Happy Friday, #Hearties! It is Friday, right? I’m losing my sense of days here! I gotta say though, I am so glad everything was all set and ready to go for our series before this broke out. This is “the little show that could, but it’s been through enough! It’s high time it had a break.

But anyway, with time escaping me, I still remembered that it’s Friday so I can do round two of Season 7’s #FaceOffFriday. I tell you though, it is getting harder and harder to rate and score these men on their interactions with Elizabeth! In Season 6, they were so separate. Now they converse with each other so often, and Elizabeth has interchanges with them at the same time quite a bit. But once again, I’ve done my darndest. So…LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!

 

 

E4: SWEET AND SOUR (By the way, STILL can’t get over the timing of this episode!)

 

LUCAS:
+1 Continually reading her chapters & returning them
+1 Trying to share excitement about character dynamics
+1 Very patient with constant interruptions
+1 Elizabeth got flustered and made sure she said goodbye
+1 Offer to help Nathan spread the word. (This was edgy since he did it to look good, but he saw it thru)
+1 Asking after Baby Jack’s health
+1 “You deserve nothing less.”

 

NATHAN:
+1 Brought Allie to school to see Elizabeth
+1 Elizabeth got flustered and made sure she said goodbye
+1 Took her suggestion to warn elderly quickly and eagerly
+1 Accepted Lucas’s help even though he was clearly annoyed
+1 “Despite our mutual feelings for the town, I appreciate the help.” (I know Elizabeth isn’t here in this, but it’s all about her, he lays it all out on the table, and it was REALLY big of him!)
+1 Elizabeth called him back, obviously wants him to stay and chat
+1 Her excitement at Nathan helping Gowen and his admiration for her sticking by him.
+1 His compliment about her loyalty to her friends
+1 He doesn’t add a “but” even when she gives him the opportunity

 

E5: AN UNEXPECTED GIFT

 

LUCAS:
+1 “Two of my favorite people”
+1 Marveling so sincerely about Jack’s growth
-1 Threw Nathan under the bus and let him embarrass himself in front of Elizabeth
+2 Wave to Elizabeth and he waved first
+1 Showing the magic trick
+1 Teaching Elizabeth the trick
+1 Playing darts with Elizabeth
+1 Elizabeth “admits” to having feelings for him
+1 Brought her flowers
+1 Told her to enjoy them and she deserved them

 

NATHAN:
+1 Saying how much his horse likes Jack
+1 Shaking Jack’s hand
+1 Acknowledging her hard work
+1 Saying he’ll do something nice for her
+1 Small smile and gaze at Elizabeth
+1 Bigger smile when she smiles at him
+1 Wave
+1 Got Lucas away from Elizabeth (Honestly, I was going to dock him for lying, but he’s been so mousy that I admired him stepping up)
+1 Pulled the “show me” play
+1 Elizabeth “admits” to having feelings for him
+1 Brought her flowers

 

TODAY’S TOTALS:
Lucas – 16, Nathan – 17

ACCUMULATED TOTALS:
Lucas – 33, Nathan – 33.

 

Whoa! This is seriously eerie! That about sums up how I’m feeling at the present moment! I think they really are neck-in-neck. And funny thing, last time we did this, the scores were the exact same numbers, just switched. Boy! These people sure know how to keep us on the edge! I guess we’ll just have to wait a couple days and see who gets the advantage this time. And in the meantime, here are a couple things for you to enjoy. First, the recap of episode 5!

 

And secondly, check out this awesome shot I just happened to get because I randomly paused the TV at a lucky moment. Talk about neck-in-neck!

 

Okay, I’ll see you Monday! Stay healthy! Stay sane! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

Photo credit: Crown Media

Editing Credit: Sarah Nitsch 

Well, we have arrived! It is the Friday before the premiere! We’re almost there! We can do this! And we have arrived at the FINAL COUNTDOWN! Well, at least for now, because I think it would be a ton of fun to keep score during the season. So we’ll see how it goes. But from this point, who will triumph? Who is our champion? For whom will the Christmas magic materialize the most effect? Shall we find out who the winner is? Okay! Onward! LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!

S7E1: HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

LUCAS:
+2 He created a beautiful carnival
-1 Putting Nathan on the chopping block about the “No crowds at Christmas”
+1 Talks about his travels with his parents
+1 Talks to Jack about making memories
+1 “Hope Valley deserves its reputation”
+1 Planning the lanterns
+1 Executing the lanterns
+1 “Breathtaking”
+1 Gives credit to “elves”
+1 Shared glance after the lanterns
+1 He opened up about reasons for the carnival & accepting new traditions idea

Photo credit: etonline.com  

NATHAN:
-1 The “shut up look” at Lucas with Christmas crowds.
+1 Bracelet
+1 Sweet surprise at Elizabeth being willing to take them to get a tree. “Would you?”
-1 Lying that everything is fine
+1 The glance after “When it’s right you can just feel it.”
+1 Empathizing with Elizabeth about parenting alone
+1 “There’s nowhere I’d rather be”
+1 About to tell Elizabeth about the promotion until Allie interrupted
+1 The glance after “That’s the key, Allie”
+1 Inviting Elizabeth to decorate
+1 Helping Elizabeth with the bird ornament
+2 That MOMENT!
-1 He didn’t tell Elizabeth they were leaving when asked again
-1 Foot in mouth – “There’s nothing holding us back”
+1 The decision to stay
+1 He wanted to tell Elizabeth himself
-1 He didn’t tell her
-2 He walked away twice

GRAND TOTAL FROM ALL 5 ROUNDS! DRUM ROLL PLEASE! ……………………………………………………………………

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LUCAS – 37, NATHAN – 34

 

Photo Credit: ©2019 Crown Media United States LLC/Photographer: David Dolsen

WOW! The debonair businessman of mystery has won it! I honestly thought the Constable would prevail since the Christmas special focused much more on him, but looks like he walked away one too many times! Well, there you have it! Is this a foreshadowing of what’s to come? Or will Nathan find a way to stop sprinkling salt on his boot to make it taste better? Only time will tell!

And now, I leave you. Things will be changing up a bit on Hooked Heartie with the new season beginning; this is my first season as a podcaster. 🙂 But my plan is, (and plans do change, I know,) to write my own #MondayMusings for the blog, review movies every once in a while on Wednesdays, and probably do #FaceOffFriday every other week or so. I’m also going to be recapping the episodes on the podcast, so I’ll include the links on the blogs, and you can hear perspectives other than mine. 😉 There will still be two posts a week, unless life gets in the way…which it probably will several times. But I’ll do my darndest! As always, I really appreciate likes, shares, retweets, comments, clicking on ads, and shopping on Amazon through this site. It sure helps me keep writing! Until next week, after we’ve all seen our Season 7 premiere! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Hearties! And today being what it is, I’ll make this short and sweet. And I hope that no matter what kind of love you’re celebrating today: romantic, parent/child, sibling, best friends, aunt/uncle/nephews/nieces, between cousins, Heartie love, or between yourself and Deity, I hope you do indeed feel loved, and you’re able to do something special to mark the day.

And speaking of love, we are neck-deep in this race for Elizabeth’s love! So, shall we? Round 4! LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!

 

 

E9: A CALL FROM THE PAST

LUCAS:
+1 The plan to cut the library ribbon together
-1 Curt way he left town
+1 Tried to pull gun to protect Elizabeth
+1 Asking Amos to let Elizabeth go.
+1 Promising Amos every penny in his safe if he will let Elizabeth go
+1 Tiger reflex when Amos hurt Elizabeth’s arm
+1 Trying to pull the gun from the safe to protect Elizabeth
+1 Apologizing for getting her into the situation (even though it was not well received)
+5 Wrestling the gun away from Amos
+1 Attempt at putting coat on Elizabeth’s shoulders (although it was flat-out rejected!)
-2 It was unintentional, but the man DID get her kidnapped

NATHAN:
+1 Comes at Elizabeth’s cry
+1 Helps pick up the books and offers to fix shelf.
+1 Compliments her – “You’re quite the teacher.”
+1 Hands brush!
+10 He saved her life!

*This is an interaction, but I left it neutral because I didn’t see it as positive or negative: Elizabeth coming to Nathan to report Lucas leaving town.

 

 

E10: TWO OF HEARTS
LUCAS:
+1 Wouldn’t have let anything happen to her
-1 Arrogantly declaring being a hero is his “thing” now
+1 His hand over hers for ribbon-cutting
+1 Sharing the book with Baby Jack
-1 The smug look at Nathan
+1 Winning Jack a teddy bear
-1 Trying to show Nathan up at the strong man competition
+2 He won the dance with Elizabeth

NATHAN:
+1 Made her that beautiful plaque
+1 Remembered Emerson was Elizabeth’s favorite poet
+1 Offered to watch Jack at the after-party.
+2 THOSE FUNNY FACES FOR BABY JACK!
-1 Showing off for Elizabeth at the strong man competition
-1 “The founders…would be proud”
+1 Got that final glance

 

GRAND TOTAL: LUCAS – 27, NATHAN – 28. (Accumulative)

 

So Nathan is in the lead again, but just by a hair. This is a pretty close race! I’m sweating just writing about it! And next week? Our final countdown: Home for Christmas. The grand finale before our season premiere! Who will prevail? Find out…next Friday! Happy Valentine’s Day again! Just remember that Elizabeth is honoring Jack’s final wish in this “competition”.

 

 

This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

 

Photo credits: Crown Media 

Editing credits: Sarah Nitsch and Randi Elkins 

Hello! What do you think of the new profile picture? I thought with the different hair, it was time for an update.

 

Well, we’ve reached the end of another week, and that means…that’s right! There are only 16 days until we’re back in Hope Valley. It also means that there are 17 days until my Season 7 premiere Heartie Party. So if you’re going to be in the Austin TX area on Monday, February 24th, let me know, and I’ll send you an invitation.

Well, since it’s Friday, that also means iiiiiiiiit’s #FaceOffFriday!

 

The rivalry continues! Round Three! Last time we left things, Nathan was ahead by quite a stretch. It was Nathan – 7, Lucas – 0 . As I said before, I’m keeping score at the same pace as all of you. And now, both characters have had their introduction episode, so I expect events to balance each other a bit more evenly. And that means things will heat up quite a LOT! So, LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!

E7: DISPUTING HEARTS

LUCAS:
+1 Shows support for the library, and wishes Elizabeth luck in a very charming manner
+1 Tells her to call him Lucas

NATHAN:
+1 Didn’t blow Elizabeth off when she said she needed to talk to him, and promised to come by later
+1 Opened up about his family and their background

 

 

E8: HOPE IS WITH THE HEART

LUCAS:
+5 Gave Elizabeth the library
+1 Talking to Baby Jack about the books he’ll read
+1 Helping with the repairs
+1 Got injured helping, poor guy…
+1 Asked her to dinner
+1 Backed off when she wasn’t comfortable with the idea
+2 Totally hit on her in the library, even if he tried to pass it off as quoting a book

NATHAN:
+1 Going to look for the children together
-1 Disparaging Lucas “He’s a lover…just not of books”
+1 Asking Elizabeth to call him Nathan

 

GRAND TOTAL: LUCAS – 14, NATHAN – 10 . (Including the last two weeks)

 

So, the smooth-operating gambler with the silver tongue prevails this week. Hats off to Lucas! Will he maintain his streak, or will he be outdone by the underdog Mountie; he is trained in combat after all. We’ll find out! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Welcome back to hookedheartie.com, and welcome back to another #FaceOffFriday. Today, Constable Nathan Grant rides into town on his trusty steed to pick up the gauntlet that Monsieur Lucas Bouchard inadvertently threw down. Before we begin, there are a few elements I want to clear up.

Number 1: I know a few people were a little put off by the fact that I started the point count without Nathan in the picture. But trust me when I say it balances out.

Number 2: As we begin our count with our good Mountie, know that I’m fully aware that many of Nathan’s interactions with Elizabeth involve Allie. So, lucky him, he basically has two people earning him points. I guess Lucas will have to step up his game, and won’t be able simply rely on his suave and genteel nature.

Number 3: Just so you all know, I have not tallied the grand total of points on either side. I review and edit my notes to make sure I added and subtracted points in all the right places, but I’ll only discover the actual winner right before I tell you who he is. We’re all in this together!

So…LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!

Round Two! Ding!

 

E5: HEART OF A MOUNTIE

LUCAS: Well, turn around is fair play. In this episode, Lucas has literally no interactions or dealings with Elizabeth. So, the count here for our refined gambler is 0.

NATHAN:
-1 Showing up in uniform. Unintentional, but it threw her for sure
+1 Handsome. If Lucas gets it, so does Nathan.
+1 Respectful during their first meeting, standing upon learning her name
+1 Humility when Elizabeth corrects him. (Excellent Mountie vs. Excellent Man)

 

 

E6: SURPRISE

LUCAS:
-1 He taught Allie to gamble
-1 He told her “I’m doing your job.” Bad move!
+1 He DID help Allie feel more comfortable at school. That’s important to Elizabeth.

 

NATHAN:
+1 He’s a single parent, instant bond.
+1 The child he’s raising is not his own. You can tell that impresses her.
+1 He accepts Elizabeth’s help to look for Allie. That’s huge!
+1 Thanks Elizabeth for help, and immediately and appropriately disciplines Allie for skipping school.
-1 Insisting that they’re fine. Not a smart move.
+1 Teamwork with Elizabeth to set expectations for Allie
+1 Asked Allie about her feelings with Elizabeth there, and at Elizabeth’s suggestion

 

GRAND TOTAL (This week and last week)

LUCAS: 0
NATHAN: 7

To your corners, men! So, the Mountie pulls ahead from behind. Anybody still worried about Nathan being at a disadvantage? I think he’ll hold his own just fine. Don’t discount Lucas yet, though. He’s quiet and reserved, but he’s got a spark that’s not easily extinguished. I guess we’ll see what happens next week, won’t we? Have a great weekend! One thing to remember as we progress through this “duel”.

 

This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Photo Credits: Crown Media 

Editing Credits: Sarah Nitsch and Randi Elkins