A story that is kryptonite to me is a solid military character. When those who wear the uniform are portrayed in the way they should be (with respect), I’m a softie. This is why the Hallmark (Movies & Mysteries) drama Holiday for Heroes was one I looked forward to early on. Now, it’s finally here, and all that’s left is to share all the thoughts.
Holiday for Heroes (2019) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Review
Audrey Brown (Melissa Claire Egan) is a proud military family member. Her younger brother, Devin is a member of the service, and though it’s hard to be apart, she keeps him close by shipping care packages with her own roasted coffee beans, and other things that remind him of home. During one of his deployments, just before Christmas, he shares the bag of coffee with another solider, Matt Evans (Marc Blucas). This inspires Matt to write a note of thanks to Audrey for the best coffee he’s had in months. Thus a series of letters begin.
A year later, and with only a month left on his contract, Matt is sent to Bramford to finish out his career. The fact that this is where Audrey is seems a coincidence too good to be true, and with one last letter, Matt makes plans to meet for a cup of coffee with the girl he met in a letter.
This movie is basically all of those “aww” feels. There’s so many cozy feelings and emotions that play out in this one. At the same time, the script still fills up on all of the tropes and favorite Christmas-y moments you love. Most of this is due to a heroine who loves Christmas; so much so that she brings additional décor to a neighboring business that is, well, already all decked out. Needless to say, you’ll find plenty of twinkle lights inside this sweet and wholesome romance.
There’s something really compelling about this drama. Sure, it does have all of those cozy and Christmas-y seasonal feels, but it’s more than that. For me, the difference is in the military angle. The story keeps things pretty upbeat because this is a seasonal romance, but there are some setbacks and disappointing news. The script balances the two worlds nicely and gives us something to cheer for, and smile about.
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As for the characters, I really like Audrey. She’s easy to relate to, and her interactions with Matt are adorable and is their not-with-each-other “meet cute” (you have to see it to understand). This romance is very old-fashioned and feels authentic to the characters. I also like the way this love story expresses itself, and the actual words the characters use when being honest about their feelings, which makes us fall under the spell all the more.
If you’re staying in this weekend, pop a bowl of popcorn and settle in to discover the wonderful seasonal story that is Holiday For Heroes. A story that also falls just in time to honor our veterans for Veterans Day.
Catch the debut of Holiday for Heroes tonight, Friday the 8th, on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries‘Holiday For Heroes’: Letters Inspire a New Friendship. A review of the Hallmark Movies & Mysteries romance with Marc Blucas. #HallmarkChristmasMovies #CleanRomance Click To Tweet
Content: like everything that has aired this season, this is a clean romance.
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