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Jeri Jacquin

Coming to DVD from SHOUT! Factory is the next episode of the highly anticipated and beloved series with WHEN CALLS THE HEART: It Begins with Heart.

With the parting shot of the last episode in Hope Valley, Jack (Daniel Lissing) is shocked to see Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) in the schoolhouse with Charles (Marcus Rosner) on bended knee. When Elizabeth gives him an answer she looks for Jack who is in the woods and he isn’t happy.

Abigail (Lori Loughlin) becomes attached to two orphan children as brother Cody (Carter Evacic) needs help with his seriously ill sister. She also has been keeping her relationship with the Pastor Frank (Mark Humphrey) but that brings suspicion as well when a stranger arrives. When a wanted poster is seen trouble is not far behind.

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Gabe Montgomery (Mitchell Kummen) it still as grumpy as ever but now sees a little bit of hope for a life with Nora (Kristina Wagner) once she sets things right with Bill (Jack Wagner).

Bill (Jack Wagner) and Jack finally put an end to the mystery surrounding why there was jail time for Bill and what was really happening within the Mounties. That leaves Bill deciding what is in store for his future.

Rosemary LeVeaux (Pascale Hutton) wins a contest about life on the frontier and when a reporter from The Herald comes to Hope Valley to write a story. Leland Coulter (Kavan Smith) has agreed to help Rosemary put the town together for a little New Years Eve celebration – what he didn’t intend was to be overwhelmed by it all but still loving Rosemary.

But that’s what happens when love plays with the heart.

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Krakow as Elizabeth is still stunning and once again isn’t about to give up on her life with Jack. Although they seem to hit constant bumps in the road in their relationship, she is strong and sees Hope Valley as the home she will stay in and support.

Jack (Daniel Lissing) wants to do what’s right in his relationship with Elizabeth but isn’t sure that Charles is completely out of the picture. Being a gentleman he wants to be sure and gives Elizabeth enough room to decide. As the Mountie for the town of Hope Valley he believes in protecting his friends and trusts those who, at the moment, no one else does.

Hutton as Rosemary is still as precocious in her ways with attention seeking. She is adorable but might want to rethink how she handles people. The funny thing is that Smith as Leland seems to understand her better than anyone else in Hope Valley and adored by her. These two really balance each other out.

Loughlin as Abigail is keeping the cafe running but when she comes involved with two orphans, it seems to put her relationship with the pastor on the back burner. Speaking of the pastor, Humphrey as Frank has made himself at home in Hope Valley but that won’t last long as a wanted poster may be his undoing.

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TUBS OF POPCORN: I give WHEN CALLS THE HEART: It Begins with Heart four tubs of popcorn out of five. First of all I can proudly say I am one of the loyal watchers! Yes, we want to know where Jack and Elizabeth are headed, we are suspicious of new characters who may want to bring harm to the beloved Hope Valley and, lets face it, we just love the town itself!

The storyline continues to expand the characters into new directions and as the town grows more characters are being brought in. There is a group of ladies who I speak with about the show and they are already telling me how they hope things happen in the next storyline. It will be interesting to see if their wishes come true. We all know Jack and Elizabeth are on top of the wish list because we all love wedding bells and those bells ringing in Hope Valley would be awesome.

Inspired by the books written by Janette Oke, the series began airing in the United States in 2014 and quickly found a loyal following of fans who love the storyline. WHEN CALLS THE HEART is executive produced by Michael Landon Jr. and can be seen on The Hallmark Channel.

In the end – it always begins with heart!