When Calls the Heart: It Begins with Heart

DVD Release: March 8, 2016
When Calls the Heart: It Begins with Heart


This is the first installment of the third season of “When Calls the Heart,” based on the novels by Janette Oke.

A holiday special in Hope Valley. In the weeks leading up to Hope Valley’s New Year’s Eve celebration, the residents of Hope Valley see some unpredictable resolutions. First of all, Abigail (played by Lori Loughlin) resolves to catch someone who has been stealing from her kitchen, and in the process, she finds herself caring for two orphans.

Elizabeth (Erin Krakow), realizing that Jack’s dog Rip has developed a tinge of jealousy, resolves to remedy the situation. Rosemary is bent on winning a San Francisco Herald contest for essayists. She writes about “Real Frontier Families.” In the process, she ends up posing as Lee’s wife for a reporter from the newspaper. Bill Avery tries his best to persuade Jack (Daniel Lissing) that he shouldn’t be in jail for counterfeiting. All the while, two strangers consider spending a little more time in Hope Valley to stir up trouble for Pastor Frank and Jack.

Dove Review

“When Calls the Heart: It Begins with Heart” kicks off the third season of the hugely popular Hallmark Channel series with a bang…literally! New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching, and Jack and Elizabeth pick up their relationship after Elizabeth turns down Charles’s proposal. Their relationship is a bit rocky at first, with Jack’s jealousy, but soon they are moving forward together. Abigail notices food is missing in her café and discovers an orphan is behind the thievery. But another surprise awaits Abigail — the orphan boy has a sister. Elizabeth attempts to get closer to Rip, Jack’s dog. Rosemary wins a newspaper contest but is deceitful about her marital status, and she fortunately makes the right decision to remedy the situation. The first part of this film concludes with fireworks and a kiss for Jack from Elizabeth.

Bill Avery attempts to convince Jack that he shouldn’t be in jail for the counterfeiting, because another party is responsible. He asks Jack to help him set a trap to prove his innocence. Some troublemakers plan on causing Pastor Frank some grief, even though he left his past life behind.

We are thrilled to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages to this well-written and acted film. Its themes include devotion, loyalty, and care for those less fortunate. The entire family can enjoy this film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Couple kisses.
Language: None.
Violence: A man shoves another man against a building and tells him to leave town; a man holds a gun on an innocent man, but he is stopped from harming the man.
Drugs: None.
Nudity: None.
Other: A young boy steals food out of hunger; a woman pretends to be married to win a contest, but she comes clean about her lie; a plot to get a minister into a life of crime by blackmail.


Company: Word Films
Writer: Various
Director: Brian Bird
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 88 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter