Tuesday, June 23, 2015

When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart (DVD Review)

Another movie in the "When Calls the Heart" series, which is inspired by the Janette Oke novel of the same title!  I received a copy of this DVD, at no cost to me, for review purposes.

From the back cover:
From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy) and Lori Laughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart, "a beautiful story with roots in relationships, self-empowerment, and the enduring power of love" (Common Sense Media). 
Elizabeth Thatcher (Krakow) is an independent, strong-willed teacher who has foregone the life of the big city and found a job, a home – and romance with a handsome Mountie named Jack – in the small frontier town of Coal Valley. But when she learns that her mother has taken ill, she returns to Hamilton, her hometown, with Jack as her escort. 
Once in the comparably opulent Hamilton, Elizabeth and Jack are confounded by Jack's ne'er-do-well brother and Elizabeth's former suitor, Charles Kensington. But it is Elizabeth's father, William, who drives a wedge between them when he suggests to Jack that Charles would be a better match for his well-bred daughter.
Last summer I reviewed "When Calls the Heart:  Lost & Found."  I enjoyed that movie, and I enjoyed this new one as well.

In "Lost & Found," Elizabeth left her wealthy family to become a teacher in a small frontier town.  She became part of the community and met a Mountie named Jack.  "Trials of the Heart" picks up with Elizabeth receiving word that her mother is ill.  She wants to return to her hometown, and Jack insists on accompanying her.  This spurs a sequence of dramatic events as they interact with their family members, friends, and acquaintances.

Meanwhile, remember the coal mine explosion ("Lost & Found") that killed many of the men in town?  The widows are suing the company for neglecting safety issues, which they say resulted in the deaths of their husbands.  Another sequence of dramatic events centers on the trial and its outcome.

Like the previous film, "Trials of the Heart" features strong female characters, which I like.  The strongest theme is perseverance even when circumstances look grim.  Interspersed with the drama are moments of romance and lighthearted fun, so it's not a heavy drama.  It's very sweet and family-friendly.

"Trials of the Heart" ends with a cliffhanger, and I'm already looking forward to what happens in the next one!

As with the previous DVD, I recommend this movie for women and girls.  My husband and son weren't interested in it, because it's more about relationships than adventure.  I get that, so I didn't try to persuade them.

For more information, visit the official website for "When Calls the Heart" (includes the movie trailer)

1 comment :

  1. Glad you enjoyed it.
    We don't get to watch many movies these days. I would sneak and watch from time to time when Broxton was in school, but summer means more play time and kids movies :)

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