About the DVD:
When Calls the Heart: Lost and Found 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.
If you watched the When Calls The Heart movie, you’ll remember that it was to serve as a launch or pilot of sorts for the Hallmark Channel TV series of the same name. At least that’s what I read at the time of the film’s release to DVD when I reviewed it (see my review by clicking on the word movie above). When the TV series premiered this January, I realized that I would need to forget all about the movie and treat the TV series as its own thing. Elizabeth has been recast. The mountie character, Jack, is new, and Elizabeth’s journey to Coal Valley is different (it does not include a young mountie escort). Once I made this separation, I settled in and enjoyed the pilot episode. In fact, I quickly came to embrace the series, which my husband and I now count as one of our favorite currently airing TV shows.
I’ve been meaning to post a follow-up to my review of the original When Calls The Heart film to let folks know how good the new TV show was. So when I got an offer to review this DVD release which combines episodes one and two into a feature length viewing experience, I jumped at the chance.
Together, these first two episodes constitute one of the strongest beginnings of a television series that I’ve ever experienced. This TV series really hits the ground running. Erin Krakow delights as Elizabeth Thatcher, Daniel Lissing intrigues as Constable Jack Thornton, and Lori Loughlin inspires as Abigail Stanton. In addition to instant chemistry, Krakow and Lissing bring a healthy dose of humor to their spirited interplay. Each establishes his or her character early, while lending their respective roles an air of authenticity that encourages viewers to want to get better acquainted with Elizabeth and Jack.
Not only will you enjoy Constable Jack and Miss Thatcher, you’ll quickly grow fond of Coal Valley and its residents. It’s impossible not to have your heartstrings tugged by the stories of these women widowed by a mining accident who struggle to keep their children safe and happy. You’ll root for Elizabeth to earn the respect and trust of the school children, for Constable Jack to uncover the truth behind the mine accident, and for the widows to keep their homes intact and their children happy. Your heart will be buoyed by messages that touch on the importance of sacrifice and service as well as the value of suffering. And most importantly, through watching these lives unfold onscreen, you’ll be reminded that with faith, nothing is impossible, and hope is never lost.
5 of 5 hearts. Must-see TV the whole family will love! With a talented cast of actors, gifted writers, and the guiding vision of Michael Landon, Jr. and Brian Bird, this inspiring show and its messages will warm your heart.
If you are a fan of Little House on the Prairie or the Anne of Green Gables films and Avonlea TV series, you’ll love When Calls The Heart!
About Janette Oke:
Born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, Oke is best known for her award-winning Love Come Softly book series. Among her other series is the Canadian West Series of which Whens Calls the Heart is the first title.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above DVD for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”