Love Comes Softly

Love Comes Softly is a 2003 made-for-television Christian drama film set in the 19th century, based on a series of books by Janette Oke. It originally aired on Hallmark Channel on April 13, 2003. It was directed by Michael Landon Jr., and stars Katherine Heigl as a young woman named Marty Claridge.

Love Comes Softly
Written byCindy Kelly
Michael Landon Jr.
Janette Oke
Directed byMichael Landon Jr.
StarringKatherine Heigl
Dale Midkiff
Skye McCole Bartusiak
Corbin Bernsen
Theresa Russell
Theme music composerWilliam Ashford
Ken Thorne
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Kevin Bocarde
Kyle Clark
Editor(s)Colleen Halsey
Running time88 min.
Original networkHallmark Channel
Original releaseApril 13, 2003
Preceded byLove's Everlasting Courage
Followed byLove's Enduring Promise

It is the first in a series of television movies made for Hallmark Channel based on the books and produced for Hallmark by Larry Levinson Productions. The order of the films to follow are the two prequels, Love Begins (2011) and Love's Everlasting Courage (2011), with Love Comes Softly as the original. The others are Love's Enduring Promise (2004), Love's Long Journey (2005), Love's Abiding Joy (2006), Love's Unending Legacy (2007), Love's Unfolding Dream (2007), Love Takes Wing (2009), Love Finds a Home (2009), and Love's Christmas Journey (2011).[1][2][3]


Marty Claridge (Katherine Heigl) has just moved out to the West with her husband Aaron Claridge (Oliver Macready), who dies in a riding accident shortly after. Expecting her late husband's baby, Marty has nowhere to go and needs a place to stay through the winter. Desperate, she accepts the proposal offered by widower Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff). Clark offers to give her a place to stay for the winter and provide her with the fare for the wagon train heading back East in the spring. In exchange, Marty agrees to marry Clark and provide a maternal influence for his young daughter Missie (Skye McCole Bartusiak). Since the marriage is in name only, the pair keep separate quarters. Initially, it is not an ideal arrangement for any of them, and Missie resents Marty for attempting to encourage more feminine behavior from her. As winter passes, Marty learns more about "Clark's God" than she ever dreamed and an affectionate bond develops between her and Missie, allowing them all to begin to feel more like a family. Marty and Clark finally come to realize that they have both done what they thought was impossible: they have found love again. Missie has a new loving mother and Marty's baby is blessed with a wonderful new father.


Katherine HeiglMarty Claridge
Dale MidkiffClark Davis
Skye McCole BartusiakMissie Davis
Corbin BernsenBen Graham
Theresa RussellSarah Graham
Oliver MacreadyAaron Claridge
Adam LoefflerClint Graham
Nick ScogginReverend Johnson
Rutanya AldaWanda Marshall
Tiffany Amber KnightLaura Graham
Jaimz WoolvettWagon Train Scout

Differences from the novel

  • In the book "Love Comes Softly", Missie is a toddler, turning two years old soon after Marty moves in; she is nine in the movie. Clark and Marty are also older in the film than in the book.
  • Marty's husband is named Clem in the novel, Aaron in the film.
  • The Grahams have 13 (11 living, two deceased) children in the novel. Ben Graham was a widower with four children, and Sarah Graham was a widow with three, one that died at age 7. They then had 6 together, one of which they lost in infancy. This is mentioned in Chapter 11 of the book. In the film, they only have four: Ben's two sons and Sarah's two daughters. In the novel, Sarah is only referred to as "Ma Graham" or Mrs. Graham. Laura is Ben's daughter in the novel and Sarah's in the film.


The following people took home a CAMIE_Awards in 2003 for their part in the film:

In 2004 Dale Midkiff won the Grace Award from MovieGuide for Most Inspirational Television Acting.


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