When Calls the Heart—Close to My Heart brings season 5 to a close in a heart-wrenching and dramatic way. This beloved TV series pulls on the heart strings. Tragic news reaches Elizabeth about her beloved Mountie, Jack (Daniel Lissing), and her loving Hope Valley family rallies around her. Former mayor Henry Gowen (Martin Cummins) is given a chance to redeem himself from his recent jail time to show that he is now a man of integrity. But will he pass the test? Elizabeth continues to show her value by tutoring a new student.
The characters of Hope Valley, the strong, independent, and loving Abigail (Lori Loughlin), the caring and passionate Elizabeth (Erin Krakow), and the crusty but concerned Bill Avery (Jack Wagner) are all outstanding characters, as are the two pillars in the community, Lee Coulter (Kavan Smith) and his wife Rosemary (Pascale Hutton). The dramatic stories, based on Janette Oke’s books, are well executed in the series.
The Dove Take
This is a strong faith and values series. The previous episode dealt with death and a grief-stricken wife who goes through shock, anger, mourning, and the whole range of emotions in grieving. Parents should watch with their children. That said, this is a wholesome series that offers hope in facing life’s challenges, and we are awarding it our Dove-Approved All Ages Seal with a word of caution about the theme of death in the final episode.