Love Comes Softly

Theatrical Release: August 7, 2003
DVD Release: September 17, 2004
Love Comes Softly


A woman’s dream to forge a new life for herself on the great American plains becomes a test of her pioneering spirit, her inner strength, and her undying faith.

By covered wagon, Marty (Katherine Heigl) and Aaron Calridge (Oliver Macready) have come west in search of fortune. But unforeseen tragedy leaves Marty a widow facing bleak prospects for the future. With a bitter winter season approaching and no safe passage back home, she finds herself stranded yet befriended by settlers Ben Graham (Golden Globe nominee Corbin Bernsen) and his wife Sarah (Theresa Russell). They encourage her to take up widower Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff) on his unusual offer—join him in a temporary marriage of convenience. Marty will have a roof over her head until the spring thaw when she can return home. In the meantime, Clark’s nine-year-old daughter Missie (Skye McCole Bartusiak) will have a teacher.

As promised, the arrangement is strictly business. However, teaching Missie, who’s still grieving for her mother, becomes as challenging as living with Clark, a man cut off from his emotions. For three people, each mourning someone they’ve lost, comfort comes from sharing their pain and hardships. But is it enough to make two lonely hearts recognize what they really need and want? As the seasons pass, and Marty gets closer to the day of her departure, she finally discovers the meaning of courage, her inner faith, a love she never thought possible, and the bittersweet truth in her friend Sarah’s sage advice: bloom where you’re planted.

Based on Janette Oke’s cherished best-selling series of books, and written and directed by Michael Landon, Jr., this inspiring love story of a more innocent time is illuminated by the same warmth and wisdom that made “Little House on the Prairie” such enduring family entertainment.

Dove Review

Sometimes love isn’t fireworks…sometimes love comes softly. It’s hard not to be enchanted by this beautiful love story about a girl whose young love dies out in the west where there are no settlements for miles. She meets and marries a stranger in exchange for a place to stay. They live with each other and, although hard at first, they learn to love each other. This is a masterful love story that teaches faith in God and faith in other people.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: None


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley
Producer: Larry Levinson
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 90 min.
Reviewer: Kadie Lukens