Love Finds a Home
by Phil Boatwright

The final chapter in Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly saga debuted on DVD Nov. 10th and will 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.

Now look, I tear up over Hallmark Hall of Fame commercials, so don’t let the expression “chick flick” cause you to label me a chauvinist. But I have sat through the entire made-for TV/DVD “Love” series by Janette Oke and my conclusion is that the screen adaptations are more suited to feminine sensibilities. This is a chick flick of the highest order. It’s a soap opera set in the Old West; a cross between Little House on the Prairie and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. That said, what’s wrong with that?

Guys are bombarded by movies that go boom, so why shouldn’t the fairer sex have sentimental movies about lifting up what we should all hold dear: love, honor, and regard for others. Melodramatic, yes; set on a dustless frontier, for sure; but the production, like its predecessors, is involving, gently paced, and after sitting through several doses of tame theatrics, leaves viewers with a happy ending. Come to think of it, I may watch it again.

Not rated, I found nothing objectionable. We do see a couple of childbirths (discreetly) so you judge whether those scenes will disturb little ones.