Based off the first novel in Janette Oke's Love Comes Softly series with the same name, this movie tells the story of heartache, struggle and love. When Marty's husband unexpectedly dies soon after the two moved west, Marty must decide what to do with her life in this unfamiliar place. Her answer comes in the form of a rather unwelcome request from Clark, a widower with a young daughter. Clark asks Marty to marry him so that she can live with his family and take care of his young daughter. If Marty accepts his proposal, Clark promises to pay for her passage back east next spring. With few options available, Marty agrees. Now Marty must work with her new, and sometimes hostile, environment all while she deals with a growing attachment to a man Marty can't help but like, even through her pain.
While Love Comes Softly is based off Janette Oke's novel, the movie can boast a unique take on Oke's wonderful story. One of the most dramatic difference is found in Clark's daughter who, in the novel, is still a baby while in the movie, Missy is a young child. This age difference opens up more drama in the movie as the girls can interact, and conflict, in more entertaining and endearing circumstances than the book allowed. So, if you don't have the time to read Janette Oke's novel, the movie is an equally wonderful story that will warm your heart.