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When Calls the Heart: Lucas vs. Nathan

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Elizabeth Thornton with Lucas and Nathan
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Season seven of “When Calls The Heart” is in full swing on Hallmark Channel right now. Fans are going crazy over the main character Elizabeth’s indecisiveness regarding her current love triangle between the mysterious Lucas Bouchard and the trustworthy Mountie Nathan Grant. If you have been watching the show this season, then you have likely chosen which team you are on: Team Lucas vs. Team Nathan. While there is much debate among “Hearties” as to which potential love interest Elizabeth belongs with, decide for yourself by reading the five reasons Elizabeth should be with each gentleman caller. Don’t forget to catch up by watching the entire series!

Team Lucas:

1. Similar Background

Both Lucas and Elizabeth were raised in affluent lifestyles in the city. Elizabeth was born into a well-to-do family that frequently attended plays at the theatre and put on exquisite dinner parties. Lucas also comes from this type of family.

Elizabeth having dinner with Lucas
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2. Love for Literature

Lucas enjoys reading just like Elizabeth. His mother was even a book editor, and he can provide her much knowledge about how to proceed with her writing endeavors. They truly seem to connect on this topic.

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3. Mysterious

Lucas waltzed into Hope Valley with many secrets. While many of his secrets have been revealed, it still seems things are being hidden from the town. However, this air of mystery surrounding Lucas only makes him more interesting.

4. Not a Mountie

Unlike Elizabeth’s former love, Jack, Lucas is not a Mountie. This fact is actually quite a refreshing change. As many hearties have noted, this would keep away from a repeat storyline for Elizabeth’s love life.

Elizabeth Thornton and Lucas Bouchard
Elizabeth Thornton with Lucas Bouchard
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5. Caring

As a constant source of encouragement of Elizabeth’s writing, Lucas truly cares about her aspirations to become a published author. In a huge move to show his affection, he even purchased a building for Elizabeth to open her beloved library.

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Elizabeth Thornton and Lucas Bouchard
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Team Nathan

1. Mountie Like Jack

Just like Jack, Elizabeth’s deceased husband, Nathan is also a member of the Canadian Mounted Police. Elizabeth is familiar with this line of work, and they share an automatic connection because of this.

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Nathan Grant
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2. Caregiver For Allie

Nathan has been charged with raising his young niece, Allie, who just happens to be a student at Hope Valley’s school where Elizabeth is the teacher. They both want what is best for Allie and work together to ensure this.

Nathan Grant with niece Allie
Nathan Grant with niece Allie
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3. Good With Kids

Because Nathan is raising his niece on his own, he understands what it is like to be a lone caregiver for a child just like Elizabeth is for little Jack. Throughout the past two seasons, Nathan seems very comfortable playing with little Jack.

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4. What You See Is What You Get

Unlike Lucas, Nathan is not mysterious. He is straightforward in who he is and what he stands for. No one questions his background and his intentions.

5. Brave

At the end of season 6, Nathan came to the rescue of Elizabeth when danger arose at the saloon. He is willing to drop everything to help out the town of Hope Valley which appears to be something Elizabeth really admires.

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When Calls the Heart: Season 7
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After reading over the attributes of both of Elizabeth’s admirers, decide for yourself which one she should be with. Are you #TeamLucas or #TeamNathan? With the season 7 finale coming up soon, “Hearties” may finally get their answer! Be sure to tune in to “When Calls the Heart” airing Sundays at 7 pm CST on Hallmark Channel.

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Sunday 18th of April 2021

I'm for Team LUCAS! But I fear that the writers or producers will pick Nathan because he's a more "wholesome, family type" character instead of a saloon owner.

Phyllis Rocco

Sunday 21st of March 2021

Please Lucas!!! No more Mounties. Lucas is the right choice. This story line needs to end. Nathan is too plain and drab.

Mary Powell

Sunday 21st of February 2021

Team Lucas for all the reasons listed above.


Wednesday 20th of January 2021

Nathan, as with jack straight forward, honest, love of family, will be good with jack and bring him up in a way jack would have approved of. Shows his love in simple meaningful ways, Lucas is from same background as Elizabeth, feel as if Lucas will take over her life, as already over stepping, not as at ease with little jack as Nathan. Lucas will take her back to life she ran from in first place.


Thursday 1st of October 2020

Nathan is the one for Elizabeth. He may be reserved at first however his character development over the past seasons has been outstanding. There are many layers to him that needs peeling. We need to see his backstory and hopefully we see more of what he has inside in Season 8. His relationship with Elizabeth is real with its ups and downs, not a fairytale. Ultimately, this is the kind of relationship that lasts.

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