DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: A Telling Silence

Another Exceptional Pair of Episodes from an Exceptional TV Show!

When Calls The Heart - A Telling SilenceWhen Calls the Heart: A Telling Silence

Release Date: April 22, 2014
Format: DVD, 87 minutes
Inspired By: The novel by Janette Oke
DVD Contents: When Calls the Heart Television Series, Season 1, Episodes 3 and 4 (A Telling Silence, Secrets and Lies)

Starring: Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, Chelah Horsdal, Martin Cummins, Adrian Hough, Steve Bacic, and Lori Loughlin


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Elizabeth Thatcher takes a special interest in one of her students, 8 year-old Rosaleen Sullivan, who has not spoken since her father passed away in the mine explosion. Meanwhile, Jack Thornton, the town’s Constable, has reopened the investigation of the church fire.

My Review

It’s amazing how seamlessly two television episodes fit together to form one full-length feature! The writers of When Calls The Heart seem to write shows this way, as two independent pieces of a larger whole. In this DVD, we have two mysteries involving silence or secrets. And as one mystery is solved in the first part, another comes to light to be examined in part two.

The first case is that of little Rosaleen Sullivan, the girl who chooses not to speak. Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) continues to earn the trust and respect of her students. She is settling into her role and becoming more effective. Not only do we see her compassionately reaching out to Rosaleen, but we are treated to some lighthearted moments involving a school boy crush directed at her. 

In these episodes, we see Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) continue his sleuthing work, this time investigating the church fire. Just as Elizabeth is taking ownership of her role as school teacher, the constable is making his presence (and his justice) felt in Coal Valley. While he is completely professional when it comes to his work, we’re afforded little glimpses into his lighter side. We are introduced to Rip, the hound who takes up residence in the jail with Jack, and we are witness to more friendly repartee between Jack and Elizabeth, including an intimate lunch on the water.

We learn more about the people of Coal Valley. In addition to Rosaleen and her mother, we become more closely acquainted with Cat Montgomery and her family. And through her story, we discover a lot about her strength and resilience, her love for and bond with her children, and her devotion to her late husband. Elizabeth shows, once again, that she isn’t shy when it comes to helping a friend or working to uncover the truth. But have no fear, for when that rapscallion Mr. Gowen and his minions further display their villainous ways, Constable Jack will be neither intimidated, hurried, nor deceived.

We are reminded that when times get tough in this town, the community of Coal Valley unites in common purpose. And we continue to see the ripples of hurt, despair, and frustration left behind in the wake of the mine disaster. We discover that, whether it’s the town drunk or town preacher, no one is untouched or immune to pain or jealousy. We watch these two dissimilar men — similar in their outcast/outsider role — work through their personal issues and find forgiveness, acceptance, and a second chance.

As Elizabeth records her experiences in her journal, we are gifted with this nugget of wisdom: “The light of love restores every lost voice.”

— Dawn Teresa



5 of 5 Hearts. Another Exceptional Pair of Episodes from an Exceptional TV Show!

When Calls The Heart again produces quality, family-oriented television. These episodes not only entertain but inspire, uplift, and bring hope.

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:

Janette Oke is a distinguished writer, having LandonOkebeen honored with the President’s Award by the ECPA and the Life Impact Award by the CBA as well as the Gold Medallion and the Christy Award.

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. 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.”

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3 thoughts on “DVD Review – When Calls The Heart: A Telling Silence

  1. Linda June 4, 2014 at 10:33 PM Reply

    Thanks, Dawn, for sharing your review and for giving this amazing show 5 hearts! When Calls the Heart is one of the best TV shows that I have ever watched. It’s one that you can watch with your 5 year old daughter (or son honestly) and your 93 year old Grandma, without worrying that they will see or hear something that would be harmful or embarrassing. I love the characters, their stories and the romance that is brewing between Elizabeth and Jack. It’s a very special show and I hope that will air for many seasons to come!


  2. Dawn Teresa June 5, 2014 at 7:51 PM Reply

    Linda, I agree. Wholeheartedly! I can’t wait for Season Two.


  3. Carolyn June 6, 2014 at 1:27 AM Reply

    What a wonderful review!! Thank you for presenting so many wonderful aspects and positives about this series and the quality of the blending of the episodes on DVD. Yes, When Calls the Heart is so deserving of the 5 hearts given!!


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