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Love Comes Softly (2003)

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A young woman on her way to a new life in the 1800's suddenly finds herself a widow. Now she must live with a recently widowed young man and his daughter. Can any of them find love again?



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Cast overview:
Ben Graham
Sarah Graham
Oliver Macready ...
Aaron Claridge
Tiffany Amber Knight ...
Laura Graham (as Tiffany Knight)
Adam Loeffler ...
Clint Graham
Nick Scoggin ...
Reverend Johnson (as Nick Scoggins)
Wagon Train Scout
Wanda Marshall
Woman in Wagon (as Janet Rotbaltt)


Aaron Claridge dies while leading his pregnant wife Marty, an East coast teacher, on the wagon trail to the West. Destitute and unprotected, she accepts a marriage of convenience with widower Clark Davis to help raise his brat daughter Missie all winter, in spring he's prepared to pay for her return. Missie is hostile to 'mother substitute', but as the months pass Clark achieves a rapprochement. Written by KGF Vissers

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Marriage was the deal. Love was the surprise.


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Release Date:

13 April 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El amor llega suavemente  »

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Did You Know?


Katherine Heigl had to learn how to milk a cow for her role as Marty Claridge. See more »


When Marty follows Clark into the hills (around 48 Min's)and watches him singing a hymn, the trees she watches from are in full leaf as if in summer, however on the way back to the cabin she is caught in a blizzard and has to be rescued by Clark. See more »


Missie Davis: I was thinking about how many brothers and sisters Clint has. There's a lot of love spilling over at the Graham's.
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Followed by Love's Resounding Courage (2011) See more »

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Wonderful Movie! (Now read the Book!)
17 February 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I was really looking forward to seeing this movie since I have read the book...twice! I love Janette Oke novels! The "Love Comes Softly" novel is part of a series, so you can continue on with Missie's life, etc.

Sometimes a movie just doesn't do justice to the book, but this one does!!! I was not disappointed at all! The heartbreak and grief that losing a loved one brings is revealed very well in this film. Best of all, the film shows how sometimes a marriage of convenience or out of necessity can be a real blessing. It teaches all of us who live in this day and age that love does not always start off with bursting fireworks or burning passion. As the film portrays...sometimes love just comes softly. :)

To the actors Dale Midkiff, Katherine Heigl, Skye McCole Bartusiak and to Director/Producer Michael Landon, Jr... Great job!!! 10/10

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