Today is Whatever Wednesday, and I’m going to talk about a television show that I have been watching on Netflix. It’s called, When Calls the Heart. This show is based off the book series by Janette Oke. I just love all of her books. I think I have read nearly every book she has ever put out. Once, I even wanted to write like her, but I quickly found out that I’m just not a western, frontiersmen, kind of writer. But Janette Oke has it down pat and she does it so well.
The first series I read by her was, Love Comes Softly. Such a heart-wrenching series. It will have you laughing and crying at the same time. In fact, I think nearly every one of her books is that way. And the plus side is, she throws God in the mix. Yes, these are Christian books, with wonderful life lessons.
On to the show. The show embodies the When Calls the Heart books so well. You have the love/hate relationship that the characters Jack and Elizabeth share, you have the troubles of the coal miners and the widows that coal mine created, throw in a bad guy or two, the beautiful scenery of Canada and you have a wonderful show. And let’s not forget that the show was developed by Michael Landon, Jr. He definitely has his father’s touch, when it comes to family shows. Little House on the Prairie was one of my favorites when I was growing up. How about you?
Here is what the show is about: When Calls the Heart tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high-society life. She receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town in Western Canada (most likely the District of Alberta, as the town of Medicine Hat is mentioned as the nearest larger settlement). There, life is simple–but often fraught with challenges. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Royal North West Mounted Police Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing). He 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 this 1910 coal town, Elizabeth must learn the ways of the Canadian frontier movement if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own. Lori Loughlin portrays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, and her only son–along with a dozen other miners–have recently been killed in an explosion, which turns out to have been a tragic accident waiting to happen–a result of the mining-company site manager’s irresponsible management and lack of due care in his management of the mine. The newly-widowed women find their faith tested when they must go to work in the mine to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table, and compile a wage for the town’s teacher.
Doesn’t that sound amazing! The show has a Facebook page and you can hop over there and give it a Like and become a fan called a#Hearties. I’m definitely one.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/whencallstheheart?fref=ts
The show is now in its second season. You can find it on the #Hallmark channel or if you have #Netflix, you can watch the first season there.
Also, you can find Janette Oke’s books on Amazon. Read them, you will enjoy every minute. Don’t forget, if you purchase a book, please leave a review.
The trailer for When Calls the Heart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48P1jc5tyTw