When Calls the Heart “Trials of the Heart” Review (Season 2, Episode 1)

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After a year of waiting for the return of the fan favorite Hallmark Channel series When Calls the Heart, the fans finally got to see the two-hour season premiere tonight; and as a fan of the show myself, it didn’t disappoint.

The big trial against the mine that caused the deaths of 47 men in Coal Valley finally got underway with Samantha Madison, a female prosecutor, coming to try the case before Judge Roy Parker, who replaced the recently deceased Judge Jedidiah Black (special guest star James Brolin).But, of course, some of widows of the mine victims were uncertain of her abilities and the mining company’s lawyer seemingly brushed her off too.

With the trial underway, Ms. Madison’s key witness was Joseph Sweeney, an inspector with the Bureau of Mines, who, despite first stating that the claims made by the late Noah Stanton that the mine was unsafe were true, ended up committing perjury before racing out of town on the stagecoach.

Thankfully, the other witness for whom Ms. Madison was hoping would appear, actually arrived in the small town to back up the claims made by Noah Stanton; and she also had documented proof. Oh, and there was one other big surprise made by this witness: she is the widow of Peter Stanton, Abigail’s son, who lost his life alongside his father Noah in the mine accident.

After careful review of the documents presented to him, the judge sided with the widows, fining the mining company to the maximum amount at that time and forcing the mine to be closed down permanently. That, of course, caused great concern with most of the town because the mine was the primary source of income for most of the men in town.

But that is where newcomer Leland “Lee” Coulter comes into play. He is actually a rich businessman, who wants to open a lumber mill in the town, taking over where the mining company left off. But will Henry Gowan, the manager of the Coal Valley mine, go down without a fight? I doubt it. Oh, and perhaps given the verbal sparring (flirting) between Lee and Jack’s former fiancé Rosemary will keep the “Broadway actress” more interested in Lee, allowing the budding relationship between Jack and Elizabeth to thrive.

Fans also got to see more of Elizabeth’s life in Hamilton with her family, including her sister Julie, who fans met during the latter part of the first season, and newly introduced older sister Viola, Elizabeth’s parents William and Grace and Elizabeth’s childhood friend Charles, who obviously has his eye on Elizabeth.

The socialite turned school teacher returned home because her mother suffered a health crisis and Jack was insistent on accompanying her. While in Hamilton, Jack got to see first-hand just how “well off” Elizabeth’s family really is as well as meeting her parents, her older sister and, of course, Charles. No intimidation there whatsoever, right? After a dinner party held at the lavish Thatcher home, it would seem that Jack was perhaps scared off, but before he returned to Coal Valley (which has been changed to Hope Valley after the success of the trial), Elizabeth caught him at the train station, letting her know that she still cares.

Also included in the premiere was Jack’s younger brother Tom, the “black sheep” of the family, who seemed to take “a shine” to Elizabeth’s younger sister Julie and vice versa; and hopefully the budding relationship between Constable Bill Avery, the forensic specialist who came to Coal Valley to investigate the accident, and Abigail Stanton. Romance seems to be in the air.

What were your thoughts on the long-awaited season premiere of the show? Please share your thoughts below.

The next new episode of ‘When Calls the Heart’ will air on the Hallmark Channel on Saturday, May 2 at 8/7c.

Series Leads:
Erin Krakow as Elizabeth Thatcher
Daniel Lissing as Jack Thornton
Lori Loughlin as Abigail Stanton
Jack Wagner as Bill Avery

Guest Stars:

Martin Cummins as Henry Gowen
Pascale Hutton as Rosemary LeVeaux
Laura Mennell as Samantha Madison
Charlotte Hegele as Julie Thatcher
Lynda Boyd as Grace Thatcher
Devon Weigel as Viola Thatcher
Garwin Sanford as William Thatcher
Eva Bourne as Clara Stanton
Max Lloyd-Jones as Tom Thornton
Marcus Rosner as Charles Kensington
Matthew Harrison as Joseph Sweeney
Serge Houde as Judy Roy Parker