Love by the Book (2015) Hallmark Review
Hallmark makes a habit to produce some of the most wholesome romantic comedies ever. For those of us who prefer a Saturday night on over going out, their latest is one you might want to bookmark.
The story opens with two young girls playing and a voice telling us this, “My sister Jane and I were raised on a steady diet of fish sticks and fairy tales.”
Emma (Leah Renee) has always dreamed about the perfect prince. She expects he’ll find her when the time is right. Instead she learns of her sister Jane’s engagement while she remains single. Even without the fairy tale, Emma is happy as a quaint book store owner. Until life gets complicated when her silent partner (John Schneider) makes a change. He brings in his son, Eric (Kristopher Turner) to help with declining sales. The two of them clash about ideas for the shop until Emma is distracted by handsome newcomer, Logan (Ryan Bittle).
Logan seems to be the epitome of perfect. He showers Emma in gifts and sweeps her 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 love of our romantic comedies. The cute fairy tale and literary references are sweet, and Leah is the perfect believer of the “fairy tale life.” She’s a sweet kind of heroine with good characteristics. To further sell her character, the stylist dresses her to perfection. From her clothing to her hairstyles everything helps to remind us Emma is a faithful romantic. Eric too is a fun character who might not be the guy we initially think. But wait… no need for alarm. He’s still a good guy. Also worth noting is Stephanie Powers, who co-stars as an employee. Those of you who watch classic TV know the name from Hart to Hart.
Some cute literary references crop up; an example is a gift Emma receives or the sister’s names, Emma and Jane, both of which are famous Austen heroines. Tying in with the literary bent is the setting. All of us book addicts will enjoy Emma’s store. Its quaintness 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 “pop” to the script, and I also like that Jane has a story line that makes us worry over its conclusion.
Make sure you’re able to watch this one if you enjoy movies that are sweet and of course, feature bookish references. The pace is nice – minus an ending that wraps too abruptly, and of course, a main character that values books doesn’t harm the script in the least.
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