Welcome back to When Hope Calls Week, everyone! It’s…Wednesday! We’re halfway through the week, and you’ve made it! Congratulations! Well, if you’ve been following the blog for the past few weeks, you might remember that I hinted at some big things coming. And if you caught Monday’s post, you’ll know I promised a big surprise. Now, it’s not as big as when Paul Greene dropped into town, that was iconic. It’s not an interview with one of the cast, that would be amazing! But this is still pretty darn awesome!

I have been invited to take part in the Hallmarkies Podcast to preview and review When Hope Calls! So from now until the end of October, all the #MondayMusings here at #HookedHeartie will be in the form of a podcast! Isn’t it cool? I was so excited and honored to be asked! Thank you so much, Rachel Wagner! So I “hope” 😀 you enjoy it too! There are three different ways to watch or listen to the preview show. One is below, and I’ve listed the other two in the comments; one is YouTube if you’re a visual person like me. I hope you like our speculations for When Hope Calls!

httpss://audioboom.com/posts/7353321-hallmarkies-when-hope-calls-preview-show

 

Post Script: 😉 Even though I’ve now done two posts this week, it’s Christian Michael Cooper’s (Timmy) birthday on Friday, so I might just have to squeeze another post in. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

Hello, friends! It’s Monday, and it’s time for #MondayMusings. I know what you’re thinking. You’re wondering why I would be doing that when there’s no new episode to discuss. Well, this week is special; it’s “When Hope Calls” week.

To recap logistics, the first two episodes come to light this Friday on Hallmark Movies Now, and there will be a tweet fest starting at 5:00 PST to commemorate the occasion. Then we’ll have a new episode every Friday all the way through October. I know several of you won’t be able to watch, and that’s okay. I, myself, am only subscribing to the app for 2 months so I can see Season 1, and hopefully I’ll have more of an opportunity next year.

But for now, I thought a Top Ten list might be fun. I was looking through old posts, and I haven’t done one of them in a looooong time! No time like the present to rectify the situation. 🙂 And I got help from some friends on excellent reasons to watch, namely Bobbi, Debi, and Lili. Thanks, ladies!

So here are, in no particular order, ten top reasons to tune in and watch When Hope Calls (WHC).

10. SOMETHING TO WATCH WHILE WE WAIT
Let’s face it, 9-10 months out of the year, we’re agonizing about the separation from Hope Valley. It’s ridiculous how much we salivate when we get wind that filming has begun, right? Well, now, we have a wonderful place to escape when we’re not in Hope Valley. My friend Lili brilliantly said it like this: “It’s kind of like we’re just going on a vacation from Hope Valley to visit our new friends Grace and Lillian in Brookfield.”

9. MORE CLEAN, FAITH-FRIENDLY, AND FAMILY-FRIENDLY MEDIA
While we’re searching for something to view during the breaks, let’s be honest; we can’t find too many SHOWS we can watch as a family, or find one where the writers aren’t afraid to incorporate a higher power in the scripts. But now there’s going to be even more media out there that is appropriate. HURRAH!

8. CHASTE ROMANCE
My favorite part of the “more clean media” is what Debi so eloquently described as more “chaste romance”. I couldn’t have put it better myself! I was going to add this into the above reason, but seriously this subject deserves a reason all its own! (And the fact that this is #8 is proof that these are in no particular order 😀 ) I know that Jack and Elizabeth and their beautiful (sometimes head-butting) love story is what drew so many of into its spell. And we loved it even more because they weren’t rolling all over the ground, (except in the mine when he saved her life) eating each other’s faces off. So now we get even more beautiful (and probably feisty) love stories!

7. CHILDREN
One of the only other reasons that has more pull than romance is watching the adorable faces of children, especially children who are looking to belong somewhere. We just want to shout, “I’ll take you home!” So now we get a whole new set of kiddos to love! And hopefully we’ll see some of the same loveable cherubs we met in “The Greatest Christmas Blessing”

6. THE STORY OF SISTERS
Speaking of stories introduced at Christmas, I was so intrigued by Lillian and Grace’s past. Two sisters who grew up with completely different experiences, and are now coming back together after all these years? Not to mention the fact that they’re setting up shop in Lillian’s old house, something that is completely foreign to Grace. That should make for some interesting interactions!

5. BEAUTIFUL SCENERY
The set brings me to my next reason: the beautiful background. If you saw the preview special, you saw how gorgeous the surrounding land is! Bobbi is particularly excited that “a ranch is part of the set.” Then there’s the town! It was built FROM SCRATCH for this very series! So it’s fresh and new, and ready to share its inner secrets. The town has yet to receive the modern convenience of a telephone, but Moutie Gabriel Clark gets his own office! LA dee DAH!

4. CAMEO APPEARANCES
Being a spin-off, we already know we’ll be viewing some very familiar faces in Brookfield. Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, and Kevin McGarry have already made very public announcements/appearances, and I think it will be so much fun to see how the worlds of Hope Valley and Brookfield intertwine. WCTH is our favorite show, so how can we not be excited for something that has the same feeling, the same vibe? We can’t .

3. QUALITY ENTERTAINMENT FROM STORYTELLERS WE LOVE
If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that we love the work of a few particular writers/creators/producers. When we hear the names Brian Bird and Michael Landon Jr., we are instantly prone to loving it. A smile just magically appears on our faces at the mention of them, doesn’t it? So when we hear these same names in connection with something new, our immediate instinct is to assume we will be seeing some fabulous plots unfold.

2. A FABULOUS PERIOD PIECE
Debi described this as “set in a more simple time”. Isn’t it the truth? 1916 was a time of great hardship in the convenience and medical departments, and let’s face it, corsets are NO picnic. But so much of that time period is so much easier, so much simpler, so much more defined. Plus the hair and wardrobe promise to be stunning!

1. MORE HANDSOME MEN!!!
One of them is in UNIFORM too! THAT’S stunning! Now if you’re a male Heartie, this won’t have the same kind of appeal, of course. But seeing as how most of us are women, we can thoroughly enjoy looking at some gorgeous eye candy! But if you’re a married lady, remember to take it easy on the amount of drool you allow to drip onto your chin. (Okay, the women are gorgeous too. There, I said it. 🙂 )

 

So, did I include your reasons for watching, or do you have one I didn’t mention? Either way, I’d love to hear about it. So please remember to like, share, retweet, and all that jazz, as well as give a little click on the ad to help us keep the blog going. And please do come back Wednesday, because I have a special surprise! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom! 

Well, it’s #FlashbackFriday, a regular one this time. But to quote “Mary Poppins”: “something is brewing, about to begin.” That something is the long-anticipated spin-off series “When Hope Calls”. I know many of you won’t be able to watch it; heck, I almost had to miss it myself because of funds. I do get the chance now, so we’ll see. But since it doesn’t interfere with the broadcasting schedule of “When Calls the Heart”, Mondays from September 2nd through October 28th will be #MondayMusings for “When Hope Calls”.

We’ll talk about that more on Wednesday, but for now, which flashback moment do you think we’re going to talk about? I’ll say this about it, this point in WCTH history got named more than any other when I asked Hearties what their favorite moment was. You’ve probably already guessed from the title, but it is that hysterical, yet infuriating moment WAY back in the very first episode when Jack is proving his detective skills to Elizabeth…by insulting her.

Elizabeth dishes it out too, though. She calls him a second-rate Mountie, lectures him on the need to investigate the church fire and mine explosion, but then defames HIM by insinuating that he hasn’t the capability to “deduce all sorts of facts that everyone else has missed”. So I don’t feel completely sorry for the very stubborn teacher when Jack very pointedly lists the imperfections in her wardrobe; my mouth just dropped open simultaneously with her at his impertinence.

This is only their second scene alone together; the end of the third time they’ve laid eyes on each other. And as so many of you well know, the proprietary in that time was key! So he struts his stuff like the early 20th century “Psych” with his “inquisitive” nature and the part of himself that “gathers information”. I just can’t believe he was so bold as to look at her waist, then declare it!

Then, none of us can help but let out an appalled chuckle when that smug little smile creeps onto Constable Thornton’s when he boasts his victory, “That was just a guess,” because Elizabeth revealed too much information about her sentiments. Frankly, I was shocked she said THAT much!

You can’t blame Jack too much. The post of his dreams was finally assigned to him, one full of adventure, danger, and the fulfilling feeling of bringing criminals to justice in Cape Fullerton. But all that is taken away in one fell swoop because “William Thatcher’s princess [arrived] in a town she had no business coming to.” And on top of that, he thinks he’s lost out on a potential courtship, because how could he even think of being attracted to the woman he’s supposed to babysit? 😉

Their first conversation and this one really set the tone for the fire that sweeps through both these people, as individuals and as a couple. We see a foreshadowing of events that will eventually cause Jack to say, “We’ll argue about that later.” They give them depth, and put a little salt on things to ensure they’re not TOO sickly sweet.

And with that, I leave you to have a marvelous weekend! I hope you don’t hurt yourselves, because you’ll have to take care of your own stubbed toes, thank you very much. 😀 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

How’s it going, everybody? Who’s got school starting this week? Who’s trying to shop and/or pack for school? And who’s still trying to recover from something already beginning? Good thing we have our happy place of Hallmark movies to relax on Saturday nights…or another night of the week with the blessed technology of a DVR. 😉 And if said movies have an actor or behind-the-scenes member from “When Calls the Heart” in them, there’s a very strong possibility you can read about it here. And lucky for us, “A Summer Romance”, (and the following post,) is one that #Hearties, AND #POstables can enjoy; even #Sleuthers had an iron in the fire, pun definitely intended. There were S’MORES involved in this plotline, and I had the worst craving for one! Those irons include Erin Krakow, of course, Geoff Gustafson (SSD), Ava Grace Cooper (WCTH), Sarah Strange (GSM), Kevin O’Grady (GSM, WCTH), and Milo Shandel (WCTH)

Photo credit: Stalkram  

But I’m going to start in an…unorthodox place: the music. I’m a theatre girl, and musicals have always been my specialty. Singer comes right after Actress, and right before Writer in my list of favorite hats to don, so I appreciate the power of music, and how it influences the movie mood. For that reason, I listened carefully from the moment wolves and coyotes were mentioned. Did you hear it? There was a single chord of foreboding melody that added the slightest bit of fear and suspense. Then when Sam tells JR that Simba the mountain lion “probably” will leave him alone, the notes sound like tiptoeing, insinuating the act of said fierce animal creeping up on his now suspecting prey.

I’m not a connoisseur of today’s popular music, especially not country songs; so I can’t tell you the titles of all the songs used or the artists who sang them. But I can tell you it was catchy! My boys were dancing and bouncing to it every time they heard even a hint. I can also tell you is that the lyrics played illustrated the journey taken by both characters very well, especially when Ryan Paevey pulled back the dressing room curtain to reveal himself in an extremely attractive “cowboy outfit”. But the best example is at the very end. It’s got the feeling of things being wrapped up, and the relief that feelings are out in the open. And the two lines that stand out the most, the ones that I think express how JR is feeling are: 1) “I wanna sweep you off your feet tonight,” AND………………… 2) “I’m head over boots for you!”

 

Two minor funny points that I want to stick in here just for a laugh:
• At the very end when JR is, in Buck’s words, “going after a girl,” he tells Sam that he “just needs 5 minutes.” Did anyone else find it funny, and maybe the slightest bit ironic that that was about how long the “angry drama” lasted? Not to mention that when he said it, there was basically 5 minutes of movie left. 😉
• A kiss interrupted by a mountain lion. Well, that’s definitely a new one! But I don’t know which is worse: the fact that a mountain lion interrupted the kiss; or that when he did, instead of saying, “We should get out of here as quickly as possible!” Sam said, “We should turn in.” What??? Where was the big poster that read, “Welcome, Simba! Please help yourself and eat us!” Maybe them holding hands created a protective force field that kept Simba at bay. 🙂

 

POstables, was Geoff a hoot, or what?! It was very different seeing him in a 3-piece suit, acting stuffy as all get out! I busted up laughing at his panic when Richard told Todd about all his new activities, then him placing an emergency call to the president of the board. And he just has such great comedic timing, that his interactions with Buck and Sam were so funny, but seemed so natural. I had forgotten he was a member of the cast, so it came as a fun and pleasant surprise. It’s always fun when I see actors from both my favorite shows in the same film. It’s very gratifying.

And speaking of that favorite show, how many nods to When Calls the Heart and other projects of Erin’s did we see? Easter egg hunt anyone? 😛 I started counting. And when I went on Twitter, (I hadn’t been able to watch and tweet LIVE,) I saw that several others had done the same thing. ♡

• The fresh start. This isn’t an exact reference to WCTH, but I find it very relatable. That’s exactly what Elizabeth has wanted and MADE for herself several times: Leaving home initially, leaving home after Season 2, New Year’s resolutions, getting her job back, getting married to Jack, picking herself up after Jack’s death to bear and raise her son…all kinds of ways!
• This is more of an anti-nod, but I had to mention it! The fact that Sam is such an amazing cook, and Elizabeth couldn’t evening boil water in the beginning.
• Milo Shandel played Hal Perkins, the banker. In WCTH, he plays Mr. Jenkins…the banker. 😀 He and Ryan Paevey are REALLY GOOD at portraying businessmen!
• The groceries will be fine in the back of the truck. Once again, this is more of a poke or an elbow nudge, but a similar situation happened in “Chance at Romance”. (Her name was Samantha there too!) Only in this case, it was her luggage left in the back, and it WAS stolen.
• The stranded camping. Yes, there have been many camping instances in WCTH, even 2 cases of stranded camping overnight…but they don’t include Elizabeth. No, I’m referring to the incident in “Chance at Romance” when gas is actually siphoned from a vehicle by a 12-year-old matchmaker. 🙂 Nothing that dastardly happened here, but we did get to see 2 people bond on a very spontaneous night away. 

  • This one is stretching it, but Erin’s tone was so similar. When JR is trying to get on the horse and Sam says, “It’s the other side,” who thought, “It’s the other knee”? 😉
    • The ever-coveted wood-chopping scene. Erin joked a while back on Twitter that it’s in her contract to have a similar scene in all her movies. But if it happens in the Royal Mysteries coming up in 2020, I’m going to believe her!
    • This one is just a funny joke Janette Stephens made on Twitter, but I loved it! When JR won her the bull/cow (which When Calls the Heart blog pointed out was similar to Lucas and Elizabeth at the carnival,) Janette commented, “PLEASE TELL ME YOU NAMED IT LIZZIE!” 😀
    • One of my favorites: when Sam got chocolate on her lip from the s’more and JR wiped it away with his thumb, that was TOTALLY the Jack smudge smear! Right?

Photo credit: It’s a Wonderful Movie 

• Final one, my other favorite: at the dance. When everyone has been asked to dance except Sam, JR stands right next to her, and holds out his hand. She’s doing the coy “I’m a wallflower” face until he does. Remind you of anything? Season 3, the Kindness Week dance, when Jack “saves” her from being “stood up” by Cody.

It’s always fun to watch movies like this, and see what we can find while enjoying the talent. So enjoy! And as luck would have it, we have two reviews on this movie, so head over to When Calls the Heart Blog, and see what she had to say. I will see you Friday for another of the #FlashbackFriday moments you suggested, and stay tuned for some BIG surprises coming in the next few weeks! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Whoa, what a whirlwind of a week it’s been, Hearties! But I did manage to get my daughters off to school for their first day yesterday! Phew! Now all I have to do is live through every morning of their grumpiness at getting up early, and CONTINUE to get them to school for the next several months. Piece of cake!

My little boy was feeling left out, saying he wanted to go to school too. Luckily we have this fabulous CD called “Sounds Like Learning” by Barbara Milne that teaches early skills like the alphabet, counting, and simple adding…all through songs! When Kyrah took to it, I decided to make visual aids, and I’ve managed to hold onto them. So today, Liam got HIS first school lesson. And Jack joined in. 😀

On that note, (Insert laughter at my corny joke,) I give you the Back to School edition of #FlashbackFriday to finish celebrating our Back to School Week. I asked my friend, Amy, (who was a teacher for several years,) what her favorite classroom or teaching moment was in WCTH. She only thought about it for a second before the bright flash of an idea lit up her eyes, and she said, “My favorite would have to be when Elizabeth worked with the dyslexic student. When she made the letters from dough, she really showed her repertoire of skills.”

We decided to watch the episode together. I wanted her teacher’s insight. The first thing she mentioned was one of the first things I noticed: “In my classroom I get to determine what’s fair, and isn’t fair.” A good teacher knows that different students have different needs. One of those students is the sweet, humble, and dyslexic Bo Grady. The one that the old teacher dismissed and called “too slow to learn”, but the innovative Miss Thatcher calls him, “Brilliant, simply brilliant!”

Between Elizabeth’s determination, her compassion, and her higher education, she pulled of what everyone else in town considered impossible, even Bo’s own father. Carl Grady is an amazing (and non-violent) example of how crippling fear of the unknown can be. Amy also pointed out that while he was afraid of Bo failing in the cruel world, what if Bo succeeded? Then Carl would have a son who was smarter than he. For a proud provider like Carl, what worth would he feel he was after that if Bo went on to become “a doctor, a scientist, or a teacher” like he and Elizabeth talked about? But he can’t express that, so he just lashes out, and gets angry at the mention of a “simple test”.

Even though Elizabeth manages to mix schoolwork with pleasure 😉 along the way, the journey is long and tedious, and very frustrating! Bo has to deal with failed reading techniques, James humiliating him in front of the class, watching Emily, (who is SO MUCH younger,) declare material he is struggling with as “too easy”. Even James looks sorry at that point.

Finally a breakthrough! Elizabeth figures out that Bo needs three dimensional models to help his brain function in reading, and she tirelessly works on making letters out of dough to help Bo feel like a champion…just in time to watch Bo walk into the mines with his father. How frustrating would that have been, just after an inspiration as huge as that?! But that Thatcher woman is full of fire and tenacity; she’s not giving up. Bo won’t take them, so she leaves them on the porch. The letters are glossed over kind of quickly, but they are true craftsmanship! Elizabeth took great care to create them…and in reality, whatever crewmember made them is a true artist!

Bo takes a cue from his persistent teacher, and tries…only to win! I’m taking a writing class to improve my story composition, and one thing my teacher pointed out to us very deliberately is, “Show, don’t tell.” Instead of a telling Carl Bo can read, she simply says, “Bo, will you please read for us?” And Bo drops the mic. 😀 He reads to his father and mother, and his father is so proud, he has no fear in asking his son what letters or words are.

Jack is right. “I guess it proves if you want something bad enough, you find a way to get it.” I hope you go after something with that kind of will, that kind of courage. And so I leave you with hopes of a fabulous weekend, and fulfilled dreams. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!