Ever since I first read the Love Comes Softly Series as a teen, I’ve loved all of Janette Oke’s books! So when Hallmark starting making series and movies inspired by her books I was excited about it! I learned quickly, however, that “inspired by” means just that–these might have the same titles and character names, but the stories in the movies/series are very loosely based on the books. They are great in and of themselves, but if you are expecting a great book to tv adaptation you’re going to become disappointed quickly. I learned this with the Love Come Softly movie series, so going into watching When Calls the Heart – Lost & Found DVD I was expecting something similar, and I was right. This DVD is actually the first 2 episodes in the When Calls the Heart Series–so don’t expect the full season. It’s just enough to give you a great taste for the series and leaves you wanting more.
The story focuses around Elizabeth Thatcher–a starry eyed rich girl who goes to a rough and tumble coal town that just suffered a devastating tragedy and who expects to change the world overnight by being the best teacher to the town’s children that she can be. Erin Krakow plays the character well, although some of the mistakes she makes at first are a bit silly–even for a “spoiled rich girl”. Also somewhat predictable is the “oh-I-hate-you-now-but-you-can-tell-we’ll-fall-in-love-in-the-end” storyline between Elizabeth and the one, new, handsome eligible Mountie Jack Thornton; though I will give credit that even just in the first two episodes they work the changes in both directions in a believable and gradual manner, which is better than many movies and books which have a similar situation happen.
Characters like Abigail Stanton add a richness and depth to the plot line, and by the end of the second episode you find yourself pulling for the people of Coal Valley and anxious to see how their stories will play out. The acting was all great and the product value was wonderful–lots of gorgeous shots, settings, and costumes.
If you loved the Love Comes Softly movie series or are just looking for some quality, family friendly entertainment then you will very much enjoy this DVD and series!
Don’t just take my word for it though–check out the glowing reviews on Amazon, everyone else seems to have loved it as it has 5 stars so far!