Reality Inspires Second Chance in ‘Love in Winterland’


Returning to a fan favorite network is Chad Michael Murray (Write Before Christmas, The Road Before Christmas) in a new winter-y delight that’s sure to make you want to “stay in.”

Love in Winterland (2020) Hallmark Review

Working at a prominent hotel chain, Alice (Italia Ricci) is happiest when she’s working 24/7. Or at least she thinks she is. Years ago, her heart was broken and now she finds work is all that keeps her sane. The one recent decision she’s made that makes little or no sense is competing on a reality TV show – all for the wrong reasons!

You see she goes on ‘Happily Ever After’ solely to promote her hotel as she works her way through different postings, but the thing is, she never expected the bachelor, Tanner (Jack Turner) to actually be interested in her. When, of the final two, Tanner picks Aly as his final date, the two are whisked off to spend one final date week together.

Waiting for her on this final experience is Aly’s hometown in Vermont, and the ex-boyfriend, Brett (Murray), who broke her heart all those years ago…

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Those who have enjoy this year’s or any prior year installment in the Winterfest grouping of originals will, no doubt, like Love in Winterland. It’s cute and perfectly appropriate in its topic and the time of year in which it airs (given this is “bachelor” season). There’s plenty of snow, along with the activities that accompany the powder-y white stuff.

It’s nice to see Italia Ricci in something else form the network after seeing her in from last year’s ‘summer’ original Rome in Love. She’s got plenty of personality, which fits these types of scripts. Of course, the two men vying for her heart (though, let’s be honest, we know who’ll win!) are both cool dudes. Both have appeared in previous TV films, and it’s always nice to see Jack Turner in something else. But those of us who watched all of those teen YA romances perhaps remember Chad Michael Murray from rom-coms like A Cinderella Story. (I’m not the only one who watched movies like that a million and one times, right?)

Though there’s a rough start early on (just with minor nitpick technical things), once the plot gets rolling, this film is really, quite fun (as usual). It’s got a lot of heart and of course, the romance isn’t in any short supply; I like – surprisingly, the ways Brett’s clumsy attempts of “sabotage,” and the things that result from it. Settle in, enjoy armchair skiing, unexpected romance and the fun complications that result from all of these things.

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Have you seen Love in Winterland? What’d you think; a new favorite or thumbs down? Comment all your thoughts below about this 2020 Winterfest romantic-comedy.

Reality Inspires Second Chance in ‘Love in Winterland.’ Review of the 2020 romance original with Italia Ricci and Chad Michael Murray. Text © Rissi JC

Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press

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