Each of the films follow a basic plotline of finding love in the difficult life of the pioneers in the 19th century West. Although the movies differ in some respects from the books of Janette Oke, both the novels and films have been favorably compared to the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and the television series that starred Michael Landon. The circle is completed in a way by the fact that Michael Landon Jr. directed a number of the movies, including the first.
Although the films are listed in chronological order of production, the final two are actually prequels. Both Love Begins, and Love’s Everlasting Courage take place prior to the meeting of Clark and Marty. Each movie focuses on Clark Davis, who is played by Wes Brown.
Another reason I find it somewhat interesting that the box does not include Love’s Christmas Journey is that the collection is obviously intended for the holiday market. It is a very nice package, and includes a special greeting card “Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Love Comes Softly Series.” The films are also very prominently marketed as “Christian dramas,” which again, just makes the exclusion of the Christmas story kind of a curious situation.
Let’s face it, the Love Saga films are kind of the ultimate “chick flicks,” and that is by no means intended as an insult. I think that the comparisons to the Little House series is appropriate, and I was a big fan of the books and the TV show. Finally, and this is meant confidentially to those who are having trouble finding a gift for the lady in their life this holiday season, the Love Comes Softly 10th Anniversary Collection would be an excellent choice.