The series was a little disappointing to me after watching the pilot. Changing the story a little bit, and the main characters. There wasn’t any real Christianity in the first one. It is a well done movie, but nothing special. (Update – watched the 2nd in the series and liked it a LOT better.) Planning on continuing to watch the series. Check out the CFDb Movie Review. Sonoma Christian Home Interview with Lori Loughlin.
When Calls The Heart: Canadian West Film Series
“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.
The Series: (TV/Cable) (Hallmark Ch.) Each Week
Release Date: (DVD/Lost and Found) February 25, 2014
Release Date: (DVD/A Telling Silence) April 22, 2014
The Full “When Calls The Heart: Canadian West Series”
This Hallmark Series will have 10 episodes!
- S1, Ep1 – Jan. 11, 2014 – Lost and Found – Coal Valley goes up in arms when a plank with a personal message is found in the rubble of the fatal coal mining accident.
- S1, Ep2 – Jan. 18, 2014 – Cease and Desist - Abigail and the widowed wives receive notices from The Pacific Northwest Mining Company asking them to evict their company-owned homes within 14 days to make room for new miners.
- S1, Ep3 – Jan. 25, 2014 – A Telling Silence – Elizabeth helps a mute student who is struggling to cope with the death of her father; Jack investigates the mysterious circumstances surrounding the burning of Coal Valley’s only church.
- S1, Ep4 – Feb. 1, 2014 – Secrets and Lies – After finding the cans of whale oil, Jack investigates Cat Montgomery for her possible involvement in the church arson case. When the evidence points to Cat, Gabe becomes infuriated by the idea of his mother being imprisoned for something she didn’t do.
- S1, Ep5 – Feb. 8, 2014 - The Dance – When a group of new male miners comes to Coal Valley, many of the town’s women get caught up in the idea of the single men. One of the new miners begins courting Elizabeth and Jack seems to have concerns that resemble jealousy.
- S1, Ep6 – Feb. 15, 2014 – These Games – The Miners’ Games allow the townspeople to cut loose and have a little fun; Elizabeth and Billy Hamilton spend more time together; Jack investigates a series of robberies that are plaguing Coal Valley.
- S1, Ep7 – Feb. 22, 2014 - Second Chances – Abigail must pay a steep price to complete a top-secret project she’s been working on; one of Elizabeth’s students has trouble reading so she enlists Jack’s help for a creative solution; Abigail gives Jack some fine advice on a woman like Elizabeth.
- S1, Ep8 – March 1, 2014 – Perils of the Soloists – Elizabeth must put on the Coal Valley Founders’ Day play on short notice; the only surviving miner from the explosion comes home from the hospital with a shocking surprise; Jack has a heart-to-heart with Adam in hopes of bringing them back together.
- S1, Ep9 – March 2014 – Change of Heart
- S1, Ep10 – March 2014 – Love First
- S1, Ep11 – March 2014 – Rules of Engagement
- S1, Ep12 – April 2014 – Prelude to a Kiss
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