When Calls the Heart (#01 in When Calls The Heart Dvd Series)
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Based on Janette Oke's best-selling historical romance series, and directed by Michael Landon, Jr., When Calls The Heart tells the story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Poppy Drayton), a cultured young school teacher who leaves her comfortable city life in the East to accept a teaching position on the Western frontier. Despite the many hardships of frontier life, Elizabeth is determined to prove to her family that she is brave enough to live on her own.
When Elizabeth finds the diary of her late Aunt (Maggie Grace), she discovers that she too was a pioneering woman, a teacher in the Canadian West who struggled with prairie life and fell in love with Wynn (Stephen Amell), a handsome Royal Canadian Mountie.
Inspired by her Aunt's hopeful words and the example of her unfaltering determination, Elizabeth embarks on her own adventure of purpose, courage, and love.
Janette Oke was born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, during the depression years. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Alberta where she met her husband, Edward. They married in 1957 and served in churches in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, and Indiana. Oke writes historical novels which portray the lives of early North American settlers from many walks of life and geographical settings. She also writes engaging children's stories and inspiring gift books that warm the heart. Oke published her first book, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. This book experienced immediate success and became a series. She has won a number of awards including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 Presidents Award for her significant contribution to the category of Christian fiction from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and in 1999, the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Oke has published some 75 books including, The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West. Her most recent releases include a beautiful childrens picture book, I Wonder...Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Songs of Acadia series, co-written with T. Davis Bunn. - Publisher.