Love's Enduring Promise

  • 2004
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Action, Romance, Western

Carefully tailored wholesomeness suffuses this follow-up to Hallmark’s made-for-TV frontier romance LOVE COMES SOFTLY (2003). Hard-working 19th-century farmer Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff) has been blessed with a steadfast second wife, Marty (Katherine Heigl), a nineteen year-old daughter, Missie (January Jones), and two scrappy young sons. His...read more

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Carefully tailored wholesomeness suffuses this follow-up to Hallmark’s made-for-TV frontier romance LOVE COMES SOFTLY (2003).

Hard-working 19th-century farmer Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff) has been blessed with a

steadfast second wife, Marty (Katherine Heigl), a nineteen year-old daughter, Missie (January Jones), and two scrappy young sons. His reclusive neighbor, Zeke (Cliff DeYoung), hasn't been so fortunate: Zeke lost his young son, Mattie (Dominic Scott Kay), to exposure, his wife divorced him and his other son ran away. Railroad surveyor Grant (Mackenzie Astin), the scion of a railroad tycoon, meets Missie while scouting the area around Clark’s farm, and is taken with education and lady-like manner. Before Missie loses her heart, a handsome stranger named Willie (Logan Bartholomew) starts lurking in the prairie shadows, and he seems awfully familiar. When Clark is injured while chopping wood, Willie becomes his savior; before long, Willie is a fixture at the Davis homestead. Willie turns out to be Zeke's runaway son, trying to

atone — he holds himself responsible for the death of his brother, Mattie.

But Zeke shows no sign of forgiving Willie for abandoning him after the

tragedy. Missie, who's no fan of hardship, daydreams about a life of luxury with Grant. But while Missie would be nothing more than a trophy wife to Grant, she would be a true helpmate to Willie. As Clark recovers, Willie persists in trying to patch things up with his father, while Missie figures out which of her two suitors best embodies her stepmother’s catch-phrase, "love’s enduring promise."

Although Midkiff is the embodiment of prairie stoicism and Heigl has grown into her maternal role, the younger romantic leads are unable to transcend the shortcomings of a production that resembles a modern-day Harlequin romance swathed in calico and gingham.

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  • Released: 2004
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Carefully tailored wholesomeness suffuses this follow-up to Hallmark’s made-for-TV frontier romance LOVE COMES SOFTLY (2003). Hard-working 19th-century farmer Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff) has been blessed with a steadfast second wife, Marty (Kath… (more)

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