In their continued promise of a new original every Saturday night, our favorite romance network debuts Bottled with Love. This one stars Bethany Joy Lenz as Mary Abigail Lawrence, a woman who’s just been dumped… at a wedding… via text message. Abbey feels like this is the final sign that at 36, she’ll never find the right guy. But her guarded personality means, this isn’t the woman she shows to the world. With gentle encouragement from her aunt, Abbey writes a raw and honest letter to Love, which she then places inside a bottle, and tosses to sea.
The man who finds this missive is Nick Everson (Andrew Walker), a nomad who’s currently living in Maine. From Boston originally, Nick returns to the city where his father expects him to help in the acquisition of a new company, his father and sister also expect Nick to work with their loyal employee, Abbey, the girl who unbeknownst to both Nick and Abbey, wrote the letter that Nick holds onto.
Bottled with Love (2019) Hallmark Review
Each of the films from this rapidly growing network charm those of us who appreciate “clean romance” stories; or as I like to refer to them, old-fashioned. The mantle carries through to Bottled with Love. One of Hallmark’s most hyped premieres, including a banner of it being their best of the year, this one had expectations to meet. The cast was enough to excite me, but then, it came time to tune in and see what the fuss was about.
If you’re a frequent TV film viewer, you might remember Lenz and Walker co-star in the Lifetime original Snowed-Inn Christmas. One of my favorite from last year (I also adore them together), it was this reunion that made me most excited to see this romance. They are again romantic-comedy magic as romancers in this new film. They have a great on-screen connection, and I cannot express how much I like Abbey’s character. She’s a little bit (in the most complimentary, adorable) way of a geek, and just so darn relatable.
My one nitpick complaint is as follows. I could do without the final scene blocked as if on a stage; i.e., when the couple has an audience complete with cheers when the inevitable happens. This creates a less genuine moment for the scene to say nothing of it being a little awkward; then again, this is more of a general thought rather than exclusive to this film. Beyond this, sprinkles of adorable moments run through the film. From a diner scene to Nick pulling Abbey out of her comfort zone, there isn’t a time that this one is full-on darling. This is what makes this a story that’s not just easy to fall in love with, but to genuinely understand, and that means this is a must-see kind of romance.#AndrewWalker and #BethanyJoyLenz co-star in an @HallmarkChannel original that's all old-fashioned charm. Bottled with Love - A Story that Reminds Us How to Dream Click To Tweet
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