I absolutely love to read historical fiction so anytime a favorite historical novel is brought to life on the small screen I’m thrilled especially when they are Hallmark movies! Every movie that I’ve ever watched on Hallmark I’ve really enjoyed but two of my very favorites are Love Comes Softly based on the prairie romance novel by Janette Oke and Hidden Places, the Depression Era novel by Lynn Austin. I’m sure most of you have read Love Comes Softly and a lot of you have probably read Hidden Places and hopefully enjoyed them as much as I did. When Hallmark announced that they were going to make these classic books into films I was so excited. Of course I knew that they weren’t going to be quite the same as the books themselves and they weren’t but I still enjoyed them.
My favorite will always be the first Love Comes Softly film with Katherine Heigl and Dale Midkiff. I didn’t really the actors in the later films as much as I did these two, they just seemed to have the best chemistry and once you have a picture of what that character looks like it’s hard to make the transition when they introduce a new actor in the same role. The entire series is still really enjoyable however and captured the faith and love of Janette Oke’s books. My favorite scene is the bathtub scene (don’t worry it’s PG), I still laugh out loud every time I watch it! Do you have a favorite part?
By Janette Oke / Word Entertainment Inc
Marty Claridge is a young woman reluctantly headed west with her husband, Aaron to start a new life. When Aaron dies suddenly, Marty is left far from home and in a sea of strangers. Adrift in her tragedy, Marty has no means of caring for herself until Clark Davis offers to marry her and care for her until she can return to the East. Clark needs a mother for his ten-year-old daughter who is determined to foil all of Marty’s attempts at kindness.
Hidden Places was totally different than the book. A lot of reviews I’ve read complain that the best parts of the book are not in the film and I definitely see where they are coming from. I missed the back story of Aunt “Batty” that was in the book but I loved her character as played by Shirley Jones in the film. She really did Aunt Batty justice! Again a pretty good film with a tad bit of mystery and a sweet romance!
By Gaiam Americas
Widow Eliza Wyatt is desperate. The bank is about to foreclose on Wyatt Orchard, and she must bring in the harvest before she loses everything. She’s hoping for a miracle. Is down-on-his-luck veteran Gabe Harper the answer to her prayers? Based on Lynn Austin’s award-winning novel, this powerful film stars Sydney Penny, Jason Gedrick, and Oscar-winner Shirley Jones. Special features includes discussion guide, and an excerpt from Lynn Austin’s upcoming book—A Woman’s Place. Approx. 86 minutes.
Do you enjoy films based on books? What are some of your favorites? On the flip side are there any to avoid? I wanna know! 🙂