SHOUT! Factory brings the next installment of this fantastic series to DVD for fans everywhere with “When Calls the Heart: Heart and Home.”
Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) has hardly been back in Hope Valley before she and Jack (Daniel Lissing) must return to Hamilton. Sister Julie (Charlotte Hegele) has shown her wilder side when a car accident happens with Jack’s brother Tom taking the blame.
That doesn’t mean life in Hope Valley has stopped as Abigail (Lori Loughlin) attempts to come to terms with her feelings for Bill Avery (Jack Wagner). Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) hasn’t given up on her idea of a town theatre and offers to help direct the school play while Elizabeth is away.
Lee Coulter (Kavan Smith) attempts to make his feelings towards Rosemary known while also dealing with Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins) who seems determined to break up what little stake he has left in Hope Valley.
Elizabeth and Jack try to help their respective siblings deal with the wrath of the Thatcher family who don’t support either couples relationship and make it clear!
Krakow as Elizabeth is a lovely character that continues to try and break away from her wealthy family and the city of Hamilton. Finding that she can be herself away from family she also can not forget where she came from. Krakow has definitely made the role of Elizabeth her very own and I enjoy watching this character when Hope Valley is the setting. This character changes in Hamilton becoming a little less open minded and more tightly wound. The setting also sways the relationship between Elizabeth and Jack.
Lissing as Jack is a man who tries to do right by his brother but Tom is certainly pushing the boundaries. This Mountie is a man of integrity to be sure who knows who he is and takes pride in it. Elizabeth’s father attempts to challenge all that Jack holds dear but there is a line that this character isn’t willing to cross – for no one.
Loughlin as Abigail seems to have come to terms with Bill but something tells me there is more to come. In the meantime she has struck up a friendship with the new town pastor and keeps busy at the Café. Wagner as Bill is dealing with his own turmoil as his wife continues to insist that their marriage is strong and all I can think is wow, this woman has issues!
Hutton as Rosemary is still as quirky and delightful as ever taking on the schoolhouse of children and the role of director of the school play. She is just hilarious! Smith as Lee is a man totally infatuated by Rosemary’s high spiritedness and will need it to get the one up on Gowen.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “When Calls the Heart: Heart and Home” four tubs of popcorn out of five. I really do enjoy each episode that comes my way waiting to discover if Elizabeth and Jack work past their issues, will Rosemary marry Lee, will Gowen find another way to take the town and finally, is Abigail truly over Bill? Oh yes, I have lots of questions!
I love the settings in both Hope Valley and Hamilton although admittedly I’m partial to Hope Valley. There is something very soothing and family oriented about the setting which is probably why this series is a hit with television viewers.
The characters are complex yet simple, filled with all the values of love, family, community and friendship. The series is also filled with humor and a bit of silliness yet I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jannette Oke’s is the author of the books Canadian West Series which chronicles the lives of the characters in “When Calls the Heart.” The television series executive producer is Michael Landon, Jr., who has taken up the family mantle of bringing good family programming to fans.