Love Takes Wing

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Love Takes Wing
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Genre Christian drama
Directed by Lou Diamond Phillips
Produced by Kyle A. Clark
Stephen Niver
Written by Rachel Stuhler (teleplay)
Janette Oke (novel)
Starring Sarah Jones
Jordan Bridges
Haylie Duff
Lou Diamond Phillips
Editing by Colleen Halsey
Country  United States
Language English
Original channel Hallmark Channel
Release date April 4, 2009
Preceded by Love's Unfolding Dream
Followed by Love Finds a Home

Love Takes Wing is a Christian drama and the seventh TV movie based on a series of books by Janette Oke. It aired on Hallmark Channel on April 4, 2009.[1] Lou Diamond Phillips directed from a script by Rachel Stuhler, based on the book Love Takes Wing by Janette Oke.[1]

It is the seventh movie in an ongoing series that 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), and Love's Unfolding Dream (2007), and Love Finds a Home (2009), as well as two 2011 prequels, Love Begins, Love's Everlasting Courage, and Love's Christmas Journey.

Plot[edit]

Mourning her husband's recent death, Dr. Belinda Simpson (Sarah Jones) arrives in the tiny town of Sikeston to fill the post of town physician. Once there she discovers that many of the town’s residents, including children at an orphanage run by Miss Hattie Clarence (Cloris Leachman), have fallen ill or died from an unknown ailment. She soon wonders if she's in over her head, despite reassurances from her best friend Annie (Haylie Duff) and Lee (Jordan Bridges), the town blacksmith.

Sikeston's residents are distrustful of Belinda's abilities as a doctor because she's a woman. Many of them don't even want her to help the orphans, whom they blame for infecting the rest of the town; some would be happy to see the orphanage close altogether. Opposed by what seems like the entire town, Belinda must trust in her abilities, her friends, and her faith to guide her.[1]

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Differences From The Novel[edit]

  • The book picks up 2 years after the last novel.
  • None of the events depicted in this film occur in the novel at all.
  • Belinda goes to Boston with Virginia Stafford-Smyth to continue caring for her. She does not go to Boston to become a doctor as depicted in the Film Love's Unfolding Dream. In fact, Belinda only trains as a nurse in the novels.
  • Clark and Marty are present in the novel, but not in the film.
  • Belinda is a single woman in the novel. She marries her husband Drew in the final novel, Love Finds a Home. With the exception of Belinda herself, the majority of the characters in the film never even exist in the book.

Reception[edit]

The premiere of Love Takes Wing was moderately successful for Hallmark Channel, delivering a solid showing among demo ratings and deliveries, particularly among female viewers. The original movie ranked in the top five for selected demographics, and ranked as the second-highest-rated ad-supported cable movie of the day and week delivering a 2.4 household rating with 2.1 million homes, over 2.8 million total viewers and 3.9 million unduplicated viewers. This performance helped the network rank #2 for the night with a 2.0 household rating.[2]

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