I'm a big fan of Janette Oke's books. I've read the entire Love Comes Softly series but hadn't really delved into many of her others. I have that "so many books so little time" problem. When I was presented the chance to view this DVD based on her work, I was eager to see it.
When Calls the Heart is a series on the Hallmark Channel. Word Entertainment took the first two episodes and created this feature length film. I hadn't heard of the television or seen it so this was all new to me. I really enjoyed it. My youngest son even watched it with me and seemed to like it as well.
The series is set in the time period when the US was settling the west. New miners have arrived in Coal Valley where Elizabeth Thatcher is the school teacher. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton, seems to have taken an interest in Elizabeth. She appear to be very flattered by the interest. However, the Mounty that lives in town, Jack Thornton seems to think something isn't quite right about Billy and begins to look into his background. Elizabeth just feels he is jealous.
I did feel on occasion that I was missing something in the story line so I'll be interested to see how this lines up with the television show as well as the books. I know that the Love Comes Softly movie series veered far afield at times from the original books. Although, that series was very enjoyable so I think this one will be as well.
This was a wonderful, family-friendly film. I'm now very interested in reading the books as well as watching the television series. Michael Landon, Jr. is the director. He does such a wonderful job on any project I've watched of his and this is no different. You can view a trailer of the first movie below.
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