Okay, I’ll be honest. I was all set and ready to do a review of a certain Hallmark Christmas movie for today’s #WonderWednesday, but then I watched…The Christmas Train. It then became positively necessary to review this movie instead. DO NOT READ UNLESS YOU’VE WATCHED IT, OR DON’T MIND SPOILERS! I highly suggest you go find it…then come back and read the blog!

So it begins! First off, the connection. There are not one, not two, but THREE actors in The Christmas Train who are WCTH Alumni. Granted, they don’t play major roles in the series, but each plays a pivotal, plot – turning one. There’s Terence Kelly, who played the mysterious, yet helpful, Sam Bailey in the Season 4 Christmas special. Then there’s John Innes, who portrayed Clem Besser, the gentleman who sold Jack his land in Season 3. And of course, there’s Anthony Konechny, who we all know as Douglas Burke, Jack’s adorable Mountie protégé, who’s death prompted Jack to answer the call of duty in the Northern Territory in Season 4.

Now for their characters in THIS movie. Konechny plays his usual loveable role: a young man from high society Washington DC engaged to a Kentucky country girl. His father doesn’t approve, so they’re eloping on the train Christmas Eve. Innes is John Kelly, a lonely old man who recently lost his wife, and is trying to keep his promise to her of reading A Christmas Carol by Christmas Day. Terence Kelly plays the kind of person at which he excels: Higgins, the wise and experienced mentor who leads quietly, and it turns out he’s right.

And then The Christmas Train all-star cast: Kimberly Williams Paisley, Dermot Mulroney, Joan Cusack, and DANNY GLOVER! How they got him, I don’t know, but he was perfect! The powerful and famous film director who is still reachable and down-to-earth, and even downright friendly. Joan Cusack, ever the character actor, plays a quirky loner who seems very much like the nosy next-door neighbor in everyone’s business…and yet we love her every step of the way!

Paisley, (whom I’ve loved since Father of the Bride,) was so endearing. Her playful moments are so bright and natural, yet the pain she expresses is so deep and heartfelt. And she’s so beautiful! My one issue with her is something that’s not even her fault, but it bugged me! When they attend the wedding on board, she’s in a long-sleeved shirt and jeans. I get they’re on a train, and resources are limited, but she’s a Hollywood writer! The outfit she wore while boarding was fancier than that! As a side note, the wedding dress was FABULOUS! Tasteful, different; just the sort of thing I imagine a broke romantic buying if she’s eloping. Back to Kimberly, my favorite line of hers is when she’s talking to Max (Glover). She’s his writer, and he’s encouraging her to give life another chance.  She sardonically replies, “Happy endings are for movies.” Pretty clever and ironic, considering, you know, they’re in one.

Mulroney seems to have an acting style that keeps him a little stiff; I see it in several of his roles. So while I would have preferred to see him loosen up a bit, he played the cynical and world – traveling reporter quite well; especially when his eyes are being opened up to new discoveries. My favorite part of his was when his character, Tom, was going on and on, talking like he knew this ancient  legend. When Eleanor (Paisley) interrupts to call him on it, he says without breaking the flow at all: “I am TOTALLY making this up!”

And here’s a fun fact trivia question for you: What’s the link between Dermot Mulroney and Joan Cusack? If you’re suddenly feeling the urge to play “7 Degrees to Julia Roberts”, you hit the nail on the head! And it’s only 1 degree. Cusack was in Runaway Bride with her, (a personal favorite,) and Mulroney was in My Best Friend’s Wedding.

My favorite lines come from John Kelly. “Two things problems can never defeat: sunrise and Christmas.” That, and: “Hope begins when you stand in the dark, and look at the light.” Very appropriate, especially since #Hearties now have a window cling available that says, “I’d rather be in Hope Valley.”

My favorite part is where today’s title comes from. Tom and Eleanor are old sweethearts who parted badly, then meet by chance on the Christmas Train, right? Well what did you think when they discovered that script in Max’s trash that cited almost every occurrence on the train? I was completely thrown for a loop to find out it was all a set-up, another “Max Powers Production”, (which makes her “happy endings” line even better.) And then, instead of the stereotypical “I’m gonna kill him,” Eleanor more originally says she’s thinking of plotting a murder mystery aboard the train instead of a love story. I laughed SO HARD!

Well, I think that about does it for today’s #WonderWednesday. I hope you had as much fun reading this as I did writing it, and I really hope you’ll come back on Friday for another #FanFictionFriday. Until then, darling #Hearties!

Continue reading “Romance? I’m Thinkin’ Murder! Christmas Train.”

Greetings fellow Hearties!

My name is Sarah Nitsch, and I am a Heartie. I have a loving husband of 8 years (15 years together) and we have two beautiful young daughters. I was very excited when Kami asked me to introduce myself for the blog’s first #MeetYouMonday and I will tell you why…

I thought I became a Heartie because I enjoyed the show “When Calls the Heart”. But it’s also the opposite. Being a part of the Hearties has made me LOVE “When Calls the Heart”, at least on another level! I feel like it’s a symbiotic experience. Hearties (as a collective group) would obviously not exist if the show hadn’t been created, but the Hearties are also like the lifeblood of the show. Yes, the show would be just as wonderful without a so-called fan club. The writing, acting and storylines would be just as powerful and entertaining. But there is a unique magic in being a Heartie. I may be one of 59,379 people (as of the moment I write this), but it never feels that way. The network and show executives have embraced the fans and brought them into the fold in a way I have never heard of before in show business. There is an actual connection between fans and the people on set every single day. It’s special, it’s powerful, and it’s fierce.

I discovered WCTH when my daughters were 4 and 2 years old. They were not what you would call ‘good sleepers’ and I rarely had any ability to watch television above a G rating. After what I felt was the millionth viewing of Caillou and Octonauts, I was desperate for anything that wasn’t animated. I searched through my cable’s OnDemand offerings for ANYTHING rated G with real-life human beings. The first thing that I found starred Lori Loughlin from Full House, a childhood favorite of mine. I gave it a try, and by the time Mountie Jack made his first appearance at the mine, I knew this was going to be more than an escape from cartoons for a few hours of my day. The acting was incredible, and the chemistry between the three stars was clear. I almost forgot it was Lori Loughlin, as she so completely embodied Abigail. Then I noticed it was holding my 4 year olds attention as well. By the time season two came along nearly a year later, she remembered the show and now my younger daughter enjoyed it too. I fondly remember both my daughter’s screams when the season two finale aired and they discovered who was holding the engagement ring out to Elizabeth! Their first experience with a “cliffhanger”.  I didn’t discover the Hearties fan group until just after season three, and enjoyed it quietly until after season four was in full swing. Now I enjoy commenting on posts, creating fan art, and writing fan fiction stories with Kami!

I can’t say I have a favorite episode or a favorite season, because I believe every single scene has contributed to the greatness in the story of these remarkable characters. Even season two, which was a shock to most Heartie’s systems, has found a special place in my heart (over time). I know this isn’t a popular opinion, so I have asked Kami if I can explain more fully in a later blog posting. For now I will just say that it grew on me.

I met Kami on the fan page, and what can I say? Sometimes people are just meant to be friends. Sometimes you don’t know something’s missing in your life until you find it. I didn’t feel like I was missing anything before the Hearties, but now I see how important it has been in my life. With the show I have something I can watch with my children. It is not only appropriate, but also promotes strong values. And it does this without being overly sweet or syrupy. With the Hearties group, I have a place I can be silly, share a passion and common interest in the show with others and find a creative outlet with photo editing and writing. I would love the show regardless, but being a Heartie inspires me.

Sarah proudly wearing a ‘beguiling’ piece of jewelry from Kami that both “surprised and delighted” her on her birthday

 

Happy Black Friday! For those of you brave enough to go out and brave the traffic, the crowds, and the VIOLENCE…good luck! I’ve done some online shopping, and I’m happy with that. Speaking of which, some AMAZING deals on whencallstheheart.com, so send your special someone to the sight for some great Christmas ideas!

So, it’s #FanFictionFriday! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED ALL OF SEASON 4!!! Just a little background: I saw a lot of #Hearties on the Facebook fan page predicting what was going to happen during the Christmas movie after the season ended with no trace of Jack. When we found out that he would be back at Christmas, several people started sharing thoughts of what they pictured it would be like. That got me thinking. What did I want to see happen? I did a bare minimum scenario, and it got such a huge response, that I decided to take it a step further. I teamed up with my dear friend, Sarah Nitsch, (I’ll tell you more about her later,) and we wrote a full, but very short, story. We now have 4 Christmas reunion stories, and 1 post-Christmas story. So, for your official kick-off to full-blown Christmastime, I present “A Dream Come True”, written by Kami Clements and Sarah Nitsch.  And below that, just for fun, a picture of my daughter eating a “Heartie breakfast” this morning! 

A Dream Come True

Jack and his fellow Mountie rode into town as silent as mice, and Jack felt a burden as heavy as an anvil lift from his shoulders.  How relieved he felt to have made it home, and for Christmas too!  He could never thank Superintendent Collins enough for giving him leave for the holiday, and this year he intended to truly make it the best Christmas ever for Elizabeth!  Jack reached into his pocket, and his fingers brushed over the locket inside: Elizabeth’s Christmas present.  He couldn’t wait to give it to her, and what’s more, he’d be able to put it around her neck himself.   Jack looked around at the darkened town.  10:15 and the streets were deserted.  He smiled as he remembered his mother’s light-hearted complaints at how early Hope Valley closed down, but tonight he was grateful.  It made it that much easier to arrive undetected.

“Let’s get you settled,” Jack suggested, not wanting to arrive in town, then simply abandon his new friend in new surroundings. 

But his companion saw directly through his thinly-veiled attempt, and desperately tried not to snicker.  “Constable, I’ve heard Miss Thatcher’s name everyday of this journey.  Go on!  I’ll be just fine at the hotel.” 

“Oh, the front desk closes at 10:00.  You can bunk here for the night.”  They had arrived at the jail. 

“You locking me up?”  Jack smiled, but didn’t get the chance to answer before the door opened, and Bill stepped out.

“Hey, I thought I heard voices.  Can I help you, Mounties?”  Then Jack’s face came into the light.  “Jack!” Bill exclaimed with genuine enthusiasm as he rushed down the steps to meet Jack with a hearty handshake.  “It’s mighty good to have you home!” 

“Good to be home, Bill,” Jack returned happily, then glanced around.  “But I’d prefer no one else knew about it just yet,” he added in a hushed tone.  He and Bill exchanged a knowing smile, then Jack indicated his fellow Mountie.  “You think you can take care of my friend here while I…run an errand?” 

“Glad to do it,” Bill winked.  Jack nodded his thanks, remounted, then hurriedly turned Sergeant around to head to Elizabeth’s row house.

Jack and Sergeant quietly padded their way up to Elizabeth’s home, Jack’s hands trembling with anticipation.  Oh, how he wanted to see Elizabeth!  How he wanted to take her in his arms, and never let go!  The depth and intensity of his feelings for her had only multiplied in their months apart, and he was anxious to show just how much he’d missed her. 

The house was completely dark, but Jack couldn’t wait!  He didn’t think Elizabeth would be too bothered being awakened for such an occasion.  He walked up the few steps, his boots matching the thud of his heart.  He took off his hat, smoothed back his hair, firmly knocked on the door, and waited with baited breath.  Nothing.  No lamp being lit, no sound of footsteps scurrying…nothing.  He knocked again, and waited…and waited.  Still nothing.  Jack’s breath began to quicken.  Calm down, he ordered himself, as he retraced his steps back to Sergeant.  She’s probably just working late at the school

Jack chuckled to himself as he trotted over to the school, wondering if he’d find her asleep on a stack of books like he had during the eviction crisis.  His excitement built back up, and he felt a smile brighten his face as he urged Sergeant into a canter.  Just the same, it felt like hours until Jack reached the school; then he only felt his heart drop to the pit of his stomach.  He jumped out of the saddle, and raced up the stairway to try the door.  Yes, it was open, but just like her house, completely dark inside.  There was no sign that anyone had been there for hours. 

Jack fought the desperation rising inside him, and tried to push the panic back; but he felt himself panting as he roughly ran a hand through his hair.  Where could she be???  All this time…from the moment he left, all he’d wanted was to come home to Elizabeth!  Then he gasped as an idea flashed in his head: Abigail’s!  Abigail would know where to find her!  “Please, God,” Jack prayed to the Almighty as he rode toward the café, “please let Abigail be awake.  Please let her know where Elizabeth is.”  As Jack ended his prayer, he saw a light in the window of the café, and his heart immediately lifted!  An instant answer to prayer!  He nervously made his way to the door, and rapped his fingers on the window.

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Abigail breathed out a long sigh and finally sat down after finishing Rosemary’s pie order for the Christmas Eve party.  She couldn’t believe it had taken her so long!  Things were much more difficult this year with Bill acting as sheriff; he couldn’t help out in the café as much.  Carson had stopped by to lend a hand, but he had his practice now.  And Clara hadn’t even come; it seemed everyone wanted a new Christmas dress this year, and Abigail didn’t want to add stress on her daughter-in-law.  “I really need to put that Help Wanted sign back up,” Abigail ruefully chided herself.  She’d just made up her mind to get ready for bed when a knock at her door made her gasp.  Who on earth? she wondered.  But nothing could have prepared her for the hopeful face that greeted her when she opened the door.  “Oh!” she quietly cried out at the shock of Jack in her doorway. Then a relieved laugh escaped as she reached out to give him a tight hug. “Jack!”  Then she stepped back and took him by the shoulders. “I’m so happy you’re safe!”

“Thank you, Abigail.  Believe me, so am I.  Abigail, I need your help. I can’t find Elizabeth anywhere!  Do you know where she is?”

Abigail smiled slyly.  “I might be able to assist you, Constable.”  Jack’s eyebrows raised expectantly.  “She sometimes stays the night here when she doesn’t want to be alone.”

Jack’s face flooded with relief, then he gestured inside. “May I?” he implored. 

“Of course, but quietly,” she hushed as she ushered him inside.

Jack took off his hat as he walked inside, then his eyes landed on the reason for his desperate quest.  He was grateful for the wall beside him to hold him up when he felt his strength wane.  He leaned against it, sighed inaudibly, and just looked at her.  She had fallen asleep grading papers.  Her hair fell around her shoulders in soft curls.  In Jack’s mind, she’d never looked more beautiful!

Abigail appeared beside him with a gentle hand on his shoulder, and he stood straight again.  “She’s missed you so much!” Abigail informed him. 

Of course he knew, but Jack was amazed at how comforted he felt with that simple statement.  Then, he wondered what kind of toll it had taken on her.  “How has she been, Abigail?  Really?” 

Abigail waved her hand and scoffed sweetly the way she often did with Cody. “You would have thought she was a Mountie herself with how she’s been soldiering on.”  Then Abigail turned thoughtful, and gave a motherly smile in Elizabeth’s direction.  “But she hasn’t been the same without you here.”

At that, Jack felt a sudden urgency to be close to Elizabeth, a protective instinct.  But he couldn’t go to her without expressing, in part, his immense gratitude to this amazing woman who had been such an influential part of their relationship.  “Thank you for taking such good care of her.  You really are such a blessing!” 

Abigail seemed to feel the change in him.  “I was happy to do it, Jack; and it is such a blessing having you home.”  She tossed him one more knowing smile, then said, “I’ll leave you to it.”  With that, she made a gracious exit, and disappeared up the stairs; wiping tears of happiness from her eyes.

Elizabeth stirred in her sleep, as if beckoning Jack to come closer.  Jack felt himself moving in slow motion, gazing at her the whole way.  He shook his head in awe of how angelic and peaceful she looked.  When he couldn’t take the separation a moment longer, he knelt beside her, and whispered with nostalgia, “Pergisci, bella.”  Then he gently touched his lips to hers.  Elizabeth started to respond in her sleep, and Jack’s heart sang.  His eyes glimmered with unshed tears as he watched her sigh, and whisper his name while still dreaming.  He smiled joyfully; his soul was finally at peace after so many months of turmoil.  Her eyes reluctantly and lazily fluttered open. Then they focused on Jack, and her brows knit together.

Elizabeth tried to convince herself that she was actually looking at Jack mere inches from her face. “Jack?” she questioned aloud.  She’d just been dreaming about him; surely seeing him now was only a lingering effect.  But he took her left hand, and kissed her engagement ring just as he had before he left, only his eyes never left hers.  Elizabeth felt her breath get caught in her chest, and her heartrate rapidly increasing.  Then Jack placed her palm to his cheek, and pressed a kiss there. 

“I’m home,” he whispered as he rubbed his thumb over her hand.  When Elizabeth felt the day’s growth on his face and heard his voice, she reasoned it must be reality. All the same, she felt compelled to utter, “Am I dreaming?  Please tell me I’m not dreaming!” 

Jack pulled her to a sitting position, and sat next to her.  A single tear escaped his eye as he took her face into his hands.  “Oh yes, you are.  And it’s a dream come true!”  He pressed his mouth over hers with a kiss Elizabeth had only felt in her dreams for so many months.  A cry escaped her throat, and Jack took her fully into his arms, pulling her impossibly closer to him.  She put her arms around his neck, and knew she was in heaven. He kissed her breathless, then finally pulled back to gaze at her. Elizabeth knew tears were streaming down her face, but Jack willingly wiped them away.

“I can’t believe you’re here!” Elizabeth exclaimed, running a hand through Jack’s hair.  “But, how?” 

“Superintendent Collins gave me leave for Christmas.  I rode as fast as I could!”  He stroked her cheek with the back of his hand.  “There’s no place I want to be more!” 

Elizabeth let out a delighted laugh that was half a cry, and clutched him to her.  “I love you, Jack!” she whispered, squeezing him tightly.

Jack breathed in Elizabeth’s scent, loving the feel of her soft hair caressing his face and his hands, as well as the sound of her voice saying those wonderful words.  He squeezed her back, and responded, “I love YOU, Elizabeth!”  He pulled back, but kept his arms around her.  “You don’t know how many times thoughts of this moment have kept me going, kept me alive even.  And when I finished with this one, I would pick a memory of you, and play it over and over in my mind until I had it perfect.”  His eyes emphasized the impact these thoughts had had.  “It saved me.  YOU saved me.  You really are my angel.” 

“Oh Jack,” Elizabeth sighed, moving her hand to his cheek again. 

Then Jack remembered her gift in his pocket, and gently released her to retrieve it.  “Oh!  That reminds me!  I was going to save this for Christmas, but…I think you should have it now.” He brought the locket into view, and Elizabeth gasped in delight as she held it in her hand.  It was golden and heart-shaped with intricate engravings of flowers.  And it looked quite old.  “It was my mother’s.  My father gave it to her the first time he had to go away.  She mailed it to me when I was up north.  It’s a miracle it even reached me!  But it’s to remind you that no matter where I am, my heart is with you.” 

Elizabeth sighed again.  “It’s really beautiful.  Thank you, Jack.” 

Jack smiled tenderly, and picked up the clasp.  “May I?” 

“Please.”  She turned, and picked up her hair.  Jack fastened the necklace on her neck, but kept hold of the clasp so she wouldn’t know he finished.  He leaned in, and whispered just behind her ear, “Merry Christmas,” then kissed her hair.  Then he stood, held out his hand, and said endearingly, “May I walk you home, Mrs. Thornton…almost?” 

Elizabeth giggled, took his hand, and replied, “You may, Constable Thornton.  And I’ll tell you all about the happenings of Hope Valley.”

They tiptoed out of the café, wrapped their coats around them, and held hands as they walked.  Jack felt as if he were walking on clouds as he listened to her lively retelling of town and classroom events.  Elizabeth caught him gazing adoringly, but almost absently at her.  She teasingly said, “Jack, you’re not paying attention.” 

He stopped, and turned her toward him with a nostalgic smile.  “Now that’s where you’re wrong,” he countered, and kissed her.

 

 

Welcome back, and welcome to #WonderWednesday. Today, I thought would be “the opportune moment” to talk about Erin Krakow’s newest Hallmark Christmas movie “Engaging Father Christmas”, as its premiere just happened on Sunday. I always “wonder” what it’s like for her taking a modern role when she spends so much time in the 1900’s. Maybe one day, one of us will find out!

I have to confess something: I’m a Christmas enthusiast BIG TIME, but I’m also a Christmas purist. I usually have a very strict policy of: NO CHRISTMAS MOVIES BEFORE THANKSGIVING. I broke it for this movie! GASP! I know! But it was strictly for research purposes…for the blog…I know, I’ll keep telling myself that. Truthfully, I was really excited for this movie. I watched the first one, “Finding Father Christmas,” last year, and I wanted to see how the story continued.

BRIEF RECAP OF MOVIE #1 – CONTAINS SPOILERS! “Finding Father Christmas” stars Erin as Miranda Chester, daughter of an actress who died onstage during rehearsal for “The Christmas Carol”. Obviously that has soured the holiday significantly, especially because there’s no other family, and she’s never even known who her father is. When she’s given an old case of her mother’s things, she discovers a hidden panel with a picture of a small boy on Father Christmas’s lap. The only identifying label is a stamp: “Carlton Heath Photography”. So she packs a bag, and flies from Seattle to Boston a few days before Christmas, and finds her way to the very Christmasy Carlton Heath Inn. The owners are a sweet, local couple with a very handsome and VERY SINGLE son named Ian (played by WCTH Season 3 regular Niall Matter). Through a series of events and Ian’s help, Miranda uncovers the truth: her father was a famous actor who passed away a few years ago, and his very wealthy family still lives in town. After the shock of the revelation, they welcome her into the family, and Ian welcomes her into his heart. And as a side bonus, she learns to love Christmas too!

Which brings us to “Engaging Father Christmas”. SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THIS MOVIE AND WCTH! By this time, Miranda and Ian have been dating for a year, so judging by the title, you can probably deduce what happens if you haven’t already seen it.  So let’s talk about it. First of all, watching those two play a couple, then seeing them play almost indifferent strangers on WCTH made me giggle. This coming from a girl who played a guy’s daughter in one play, then his mother in another. I still find it funny. The Hallmark circle is pretty small when you think about it, and sometimes it’s hard to keep everyone’s different relationships straight.

 I will admit that Niall doesn’t seem to have the same electricity with Erin that Daniel has, and I kept wanting him to go just a little deeper. But to be fair, Dan has had a LOT more time to develop said electricity. The character of Ian is just such a kind, understanding man. In fact, when the expected “drama” between the couple is supposed to ensue because he sees her with her ex-boyfriend, he calmly tells her that he expected him to try something. She’s so beautiful, how could he NOT think he’s missing out? And to top it off, he says the coveted line: “I love you” multiple times when we’re lucky if we hear it once in other movies. Can’t help but love the guy!

Let’s turn to the climax: the proposal. It was pretty spectacular! Horse-drawn carriage, path of lighted Christmas trees, gazebo with mistletoe, and a GORGEOUS diamond! They even added a little humor in there with her jumping the gun to say yes, and him saying, “Can I ask first?” One thing I will say: did her answer sound AWFULLY familiar? That’s because she said, “Yes, of course I will,” and in WCTH she said, “Of course I will, yes!” Willy Wonka comes to mind: “Strike that! Reverse it. Thank you.” And how many times is this actress going to get proposed to? Well, it’s Hallmark, so you never know!

Well my fellow Hooked Hearties, that about wraps up #WonderWednesday. Tune in on Friday for the first #FanFictionFriday, and have a FANTASTIC Thanksgiving tomorrow! Ta ta for now!

 

WELCOME! You found me! And if your heart is aching for a place that talks about how wonderful Hallmark’s “When Calls the Heart” is, and you’re hooked to it, (or if you’re merely curious,)  YOU ARE HERE!

Allow me to introduce myself: Kami Clements, bona fide, (certified if it was possible,) and VERY hooked Heartie!  I’m a hopeless romantic who loves to act and sing, so getting a guest spot on this show would be a dream come true!  I’m from the Austin area of Texas, USA. I’ve been married almost ten years to a certain William Lee Clements, (who has two WCTH character names, but he won’t admit it!) I have 3 kids, and I’m currently pregnant.  It’s a boy, and his name will be…drum roooolllll! JACK!!!

 

Grown up now

I found this charming series when I was pregnant with my 1-year-old son, named after my husband; (therefore, he has a Heartie name too!) Commercials for Season 3 were airing, but I didn’t want to get involved in another show. HA HA! Then when morning sickness was keeping me down, I stumbled across it on Netflix. “What the heck?” I thought. “Give it a shot.” One episode led to two, then three. And I was…well, hooked! Thanks to pregnancy insomnia, I sped through Seasons 1 and 2 in record time! I watched the first 2 episodes of Season 3 on Demand, then I was current; and I have been ever since.

 

Hubby and me an engagement picture

If you’re new to the show, or if you’ve never seen it, I bet I know what you’re thinking: what is this series, and why are you so hooked on it? Fair question. To quote a favorite movie of mine: “Let me explain…no, there is too much. Let me sum up,” (Princess Bride). “When Calls the Heart” is a romantic, fictional, period drama that runs on the Hallmark Channel. It’s the perfect blend of the shows “Christy” and “Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman” with the family morals of “Little House on the Prairie”. It begins in Canada in 1910 with a very wealthy young woman named Elizabeth Thatcher taking a teaching post in a poor coal mining town out West. A new Mountie Constable named Jack Thornton arrives about the same time…and you’ll have to watch the show if you want to find out more.

 

My two girls with their bear Heartie

WHY do I like it? Gosh, how do I explain that? One big reason is because it’s clean. In the 4 seasons that have aired, I’ve heard maybe 3 or 4 swear words. Nobody’s sleeping around, and the violence is minimal. Being a hopeless romantic and former theater major, I’m picky about chemistry. I find many screen couples to be either too stiff, or too lustful. This screen couple is neither! They have a beautiful relationship! The actors are uncanny at conveying passion without getting dirty. My heart just starts pounding at the sight of them kissing! Daniel Lissing, especially, is fantastic at acting with his eyes. The love shining from them every time he looks at Erin Krakow is so complete that he’s got tons of fans convinced they’re in a real-life relationship. The fans sure wouldn’t mind, I’ll tell you that!

Well, I think that’ll do for now.  Until Wednesday, my darling fellow Hooked Hearties! To sign off, here’s a picture of some paraphernalia I’ve collected. And I owe a debt of gratitude to Elliott Wallach, Nancy White, Julie Nugent, and Patti Landers for making my collection possible.  

 

Paraphernalia