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My mom had been talking about When Calls the Heart, which is a TV series on the Hallmark Channel, based on Janette Oke's Canadian West book series, and from executive producer, Michael Landon, Junior. Finally a few months ago, I was able to watch the first season...and was hooked!
When Calls the Heart: Heart of the Family is the 3rd film of When Calls the Heart 2nd season. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is a young teacher, from a wealthy family back East, in a small frontier town, Hope Valley. Jack (Daniel Lissing) is a Royal Canadian Mountie stationed in Hope Valley.
In this movie, Elizabeth has returned to Hope Valley after spending time with her family in the East, helping to care for her mother who had taken ill. While she was away, Jack oversaw the building of a new church/school building, so Elizabeth would no longer need to teach in the saloon. Upon her arrival back in Hope Valley, Elizabeth volunteers to help out on a homestead while the father is away, and discovers just how challenging the work is. She is thankful for Jack's assistance.
Jack and Elizabeth fall back in to their easy relationship...until suddenly Elizabeth's childhood friend, Charles Kennsington, shows up in town on business, causing uncertainty on Jack's part.
The run time for this video is around 90 minutes, and is not rated. The video also includes exclusive behind the scenes interview with support actress, Kristina Wagner, who portrays Nora Avery.
The setting in which the series was filmed is lovely; a pleasant change from the usual Hollywood/California-trying-to-look-like-another-location setting. The characters' outfits appear to be authentic 1910-period clothing. Covered in this film are several types of family dynamics: Elizabeth and her sister; Jack and his brother; Bill and his estranged wife; Abigail, who is a widow, and her daughter-in-law, who is also widowed.
Overall, I am totally enthralled with the When Calls the Heart series (even though it doesn't much resemble Janette Oke's books). They are family-friendly. Admittedly, the females of your household will probably enjoy them then the males will. I look forward to sharing this with my mom and Jen the next visit we make to Florida!
Earlier this year, we reviewed Unbroken. You'll want to read the rest of the Crews' reviews, since again there was an assortment of videos we reviewed: Faith of Our Fathers; Do You Believe?; Little Boys; and Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth.
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