Love Takes Wing
by Phil Boatwright

Love Takes Wing, the 7th installment of the Love Comes Softly series is now available on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Another in the series of Janette Oke novels, I enjoyed this film adaptation above the rest. While it does still contain the soap-opera-ish sentimentality found in the previous editions, the other qualities balance it out, making it something the whole family can view – even dads. Sarah Jones is pretty and believable as Dr. Belinda Simpson, who returns from Boston and heads west with her best friend Annie (Haylie Duff) to her new post as town doctor in Missouri. There she quickly learns that many of the citizens have been infected with cholera. Some of the townsfolk are blaming the residents of the local orphanage, since the outbreak began there.

With the town against her desire to help the orphans, and the mayor (Patrick Duffy from Dallas) threatening to close the orphanage, Belinda attempts to fight the killing disease while coming to terms with her anger at God over the loss of her husband.

Produced by brother-in-the-Lord Michael Landon, Jr., directed by co-star Lou Diamond Phillips (he plays the bad guy), and featuring Cloris Leachman (a really nice performance), and Kevin Scott Richardson (from Backstreet Boys), the production moves along with a gentle pace as it deals with finding love and learning to cope with not always understanding God’s will.

Though I could have done without the accompanying sappy background musical interludes, I found both the lead and the story engaging. Not rated: two people, a man and a child, die from the disease, but the content is handled gently. Be looking for the DVD at your local video outlets.

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