Janette Oke Books

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Janette Oke is a Canadian author that writes inspirational stories. She has sold millions of copies of her novels. Her books have also been translated into dozens of languages. She receives letters from fans from all over the world, and she personally responds to each one.

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Order of Love Comes Softly Series

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1 Love Comes Softly 1979 Description / Buy
2 Love's Enduring Promise 1979 Description / Buy
3 Love's Long Journey 1982 Description / Buy
4 Love's Abiding Joy 1983 Description / Buy
5 Love's Unending Legacy 1984 Description / Buy
6 Love's Unfolding Dream 1987 Description / Buy
7 Love Takes Wing 1988 Description / Buy
8 Love Finds a Home 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Seasons Of The Heart Series

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1 Once Upon a Summer 1981 Description / Buy
2 Winds of Autumn 1987 Description / Buy
3 Winter Is Not Forever 1988 Description / Buy
4 Spring's Gentle Promise 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Janette Oke's Animal Friends Series

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1 Spunky's Diary (Short Story) 1982 Description / Buy
2 New Kid in Town (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy
3 Ducktails (Short Story) 1985 Description / Buy
4 The Impatient Turtle (Short Story) 1986 Description / Buy
5 A Cote of Many Colors (Short Story) 1987 Description / Buy
6 Prairie Dog Town (Short Story) 1988 Description / Buy
7 Trouble in a Fur Coat (Short Story) 1990 Description / Buy
8 This Little Pig (Short Story) 1991 Description / Buy
9 Pordy's Prickly Problem (Short Story) 1993 Description / Buy
10 Spunky's First Christmas (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
11 The Prodigal Cat (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
12 Spunky's Camping Adventure (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
13 Maury Had a Little Lamb (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
14 Who's New at the Zoo? (Short Story) 1998 Description / Buy
15 Spunky's Circus Adventure (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Canadian West Series

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1 When Calls the Heart 1983 Description / Buy
2 When Comes the Spring 1985 Description / Buy
3 When Breaks the Dawn 1985 Description / Buy
4 When Hope Springs New 1986 Description / Buy
5 Beyond the Gathering Storm 1990 Description / Buy
6 When Tomorrow Comes 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Women Of The West Series

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1 The Calling of Emily Evans 1990 Description / Buy
2 Julia's Last Hope 1990 Description / Buy
3 Roses for Mama 1990 Description / Buy
4 A Woman Named Damaris 1991 Description / Buy
5 The Measure of a Heart 1992 Description / Buy
6 They Called Her Mrs. Doc 1992 Description / Buy
7 A Bride for Donnigan 1993 Description / Buy
8 Heart of the Wilderness 1993 Description / Buy
9 Too Long a Stranger 1994 Description / Buy
10 The Bluebird and the Sparrow 1995 Description / Buy
11 A Gown of Spanish Lace 1995 Description / Buy
12 Drums of Change 1995 Description / Buy

Order of Prairie Legacy Series

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1 The Tender Years 1997 Description / Buy
2 A Searching Heart 1998 Description / Buy
3 A Quiet Strength 1999 Description / Buy
4 Like Gold Refined 2000 Description / Buy

Order of Song Of Acadia Series with T. Davis Bunn

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1 The Meeting Place 1999 Description / Buy
2 The Sacred Shore 2000 Description / Buy
3 The Birthright 2000 Description / Buy
4 The Distant Beacon 2001 Description / Buy
5 The Beloved Land 2002 Description / Buy

Order of Acts Of Faith Series with T. Davis Bunn

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1 The Centurion's Wife 2009 Description / Buy
2 The Hidden Flame 2010 Description / Buy
3 The Damascus Way 2010 Description / Buy

Order of Return To The Canadian West Series with Laurel Oke Logan

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1 Where Courage Calls 2014 Description / Buy
2 Where Trust Lies 2015 Description / Buy
3 Where Hope Prevails 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Kyle Adams Series with T. Davis Bunn

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1 Tomorrow's Dream 1990 Description / Buy
2 Another Homecoming 1997 Description / Buy

Order of When Hope Calls Series with Laurel Oke Logan

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1 Unyielding Hope 2020 Description / Buy
2 Sustaining Faith 2021 Description / Buy
3 Unfailing Love 2022 Description / Buy

Order of Janette Oke Standalone Novels

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1 Hey, Teacher! 1982 Description / Buy
2 Roses for Maria 1990 Description / Buy
3 The Red Geranium (Short Story) 1995 Description / Buy
4 Return to Harmony ( With: T. Davis Bunn) 1996 Description / Buy
5 Nana's Gift (Short Story) 1996 Description / Buy
6 The Matchmakers (Short Story) 1997 Description / Buy
7 Making Memories (Short Story) 1999 Description / Buy
8 Dana's Valley ( With: Laurel Oke Logan) 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Janette Oke Short Story Collections

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1 Quiet Places, Warm Thoughts (Short Story) 1983 Description / Buy

Order of Janette Oke Picture Books

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1 What Does Love Look Like? (Short Story) 2001 Description / Buy

Order of Janette Oke Non-Fiction Books

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

Order of Janette Oke Collections

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1 The Father Who Calls: Devotional Insights for Daily Meditations 1988 Description / Buy
2 The Father of Love: Spiritual Insights from the Love Comes Softly Series 1989 Description / Buy
3 Father of My Heart: Spiritual Insights from the Seasons of the Heart Series 1991 Description / Buy
4 The Faithful Father: Spiritual Insights from the Women of the West Series 1993 Description / Buy
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Born in 1953 in Champion, Alberta during a time of considerable financial strife, The Great Depression forced the family to abandon their home for a farm in Hoadley. However, for the most part, Oke had an ordinary childhood.

Her seven siblings kept her occupied. They would chase gophers, paint dollhouses, play in the dirt, and tell stories. It was during those early years that the seeds of Oke’s fascination with the Pioneers were planted.

A sickness in the family prevented Oke from finishing high school. She worked at a local bank for a time before finally joining Mountain View Bible College (Didsbury) at the age of 19. She met her husband, Edward, during her college years, eventually marrying him in 1957.

They tried starting a family early on. But a miscarriage brought Oke’s first pregnancy to a grinding halt. She gave birth to a baby boy later on. Though, he died hours later. The author survived the tragedies by leaning on her faith.

Oke was a dedicated Christian who started attending Sunday school at an early age. She believes that God finally heard their prayers and blessed the couple with four children. As far as her writing career is concerned, Oke remembers writing a poem about her mother when the woman was hospitalized.

Oke wrote the poem because she was miserable and writing allowed her to express her emotions. Not only was her mother impressed by the poem but she showed it to every person that visited their home. The experience surprised Oke because it showed her that her words could induce joy in other people.

But she did not want to pursue writing as a career, at least not immediately. Oke had decided early on that she would wait until her family was older. She also wanted to fine-tune her abilities by acquiring specialized training.

Even though she couldn’t write, Oke took every opportunity she got to read. By the time her children entered their teens, Janette Oke was restless. She was anxious to start writing. She set her sights on the romance genre because it was popular.

She had also concluded that the genre lacked inspirational novels that Christian women could enjoy without being tainted by the secular ideas that had become quite prominent in the romance genre.

Oke wanted to share her faith through her stories. But she had a full-time job and a family that required her attention. She persevered because she saw her first novel as a ministry tool. She refused to abandon it. By writing at lunch, in the evening, and before she left work, Oke finished her first draft in three weeks.

After revising and editing the manuscript, she sent it to Bantam Books but they rejected it. Six months later, she entered into talks with Bethany Fellowship Inc. They gave Oke her first publishing contract.

Janette Oke Awards

Oke’s collection of accolades includes the President’s Award (Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association), CBA Life Impact Award, and the Gold Medallion Award.

Best Janette Oke Books

The author’s childhood experiences inspired her to write stories set in the 19th and 20th Centuries. Oke’s best novels include:

Love Comes Softly: Marty was excited. She had great hopes for the Pioneer West when she started the journey with Clem. But shortly after Clem identified the perfect spot for their new home, he died. Marty was all alone.

When Clark Davis asked her to marry him, she wasn’t interested, not really. But she was also pregnant and her options were limited. Additionally, Clark was simply looking for a mother for his daughter, nothing more. When Marty accepted the proposal, she did not expect Clark to introduce so much love into her life.

When Calls The Heart: Elizabeth had a cultured upbringing. As such, the Canadian Frontier was the last place she wanted to be. But that is where the teacher was needed. Fortunately, she loved children. She had also caught the eye of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer.

When Does The Next Janette Oke book come out?

Janette Oke doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Unfailing Love and was released on June, 1st 2022. It is the newest book in the When Hope Calls Series.


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