Happy Hump Day, Hearties! Or should I say, “Happy birthday!” Because today is a big day for a certain Heartie favorite! It’s………………..









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Yes, TODAY is Kevin McGarry’s big day! Not tomorrow like so many of us thought! HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEVIN! And the day after St. Patrick’s Day with that good Irish name! How appropriate! I had the great honor and VERY comedic privilege of chatting with Kevin to commemorate the occasion. So if you want the inside info on Kevin, Nathan, and Mitch (Kevin’s Heartland character), you’ve come to the right place. Pull up a chair, sit back, relax, and ENJOY!

*However, I would advise you to use the restroom first; and don’t eat or drink anything during the interview, or you’ll have quite the mess to clear up when you spit it out from laughing. And if you MUST multitask while listening, you might want to avoid noisy jobs, because you don’t want to miss a moment! It’s the perfect comic relief for a stressful situation like this one in which we all find ourselves.

Buuuuuut…before I post the link, I can’t help but add one more thing. We weren’t able to “celebrate” this last year because we were on the hiatus. But two years ago today, Jack and Elizabeth were getting married on our TV’s. Does anybody else find it the tiniest bit coincidental that the anniversary of the wedding episode just HAPPENS to land on Kevin’s birthday? Is it a sign? You decide. 😉

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While you’re deliberating, I’ll be back on Friday with a #FlashbackFriday of Kevin’s favorite Nathan moment! And my husband is, thankfully, working from home now, so that is a promise! Happy birthday again, Kevin! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom! Oh, and here’s the link! 🙂


Happy Monday, Hearties! Wow, is it amazing or what how completely connected last night’s episode is to current events?
How could they have known? They couldn’t have, which makes the timing all the more “coincidental”. But we don’t believe in those, do we? 😉

THAT and more will all be in the Hallmarkies Podcast episode recap which will be accessible later this week. For now, you can enjoy some of your quiet time (i.e. cooped up time) by watching this podcast featuring the fourth episode of When Hope Calls: Lost and Found. Things are definitely getting…warm enough to make some cheeks flush. 😀



Before I sign off, I just want to make a couple announcements. Despite being semi-quarantined, this is a pretty big week! For one, we had a birthday yesterday! We don’t watch him on our screens very often, but I’m betting 90% of us or more own a creation of his. Yesterday was Elliott Wallach’s birthday, the creator and president of Edify Films. Because of him, we can snuggle under our Heartie blankets, wrap our hands around a Hope Valley mug filled with our favorite hot beverage, and occasionally take a swig from our When Calls the Heart water bottles while we watch DVD’s of our favorite show. And then so much more! So happy birthday, Elliott! The Hearties sure do appreciate you!

Next, there’s another birthday this week. This person we DO watch on our screens, but I still prefer to keep it a surprise. So stick around, and keep coming back Wednesday AND Friday! See ya then! It’s gonna be exciting! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hello, everyone! Well, things are getting tense aren’t they; and I’m not talking about in Hope Valley. Although, if you’ve seen the preview for this Sunday’s episode, talk about timing, huh?! Circumstances are quite scary in our world right now. In addition to providing a little escapism and lighthearted fun reading, may I offer a few words of hope. This is a saying we use often in my faith; it comes from some very wise words the Church received in January 1831: “if ye are prepared ye shall not fear”. All we can do is our best. So if we take the proper precautions, be smart about our interactions with others, gather provisions, and do everything possible to keep ourselves healthy, it’ll be okay. It definitely won’t be perfect, but we’ll be able to breathe better. In addition to preparing ourselves, all we can do is rely on a higher power. If you are a praying person, I’m sure you’re already doing so, but I encourage you to keep saying those prayers.

Alright, enough of that! Let’s get to the cake and ice cream of the post. It’s our very first #FaceOffFriday of the season! Since I missed last Friday, we have THREE episodes to tally. I will admit, I’m having a harder time determining whether interactions are positive or negative. They’re much less cut and dried this go-around. But with a little help, I managed. So…LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!




-1 Interrupting the conversation between Nathan and Elizabeth. Big no no!
+1 Complimented her on her teaching
+1 Got Elizabeth excited about more books
-1 Not behaving like “a little gentleman”
+1 Sharing about his mother and mutual love of books
+1 Taking an interest in her “hobby” of writing
+1 Offer to read her work
+1 Reminding her about offer
+1 He was very respectful of the fact that Jack drew the illustrations in the book
+1 He promised to be honest
+1 “I read 220 pages” Read it all and that was cute
+1 Complimented her writing
+1 Some people may say this should be -1, but writers need to be critiqued, and he did it nicely
-1 It’s okay to offer comments, but he pushed a little much
-1 Awkward encounter when he was with Henry
+1 Tried to apologize
+1 Cute banter – “Could you repeat that?”

+1 Elizabeth approached HIM to chat
-1 He didn’t really respond to her efforts
+1 Recovered from Lucas’s interruption with another compliment
-1 He wasn’t exactly behaving like a “little gentleman” either
-1 Foot in mouth for Lucas comment
+1 Elizabeth said she was happy he was staying
+1 Called her back when she was walking away
-1 Wouldn’t finish his sentence, and saying his “better judgment” was stopping him
+1 Saying Little Jack had an arm/waving to him when he left
+1 “What’s in your heart?”
+1 Using her words on her “You let me know when you figure it out”


+1 Giving credit to Elizabeth and her writing
-1 He walked away rather quickly, almost abruptly

+1 Teasing Elizabeth about amount of homework
-1 Acting very protective and paranoid at sleepover
+1 His awe at Elizabeth getting the girls’ attention
+1 Took the icing on the nose like a man
+1 “You saved my life tonight”
-1 “You think he’s a great guy” sarcasm
+1 Opened up about his past
+1 Morning chat and was straight forward about not talking to Allie yet
+1 Even in his anger, he remembered to say “Excuse me”


+1 He brought Elizabeth coffee or tea while she was writing
+1 Asking how writing is coming
+1 Encouraging her to show someone, and offering to read
+1 He backed off when Nathan approached
+1 Loved reading the chapters
+1 Conversing playfully about Luther Brant
-1 Assumed he was the character without reading everything first
+1 Adorable greeting to Little Jack
+1 Eating humble pie
+1 Inspiration for Elizabeth’s book

+1 Walking Elizabeth to church
+1 Humbly listening when Elizabeth asked “What if this time he’s telling the truth?”
+1 Asked about the writing
+1 Asking Elizabeth to watch Allie and saying Allie has an ease around Elizabeth
+1 Technically this isn’t an interaction, but it’s a point all the same. He talks to Allie about her “a lot”
+1 Telling Elizabeth of his father’s innocence
+1 Inspiration for Elizabeth’s book
+1 Telling Elizabeth thank you

And today’s totals come to……….
Lucas – 17, Nathan – 16

So, the handsome, charming restaurateur who loves to play cards inches ahead of the sweet, shy law enforcement officer. Well, the season is young, and with scores like this, it’s still anybody’s game. And now that you know the score, and there won’t be another match for at least one, and maybe two weeks, you can sit back, relax, and watch/listen to the recap of Family Matters. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you might even be surprised. 😉

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

Feliz Lunes! Translation: Happy Monday! At least that’s what one of my friends said to me because it was raining, and she loves rainy days. At the moment, I didn’t believe her, but it really is shaping up to be a lovely day. I’m not going to reveal any secrets, but I can tell you I’ve got some great surprises coming!

Apologies for not posting on Friday. I won’t bore you with personal stuff, but two things that did inhibit me were not feeling well, and accompanying my mother to a memorial service. But I’m here now, and that just means we’ll have 3 episodes to count up points this coming Friday! More content is always a good thing!

For today, we have more content too! TWO RECAP EPISODES! For your watching and/or listening pleasure, I present “When Hope Calls” Episode 3: Out of the Past, and “When Calls the Heart” S7E3: The Heart of a Father”.





So, see you Friday for #FaceOffFriday, for real this time. 😉 This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

Hello, everyone! Long time no see! Well, I have a little surprise for you today. No, it’s not the recap of the latest episode of When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Father, but that WILL be coming on Friday. No, today, I’d like to take you back…in a way, at least.

It occured to me that when our other wonderful show “When Hope Calls” premiered, it was, of course, to a very limited audience. So now that it is appearing on Hallmark Channel, the WHOLE Heartie family can have the opportunity to watch it; which means, so many more Hearties can fully enjoy the thoughts and recaps of the episodes. So I present to you, the Hallmarkies Podcast recap of “When Hope Calls”, episodes 1 and 2. And as you know, there are two VERY special Hope Valley guests who arrive! Enjoy!

See you Friday for the E2 Heart of a Father recap, and our very first #FaceOffFriday of this season! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!