Okay, Hearties, full disclosure here! I’ve had a new idea for a #FanFictionFriday story! I think it will come as a surprise to some, a shock to others, and a “Finally!” to a select few. So, that being said, this movie review will not be as long or thorough as some previously have been. I want to have this new tale finished for you by this Friday, so it will take some focus.

This DOES coincide with today’s movie though. If you remember, I promised all of you that I would discuss Kevin McGarry’s film Winter Love Story today since I reviewed Chris McNally’s movie A Winter Princess last week. (That is REALLY going to get confusing! Both brand new actors to WCTH have surnames that begin with “Mc”? I’ve already gotten their names mixed up several times, and the season hasn’t even started yet!) And the story is about two WRITERS! Has anyone noticed that there seems to be a huge run of Hallmark stories that feature authors? Two in Winterfest alone! And most of them are authors who are trying to break out of their shy shell, or the mold in which others have placed them. I think someone or “Someone” might be trying to tell me something! That’s how I’m taking it anyway. 😉

Well, we’ve come to the end of Winterfest; or as I like to call it, the New Men of WCTH Fest. 😀 I think it’s safe to say that we are quite familiar with the faces and voices of these two gentlemen, and we are quite prepped for viewing them in Season 6; especially Kevin with TWO Hallmark Winterfest films. That guy was one busy bee!

He gave quite a performance in this movie. I think what I like best about him is how down-to-earth he is. Cassie mocks him for having “the ‘aww shucks’ routine down”, but he actually does! He handles her so well in most situations, especially when she’s being volatile. He travels with his dog, he snacks on potato chips, and still gets starstruck when his favorite author walks into the room. AND when the woman he’s fallen for walks out of a ceremony given in HIS honor, he passes off the trophy with a hasty “Take this!” and rushes after her.

Most of all, I love how supportive and encouraging he is of a nervous, brand new writer trying to scratch out a name for herself without resorting to name-throwing. He doesn’t treat her like a tag along; it never enters his mind. He respects her opinion, and asks it of her in regards to his work. But what’s the best way to show your support? Admitting love isn’t a bad start. 😀 Their last words to each other earned several brownie points with me. Most of you know that I’m not a personal fan of the “I love you, too,” statement. Nothing against those who use it, it just sounds like an afterthought to me. So when Elliott declares, “I didn’t just fall in love with your writing, I fell in love with you. I love you, Cassie Winslett, and I hope you love me back,” I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. He told her he’d fallen for her, he said the actual three words, (including her name, which is a bonus!), and he said “back” instead of “too”. Perfect!

Now for the “Bard of Breakups”. Love that name, by the way! Jen Lilley has a great knack for being so real, and just being adorable while being so real! The best example I found of this in this story was at Cassie’s surprise party. She starts to cry, then laughs at it, and quickly dabs her eyes; hopefully before anyone notices. It was like looking in a mirror, because that is EXACTLY what I do! Talk about being real! She also did a fabulous job of slowly gaining confidence. She went from shock that someone actually came to get a book signed by her, to bashfully saying they got a great room because of one of her fans, to totally covering for Elliott when HE was at a loss for words…and so smoothly too! I do admit that I didn’t care for the fact that Cassie went into total drama queen martyr mode just because Elliott thanked his ex-wife at the Awards. It was 2 sentences, and she wasn’t even there! But other than that, she totally won me over.

Last thing I want to mention: the surrounding characters.

1) Mom. The writers, the director, and Mary-Margaret Hume did amazingly with her. Usually the mother is overprotective, over critical, and entirely too full of herself. Jeanine knows that she knows her craft, and she expects others around her to know it too. But she is totally supportive of her daughter’s career, and respects the fact that Cassie wants to succeed on her own merit. And she tells her how proud she is. As someone who grew up in her mother’s shadow, I can tell you we LIVE for that kind of thing!

2) Becca. Becca’s and Cassie’s relationship is something every girl dreams of: to know each other THAT long, and STILL be the best of friends, never having had a “friend fight”? And her reaction to the “cute dragon writer” was hilarious!

3) Piper and Julian. These characters are perfect at filling in the gaps. And it’s such a little thing, but Laura Miyata displayed one of the finest qualities to have as an actor, in my opinion. That is a difference of inflection. If you’ve seen the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, you’re familiar with the scene when Lizzie reads the letter from Uncle Gardner with news of Lydia. Mr. Bennett has one single line the entire scene: “Read on.” It could have been flat and monotone, ruining the entire scene. But he says it differently every single time. That’s what Piper did when poor Julian, oblivious to the blossoming chemistry wanted to go on the city tour. She said his name 3 times, and she nailed it! I even laughed because of how she changed it up every time, and Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll picked it up and ran with it with his silly reactions to being figuratively dragged away.

Okay everyone, time to depart. I promise to try my best to get the new story finished; cross your fingers that it happens! I hope your Hump Day was not too long, or too short, and there are great things ahead for you. This is Hooked Heartie, signing off! May your heart let your hope blossom!

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