When Calls the Heart: A Telling Silence
Feeling sorry for 8-year-old mute Rosaleen Sullivan, teacher Elizabeth Thatcher reaches out to the little girl as they share lunch. But when Elizabeth is called away and then returns, Rosaleen is missing! Meanwhile, constable Jack Thornton discovers evidence that Cat Montgomery may have been involved in a suspicious church fire. Could the two cases be related?
“When Calls the Heart” is a terrific TV series which features excellent acting, superb writing and a wonderful setting, the small mining town of Coal Valley. In episode three, “A Telling Silence” a young girl has not spoken since her father died in the mine tragedy. Elizabeth is determined to learn why and to help her. The girl also seems frightened every time a certain man drives by and Elizabeth tries to piece together why his presence would trouble her. On top of this, it is learned that the church fire might not have been accidental. Added to these troubles is the pastor’s frustration over his congregation attending an outdoor service with a local widow teaching Sunday School. He learns that the fact his salary is paid by the mine is a big factor in the people’s lack of trust toward him. This episode features a diary entry from Elizabeth which states, “The light of love restores every lost voice.”
In episode four, “Secrets and Lies”,a local widow becomes a suspect in the church fire incident and Jack finds himself in the middle of an unpopular investigation. A boy who looked up to him as a hero becomes angry with Jack as he continues to perform his duties and to investigate. A student has a crush on Miss Thatcher and the Pastor apologizes for disappointing the people and their acceptance is more than he could have hoped for.
This wonderful show features themes of loyalty and friendship and people helping one another in time of need. It is happily awarded our Dove Seal for all ages.