Coming to DVD this Tuesday from SHOUT! Factory is the next wonderful installment of characters we have come to love as “When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Hero” comes home.
Hope Valley is filled with happenings as the news of Pastor Frank’s (Mark Humphrey) story spread. Now Jack (Daniel Lissing) works with Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) to find the Garrison gang who are threatening the townsfolk. Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) is busy working with her students on a spelling contest but is concerned when Cody (Carter Evancic) begins to act out.
The young man is upset because Abigail (Lori Loughlin) has decided to spend time with Pastor Frank and get to know him better. Leland Coulter (Kavan Smith) has an accident at the mill and Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) won’t leave his side until he can walk. That also won’t stop her from planning a dance for the school children that gives Leland a moment to work on his business. The doctor can’t get in and sends a familiar face, Faith Carter (Andrea Brooks), the nurse Jack met in Hamilton.
Mayor Gowen (Martin Cummins) isn’t about to miss out on the action when Jack discovers he has been raising the rent on those who can afford it the least. Jack is keeping his eye on Abigail’s relationship with Frank and also takes more interest in the cafe.
Once again Krakow as Elizabeth gives us everything we have come to expect of of the character Elizabeth. She is charming, endearing and continuing to find out where she fits in Hope Valley. Lissing as Jack is a perfect match for Krakow’s Elizabeth. Every time these two have a minute of falling out you can hear hearts breaking everywhere. Yes, there is a betting pool as to how soon these two will FINALLY tie the knot. When it happens it is going to be a huge affair and have everyone in Hope Valley dressed in their finest.
Loughlin as Abigail is the center of this town not only with the cafe but her ability to bring people together, and that includes the little boy Cody who has come to see Abigail as his family. Wagner as Bill has a score to settle with the Garrison gang but me thinks it also has something to do with Abigail. Humphrey as Pastor Frank is charming his way into Abigail’s heart but she is a little hesitant after her problems with Bill.
Smith as Leland has more problems than just a bad foot when Bill brings to his attention that the accident might not have really been an accident. Hutton as Rosemary is more than a little goofy and is the comic relief of the town. Always ready for a challenge, taking care of Leland and setting up a dance is right up her alley. I love Hutton’s portrayal of this character.
Cummins as Gowen is still the scraggly old scrooge he always has been. Every time I think he’s maybe got a little bit of a heart — he reminds me plainly that he doesn’t. Cummins plays this character to a hilt and not liking him means this actor is doing his job extremely well.
Other cast include: Gracyn Shinyei as Emily Montgomery, Loretta Walsh as Florence Blakeley, Erica Carroll as Dottie Ramsey and Johannah Newmarch as Molly Sullivan.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “When Calls the Heart: Heart of a Hero” four tubs of popcorn out of five. Once again there isn’t anything not to like about this series. The series embraces many of the values we all hold precious such as love, family, friendship, community, faith and caring about one another.
What I really have come to love about this series is not only the characters that distinguish themselves equally but the costuming, sets and feel of everything that Hope Valley represents on film.
“When Calls the Heart” is executive produced by Michael Landon, Jr., and airs on The Hallmark Channel.
In the end — Hope Valley brings out the best in a hero!