When Calls the Heart: A Show for the Entire Family

Recently, I came across a Hallmark series called “When Calls the Heart.” I had previously heard great things about it from my best friend and decided to finally watch it. It’s safe to say that within the first 15 minutes I was hooked.

The story takes place in the early 1900’s in a small town called Coal Valley, later renamed Hope Valley. It centers around a young school teacher, Elizabeth Thatcher, who moves from a big city in the East to this small town in the West. Coming from an elite, rich family the adjustment to her new lifestyle takes her some getting used to. However, Elizabeth is determined to prove to her family and to herself that she is capable of achieving anything she puts her mind to.


When she arrives to Coal Valley, she finds the town recovering from a tragic accident in the coal mine that killed 46 men. The widows are enduring the hardships of loss, as well as trying to figure out how to move on, provide for their children, and keep the town alive. Witnessing the situation the town is in, Elizabeth is even more determined to make a difference in the lives of the children by being their friend and mentor, while providing them an education.

Elizabeth quickly becomes good friends with Abigail Stanton, a widow who lost not only her husband but also her son in the accident. She stays with Abigail in her home and comes to witness how these women support one another in every aspect of their lives. Right from the start, it’s clear that Abigail is the glue that keeps the town together and in my opinion is the heart and soul of Hope Valley. Elizabeth also catches the eye of the towns Mountie, Constable Jack Thornton. At first the two don’t exactly see eye to eye, but as their relationship progresses so do their feelings for one another.

This is truly a beautiful story about community, love, faith, and perseverance. The community of Hope Valley is one-of-a-kind. They face hardships and hurdles, but are able to overcome each of them with the support they receive from one another. The friendship between Elizabeth and Abigail is an excellent example of two strong, independent women who aren’t afraid to speak their mind in order to accomplish their goals. In my eyes, the relationship between Jack and Elizabeth is one of true love. They may have their disagreements, but they’re able to work through them together. Though they come from two different backgrounds, their feelings for one another are stronger than the two social worlds that try to tear them apart. This show also has messages of faith and of God, which is something we all need more of in our lives.


There is no other television show that truly brings the whole family together to watch it. Whether you’re 5 or 95 there is something for everyone. The writers of this show do a great job of creating compelling storylines and character arcs that anyone can relate to. The incredible actors bring this story to life, and their friendship on and off-screen is incredible. If you’re looking for something that will put a smile on your face and fill you with love and happiness, do yourself a favor and start watching When Calls the Heart. The first two seasons are on Netflix, which will also release season 3 on February 19th when season 4 premieres on the Hallmark channel.

If you’re already a heartie, then make sure to follow my blog to keep up with my recaps I’ll be posting after each episode during season 4!

*All pictures belong to the Hallmark Channel and Crown Media

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