The partnership between Janette Oke and Hallmark Channel has been a successful ratings haul. With the success of the Love Comes Softly saga (one that spills over into adaptations without novels), they again tackle more of Oke’s popular novels. This time centering on her Canadian West stories.
When Calls the Heart, Season One Episode 7 (2014) Hallmark TV Review
Episode seven follows Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) being challenged with a student who suffers from a reading disorder. Made worse because of barriers from the young man’s father. She’s also exasperated by Jack’s attempts to smooth things over in the wake of her now ended romance. Jack (Daniel Lissing) on the other hand is unsure how to react to Elizabeth’s behavior towards him which pushes him to seek Abigail (Lori Loughlin) for advice.
Meanwhile, Abigail is experiencing changes of her own. Feeling bereft and as if she no longer has purpose, Abigail decides to tackle re-opening the café. Signing a deal with the greedy business man Henry Gowen, Abigail has to choose between memories and finding a new identity.
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Highlights of this episode aren’t exactly what the 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) adaptation of Christy, I like the stories that slow down or “step away” from the dominant plots. In these, we watch a new relationship develop and with Elizabeth’s teaching, there’s scenes that allow for this to happen. In ‘Second Chances,’ the scenes between Elizabeth and her student is really sweet and I like this progression. 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.
In addition to the already ten episode order, news of more episodes is the big excitement, and of course, there’s a push for a second season. To compare this to costume dramas of the BBC or British productions in general, this doesn’t live up to those same expectations. However for quality, wholesome family series, fans cannot expect more. The acting of its leads, the pretty costuming and charming bouts of banter all help to make this sweet. This is where When Calls the Heart shines and anyone who enjoys “bonnet” westerns or stories of faith won’t want to miss this.
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Friends, what do you think of When Calls the Heart thus far? Do you have a favorite episode or 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!