Janette Oke (pronounced “oak”) pioneered inspirational fiction and is a leading author in the category today. Love Comes Softly, her first novel, has sold over 1 million copies, and she now has 75 books published in 14 languages. Her books have sold over 22 million copies.

janetteHer books are often set in a pioneer time period and centered around female protagonists. She was born in the Depression years in Champion, Alberta, to a Canadian prairie farmer and his wife, and graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Didsbury, Alberta.

Janette tops today’s Buffet with Calling of Emily Evans (1990), one of her standalone novels about women of the west.

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Calling of Emily Evans, The (Women of the West Book #1)

Religious Fiction > Historical
Author: Janette Oke

Calling of Emily Evans, The (Women of the West Book #1)

She feels God nudging her toward ministry, but what options are there for a young single woman?

Emily Evans has a hard time getting herself to class on time, much less figuring out God’s will for her life. Then, to her surprise, she feels that God is calling her into full-time Christian service. She expects the Lord will also provide her with a companion to share her life and ministry, but Emily does not want to marry any of the available young men. She squares her shoulders and decides she will accept the task of opening a new church in a pioneer community–alone.

When Emily arrives at her new assignment, she is disappointed to find the church building in disrepair. After many days of hard work fixing it up, she announces her first service and is once again disappointed, this time in the size of her congregation. Is her faith strong enough to stand against the local doubters and myriad challenges that will test her calling?

Muskie Attack

Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Sports & Outdoors
Author: G.M. Moore
Muskie Attack (An Up North Adventure)

For Corbett Griffith III, divorce and two busy parents mean goodbye city life, hello great outdoors. With their busy Chicago careers and schedules, his parents just don’t seem to have any time for him. When his mother sends him to his uncle’s Wisconsin fishing resort for the summer, Corbett feels that there’s no one pulling for him or caring what happens to him.

But all of that changes at Whispering Pines Lodge, Corbett learns he is never really alone, thanks to his Uncle Dell, who takes care of him, and his new friend Pike, who pulls him into one mischievous adventure after another. It’s a summer of change for ten-year-old Corbett–even his name changes, when a cute girl calls him “Griffy,” a nickname he likes enough to keep.


Blood Faerie – Urban Fantasy

Fantasy > Paranormal
Author: India Drummond
Blood Faerie - Urban Fantasy (Caledonia Fae, Book 1)

Unjustly sentenced to death, Eilidh ran–away from faerie lands, to the streets of Perth, Scotland. Just as she has grown accustomed to exile, local police discover a mutilated body outside the abandoned church where she lives. Recognising the murder as the work of one of her own kind, Eilidh must choose: flee, or learn to tap into the forbidden magic that cost her everything.

In this series, humans are plucked from Scotland, England, The Netherlands, Germany, The United States, Australia, and elsewhere and transported into the faerie realm. They learn to build a new life, tame their magic, even find love, all while facing danger, murder, kidnapping, and chaos. Those who survive will usher a new era into the Otherworld.

Evie’s Knight (#1 The Knight Series)

Genre Fiction > Horror > Ghosts
Author: Kimberly Krey
Evie's Knight (#1 The Knight Series)

When Evie falls in love with Calvin Knight, their young, virtuous romance conjures a truly wicked spell. Evie always thought her eighteenth year would be magical, but so far it’s not what she hoped for. Her best friend has gone wild, her love life is void, and she misses her mom more than ever. But life for Evie is about to change.

Calvin Knight, the object of her fascination, is about to fall madly in love with her. Just one problem: Their love conjures a murderous woman from beyond the grave who wants Evie dead. The same demon who has haunted the Knight men for over four generations. Soon Calvin is forced to make a choice: Set Evie free and hope to evade the wrath of The Raven- haired Ghost, or use his newly gifted strengths to fight against her.

What I Didn’t Say

Teens > Romance
Author: Keary Taylor
What I Didn't Say

Getting drunk homecoming night your senior year is never a good idea, but Jake Hayes never expected it all to end with a car crash and a t-post embedded in his throat.

His biggest regret about it all? What he never said to Samantha Shay. He’s been in love with her for years and never had the guts to tell her. Now it’s too late. Because after that night, Jake will never be able to talk again.

When Jake returns to his small island home, population 5,000, he’ll have to learn how to deal with being mute. He also finds that his family isn’t limited to his six brothers and sisters, that sometimes an entire island is watching out for you. And when he gets the chance to spend more time with Samantha, she’ll help him learn that not being able to talk isn’t the worst thing that could ever happen to you. Maybe, if she’ll let him, Jake will finally tell her what he didn’t say before, even if he can’t actually say it.


The Big 5-OH!

Religious Fiction > Romance
Author: Sandra D. Bricker
The Big 5-OH!

Olivia Wallace has a birthday curse . . . or so she thinks. It was a broken heart on her 16th, a car accident on her 21st, pneumonia on her 30th, and a fall down a flight of stairs on her 35th. There were Ohio blizzards on her 38th, 39th, and 40th; and six days before her 45th, she lost the love of her life to a heart attack. Numbing grief stole that birthday and a couple more to follow and, on the morning of her 48th birthday, she received the call she’d dreaded ever since losing her mom so many years ago…she was diagnosed with stage-3 ovarian cancer. The doctors didn’t hold out a lot of hope, but Liv survived and maintained her faith. Months of surgeries and chemotherapy and radiation treatments followed.

But now, as her 50th birthday creeps up the icy Ohio path toward her, her hair has grown back, her energy level is up, and she is officially cancer free. It makes her nervous. After everything she’s gone through, Liv hates the idea of driving on icy roads and returning to work as an O.R. nurse in a local Cincinnati hospital.

Her best friend Hallie knows just the thing to break Liv out of the winter doldrums, while providing a safe haven of warmth, sunshine, and a time to regroup: a holiday in the Florida sunshine!

The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow: A Novel of Bright’s Pond

Christian Fiction
Author: Joyce Magnin
The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow: A Novel of Bright's Pond

No longer able or willing to leave her home, where she is cared for by her long-suffering sister Griselda, Agnes has committed her life to the one thing she can do—besides eat. Agnes Sparrow prays and when Agnes prays things happen, including major miracles of the cancer, ulcer-healing variety along with various minor miracles not the least of which is the recovery of lost objects and a prize-winning pumpkin.

The rural residents of Bright’s Pond are so enamored with Agnes they plan to have a sign erected on the interstate that reads, “Welcome to Bright’s Pond, Home of Agnes Sparrow.” This is something Agnes doesn’t want and sends Griselda to fight city hall. Griselda’s petitions are shot down and the sign plans press forward until a stranger comes to town looking for his miracle from Agnes.

The Life List (The List Trilogy)

Romance > Contemporary
Author: Chrissy Anderson
The Life List (The List Trilogy)

Chrissy Anderson, a 28-year-old fashion executive, created a seven-point life list at the age of 16 and she’s been steadily checking off the boxes and mocking the style and life choices of everyone around her ever since. Her life begins to run amuck when she unexpectedly meets a much younger, Leo, who makes her question her “perfect life.”

Chrissy’s lifelong friendships and her marriage are put to the test as she tries to sort out her feelings for Leo. With the help of her brassy, no-nonsense therapist, Dr. Maria, Chrissy learns more about herself than she anticipates. But, it isn’t until the untimely death of her best friend that Chrissy is catapulted into long overdue authenticity and scrambles to correct the mistakes of her past….trying to figure out if it’s Kurt, Leo or both that she has to get rid of to make everything right.

Essential Vegetables Box Set (4 Books in 1 Package): Organic Gardening

Gardening & Horticulture > Vegetables
Author: R.J. Ruppenthal
Essential Vegetables Box Set (4 Books in 1 Package): Organic Gardening with Tomatoes, Potatoes, Peppers, Eggplants, Broccoli, Cabbage, and More

This book is a bundled package containing four practical books on vegetable gardening. Together, they can help you grow over 30 different delicious organic vegetables in your home garden. These works are particularly helpful for beginning gardeners and anyone who has never grown these vegetables. They are appropriate for urban gardeners as well as others, since they cover both traditional gardening and container gardening for small spaces.

Includes:

  • How to Grow Potatoes
  • How to Grow Tomatoes, Peppers, and Eggplant
  • How to Grow Beans and Peas
  • Fall and Winter Gardening

A Time to Heal: Quilts of Lancaster County| Book 2

Christian Fiction > Romance
Author: Barbara Cameron
A Time to Heal: Quilts of Lancaster County| Book 2

Chris Matlock is a weary and wounded ex-soldier who just wants some peace in his life, but then he meets Hannah Bontrager, a gentle, pacifist Amish woman who turns his world upside down. Born and raised on a Kansas farm, Chris finally finds peace in this simple community helping with the crops. He expects resistance from the Amish but is appalled when he and Hannah experience threats. When he discovers who his enemy is, he realizes he must stay and reveal a secret that could take away everything.

Where Serpents Lie

Thrillers > Suspense
Author: T. Jefferson Parker
Where Serpents Lie (Revised March 2013)

Terry Naughton is head of the “Crimes Against Youth” unit of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He’s seen plenty of heinous criminals in his years on the force, but nothing could have prepared him for the Horridus.

Abducting children from their beds, dressing them like little angels and releasing them the next day, the Horridus is a pedophile living an escalating fantasy, Naughton believes. A fantasy that will soon lead to sexual depravity and beyond.

When shocking and seemingly factual accusations put his career on the line, he must confront his dark past. Even if he can clear his name, can Naughton do the same for his conscience?

Sparkly Me

Children’s Books
Author: Ally Nathaniel, SugarSnail
Children's Ebook: "Sparkly Me" (Moral Lessons Inspired By Kids Children's Books Collection)

Emma likes sparkly things. But what happens when she can’t use them anymore, is she going to lose her sparkle? A book for girls age 3-6 will make their heart sparkle.

Put Your Budget on a Diet: Practical Advice for Saving Money

Personal Finance > Budgeting & Money Management
Author: Kimberly Eddy
Put Your Budget on a Diet: Practical Advice for Saving Money in Every Area of the Household Budget, One Step at a Time

The vast majority of the money saving books on the market today are focus on one area: saving money at the grocery store. Although there are big savings to be found at the grocery store, through smarter shopping strategies, even more money can be trimmed off of our household budgets by taking another look at the rest of our budget.

Focuses not just on saving money at the grocery store, but features money saving tips for the rest of the budget too. This latest book by Kimberly Eddy, author of Joyful Momma’s Guide to Shopping and Cooking Frugally, will help you consider potential savings beyond your grocery budget.

The View from Here

Genre Fiction > Family Life
Author: Rachel Howzell
The View from Here

Nicole Baxter has always tried to control every element of her life, but that control is slipping away. She has issues. Abandonment issues. Marital issues. Conception issues. And she thinks her house in the hills is haunted. It doesn’t help that her husband Truman spleunks and climbs, making her worry more with each adventure he takes. As the two grow apart, Nicole makes decisions that may ultimately shatter her fragile marriage.

Her life changes on the afternoon she receives a phone call from the harbor. During a scuba dive, Truman disappears. No one — not his diving instructor, not the Coast Guard — can find him. Is he still alive? Or is grief making her believe the impossible?

51 Gluten Free Vegetarian Creamy Soups

Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Vegetables & Vegetarian
Author: Pawel Malczewski
51 Gluten Free Vegetarian Creamy Soups: Delicious, creamy soups with flavours from all over the world to prepare with your blender.

For those who have had continuous and lengthy problems with gluten in their diet and who have waited a long time for the kind of foods that offer great taste and gluten frenutrition and no meat, your wait is over. Here is a book of delicious vegetarian gluten free soups with flavors from all over the world: African, American, Asian, Brazilian, Caribbean, Danish, Ethiopian, Italian, Indian, French, Hungarian, Jamaican, Indian and more. All vegetarian, gluten free, and designed for pureeing.

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