The partnership between Janette Oke and Hallmark Channel has
been a successful ratings haul for the popular “Heart of TV” station. With the
success of the Love Comes Softly saga (one that spilled over into adaptations
without novels), they’ve again tackled more of Oke’s popular novels, this time
centering on her Canadian West stories. Episode seven follows Elizabeth (Erin
Krakow) being challenged with a student who suffers from a reading disorder.
Not only does Elizabeth find herself met with barriers from the young man’s
father, she is also exasperated by Jack’s attempts to smooth things over in the
wake of her now ended romance with a miner – Jack (Daniel Lissing) on the other
hand is flabbergasted over how to react to Elizabeth’s behavior towards him
which pushes him to ask Abigail (Lori Loughlin) for advice.
bereft and as if she no longer has purpose, Abigail decides to tackle
re-opening the café that has been shuttered and is now a mess. Signing a deal
with the greedy business man Henry Gowen, Abigail has to choose between
memories and finding a new identity.
promotional video would imply – or in my estimation it isn’t! Getting that out
of the way, once again, this episode is darling. Like CBS’ short-lived (and underrated
in my opinion) adaptation of Christy,
I like the stories that slow down or “step away” from the more dominant plots (the
emotional aftermath of the miner deaths or the romantic entanglements) to watch
a new relationship develop and with Elizabeth’s teaching, there are scenes that
allow for this to happen. In ‘Second Chances,’ the scenes between Elizabeth and
her student are really sweet and I liked the progression of the script. Instead
of the back-and-forth in the romance, this installment allows for some solid
time in the world of Elizabeth’s profession – helping us glimpse more of the
passion behind Elizabeth’s journey to Coal Valley.
of more episodes also hit my notice this week (adding in two to the running)
and of course, a push is already being made for a second season renewal. When comparing
this to costume dramas of the BBC or British productions in general, this doesn’t
live up to those same expectations just because the scale of the program isn’t
as “big,” however for quality, wholesome family series, fans cannot expect more
– or find anything more joyous than this adaptation. The acting of its leads,
the pretty costuming and charming bouts of banter all help to propel this into a
“classic” kind of series all its own brand. This is where When Calls the Heart shines and anyone who enjoys “bonnet” westerns
or sweet faith-filled stories won’t want to miss this.
expectation to come? Those of you who haven’t seen this yet are you
anticipating it? Comment below…. I’d love to chat all about this with you!