Hola, Corazones! I haven’t used that greeting in so long, I thought it was high time! 😀 That’s “Hello, Hearties!” in Spanish…or the closest I could get to it anyway. 😉

So today we’re rabbit-holing into the deep, dark black hole of Hope Valley; hopefully you don’t get too lost because we’re talking about two of the original kids who either aged out, or got lost in the shuffle: Rachel and Gabe.

These two are adorable! They’re two of the school children I wouldn’t have minded watching grow up, (even beyond aging out of school,) fall beyond puppy love, court, become a couple, then eventually marry, and settle right there in Hope Valley, or just on the outskirts. Do you remember their essays in the saloon school in Season 1? “Coal Valley is my home because…” Rachel told the heartwarming story of her father giving her the tiny piece of coal, and Gabe made sure the whole class knew his first kiss was from a girl in the classroom. Did you guess the two of them were crushing on each other? Because I totally did! I remember sitting on the couch, being hugely pregnant with my son, putting my hand on my heart, and saying out loud, “I bet it was that Rachel girl!” The looks between the two of them were unmistakable.

Then how appropriate was it that Jack asked both of them to be a part of his “efforts” for his and Elizabeth’s first dinner together, (the first suitable one, that is,) and they were in the group executing the most romantic moment Jack and Elizabeth had had up to that point. It’s the perfect time! Then Gabe completely told Jack what’s what when he declared, “I already know who [my wife] is. I knew it from the moment I laid eyes on her,” and “Sometimes you see a girl, and your whole future is as clear as a bell.”

 

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They were such a large part of Season 1, I was desperate to see more of them, and to see their story blossom. Once again, I spoke out loud when watching an episode; yes, I do that frequently. So, when I watched the Season 2 premiere, (very soon after I finished Season 1 because I was binging,) I said to the four walls, “Wow! I’m impressed! They kept a LOT of the same kids from season to season. I wasn’t expecting that.” Rachel got taller, and so beautiful, and Gabe’s voice was getting deeper. Sadly, that was the last we saw Gabe, and Rachel’s final episode wasn’t far behind. I was sad to see them go.

There’s been some talk among Hearties that Gabe should come back to Hope Valley, as a Mountie no less, and maybe Rachel would show up with him as the wife. Gabe could be one of the Mounties that got “issued” a wife. Or, he could come back, and Rachel could suddenly appear as if she’d been there all along, and their love story could spark back up. I wouldn’t mind in the least seeing that happen. But after so much time has passed, I don’t see them revisiting them. But if they were going to bring them back, what a treat! I don’t know a single Heartie that wouldn’t be squealing. 😊 I hope you’ve had as much fun walking down memory lane as I did revisiting the episodes to write this. And we’ll be taking many more strolls down that lane before too long. Wink, wink! This is Hooked Heartie, signing off. May your heart let your hope blossom.


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