Now that Christmas is over, and our wrapping paper is tucked away, it’s time to settle in with a cup of tea, and more Hallmark Channel. Yes, that’s right. The season of giving may be over, but Hallmark continues to give us new Saturday night originals, the first of 2019 being a charmer titled Winter Castle.
Winter Castle (2019) Hallmark Channel Review
Jenny Walsh (Emilie Ullerup) has an imaginative mind, but her boss sees her only as one thing: an editor. Though Jenny likes her job, it’s not where she wants to be. Her wish is to be the girl with her name as the author. First, she just has to find the right idea. This may come sooner than she thinks when her sister announces her destination wedding will be an ice castle, which just might by the inspiration Jenny needs.
Widowed father, Craig (Kevin McGarry) isn’t looking for love. But the unsuspecting best man doesn’t know the bride and groom have matchmaking with the maid of honor, on their minds. What the unsuspecting bride and groom don’t know is Craig has already invited a plus one, who may be the woman Craig is about to propose to.
This is the first of Hallmark’s 2019 Winterfest premieres, and it’s a joy to watch. Just as its title and promo video would suggest this one has plenty of charm. With four more originals to follow up Winter Castle (in this campaign), I have no doubt we’re in for more sweetheart romances.
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This one stands apart because of its setting. It’s gorgeous, but also makes you feel cold because of all the ice! Nonetheless, it’s still pretty to watch. From what I see, it’s filmed in Canada at an actual ice hotel. No matter where the actual filming locale, it’s a stunning image, and works well for this story. It creates unique photographs, and experiences for the characters as a result of this.
It’s always a joy to see Emilie Ullerup in another Hallmark original. Best known (to fans of this channel) for her role as an O’Brien sister on Chesapeake Shores, she’s also been in a handful of romances, all of which are adorable. Each of her characters has a universal infectious personality that’s hard to like. It’s fun to see Kevin McGarry in something else as well after his recurring role in Canadian favorite Heartland. Or if you haven’t seen him there (like me), then in previous Hallmark romances like the Jana Kramer led romance Love at First Bark or A Song for Christmas.
No matter its case list, if you enjoy this channel, again, you will like this premiere. It’s easy to enjoy and become invested in the lives of its characters. It’s also nice that some of the tropes don’t go in the way we typically see them go. When all is said and done, basically all I can say is, settle in and enjoy a trip to a fairy tale of an ice castle!Don't miss the first 2019 premiere of #Winterfest only on @HallmarkChannel! #WinterCastle - A Fairytale #Romance in the Snow! Click To Tweet
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