Sweet Surrender

What About the 4-Lane Highway?

Tom returns to his hometown in order to help his Grandma run her B&B. Grandma dies, the B&B is in trouble. Thanks to the scheming of his Ex-girlfriend, he is in danger of losing it because of a big highway coming through which makes it vulnerable to being torn down for a mall. The only thing I have to add to the previous reviews is to ask how is the 4 lane highway that is going through Grandma’s bed and breakfast (or at least along the border) going to affect the beauty and ambiance and romance of Grandma’s “legacy?” More than the usual suspension of disbelief is required to swallow this one. Still, it’s not too bad thanks to the actors. Arielle Kebbel is very appealing as the police officer/love interest. (No, he doesn’t get back with his ex, played by Haylie Duff.)

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

February 3, 2020

A Brush with Love

Pretty Good!

At first I thought Nick Bateman was TOO Handsome, if that is possible, but he grew on me. Kebbel was gorgeous yet down to earth and I thought she had good chemistry with the hero, and zero chemistry with the red herring. The movie was beautifully shot with gorgeous and colorful flowers and paint. It had a real romantic and professional crisis that really actually worried me for about a second. The downside was that Kebbel’s character did a real stupid thing near the end which I couldn’t even believe, and her paintings were kind of sickeningly sweet

Rating: 3 out of 5.

April 7, 2019

Bridal Wave

Dynamic Duo in a Valentine’s Treat

Spoiler alert to follow the letter of the law only. Come on, this is Hallmark: We all know how this is going to go down.

Arielle Kebbel and Andrew Walker team up again for another Hallmark Romance after 2012’s highly rated (for a Hallmark!) “A Bride for Christmas.” I didn’t think I’d like this at first because the heroine was too gorgeous and the story was crazy predictable. The characters were even more so. Stodgy but successful workaholic fiancé? Check. Snobby disapproving future mother-in-law? check. Cute rebel outside the lines rival for her hand? Check. Nice middle-class family of the bride worried that their oldest daughter is going to become an “Old Maid”? Check. Arielle, however, proved to be down-to-earth, irreverent, and funny. The script served her well. She was surprisingly relatable despite her beauty. The hero was very attractive with a lot of charm. Jaclyn Smyth added nothing. Still beautiful, she obviously has had some work done, but still looks fairly natural. She should have been more evil to get that tension and suspense ratcheted up a bit . Nice “One Year Later” epilogue: Very Sweet with some amusing little touches.**8 out of 10 stars**

January 20, 2015