Chick Flick, Hallmark, Hallmark Channel, Romance, TV, TV Movie, TV Movie Review 6:58 AM
Hallmark makes it a habit of producing some of the most wholesome romantic comedies ever. For those of us who prefer staying in over going out on a Saturday night, their latest is one you might want to bookmark. The story opens with two young girls playing and our heroine’s voice telling us this, “My sister Jane and I were raised on a steady diet of fish sticks and fairytales.” Emma (Leah Renee) has always dreamed about the perfect prince. She expected he’d find her when the time was right, yet today, she is instead learning of her sister Jane’s engagement and she remains single, and she’s happy with her work as a small bookstore owner. Life is about to get more complicated in her work when her silent partner (John Schneider) brings in his son, Eric (Kristopher Turner) to help turn things around. The two of them clash about ideas for the shop, but Emma is soon distracted by handsome newcomer, Logan (Ryan Bittle). Logan seems to be the epitome of perfect. Emma is showered in gifts and swept off her feet, but is this real or is it nothing more than... fiction?
Perfect as a lead-in to Valentine’s Day, this script is one that is full of those “aww…” moments we have come to love from our chick flick television romantic comedies. The cute fairytale and literary references were sweet, and Leah made the perfect believer of the “fairytale life.” She was a sweet kind of heroine whose characteristics reinforced what she said she believed love was. Even the stylist does a nice job conveying Emma’s character – from her clothing to her hairstyles everything helps sell the idea that Emma is a faithful romantic. Eric makes a loveable, fun character who isn’t the guy we initially thought he was. But wait… no need for alarm. He’s still a good guy. Also worth noting as regards the cast is Stephanie Powers as one of Emma’s employees. Those of you who watch classic TV know the name from Hart to Hart. Having watched a season of the 80’s series, it was entertaining to see her in something again.
Some cute literary references crop up in the script – particularly cute is Emma being gifted an old edition of Emma and the sisters being named Emma and Jane, both of which are famous Austen heroines. Tying in with the literary bent was the setting. All of us book addicts will enjoy Emma’s store – the quaintness of it is hard to resist and guys, not only does Emma appreciate the old-fashioned charm of a good book, but she blogs! Or she starts one during the movie. The subplot adds a little snazzy-ness to the script and I also liked that Jane got a decent storyline that could have ended either way.
Make sure you’re able to watch this one if you enjoy movies that are sweet and of course, feature some bookish references. The pace is nice – minus an ending that wrapped too abruptly, and of course, having a main character that values books doesn’t harm the script in the least.
Watch the premiere of Love by the Book tonight January 24th on Hallmark Channel.