On DVD in time for the holidays from director David S. Cass Sr. and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment comes LOVE’S CHRISTMAS JOURNEY.
This film tells the story of Ellie King (Natalie Hall), a young woman who has lost her husband and daughter to a tragic accident. The only place she can now turn is to her brother Aaron Davis (Greg Vaughan), sheriff of the town. Davis is also a widower with two children Christopher (Ryan Wynott) and Annabelle (Jada Facer).
Ellie finds comfort in being with her niece and nephew, especially with the Christmas season approaching. Meeting new neighbors with the towns’ shopkeeper Ms. Thompson (JoBeth Williams) and Deputy Sherrif Strode (Dylan Bruce). There is also something peculiar with the secretive Alex Weaver (Charles Shaughnessy) and a mysterious fire.
When Sheriff Davis goes out of town to purchase land, he doesn’t return home. Ellie springs into action with determination not to let anything happen to her remaining family. Now caught between Weaver’s actions and finding her brother, she enlists the help of Deputy Strode.
With Christmas near, a miracle is what it will take to bring them all together again.
FINAL WORD: Hall is very strong as Ellie. As a woman who loses her own family, she turns to a family that truly needs her. It takes time and trust but Hall turns in a solid performance. Vaughan as Davis definitely has the role of Sheriff down and is relieved when Ellie comes to help his family.
Bruce as Deputy Strode is sweet and smart which is a very good combination when it comes to his feelings for Ellie. Wynott and Facer as the Davis children face struggles of there own but are embraced by family to know they are not alone.
Williams as Ms. Thompson is always a pleasure to see. Taking Ellie under her wing as it were is well done. Shaughnessy is a surprise here with his harsh attitude and devious ways. Having never seen him in this kind of role I was surprised and pleasantly so.
Other cast include: Dylan Bruce as Michael, Bobby Campo as Erik Johnson, Amanda Foreman as Adrienne, Annika Noelle as Suzanna Wayne, Dannika Liddell as Jessica, Chad Michael Collins as Owen, Stephen Bridgewater as Mr. Cunningham, Ernest Borgnine as Nicholas, and Sean Astin as Mayor Wayne.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give LOVE’S CHRISTMAS JOURNEY three tubs of popcorn out of five. It is a very inspirational film based on equally inspirational books. The film reaches into the strengths of each character and binds them all together as families did in those times. It is also a lesson for today’s families to watch together and truly enjoy.
Janette Oke is a Canadian author who has brought 75 books to audiences. Her first novel “Love Comes Softly” was published in 1979 by Bethany House. She has received several awards including the President’s Aware from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and the CBS Life Impact Award, The Gold Medallion Award for fiction and is family approved by Dove.org.
In the end – they come together in faith and love!