When Calls the Heart - “The Dance"
by Phil Boatwright

When Calls the Heart- “The Dance” is a feature-length film from the first two episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series.  The When Calls the Heart television series debuted on the Hallmark Channel to more than 3 million viewers, making it No. 2 for the night on all of cable for the primary telecast at 9:00pm and No. 3 overall in households.   Distributed by Word Entertainment, the DVD became available to purchase April 22nd, 2014.

FILM SNYOPSIS: New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine, and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton, has taken a special interest in Elizabeth and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep an eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy's relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy's motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently.

PREVIEW REVIEW: Okay, okay, the filmed versions of Janette Oke’s books aren’t my favorite movies. That said, there is a quality to them that can’t be denied: a gentleness in the production, with a reverence for the Creator within the storyline, and a salute to values that make TV characters worth watching.

Different movies and television shows are designed to appeal to different audiences. Certainly there is an abundance of media efforts to appease tots and teens and the adolescent in most men, but there really aren’t that many made for the female demographic. So, without meaning to sound sexist, this series may be more satisfying to the feminine of our species. This being the case, ladies, may I suggest brewing a cup of Earl Grey on a blustery evening and settling back for this pleasant soap opera with substance.

Not rated, I found the content family friendly.