roses Angela and Thomas are left with the responsibility to raise their younger siblings. It's hard work. Much of the book deals with daily life on the farm and growing pains of the siblings. Angela has a brief courtship before the right man comes along. I loved the memory game. I also loved Charlie and Gus.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I needed a quick read, comforting good story, and I almost always find that with Jenette Oke's Christian fiction. This was not a disappointment, in fact I realized that I'd read it before, but it's one I mostly enjoyed. I love the advice she quotes from her mother, and will put one of them up where I can see it often, "Never desipse a task...you're either creating something or making something better." I appreciate that. I did get frustrated with the unrealistic expectation that the girl has of t I needed a quick read, comforting good story, and I almost always find that with Jenette Oke's Christian fiction. This was not a disappointment, in fact I realized that I'd read it before, but it's one I mostly enjoyed. I love the advice she quotes from her mother, and will put one of them up where I can see it often, "Never desipse a task...you're either creating something or making something better." I appreciate that. I did get frustrated with the unrealistic expectation that the girl has of trying to do everything just as perfect as her parents would have done - I've become one more with the attitude, "I can't ever be perfect, so I'll just have to do my best, and that's good enough. The Savior's atonement will make up for the rest, and I thank God for that!"

  5. 4 out of 5

    Makayla

    I love this book! This is the first book that I have read of Janette Oke and it was fabulous! I love her as an author! She has great examples in her books and her characters are wonderful! The Women of the West Series is wonderful! I recommend these books to everyone!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sofiya

    Such a great book to read.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Evelyn

    Loved it, loved it, loved it!! I had never heard of this book before but now it is one of my favorites! Angela is such a lovely young woman, with such strong faith and a kind spirit. Family is so important to her and I love how sweet she is to others. What a great ending, too! ❤️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This is my second time reading "Roses for Mama." It is just one of those spending-a-relaxed-day-reading type of books for me. The first time I read it, I was annoyed with Angela and her choices. Since I knew the conclusion this time, I could endure it just well and was able to focus on more of the behind-the-scenes workings on. It remains one of my favorite Janette Oke books, which is amusing, because I don't like backstory (there was an entire chapter backstory) and I don't care for being "told This is my second time reading "Roses for Mama." It is just one of those spending-a-relaxed-day-reading type of books for me. The first time I read it, I was annoyed with Angela and her choices. Since I knew the conclusion this time, I could endure it just well and was able to focus on more of the behind-the-scenes workings on. It remains one of my favorite Janette Oke books, which is amusing, because I don't like backstory (there was an entire chapter backstory) and I don't care for being "told" rather than shown... but this is just Oke's style. So I guess I read these books more of the "classic feel." There is romance in these books. I wouldn't recommend young teens to read it just because romance kind of is the theme of the whole book, but there is nothing impure that happens. Spiritual content is solid, like most of Oke's books. I don't remember a lot of Scripture quoted, but rather than Scriptural principles were applied. This isn't her most spiritually solid book, but there was definitely a lot of prayer and striving to please God in it.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    Janette Oke is the author I go to when I need something relaxing to read. Once more this book did just that for me. It didn't take long to read, but the story is sweet and there are still good lessons throughout. This one wasn't my favorite as Carter took up a lot of the story and it was a little ridiculous. I would have loved to know more about Thane! All in all I'd recommend this for lovers of a simple story, and especially if you've enjoyed others by this author. Janette Oke is the author I go to when I need something relaxing to read. Once more this book did just that for me. It didn't take long to read, but the story is sweet and there are still good lessons throughout. This one wasn't my favorite as Carter took up a lot of the story and it was a little ridiculous. I would have loved to know more about Thane! All in all I'd recommend this for lovers of a simple story, and especially if you've enjoyed others by this author.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    I loved reading this sweet book. You follow Angela as she cares for her younger siblings. Like any girl she dreams of having her own family and a husband to love her. With God's help she learns which paths to take. It is a good book for a rainy day. I loved reading this sweet book. You follow Angela as she cares for her younger siblings. Like any girl she dreams of having her own family and a husband to love her. With God's help she learns which paths to take. It is a good book for a rainy day.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    One of my favourite Janette Oke books. It is so sweet. Though, reading it again for the first time in many years, I really wanted to tell Angela to stop worrying and to stop being so hard on herself! Happily Thomas eventually did it for me :-)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

    There's something about this sweet and simple story that makes this book very special and one of my absolute favourite books! So I keep on re-reading it :) There's something about this sweet and simple story that makes this book very special and one of my absolute favourite books! So I keep on re-reading it :)

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jerry

    Decent, but not what I've come to expect from this author. Decent, but not what I've come to expect from this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nichole Hack

    This book will hold a special place in my heart! I loved it so much!! Tears of sadness and joy were definitely shed while reading this.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Loretta Marchize

    This was a great read! I loved it! It had a lovely romance, although for part of the book I was screaming 'no' all the time at Angela. She was a bit annoying. The others were fun and I LOVED Thane. He was great. The only problem I would have was that he was almost too perfect! Content: Two kisses, both by unmarried couples. Mentions of a girl trying to snag a guy. This was a great read! I loved it! It had a lovely romance, although for part of the book I was screaming 'no' all the time at Angela. She was a bit annoying. The others were fun and I LOVED Thane. He was great. The only problem I would have was that he was almost too perfect! Content: Two kisses, both by unmarried couples. Mentions of a girl trying to snag a guy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    JKnight

    This author is amazing and I really like her!!!!!!!!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tashawna

    I just finished Roses For Mama, and it was a sweet book. :) Angela and her brother, Thomas, have been put in responsibility of their three younger siblings after losing their parents. This was a very good book, but since I prefer adventure and all, it wasn't my most favorite. But it was good, as I said. Thane is... just so wonderful. Such a gentleman, and the perfect picture of the chivalrous men of that time. I thought it was so sweet when he gave Angela the peppermints... *sigh* So, I'll pr I just finished Roses For Mama, and it was a sweet book. :) Angela and her brother, Thomas, have been put in responsibility of their three younger siblings after losing their parents. This was a very good book, but since I prefer adventure and all, it wasn't my most favorite. But it was good, as I said. Thane is... just so wonderful. Such a gentleman, and the perfect picture of the chivalrous men of that time. I thought it was so sweet when he gave Angela the peppermints... *sigh* So, I'll probably be reading more of Janette Oke's books sometime. I recommend this book to people who like prairie-ish books. I don't know if this one is that time, but... And to people who like a little sweet Christian romance. :)

  18. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    I just finished this read for about the dozenth time! This time I got to read it out loud and enjoy it with my daughter. I love this book! It touches the heart and has a great faith message. My daughter really enjoyed it. We were able to have some good talks about it as well. There is just nothing like reading a Janette Oke book!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kassie

    my first Janette Oke novel. I'm sure most people find this book simple and "sappy" but I love the goodness in it. Instead of trying to rid my mind of bad words or images the book put in, I find myself remembering the sweet story of a family left parentless and the 'love story' of Angela and Thane. my first Janette Oke novel. I'm sure most people find this book simple and "sappy" but I love the goodness in it. Instead of trying to rid my mind of bad words or images the book put in, I find myself remembering the sweet story of a family left parentless and the 'love story' of Angela and Thane.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Helen Brown

    This was a very easy read. I read it in one sitting, while travelling on the train to Sydney. I had it finished just as we came into the outer suburbs of Sydney. I was wondering about the title though until the very end.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kayrene

    Beautiful story from Janette Oke, about the family who loses their parents and how the two oldest step up to raise their younger siblings. Warm and fuzzy story with a little romance. Look forward to reading the others in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    ireneekins

    This was a nice Christian based book with a sweet story of growing up.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tori (Book Chick)

    3.5 stars Janette Oke has such a sweet, pure way of storytelling. I enjoyed this book because of it's simplicity. I read it quickly and felt refreshed when I was done. 3.5 stars Janette Oke has such a sweet, pure way of storytelling. I enjoyed this book because of it's simplicity. I read it quickly and felt refreshed when I was done.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kennedi Rose Q

    Loved this book!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Charity U

    One of my favorites by Oke. :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Shirley Chapel

    I try to read one of Jeanette Oke's series each year. This year it's Women of the West. What I like about this series is that they can be read as stand alone or out of order. I just prefer to read them in the order that they were released. There are twelve books to the series. They're easy to read and each book has been able to draw me into the story and keep my attention to the end of the book. Actually this is my second time reading Roses for Mama. As I read through it this time I found that t I try to read one of Jeanette Oke's series each year. This year it's Women of the West. What I like about this series is that they can be read as stand alone or out of order. I just prefer to read them in the order that they were released. There are twelve books to the series. They're easy to read and each book has been able to draw me into the story and keep my attention to the end of the book. Actually this is my second time reading Roses for Mama. As I read through it this time I found that there were parts of the book I didn't remember. I was glad I had this opportunity to re-read it. This story probably took place in the last part of the 1800s. I would say that since Janette Oke is a Canadian that the story was about a Canadian family in Western Canada. It's about a family of orphans who had lost both of their parents in a matter of months. The oldest girl, Angela Peterson had promised her dying mother that she would take care of her three younger siblings. Her older brother Thomas was 16 when his father had died. He had taken on the responsibility of the farm while Angela took over the caring for the house and the younger children. Both older kids sacrificed a lot to keep the family together. They were a close family and neighbors helped them when they could. I was touched by this heart warming uplifting story and thought it was very well written. I recommend it to readers of Christian Fiction and for those who enjoy reading Historical Fiction. I borrowed a copy from Hoopla. A review wasn't requested. All opinions expressed here are my own.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allan67

    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. A story of teenagers raising their younger siblings after their parents pass away in the old west. The ending is predictable, but is a nice story. Diana enjoyed the book, it ended as she wanted. I asked her how many stars, she said four - so it is. 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. A story of teenagers raising their younger siblings after their parents pass away in the old west. The ending is predictable, but is a nice story. Diana enjoyed the book, it ended as she wanted. I asked her how many stars, she said four - so it is.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Dorry Lou

    I really enjoyed this book . Oke did a good job portraying a sister who is 17 years old, her older brother Thomas and 3 younger sisters whose Mama & Papa have passed away. The 2 older ones were responsible to get the 3 younger raised. It was a good story about the challenges as they strived to prepare them for life and tried to have life too.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Amazing book! I read this book when I was a young teenager over 15 years ago, and just reread it. I still love this book as much as I did when I first read it. The storyline is a good reminder to do your best, and to remember that some things are worth waiting for.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Coming together I love these books but so far after reading the third one in the Women of the West series they don't have a continuing story about the same people. I always liked that in series. Coming together I love these books but so far after reading the third one in the Women of the West series they don't have a continuing story about the same people. I always liked that in series.

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