The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection
by Phil Boatwright

Fox Home Entertainment has just released the entire series of eight inspiring films based on Janette Oke’s best selling spiritually themed novels. I’m thinking this would be a great gift for the ladies, fellas. As chauvinistic as that may sound, it is geared more for the sensibilities of the fairer sex. Ouch, another Neanderthal statement. Since there is no graceful way out of my prejudice, let’s just skip to what you get with the box set.

From the press release:

The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection is an emotional journey that follows a courageous group of women – unwavering in their faith – over three generations through their trials, tragedy and triumphs.  An uplifting anthology from filmmaker Michael Landon Jr. that belongs in every family’s DVD collection, The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection stars Emmy Winner* Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy, The Ugly Truth), January Jones (Mad Men), and Haylie Duff (Napoleon Dynamite) and features several guest stars including Oscar Winner** Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker), Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), Patrick Duffy (“Dallas”) and Lou Diamond Phillips (“Stargate: Universe”).  The set includes each release of the Love Comes Softly franchise originally aired on The Hallmark Channel from 2003 to 2009.  The Complete Love Comes Softly Collection DVD set will be available for the suggested retail price of $99.98 US / $139.98 Canada and is available for a limited time only. 

Set includes: Love Comes Softly, Love’s Enduring Promise, Love’s Long Journey, Love’s Abiding Joy, Love’s Unending Legacy, Love’s Unfolding Dream, Love Takes Wing and Love Finds a Home.

And newly released, Love Finds A Home, the final chapter in Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly saga debuted on DVD Nov. 10th and will also be included in the gift set as well.  Based on the eighth novel in the Love Comes Softly series by bestselling author Janette Oke, the 90-minute film starts Sarah Jones, Patty Duke, Haylie Duff, and Jordan Bridges and picks up where Love Takes Wing left off.  The love saga winds to a close as Belinda (Sarah Jones) takes on a new responsibility while accepting guidance from the place she least expected it. While assisting her longtime friend Annie (Haylie Diff) with the last stages of pregnancy, Belinda struggles with the heartbreak of her own infertility.

I have spoken with the force behind the dramatization of this series, Michael Landon, Jr., and found him to be a nice man, one who has dedicated his life and work to his Savior, Jesus Christ. Though the series is a bit soap-opera-ish, Mr. Landon, like his father, always tells an involving story, and the productions move along with a gentle pace as the spirited lead character must deal with finding love and learning to cope with life’s struggles.

The suggested retail price of $99.98 may be daunting, but it’s for eight discs, each film just right for that blustery day, when cuddling up on the sofa with a cup of Earl Grey is just the thing. They are films that entertain and leave you with a lift (like Earl Grey). Great for sharing with a friend, and if the big game isn’t on, you might even get your guy to sit, sip and view along with you.