This series is an adaptation of Jeannete Oakes' popular "Love Comes Softly" novels set in the Canadian outback during the late eighteen hundreds. I really wanted to like this Hallmark Channel production because of producer Michael Landon Jr's high ideals. His integrity and determination to create dramas that the entire family can watch together are unassailable; so is his faith as a born-again Christian. However, at the insistence of Hallmark brass, realism was turned on its head in favor visual effects. As a result, nothing about the series is realistic, nor does it have its foundation established in historical accuracy. It is instead a fanciful interpretation of books whose author has a wonderful ministry reaching people who might not otherwise be interested in faith-based novels. The majority of this series is purportedly set in a coal-mining town which has very few amenities, yet (looking ahead to Seasons 2-4) gorgeous gowns that weren't even in existence in that day and age grace some of the women folk. A supposed log-jam which backed up water in the river and then burst, completely wiping out a settlement below, was only a few logs high--not even enough to flood a football field. Magnificent Christmas decorations appear on buildings, railings, and porch supports that are actually found only in modern displays. Flowers in vases and corsages appear as if by magic, and the coal dust which pervaded every aspect of a real coal-mining town is for the most part strangely absent. So is any depiction of the grinding poverty and back-breaking work which was the lot of coal miners in that day and age. In order to enjoy this show, those who have any knowledge whatsoever of the real west as it was then, must completely suspend skepticism and a requirement for historical accuracy. The actors are great, and the setting is visually impressive (even stunning at times). But it is totally void of accuracy and realism. This could have been a great series, but it's not. Perhaps the majority of producers and filmmakers in America could profit greatly by taking a page from the book used by British filmmakers, who create some of the most historically accurate and engaging made-for-TV movies on the planet.