I have long been a fan of the Hallmark movies and Sarah Plain and Tall is no exception. Set in Kansas in the early 1900s, this movie has all of the makings of a delightful family movie: drama, humor, and some adventure.
When Sarah answers an advertisement for a mail order bride, she travels by train to the dusty prairies of Kansas – the opposite landscape from her beloved home by the sea in Maine. When she and widower Jacob meet for the first time, Sarah wonders if she will be able to stay and adjust to her new life. After all, she admits to being outspoken and she’s nothing like Jacob’s wife who lost her life in childbirth. In addition, while the youngest child, Caleb instantly likes Sarah, the oldest child, Anna takes a dislike to Sarah. Still grieving the loss of her mother, Anna isn’t about to let anyone take the place of her mother in her own heart or in the heart of her father.
Can love be found in the least likely of places?
A touching movie with a dash of sweet romance, Sarah Plain and Tall has quickly become a classic that has been enjoyed for over two decades. This movie left me wishing Hallmark would again return to the treasured storylines it once created movies from – movies which included Fallen Angel, Rose Hill, Follow the Stars Home, The Water is Wide, The Courageous Heart of Irena Stendler, The Magic of Ordinary Days, and Beyond the Blackboard to name a few.
Sarah Plain and Tall contains nothing objectionable and is suitable for the entire family. However, a scene with a windstorm may frighten younger children. I highly recommended it for your next family night.