Love Comes Softly Books In Publication Order
- Love Comes Softly (1979)
- Love’s Enduring Promise (1979)
- Love’s Long Journey (1982)
- Love’s Abiding Joy (1983)
- Love’s Unending Legacy (1984)
- Love’s Unfolding Dream (1987)
- Love Takes Wing (1988)
- Love Finds a Home (1989)
Seasons Of The Heart Books In Publication Order
- Once Upon a Summer (1981)
- Winds of Autumn (1987)
- Winter Is Not Forever (1988)
- Spring’s Gentle Promise (1989)
Janette Oke’s Animal Friends Books In Publication Order
- Spunky’s Diary (1982)
- New Kid in Town (1983)
- Ducktails (1985)
- The Impatient Turtle (1986)
- A Cote of Many Colors (1987)
- Prairie Dog Town (1988)
- Trouble in a Fur Coat (1990)
- This Little Pig (1991)
- Pordy’s Prickly Problem (1993)
- Spunky’s First Christmas (1997)
- The Prodigal Cat (1998)
- Spunky’s Camping Adventure (1998)
- Maury Had a Little Lamb (1998)
- Who’s New at the Zoo? (1998)
- Spunky’s Circus Adventure (1999)
Canadian West Books In Publication Order
- When Calls the Heart (1983)
- When Comes the Spring (1985)
- When Breaks the Dawn (1985)
- When Hope Springs New (1986)
- Beyond the Gathering Storm (1990)
- When Tomorrow Comes (2001)
Women Of The West Books In Publication Order
- The Calling of Emily Evans (1990)
- Julia’s Last Hope (1990)
- Roses for Mama (1990)
- A Woman Named Damaris (1991)
- The Measure of a Heart (1992)
- They Called Her Mrs. Doc (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)
Prairie Legacy Books In Publication Order
- The Tender Years (1997)
- A Searching Heart (1998)
- A Quiet Strength (1999)
- Like Gold Refined (2000)
Song Of Acadia Books In Publication Order
- The Meeting Place (1999)
- The Sacred Shore (2000)
- The Birthright (2000)
- The Distant Beacon (2001)
- The Beloved Land (2002)
Acts Of Faith Books In Publication Order
- The Centurion’s Wife (2009)
- The Damascus Way (2010)
- The Hidden Flame (2010)
Return To The Canadian West Books In Publication Order
- Where Courage Calls (2014)
- Where Trust Lies (2015)
- Where Hope Prevails (2016)
Kyle Adams Books In Publication Order
- Tomorrow’s Dream (1990)
- Another Homecoming (1997)
When Hope Calls Books In Publication Order
- Unyielding Hope (2020)
- Sustaining Faith (2021)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Hey, Teacher! (1982)
- Roses for Maria (1990)
- The Red Geranium (1995)
- Return to Harmony (With: T. Davis Bunn) (1996)
- Nana’s Gift (1996)
- The Matchmakers (1997)
- Making Memories (1999)
- Dana’s Valley (With: Laurel Oke Logan) (2001)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Quiet Places, Warm Thoughts (1983)
Picture Books In Publication Order
- What Does Love Look Like? (2001)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- My Favorite Verse (1987)
- Janette Oke’s Reflections on the Christmas Story (1994)
- Celebrating The Inner Beauty Of Woman (1998)
- I Wonder… Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb? (2004)
Collections In Publication Order
- The Father Who Calls: Devotional Insights for Daily Meditations (1988)
- The Father of Love: Spiritual Insights from the Love Comes Softly Series (1989)
- Father of My Heart: Spiritual Insights from the Seasons of the Heart Series (1991)
- The Faithful Father: Spiritual Insights from the Women of the West Series (1993)
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Janette Oke Books Overview
2003 reprint of the 1979 classic. Here’s the book that launched Janette Oke’s successful career! This revised edition of one of her most beloved prairie tales is a must have for lovers of inspirational fiction. When Marty and Clem’s western adventure turns to tradegy, pregnant Marty is left penniless and alone. Then Clark Davis asks her to marry him right after Clem’s funeral and Marty is infuriated! Although Marty knows that Clark is honorable, she resents her situation. With Clem, love was so exciting…
like fireworks. But soon Marty will learn the true meaning of love. This old fashioned tale of love and renewed faith will touch the deepest places of your heart.
Tragedy brought them together, but love bound them into a family. Clark and Marty Davis, the pioneer couple thrown together after the death of their first spouses, now preside over a growing number of youngsters in their prairie home. Together they face the joys and trials of life on a homesteader’s farm. Will they be able to find a suitable teacher for the long awaited new school? Is the ‘very learned’ Eastern preacher going to be able to communicate with the simple people of the West? And how do Clark and Marty guide their lovely daughter, now grown to womanhood, in her choice of a partner?An Enchanting Story That Charms Readers From Eight to Eighty!
Missie’s shocking discovery is not the end of the story in…
Love’s Long JourneyAfter all the planning and dreaming, Missie and Willie LaHaye were actually on the trail west in a covered wagon. Leaving behind the prairie home of Clark and Marty Davis, Missie finds herself caught between the elation of the new adventure and wondering if she’ll ever see her family again. But the hardships of the trail the rain, the mud, the impassable rivers, and even death soon force Missie and Willie to become rugged pioneers. Missie must learn how to live her faith as she faces homesickness, boredom, and deprivation. And, then, when they finally arrive at their new home, she is pushed to the limits of her endurance. Will her faith and strength withstand the bewildering surprise?
A birthday surprise, a new journey west, and a delightful reunion! But then comes tragedy . Marty and Clark Davis’s daughter Missie and her husband had homesteaded land in the far West, many weeks’ journey away by covered wagon. But with the coming of the frontier railroad, the miles are suddenly bridged, making possible their long awaited reunion. Grandparents Marty and Clark are thrilled to meet their two little grandsons for the first time. Missie, anxious to hear news from home, plies her mother with questions about her brothers and sisters. And as Willie proudly shows the two visitors around his successful ranch, Missie, just as proudly, shows them the little soddy that was their original home. But the joyful reunion is shattered by a tragic accident . Will they ever be a happy family again?A gentle story of faith and love and joy in the midst of the swirling storms of life.
Marty was overjoyed to be home again could anything disturb her joy?Marty Davis had thoroughly enjoyed her visit with daughter Missie, even though a tragic accident had extended it far longer than originally planned. But now she and Clark are home again, and there are changes to make. The family begins to adjust to Clark’s crutch, and Clark and Marty recognize their children’s new maturity and independence. But Nandry seems unable to come to terms with Clark’s handicap; is she blaming God for the accident? The ‘baby of the family’ is going to be a doctor. Ellie has blossomed into a lovely young woman, but is there any fellow around special enough to ask for her hand? Clare and Kate eagerly anticipate their new baby, but has life prepared them for what lies ahead?And Then There’s Marty’s Secret!
The usual joys and trials of girlhood swirled around them, but underneath it all was Love’s Unfolding DreamBelinda, Marty and Clark Davis’s ‘surprise child,’ has always had a tender and compassionate heart toward anything hurt and broken. Her parents watch with both misgivings and genuine pride as Belinda’s older brother, Doctor Luke, influences her toward nursing. Will she have the inward strength to face the ‘hurt and broken’ people whose bodies, minds, and emotions need mending?Belinda’s niece, who is also a teenager, comes to live with the Davis family to finish her schooling. How will Melissa’s arrival affect Belinda’s lifelong friendship with Amy Jo? And what happens when all three fall for the same nice fellow?A Timeless Story of Love and Life and Faith
Boston was even more than she dreamed. Why then did she feel so empty inside?Belinda Davis had trained as a nurse to assist her older brother, Doctor Luke. But as time goes by and she sees those she’s grown up with getting married and settling into their own lives, Belinda becomes restless. What had seemed exciting and fresh becomes dull and routine. When she meets an elderly woman who needs nursing care, Belinda jumps at the invitation to go to Boston a large, ‘civilized’ city with cultural opportunities she’s never even dreamed of in her little prairie town. But in spite of financial security and countless new experiences, Belinda finds herself restless, lonely, and empty inside. In Stretching Her Wings, Did She Leave More Than Her Home and Family?
Book 8 of the bestselling Love Comes Softly series. Leaving her little prairie town, Belinda Davis never dreamed that the excitement of living in Boston would leave her restless and empty inside. Wealth, literature, travel, and romance touched her life with choices and decisions that brought dissatisfaction rather than joy. She discovered that only when God had first place in her life was her peace restored. Belinda once again faces decisions about her life that are no less difficult than before. A very unexpected responsibility makes the choice even harder.
Sure, it’s unusual to have an eighteen year old mother when you’re twelve. But when you’re an orphan and she’s your aunt and the only mother you’ve ever had well, as I explained, it had worked out real well. That’s why I got so riled up when I heard Grandpa and Uncle Charlie talkin’ about findin’ a fella for Auntie Lou!You see, somethin’ had to be done! I couldn’t just sit back and watch our special family get broken up. But with Grandpa and Uncle Charlie workin’ so hard to get Auntie Lou married off, I really had my job cut out for me. Then, when that poor preacher came along, it really got complicated. And maybe you’ll find out what I found out about the best kind of family, I mean.
Seasons of the Heart Book 2. Readers will laugh and cry as they follow the story of Josh Jones, an orphan growing up during the Great Depression. Eighteen year old Auntie Lou is the only mother Josh has ever known. When his grandfather and uncle start talking about finding a husband for his aunt, he knows something has to be done! As he grows to manhood through disappointment and tragedy, triumph and joy, Josh learns to trust God no matter what life brings.
‘What do you plan to do after graduation? Are you gonna be a minister or what?Or what, my mind echoed in frustration. What?I had been asked myself the same question over and over. And I still didn’t have an answer. Graduation was only a month away, and it seemed that I was the only one in our small town school who didn’t know what to do with life after the big day. It wasn’t that I hadn’t given it a thought. In fact, I thought about it most of the time. I prayed about it, too. But I still didn’t have an answer, except to say honestly, ‘No I don’t know yet.’ And I’d been saying that for a long, long time. Though life seems to be moving others ahead, Josh appears to have come to a dead standstill. What does the future hold?
In the dimness of the early morning I could see field after neighborhood field as I let my gaze wander around me. First there was ours I supposed I would always think of the farm as ours Grandpa’s, Uncle Charlie’s and mine, though in truth it really was just mine now. Guess that was one of the reasons I was whistling. Just yesterday Grandpa and Uncle Charlie had signed all the official papers to make the farm mine really and legally mine. Joshua Chadwick Jones they read, clear as could be. The full impact had yet to hit me. But I was excited. Really excited. I mean, what other fella my age had a farm his own, title clear and paid for?I sobered down a bit. It was a big responsibility. I mean ,I was the one who had to make the farm ‘bring forth’ now. Had to support Grandpa and Uncle Charlie and myself . And adding to the challenge is Josh’s desire for a family of his own .
Spunky is like most other puppies curious and frisky, and always creating mischief. Even though he stumbles into trouble a lot, he still manages to warm his way into the hearts of his family. They can’t help but love their silly dog. But one day, Spunky’s curiosity leads to serious danger, and he finds himself far from home with no hope of getting back. Will his family find him in time? It takes a lesson in obedience to teach Spunky that rules are not meant to be broken. Now with Full Color Interior Pages!
Out for a walk one day, Fuzzle is separated from his family. Alone for the first time in his life, he must find his own food and a place to sleep. If only he could get some help from the other animals in the forest…
When he tries to make friends, though, no one will speak to him, and he doesn’t know why. All he wants is someone to play with. But what Fuzzle doesn’t know is that God gave him a secret weapon one that will make him a hero if he can discover it in time.
Quackery knew he was different. He wasn’t rebellious like his brother Zackery, and he definitely wasn’t pretty like his sister Fluff. But he knew deep inside him that he must swim faster, dive deeper, and be smarter than any other duckling in his family. But there was so much to learn how could he ever know it all? There was so much to see and so many places to go, he figured he’d better get started right away. Enjoy this heartwarming story of the adventures and misadventures of Quackery the duckling from Janette Oke.
Pogo had one goal in life to have fun. New thrills, new excitement, he wanted it all. But Pogo also had a problem. Because he was a turtle, he couldn’t do most of the fun and exciting things he saw those lucky boys doing who visited his pond. And this made Pogo very angry. Angry, that is, until he discovered why he was made like he was. Then, being a turtle didn’t seem so bad. In fact, it was kind of special. The Impatient Turtle is the fifth in Janette Oke’s series of charming animal creations.
Mark and Timmie’s landlord has a whole loft of prize winning carrier pigeons, but the gruff man said ‘absolutely no pets’ when he rented the small house to the boys’ mother. So Mark and Timmie can only watch the pigeons including Blue Boy, their favorite from across the fence and wish they had a pet of their own. But what will happen when their landlord is hospitalized and can’t care for his pigeons? How will Blue Boy and the other pigeons survive without the watchful eye and care of their owner? Will the boys’ dream for their very own pet ever come true?
Flick, a curious young prairie dog, learns about the pleasures and dangers of life outside his family’s underground home, as well as the importance of obeying his parents.
Trust Janette Oke to bring you the warmest, most beguiling creatures animal friends that millions of children fall immediately in love with. And Trouble in a Fur Coat is no exception. Here, you’ll meet Natook and Kimwa, two adorable bear cubs and spend a fun filled first year with them and their mother. Discover the wonders of their forest and meadow as they emerge from their den for the first time. And experience the danger the forest holds for the impatient and disobedient.
Hiram doesn’t always get along with his brothers and sisters, especially the bully Hawkins. They’re always competing. And as Mother teaches them about life on the farm, Hiram and Hawkins end up in many scrapes together. One day Hiram is picked to go to the fair. Surely now his brothers and sisters will know he’s special! It’s a lot of hard work, though, and Hiram soon begins to think maybe going to the fair isn’t so great after all. But has Hiram pushed his family away forever?
More than anything, Pordy wanted a friend. But she was too shy to try making friends. She didn’t want to be teased or rejected. Only in her daydreams as hero*ine of the forest did the other animal creatures befriend a spiny porcupine. Learning to ‘curl, point and strike,’ orchard traps, coyotes on the garden path they are all part of growing up for a young porcupine. Now if only she could get the other forest animals to accept her. Enjoy the prickly adventures of Pordy in this delightful story that teaches to have a friend you must be one.
Who is The Prodigal Cat? Is she Mittens, the playful kitten? Or Calico, the snobbish and snooty house cat? Or Ginger, the warm and caring ‘Animal Nurse’? She’s all three, and much more in this delightful story of the mis adventures of The Prodigal Cat. Youngsters of all ages will readily grasp the underlying message here, while enjoying the antics of this charming tabby. A special surprise ending will touch your heart and make The Prodigal Cat one of your favorite family books to read together again and again.
Just exactly how much mischief do you think one little lamb can get into? You’ll be surprised when you read about this little lamb. Left alone by his mother and family, Shandy the lamb soon learns that trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes. Coal sheds and vegetable gardens, even washtubs and wolves they all are no match for this little guy. Now if he could only get the other sheep to accept him. Enjoy the wild and wooly adventures of Maury’s little lamb in this wonderful story that teaches that God made each of us just right just the way we are.
Barnaby Gorilla was special. Why? Not because he was born first at Roxbury Zoo, or because he had his picture in the paper. Not because a sign was hung on the wall that told about him or because of all the humans who came to see him. Then why?The family troop, the ‘crowd,’ food finding, performing little tricks these are all part of growing up for a young gorilla in the zoo. Barnaby loved his world, and being so important was pretty nice too. You will enjoy the antics of Barnaby in this charming story that teaches we are all special, everyone of us.
Another Heartwarming Prairie Romance from the Pen of Bestselling Author Janette Oke! Young, pretty, cultured and educated, Elizabeth’s eastern upbringing in a rather well to do family has not prepared her for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. But she squares her shoulders and takes on her formidable task with love, humor and determination. She is just as determined not to become romantically involved with a frontiersman. And then she meets Wynn . But Beth discovers that he also has determined never to marry; that he would ‘never ask a woman he loved’ to share the perils in the life of a Royal Canadian Mountie! Can Beth change his mind? Will Wynn listen ? Laugh, cry and learn with Beth as she experiences life and love on the prairie!
Elizabeth, the lovely young eastern schoolteacher, has braved the western frontier and spent a year teaching in a one room schoolhouse. Now she and Wynn, her Royal Canadian Mountie, are planning their wedding and their new life together at his outpost in the far north. Will their love for each other sustain them through a harsh winter, loneliness and the rigors of life without any of the conveniences they have been accustomed to?You will laugh, cry, suffer and rejoice with Elizabeth during her first year of marriage to her mountie!
Having survived the harshness of their first year in the far Northwest, Elizabeth and Wynn, her Royal Canadian Mountie, now face new challenges, make new friends, start a new school and are presented with a new posting. Will their love for each other, hope for the future and their faith in God carry them through a crushing disappointment?
The lovely young schoolteacher from the east has become a frontier woman or has she?
Discover with Elizabeth the true basis of beauty, happiness and security.
Leaving behind their dear friends in Beaver Creek, Elizabeth and Wynn take over an even more primitive outpost in the Canadian Northwest. Elizabeth finds herself totally isolated because of the Indian women’s fear to even communicate with her. They thought they had already faced the most crushing disappointment of their lives when they saw little Sammy disappear from view in the arms of his father. Would they be able to survive the challenges ahead?The best in prairie love stories from bestselling author Janette Oke!
Best selling author Janette Oke, noted for vivid historical settings and heartwarming spiritual drama spins the tale of a close knit family facing separation and change. Years ago, Wynn and Elizabeth Delancy adopted Christine and Henry. Now Christine has moved to a nearby city. Working as a secretary in a prosperous company, she is drawn to her employers handsome son. Henry has joined the Canadian Mounties, where one of his first duties is to help a young widow and her infant. In their new lives, as new relationships grow, can Christine and Henry still draw on the faith they have learned from their parents?
Christine is recovering from a broken heart and finds solace in helping her adored brother Henry settle into married life. The ‘call of the North’ tugs at her, making one young man’s interest in her doubly attractive but also filling her with uncertainty. Is Christine willing to give up her dreams of living in the North and let God help her choose a lifelong love?
When young Emily Evans went off the Bible School, she had all she could do just to keep up with her studies, let alone discover God’s will for her life. That discovery seemed to be limited to those who had everything together, not for those who struggled even to make it to class on time. Then comes the chapel hour when the vast needs of the prairie settlements are presented. To her surprise, Emily feels God’s call into full time Christian service. Emily expects that along with His calling, God will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry. But Emily does not feel comfortable with agreeing to marry any of the young men who present themselves. The decision is made: On her own, Emily will take on the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community. But were those struggling years of Emily’s training sufficient preparation for all the responsibilities and challenges of running a parish? Is her faith planted firmly enough to not be shaken by local doubters? It is one thing for her church to have faith enough to send her, and quite another for her faith to sustain her away from family and friends.A Timeless Story of Enduring Strength and Commitment Through Hardships and Joy
The only thing she has left is her faith in God…
. Is it enough? With the closing of the Calder Springs’ timber mill, most of the town’s residents are left unemployed. Several families, realizing the lack of a future in the small mountain town, soon decide to relocate. But not the Harrigan family. Although John has lost his job at the mill, he and his wife, Julia, make the decision to stay in their beautiful home with their twin daughters. Eastern educated Julia searches for a way to bring business and people back to Calder Springs a task she feels God leading her to accomplish. Will her faith and determination carry her through the challenges and setbacks she’ll face?
It had all turned out to be so strange, so ironic. Angela Peterson’s family had moved west because her mother had not been well and the doctor said the cooler, clear air of the region might be easier on her lungs. Her father sold the farm and loaded everything they could take with them in three wagons. They found new land and a new life, setting about to build another farm. Her mother’s health did improve at least for a while. Then a winter cold put her back in bed and it became clear she had only months to live. Angela was just fourteen at the time, and in those intervening months her mother tried to prepare her for the responsibility of raising three young siblings. But no one dreamed that something would happen to their father. For Angela, now seventeen, and her older brother Thomas, the profound events that reshaped their family also changed their lives. Angela does her best to care for the children, but still wonders if she is providing everything they need like her mother did. And as the children grow, the questions and challenges intensify, at times even feel overwhelming. Preparing them for life seems to require something more. She did not know a bigger challenge was yet to come.
Will she ever discover the story behind her unusual name? Fifteen year old Damaris can no longer stay on her family’s farm and endure her father’s drunken rages. With the help of her heartbroken mother, Damaris makes her escape, taking along two family treasures: her grandmother’s lacy golden brooch and her grandfather’s watch. These items and her name are the only legacy she has from her past. Her mother once told her that ‘Damaris’ came from the Bible and had a special meaning. But growing up without ever seeing a Bible, Damaris doesn’t know what that meaning is. Far from home and feeling so alone, she wonders if the Bible can help her find out who she is and what the future might hold for her. Women of the West series.
Anna Trent felt fortunate to finish the eighth grade with first class honors. Already past her sixteenth birthday, most of the girls her age had been forced long ago to drop out to help at home. She loved school loved to learn, loved the excitement of new discoveries, loved the quickening of her pulse as she shared some great adventure in the pages of a book. And now that is over. The oldest child in a farming family with six young brothers, Anna is shy, sensitive and a bit self conscious. But when Austin Barker comes to their church to fill the pastorate for the summer months, the young seminarian is captured by Anna’s admirable qualities, especially her intense desire to learn. Through his books and correspondence, Anna’s education continues to expand, and the sweet country girl grows into a lovely woman. When they meet again, will she be able to believe that Austin’s words are sincere? Despite the compassion and grace she so effectively lives, and despite her selfless commitment to God and His Word, what can she do when time does not erase the inadequacy she feels or her struggles with the standard that measures her heart? Will she ever be able to see herself as others do?If only the feelings of guilt and inadequacy would go away
The only daughter of a noted Montreal physician and educator, Cassandra Dell Winston inherited all the opportunities of Eastern society and affluence. Everything in her life had been cared for by her doting parents, and if she married wisely, the best of society would remain hers. There had never been a reason to think of any other life. Promising young interns were frequent guests in Dr. Winston’s home, and the future looked bright as Cassie surveyed the possibilities around the dinner table. But youthful infatuations are left behind as she comes to know a serious, conscientious young doctor with an outstanding career before him. But when he discloses his intention of doctoring in his home town on the Western frontier, she is filled with uncertainties. If she goes with him, will love keep her there? Dare she pray that it would only be temporary, that after a time he’ll return to a city practice?Cassandra had never seen her father weep before. Now she understood what her choice could mean.
Responding to an Advertiseme*nt, She Crossed an Ocean to Meet a Total Stranger and Became a Mail Order Bride Kathleen O’Malley stood on the deck of the Barreth Lily and watched the land she’d called home for more than a dozen years slip from her view. She had thought she would be glad to see the last of it, but she was not. Emotions in turmoil, her whole being yearned to slip from the ship and return to what she knew. Even though Kathleen had not been happy with her situation, it was all she had ever known. As the shoreline faded into the morning mist, her only certainty was that she was bound for America to marry a man whose name she did not even know and whose face she had never seen. On the other side of the Atlantic, Donnigan Harrison anxiously awaits Kathleen’s arrival on a prairie farm far from her port of arrival in Boston. He has known the wonder of a dream fulfilled a snug frame cabin, the sturdy log barn and outbuildings, a fine herd of livestock, and crops in the field that made his eyes sparkle. Yet Donnigan felt a loneliness on the western frontier that pierced his very soul. With so limited opportunities for finding a wife, the notion of ordering a wife that once seemed unthinkable had come to make some sense. Now that the time has come, Donnigan feels like a small boy waiting for Christmas. But Donnigan’s anticipation is overshadowed with terrifying uncertainties What have I done? And that question is echoed in Kathleen’s heart as she nears the po
George McMannus traveled night and day from his wilderness cabin when the tragic news arrived that his daughter and son in law had died in a river accident. His only granddaughter, Kendra Marty, not yet four years old, had been left behind. McMannus was her only family, but what could a trapper, living alone in the backwoods, do to care for Kendra?She was such a tiny thing so small to have lost so much. He should have known from the first time he looked into those large green eyes that the two of them belonged together. The one small child, firmly clutching a worn rag doll, was his, and he was hers. Papa Mac, as Kendra came to call him, knew her place was with him. But what kind of home, what kind of training, could he provide in a wilderness of mountains and trees and rivers that no one had even named? Although he did not have answers, he felt he must at least try. Will Kendra ever be ready to face the scary and confusing world far from the wilderness she loves?
Only the thinnest strand of the past holds the mother and daughter together The sudden death of her husband had left Sarah Perry and her baby Rebecca alone in their small frontier town. The question from a kind neighbor woman, ‘What do you plan to do?,’ seemed impossible to answer. All that remained was their home and the freight hauling business if sold, it would be at a loss. Sarah was not trained for any job, and she had nowhere to turn. But Sarah resolved for Rebecca’s sake to put her life back together and go on. And to everyone’s surprise, Sarah finds a way. But the choices forced upon her by life on the frontier are very hard, especially the question of how to care for Rebecca. The most difficult decision comes when Sarah determines that the best thing for her little daughter’s future is to send her away to boarding school. But the distance that separates them over the years cannot be measured in miles. When the day finally arrives that Rebecca comes home, both mother and daughter find themselves viewing each other from two different worlds. What hope is there of restoring the bond that once was between them?
There were moments when she wished she were an only child, that her mother had never blessed her with a baby sister. Not a sister like Glenna.’She’s lovely! Look at those curls. Those blue eyes. She’s just beautiful!’Berta was used to those comments. Whenever ladies came to the house or met her mother on the streets, everyone was always exclaiming over her little sister Glenna. Somewhere along the way, Berta gradually came to the conclusion that whatever Glenna was, she would not be. Whatever Glenna did, she would not do. Whatever Glenna liked, she would not like. She would be the opposite. And as the two girls grow up, that determination shapes their relationship. Glenna is sparkling, vivacious, outgoing, and adored. Berta is serious, dependable, prim, and always feels plain and ordinary especially when she compares herself to her sister. But the day will come when Berta must look into her heart and discover what truly makes the distance between them.
A heritage so very different from her own, but one profound connection Ariana loves her life her parents, her little town, her job as the town’s schoolteacher, her students. But one evening after clas*ses are done and she prepares to hurry home before a blizzard hits, her whole life changes in an instant. The two rough looking men who abduct her and take her far from home and family make no response to her frantic questions ‘Why me? What are you going to do? Where are you taking me?’ Held hostage in a camp of bandits, Ariana’s emotions swing between terror and boredom as days stretch into weeks. And then the boss’s son appears in the doorway of her cabin. Does this mean she will never see her mother and father again, the two who had so lovingly adopted her as an infant and raised her as their own? Will she ever wear the wedding dress so carefully saved for her her one link with her birth parents, now long dead?
She had known only contentment, but now her hopes and dreams were facing the Drums, of ChangeRunning Fawn loved her place of birth, the site of the Blackfoot tribe’s winter camp, more than words could express. The stillness of the mountain, the giant spruce and pine that covered the hillsides, the call of the loon on the lake, and the gurgle of the spring that squeezed its crystal water from the rock crevice she couldn’t even imagine a different kind of life. This was her home. But the coming of white men with their guns and diseases, the prairie fires that swept the grazing lands, and the quick slaughter of the vast buffalo herds leave her Blackfoot tribe with little choice but to take up residence on the assigned Reserve. All too soon, the world that Running Fawn has cherished is left behind. The chief’s son, Silver Fox, and Running Fawn are chosen to attend clas*ses at the Mission Boarding School in Calgary. How can she adjust to the strange new world? To the loneliness in this place far from her home and family? And how should she respond when Silver Fox shows more than a passing interest in the white man’s God and in her?
The Heartwarming Return to the Legacy of Marty and Clark Davis From the LOVE COMES SOFTLY series
Twenty years have passed since youngest daughter Belinda’s story in Love Finds a Home. Marty and Clark’s spiritual heritage has been lovingly passed on to their children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. And now beloved granddaughter Virginia faces the test of her young life. Caught in that difficult period between childhood and adulthood, feeling that she doesn’t really fit anywhere, Virginia struggles against what she considers to be unreasonable restrictions and expectations.
A lively new girl arrives at school, and Jenny seems to represent everything that Virginia is longing for her looks, her daring, her alluring freedom from constraints. But then comes the day neither girl will ever forget?
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The Yearning Deep Inside Her to Go Somewhere, Discover Something, Be a Part of the World About Her in a New Way Would Not Go Away. But What Would Satisfy It?
In The Tender Years, Virginia Simpson managed to struggle through adolescence and was looking forward to stepping into adulthood. When her graduation day arrives, she walks to the podium as the class valedictorian to the proud grins of her grandparents, Marty and Clark Davis. College beckoned, and life seemed to be well in hand.
She thought she would feel different. Like an adult, with an inner knowledge that she was on the edge of the nest, ready to try her own wings. And then circumstances began swirling around her, making her rethink her plans and reevaluate her priorities.
If She Only Knew What the Future Held
A Tender Story of Faith and Love From Janette Oke Countless fans of Christian fiction like you were thrilled when Janette Oke released her new series, A PRAIRIE LEGACY. Readers have been rewarded with a touching exploration of the feelings and thoughts of young Virginia Simpson as she grows to be a woman. With A Quiet Strength, bestselling author Janette Oke continues Virginia’s tale with a heartwarming, romantic novel that mothers and daughters everywhere will love. Virginia Simpson has learned that grandma Marty was right to insist that when God allows something to be taken from you, he replaces it with something better. The return of Jonathan, their renewed courtship, and the upcoming wedding are all shining examples of that. Still though, the trials and disappointments of Virginia’s life weigh heavily on her and the inner strength that has continued to build in her is far from completion. The first test of her new resolve comes soon after her marriage. Waiting for their house to be completed, the couple has no choice but to live with Jonathan’s grandmother. Although Virginia loves the woman, she struggles with having to share her new husband’s time. When the house is completed, even greater obstacles arise, challenging both the couple’s fledgling love as well as Virginia’s inner peace. But like gold refined, Virginia will emerge as a woman of character and godliness.
Her Character Has Been Shaped and Tempered by Both Adversity and Triumph…
If Virginia could have chosen to accept or discard all the changes that came her way, she gladly would have let most of them pass right by herself and her family. She loved her life living on the farm with her beloved Jonathan and their children, not far from her parents and her grandparents. But a change that is tearing at her heart is the gradual but steady physical decline in Grandma Marty and Grandpa Clark. She cannot imagine their familiar farm home without their welcoming smiles and their words of wisdom that arise from of decades of life experiences and a solid faith in God.
And their lovely daughter Mindy, who has blessed their home ever since her mother left the tiny child with them, has been encouraged and guided to pray for that mother all these years. Was God answering that prayer, or was the worst nightmare any family could face now upon them?
A Chance Encounter Forever Changed Their Lives and Destinies. Crafted by two masters of inspirational fiction Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn and combining the engaging historical settings, rich characterization, and heartwarming messages quintessential to both authors, The Meeting Place is another timeless story for you to cherish. Set along the rugged coastline of 18th century Canada in what was then called Acadia now Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, The Meeting Place re creates a world that was home to native Indians, French settlers, and English garrisons. Such diverse populations did not live in accord, however. Instead, they were isolated within their own groups by a brewing political tension under the difficult English rule. Amid such chaotic times two women, both about to become brides and both trying to live lives of quiet peace, meet in a lush field of wildflowers. Louisa, a Frenchwoman, and Catherine, who is English, continue to meet secretly through the seasons, sharing both friendship and growing faith. The outside world does not mirror their own tranquil happiness, and the dreaded crackdown by the English throne threatens far more than their growing bond. In the face of a heart wrenching dilemma, Louisa and Catherine strive to maintain their faith and cling to their dreams of family and home.
Oceans and circumstances have forced families apart. For the banished French Acadians drifting in exile, the shore means safety though it is a safety at a terrible price. For the lonely British nobleman, the shore holds a single chance to secure his legacy. For Andrew and Catherine Harrow, the shore marks a tragic separation. An extraordinary set of journeys awaits them all, each as intricate and perilous as the coastline itself. New beginnings are connected to all that has come before. And the past penetrates into what is yet to come. The common thread is a yearning to discover their identities in their families, in their communities, and in their God. In this intimate historical epic, the heart wrenching dilemmas of The Meeting Place come to rest on The Sacred Shore
Book 3 in the SONG OF ACADIA series. Book 1 is ‘The Meeting Place’ and Book 2 is ‘The Sacred Shore’ The Thread Binding Them Together As Sisters Is All Too Fragile…
The bittersweet reunion of the Robichaud family and the Harrows in the land of the Acadians has brought two mothers and two daughters full circle. They rekindle those early bonds and experience restoration of those lost years, but time and tragedy have left their indelible imprints on all who have endured the decades of separation and uncertainty. Moving forward with their lives now means further farewells not as devastating as the one long ago, but no less heart wrenching. Their connection, which goes beyond that of ‘sisters’ to best friends, will be tested by the coming Revolution and the lure of England parted again, the reunited, but for how long…
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‘Anne’s sorrow over her husband’s death has been eased by the unexpected discovery of his heritage in the Harrow family and by her marriage to a brilliant young theologian. But Nicole is as restless as ever and has decided to retutn to North America. Should she go to the Acadian family of her childhood in Louisiana’s bayous? Or should she settle in Nova Scotia near her birth parents? The American colonies are in revolt against England, and Uncle Charles asks her to go to Massachusetts to oversee his extensive landholdings. The attentions of the ship’s captain during the crossing touch a yearning deep within her, but she also realizes all her loyalties are about to be tested. Is she French? Is she English? Is she a supporter of the American cause? Nicole’s unique legacy will allow her to play an extraordinary role in the unfolding historic events, but will she be able to find a home for her heart?’
Book 5 of Song of Acadia. In their own incomparable style, Janette Oke and T. Davis Bunn paint a portrait both lavish and poignant of the colorful, chaotic world of the American Revolution, where danger is rife and political views run deep. And once drawn into that world, readers will be reluctant to reemerge until the last triumphant chapter has drawn to a close. Learning of their beloved father’s precariously ill health, Anne and Nicole make separate plans to visit him in Georgetown, in spite of the dangerous instability of the times. Nicole travels from Massachussetts with her fianc , while Anne and her husband must brave an arduous transatlantic crossing from England. But the hazards of travel are not to be compared to the events or struggles with which each of these ‘sisters of the heart’ must ultimately come to terms.
Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist’s perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity…
and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma. Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine’s governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah’s mistress, the governor’s wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death and missing body is causing such furor. This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, The Centurion’s Wife unfolds the testing of loyalties between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.
Julia has everything money can buy…
except for acceptance by either the Gentiles or the Jews. Her Greek father already has a wife and family, leaving Julia and her Hebrew mother second class citizens. But when they are introduced to followers of the Way, they become part of that community of believers. Abigail’s brother, Jacob, now a young man, is attempting to discover his own place as a Christian. He is concerned that being more serious about his faith means trading away the exhilaration of his current profession as a caravan guard. Hired by Julia’s father to protect the wealthy merchant’s caravans on the secretive ‘Frankincense Trail’ undercover transport of this highly valuable commodity Jacob also pas*ses letters and messages between various communities of believers. He is alarmed to find out that Julia, hardly more than a girl, is also a messenger. Can their immediate mistrust be put aside to finally bring their hearts together?
Abigail loses everything and is left with little promise of a normal life. When she discovers the Messiah and joins his followers, she also discovers new meaning and purpose. Maybe she does have a future after all. But increasing persecution is scattering the burgeoning group ‘to the ends of the earth’. And Abigail may have given her heart to the wrong man. Two suitors desire the lovely Abigail’s hand in marriage. One is a successful Hebrew merchant and widower looking for a mother for his children. On the other side is the Roman soldier Linux, who is captivated by her winsome charm and could offer the sanctuary maybe even the love for which she yearns. But her heart has been captured by neither of these. Stephen, one of the leaders of The Way, has a character and a faith that move her deeply, but his outspoken preaching has marked him for assassination. Will her faith and courage withstand a heartbreak beyond comprehension? And then a glimmer of hope appears, one she never would have foreseen.
Kyle is a purposeful young woman who, in Another Homecoming, delights in a reunion with her birth parents and a new relationship with her brother. Now with husband Kenneth beside her to share her joy and oversee the family’s legacy, Kyle’s life seems perfect. And then a medical diagnosis pulls the thread that leaves the tapestry of her world unraveling around her. Utterly isolated from the emotional and spiritual anchors in her life, Kyle discovers that her ‘homecoming’ was only the beginning of the story.
In the wake of her husband’s presumed death, a young war bride makes a desperate choice to give her baby a better life. However, her choice will have unforeseen ramifications for more lives than she ever expected. The baby girl, named Kyle by her adoptive parents, grows up with no knowledge of her humble beginnings. When a heartbreaking loss pits Kyle against her high society mother, secrets from Kyle’s past come to light. Suddenly, she finds herself searching for the family she never knew and a faith she’s only beginning to understand. With all that has come before, will Kyle ever be able to find home?
A Heartwarming Story in the Best Janette Oke TraditionIt wasn’t that Gran Thomas hadn’t taken on difficult challenges in her lifetime. She’d always met them head on before and fought her way through. But now . Now there seemed to be no reason to put in all that effort. What would she gain? With her world turned upside down, everything that she loved seemed lost to her. But one little boy, her great grandson Tommy, loves her too much to allow the inner light to go out in her life. He must do something for Gran. But what?
Jodie and Bethan grow up in the small Southern town of Harmony and share experiences and trials as the closest of friends, until their friendship is dissolved in what seems to be unreconcilable manner. IP.
The Enchanting Story of a Family Treasure That Becomes a LegacyIt had all begun on their honeymoon. Lizzie had been so young then. Young and vibrant and beautiful. And now she was still beautiful in Duncan’s eyes. Perhaps even more so. He loved his Lizzie. She had stood by him through the good and the bad. Someday, as soon as he could manage it, he was determined to get her something really special. Something that would speak of her true worth and his deep love.A string of perfectly formed pearls it would take Duncan years to save the money required to purchase them. But his carefully kept secret, his sacrificial gift, becomes a symbol of the family legacy. And with the passing of time, for their last great granddaughter who has a very special need, the pearl necklace will take on extraordinary value.
A Delightful Little Story From a Beloved Novelist!Cynthia loves her widowed father and deeply appreciates his help and attention after the sudden, tragic loss of her own spouse. But life must go on she knows that even without everyone saying it. Her best friend Judith suggests that if her father found someone and got married, Cynthia would have more ‘breathing space.’ And Cynthia cautiously begins to think that maybe isn’t such a bad idea. Especially when an attractive widow, mother of an attorney in their local congregation, appears on the scene. With several interested parties working toward the same goal, and Cynthia’s two young sons cheering them on, surely it won’t be too difficult to meet with success. But the results are hardly what they had anticipated .
When Joel asks his grandfather how to make memories, the old gentleman replies that one must see, hear, and feel all the wonderful things God provides and then store these experiences in the brain.
Erin Walsh thinks her family is as close to perfect as it can be. When one grim diagnosis is all it takes to shake her family to the core, she wonders if they can ever go back to they way they were. Erin’s attempts to go about life as usual feel empty and as each member of her family seems to struggle alone, she is about ready to give up on God. However, Erin has yet to learn that God will never give up on her.
We know a lot about the baby Jesus and Jesus as a man. But what about Jesus as a boy? What was he like? I Wonder takes a creative look at what the life of the boy Jesus might have been like. Perhaps he had a pet lamb, liked to build with blocks, or went fishing with his grandpa. The book is imaginatively illustrated and contrasts contemporary children and toys. Accurate depictions of the Holy Land 2,000 years ago provide the backdrop for captivating scenes of childlike pursuits. Ideal for families and Sunday school teachers.
Taken from Oke’s heartwarming, bestselling Women of the West stories, each of these approximately 160 one page readings is arranged with a theme heading, a summary thought, and an appropriate scripture passage, and focuses on the spiritual experiences in the daily lives of the characters.