Love's Abiding Joy


Love's Abiding Joy

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Acclaimed author Janette Oke's bestselling series of books comes to life on the screen once again in this, the fourth feature following the continued Westward journey of settlers Missie and Willie Lahaye. Their roots now firmly planted as they set up homestead in the far West, Missie (Erin Cottrell begins to realize her passion for teaching as Willie (Logan Bartholomew) cares for the couple's young daughter Kathy while expanding the family ranch with a little help from sons Jeff (Dre Tyler Bell) and Matthew. When the frontier railroad comes to town, the pleasure of a long-promised visit from Missie's father Clark (Dale Midkiff) is suddenly offset by the tragic death of young Kathy. As the untimely demise of their beloved daughter begins to drive an emotional wedge between Missie and Willie, the devastated father unexpectedly accepts an offer made by the powerful Samuel Doros (John Laughlin) to assume the role of town sheriff. Their faith shaken and their once close-knit bond suddenly torn asunder, Missie and Willie desperately attempt to bring their crumbling family back together as son Jeff faces a series of dangers while hopelessly falling for Doros' beautiful daughter Colette (Mae Whitman).


Critic Reviews for Love's Abiding Joy

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

  • The stop-and-start pacing indicates careful planning for the easy insertion of commercials. And few of the actors look entirely at home in the period setting.

    Oct 14, 2006

    Joe Leydon

    Top Critic
  • The acting borders on melodrama and the movie obviously was edited for TV.

    Oct 5, 2006 | Rating: 2/5
  • Slow, sappy, Christian-themed TV adaptation.

    Dec 18, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Although wholesome and simple in its storytelling, the central characters are on such a pedestal of virtue that it's impossible to relate to them in any way.

    Apr 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • The movie, based on the novel by Janette Oke, shows how time and belief can help deal with tragedies. These solutions, however, when applied to the LaHayes' particular tragedy, make for a stagnantly morose plot.

    Oct 12, 2006 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • Love's Abiding Joy isn't even a film. It's a Hallmark TV movie -- literally -- one that will be shown for free on TV in December.

    Oct 11, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Love's Abiding Joy

  • Jul 22, 2013
    I thoroughly enjoy this series, but this was one of the weakest ones. Story weak. Acting weak....and to make matters worse, the DVD that I watched did not have the voices matching the mouth movements. Hate that...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2007
    Wasn't as good as the others
    ashley h Super Reviewer

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