Love's Long Journey

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Love's Long Journey
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Written by Douglas Lloyd Mcintosh
Cindy Kelly
Michael Landon Jr.
Janette Oke
Directed by Michael Landon Jr.
Starring Erin Cottrell
Logan Bartholomew
Frank McRae
Irene Bedard
W. Morgan Sheppard
James Tupper
Theme music composer Kevin Kiner
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Brian Gordon
Erik Olson
Editor(s) Andrew Vona
Running time 88 min
Original network Hallmark Channel
Original release December 3, 2005
Preceded by Love's Enduring Promise
Followed by Love's Abiding Joy

Love's Long Journey is a 2005 made-for-television Christian drama film based on a series of books by Janette Oke. It was directed by Michael Landon Jr. and was originally aired on Hallmark Channel on December 3, 2005.

It is the third movie in the Love Saga, which includes Love Comes Softly (2003), Love's Enduring Promise (2004), Love's Abiding Joy (2006), Love's Unending Legacy (2007), Love's Unfolding Dream (2007), Love Takes Wing (2009), and Love Finds a Home (2009),[1][2] as well as the 2011 prequels, Love Begins and Love's Everlasting Courage and was produced for Hallmark by Larry Levinson Productions.


Missie's (Erin Cottrell) surprise discovery - her pregnancy - sets her on a new course that's at once thrilling and terrifying. After all the planning and dreaming, she and her husband, Willie (Logan Bartholomew), have headed west in a covered wagon, leaving behind the prairie home of Missie's parents. Later on they meet Jeff Huff and his older brother Sonny. They later make new friends and spend Christmas together. Now, caught between the excitement of the new adventure and the pain of not knowing when she'll see her family again, Missie copes with the challenges and cherishes the rewards of her new homestead.

Missie and Willie LaHaye travel west to Tettsford Junction. Missie is afraid to tell Willie of her pregnancy. When they arrive on their new homestead, it is nothing like what Missie pictured. She meets a native woman who becomes her friend, and while praying with her friends she and her friends are tied to the fence and held at gun point by thieves and Missie is forced to show one of the thieves where she put their money but Jeff finds out that Sonny has been a thief all along. Sonny is shot and later dies. That night Missie goes into labor and gives birth to a baby boy named Matthew (after Willie's brother).


Actor Role
Erin Cottrell Missie LaHaye
Logan Bartholomew Willie LaHaye
Frank McRae Cookie
Irene Bedard Miriam McClaine
Gil Birmingham Sharp Claw
W. Morgan Sheppard Scottie
James Tupper Henry Kline
Johann Urb Fyn Anders
Jeff Kober Pacey
Richard Lee Jackson Sonny Huff
Graham Phillips Jeff Huff
Stephen Bridgewater Mr. Taylorsen
Diane Salinger Diane Louise Salinger
John Savage Trent
Dale Midkiff Clark Davis

Differences from the novel

  • In the novel, while Willie goes on out to the homestead, Missie stays with the Taylorsons in Tettsford Junction for 3 months so she can be near a doctor when she delivers her baby. Willie's ranch in the novel is a 6-day wagon trip from Tettsford Junction. A new town is later built near the ranch in Love's Abiding Joy
  • Willie and Missie name their son Nathan Isaiah in the novel. Nathan is the middle name of both Willie and Clark; Isaiah is after the Bible verse they memorized for the journey west. Nathan Isaiah is the name shown in the films end-credits, instead of Matthew Isaiah, the name in the film.
  • There is no Sonny or Jeff in the novel. There is also no native family living near the Ranch. The novel depicts a family of Mexicans.


The following people received 'Camie Awards in 2006 for their role in making the film:


Missie was portrayed by January Jones in the second movie.


  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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