This movie should have been called “All the Feels.”
But before I go on… if you have NOT watched When Calls the Heart Season 5 finale, and you have NOT read or seen any spoilers… DO NOT PASS GO. DO NOT COLLECT 200 DOLLARS. Major spoilers ahead.
If you are still waiting for Netflix to put up Season 5 and you are a “I do all the spoilers” kind of person, pause here, read my take on the Season 5 Finale, maybe do some Season 5 spoiler Googling and return back.
Okay. I feel as though everyone has had some fair warning.
My (Not So) Quick Thoughts
I will be honest, after the events of the Season 5 finale (RIP Jack) and even after reading the synopsis, I wasn’t terribly excited about The Greatest Christmas Blessing. (Ughh… I know… my #hearties heart has gone cold) I wasn’t sure how the story would go without Jack and the whole orphan thing seemed like a cross between the Cody and Becky story from New Year’s Wish and the displaced settlers from When Calls the Heart Christmas (2016). Plus, when it comes to timelines, I fully admit, I am that annoying person who hates when timelines are messed up. And y’all, I could care less about the “historical inaccuracies” of the hair and clothes. But timelines— that’s my big rant with inaccuracies. For all curious, Jack died in October— they showed his gravestone in the finale— and Elizabeth was very obviously pregnant in December… either way, the timeline doesn’t add up.
ANYWAYS. The timeline thing— I can suspended my disbelief. And now, I don’t even care about the time jump/timeline inaccuracy.
But, everything else— HOLY MOLY! *enter all the heart eye emojis*
I actually really, really loved the Greatest Christmas Blessing! I thought it was perfectly Christmasey, the children were adorable, the orphan story was surprising, and I loved seeing all the Hope Valley residents hustlin’ and bustlin’ about.
Let’s talk about the orphan story… which I loved! I was shocked at how much I wanted more of the sisters and the little kids. I can’t wait to see them again in When Hope Calls. Did anyone else melt when Gowen read Millie the book? It was interesting to see another side to Henry Gowen. I’m very curious to see where his storyline goes, because he’s always been the resident bad guy of Hope Valley, and now he’s reading stories to orphans and working at Lee’s mill.
The Most Anticipated Event
There was a little something that happened on Christmas Eve somewhere between Benson Hills and Hope Valley….
WE HAD A BABY!!!
I sound like Rosemary right now by the use of the word “we.”
But Elizabeth had baby Thornton! And it’s a…
And of course, Elizabeth named the baby Jack, of course! #BabyJackThornton
In case you missed it, on the way back to Hope Valley with some Christmas salami, Rosemary, Abigail and Elizabeth are caught in a snowstorm, Elizabeth goes into labor, and Rosemary accidentally derails the car as it slips on some ice. Abigail knows of a hunting cabin (I assume because she’s the mayor and knows the land) and leads Elizabeth to the hunting cabin. While not an ideal place to birth a baby, both women jump into action to help Elizabeth through labor and birth the baby.
I was really, really hoping Elizabeth was going to have a girl because it wouldn’t have been so predictable. (Or maybe it’s really because I’m a girl mom and I think being a girl mom is AWESOME.) But I’ll take little #BabyJack too. I can’t wait to see him grow up! The When Calls the Heart casting team ALWAYS picks the most adorable children, so I am certain, they will not disappoint with the casting of #BabyJack.
You Will Love This Movie If:
- You love Christmas.
- You love babies.
- You can relate to weird pregnancy cravings.
- You love children. Again— the casting picks the most adorable children!!
- Orphan stories pull at your heartstrings.
- You want to see a glimpse of Rosemary as a mom. (Watch for the scene with the little girls as “Christmas past, present, and future” as she calls it. Oh my heart.)
- You want to see Lee melt over a baby. #BabyJack
- You are Team Gowen. AND OHMAWORD. This movie is TOOOOTALLLY a Team Gowen movie.
- You are all about the sappy “we’re a family” moments between the Hope Valley widows and Rosemary.
- Team Classe is your jam.
- You had always wished to see an episode of “What Not to Wear” starring Jesse and the Hope Valley men. (Jesse trying to get a tux for his date with Clara is hysterical.)
- Team Infirmary is your biggest ship. (Faith and Carson didn’t have very many scenes in this movie, but the one scene they had together was super cute.)
- You want to see more of the orphans and the sister keepers. (When Hope Calls will be all about them!)
- You are #TeamFloMo— They make a great wallpapering project team!
- You love Brownie and Opal.
- You want to gift Bill a few figgy pudding recipes in hopes he’ll get back to sherriffing instead of kitchening.
- You enjoy melodrama. There seemed to be A LOT!
- You love the cast. I love them all. The ensemble piece is what has kept me coming back to Hope Valley!
You Will Not Like This Movie If:
- You still haven’t gotten past Jack’s death.
- You wanted to see Team Infirmary kiss under the mistletoe. (Sorry, y’all… it doesn’t happen.)
- You wanted Opal to keep Brownie forever. (Spoiler alert: She has given Brownie to the little orphan girl.)
- You hate the Gowen has had a redemption. (I feel like he and Bill switched places in this movie!)
- You are still stuck on historical inaccuracies of hair, wardrobe, timelines, childbirth, etc. (Y’all— this isn’t a PBS or History Channel documentary. Watch for the heartwarming stories and for the pretty people. Because there are some McDreamy folks coming to Hope Valley!)
Give this movie a shot, y’all. I know Jack’s absence is a hard thing to cope with. (Trust me— I was bawling the entire episode when he died) But I will say, considering Jack had not been present in half of season 4 and half of season 5, I really didn’t “notice” that he was gone. It was like I was already used to him not being in Hope Valley already. It’s a little weird, but I wasn’t completely shocked.
When Calls the Heart: The Greatest Christmas Blessing seemed to be full of new life. I was again reminded why I just love this show in the first place. My interest has definitely piqued my excitement for Season 6. I cannot wait to see how Elizabeth tackles motherhood! I am also curious about the rest of the Hope Valley couples. We got a little tease with the Big Three— Rosemary and Lee… will Rosie get baby fever? Carson and Faith… will #TeamInfirmary become a real thing? Jesse and Clara… will #TeamClasse fans see a proposal? I want to see more!!
If you are a Heartie, let me know what you thought of The Greatest Christmas Blessing! Also, I want to know your predictions for Season 6… what do you think is going to the Hope Valley folks? Tweet me @hallmarkmywords or leave a comment below!
Overall Rating: 5 Stars