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Love's Abiding Joy (2006)

PG | | Drama, Family, Western | 2010 (Belgium)
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The continued Westward journey of settlers Missie and Willie Lahaye. Their roots now firmly planted as they set up homestead in the far West, Missie begins to realize her passion for ... See full summary »

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Michael Landon Jr.

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Michael Landon Jr. (teleplay), Douglas Lloyd McIntosh (teleplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Erin Cottrell ... Missie LaHaye
Dale Midkiff ... Clark Davis
Logan Bartholomew ... Willie LaHaye
Frank McRae ... Cookie
William Morgan Sheppard ... Scottie (as W. Morgan Sheppard)
Drew Tyler Bell ... Jeff LaHaye
Brett Coker ... Mattie LaHaye
Mae Whitman ... Colette Doros
John Laughlin ... Samuel Doros
Kevin Gage ... John Abel
Brianna Brown ... Melinda Klein
James Tupper ... Henry Klein
Stephen Bridgewater ... Frank Taylorson (as Stephen W. Bridgewater)
Blake Gibbons ... Joe Paxson
Madison Leisle ... Annie
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The continued Westward journey of settlers Missie and Willie Lahaye. Their roots now firmly planted as they set up homestead in the far West, Missie begins to realize her passion for teaching as Willie cares for the couple's young daughter Kathy while expanding the family ranch with a little help from sons Jeff and Matthew. When the frontier railroad comes to town, the pleasure of a long-promised visit from Missie's father Clark is suddenly offset by the tragic death of young Kathy. As the untimely demise of their beloved daughter begins to drive an emotional wedge between Missie and Willie, the devastated father unexpectedly accepts an offer made by the powerful Samuel Doros to assume the role of town sheriff. Their faith shaken and their once close-knit bond suddenly torn asunder, Missie and Willie desperately attempt to bring their crumbling family back together as son Jeff faces a series of dangers while hopelessly falling for Doros' beautiful daughter Colette. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for mild thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

2010 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

A szerelem örök See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$145,895, 8 October 2006

Gross USA:

$252,726

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$252,726
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When Missie goes out into the rain, her father follows. When the camera is aimed at Missie, it's pouring rain, but when it is aimed at her dad, it is completely dry. See more »

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Followed by Love Finds a Home (2009) See more »

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4. The stories of Missie and Jeff: The struggles and the first love.
24 November 2015 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

The fourth movie in the Hallmark's 'Love Comes Softly' movie series. It continued a few years after where the previous one ended. LaHaye family comfortably settled down running a ranch in the wild west and Missie is now a full time teacher in a local school. This story apprises the struggles and introduces a proper villain for the first time in this series. Unlike the title, the story travels in the opposite direction. Time to test your faith in this series. If you manage to get through, you would continue or feel tediousness.

Hold on, I did not say the movie was good as the previous ones. Until now I had not seen a substandard in the series. Maybe the word 'substandard' is very rude. It can be explained in another way as well like the story considerably focuses on the misery side of the LaHaye family. Missie's father came a long way to spend time her and his grandchildren. But then the visit came at a wrong time, especially the entire region is suffering from the drought. The troubles only extends without a sign of ending. Some of the LaHaye's family friends living in their worst nightmare.

"The only thing we both want... We won't ever see again."

In a parallel layered narration, Jess is near the 20 or something and he tastes his first love. Not without the obstacles. Because the girl who is associated with him is from highly influenced family in the town. It was a pretty good romance track, deserved to be told as one side his family is grieving and other hand his (Jeff's) own struggle. Sad faces are seen everywhere and I'm happy it is not all about the happiness, though there are sad narrations as well in the series.

So, it was the story composition intensely created that way to display. But the viewers are not thinking about the possibilities of what a family could go through in a such situation. Rather, they are pointing out the movie as a downfall, not the story that talks about the downfall. That is why the whole film looks grim and depressing, only if you did not get it. Anyway, it is a long movie series and all kinds of mood, genre, theme of the tales are expected in the each film. I believe the next one would get better and that's what I'm thinking right now.

7/10


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