Other reviews had said that the movie did not follow the book. I have not seen many movies that did follow the book. After all, how can you fit a book into a two hour movie? My problem is that I did not know the order of the series. I ordered the number 3 (Love's long journey), and the number 5 (Love's unending legacy). If you are planning on this series, number 1 (love comes softly), number 2 (love's enduring promise), number 4 (love's long journey), and number 6 (love's unfolding dream) etc ??? So I will be ordering numbers 2,4, and 6. It is a good story, and I agree with the other review, killing off Willie was a sad moment.
I have to say that the first two were my favorite, and I didn't really appreciate the second Missie, but this...is nothing nothing less than the big downfall. The quality of the series GREATLY DECREASED in this installment. I was completely disappointed when they killed Willie off, just for Missie to say "Good-bye sweetheart," and marry her submissive sheriff! This film also began the Love Comes Softly pattern of women marrying, sobbing after their husbands die, and quickly marrying again, only to adopt a daughter:)! Feminism also increased, especially because Missie marries a man who is incompetent to lead her. The women find no joy in loving and encouraging their husbands, no honor in being the humble helpmeet who molds the lives of her children. In short, they're attracted to masculine role in the family. And the men are unrealistically attracted to the women, and involuntarily submit to them!???
WARNING: be aware that any men who first marry into the family will be killed off and quickly replaced with someone else.