When Calls The Heart

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When Calls the Heart
Season Premiere airs Saturday 4/25
Hallmark Channel
8/7c
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ABOUT THE SERIES
The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West. “When Calls the Heart” tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing) who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a turn of the century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

MY THOUGHTS
We don’t own a TV by choice, so when we do streaming shows online from their network website, we are pretty picky. I will have to say that if we did have a TV and cable, we would definitely watch When Calls The Heart. From what I know, after season 1 started, there was a surprising following from tons of fans. I am not shocked by this because the story really draws you in! It did take me a few minutes to figure out the story since I didn’t watch season 1, but after that, the characters were great and the story is enthralling. There is humor, there is romance, there is drama…it has a little bit of everything. It took me right back to Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman since it takes place during frontier times in the rural west, and the main character Elizabeth Thatcher also comes from an affluent family that lived in the city. The season starts out with the trial of the coal mining company that had caused the death of the miners in town. There are some shady characters who try to bring the town down, but you’ll have to watch to find out if justice is served. Apparently, there are a few new characters this season, and a love story evolving. If you are the winner of the DVD set, please let me borrow it so I can watch season 1. And if I find the time, I will try to catch the new episodes on itunes or Amazon or whatever people stream things from. :p

GIVEAWAY
One lucky reader will receive 1 set of When Calls The Heart Season 1 on DVD ($60 value!!) from Word Films. Giveaway ends Friday, May 2nd. (Giveaway open to US  and Canada residents ONLY. If you have been a winner of one of our giveaways in the last 30 days, you are not eligible for this giveaway.)

For your chance to win, leave a comment below with anything related to Hallmark or TV shows or coal mining or just say “Howdy!” For extra entries, tweet about the series or leave a comment on any post on our family blog Keeping Up with the Moys. Leave separate comments to each extra entry with link to entry if possible.

– Joyce

Other reviews of When Calls The Heart:
Common Sense Media
imdb.com

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Hallmark Channel
Airs Sundays, 8/7c
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ABOUT SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED
As many of you know, we don’t own a TV. Shocking, I know! But with technology and social media and all that Internet good stuff, we are able to still stay up-to-date with at least a few shows that are streaming online. I remember Sunday evenings when the Hallmark movies would air, and we would watch after dinner, usually with tissues in hand. I’m all for a feel-good show. The Hallmark Channel offers just that!

There is a new original series on the Hallmark Channel called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” It is about four postal detectives who track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. The team includes the group’s leader, Oliver O’Toole, who is a man of faith; new member, Shane McInerney, who is a technophile that add 21st century technology to the mix of old school; free-spirited Rita Haywith who is the “girl next door” with a photographic memory; and a master researcher Norman Dorman. You find yourself relating to these characters in some way, and there is a draw to help them solve their mystery of finding who the certain piece of mail was supposed to delivered to.

The episode we previewed is about a special couple with Down Syndrome who overcome challenges through finding out what the Scriptures have to say about the meaning of marriage. A letter which was written back in high school was supposed to be sent 10 years after graduation to a “future self” to see how things are going. Through tricky circumstances, the couple learn a few things, and even inspire the postal workers to think about the relationships around them. Despite obstacles, the conversations are wholesome and respectful, which I think is lacking in much of media today’s culture.

I also wanted to share that The American Bible Society has a Bible study to go with the series. You can sign up here: http://www.americanbible.org/features/signed-sealed-delivered. It is a seven-day Bible reading experience to dig deeper into the meaningful biblical themes revealed in each episode of Signed, Sealed, Delivered. It is free and only available for a limited time.

– Joyce

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