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Publication Order of Love Comes Softly Books

Love Comes Softly (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love's Enduring Promise (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love's Long Journey (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love's Abiding Joy (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love's Unending Legacy (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love's Unfolding Dream (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Takes Wing (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Finds a Home (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Seasons Of The Heart Books

Once Upon a Summer (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winds of Autumn (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Is Not Forever (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Spring's Gentle Promise (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Janette Oke's Animal Friends Books

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

Publication Order of Canadian West Books

When Calls the Heart (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Comes the Spring (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Breaks the Dawn (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Hope Springs New (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beyond the Gathering Storm (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
When Tomorrow Comes (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Women Of The West Books

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

Publication Order of Prairie Legacy Books

The Tender Years (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Searching Heart (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Quiet Strength (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Like Gold Refined (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Song Of Acadia Books

with T. Davis Bunn
The Meeting Place (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sacred Shore (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Birthright (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Distant Beacon (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Beloved Land (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Acts Of Faith Books

with T. Davis Bunn
The Centurion's Wife (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hidden Flame (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Damascus Way (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Return To The Canadian West Books

with Laurel Oke Logan
Where Courage Calls (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Trust Lies (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where Hope Prevails (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Kyle Adams Books

with T. Davis Bunn
Tomorrow's Dream (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Another Homecoming (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of When Hope Calls Books

with Laurel Oke Logan
Unyielding Hope (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sustaining Faith (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Unfailing Love (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hey, Teacher! (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roses for Maria (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Red Geranium (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Return to Harmony (With: T. Davis Bunn) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nana's Gift (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Matchmakers (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Making Memories (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dana's Valley (With: Laurel Oke Logan) (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Quiet Places, Warm Thoughts (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

What Does Love Look Like? (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

My Favorite Verse (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Janette Oke's Reflections on the Christmas Story (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Celebrating The Inner Beauty Of Woman (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Wonder... Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb? (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The Father Who Calls: Devotional Insights for Daily Meditations (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Father of Love: Spiritual Insights from the Love Comes Softly Series (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Father of My Heart: Spiritual Insights from the Seasons of the Heart Series (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Faithful Father: Spiritual Insights from the Women of the West Series (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
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 Marty 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, Marty 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, Marty 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 Marty 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 Marty and Missie hates Marty 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. Marty learns more about “Clark’s God” and a loveable and sympathetic relationship develops between her and Missie.

Finally, Clark and Marty 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 Marty’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 Marty 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 Marty and Clark find love in each other, allowing both Marty 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 Marty 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, the third novel in the Love Comes Softly series, was published in 1980 and follows Missie, the daughter of Clark whom Marty 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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16 Responses to “Janette Oke”

  1. denett brinkman: 6 months ago

    i have read the love comes softly series over a dozen times…even though i know what going to happen it still lifts me up and fills me with the love of god…by far the best auther ever i have many of her books and so.e day hope to own them all

  2. Joyce Hooton: 11 months ago

    I have just finished reading the “Love Comes Softly” series! I will be 90 years old in Sept. Tis is the first time I have read you! I am definitely addicted! Don’t know why I have waited so long to read you! Hope I live long enough to read some more of your books!my neighbor, we live in a nursing home, has enjoyed reading them too!

  3. Pat Trout: 1 year ago

    I read my first janelle book in 1992 bought at a school book fair for a quarter. Now I have most of her titles and have read some of them 5 or 6 times
    My favorite is a woman named Damaris.

  4. Margie capello: 2 years ago

    I was introduced to your Love Comes Softly series back in 1990, I read all 8 books, one right after the other, I couldn’t put them down. I just read them all again finished the last one a week ago. They are so encouraging, and I just love them. They pull you right in, and you feel like your on the prairie with all of them. I’ve read many of your other books as well, and they are equally amazing. Thank you for writing books with great morals, life learning lessons.

  5. Tammy Boggess: 2 years ago

    I’ve never been an avid reader. At 60 years young I just read When Calls the Heart. I’m officially an avid reader now. I am a “Heartie” of the Hallmark series, so I knew of you and your writings. Thank you for being the writer you are. I have a whole lotta reading to do!

  6. Joyce: 2 years ago

    I started reading your “Love Comes Softly” series about 10 years ago. I only have the first 4 or 5 of them. I’ve been watching the movies on Halmark. I’m going to look for the rest of your books because I love your books. I hope to find and read them all before too long. Thank you for your wonderful books!!

    • Patti: 2 years ago

      If you have a local library you might find them on there. If you download the App “Libby” you can look up Tennessee Reads. They have all of them!

  7. Belinda: 2 years ago

    My mum Introduced me to Janette Okes books
    Janette is my favourite Author. I love everyone of her books. I have read them all. Some even 3/4 times.
    As soon as I start I can’t put it down. Thank you Janette for all the adventures, tears, laughter and faith.

    • Jerry: 2 years ago

      Awe that is very special Belinda.My gramma bought every book read and next my daughter was hooked and now i love andread them.

  8. Walter Taylor: 3 years ago

    All of her books are great to me. I have them all on audible books.The books are great to listen to when working around the house,or resting in favorite chair.

  9. Diane Bedal: 3 years ago

    I just happened to see 4 of your movies on TV on Wednesday and recorded them and then spent all day watching them. They were so good 🙂 I only have the names of two but they were continuing stores. Love’s Abiding Joy and Love’s Unending Legacy. Now I want some of your books. 🙂

  10. Connie Kinley: 3 years ago

    I have read the book Love begins with Clarke and Ellen. And there is another one where Ellen die but I don’t remember the name nor can I find the book Love begins, I have it on dvd. If anyone knows the name of the other book and where I can find both I would really appreciate it. I love the love comes softly so much.

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      I don’t believe that one was based on a book. The above listing is all of the books within that series.

  11. Lettie Thurow: 3 years ago

    I have read and have most of your booke and also the TV series of Love comes softly which I watch o nce a year. I am now rereadi g some of your books. MNustjust love them.

  12. Linda Turgeon: 3 years ago

    I have read all your books and watched the Love Come Softly movies many times. Just finished When Hope Calls second book and wondering if and when there will be a third one. So many things seam to be left unsaid. Looking forward to a 3rd book in this series.

  13. kathryn walker: 3 years ago

    I have read most of here books and am going back starting over. So refreshing in this days of turmoil in our world. Thanks for being the writer you are.


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