Well, well, well! I always knew that if you want something said, tell the Hearties, but WOW! I got so many responses to my posts about who’s on #TeamLucas and who’s on #TeamNathan! You guys are great! I’m a little late because I got LOTS of information and opinions, which means we better get started. I won’t be able to do all of them, but I’ll do my darndest!

I thought this a very appropriate topic given the buzz it’s receiving. On top of that, let’s be honest: this story is going to be the main plot line right behind the christening. I took it upon myself to carry out the heavy burden of rewatching Season 6 to seek out these two men’s characteristics. Huge sacrifice, I know, but someone had to do it. 😀

So who will Elizabeth eventually choose? I watched Erin this morning on Home & Family, and she was very adamant that Elizabeth isn’t jumping into anything prematurely. But she was also pretty certain that by next season, enough time will have passed that Elizabeth will be ready to open her heart again. And “she has some pretty good options when she’s ready.”

Let’s start with what these guys share, then we’ll move on to differences. The most important trait of all: they care about people, and are very protective of the people they care about. I’d say that’s vital in a man! They also can’t stand seeing women/widows bullied, and they do what they can to fix those circumstances. They both have a strong sense of fairness, they’re both brave, they’re both very handsome, they both give her “the look”, and they both have an amazing amount of chemistry with our “lovely school teacher”. They also both know how to give a compliment, and they are both very nice to children.

That last one being said, Nathan does have a lot more experience with children. He knows what it is to be a single parent, and with a child who is not his own. On top of that, SPOILER ALERT! In the season finale sneak peek, Nathan is seen not only holding Baby Jack, but also making silly faces, and causing him to laugh! Just saying…

I got a lot of response about Nathan’s morals, integrity, and character. Many think he’s much more mature, that he’s figured out his life’s purpose. He’s the strong, silent type: gentle, even-tempered, and a shoulder to lean on. He has the Jack-like character traits worthy of Elizabeth, and she is drawn to that kind of upstanding hero. Nathan’s sincere, honest, and always keeps his word. He’s duty-bound, takes risks when necessary, and knows how to keep a cool head. He also has a heart of gold, and a deep admiration for who Elizabeth is. He admires her for her nurturing nature. One Heartie said he acts as if he thinks, “I’m the luckiest man in the world to be in her presence.”

I also have to add what a smart investigator he is, but he’s also wise enough, and HUMBLE enough to accept help. He’s a team player, very accommodating and willing to forgive. He also doesn’t let his past control him, and there’s something about a man with a clean-shaven face that a beard just can’t pull off.

Alright, let’s talk about Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome Man of Mystery. Even though he had a head start on the show, he’s a big underdog in Hope Valley. It’s harder for the community to accept him. Not the fans, though! Several Hearties are thinking the chemistry and passionate looks run deeper between these two. I’m not going to deny that there is DEFINITELY something about a man gliding toward you, his voice of silk quoting literature and praising you at the same time, in just the right lighting…I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t incredibly effective. That smooth voice also knows how to pay compliments, say very friendly and polite words, speak French, and give him the air of confidence; but he’s not snobbish about it. Not only that, but he and Elizabeth argue well. He admires her spunk, and they have quite a few moments of fun banter.

He’s elegant and refined, yet he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty, or injured, when there’s work to be done. He would definitely appeal to Elizabeth’s more sophisticated side that she hasn’t explored in ages. They both know the difficulty of fitting in with locals, but he fights for his position, just like she did.

While he’s not as good or experienced with children, he is kind to them, which counts for something. He’s generous with his time and money, employing several people, giving a library to the town…there’s nothing wrong with sacrifice and struggle, but there’s also nothing wrong with being a smart businessman of means. He’d definitely be able to provide a good life for them. And while we’re on sacrifice, he was willing to give everything he had to save Elizabeth. And I know very few, if any of you, missed that Jack-like tiger glare when Amos Dixon DARED hurt her. Once again, just saying…

Even if he DOES have a beard, one thing is definitely working for him: he asked her out first. Even though he downplayed it by saying it was “to discuss library business”, and she turned him down, he made the first move. Elizabeth felt it because she even “confronted” him about having feelings for her.

Well, you’ll be happy to know that after reviewing all the evidence, rewatching episodes, and writing the post…I still have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA who I would pick. If anything, I think this proves there’s a strong case for both of them. So let’s sit back, relax, and watch what happens in the finale. And I might even squeeze in some #FanFictionFriday stories for both sides in the off season. For now, I’ll see you next week, and join me for Paul Greene’s birthday spotlight week. His birthday is this Sunday. So long for now! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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