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.

Order of Love Comes Softly Series

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

Order of Seasons Of The Heart Series

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

Order of Janette Oke's Animal Friends Series

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

Order of Canadian West Series

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

Order of Women Of The West Series

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

Order of Prairie Legacy Series

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

Order of Song Of Acadia Series with T. Davis Bunn

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

Order of Acts Of Faith Series with T. Davis Bunn

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

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

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

Order of Kyle Adams Series with T. Davis Bunn

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

Order of When Hope Calls Series with Laurel Oke Logan

1Unyielding Hope 2020Description / Buy
2Sustaining Faith 2021Description / Buy

Order of Janette Oke Standalone Novels

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

Order of Janette Oke Short Story Collections

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

Order of Janette Oke Picture Books

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

Order of Janette Oke Non-Fiction Books

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

Order of Janette Oke Collections

1The Father Who Calls: Devotional Insights for Daily Meditations 1988Description / Buy
2The Father of Love: Spiritual Insights from the Love Comes Softly Series 1989Description / Buy
3Father of My Heart: Spiritual Insights from the Seasons of the Heart Series 1991Description / Buy
4The Faithful Father: Spiritual Insights from the Women of the West Series 1993Description / 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 Sustaining Faith and was released on June, 1st 2021. It is the newest book in the When Hope Calls Series.


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