When Calls the Heart: After Five Seasons, I’m Feeling Iffy

*Be advised: my reflections here include some When Calls the Heart: Season Five spoilers.*

While the TV show’s plot reflects a more recent spin-off series from Janette Oke and her daughter, Laurel Oke Logan, the show gets its name from Book One in the Canadian West series by Janette, first published in 1983.

I’m a big fan of wholesome television, and I’ve got quite a love for historical fiction books and historical/period dramas. Even so, after finally watching the fifth season of When Calls the Heart, I’m not sure if I’ll be going on to watch the sixth.

I’ve heard a Heartie or two compare WCTH to one of my all-time favorite television shows: Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. As someone with an appreciation for both shows (as well as admiration for the spirit in which Janette Oke has authored her trailblazing Christian Fiction books), to the WCTH and Dr. Quinn comparison, I must give a respectful but honest “no.”

Neither of these television shows is flawless. But WCTH doesn’t compare to Dr. Quinn.

A novel based on a superb historical drama!

While both shows have their own kind of beauty, Dr. Quinn has a depth and grittiness to it that WCTH simply does not have, and I don’t think WCTH aspires to do so. For viewers who are serious about complex, nuanced, hard-hitting stories; impressive, believable acting; and historical drama that thoughtfully incorporates, reflects, and gives relevant commentary on major and minor aspects of history, Dr. Quinn is easier to take seriously.

Not to mention Dr. Quinn’s racially diverse cast of characters, all with their own rich stories woven into the whole, as opposed to the few, nameless faces of color that hover in the background of WCTH sometimes. Apart from a moment I recall from an earlier season, the actors of color on WCTH never get to say anything besides the brief, negligible, faint comments they might make, again, somewhere in the background.

(If I’ve missed or forgotten an episode or two when a person of color is more than just a background face and actually plays a consequential role on WCTH, someone let me know.)

Now, I don’t consider WCTH to be poor at what it does. Hallmark has a brand, I believe they know their audience, and they cater to it. What’s more, there are moments when WCTH really does shine.

A reflective, golden treble clef

Still, much of the time, the shine, or shininess, goes overboard. The tone and execution is often cheesy and hyper-bright. Plus, there are episodes when the show relies on almost nonstop background music. There’s a difference between well-placed music that enhances scenes here and there, and music that doesn’t stop long enough to let the acting or story stand or build on its own for a while. Too much music in the background can make the emotion feel more forced or manufactured than organic. (I will say, though, that the music in this show isn’t as excessive or overbearing as it is in some Hallmark movies I’ve watched.)

A gleaming tube of magenta lipstick

Hope Valley (formerly Coal Valley, when it had an open coal mine) is supposed to be a frontier town, with dirt/gravel roads, fields and woods all around, horses for transportation, and all that. Yet, the actors—the female ones especially—tend to look so…shiny. Super smooth, pink, and glossy, even when their characters are supposed to be makeup-free, and not a hair or a flowing curl out of place. (Also, while film and television actors/actresses often wear wigs and hair pieces to have and maintain just the right look for their characters onscreen, it shouldn’t be obvious. Erin Krakow, playing Elizabeth, is a lovely actress, but it’s unfortunate that her wig in Season Five looks as unnatural as it does. The actress wears her real hair shorter than Elizabeth’s, right?) Even AJ Foster, a female outlaw living a rough life on the run, always has on thick, dark eye makeup and conspicuous lip color.

Because Elizabeth comes from an affluent family in Hamilton, I can go with some of her wardrobe choices. But when the outfits of so many of these frontier townswomen (several widows among them, who aren’t supposed to be well-to-do) are light and powdery or appear rich in color and texture, it’s hard to get a “frontier” vibe from them.

I know that television aims to give viewers something nice to look at, but WCTH seems rather blatant about wanting to look bright and pretty more than it looks realistic.

A handwritten note that says, "Goodbye," surrounded by red rose petals

Granted, I might not have said all this if not for the passing of Jack’s character. It’s tough for a television series to lose one of its leads, and with Daniel Lissing’s choice to leave the show, Jack’s death was the only option that would ultimately make sense for his character. Yet, although I found it to be a rushed and anticlimactic plot twist so soon after Jack and Elizabeth’s long-awaited wedding, and a part of my imagination isn’t fully settled or convinced by a major, sudden death that happens offscreen and shows nothing afterwards but a closed coffin and then a closed grave, I want it to be clear that Lissing’s exit isn’t the only issue that’s made me iffy about continuing to watch the show.

A smiling African American couple on a television screen

Again, I’m a lover of wholesome, hopeful television—life-affirming stories that make you laugh, cry, sigh, and remember what’s good in the world. And even with the aspects of WCTH that have bothered me, I’ve experienced enough enjoyment to keep watching it through five seasons.

But I’m not sure yet if the show’s good points are enough to bring me back for Season Six. I might rather spend that time rewatching Dr. Quinn yet again, to get my “wholesome historical” fix with excellent writing, depth, diversity, and grit to go with it.

We’ll see.

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64 thoughts on “When Calls the Heart: After Five Seasons, I’m Feeling Iffy

  1. Linda Bullock says:

    Wow you hit everything on the mark, as if you read my own thoughts and put them down. Awesome piece this is, I agree wholeheartedly. I, too, will not be watching WCTH, and I, too, have started watching my DQ discs again. That show is brilliant and timeless, and every day new viewers find it and fall in love with everything about it. I truly don’t think WCTH will have quite the staying power 25 years from now.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Gee! It’s amazing because even as much as I enjoyed Dr. Quinn back when I was a kid, I come to better recognize its significance and appreciate it more every time I watch it again as an adult. With so many details incorporated into all those episodes, I get something new out of it every time!

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    • Mary Gwin says:

      I found this site because of asking why Erin Krakow is wearing a wig in this show season five! You’d think if their leading star has to do that it could be a good wig!!! I wouldn’t wear that wig! It’s awful! And since Jack and the cafe owner won’t be in season 6, what are they going to do? Loosing two main characters??? I don’t think it will last long after season six! That is sad because I enjoy the show every so often on Netflix.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Oh dear–the wig! 😀

      I believe Erin Krakow’s hair is actually a good deal shorter now than Elizabeth Thatcher Thornton’s hair would be, requiring a wig for the actress, but I can’t say I understand the poor quality of the styling. I’ve seen plenty of wigs and hair pieces in television and film and had no idea the actors were “wearing hair” until I saw the behind-the-scenes info. Proper hairstyling is truly an art form.

      As for the show losing two of its core actors–I’ve not seen how they’ve managed it, since I did stop watching the show after Season Five. But it seems a number of Hearties have hung in there to still enjoy Season Six. At least it seemed that way to me when I looked on Twitter weeks ago. 🙂

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  2. Pam says:

    I am just now watching the latest available season on Netflix. Elizabeth and Jack just got married, so this is season 5. I could barely stand to watch season 4 with Elizabeth’s awful wig. I was hoping they would fix it this season, but they haven’t. I love all of the actresses outfits, but with the wigs, AJs heavy makeup and bleached hair, and the designer clothes the series has to be watched with a different mindset than one that actually pays attention to detail. The show could have been so much better.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Heeheehee, I hear you, Pam! I also get into a mode where I overlook or tune out certain weaknesses in books, movies, etc. so I can still enjoy them. 🙂 I remind myself that no novel or television show is perfect, or will be perfect for/to everyone.

      I just think in the case of this show, the amount of overlooking and tuning out I’ve been doing has gotten tiring. 😀 The more weeks go by, the more I feel I would be “forcing” myself to watch Season Six because the overall story isn’t over and I’ve hung in there this long. But “hanging in there” ultimately isn’t the way I want to watch television. Or read books, or what have you.

      No less love for Hearties who may go on enjoying the show just fine without me, though. 😉

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  3. Tamara Slatten says:

    Thank you for everything you said. I get frustrated with her bad wig, lack of hats, gloves or hair up, that many of the women should have. On another site, someone defended it, as perhaps costing too much. I am not a hair dresser, but I could churn out some time correct versions myself. Married women back then would have put their hair up, and at least have put on a hat or bonnet. The modern make up is over the top. At least try to look a bit more natural. Don’t get me started on the dyed hair and roots.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Heeheehee, I understand the frustration, Tamara. 🙂

      Funny thing is, the women, including Elizabeth, wore their hair up more in Season One, but I guess it wasn’t “cute” enough. Even so, things like a female restaurant owner cooking other people’s food all day, using a wood stove (with fire!), but she’s always got loose curls flowing around while she’s working in the restaurant’s kitchen? It just doesn’t make sense. 😀

      Granted, on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Jane Seymour’s long hair was one of her signatures. But her character, Michaela, was already a woman who went around bucking societal norms all the time: being a bona fide lady doctor in a rugged town, going by the rather masculine nickname “Dr. Mike,” befriending the Cheyenne people, etc. And the writers purposely weaved Dr. Mike’s hair into the story by having her sister point out how improper it was for Michaela to let her hair “fly loose” that way. Because the show was intentional about showing Dr. Mike bucking another norm with her flying hair, it didn’t just come off as an unexplained, historically inaccurate glamour move for the sake of modern TV.

      And still, when it was time for Dr. Mike to perform surgery–no flying hair. She got those pretty long locks out of the way so she could do her job.

      Hahahaha, I know historical accuracy isn’t exactly WCTH’s major goal, and they’re not aiming to be another Dr. Quinn or anything, but still.

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  4. Micole T says:

    I agree with much of what you said, esp about the Wig.. omg that is what got me to this page lol, searching for info that aha .. however, I wanted to point out that in the first season it was much frontier like, smaller town, cheaper clothing, much less makeup.. but then they take the coal company to court and win all that money.. so while it’s not explicitly stated, you know all the widows got settlements that allowed them all to spend money gussying themselves up and the town ha .. I wanna say as season 2 starts .. I think actually Abigail made a mention about the cafe improvements, and her change in appearance is also noted by several, which we are lead to believe is bc she is moving on now.. I took that as the attempt to lead the audience to the same conclusion for rest of the women.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Yes indeedy, I remember the women’s different look on Season One! It’s the only season I have on DVD. 🙂

      While I could see the coal company money allowing the widows to buy some new dresses and whatnot (or material to sew some new dresses), I personally wouldn’t have translated those finances into that big of a change in their appearances. Unless all of the widows were going to find steady jobs or other streams of income to replace their families’ deceased breadwinners, or find new men in town for remarriage, the widows would have needed to save much of their money to last for a long stretch of years–to take care of their necessities, feed and raise their children, have funds set aside for old age, etc. And even if the settlements were indeed large enough to warrant thorough gussying up for each widow, it still wouldn’t have translated into obviously later-twentieth and twenty-first-century eyeshadow and glossy pink lip color and women going from wearing their hair up to wearing their hair down during a time when it was still considered rather improper for a grown woman to wear her hair unbound in public.

      Still, without the impropriety factor, having one’s long hair down on a regular basis wouldn’t have been practical for a lot of the women’s lifestyles. And even with Abigail’s purposeful shift in her appearance as she moves on, she, a café owner, wouldn’t be wearing her hair down at work, in the midst of cooking and baking and serving, especially if her stove is a wood stove, with a fire burning and embers popping. Abigail’s waves and curls regularly flowing freely over people’s food in her café kitchen and dining room doesn’t add up. 😀

      I made mention of Michaela’s hair in an earlier comment about Dr. Quinn… Nah, that 90s television show wasn’t going to hide away all of Jane Seymour’s signature, lengthy tresses, regardless of the time period and frontier setting of the story. 😀 But they were intentional about mentioning the impropriety of it aloud, and even though Dr. Quinn would wear flowing curls at social gatherings and such, she still didn’t do so while she was at work.

      Again, though, I think WCTH knows their audience, and they must figure that much of the audience just likes things to look bright and pretty onscreen. If enough of the audience isn’t too concerned about the accuracy of the look, then hey, WCTH is doing what works for their viewers.

      Now, since I did stop watching the show, I’ve not seen if they’ve improved Elizabeth’s wig situation at all… Again, taking nothing away from actress Erin Krakow, who’s still lovely!

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      It’s been over a year since I did indeed stop watching the show, so I’ll admit I’m blanking a bit on who Robert is. 😀 But if he’s the minor character I’m thinking of (one of the children in town?), I believe the actor is of mixed background, Caucasian and Indian Canadian. I wouldn’t have thought of him, so thank you for bringing him up!

      It would be interesting to know how diverse a Coal/Hope Valley town might have truly been and what impact it would have had on the actual story. I do remember that in Janette Oke’s Canadian West series (the novel When Calls the Heart and its three companions) about the first Elizabeth and her Mountie husband Wynn, the indigenous Indian people in the area, their culture/customs, and their relationship with white settlers are important parts of the stories. Not sure if the same is true in the younger Elizabeth’s life and town in the Return to the Canadian West series the television show is more heavily based on, since I haven’t read those novels. 🙂

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  5. Liz says:

    I totally agree with you. The women’s highlighted, perfectly curled luxurious hair, carefully plucked eyebrows, couture gowns and major 2020 make-up ruins this show for me. With “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” we at least see the same dresses worn over and over again, making it more period-relatable. Loved the first season of WCTH where the hair, make-up and costumes were down-played but since then, the few episodes I’ve watched are just artificial and painful because of the glam-factor. Who makes these terrible decisions?

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Season One is the only one I’ve got on DVD, and yes, the look of WCTH was better then. ❤

      I think the show is in its seventh season now, the second season without me, so apparently the folks making the costume and makeup decisions know their audience goes for glam, or at least indulges it, if the show is still as glammy as it was when I last saw it. 🙂

      Meanwhile, I spent much of this past weekend watching Dr. Quinn, and my GOODNESS, I hope there's still a possibility for a reboot I heard Jane Seymour talking about toward the end of last year! She mentioned likely premiering it on Netflix if they do it.

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  6. Hersie says:

    I strongly agree. The obvious wig & huge fake eyelashes & hyper perfection & stiff poses to show off un-naturally small (corsetted) waists, modern mens haircuts, only short halting lines with so little depth … all of it has worn pretty thin.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Yeah. It makes me a little sad because there were times when I was really into the show. ❤ Like when Coal Valley's widows went to work in the coal mine to save their homes; and the "Bad things happen if good people do nothing" episode; and some serious moments when Erin Krakow and Daniel Lissing got to display that, yes, they do have real acting chops.

      There just weren't enough of those moments for me. 🙂

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  7. Bernadette Jehnert says:

    I agree with this article. I felt this show poorly handled the death of Jack! In a matter of a short time , they gave us extreme happiness at Jack and Elizabeth’s wedding to Jack’s tragic death. I was so disappointed that it wasted my time and made me mad and sad!! I will not continue to watch into season 6. I do not recommend Hallmark and it’s boring programming!!

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      I feel your disappointment, Bernadette. 😦

      As for Jack and Elizabeth ❤ , I feel like the show stretched out their courtship too long. After a few seasons, the romance, while sweet, became a little monotonous. Because Jack and Elizabeth met as soon as the show began and they obviously started growing feelings for each other from the beginning, they didn't need five seasons to finally make it to the altar.

      I don't fault Daniel Lissing's desire to leave the show and move on career-wise, and I don't think having another actor step in to play Jack would have worked.

      Because dealing with death is a part of life, the death of an important character can be a strong and poignant turning point in a story, if handled correctly. I just think, in Jack and Elizabeth's case, if the show hadn't left them sitting in the courtship stage for so long and instead allowed them more time to be husband and wife, Jack's passing wouldn't have needed to be such a rushed story element, even with him dying five seasons in.

      While it isn't the most enjoyable thing to lose a favorite character, how a character's passing is developed, including its pace/timing within the plot, can at least help the audience to deal with it better. In this case, I think better pacing in the two main characters' courtship and marriage would have allowed more time to develop what came after. 🙂

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  8. Judith A Scruggs says:

    I truly enjoyed watching WCTH, but cried all thru episode 5. I think Jacks leaving should have been him being sent out again and coming back every once in awhile to refresh his character. Season 5 was way to much, wedding, no honeymoon, reassignment and death all in about 35 minutes was horrible and left me in tears and not wanting to watch anymore. Daniel Lissing should have had much more screen time. He was the main character and I didn’t see nearly enough of him. To many stories about the children and not enough on the main people.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Yes, I think his character could have been handled much more smoothly. While it isn’t ideal to lose a main character, there are better ways to deal with an actor’s transition. 🙂

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  9. Lauren says:

    You read my mind. It was getting predictable and harder to accept. After Jack and Elizabeths wedding I preferred a happily ever after ending of my own making and moved on.

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  10. Doris trujillo says:

    Can’t bear to watch it!! The fake eyelashes were the last straw….too much makeup, dewey lips, and hair…..if it were like ‘Jane, plain and tall’. it could have won me over…..sooooooooo unrealistic and unnecessary!!

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  11. Carol Eberle says:

    Well with all its faults, I still loved WCTH. Are there more seasons planned or did this story end with Jacks death? I’m new to Netflix and this was one of the first series that I watched.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      I personally decided not to continue watching the show after Season Five, but yes indeed, there are more seasons of the show after Jack’s passing. 🙂 Season Eight premieres on the Hallmark Channel this February.

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  12. sam33za says:

    I came here looking for info on the wig and make up!! It really detracts from the series for me. I’m still watching in series 6 – thankfully the wig is gone, but the shining clean faces with makeup and super clean town are the same. As someone has mentioned season 1 was very different. Was it a Hallmark series from the beginning? I remember watching an episode in season 2 and noticing the shift – said to myself – this looks like a Hallmark movie. I hadn’t noticed this in season 1. It’s more of a soapie than a series ;-). I’ll def be looking up Dr Q again – I’d forgotten about her…Thanks for a lovely article.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Yes indeed, WCTH has been a Hallmark series from the beginning.

      And thank you for reading! I’ve watched a lot of Dr. Quinn since I wrote this post and haven’t seen WCTH, so I’m glad to hear now that the wig situation improved. 😀

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    • Angela says:

      I love WCTH but I too have noticed a big change. In the 1st season Elizabeth was a defined old fashion woman. Through the seasons her character has taken a different turn. The original character would never have taken a liking to a saloon owner and they simply drag the story lines out too long. I personally love rosemary and lee. Great chemistry!!

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Saloon owner? Heeheehee, it turns out that I did stop watching after Season Five, so I’m pretty hazy on any details after Jack’s death and Elizabeth finding out she was going to have a baby.

      I did enjoy Rosemary and Lee, though! Their chemistry and banter made me smile, and I even teared up a little (and kept rewinding the scene!) when Lee proposed to Rosemary. ❤

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  13. texasredbird says:

    I bought the box set of season 1-7 and just finished the 2 episodes of Jacks death and Elizabeth’s “grieving period”. First, I am extremely disappointed that although the actor wanted to be released from the series that they didn’t replace him rather than kill the character off. Viewers waited years for him to finally propose and they get nothing after the wedding itself! Very disappointing to say the least. Second, one episode of Elizabeth mourning the love of her life for a period of 3-4 weeks and poof, just like that she’s all better and back to her perky, happy self. Extremely unrealistic and disrespectful to the viewers. Writing in a pregnancy at the end of the episode didn’t help any. It actually made it worse. If I decide to keep watching I’ll know not to get too excited or invested in the characters than I already am.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Heeheehee, I think recasting a main role can be just as hard on fans as a main character’s death. Fans get attached to a specific face, voice, and overall presence, and seeing a different face, hearing a different voice that’s supposed to be the same person can feel like watching a total imposter, even if the actor is good.

      If a new actor took a different approach to playing Jack, fans who loved the original Jack would be thinking, “That isn’t what the REAL Jack would do. This other guy doesn’t fit!” If the new actor took a similar approach to playing Jack, fans would be thinking, “This other guy is trying to impersonate the REAL Jack. That’s just corny and creepy!” Some fans would eventually get used to the new actor, others never would, and whether the show killed Jack off or stuck a different actor into Jack’s role, one big chunk of the audience or the other was going to be mad or disappointed. A lose-lose situation.

      A main actor was leaving, and the show had two evils to choose from concerning the fate of his character. They picked an evil and ran with it. Technically, I get it, but I think different aspects of the way they handled the evil they picked was poorly done. I don’t know for sure, but it seems to me there was enough time to do some better storytelling, to write in Jack’s death differently than they did. It wasn’t like they’d found out just that day, on the day of Jack’s death, that Daniel Lissing would be leaving the show.

      Even in my sadness/devastation of losing characters, I’ve seen some GREAT storytelling stem from the deaths of beloved characters on TV dramas. Jack Thornton’s death isn’t one of them—in my personal, never-been-a-screenwriter’s opinion from the sidelines. 😉

      Although Jack’s passing isn’t the main reason I stopped watching the show, can you tell I’m not over it yet? ❤ Enough Hearties still love the show enough for it to still be happening though, so I'm glad for them. Even if from afar. 😀

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  14. Chris C. says:

    Perfect makeup and hair aside, I’ve noticed the soft Vaseline lens used for closeups, specifically for Jack Wagner. Must be in his contract…Doris Day insisted upon this foe her television series. Yikes!
    I expect actors to age like everyone else but guess the business likes to slow down the aging process,
    I enjoy WCTH besides the above mentioned short comings. Good acting and occasional humorous dialogue.

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  15. Shreevijai SUNDAR says:

    Yes, the horrible wig of Elizabeth drew me to this blog, but I am very much in agreement with you regarding the ‘looks’ of the characters that are being portrayed. I guess, the Hallmark demand was to make it as gorgeous as possible. But Elizabeth’s atrocious and obvious hairpiece is simply intolerable.
    As some of your other readers pointed out, chemistry of Lee and Rosemary is much more adorable than Jack’s and Elizabeth’s.
    Keep writing, Nadine❤️

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  16. Kathy Finlay says:

    I would love for Dr Quinn yo return. I have recorded every episode except the 1st 2 which never air…
    I bought the box set on on EBay.
    I can never get enough Sully sizzle.

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      I think the best wigs are the ones that don’t look like wigs. 😀

      Lots of actors and actresses wear them in film and on television, but the audience shouldn’t be able to tell just by looking at them. (Unless the character is supposed to obviously be wearing a wig because wig-wearing is a part of the character’s description, like an Englishman wearing a powdered wig as a status symbol.)

      I’m not sure if it was a budgeting issue with WCTH, but the makeup department is in charge of making sure the actors’ and actresses’ hair, skin tones, body shapes/weight (like if a character is supposed to be pregnant), etc. and overall presentation looks natural and believable onscreen. Many WCTH viewers have been able to tell when Elizabeth’s hair hasn’t been real, and it can be distracting to watch television that way.

      But again, the actress herself, Erin Krakow, is lovely. So I hope the makeup people improved her wig situation sometime after I stopped watching the show. 🙂

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Heeheehee, I just looked up Carol Tuttle since I hadn’t heard of her before. Doesn’t look like her work falls in my area of interest, but maybe one day if she writes a novel… 😀

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Yes, it looks like Carol Tuttle writes nonfiction self-help books, but I’m mostly into fiction: novels, novellas, novelettes, and short stories. 🙂 When I do read nonfiction now and then, it’s usually a memoir with a nice “story” feel.

      Now! As for suggesting something for you to look up—tee-HEE, that’s a loaded question! A question I’m glad you asked. 😀

      I write contemporary fiction and historical fantasy fiction with the goal of bringing hope into people’s lives through the stories. ❤ My contemporary fiction is mostly romance and love stories, and my historical fantasy is fictional history in a completely fictional world—which doesn’t have more "fantastical" elements like magic and mythical creatures.

      My books all fall within the "PG" to "PG-13-ish" range. No profanity, no sensual "bedroom" scenes, and any violence is either mild or brief, not too bloody or gory.

      My contemporary fiction books are listed here with links to more details about each one: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/books-2/contemporary-fiction/

      (Debbie Duo is a free ebook at several retailers if you want to grab a copy of that first.)

      My historical fantasy books are listed here: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/books-2/historical-fantasy-fiction/

      (The Movement of Crowns is also a free ebook at most retailers, if you want to see how the Crowns series starts.)

      As for other authors' books I'd recommend, you may be interested in checking out some of my favorites from the past few years on my Annual Book Awards posts: https://prismaticprospects.wordpress.com/annual-book-awards/

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      I hope that isn't too much info at once! 😉

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Yes indeedy, it’s free to subscribe to this blog or my newsletter if you wish. You fill in your email address on the form, click the “Subscribe” button, and that’s it!

      (If you subscribe to my newsletter, you’ll usually only get those when I have a new book coming out or other special news about my books a few times a year. If you subscribe to my blog, you’ll get an email each time a new post goes up, usually 2-3 a week. Or you can choose to get just one weekly email that shows all the blog posts for that week. 🙂 )

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Well, Jonathan (Willie) was adopted by the same couple that first adopted Melissa (Laura). But yes, I learned some years ago that they are adoptive siblings in real life. 🙂

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    • Nadine C. Keels says:

      Yes, I heard she’ll be appearing on the premiere of the new season of When Hope Calls. Saw a Heartie post about it on Facebook. Since I never watched that spin-off show anyway, I’ll be missing it.

      I also heard that Daniel Lissing will be appearing on the spin-off, though! But it’d be weird watching him on a When-Calls-the-Heart-ish show, playing a character who isn’t Jack.

      That is, I assume he won’t be Jack. Because if he shows up and he is indeed Jack somehow, hanging around some different town, he’ll have some mega-serious explaining to do to the whole Heartie world. 😀

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