Love's Enduring Promise

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Love's Enduring Promise
Written by Cindy Kelley
Michael Landon Jr.
Janette Oke
Directed by Michael Landon Jr.
Starring January Jones
Mackenzie Astin
Cliff De Young
Cara DeLizia
Dominic Scott Kay
Theme music composer Kevin Kiner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Lincoln Lageson
Randy Pope
Editor(s) Colleen Halsey
Running time 88 min
Original network Hallmark Channel
Original release November 20, 2004
Preceded by Love Comes Softly
Followed by Love's Long Journey

Love's Enduring Promise is a 2004 made-for-television Christian drama film based on a series of books by Janette Oke.

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),[1][2] as well as the 2011 prequels Love Begins and Love's Everlasting Courage.


Missie Davis (January Jones) is a young woman who, although working as a school teacher, spends lots of time reading, about Queen Victoria porcelain and Zeiss lense machines. Her father has a near-fatal accident but is saved by a mysterious stranger (Logan Bartholomew) with a troubled past, the accidental death of a little brother Mattie. When she meets a rich young man, the proprietor of the firm who chose the optimal tracks of the steam+train in the North+West, 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. A confessional movie, the boy tells Missie he is from "here and there" to which She retorts "just passing through!" and also after Missie's Father {Dale Midkiff} recognizes him as his neighbor's Zeke lost son, the ex+stranger says, "When a tragedy... happens... A real family pulls together. And mine ripped apart. My mama She grieved Herself crazy and went back East; and my Pa, he just quit. So I left home six years ago." To which Mr. Davis says "I imagine you have your reasons for coming back now..." A movie about redemption for everybody who wants it, as the Bible keeps telling us. A very competitive movie, to I should say, 1993 The Remains of the Day, with afterlife seen as a crucial aftermath. In the end Missie remembers Nate from primary school and they marry with Zeke standing by near the trees.


Actor Role
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
E.J. Callahan Asa
Katia Coe Clara
Douglas Fisher Edward Trumball
Joshua Michael Kwiat Surveyor
Robert F. Lyons Doc Watkins
Blaine Pate Sam
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:


  • 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.


  1. ^ Love Finds a Home IMDb page
  2. ^ Hallmark Channel Press Release 2/9/2009 Archived 2009-02-11 at the Wayback Machine.

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