I was hooked from the first ten minutes of the When Calls the Heart pilot movie, and I haven’t stopped watching since.
Here’s the story line:
Prim and proper Elizabeth Thatcher leaves her wealthy family (and servants and hot baths and indoor plumbing andÂ extravagant wardrobe) in the east of Canada to become a schoolteacher in a tiny Wild West town called Coal Valley. Her family doesn’t want her to leave, but after a brief conversation with her father about life callings and heart tuggings, Elizabeth decides to leave her home behind and head west. (That all takes place in the pilot movie. Watch it before season one if you can. It makes everything else make more sense.)
Coal Valley is a character in itself. The town recently lost over half of its men in an explosion in the local coal mine, leaving dozens of widows withÂ children to take care of. To make matters worse, the church was burned down by an arsonist, school is held in the saloon, and the mining company wants to throw them out of their homes.
Elizabeth’s well-connected and powerful father gets a mountie assigned to Coal Valley to watch out for his daughter. Mountie Jack is not at all happy to be stuck in the sleepy little town, and he makes no attempt to hide his contempt for Elizabeth.
There are twists and turns in every episode, the first being that Elizabeth burns town the teacherage (the teacher’s home) during her very first night in Coal Valley and has to move in with Abigail, one of the widows.
I made myself stretch the episodes of season one out over a week’s time, but really, I wanted to curl up in my chair and watch them all in an afternoon! It’s that good!
I hate to spoil season one for you, but if I don’t, I can’t set up season two. So here come the spoilers.
Mountie Jack and Elizabeth both had chances to leave Coal Valley at the end of season one, but they both decided to stay – for each other. In the final moments of season one, they share their first kiss and pledge to stay together.
So here’s what the Hallmark Channel tells me is going to happen in season two (which I have to wait until April 25 to see just like everyone else!):
Elizabeth and Jack are closer than ever after their first kiss, and Jack gains a new understanding of Elizabethâ€™s high-society family life.Â Abigail confronts Bill about a shocking discovery that could put their romantic future on hold, and the mining disaster trial takes a surprising turn when a shocking witness is called to the stand.
I seriously can’t wait for April 25 to roll around. I usually take the kids to bed on Saturday nights, but I am going to take them to bed on Friday and Sunday instead.
Okay, so here are 3Â reasons that you should watch When Calls the Heart:
- It’s sorta like a combination of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Little House on the Prairie. There are a lot of things that are different, of course, but the setting and the period are similar. The threeÂ shows have the same wholesome, family-friendly relationships between the characters. There was a real scandal when Elizabeth’s sister kissed a man she’d just met. A kiss! The horrors!
Anyway, if you liked Dr. Quinn or Little House on the Prairie, I promise that you’ll love When Calls the Heart.
- Elizabeth’s costumes are gorgeous.Â Elizabeth was wealthy, right? She wears the most beautiful gowns, unlike the townspeople and other ladies. I love to see what she’s wearing and imagine myself with a teeny tiny waist and those same lacy dresses. I would love that.
- The show isn’t about the love story.Â The love story is wonderful, don’t get me wrong. I love the love story. I was rooting for Elizabeth and Mountie Jack to get together early on in the first season. But that’s not what the show is all about. It’s about the people of Coal Valley. It’s about hardship and perseverance and doing whatever you have to do to make lifeÂ work. It’s also about children who have to grow up too soon and children who struggle with learning. There are so many rich storylines going on.
Convinced yet? Give it a try on April 25 at 8pm on the Hallmark Channel and see if you don’t get hooked, too!Â
This post is sponsored by Hallmark, and it is the first in a series of 4 that I will write about When Calls the Heart. Photos came from the Hallmark Channel, but all gushing and opinions are mine alone.
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