Love's Abiding Joy

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Love's Abiding Joy
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Format Christian drama
Distributed by Fox Faith
Directed by Michael Landon Jr.
Produced by Brian Gordon
Erik Oslon
Written by Michael Landon Jr.
Douglas Lloyd McIntosh
Bridget Terry
Janette Oke
Starring Erin Cottrell
Logan Bartholomew
Frank McRae
Drew Tyler Bell
Mae Whitman
W. Morgan Sheppard
Music by Kevin Kiner
Editing by Colleen Halsey
Country USA
Language English
Original channel Hallmark Channel
Release date October 6, 2006
Running time 87 min
Preceded by Love's Long Journey
Followed by Love's Unending Legacy

Love's Abiding Joy is a 2006 Christian Drama made for TV movie based on a series of books by Janette Oke. It was directed by Michael Landon Jr. and stars Erin Cottrell and Logan Bartholomew. It is the fourth movie in the Love Saga, which includes Love Comes Softly (2003), Love's Enduring Promise (2004), Love's Long Journey (2005), Love's Abiding Joy (2006), Love's Unending Legacy (2007), Love's Unfolding Dream (2007), and 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.


Clark goes out West to visit his daughter and son-in-law. During his visit, Kathy, the infant daughter of Willie and Missie, dies. A ruthless land baron and mayor, Doros, hires Willie as town sheriff, since grief-stricken Missie has quit her job as schoolteacher and the LaHayes need the money. Doros uses Willie as sheriff to try to evict ranchers that have fallen behind on payments. Missie helps one family by selling most of her most prized possessions, including the gold locket her mother gave her.

During this time, Doros' daughter, Colette, begins to like Willie and Missie's adopted son, Jeff. Collette is an eastern-schooled girl who is home from school on break. Jeff is a well-read young man who must take over for Willie on the ranch. Colette visits the ranch frequently and helps Jeff with his chores. Jeff also visits her at Doros' ranch. Doros secretly discovers this, but does not let on.

As Collette prepares to leave for school, she and Jeff share a kiss. Her father lays a trap for Jeff using the unwitting Colette. Upon her departure, Doros charges Jeff with horse theft and demands that Willie arrest his own son. Doros swears that Jeff stole the horse, but Willie produces Colette, whom Doros thought left for school on the stagecoach. In the end, Clark realizes that his daughter Missie is in great hands with her husband, Willie and returns home.


Actor Role
Erin Cottrell Missie LaHaye
Logan Bartholomew Willie LaHaye
Frank McRae Cookie
Drew Tyler Bell Jeff LaHaye
Mae Whitman Colette Doros
W. Morgan Sheppard Scottie
James Tupper Henry Kline
John Laughlin Samuel Doros
Kevin Gage John Abel
Brett Coker Mattie LaHaye
Stephen Bridgewater Mr. Taylorsen
Brianna Brown Melinda Kline
Blake Gibbons Joe Paxson
Dale Midkiff Clark Davis

Differences From The Novel[edit]

  • Marty and Clark both visited Missie in the novel, where Clark came alone in the film.
  • Missie and Willie have another son, Josiah, in the novel, but is not in the film. They later have two daughters, Melissa and Julia, mentioned in later novels. Missie is pregnant with Melissa at the close of this novel. Melissa comes east to stay with Clark and Marty in Love's Unfolding Dream. They do not have a daughter named Kathy who died as a baby.
  • Clark is seriously injured while attempting to rescue two boys from a cave in. He is near death, but his life is saved by a neighbor doctor who amputated his leg.
  • Willie does not become the town Sheriff in this novel.
  • The characters Jeff, Collette, and Doros do not exist in the novel.


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