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Love's Unending Legacy (2007)
I wasn't really looking forward to seeing this latest addition to the "Love" series but curiosity got the better of me. I wasn't thrilled with this movie at all. Killing off the character of Willie LaHaye was a really dumb thing to do because his character does not die in the books! The scene where they show Willie getting killed was really poorly done. They sure didn't need to be showing that one over and over again. There was so much of the movie that didn't seem right. Like Missie and Zachs relationship was pretty much non-existent throughout the whole movie but at the end she ends up marrying him. They knew one another for what a month? I know in LCS Clark and Marty knew one another for like two days or whatever when they married but the whole Zach/Missie thing didn't seem right. He just kept popping up from out of nowhere - like the writers didn't know what to do with him.
Missie losing her necklace was another rather stupid part. I know the necklace was originally given to her by Marty in Love Comes Softly but you'd think she would have treasured and guarded it with her whole heart being it was the last thing that Willie gave to her before he died. I am saying that because he bought it back for her at the end of LAJ. You'd think she would have looked a lot harder for the necklace then she did being it meant so much to her.
What happened to Henry and Melinda or Cookie and Scottie? Where are Jeff and Aaron and Arnie Davis? The three of them aren't even mentioned once in the movie but are mentioned on hallmarkchannelpress.com as taking over Missie's ranch. The ranch isn't talked about once or even seen for that matter! Another annoying thing was Clark and Marty's house. When Clark, Missie, and Maddie all pulled up in the wagon I was like didn't they just leave there? The house is Missie and Willie's house with different windows and a porch stuck on the front of it. I was expecting the house to be like the one from LCS or LEP. Did they think fans wouldn't notice? What was up with Marty? There really was no explanation as to what her "condition" was. Was she supposed to be sick or pregnant? They never did say. We'll probably never really know what was/is wrong with her because the next movie Love's Unfolding Dream takes place quite a few years after Love's Unending Legacy.
This movie was a lot better then Love's Abiding Joy but I was still disappointed with it. There were to many loose ends. I felt like I was watching an episode of Little House on the Prairie. I know that some things need to be changed to make the transition from book to movie possible but these movies are getting so out there.
Love's Abiding Joy (2006)
I was very disappointed in Love's Abiding Joy. I had been waiting a really long time to see it and I finally got the chance when it re-aired Thursday night on Hallmark. I love the first three "Love" movies but this one was nothing like I thought it was going to be. The whole movie was sad and depressing, there were way to many goofs, and the editing was very poor - to many scenes out of context. I also think the death of baby Kathy happened way to soon and Clarks appearance in the movie just didn't seem to fit. It seemed like none of the actors really wanted to be there - they were all lacking emotion. There seemed to be no interaction between Missie and Willie at all.
I think the script writers should have went more by the book. It seems like every movie that's been made so far just slips further and further away from Janette Oke's writings. I mean in the movie they never mentioned a thing about the mine and the two boys or Clark getting hurt because of it. And I think Missie and Willies reactions to Kathy's death could have been shown and heard rather than just heard.
Out of the four movies that have been made so far I'd have to say that Love's Abiding Joy is my least favorite. I hope with the next four movies that more of the book is followed and if Clarks character is in them I hope he's got a bigger part and I hope his part isn't so bland. I also hope there is more of Scottie and Cookie and maybe even Marty but who knows what the script writers will have in store next.