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Janette Oke Books In Order

Publication Order of Love Comes Softly Books

Love Comes Softly (1979) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love's Enduring Promise (1980) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love's Long Journey (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love's Abiding Joy (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love's Unending Legacy (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love's Unfolding Dream (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Takes a Wing (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Love Finds a Home (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Love Comes Softly Collections

The Father of Love: Spiritual Insights from the Love Comes Softly Series (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Seasons Of The Heart Books

Once Upon a Summer (1981) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winds of Autumn (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Winter is Not Forever (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spring's Gentle Promise (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Seasons Of The Heart Collections

Father of My Heart: Spiritual Insights from the Seasons of the Heart Series (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Janette Oke's Animal Friends Books

Spunky's Diary (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
New Kid in Town (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Prodigal Cat (1984) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ducktails (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Impatient Turtle (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Cote of Many Colors (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prairie Dog Town (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Maury Had a Little Lamb (1989) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble in a Fur Coat (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
This Little Pig (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pordy's Prickly Problem (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Who's New at the Zoo (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spunky's First Christmas (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spunky's Camping Adventure (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Spunky's Circus Adventure (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Canadian West Books

When Calls the Heart (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Comes the Spring (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Breaks the Dawn (1985) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Hope Springs New (1986) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beyond the Gathering Storm (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When Tomorrow Comes (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Canadian West Collections

The Father Who Calls: Devotional Insights for Daily Meditations (1988) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Women Of The West Books

The Calling of Emily Evans (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Julia's Last Hope (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roses for Mama (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Woman Named Damaris (1991) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
They Called Her Mrs. Doc (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Measure of a Heart (1992) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bride for Donnigan (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heart of a Wilderness (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Too Long a Stranger (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bluebird and the Sparrow (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Gown of Spanish Lace (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Drums of Change (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Women Of The West Collections

The Faithful Father: Spiritual Insights from the Women of the West Series (1993) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Prairie Legacy Books

The Tender Years (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Searching Heart (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Quiet Strength (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Like Gold Refined (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Song Of Acadia Books

The Meeting Place (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sacred Shore (2000) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Birthright (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Distant Beacon (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Beloved Land (2002) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Acts Of Faith Books

The Centurion's Wife (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hidden Flame (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Damascus Way (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Return To The Canadian West Books

Where Courage Calls (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Where Trust Lies (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hey, Teacher! (1982) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Roses for Maria (1990) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Red Geranium (1995) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Nana's Gift (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Return to Harmony (1996) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Another Homecoming (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Matchmakers (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tomorrow's Dream (1998) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Making Memories (1999) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dana's Valley (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Quiet Places, Warm Thoughts (1983) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Picture Books

What Does Love Look Like? (2001) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

My Favorite Verse (1987) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Janette Oke's Reflections on the Christmas Story (1994) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Celebrating the Inner Beauty of Women (1997) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Wonder: Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb? (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Janette Oke is a profilic Canadian writer and pioneer of inspirational fiction that was born on 18 February 1935. Many of her novels are set in a pioneer era and focus on female protagonists. She is a devoted Evangelical Christian and therefore, many of her novels are influenced with Christianity and religion. Oke was born as Janette Steeves in Champion, Alberta, to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife during the Great Depression. Oke graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta. In college, she met her future husband Edward. Oke and the two were married in 1957 and have churches in Calgary, Indiana, and Edmonton in Canada. Oke and her husband have 4 children, including two twin brothers. Furthermore, one of her daughters has helped her to write some of her books. The first novel she wrote, Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. Since that date, Oke has written more that 75 other novels. In 1992, Oke received the President’s Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her compelling contribution to Christian fiction. She also received the CBA Life Impact Award in 1999 and the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.
Janette Oke with a deep simplicity about what she is most familiar with – lasting values, real life, and honest love. With more than 23 million in sales, her historical novels illustrate the lives of early North American settlers with many different backgrounds. She also writes inspiring gift books and engaging children’s stories. Her warm and special writing style has been appreciated by millions of readers and people in all ages read Oke’s books. She has received multiple awards, for example, the Gold Medallion Award, the 1999 Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International theChristy Award of Excellence and the 1992 President’s Award for her contribution to Christian fiction from the Evangelic Christian Publishers Association. In addition, her books have been translated to fourteen different languages.
In recent years, Janette and her siblings have restored her parents’ prairie farm home, which now serves as a gift shop and museum of prairie life. Today, Janette lives with her husband nearby Alberta in Canada where they are active in the local church.

LOVE COMES SOFTLY

The first novel written by Oke was published in 1979 and tells us the story about Marnie Claridge who has just moved out to the West with her husband who passes away in a horrible accident shortly after they move to the West. At this time, Marnie was expecting her and her husband’s baby. She had nowhere to go and needed a place to stay throughout the cold winter. Due to her desperation, Marnie accepts a proposal offered by a widower named Clark. He offers to give her a place to stay for the winter and provide her with money to take the train heading back East in the spring. In exchange, Clark wants Marnie to marry him and provide a maternal influence on his young daughter Missie. However, the pair lived separately because the marriage only was in the name. This arrangement is however not ideal for either Clark or Marnie and Missie hates Marnie for attempting to encourage her to act in a more feminine manner. After all, the three people manage to develop a bond, allowing them all to feel more like a real family. As the winter passes. Marnie learns more about “Clark’s God” and a loveable and sympathetic relationship develops between her and Missie. Finally, Clark and Marnie realized that the have done something they thought was impossible: they actually had found love again. Missie has a new loving and elaborate mother and Marnie’s baby is lucky to grow up with a wonderful new father.

This novel shows the readers how things in life can take an unexpected turn. When Marnie first met Clark and his daughter, nobody liked the situation or the arrangement they set up. However, they decided to cope with the arrangement for their own best. Subsequently, everything takes an unexpected turn and Marnie and Clark find love in each other, allowing both Marnie and Clark to find true love and someone to spend the rest of their lives with.

Love Comes Softly became a huge success which lead to a Christian drama television movie adaption in 2003. The series are set in the 19th century and are based on a series of books by Janette Oke. It originally aired on Hallmark Channel in 2003. It was directed by Michael Landon Jr. and stars Katherine Heigl as the young woman named Marnie Claridge. The television series adaption also became a success with several people taking home a Cammie Award in 2003 for their participation in the series.

LOVE’S LONG JOURNEY

Love’s Long Journey, the third novel in the Love Comes Softly series, was published in 1980 and follows Missie, the daughter of Clark whom Marnie married in the first novel. the story tells us about Missie’s unexpected discovery, her pregnancy, who sets her on a journey that is both terrifying and thrilling. After a long time of dreaming and planning, Missie and her husband Willie have headed West in a wagon, leaving behind Missie’s parents prairie home. Later on, the couple meet and befriend two characters that play an important part in the story, Jeff Huff, and his older brother Sonny. Caught between the excitement of the new journey and the uncertainty of not knowing when she will see her parents again, Missie struggles with the challenges and cherishes the knowledge of her soon to be newborn. Missie’s husband, Willie, however, do not have a clue about her pregnancy because Missie is afraid to tell him about it. When Missie and her husband finally arrive at their destination, nothing is as she imagined…

Love’s Long Journey also made it to television and in 2005 it was adapted for a Christians Drama made-for-TV movie based on Janette Oke’s novel. It was directed by Michael Landon Jr. and was originally aired on Hallmark Channel on December 3, 2005. This movie adaption was also a success and several people received a Cammie Award in 2006 for their role in making the movie.

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