Hallmark writers must have finally listened to their audience survey exec in the marketing department….
I have to say, I’m surprised and delighted by the change up of featuring a separated married couple as the leads.
Nicki DeLoach was amazing, as we all knew she would be. Benjamin Ayres, sir, you surprised me. Well done! Everything about the relationship struggle was relatable to me as a old married woman.
I really did liked it.
However….I think why this relationship scenario isn’t written for Hallmark movies very often is: it doesn’t have the butterflies of new love. The rush of emotions are completely different. So while being so heartfelt and real…the warm and fuzzies are there for a little bit, but then the pain is also there. (especially if you can relate to this love story in real life) I guess, I like to watch movies to escape from real life for a bit. No??? Just me????
AHHH!! This movie cranked on my heart! The ending scenes were perfection and made me cry. Benjamin & Nicki and the tears…. So, obviously, they did GOOD! But, man, that’s not usually how I want my Hallmark Christmas Feels!
Also, I know it’s Hallmark and I love ’em to death….but people married for 10 years….without a real engagment ring, and then you get one and propose for a SECOND time…and YOU LET AN INTERRUPTION NEGATE a KISS IN THAT MOMENT?!?!?! I felt personally betrayed.
And, also. They are married. Have been for a LONG TIME. That mistletoe should have been in the bedroom. period. There, I said it.
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Mr. & Mrs. Cranberry Lane. I felt it. They are obviously still in love with each other the whole movie…I think they played the awkwardness fairly well, but again, we could have done with less of the “near miss” kisses. I just didn’t feel like that made sense. AAHHH!!! The proposal. COME ON! It was so good…with the ring and the tears…and the hands….
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️Loved everything about this story. Married couple. Building a Cranberry Empire together, but finding their passion in different parts of the business. Ultimately, love is choosing each other every day. It is hard. It is work. I loved seeing this story being told! I loved all the nods to the trends of DIY, TV shows, Farmer’s Market, Farm Tour Experiences….Basically everything I LOVE!
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Grandma needs to move in with me with her spunky, sassy little attitude! She reminded me so much of my Grandma Flo! Made me smile every time she opened her mouth. Pamela Franks was the best cross between Martha Stewart and Oprah (did you see the arm movements???) I loved that she played a larger role towards the end and may even find some more HAPPY herself. 🙂
FEELS❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Gabe & Dawn really grabbed at the heart strings. I feel like I’ve talked about this a lot already….but I think many-a-Hallmark viewer relates to this storyline more than others. The Christmas decorations and the Cranberry Festival Market, though….they really have me itching to get out my Christmas decor and deck my own halls with Cranberry everything!
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Again, the whole concept was a surprise. Good for you, Hallmark!