Although I’m in the minority when it comes to my favorite TV show on Hallmark, I have said it before, and I’m likely to continue to say so, it’s this one that is my favorite. Chesapeake Shores, season four has some ups, downs and family togetherness, as is the normal of this generational drama, plus, there’s a healthy dose of romance packed in an unusually short season.
Chesapeake Shores, Season Four (2019) Hallmark Review
An important little day trip is what occupies the mind of Kevin O’Brien (Brendan Penny). Along with this girlfriend, Sarah (Jessica Sipos), the two of them are going to visit Kevin’s sister, Jess (Laci J. Mailey) at the new inn, she co-runs with her boyfriend, David (Carlos Marks). Once there, Kevin’s plans for a romantic weekend seem to be thwarted no matter what he does, but somehow, he finds that like everything in this relationship, sometimes, the most unexpected moments turn out to be the best.
Back home in Chesapeake, country superstar Trace Riley (Jesse Metcalfe) returns home, this time, for good. Once back, he finds his bar is still up and running, but there’s something missing in the musical talent, something he may find in a newcomer; and he tries to come to terms with the fact that his girlfriend, Abby (Meghan Ory) just may be moving on. Meanwhile, Abby faces her own trouble at work, something she shares in common with the patriarch of the O’Brien family, her father, Mick (Treat Williams), a man whose business savvy has served him well… until now.
Like any of the prior seasons of this show, this one is fraught with some drama, but somehow this season also feels really joyful, and I love this. I enjoyed each of the six episodes, and like most of the ways the writer’s challenge these characters. A group whose numbers are high, but unlike some of its peers, viewers are also sure to know who everyone is without feeling tripped up.
In addition to Abby, Kevin and Jess, there’s also siblings Bree (Emillie Ullerup) and Connor O’Brien (Andrew Francis), both of whom have a similar storyline this go round. Personally, one of these seems really bittersweet, especially since it involves a character who grows each time they appear, while the other didn’t affect me. No matter what these characters go through, the fact that they’re tight-knit remains one of the strongest things about the writing and show. Sure, they has issues, and all of them have something to forgive or move on from, but at the end of the day, they’re family, and this is always the resounding message.
There’s so many emotions this season, but best of all, the series ends on a high note, and leaves us with a kind of cliffhanger question. Plenty of romantic entanglements takes place, which is ideal for those of us who like a good romance-y trope. There’s drama, there’s marriage, there’s question popping, there’s declarations, and yes, there’s breakups!
Needless to say, this is typical for the usual fare of Chesapeake Shores. It’s lovely and sweet, traumatic (sometimes) and bittersweet. But the overall feel of this show is one of good things. It’s solid storytelling, and makes me hope there’s a fifth season (the ratings were positive so the chances are high). But if not, I hope Hallmark at least produces a two-hour film to wrap up the stories and lives of this lovable O’Brien clan.‘Chesapeake Shores,’ Season Four is The Big Year to Celebrate! A review of the Hallmark TV drama's fourth year with Meghan Ory & Jesse Metcalfe #Hallmarkies #Chessies #Romance Click To Tweet
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