A List of The Correct Order of the 11 Movies in The Love Comes Softly Series

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A List of The Correct Order of the 11 Movies in The Love Comes Softly SeriesDo you ever hope to go back in time to the beautiful 19th century rugged, open country where trust, faith, love, family, friends and hard work are core values still sought after and revered? Are you a sucker for some good old-fashioned love stories? Then the “Love Comes Softly” series is for you! Are you confused about which movies are part of the series? Well, many people are! It’s a great Christian series by Janette Oke but it can be tricky knowing which order to watch them in.  So here’s the list with the correct order of the Love Come Softly Series – if you want to watch them in storyline order, not the order they were released.

#1 – Love’s Christmas Journey (2012)

Love's Christmas Journey

Quality: B Violence: A- Sexual Content: A- Language: A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is brand new this season and is part of the Love Comes Softly. Let me know what you think of this movie it should be great just like the rest of the series.

Summary – Inspired by the best-selling “Love Comes Softly” book franchise written by Janette Oke, the first-ever uplifting, almost 3 hour, Christmas story in the series. Still mourning the loss of her family, Ellie agrees to watch her brother’s children when he has to leave town. When a fire is set, Ellie works with a handsome deputy to clear a friends name and learns that if she can trust her faith, this Christmas may bring more miracles than she hoped.

#2 – Love Begins (2011)

Love Begins

Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 72% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Love Begins is a wonderful beginning to an excellent series. I have read the book series and these movies are similar in ways, but pretty different. If you haven’t read the books or if you don’t compare them to the movies (because they really are quite different) then you will really enjoy the entire movie series. 

Summary – After their father’s passing, Ellen Barlow (Julie Mond) and her sister Cassie struggle to maintain the family farm in Anderson’s Corner. When Clark Davis (Wes Brown) finds trouble in town on his way to California, Ellen agrees to hire him at the farm to work off his debts. Before long, Clarke and Ellen unexpectedly develop feelings for each other. Ultimately, a turn of events inspires the pair to begin a legacy of love and faith together in this stirring family drama.

#3 – Love’s Everlasting Courage (2011)

Loves everlasting courage


Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 72% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –This is the most recent movie in the series just like all of the other movies in the series it is inspirational and motivating. It has a great story to follow and is touching.

Summary – With the bank threatening to seize their farm, Clark Davis (Brown) and his wife Ellen (Julie Mond) struggle to support their family on land withered by drought. To make ends meet, Ellen takes a job in town, but she pushes herself to exhaustion and succumbs to scarlet fever.Devastated, Clark is determined to stay and raise their daughter on the land that he and Ellen loved. With help from his parents (Ladd and Boxleitner), the family’s love and courage lead them to inspiring new beginnings in this compelling story based on the epic Love Comes Softly series.

#4 – Love Comes Softly (2003)

Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 84% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –   It is very uplifting and keeps you on your feet. It has a great story of strength and faith.

Summary – Marty and Aaron Claridge (Katherine Heigl and Oliver Macready) travel west in search of new opportunity. But when tragedy strikes and Marty is suddenly widowed, the young woman must face the rugged terrain, bleak weather, and life among strangers – alone. That is until a handsome widower named Clark Davis (Dale Midkiff) suggests a platonic “marriage of convenience” until Marty can return home. As the months pass, though, Marty and Clark discover an unexpected new love where there was once only loss.

#5 – Love’s Enduring Promise (2004)



Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 82% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a movie that shows faith and wisdom. It is a heart warming film that everyone in the family can watch and enjoy together. You don’t have to worry about the content being dirty at all. You will fall in love with this series if you give it a try.

Summary – Based on Janette Oke’s best-selling novel, this poignant sequel to Love Comes Softly will draw you in from beginning to end. Missie Davis (January Jones) is devoted equally to teaching school and doing her fair share on the farm. When a handsome railroad heir (Mackenzie Astin) starts to woo her, Missie is nearly swept off her feet. That is, until a mysterious stranger (Logan Bartholomew) with a troubled past shows up. Torn between two very different men, Missie learns what is truly important in this inspiring film that the whole family will enjoy.

#6 – Love’s Long Journey (2005)

Loves Long Journey

Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 82% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Another wonderful part of the Love Comes Softly series. It is fun to see Missie and her husband embark on their new journey together. This series is very wholesome and good.

Summary – In this compelling third installment from Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly book series, 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. 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.

#7 – Love’s Abiding Joy (2006)

Loves Abiding Joy

Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 71% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –This is a wonderful story of hope and joy. It is a great way to show that although we have struggles and trials in our lives the Lord always knows what he is doing and has a plan for each of us.

Summary – Following a treacherous journey West, Missie (Erin Cottrell) and her husband (Logan Bartholomew) have set up a homestead where they’ve begun to raise a family. And now that a railroad line connects the states, Missie’s father (Dale Midkiff), is able to visit. But when the joyful reunion is interrupted by tragedy, the faith and love of this family is once again challenged in a story you and your family will never forget.

#8 – Love’s Unending Legacy (2007)

Loves Unending Legacy

Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 75% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –This is not my favorite of the series but I still liked it a lot. It has a cute and precious storyline and makes it intriguing to watch. This movie is sweet and shows another great side to love!

Summary – Two years after the death of her husband, Missie knows that it is time to move on. She heads home with her son to be near her parents and to return to teaching. Certain she will never find love again. Missie redirects her feelings and when the “orphan train” arrives in town, she adopts Belinda, a feisty young teenager who’s arrived with a secret. As Missie struggles with raising Belinda, she finds she is falling for the local sheriff who might be the only man who can help her save Belinda….and herself.

#9 – Love’s Unfolding Dream (2007)

Love's Unfolding Dream

Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 80% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a cute film from the Love Comes Softly series. There is a lot of determination and dedication shown by the main characters and not to mention some fun romance to go along with it. It is fun to watch the story unfold as you wonder what will happen next.

Summary – Missie’s (Erin Cottrell) adopted daughter Belinda (Scout Taylor-Compton) is determined to become a doctor, but despite her dedication and ability, Doc Jackson (Robert Pine) believes women should stay at home – and so does Belinda’s suitor, Drew Simpson (Patrick Levis)! But with faith and hard work, Belinda begins winning the hearts and minds of everyone around her, including a wealthy dowager (Nancy Linehan Charles), who just might help make Belinda’s dreams come true in this satisfying family drama that also stars Samantha Smith and Dale Midkiff.

#10 – Love Takes Wing (2009)

Love Takes Wing

Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 71% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –This movie is great for learning and seeing a good example of faith and hope when you endure and keep trying.

Summary – Still as feisty as ever, Belinda Simpson is now a doctor in a small Missouri town where an unknown plague is spreading fear and resentment among the townspeople. One local resident thinks the illness was spread from the town orphanage and wants to see it shut down. Belinda struggles to make sense of the disease and God’s plan for the beleaguered town. But with the support of Lee Owens, the town’s handsome young blacksmith and her best friend, Belinda learns that if she can rely on faith and love then everything else may just fall into place!

#11 – Love Finds a Home (2009)

Love Finds A Home


Is it any Good?  Bear-ometer score: 76% like it

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review –This one is a little bit more boring than the others in the series in my opinion but I still enjoyed it. The storyline is not as dynamic as the rest of it is.

Summary – The eight compelling film based on Janette Oke’s acclaimed Love Comes Softly novel series stars Sarah Jones as Dr. Belinda Owens, a young woman with a loving husband (Jordan Bridges) and a rewarding career. But when Belinda’s pregnant friend Annie (Haylie Duff) comes to stay, Belinda must come to grips with her own inability to conceive. And when Annie’s meddlesome mother-in-law (Oscar Winner Patty Duke) gives Belinda advice about her medical practice. Belinda looks to a higher power for strength, wisdom and even diplomacy in this riveting installment of the popular, uplifting films about the enduring power of love and faith.

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    • Love Comes Softly Fan says

      Love’s Christmas Journey comes sometime after Love’s Unending Legacy and around the time of Love’s Unfolding Dream since Aaron and Ellie are Clark and Marty’s children (married in Love Comes Softly) and Missy is older than Aaron by 10-12 years (Belinda in Unfolding Dream is Missy’s adopted daughter). Hope that helps.

      • says

        I thought marty and clarke had two son’s. Aaron who Marty was pregnant with when her husband Aaron died and another son who is “Loves enduring promise”? I did not remember that they had a girl (ellie). Can anyone clear up?


  1. Sherry Gibbs Atanasoff says

    I haven't watched any of these yet because it seemed impossible to figure out the order, and I'm picky that way. Thank you so much for doing this!

  2. Rachel Brister Long says

    the order is definitely confusing! I'm not sure the order listed here is correct? Can anyone help? I have 10 DVDs in the series…. now I found Loves Beginning and Love's Christmas Journey…. so… Is Loves Beginning the 1st and not Love Comes Softly?

    • says

      Yes. The order is very confusing. The first three came out last but are actually the first ones in the series. Love's Christmas Journey is first (just came out on DVD about a month ago) then Love Begins and so on.

      • Kaylee says

        loves christmas journey is not first, as it is about Aaron which is Marty’s son from her first marriage, that she has in love comes softly, so it would most likely be last or around the same time as the last one which is love finds a home.

  3. says

    This order is wrong. Movies in a series are meant to be viewed chronologically which is how the writer/director intends it for the audience. It is impossible to look at movies in your order, because while we were viewing Love Comes Softly in 2003, Christmas Journey was not created until a decade later. Christmas Journey has to be viewed last… that is the point of creating what is known as a “prequel”.

    • says

      This list is meant for those people who buy the movies and want to watch them in the order that they happened in the character's lives, not production order. If you want to watch them in production order, we have the release date so you can easily figure that out. Thanks for stopping by!

    • LT Gerbracht says

      Vishwanath Samsundar- Sorry to tell you but this order listed here is correct- They just weren’t produced that way. I’ve watched all of these on numerous occasions and own several.

  4. says

    This list is meant for those people who buy the movies and want to watch them in the order that they happened in the character’s lives, not production order. If you want to watch them in production order, we have the release date so you can easily figure that out. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. says

    loves christmas journey is not the first one. its one of the last arron is marty’s son which she dosen’t have till she marries clark. but love begins and loves everlasting courage are a prequal to love comes softly and are before marty and clark meet.

  6. Brenda Gaspard says

    Love's Christmas journey cant be first its about Aaron, Marty's son so how can it be first? Love Begins is first, Love's Christmas journey is or should be last. I am going to keep searching, I have all the movies and would also like to know the order.

  7. Vicki Doutt says

    1.Love Comes Softly is first,2. Love's Enduring Promise, 3.Love's Long Journey,4. Love's Abiding Joy,5. Loves, Unending Legacy,6. Love's Unfolding Dream, 7.Love Takes Wing,8.Love Finds A Home, 9. Love Begins.10. Love's Everlasting Courage, 11. Love's Christmas Journey. I have all of them but the last two. I Love them and watch them often.

    • Deb M says

      I don’t understand how everyone can say that Love comes softly is first…how do you think the whole sequence started.. with Clark Davis and Ellen Barlow..which afterwards they got married and missy was born… now the story goes on after that..

  8. Margaret Dyck says

    They have the order right except for the first one. Ellie and Aaron are Marty and Clark's kids, so that movie would have to be sometime after Love Comes Softly. These movies have the characters and the timeline all screwed up. The books make more sense. But I still love these movies.

  9. Emily Thompson says

    My daughter and I are reading the books. We just read the movie synopsis that says that Willie dies. My daughter doesn’t even want to watch the movies anymore. Why would they stray that far from the original story line? Then she adopts the girl who is her sister in the books? I do not understand why they made such major changes in the story line. Disappointed 🙁

    • Deb M says

      This is how it begins… Love begins.Love’s Everlasting courage..Love comes softly..love’s Enduring Promise…love’s long journey…love’s Abiding joy…love’s Unending Legacy…love’s Unfolding dreams…love’s takes Wings…Love finds a home..love’s Christmas journey…

  10. Yvonne Hale says

    I just recently purchased Loves Comes Softly, and my mother (91) and I watched it about 5 times, plus. Then I saw 4 other movies from this series and purchased them and now we are watching them. The order is confusing, but when I found your list of the correct order that was so helpful, now I can tell my children what I need from my Christmas list.

  11. says

    You commentators are largely correct on “Loves Christmas Journey”. The story occurs somewhere between “Love Takes Wing” and “Love Finds a Home” but is not directly related to these characters. Aaron Davis and Ellie King in this story are the half-brother and sister of Missie Davis and the natural children of Clark and Marty. The story, like “Love Begins” and “Love’s Everlasting Courage” is not written by Janet Oke. It should appear last in your published order for viewing. Maybe there is confusion over Ellie. She is not the Ellie who marries Clark Davis, but his daughter.

    You can date the movies roughly from the 1850’s gold rush (Love Begins) and the dates on the crosses at the start of “Love’s Unending Legacy” (Sonny Huff – 1879, Kathy LaHaye – 1885 – Willie LaHaye – 1886)

    I hope this helps

  12. Rachel Meyer says

    Thanks for the list! Exactly what I wanted.

    It made me laugh that you find the last one boring – that’s my very favorite! I think it’s hilarious. I guess I like character development more than exciting plot.


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