Love's Abiding Joy Reviews
The fourth movie in the Hallmark's 'Love Comes Softly' movie series. It continued a few years after where the previous one ended. LaHaye family comfortably settled down running a ranch in the wild west and Missie is now a full time teacher in a local school. This story apprises the struggles and introduces a proper villain for the first time in this series. Unlike the title, the story travels in the opposite direction. Time to test your faith in this series. If you manage to get through, you would continue or feel tediousness.
Hold on, I did not say the movie was good as the previous ones. Until now I had not seen a substandard in the series. Maybe the word 'substandard' is very rude. It can be explained in another way as well like the story considerably focuses on the misery side of the LaHaye family. Missie's father came a long way to spend time her and his grandchildren. But then the visit came at a wrong time, especially the entire region is suffering from the drought. The troubles only extends without a sign of ending. Some of the LaHaye's family friends living in their worst nightmare.
"The only thing we both want...
We won't ever see again."
In a parallel layered narration, Jess is near the 20 or something and he tastes his first love. Not without the obstacles. Because the girl who is associated with him is from highly influenced family in the town. It was a pretty good romance track, deserved to be told as one side his family is grieving and other hand his (Jeff's) own struggle. Sad faces are seen everywhere and I'm happy it is not all about the happiness, though there are sad narrations as well in the series.
So, it was the story composition intensely created that way to display. But the viewers are not thinking about the possibilities of what a family could go through in a such situation. Rather, they are pointing out the movie as a downfall, not the story that talks about the downfall. That is why the whole film looks grim and depressing, only if you did not get it. Anyway, it is a long movie series and all kinds of mood, genre, theme of the tales are expected in the each film. I believe the next one would get better and that's what I'm thinking right now.
Due to those hard times, a farm owner's wife stops being a teacher and he has to become a sheriff and forced to do the will of the wealthy family in the town.
One of a series of westerns, or more appropriately, just plain old melodramas set in the latter 1800's in the plains states most probably. Some are set in the midwest, Sikeston Missouri to be exact.
Like the Little House TV series made by his father Michael Landon, this Love Comes Softly series was made by his son, junior. It has much the same tone as the Little House television show, making much of interelationships in hard times.
Not a bad film and worth watching at least once. Not a curse word in the entire script, just a slow, methodical march to the end.
Approx. run time 87 min
Genre Christian drama
Written by Michael Landon Jr. (Michael Landon's son)
Douglas Lloyd McIntosh
Directed by Michael Landon Jr.
Produced by Brian Gordon
Drew Tyler Bell
William Morgan Sheppard
Editing by Colleen Halsey
Music by Kevin Kiner