Anytime a new romantic comedy captures my attention, my reaction is always, “When and how can I see this?” When it comes to the stories that premiere on favored television networks, my efforts to accomplish this goal might require a smidgen more creativity, but the end result is always worth it.
A Royal Winter (2017) Hallmark Review
The one thing no one can say of Maggie Marks (Merritt Patterson) is that she’s spontaneous. She’s follows the path with a plan and there’s no room for anything else. A recent law school grad (like her successful father), Maggie has to be persuaded of the merits a trip to Europe embraces. Instead of taking the chance to spend two weeks with her best friend, Sarah, Maggie is convinced she should wait for a job offer. But with persistence, Sarah convinces her that’s not the way to look at life.
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Despite her fears, the friends take off for a small European country. Once where Maggie is courted by a charming Brit she knows as Adrian (Jack Donnelly). Though she enjoys spending time with him, Maggie keeps a guard in place… but everything changes when a secret comes out that could change everything.
“Stay. I don’t want to lose you.” – A Royal Winter
A new year provides 365 days of new programs for the network that is, even in the past year, a household name. One that isn’t so much the exception now as it is the norm of programming. Hallmark’s films, whether they are their happy romantic-comedies or “edgier” mysteries, each one is something of a treasure to discover. A Royal Winter is no different.
Stepping inside its world is a modern fairy tale that could rival my favorite, A Princess for Christmas, or come close. The reason for this being each of the unique markers that define this story. The sweet meet cute (it involves a hat), and relationship (more an understanding of who the other person is striving to be rather than the dreaded insta-love) that blooms from that first eye lock is adorable.
The fact that there aren’t any promotional photos of these two together (which explains the screen caps) makes me sad because their friendship is lovely. In particular I respect that Adrian respects Maggie. I also applaud the writer’s in their efforts to forgo the drama that so often surrounds a the “break up” trope. Perhaps what I appreciate most is this; yes, this is a romance, but the story is more about the happily ever after to come instead of a happily ever after that’s already in progress.
The Prince and Me-esque fairy tale (including a Cinderella entrance) quality of this story is so sweet. Between the cast, setting and story, this is a production drips with enchantment. (Samantha Bond from Downton Abbey also appears.) Anyone who has likes Hallmark’s previous contemporary fairy tales will find an unforgettable fable inside this wintry fairy land.❅