Hallmark movies have been called "cookie cutter", "unrealistic" and "predictable". Okay, that may well be true, but who cares. I love Hallmark movies!
Hallmark movies are what I call easy watching, like easy listening music. Not especially profound or deep, but they leave me feeling happy and relaxed. For me, that is most important when watching movies. I don't personally need depressing or upsetting, or even realistic all of the time. But, I'll take "happy" anytime!
I happened upon "A Summer Romance" recently, starring Erin Krakow, who I think is adorable. It did take me a few minutes to adjust to her character in this movie. After all, I see her as Elizabeth in "When Calls the Heart" which is an awesome Hallmark series. She also stars in a Christmas movie I previous reviewed, Finding Father Christmas. She does an excellent job of acting in all of these movies and has quickly become my favorite Hallmark actress. Krakow is not exclusively "Hallmark". They just happen to be where I have seen her most often.
"A Summer Romance" is another sweet romantic movie that ends exactly the way we all hope it will. Still, it's fun to watch, especially when they take a boy out of the city and introduce him to an unpretentious country girl.
Plot of the Hallmark movie, A Summer Romance
A Summer RomanceSamantha Walker is now the sole owner of the Montana ranch that has been in her family for generations. Unfortunately, a large ranch is expensive to maintain. Repairs have required Sam to take a bank loan, which she is several months behind on with payments. That leaves her ranch vulnerable to vultures who desire to build a country club on her land.
Richard Belmont (Ryan Paevey) has already developed a plan to acquire a certain ranch in Bighorn, Montana. He is certain he can persuade the owner to sell. What he doesn't realize is that the owner has plans of her own to make her ranch profitable.
Sam is weighing all of her options, which is why she agrees to meet Belmont and consider his offer. But, the ranch has been in her family for generations and it is home. When Richard arrives in Bighorn without reservations for a room, Sam ends up inviting him to stay in the guesthouse on the ranch.
As Richard spends time with Sam and the residents of the ranch, they all actually become friends. That is not the best alliance for the man, and the company, who plans to buy the ranch home out from under the owner, now friend.
Richard only thinks he is completely in charge of the deal. Sam only thinks she is making the decision. And, yes, you will have to watch the movie if you want to see what happens.
Currently, "A Summer Romance" can be purchased on DVD linked above, but is available on Amazon with a subscription to the Hallmark Channel.
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