Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Factory is the next installment of what has become a series favorite of fans everywhere with The Hallmark Channel’s “When Calls the Heart: Troubled Hearts.”
Life is finding its beat again in Hope Valley as school teacher Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow) and Mountie Jack (Daniel Lissing) have finally admitted their feelings for one another. Elizabeth decides that it’s time to put down roots and makes arrangements to move from the Hotel to her own rowhouse.
Jack is thrilled that they might finally be able to share alone time without the well meaning interruptions of their friends. Rosemary (Pascale Hutton) is also putting together a life for herself and love Leland Coulter (Kavan Smith). When she discovers that there might be financial problems for Leland, Rosemary makes it her priority to help in being a part of his life.
Abigail (Lori Loughlin) is continuing to take care of the boy Cory (Carter Evancic) while his sister mends at Union Hospital. If that wasn’t keeping her busy enough, Mayor Gowen (Martin Cummins) has decided to sell his share in the cafe to a man who wants to take over and that catches the eye of Bill Avery (Jack Wagner). Abigail has also learned the truth about Pastor Hogan (Mark Humphrey) and must decide what is best for the town.
Even all of this doesn’t compare to the seriousness of a gang of robbers who are threatening one of Hope Valley’s own and putting others in danger!
Krakow as Elizabeth has come into her own. Wanting to make Hope Valley her permanent home it is good to see her take the initiative. Trying to prove this is the right move and show Jack she is able to be a teacher and a home maker. Krakow is such a delight! Lissing as Jack has seriously won the hearts of all the female fans of the show. He is dashing and daring as the town Mountie who makes it his business to know what is happening and who to keep and eye on. He is also handy, level headed and trustworthy and the people of Hope Valley trust that. Lissing makes it all look so easy!
Loughlin as Abigail finally resolves the relationship with Bill and turns her attention to Pastor Hogan knowing it is time to discover what has him so rattled. She is also caring for Cory who is acting out and having a difficult time adjusting to family life. Finally, Loughlin brings it all together with her charming smile and believability.
Hutton as Rosemary is silly, charming, and hilarious. She is the comic relief but at the same time wants to be taken seriously regarding her relationships and her advise. I just love Hutton’s portrayal because this character truly does have a big heart. I have to say I was thrilled when Smith as Leland and Rosemary got together. They are such a great balance for each other.
Wagner as Bill is back and although no longer a law man, has made Hope Valley his home. Mending fences with soon-to-be ex-wife Nora (Kristin Wagner), Bill sees a light at the end of a tough tunnel. Cummins as Mayor Gowen is still as grumpy and greedy as ever yet has a soft spot for Nora.
Humphrey as Pastor Hogan has a secret and it is one that puts a strain on the friendship with Abigail. Deciding how to handle it, the Pastor tries to leave Hope Valley. Humphrey gives Pastor Hogan a gentleness and a feeling of atonement that is exactly what we have all come to love about this town. Evancic as Cory it a little boy who doesn’t know how to trust people so that he can settle into a good life with Abigail who truly cares for the young boy.
Other cast include: Larissa Albuquerque as Katie, Aren Buchholz as Jesse, Erica Carroll as Dottie, and Genea Charpentier as Laura.
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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “When Calls the Heart: Troubled Hearts” four tubs of popcorn out of five. It is such a thrill with each DVD that I get to review because I am admitting right here and now that this series is a guilty pleasure for me. It has love, relationships, friendships, loyalty and a little bit of camp and comedy all rolled into characters that I have come to truly enjoy.
Having the setting in a small town you can easily believe that the events that happen will catch the ear of every resident. That’s what happens in a small town! The setting is quaint, the costuming is truly brilliant and lends to the era and making the series even more enjoyable.
This series was inspired by Janette Oke’s and her books “When Calls the Heart” and brought to television by Michael Landon, Jr. The series first aired in 2014 and continues to gain momentum with fans talking about the show and getting their friends and family to watch! “When Calls the Heart: Troubled Hearts” has a running time of 84 minutes and has earned the Family Approval seal.
In the end — the residents of Hope Valley are a family!