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Love’s Unending Legacy

Willie and Missy LaHaye

This is the fifth movie in the Love Series and filmed in 2007. It continues with the story of Willie and Missie LaHaye. This couple has faced many hardships together as well as the death of their only baby daughter Kathy.

Now, we will go to the fifth movie of Love’s Unending Legacy to see what the present and future brings.

Willie LaHaye

Willie LaHaye

Saying Goodby is Bitter Sweet

This is the fifth movie in the Love Series and filmed in 2007. It continues with the story of Willie and Missie LaHaye. This couple has faced many hardships together as well as the death of their only baby daughter Kathy.

Now, we will go to the fifth movie of Love’s Unending Legacy to see what the present and future brings.

It is 1888, and we find Missie (Erin Corttrell) and Matty (Brett Coker) her young son are alone. Because her Darling Willie who was Sheriff in Texford Junction, was shot and killed when he tried to break up a gun fight in a bar over a card game.

Willie LaHaye was killed in 1886, just one year after Kathy their baby died in 1885. Leaving Missie a widow and Matty is without a father. Now, it was not explained why Missie and Matty stayed two years after Willie was killed, it could be she needed the time to grieve and settle things on the ranch.

I empathized with her heartache as it showed in her face and body. As she moved so slowly, as if her whole body grieved as well as her spirit.

Missie and Matty said their goodbyes to Kathy and Willie before they left on the stage going home to her parents in Anderson Corner.

Matty said to his Pa and Kathy that he loved them and would miss them every day. While tearfully Missie said to Willie, I hate to leave but I know you and Kathy will look out for each other, and I will see you again one day.

But it was time to leave as she and Matty needed a different view besides the graves on the hill under the trees so lonely and real.

Missie was thinking how Matty will have a male figure in his life, her Papa Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff. And this is what her son needed at the moment, and maybe they both needed something else besides the view which forced her eyes to look constantly at her loved ones buried under the tree. Missie found that being a single mom was not the easiest role, but she kept learning ways to deal with the path chosen for her.

The Journey Ends

The journey is long, bumpy and dusty to her parent’s home, but Missie never lets an opportunity bypass if she can teach. So Missie taught Matty about the wild life along the way on their journey, and he enjoyed the lessons as he listened and smiled.

Finally, the stage arrived at Anderson Corner and Clark Davis there to meet them. This man is either a superb actor or one of the truly noblest men on our earth today. I love to watch his expressions and hear his articulations as he looks and talks to everyone.

Clark takes Missie and Matty home to see her mother Marty now played by (Samamtha Smith). Marty is so happy to see her Missie and her grandson Matty. She tells Matty he looks so much like his father, and that makes his little face shine as he looks up into her eyes with love.

Clark played checkers with Matty while Missie and Marty have their time together. Years had past since they shared mother and daughter special moments together. Marty told Missie her Papa had found a place for them near town, and it was near the school where she will teach. Marty said she wish Missie would reconsider and stay with them.

Missie thanked her mother and explained if Marty needed her there she would stay. But she felt that she should show Matty that she is strong enough to take care of them.

Missie tells Marty that she cannot believe that she can love again, because she loved Willie so much, he had her whole heart. Marty listened as she poured out her heart to her. And then she told Missie that is how she felt when she lost her first husband, Aaron. However, I fell in love with your Papa and you, so it will happen when it is time.

Her Papa delivered them to their new home in his wagon. (Missie pondered while she rode in the wagon--- on the struggle of frontier life although with all the grief---she did experience happiness.) One could tell that he did not want to leave her. Clark tells Missie I can help you fix it up, and she said we will be just fine Papa, thank you anyway. And she kissed him bye and then she and Matty walk into their new home.

Missie and Matty's New Home

When they entered their new home, it was in shambles, and was especially dirty with broken pieces of furniture thrown around. Matty looked so sad he sat down on a dusty bench with his forlorn attitude and sad eyes.

Then Missie told him that she knew it didn't look like much now, but she would make it their home. And it would feel like home when we are finished.

When Matty said it doesn't look like home. Missie told Matty that home is where you will always have a place, and you will always be loved and never ever alone. At last he smiled a little after she hugged him.

Missie knew her faith would keep her strong so she could take care of Matty as his only parent. We will make it she thought to herself and hugged Matty again, as tears shined in her eyes.

Church on Sunday

The next day Missie and Matty went to church with her Pa. Marty did not go, because she had been ill and was still a little weak and Clark was very protective of her. It felt to Missie like she was really home when she walked into church with her Papa.

Pastor Joe (Hank Stratton) read an announcement to the congregation from the Children’s Aid Society in New York. It stated that a train would bring orphans to their church to find good homes for them. And he was counting on the goodness of their hearts for all families who could and wanted to adopt them to appear in church because the train arrived in a few days.

After church Missie met Mrs. Pettis (Stephanie Nash) and one could tell she was anything but nice. To prove this point after the Sheriff Zach Taylor (Victor Browne) rode up and was talking to some church member, while staring at Missie and Missie looking back at the sheriff.

Mrs. Pettis said that Sheriff Taylor could not be bothered to attend church. And Clark said he was talking care of his duties as sheriff. Then Mr. Pettis (Dave Florek) rides up in his farm wagon to pick his wife up.

And for some reason Missie says to Mrs. Pettis---Well it looks like your husband had a reason for not showing his face in church as well.

Mrs. Pettis replied with snooty attitude and said there is much work to be done on a farm, and since they could not afford a hired hand, her husband had to do the work, so they could eat come winter. I am sure Clark was a bit surprised, but he just looked thoughtful without saying a word.

A Wonderful Addition to Missie and Matty's Life

Then the next day Sheriff Taylor goes to the one room schoolhouse to introduce himself to Missie. One can tell these two are attracted to each other. They talk a few moments and then he left to attend to his duties.

Next day Missie is driving her horse and wagon past the church when she noticed the sign--- Orphans Distribution Today--- and for some reason she stopped her wagon and goes in the church and sits down near the back.

Sheriff Taylor stood at the window for a moment, then sits down on the bench behind Missie and greeted her. He asked her if she would adopt a child today, and she says “no” in an adamant way. Sheriff Taylor just looks at her, then rises and goes up front to take his position to sign the adoption papers.

Upfront stood seven of the most frightened, unkempt, but clean looking little children. Boys and girls from the age of five to 14 years old.

Pastor Joe called each one up and five children were adopted in a short time, then he called the oldest Belinda Marshall (Holliston Coleman) to come up front.

The Pettis’ were talking about how Belinda would make a good worker, and then Mr. Pettis stood up and walked up to her and he told Belinda to open her mouth. She asked why? He replies to see if you are healthy enough to make a good worker. Then puts his hand on her face and she slaps it away---and says—I am not going with you, you smell like you haven’t had a bath in a year. Mr. Pettis said so you are spirited I like that and grabs her arm and she kicks him.

Then the Pettis said they would take the boy who was left, but he didn’t want to go and leave Belinda because she was his sister. He looked at Belinda and she nodded yes. They had not told anyone they were kin, because Belinda told him before Preacher Joe started calling out names, that people did not want a brother and sister together, and they would do better if no one knew.

Missie is the last one left in the church and Pastor Joe said to Belinda, I am sorry child it looks like you will have to get back on the train. And then Sheriff spoke up and said unless someone would like to adopt her as he looked at Missie.

Missie walked up to Belinda and told her that her house is small and she has a little boy, and she cannot give her fancy dolls, but she will treat her kindly if she wanted to go with her. And when Belinda did not answer, Missie said I will take that for a yes. Today Missie felt guided by another force to adopt an orphan, and she smiled thinking about it what just happened and it could be a blessing to them all.

This is where I will stop as I do not want to spoil it for you, because I know you will want to see the rest of the story for yourself when you see the movie Love’ Unending Legacy.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2012 Barbara Purvis Hunter


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on July 01, 2012:

Hi carter06,

Thanks for the visit and comment. Yes, but when you do find it---it is so sweet and wonderful---no matter how long or short it last.

Your Hub Friend.

Bobbi Purvis

Mary from Cronulla NSW on July 01, 2012:

Their love was sweet, romantically and ideally sweet...but very rare to find in the real world made of imperfect people & relationships...oh well we can dream:) thanks for sharing this well written review...cheers

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 28, 2012:

Thank you for the visit oceansider, and for the comment.

Yes these are good clean stories and the author Janette Oke is still writing great books, and has more movies made from her books.

Thanks again,

Bobbi Purvis

oceansider on June 28, 2012:

I enjoyed reading your hub because I have seen all of those movies starting with Love Comes Softly, and I loved each one of them and so did my daughter.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 28, 2012:


I am so happy to see you again---and yes these are the best stories, I watched them so much I almost know everyones lines.

It is restful after a long day at work to lie in bed and watch these great DVD's.

Your Hub Friend,

Bobbi Purvis

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on June 28, 2012:

thanks for the memories.. now i remember these stories..they are great.. I had forgotten.. thank you Bobbi

voted up got to read the rest


Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 06, 2012:


If we could take a Time Machine back when our Great-Great Grandparents lived---I am sure we would fnd marriages of convenience was more common than one thought---at least more than I thought.

Thanks for your visit, I am always happy to see you, and for your great comments.


Your Hub Friend,


Dianna Mendez on June 05, 2012:

This is a good recap on the book as well. I can't imagine how much hardship they suffered in conquering the west. Love was more of a gradual acceptance that developed into true love over time.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 04, 2012:


You and Bev will love them. And you will watch them again and again. Not only are they filmed in a time only our great grandparents enjoyed, but it will make you more thankful each time you view them.

Your Hub Friend,


Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 04, 2012:

Well Bev and I have a whole lot of watching to do. Thanks for the heads up and the great review. Because of you we will be watching these movies in the near future.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 04, 2012:


Thanks for the visit and the comment.

Your Hub Friend,


Nithya Venkat from Dubai on June 04, 2012:

Never watched these. Great review, you have got me interested. Will catch up with these series.Voted up.

Barbara Purvis Hunter (author) from Florida on June 04, 2012:


Hi, Thanks for the visit and your comment.

I just love these movies, I started collecting them in 2003, and each year a new movie was filmed, so I collected them until the last one in 2009.


Your Hub Friend,


Mary from Cronulla NSW on June 04, 2012:

Oh wow...this takes me back to when my girls were little and they read every one of these sweet stories...I'll have to tell them about the movies...thanks for a well written review and for the lovely reminder...cheers

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