THE PLOT THUS FAR
Directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this fourth installment in Janette Oke’s beloved “Love Comes Softly” series is now a satisfying, heartwarming feature. Following a treacherous journey West, Missie and her husband have set up a homestead where they’ve begun to raise a family. And now that a railroad line connects the states, Missie’s father is able to visit. But when the joyful reunion is interrupted by tragedy, the faith and love of this family is once again challenged in a story you and your family will never forget.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Missie and Willie LaHaye have settled on a ranch, along with children and a small household of help. Willie takes care of their dwindling herd. Missie teaches at the local one-room school. Life seems to be fine and dandy.
Soon, Missie’s father, Clark, comes into town to visit his daughter. It’s a joyful reunion. However, the next morning, the LaHayes discover that their baby died in her sleep overnight. Distraught with grief, Missie declares that she has resigned from teaching. With less income to support the ranch, Willie applies to be the town’s sheriff.
The mayor, Mr. Doros, is a greedy and dishonest man. He sends Willie on assignments to evict people from their homes. Talk about awkward moments. These people are friends of the LaHayes. Meanwhile, the mayor’s daughter, Collette, has struck up a fancy to Willie’s adopted son, Jeff. It’s an innocent friendship that soon blossom into a young simply romance.
Oke purists are likely to be highly disappointed with this film as it deviates extensively from the plot of the book. The population who has come to enjoy these Hallmark Classic DVDs also may not mind the less than cinematically thrilling cinematography, soundtrack, and visual effect of the film. From the editing to the scope of the screen, the film seems designed for showing on tv with commercials. It has sort of the opposite look of a theatrical film that’s been cut to be shown as an in-flight movie. The story is set in the late 1800s in the wild west. Willie (Logan Bartholomew) and Missie (Erin Cottrell) LaHaye are living in a small home on a ranch they own and run.
The DVD comes with no special features. But, you get lovely A/V Quality on par with the rest of the series. FOX has recently re-released all of the installments in a lovely Love Come Softly Complete Series Collection. I couldn’t think of a better time for such a release, then during the Holiday. I wholeheartedly recommend picking it up for the spiritually minded in your family.
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