Love's Unending Legacy (2007)

TV Movie  |  Drama, Family, Romance  |  7 April 2007 (USA)
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Missie three years later: being a single mother after her husband Willie was shot during a poker scuffle, move back east near her parents, Clark and Marty. She finds finds a new teaching ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Belinda Marshall
Brett Coker ...
Hank Stratton ...
Pastor Joe
Mrs. Pettis
Hank Pettis
Mrs. Behringer (as Dale Waddington Horowitz)
Ken Magee ...
Mr. Anderson


Missie three years later: being a single mother after her husband Willie was shot during a poker scuffle, move back east near her parents, Clark and Marty. She finds finds a new teaching position that she settles right into, but Missie has lost all faith in herself, until a chance encounter at her father's church where she adopts homeless orphan, Belinda Marshall. Missie didn't want to adopt a child into the family, as she is already taking care of Mattie, but decides to welcome her in with open arms. Missie also finds interest in Zack Tyler, the town's sheriff. There are some subplots and incidents that mirror Missie's tragic losses, and through the experiences will she ever find a way to bring hope and joy? Written by Anonymous

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The bridge that Sheriff Tyler goes across while looking for the kids was also used by the director's father in his show "Little house in the Prairie", and that director was none other than Michael Landon. See more »


In the opening shot of Missie and Maddie standing near Kathy's and Willy's graves, three jet streams are visible on the left side of the screen. Jet streams were not around in 1868, the year this movie took place. See more »


Follows Love's Abiding Joy (2006) See more »

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5. The stories of Missie and the orphan siblings: Uniting again with a new family.
24 November 2015 | by (Somewhere in the Cosmos) – See all my reviews

The fifth one in the Hallmark's 'Love Comes Softly' movie series. Once again the story skips to a couple of years forward. I remembered last time I said the movie was better than what others thought about it, but this time it was not the same case. It was a little letdown, especially in the first half.

After losing the husband, Willie, in the line of duty, Missie and her son Mattie moves back to be near with her parents and to start afresh life. It is a changed town now, less opportunities and more competitive for everything. Missie decline's her parents offer to help her financially. The mother and son rent a small house and settles down with enough earnings to support themselves. Until one day an orphan girl joins them and changes the course of the narration in a new direction.

"I couldn't save Jenny... And you couldn't save Kathy. But we can save Jacob."

The first three films were so good in the series, but I kind of feeling it beginning to decline as the rest of the movies followed, especially since the previous one. It was so wonderful to introduce some interesting characters, but did not capitalised with the fetchable scenes. In this, the second half was so much better than the first. The movie regained its strength because of what came forth. Otherwise, it would have been the worst in the series, but still it is like the least satisfying film by far.

Eliminating the character, Willie, was severely criticised from all the quarters, that mean the movie is not following the book as it should have been. I think being accurate to the book might have brought the justice. But I won't come to any conclusion comparing with both the format since I have not read the book. They might have thought changes could give a new look for those who have read the book, but seems the idea did not clinch well.

The two new characters and their quest were the highlight. Some of the issues it talked were inspired by the real ones. From the societal perspective that was a good thing. Kind of refreshes from the regular perspective of the storytelling like ranch, school, especially deaths. Yep, so far, the series had deaths in each film, but none in this one. There was one prior to this story commence, which was kind of told in a flashback or from recollecting the memory. Anyway, it was a passable product, like as always hoping to get better in the next.


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