This Tuesday from SHOUT! Factory, based on the novel by Candian author Janette Oke, comes the next tale to be told with “When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart.”

Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) has left the big city and her family to find life in the smaller community of Cole Valley. Taking the position as school teacher, she found the solace she was looking for. What she didn’t expect to find was Mountie Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing)!

She isn’t away from home long when she receives a telegram that her mother is ill. Knowing she must return to her hometown of Hamilton, Jack is pleased to escort her. He is surprised to find that Elizabeth comes from a prominent family.

Quickly enough, her father William attempts to drive a wedge between the couple by bringing in a former suitor of Elizabeth’s to hopefully make her stay in Hamilton for good. Jack also has his hands full when his younger brother brings trouble for the Mountie.

In Cole Valley, the town is still dealing with the tragedy of an accident and the repercussions. That isn’t stopping Abigail Stanton (Lori Loughlin) from fighting for what is right and holding the wrong-doers responsible. Abigail also learns of a secret that might take away her happiness.

It is time for everyone to heal!

Krakow as Elizabeth is definitely a fiery character! Knowing what she wants for her life, she doesn’t have a problem standing up for it. Being a young lady in that era didn’t make speaking one’s mind easy either. Talking about matters of the heart was even more problematic. Krakow wears her costuming well which just adds more to her character.

Lissing as Mountie Thornton is handsome, sweet and pretty much every girls dream come true. His manners and treatment of Elizabeth are not only respectful, but done with love. Lissing gives his character so much depth because of those truly honorable traits. Plus, what gal doesn’t love a guy in uniform!

Loughlin as Abigail gives such a strong performance as a woman who will do what is necessary to call attention to an injustice done not just to her family, but to the town of Cole Valley. The relationship Loughlin’s character has with Jack Wagner is filled with humor, but also the problems that arise when a secret is revealed.

“When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart” is executive produced by Michael Landon Jr. and the series “When Calls The Heart” returns for Season Two on The Hallmark Channel.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart” four tubs of popcorn out of five. This story is simplistic in its values, which is a wonderful thing. The tale of a town in the wild frontier, the series itself is filled with romance, friendships, family and the loyalty this town has toward each other.

“Trials of the Heart” continues this tradition of storytelling, which is fantastic for families to enjoy and the truly challenging work of portraying a time gone by. I have to say I am a big fan, and the show truly does embrace the story with the town and beautiful costuming.

When looking for good programming, “When Calls the Heart: Trials of the Heart” is perfect for families to watch together with a little something for everyone.

In the end — this is a story about love frontier style!



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