Well, here comes another week, eh Hearties? How are you doing so far? I hope you’ve had a good morning. And while you’re running around at work or bustling around while working at home, maybe you’d like to fill the empty space with this week’s podcast. We’re discussing the fourth episode of When Hope Calls, “Lost and Found”. We may or may not have digressed, and told a few “extra stories”, but we DO talk about the episode. 🙂 Have fun! And if you’d rather watch the video, and see us make each other crack up, the link is in the comments 




I’ll see you Wednesday with an all-new movie review. But im not telling you which one! You’ll just have to come back and see! Hugs to all of you! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hey, hey, all you lovely people! We’ve begun another week! How is yours starting out? Well, I have a little something special to get your day off on the right foot, and hopefully your week. Drum roll please!

Here is the Hallmarkies Podcast I’ve been privileged to be a part of, recapping and reviewing “When Hope Calls”, Season 1 Episode 3: “Out of the Past” with Rachel Wagner. Enjoy, and please remember to help us keep the blog running by liking, sharing, and retweeting.




And if you’re thinking you need to call me out on missing Carter Evancic’s birthday, worry not! The rest of this week will be Carter and Cody Week, with some very special features, so stay tuned! Have a lovely day, and I will see YOU on Wednesday! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Photo credit: IMDB.com  

Happy Labor Day, Hearties! I hope those of you celebrating are having a relaxing day off! If you’re working today, well, you’ll be rewarded brownie points in heaven, I’m sure!

We had quite the mechanism for celebrating the 3-day weekend, didn’t we? When Hope Calls! I, myself, had a Hearties-filled Friday AND Saturday. Friday, I got to see the first 2 episodes of When Hope Calls with one of my best friends, then I REwatched them for the tweet fest. (And you have GOT to listen to the podcast to find out the awesome Twitter interactions I had during the premiere!)

On Saturday, first I got to record this podcast, which was lots of fun! I won’t give any spoilers so you can listen to it with fresh ears. Then, I got to host a When Calls the Heart watch party for anyone who wanted to come relive the show from the beginning, or to come experience it for the first time. Because of holiday weekend plans, not too many were able to make it, but we had an absolute BLAST with those who did come. And the best part is, we’ve acquired a new Heartie! She’s been converted! We’re getting together again this Saturday if you’d like to join us; we’ll be starting with S1E4. It’s surreal starting all over, but it’s SO MUCH FUN, especially to watch it with friends, and to see it through someone’s fresh eyes! Here’s a picture of our little gathering:

And now, without any further ado, here is your #MondayMusings review of When Hope Calls E1 & E2.



And just so you know I’m not ignoring it and I haven’t forgotten, I’m fully aware this week is the beloved Erin Krakow’s birthday…because she and my son share a birthday. Because of WHC, (and because I did a bio of her last year,) this week will be a different birthday week, but it WILL also be celebrated; never fear! So, 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).

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.”

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!

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!

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”

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!

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!

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 .

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.

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!

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 been quite the roller coaster of a season, hasn’t it? And we’ve coasted to the end of it. I sure am glad we had our seat belts on! Hopefully you didn’t lose your socks on the very long loop we had. But let me tell you, my friends: THIS ride may be over, but jump in line for the Hooked Heartie Spinning Teacups, because June is going to be a HUGE MONTH! So buckle up everybody, and keep your eye on the blog notifications.

First of all, HAPPY BIRTHDAY PAUL GREENE! (yesterday). Hope it was a fabulous day for him! My friend Kate helped me make the medical bag cake at the bottom. And how fitting that the episode aired on his birthday when Carson beat out Hope Valley’s newest tough guys in the strong man competition. He barely exerted any effort at all! Faith must really enjoy cuddling up to those arms! 😀

On top of being physically appealing, Carson’s great with children too! His interactions with Spencer are so endearing! He made that poor boy feel so comfortable when he first came to town. And then he encourages Spencer to have fun, and be a regular boy. My favorite line is when Carson feels Spencer’s forehead, and says very worriedly, “It’s just as I thought. He’s running way too low on fun.” What a man!

Were Nathan and Lucas on a seesaw the entire night, or what? 🙂 Neither could tear their gaze away when Elizabeth dared talk to the other, and they both sure did their darndest to come out on top where she was concerned. Where should I start? How about Nathan and the plaque??? Was that the sweetest thing ever?! And on so many levels! He made sure he made his own contribution to the library when he had been stopped from helping before, he gave HER a gift out of the goodness of his heart, he showed his talent and invested his time by carving it with his own hands, he remembered Emerson is Elizabeth’s favorite poet, and best of all, he encourages her to stretch herself with the quote. Pretty amazing if you ask me! She was so touched, and I think she couldn’t have asked for a better gift

Also, did you notice the total Jack vibe in that scene? After Nathan gave Elizabeth the plaque, there was that tense, staring moment broken by Baby Jack’s babbling. She giggles, and Nathan lets out a bit of a frustrated chuckle, but good-naturedly says hi to him. Sound familiar? How about a favorite scene of ours in a mine when Jack is just about to kiss Elizabeth? Just as he moves in for the kill, he gets interrupted by Rip barking in the distance, and let’s out the exact same kind of frustrated chuckle.

Nathan seems to have caught Jack’s “foot in mouth” bug too; it must be a Mountie thing, because that “founders would be proud” line was an utter failure! At least he realizes it! But I don’t care how ridiculous he sounded, or how #TeamLucas you are, Nathan holding Baby Jack, and making him laugh just melts the #Hearties heart! In my opinion, things are not over for him, even if he didn’t get asked to dance. That expression of despair on Elizabeth’s face cannot be overlooked! If you missed it, Brian Bird tweeted something to the effect of Lucas getting the dance is like Charles upstaging Jack at first. Hmm…Mr. Pot-stirrer is at it again.

Don’t worry Lucas fans, I haven’t forgotten him. He had some pretty impressive moments. The one in which I felt bad for him was when Rosemary requested assurance, (actually, she delivered a very low blow,) that no bad surprises would come their way where he’s concerned. But he handled it with such grace and poise, I was actually really proud of him. And even though he didn’t have the adorable factor of holding the baby, winning him a teddy bear was pretty cute.

Then there’s the hero factor. I admit that I loved the line he said to Elizabeth so much, I kept rewinding and pausing so I could write it down verbatim. “I wouldn’t have let anything happen to you, without fear and without hesitation. I would’ve done whatever it took to keep you safe. I mean, being a hero…it’s kind of my thing now.” A little cocky at the end, but it obviously left an impression on the “lovely school teacher”. Who wouldn’t take at least a tiny bit of pleasure in hearing she’d be protected at all costs?

Then I just laughed when he joined in the strong man competition. Why yes, I’ll certainly try to win Allie a fishing pole, and I’ll take Elizabeth’s attention as a bonus. 😛 I found out from Twitter that poor Chris actually split pants during a take! 😀 Now THAT’S not very suave OR debonair, is it? But he acts very debonair indeed when he claims the victory of the dance with Elizabeth. You know that no matter how cool he was on the outside, he was bouncing up and down inside.

Well, Henry certainly got caught in a blast from the past, didn’t he? I really like that his coming-to-terms scene is with Elizabeth. I think I can count on one hand the number of scenes they have together. His attitude definitely makes us rethink Season 1; I just don’t know if he was as innocent as it looks way back when. But whatever he was then, he certainly is wracked with torment now. And admitting to Elizabeth that he doesn’t know how to move on helps her do exactly that. It’s amazing what saying something out loud does for the brain, isn’t it? Good girl!

“You touch everyone’s lives.” That’s what Lee said to his “beautiful wife”. They both do, so much! Who would have thought Rosemary would turn out so maternal when she appeared in Season 1 pointing that pistol at those cans. Now she’s kissing boo boos and catching balloons. And Lee is trying to sound much more confident than he feels about the heavy responsibility and “very important job” of being Jack’s guardian. Just keep breathing, Lee!

But their best moment, of course, was the dance! What a classic Coulter moment! I’ve seen some speculations that Pascale adlibbed that moment. Wouldn’t surprise me a bit! I’m just so glad that, adlibbed or scripted, they kept that moment. It was too perfect for words!

Jesse and Clara at the dance was pretty special! It’s only fitting we end the post with the couple who finally get to plan their life together. First of all: YAY! It’s finally happened! Clara really has been “as patient as a saint”. Receiving a promise of “I will never stop trying to deserve your love” makes for quite the payoff! Somebody grab a mop, and help me clean up the puddle of myself! And Jesse acting all surprised that Clara asked him to dance…that was just precious! I can’t wait to see what’s in store for them!

I’ll see you Wednesday, everybody, and it’s going to be quite the day, I promise! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!