In this particular episode in this series of When Calls the Heart films based on the novel by the same name, it feels as though the continuing saga is reaching a crescendo as we witness the final moments leading up to Elizabeth (Krakow) and Jack’s (Lissing) wedding. Some of the incidents that occur took me by surprise, as being caught up in the lives and relationships of these characters alone is so easy. Indeed, the last thing one expects is that tragedy will strike the day before the wedding as everyone is working so hard to make this dream come true, but a fire and hope for a new home leaves everyone surprised and dejected—most of all, Elizabeth and Jack, though not for long. It is engaging and true to character to see key figures in the town step up to do what they can to support this endearing couple and make right what has gone wrong.
Mayor Abigail (Loughlin) is, as always, in charge in a loving and sacrificial manner as she wields her power to get things accomplished. She understands what individuals are made of, and she inspires them to be all they can be, as does Elizabeth, who is devoted to the children of this community. When a young student is diagnosed with a dangerous physical ailment, Elizabeth steps in and takes action.
Likewise, Pascale Hutton (Rosie) is a strong actress who has to exhibit some peculiar personality traits that could make her character almost annoying, but she, instead, plays Rosie as strong-willed and strong-minded, yet endearing, and with an irresistible presence. It is enchanting in this episode to see her husband realize, with newlyweds among them, that she longs for expressions of affection for herself. He readily recognizes his neglect and steps up, embracing his role as a loving partner to meet Rosie’s need. Their dynamics are fun to watch as they exhibit grace for one another through humor and respect. The constant conversation among many of the adults about the value of family and of marriage in particular characterizes most films of this genre, and When Calls the Heart is no exception. There is an ongoing and strong portrayal therein of peace, joy, and a connection to be found in the loving union of marriage, like nowhere else.
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This film is a true testament to the power of community to transcend all odds.