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Love Comes Softly~Love Series
This is the first movie of a series from the “Love Comes Softly Series” by the Best Selling Author Janette Oke.
Mrs. Oke did not have time to write until after her four children became teenagers. Her family came first before her love of writing.
One of My All Time Favorite Series
Her first book was published in 1979---titled “Love Come Softly.” If you would like to learn more about Janette Oke search in Google; and you will be glad you visited, because she is an amazing woman.
I know you will love the Love Comes Softly series as much as I do.
This movie was made in 2003 for TV and directed by Michael Landon, Jr. who is also a co-executive producer.
I am sure most viewers remember his father, Michael Landon who played “Little Joe” on Bonanza.
Their story begins in 1800's
This story begins in 1800’s when Marty Claridge (Katherine Heigl) and Aaron Claridge (Oliver Macready) leave their home in the East and join a wagon train.
The young couple started their journey with optimistic hopes and romantic dreams for their future.
They talked constantly on the trip about the home they would build on the land that was waiting for them. And they both envisaged who the children would favor.
They had traveled in the wagon train for almost a year; both Marty and Aaron felt tired and weary.
And, patience arose in short commodities, because every spot on their bodies ached and longed for a cool river bath.
One day, Ben Graham (Corbin Bernsen) a leader of the wagon train stopped the Claridge’s wagon and gave them directions to their land.
After leaving the wagon train, Marty and Aaron started out looking for their dream to be fulfilled.
Aaron was following the directions he thought that Mr.Graham had given them. After they rode longer than Marty thought they should, she became irritable and made Aaron stop the wagon.
He called to her to get back to get in the wagon, and she said he was going the wrong way. The directions showed going northwest and he was going north.
And, after they exchanged a few disagreeable words while they were walking and suddenly they both stopped, because before them was their land with a stream running behind it.
It was breathtakingly beautiful so picturesque, they had found their dream, and then they kissed from the joy of it all and because they loved each other.
Aaron and Marty Spent the Night in the Wagon
They spent the night in their wagon and in the early dawn Aaron woke Marty up to tell her one of the horses was missing, and he was going to look for it. She wanted to go but he said no stay here and make me some pancakes.
Marty had finished the pancakes, and still no Aaron, so she began washing their clothes, and while she washed the clothes in the creek she heard Aaron call her name she stood up and smiled. But Aaron was not there, and so she finished washing the clothes with a worried look on her face.
Much later she is reading a book when in a distance she sees Ben Graham riding towards her. Ben has brought her Aaron home to her rolled in a blanket dead. He had fallen off his horse and broken his neck.
Marty could not say anything instead of replying she runs and climbs into the wagon and cries. Ben said through the back wagon tarpaulin the preacher is leaving tomorrow, but I will bring him in the morning for the funeral. Marty sits in her wagon all night rocking and saying we will be alright, we will be alright.
No one comes until the next morning Sarah Graham (Teresa Russell) Ben’s wife walks to the back of the wagon and tells Marty it is time for the funeral. Then Marty tells her she cannot do it. Sarah looks at her gently and says you have to Marty.
After the funeral Marty is sitting by Aaron’s grave and it starts to rain. However, she did not seem to notice the rain, but she did look up when Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff) said he had a proposition for her, a marriage of convenience, and he apologized for rushing her, but the preacher was leaving today. He told her he needed a mother for his Missy (Skye McCole Bartasick) and she needed a place to live, and if she would do this, and if she want to go home come next spring he would pay her way.
In 1800’s a marriage of convenience was common for widows who had young children to raise. Times were hard as most families lived on a farm, and everyone had chores to do. But their faith carried them through even as two families through marriage became one.
Step-mothers and step-daughters learned to work together as well as step-fathers and step-sons and their respect grew into love. Affection in some marriages of convenience happens gently; making it a quiet surprise sometimes.
I will stop here, because I do not want to spoil the rest of this wonderful movie for you. I have the entire set. And I waited each year from 2003 through 2009 to buy each DVD when it was available. So it took me six years of being patient which I am not---I am only patient with children and animals.
Love’s Enduring Promise---My Movie Review
Second Movie in the Series of “Love Comes Softly” was made in 2004.
Marty Davis (Katherine Heigl) and Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff) is a couple who married out of inevitability and whose feelings mature into true love.
Marty and Clark now have two sons, Aaron Davis (Kesun Loder), Arnie Davis (Logan Arens) and their daughter Missie Davis (January Jones).
This movie opens with Marty and Clark sharing a quiet moment lying in the grass talking. She thanks him for her wonderful life and he said he would never leave her.
Marty looked at him and said promise. Clark said when two people who love each other and marry then they shall become one, and then he kissed her.
Clark and Marty are struggling so hard to keep their farm going to show a profit, as they fight against the environment to keep their farm producing so they will have a great harvest.
Missie has grown into a beautiful young 19 year old lady and is teaching school. She has one wealthy man Grant Thomas (Mackenzie Astin) who wants to marry her and take her away from her hard labor of life.
And then she has another man who has loved Missie since they were children together. He left the area after a tragedy happen in his family at the age of 13.
However, he came back into her life as a grown man who is now a stranger to her. But will he stay a stranger? He now goes by the name of Nate (Logan Bartholomew).
Nate helped the Davis Family after Clark had an accident and could not plant his crop. He even saved Clark’s life by cleaning his infected injured leg and medicated it. He was a blessing to the family in more ways than one.
Who will Missie fall in love with and marry? You will know when you watch Love’s Enduring Promise. Could Nate be thinking of a marriage proposal?
Why did Nate look so sad at times when he thought no one was looking? Was his great sadness because he lost his brother?
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