‘A Christmas Duet’: A Cheerful Romance You Might Enjoy

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With Thanksgiving days away, now begins the full onslaught of new Christmas premieres in the big Hallmark week of debuts. This romance tells the story of Averie Davis (Chaley Rose), a woman who runs a charming little inn alongside her best friend, who happens to be the talent behind their delicious food. When a well-respected travel critic Phyllis Selig (Teryl Rothery) plans a stay at Averie’s inn, she tries to make everything perfect. Only trouble is, her one secret (that she’s one part of a record breaking Christmas duet radio favorite) is about to challenge this new happy.

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Unexpectedly, Averie finds her former duet and road partner Jesse Collins (Rome Flynn) is at her doorstep. Though he went on to tour and become a popular solo artist, Jesse still appreciates that their Christmas song imitated life, but will the magic of Christmas be enough to remind her of this?

A Christmas Duet (2019) Hallmark Review

I say this all the time, but feel as though, as a kind of “disclaimer” to this review, I should repeat it. Like anything on this network, if you tune in to see this 2019 original, you’ll see a charming, clean romance that is perfect for the entire family to enjoy. That said, as it’s always best to get the bad over with, personally I couldn’t get into this story. I’ll talk a little bit more about the “why” of this later (aka in a spoiler-y section), but first, let’s talk familiarity.

Appearing in many an original on this network as well as the now cancelled Cedar Cove, it’s fun to see Teryl Rothery in this film, and in a role she plays quite well. It’s also always lovely to see new faces on this network, which is what we discover in the two leads of A Christmas Duet. Being as this is a film about former performers (has anyone else noticed the influx of musical elements as a plot?), this has a musical angle which the actors portray well.

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SPOILERS: What new faces don’t provide is a good romance story. Or at least I didn’t find this to be true. Is there anything wrong with this love story? No, of course not. Like anything, it’s sweet and wholesome, but as I watched, I can’t shake the feeling something is “off” between the actors. There’s a sweet scene between them at a café, but in the end, I just didn’t feel invested in the story between these two. END SPOILERS.

Those of you wanting to start this new holiday week off with something relaxing, and maybe even your favorite warm drink, will find something sweet in this musical romance. There’s all the favorite Christmas movie tropes, and of course, it’s sure to make you feel happy.

See the premiere of A Christmas Duet tonight on Hallmark Channel; check listings for specific times.

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