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This past fall, we had opportunity to preview a new DVD inspired by one of Janette Oke’s books. I jumped at the chance because her series starting with When Calls the Heart was one of my favorites as a young teenager. We enjoyed that movie, but I have to admit that I was disappointed by the changed storyline. I have to say that I really, really wish that Michael Landon Jr. would stick to the story in a book, or come up with something completely new and fresh!
When the chance came to review this movie’s sequel – When Calls the Heart – Lost & Found – I thought it would be fun to see where they went with the story in the follow-up movie. Again, I came away feeling the same way — the movie would work great as a stand-alone film, but as a sequel it was disappointing. A new actress plays the lead role and the storyline was changed a great deal from the first film. (I find that disappointing.)
So, while we enjoyed the movie, it was very LOOSELY based on Janette Oke’s book(s) by the same title. Like the Love Comes Softly Series, I’d recommend the films for clean, family-friendly viewing. But, if you’re looking for movies that follow Janette’s books, these will disappoint you. (I’ve had the same issue with the movies inspired by Beverly Lewis’s books as well.)
Here’s a bit more about this movie:
“When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coalmining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion.
The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a 19th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West, and reunites Oke with Executive Producer and Director, Michael Landon, Jr.
This is the first DVD of 10 in the series.
Again, I would recommend the movie simply based on the sweet, clean, family-friendliness of it. In this day and age, it’s not easy to find movies that the family can all sit down to together and not have to worry about language, sex, violence, etc. These stories are sweet and endearing, if not exactly based on the books that they are named for.
This DVD is available wherever movies are sold.
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