The "Love Comes Softly" movie series, which premiered on the Hallmark Channel, is part of a series of nine made-for-TV movies adapted from a series of books written by Janette Oak. There are several differences between the movies and the books. The first movie in the series premiered in 2003 and was directed by Michael Landon Jr., whose father was a famous actor.
The first three films in the "Love Comes Softly" series are "Love Comes Softly," "Love's Long Journey" and "Love's Abiding Joy," respectively. Chronologically, the next four films are "Love's Unending Legacy," "Love's Unfolding Dream," "Love Takes Wing" and "Love Finds a Home." Following these seven films, two prequels were made, "Love Begins" and "Love's Everlasting Courage."
There are minor deviations between the film and the novel. For example, in the novel, the characters of Zeke LaHaye and his wife have three children. In the movie, only one is mentioned. Some characters, for example Clare Aaron, are much older in the film than in the book.
The first three films in the series are directed by Micheal Landon Jr. His father, Micheal Landon Sr., was the American movie actor who starred in the TV show "Little House on the Prairie," which was also about a pioneer family in America's frontier days.