Love's Enduring Promise
|Love's Enduring Promise|
|Written by||Cindy Kelley|
Michael Landon Jr.
|Directed by||Michael Landon Jr.|
Cliff De Young
Dominic Scott Kay
|Theme music composer||Kevin Kiner|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||88 min|
|Original network||Hallmark Channel|
|Original release||November 20, 2004|
|Preceded by||Love Comes Softly|
|Followed by||Love's Long Journey|
The film is the second in the Love Comes Softly series of television movies on Hallmark Channel that includes Love Comes Softly (2003), Love's Long Journey (2005), Love's Abiding Joy (2006), Love's Unending Legacy (2007), Love's Unfolding Dream, Love Takes Wing (2009), and Love Finds a Home produced for Hallmark by Larry Levinson Productions(2009), as well as the 2011 prequels Love Begins and Love's Everlasting Courage.
Missie Davis (January Jones) is a young woman working as a school teacher who spends lots of time reading. Her father has a near-fatal accident but is saved by a mysterious stranger with a troubled past (Logan Bartholomew). When she Davis a rich young man who is just like the heroes in the novels she reads (Mackenzie Astin), she is torn between them and has to decide what is really important.
|January Jones||Missie Davis|
|Mackenzie Astin||Grant Thomas|
|Cliff De Young||Zeke LaHaye|
|Logan Bartholomew||Willie Nathan ('Nate') LaHaye|
|K'Sun Ray||Aaron Davis|
|Cara DeLizia||Annie Walker|
|Dominic Scott Kay||Mattie LaHaye|
|Logan Arens||Arnie Davis|
|Dale Midkiff||Clark Davis|
|Katherine Heigl||Marty Davis|
|Michael Bartel||Willie ('Nate') age 15|
|Douglas Fisher||Edward Trumball|
|Joshua Michael Kwiat||Surveyor|
|Robert F. Lyons||Doc Watkins|
|Matthew Peters||Brian Murphy|
Differences from the novel
- This book picks up three years after Love Comes Softly, with Missie being 5 years old, Clare (Aaron in the film) being 3, and Arnie being born in the third chapter. The book takes them up to Missie's teen years. Missie and Clare are closer together in age than they are depicted in the film.
- Zeke LaHaye and his wife have three children in the novel: Tessie, Nathan, and Willie. Tessie and Nathan are not mentioned in the film. Willie's full name in the film is Willie Nathan LaHaye, as mentioned in the novel Love's Long Journey. Willie did not have a younger brother named Mattie in the novel. His mother and sister die.
- Clark and Marty have a daughter, Elvira "Ellie", and another son, Luke, who are not shown in the film. Many other characters mentioned in the book are not mentioned in the film, such as Nandry and Clae Larson. Though Ellie isn't seen or mentioned in some of the other films in the original series, she is shown as a character with her brother Aaron in the film Love's Christmas Journey
- In the book, Missie only courted Ben and Ma Graham's son before Willie LaHaye.
- Some of the situations in the film were not directly from the book.
The following people won a Camie Award in 2005 for their part in making the film:
- Robert Halmi Jr. (executive producer)
- Larry Levinson (executive producer)
- Lincoln Lageson (executive producer)
- William Spencer Reilly (executive producer)
- Michael Landon Jr. (director/screenwriter)
- Cindy Kelley (screenwriter)
- Janette Oke (author of original book)
- January Jones (actress)
- Logan Bartholomew (actor)
- Mackenzie Astin (actor)
- Dale Midkiff (actor)
- Katherine Heigl (actress)
- Epiphany Prize ... Most Inspiring TV Program from MovieGuide
- Grace Award ... Most Inspiring Television Acting for Dale Midkiff from MovieGuide
In real life Jones, who portrays Heigl's almost-adult stepdaughter, is 10 months her senior.