“When Calls the Heart” is the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Drayton), a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom post in a prairie town in the Western Frontier lead by headstrong coal-miner widows Abigail (Loughlin) and Frances (Smart). She is determined to prove to her family that she is brave enough to live on her own, but struggles with her own fears and doubts. When she discovers her late Aunt Elizabeth’s (Grace) secret diary, Elizabeth learns she was a pioneer woman herself, a teacher in the frontier who struggled with prairie life and fell in love with a Royal Canadian Mountie (Amell). Inspired by her aunt’s hopeful words and unfaltering determination, Elizabeth decides to embark on her own adventure, using the diary as her guide and family friend Edward, another Mountie (Sharman), as her support.
In this adventure as in most stories of the American frontier the viewer is taken back to the time of stage coach travels but the setting in this film is that of western Canada. Our heroine is a debutante lady of the upper class and when she turns down the advances of the man that places the teachers, she finds herself being directed to the a small town out west. With the help from a diary that belonged to her aunt, Elizabeth attempts to walk in the footsteps of her name sake.This film has all the elements of the western tales that a lot of the older generation grew up with. Filled with adventure, romance, comedy, and drama, this movie follows the story of two young women and their travels to the old western part of the country. They aspire to fulfill their passion to educate children. Through it all the film shows how times have changed and how this adventure changed them and how their faith took them forward.
There are some lessons that are taught in this film–for example that being in God’s will for your life makes us strong to endure what is in store for us. Plus the movie makes the point you should treat others with respect. We are proud to award “When Calls the Heart” the Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for all ages.