"Love Comes Softly" is the first of Hallmark Channel's Love Saga movies based upon the popular book series by Janette Oke. Director Micheal Landon Jr. co-wrote the screenplay with Cindy Kelley. Landon also produces Hallmark's new series "When Calls the Heart," based on the books by Janette Oke. When Calls the Heart a frontier series on Hallmark
"Love Comes Softly" stars Katherine Heigl ("Gray's Anatomy"), Dale Midkiff “Back to You and Me”), Corbin Bernsen "L.A. Law"), Theresa Russell, Oliver Macready and Skye McCole Bartusiak ("24").
The movie is based on the first installment of the successful franchise of eight "Love Comes Softly" novels for writer Janette Oke. Most of Ms. Oke’s books are themed around the inspirational message that fortitude and faith can bring one through life’s circumstances, good and bad. In her genre, Ms. Oke is second in popularity only to author Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame.
"Love Comes Softly" is one the Love Saga movies featuring the character Clark. The prequels to this movie are "Love Begins" and "Love's Everlasting Courage."
- Love Begins by Janette Oke on Hallmark Channel
- Love's Everlasting Courage a Love Sage story on Halllark Channel
- Love's Enduring Promise a Love Saga by Janette Oke on Hallmark Channel
Marty Claridge (Heigl) is a young woman who reluctantly heads west with her husband, “Aaron” (Oliver MacReady). The couple plans to start a new life,ut their plans are cut short when Aaron is killed by a runaway horse, leaving Marty a young widow.
The frontier is no place to grieve and Marty has to make plans to keep a roof over her head until she can return back East in the spring.
Clark, now a widower with a young daughter, offers a practical solution to solve both their problems. He proposes marriage so she can move into his house and help raise his daughter. In return, he promises to pay for her trip home the following spring.
Clark's ten year old daughter (Bartusiak“) refuses to welcome Marty but they are forced to tolerate eachother. It seems like the living arrangement is destined to fail but they grow to have affection for eachother.
Marty tells Clark that she is expecting Aaron's baby in February. When the baby arrives, it is Clark who delivers his stepchild. Gradually they realize that they are falling in love, but will they tell eachother in time before the wagon train heads back East.
The cast of "Love Comes Softly" includes: Katherine Heigl (Marty Claridge),Dale Midkiff (Clark Davis), Skye McCole Bartusiak (Missie Davis), Corbin Bernsen (Ben Graham), Theresa Russell (Sarah Graham) and Oliver MacReady (Aaron Claridge).
“Love Comes Softly” is a Hallmark Entertainment presentation of an Alpine Medien Production in association with Larry Levinson Productions. William Spencer Reilly is executive producer. Faith & Values Media is a co-producer. Hallmark Entertainment distributes worldwide.