Based on the series of novels by Christian historical fiction writer Janette Oke, LOVE COMES SOFTLY was first aired on the Hallmark Channel. It tells the story of a young woman named Marty who travels with her new husband Aaron out west to make a home for themselves. Once there, however, Aaron unexpectedly dies, and a heartbroken Marty must now figure out how she will make it through the cruel frontier winter alone. For this reason she accepts the recently widowed Clarke's proposal, as a matter of survival. The two strike a deal, as he needs a mother for his child while she requires a roof over her head, and the pair agree that she will return home in the springtime. But love blooms during the cold months as this uncommon little family discuss important questions about life, love, and God, and struggle to help each other grow in the unfriendly winter environment.