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Janette Oke (née Steeves; born February 18, 1935) is a Canadian author of inspirational fiction. Her books are often set in a pioneer era and centered on female protagonists. Her first novel, Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. As of September 2016, more than 75 others have followed. The first novel of her Canadian West series, When Calls the Heart (1983), became the basis of the current television series of the same name.

Janette Oke
BornJanette Steeves
(1935-02-18) February 18, 1935 (age 84)
Champion, Alberta, Canada
Genreinspirational fiction



Janette Steeves was born in Champion, Alberta, to Canadian prairie farmers Fred and Amy (née Ruggles) Steeves, during the Great Depression years.

Oke (pronounced "Oak") graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta, where she met her future husband, Edward Oke, who later became the president of that college. The Okes have four children, including a set of twins.[1] Oke's daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, has co-written books with her.

Oke is a committed Evangelical Christian. She wrote many books about her faith.


Oke received the 1992 President's Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association for her significant contribution to Christian fiction, as well as the 1999 CBA Life Impact Award, and the Gold Medallion Award for fiction.

List of books by Janette OkeEdit

Love Comes Softly seriesEdit

This series is published by Bethany House.

  1. Love Comes Softly, 1979
  2. Love's Enduring Promise, 1980
  3. Love's Long Journey, 1982
  4. Love's Abiding Joy, 1983
  5. Love's Unending Legacy, 1984
  6. Love's Unfolding Dream, 1987
  7. Love Takes Wing, 1988
  8. Love Finds a Home, 1989

This series has also been published into two boxsets, Volume 1–4 and Volume 5–8. New revisions with updated covers were published in 2003 and 2004, including the boxsets.

The Fox Faith film versions of the "Loves Comes Softly" series, which aired on the Hallmark Channel, do not completely follow the books. They starred Katherine Heigl, Dale Midkiff, Corbin Bernsen, Erin Cottrell, and others. Directors of the films included Michael Landon Jr. and Lou Diamond Phillips.

There are also three prequels titled Love's Christmas Journey (2012), Love Begins (2011), and Love's Everlasting Courage (2011). These are not based on any Janette Oke books.

A Prairie Legacy seriesEdit

This series is published by Bethany House.

  1. The Tender Years, 1997
  2. A Searching Heart, 1998
  3. A Quiet Strength, 1999
  4. Like Gold Refined, 2000

This is a follow-up to the Love Comes Softly series. A box set of all 4 books is also available. A republished edition is now available.

Seasons of the Heart seriesEdit

This series is published by Bethany House.

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

This series was republished in 2002 with updated covers. Which is about a young boy who is trying to find himself with is unordinary family. The series has also been published as omnibus (all four books in one volume). This book is called "Seasons of the Heart".[citation needed]

Canadian West seriesEdit

This series is published by Bethany House. The last two books came much later and focus on the children in the series rather than the main characters of the first four books. In 2015 all six books were released in a single e-book format.

  1. When Calls the Heart, 1983
  2. When Comes the Spring, 1985
  3. When Breaks the Dawn, 1985
  4. When Hope Springs New, 1986
  5. Beyond the Gathering Storm, 1999
  6. When Tomorrow Comes, 2000

This series was republished in 2005 with updated covers.

Return to the Canadian West seriesEdit

This series is published by Bethany House. The series is co-written by Janette Oke and her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan.

  1. Where Courage Calls, 2014
  2. Where Trust Lies, 2015
  3. Where Hope Prevails, 2016

Song of Acadia seriesEdit

Co-written with T. Davis Bunn and published by Bethany House.

  1. The Meeting Place, 1999
  2. The Sacred Shore, 2000
  3. The Birthright, 2001
  4. The Distant Beacon, 2002
  5. The Beloved Land, 2002

This series is continued on by T. Davis Bunn and Isabella Bunn in the follow-up series, Heirs of Arcadia.

Acts of Faith seriesEdit

Co-written with T. Davis Bunn and published by Bethany House.

  • The Centurion's Wife, 2009
  • The Hidden Flame, January 2010
  • The Damascus Way, 2011

Standalone booksEdit

Women of the West booksEdit

These books are standalone novels about different women of the West, where the author's intention is that they do not need to be read in order.[citation needed]

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

Youth booksEdit

  • I Wonder… Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb? (picture book)

Janette Oke's Animal Friends seriesEdit

  1. The Impatient Turtle
  2. The Prodigal Cat
  3. Spunky's Diary
  4. This Little Pig
  5. New Kid in Town
  6. Ducktails
  7. Prairie Dog Town
  8. Trouble in a Fur Coat
  9. Maury Had a Little Lamb
  10. Pordy's Prickly Problem
  11. A Cote of Many Colors
  12. Who's New at the Zoo?
  • Janette Oke's Animal Friends Pack, vols. 1–6
  • Janette Oke's Animal Friends Pack, vols. 7–12

Other Items by Janette OkeEdit

  • Celebrating the Inner Beauty of Women Dec 1997
  • Father Who Calls: Devotional insights for Daily Meditations
  • Hunger of Your Heart: Finding Fulfillment Through a Closer Walk With God
  • Janette Oke Engagement Diary
  • Janette Oke 2001 Engagement Diary (Calendar)
  • Janette Oke's Reflections on the Christmas Story
  • Making Memories by Janette Oke and Cheri Bladholm
  • My favorite recipes: Featuring devotional & selected recipes
  • My Favorite Verse
  • The Father of Love
  • The Loving Heart-Calendar
  • What Does Love Look Like by Janette Oke and Cheri Bladholm


  1. ^ Siino, Denise Marie (2004). In Her Steps: Women of Courage and Valor. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman. pp. 133–136. ISBN 0-8054-3165-9. Retrieved 14 September 2016.

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