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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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