‘It Was Always You’: A Hallmark Romance Features Erin Krakow


The last ‘Love Ever After’ title of this year, It was Always You closes out the romance programs for the month with familiar faces.

It was Always You (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review

Planning her perfect wedding is why Elizabeth (Erin Krakow) has lists. She, along with her fiancé and business partner, George (Giles Panton) grew up together and now plan a life together. Busy with work and building their careers, for a little while, Elizabeth and George get a break while visiting his family. During the stay, they throw a birthday celebration for his mother and an engagement party for them. Growing up, Elizabeth was like another member of the Barrington family and she remains more so as she is about to be officially part of the family.

What she doesn’t count on is seeing David (Tyler Hynes) again. David, her fiancé’s brother and the brother who’s as free-spirited as his brother is responsible. David has spent the majority of his adult life travelling with no real plans to settle. But being home and seeing “Lizzie” again reminds him of things he perhaps thought he’d forgotten.

I don’t know if it was or not, but It was Always You seemed to be the most hyped of the four new February premieres. (And it did rake in the most ratings, too.) Its promo certainly was on a constant loop; add in Erin Krakow, and you have a film that the Hallmark network is likely excited to debut. This is one I was curious to see (not because of Krakow), however I’m not entirely sure it’s really as good as I hoped.

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One thing I will say for this romance dramedy (which is based on a novel) is that it’s “different” than some of the others you can compare this with. I’m frustrated because I cannot quite put my finger on the “why” of this. If I were to say, I think part of this is because there’s a more “adult” vibe. This I mean in more of an emotional way. Regardless of my unsure feelings and perhaps petty complaints, I did love seeing Tyler Hynes in another original on Hallmark (last we saw him in On the 12th Date of Christmas); and of course, the fanbase known as ‘Hearties’ will love to see Erin Krakow playing another stubborn leading lady, with the name Elizabeth, too!

I do appreciate that this script doesn’t put a certain two people together in the end. At least not in the way we may expect. Reason I like this is because I think it creates more of a healthy possibility for the future. The theme of dancing is throughout the film and its this that brings the film to its sweet close. All around I think the story is solid, there’s just a little something that prevents me from one-hundred percent loving this film. That said, it’s still worth a watch and will certainly make many swoon. More so if you like While You Were Sleeping.


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Content: nothing to note in this TV-G film.

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