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Monday, May 10, 2021

My thoughts on the "When Calls the Heart" Season 8 finale…

When Calls the Heart Season 8 finale…


Part of me is still somewhat in shock over the outcome of Season 8 – with Elizabeth ultimately choosing Lucas; however, I still had the sneaking suspicion, prior to the finale, I would be disappointed by When Calls the Heart once again, as I was at the end of season 5 – after Jack’s passing.

You see, I’ve been Team Nathan since day one - he is the Mountie, after all, who deeply cares for Elizabeth and very importantly, also little Jack. I’ve hardly seen Lucas take any interest there. The books the When Calls the Heart series is “loosely” based upon by Janette Oke – is a romantic, epic love story between the teacher and the Mountie. It’s about Elizabeth deciding against the lavish lifestyle she left behind and choosing instead, a more rugged life of hard work and service alongside her husband. To think Janette Oke’s books are filled with religious inspiration and character’s dedicated to doing God’s work – makes it a mockery for Elizabeth to choose a saloon owner, of all professions, especially in that time period.

Many of you who have been Hallmark movie fans for years, like myself, will also recall the way the Love Comes Softly series of movies was handled – which also did not follow the Janette Oke books. Remembering this was a red flag for me, that they may not stay loyal to Janette Oke’s original stories here, as well, even with this main, important theme.


Elizabeth’s character overall (unless she was teaching), in my opinion, was most unlikeable this entire season. Several times it was mentioned she didn’t feel quite like herself, or even a dress she chose – wasn’t even Elizabeth. I thought that was indicative of the influence Lucas had over her, which made her act or behave in a way that was not natural to her. She couldn’t just be herself. And don’t get me started on the riff between Elizabeth and Rosemary. That was the second worst story of the season, in my humble opinion, and why did they make up? It seems Elizabeth woke up one day and felt torn between these two men and desperately needed Rosemary’s advice. All of the sudden she selfishly needed her best friend back – thus facilitating the apology and friendship mending. While I was happy they were friends again, it seemed as if it was for self-serving reasons on Elizabeth’s part.

Elizabeth and Lucas and Nathan:

Watching the love story of Elizabeth and Lucas play out at the end of this finale episode, for me, was rather dull. After seeing a lot of responses on social media, I’m seeing I am not alone here. There are many, numerous fans disappointed in the decision of Elizabeth not choosing Nathan and the potential of a beautiful blended family. Throughout the entire season she never really even gave Nathan a chance. It’s as if she let the fear of choosing another Mountie overcome the possibility of giving her heart the opportunity to truly fall in love.

With the way Elizabeth’s character acted so cruelly towards Nathan all season, constantly turning him away and yet, stringing him along with playful glances and gestures, I was partly relieved she didn’t choose him, after all. Elizabeth truly did not deserve his love. She deserves Lucas. The writers/producers didn’t want Nathan, as a Mountie, to be a replacement for Jack, and yet the date Lucas and Elizabeth shared in the library at the end of the finale episode, looked very much like a repeat of a date between Jack and Elizabeth with the million candles (exaggerating on number here) all around the room. This pairing just didn’t seem to fit the overall theme of When Calls the Heart. In my opinion, it seemed to degrade the rest of the series, it felt forced. If she really loved him, would it take 3 years to decide between him and another man? And why did she tell Nathan she loved him, but wasn't in love with him? Again, that seemed terribly cruel. I guess Elizabeth is more Hamilton than Hope Valley, after all.

Frankly, I hope whoever Nathan chooses, will truly love him, for him, and their love story will over-shadow this triangle mess which left season 8 with a lot of unhappy fans.

Other relationships and observations in Hope Valley:

Why in the world was Clara baking a cake and not completely falling apart when Jesse was missing? Last time he was missing on the mountain, she and Rosemary hooked up the wagon and went up there to look for him, but this time she was baking a cake for him? – Almost as if it was no big deal?

Bill and Molly were casually going for a cup of coffee. Nothing beyond that, yet. And when Fiona and Hickam are discussing business plans, Florence and Molly are looking at them from afar… Florence wonders if they could be a potential couple, but Molly nonchalantly says she can’t she it.

Dr. Carson Shepherd leaves on the stage coach? And yes, I ended that sentence with a question mark. Did he really go? Right after Clara and Lee find his engagement ring, Carson appears to set off to the big city; however, we never actually see him in the stage coach waving goodbye. Will he return next season? We’ll see. Henry also departs Hope Valley - with a glance towards Abigail’s sign and a farewell to Hickam, who is taking over his oil business, along with Lucas and Fiona. I’m hoping Henry will return one day with Abigail. Also, did Lucas sell the saloon? I’m wondering, since he & Elizabeth are now together, if they may want to distance his character away from that persona and focus more on his partnership in the oil business.

Rosemary and Lee:

Rosemary finds her calling! Finally. She creates a new newspaper for the town called the Valley Voice. Although, I do recall Rosemary doing something similar to this in the past on When Calls the Heart, when she wrote a gossip column – several seasons back, which stirred up all kinds of trouble. The Valley Voice may end up doing that, eventually, as well. However, it was fun to see Lee and Rosemary working in the same office – and Lee encouraging Rosemary to follow her dreams. They are still the best couple in Hope Valley.

After a conversation with Pastor Joseph, Lee also discovers his calling to run for mayor, although he’ll have some competition, along with Judge Bill Avery, Mike Hickam and Fiona Miller, who is quite the mystery – with a former fiancรฉ and friends in San Francisco, who seem to have a great deal of money.

In summation:

Even though this is just a TV show, for the last 12 weeks and 8 seasons, we’ve invested our hearts into these characters, the ups and downs, and everything in between. Except for the major love triangle and the finale episode disappointment, there have been some wonderful moments I’ve enjoyed this season with other characters. I personally loved the addition of the Canfield family, most of all, and the way they’ve powerfully displayed their love of God, by words and deeds, throughout Season 8. I especially loved when Joseph said, “God is good,” as he and Minnie were dancing at the wedding reception and the sincere way Minnie told Carson she would be praying for him. I look forward to even more inspiring moments like this. Since it is a wholesome family-friendly show, I do plan to watch Season 9 (yes, the series was renewed), but I hope they will focus more on other supporting characters in Hope Valley, besides Elizabeth, like they did with Ned and Florence (who I adored!) this season. And, I hope Nathan will ultimately have his own epic love story!

I would love to hear your thoughts, too. Please share in comments below.

Blessings, Net

As Gouda As It Gets - Starring Kim Shaw and Clayton James on BYUtv! SEE HERE:


Movie: As Gouda As It Gets

Network: BYUtv

Original Air Date: May 12, 2021 at 1pm/12c.

Starring: Kim Shaw and Clayton James

Storyline: Brie Belanger is the maรฎtre fromager and owner of Brie’s Cheese, a cute artisan cheese shop located in picturesque Vermont. Looking to boost her business presence and sales, the town’s annual Cheese Festival arrives just in time with a $50,000 first-place prize. Up against her biggest competitor, Brie’s vintage smoked gouda is considered a frontrunner-so much so that Jacob Wolfe, a former chef and influential cheese blogger, approaches about profiling her delectable creation, leading their friendship to take a turn for romance. Complications arise when Matt Lambert, the handsome and charismatic new CEO of Lambert Farms (and Brie’s largest competitor) starts to show his interest in acquiring her shop. Racing against the clock and a disastrous power failure, Brie and Jacob must recreate a prize-worthy entry if she has any hope of keeping her shop and potentially winning more than she initially hoped for.

*If you miss this showing on BYUtv, you should also be able to watch via VOD on BYU's web-site - *click here*!
*images via: Incendo Productions

๐Ÿ”Ž May 2021 Hallmark Mystery Movie Premieres - A Martha's Vineyard Mystery and Morning Show Mysteries! ๐Ÿ”Ž Get the Scoop Here:

Get ready for more sleuthing with Jesse Metcalfe, Sarah Lind, Holly Robinson Peete and mystery movie newcomer, Colin Lawrence - with two all new Mystery Movie Premieres this May on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

See all of the movie details below...


Movie: Poisoned in Paradise: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery

Premiere Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Starring: Jesse Metcalfe and Sarah Lind

Storyline via Hallmark: When a waitress seeking Jeff’s help is poisoned, he must uncover the mysterious plot she’d tried to warn him about to solve her murder. Jeff’s (Metcalfe) reputation for “unofficially” solving the island’s most dangerous crimes is growing. When Katie (Britt McKillip, Trick ‘r Treat), a young waitress, finds herself way in over her head with the wrong people, she shows up seeking his help. Jeff urges her to go directly to the police but she’s too scared to follow through. When Katie sadly turns up dead – murdered by poison – Jeff wonders if he could have helped her and the crime becomes personal for him. Teamed up with Zee (Lind), he must unravel the dangerous plot Katie had tried to warn him about to catch her killer. The shocking case leaves Jeff and Zee little time to discuss the kiss they had shared in Boston and what it means for their relationship. Meanwhile, the mystery back in Boston deepens when Jeff and Andy (Nelson Wong, “Riverdale”) seem close to catching the person who shot Jeff, until an FBI agent shows up and takes over, shutting them out.


Movie: Morning Show Mysteries: Murder Ever After

Premiere Date: Sunday, May 23, 2021

Starring: Holly Robinson Peete and Colin Lawrence

Storyline via Hallmark: Following a shocking find in an old friend’s basement, TV host Billie Blessings (Robinson Peete) works with new-to-town detective Tyrell Hunter (Lawrence) to unearth a dark secret that threatens to unravel the lives of the most powerful people in her city.


Please note: Typically, the mystery movies (due to some violence) are best suited for ages 12 and up. If you'd like to add a review, on whether a film is family-friendly, please share in comments below.

You'll probably notice Rick Fox is no longer on "Morning Show Mysteries." There is a new detective in town, Tyrell Hunter, played by actor Colin Lawrence ("Christmas in Evergreen").

Happy sleuthing! Net

*images via: Hallmark Crown Media Family Networks

Friday, May 7, 2021

On TV Mother's Day Weekend - "When Calls the Heart" Finale + *New Movies in Bloom* on Hallmark and more! SEE HERE:

image: Hallmark Crown Media

It's here! The Season 8 FINALE for "When Calls the Heart" will finally arrive - this Sunday night. If you're a Heartie, then I'm sure part of you is ready to see the Elizabeth love triangle with Nathan and Lucas come to an end, while the other part is not quite ready to say goodbye to Hope Valley and all the characters we love. It was wonderful to have 12 episodes this season, and yet, I know we all wanted additional stories! That's the sign of a good show, when you leave your audience wanting more.

For those of you who don't watch WCTH, I've still got plenty of suggestions for you, too! There are lots of movies and more to enjoy on this special *Mother's Day* weekend. See below...


Saturday, May 8, 2021:

New Movies are in Bloom this May on the Hallmark Channel! However, it's a chilly start as we take a trip to an ice hotel with Jocelyn Hudon and Steve Lund in...

Storyline via Hallmark: When a travel agent up for a promotion is directed to forgo her tropical vacation to instead visit the world-famous Ice Hotel, she discovers her sacrifices are more than compensated.

Saturday, May 8, 2021
at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel


Saturday, May 8, 2021:

Catch these classic movies airing on Saturday...

Hallmark Channel:
A Brush with Love
Just My Type
Once Upon a Prince
Hearts Down Under
Right in Front of Me
My Secret Valentine
Baby, It's Cold Inside - Premiere
Very, Very, Valentine

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:
Crossword Mysteries: A Puzzle to Die For
Crossword Mysteries: Proposing Murder
Crossword Mysteries: Abracadaver
Gourmet Detective Mysteries: A Healthy Place to Die
Gourmet Detective Mysteries: Death Al Dente
Gourmet Detective Mysteries: Eat, Drink, and Be Buried
Roux the Day: Gourmet Detective Mystery

Hallmark Drama:
Hallmark Hall of Fame Movies

Touched by Romance
Soldier Love Story
Starting Up Love
My Birthday Romance
Just for the Summer
Undercover Angel
Win, Lose, or Love


Sunday, May 9, 2021:

Return to the Wild West on INSP with legendary Bat Masterson...

Wild West Chronicles

*This is a 30 minute show that reenacts the old wild west. Caution: there will be violence.

Details via INSP: Love and vengeance are two very powerful emotions, and sometimes, the former can trigger the latter. In INSP’s newest original series Wild West Chronicles, newspaper reporter Bat Masterson will stop at nothing to uncover the truth behind the mysteries of the Wild West.

Wild West Chronicles is a historical anthology series that is inspired by the true tales of famous characters and unsung heroes of the American West, Masterson travels the frontier and investigates stories of both notorious criminals and heroic individuals who helped shape America. However, in the two-part episode “Bat Masterson and the Dodge City Dead Line,” (airing on Sunday, May 9th and Sunday, May 16th, at 5:30PM ET, respectively), viewers will see a different side of Masterson when he falls for local entertainer Dora Hand, whose death he avenges when she is cut down by an outlaw’s bullet.

Here are a few interesting facts about Bat Masterson:
• His real name is William Barclay Masterson.
• He spent 40 years attending almost every major boxing event in the U.S.
• He owned the Palace Variety Theater in Denver, Colorado.
• He died of a heart attack at his desk at the New York Morning Telegraph.

This two-part episode of Wild West Chronicles, entitled, “Bat Masterson and the Dodge City Dead Line,” will air on Sunday, May 9th (part 1) and Sunday, May 16th (part 2) at 5:30PM ET. on INSP.


Sunday, May 9, 2021:

Catch these classic movies airing on Sunday...

Hallmark Channel:
My One & Only
A Summer Romance
From Friend to Fiance
Baby, It's Cold Inside
The Sweetest Heart
A Country Wedding

Hallmark Movies & Mysteries:
Love Comes Softly movie marathon

Hallmark Drama:
The Waltons Reunion Movies including Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain at 1pm/12c.

Gilmore Girls marathon and movie


Sunday, May 9, 2021:

Storyline via Hallmark: Elizabeth has finally realized who she's supposed to be with. Big changes are coming to Hope Valley. The town rallies together to say goodbye and good luck to one of their own.

Sunday, May 9, 2021
airs at 9pm/8c. on the Hallmark Channel

*Schedule Note: WCTH is airing an additional 6 minutes, so you'll want to adjust your DVR accordingly!


*Movie Note: There was mention that the movie "Cupids on Beacon Street" would be airing this Saturday on BYUtv, plus their streaming video on their web-site said it would be available this Saturday, May 8th; however, when I checked BYUtv's actual schedule it was not listed. So, I reached out to them to ask them about it. This was BYUtv's response: "Unfortunately that movie won't be available May 8th but will be available later -this summer, likely June. We will update the website!" I was glad to receive some clarification on that, and while we await that movie premiere, we can look forward to watching another movie from Incendo Productions, "As Gouda As It Gets," next week on BYUtv - I'll have more details soon!

In the meantime, I hope you all enjoy the movies and the finale episode of When Calls the Heart this weekend! I'm very much looking forward to seeing how they wrap up Season 8, and don't forget - WCTH is airing an additional 6 minutes, so you'll want to adjust your DVR.

In honor of this Mother's Day Weekend, I want to say how blessed I am to have such an incredible Momma, who is always so loving and caring. Her impact on my life is immeasurable. I love asking her advice on big and small things, as I truly value her opinion. Her walk with the Lord is my greatest inspiration; I'm truly grateful for her amazing love everyday.

This is my families' first Mother's Day without my paternal Grandmother, who we lost last year. It will be most unusual having this holiday without her; but we will think on the past and wonderful times spent together. I'll also be fondly remembering my Ma-Ma (my maternal Grandmother). Although she passed away when I was a little - I will forever cherish the memories and special times we shared together.

I pray all of you Mother's out there have a joyful Mother's Day!

God bless all of you dear friends who visit here! Net

Sharing His Love:

"Honor her for all that her hands have done, 
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate."
Proverbs 31:31

NEW on DVD - It Was Always You, Martha's Vineyard Mystery and MORE!!! #Hearties #Hallmarkies #Sleuthers SEE HERE:

Great News! For all of us who fell in love with this Hallmark rom-com, "It Was Always You," starring Erin Krakow and Tyler Hynes, it is now newly available to Pre-Order on DVD from Amazon!

See DVD details below for this movie and more!

*Please Note: As an Amazon affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases when you click on my links. Thank you!




Hallmark has some DVD re-releases with...






You can stream "When Calls the Heart" Season 8 through Amazon-

Hope you enjoy these newest DVD releases! I was so thrilled to see It Was Always You! It's just one of those movies that makes you feel good inside and instantly puts a smile on your face while watching. Erin Krakow's character, Elizabeth, is caught in a bit of love triangle, sound familiar? (*cough cough* - "When Calls the Heart") However, this time it's between two brothers! Yikes! In my opinion, this is one of those Hallmark movies that was an instant favorite - a classic.

Also, if you are into sleuthing like I am, then you are going to love the mystery and intrigue of the "Martha's Vineyard Mysteries" starring Jesse Metcalfe ("Christmas Under the Stars"). I love that the new DVD says "Collection One," which implies they intend to have enough movies to have a "Collection Two" - eventually! A Big THANK YOU to RG - for sharing this "Martha's Vineyard" DVD info with us!

Blessings on your day, everyone! Net

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