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The Memory Book (2014) - Two Love Stories Collide


This telefilm snagged my attention for two reasons. First, it was a part of a favorite networks 2014 lineup and secondly, it starred a familiar face, a Once Upon a Time alum who enjoyed a recurring role and grew to be a fan favorite. When I had the chance to see it, I didn’t hesitate – in fact, I took extra time to see it. 

Life for Chloe Sullivan (Meghan Ory) is safe. She isn’t the kind of girl who buys into love that lasts forever – it’s reflected in her bad upbringing and in her photographs. Instead of finding joy in people, Chloe views the world more bleakly and captures stone structures rather than happy expressions… all of which is before she meets Gabe (Luke Macfarlane). A lawyer-turned-bartender-turned-wannabe-chef, Gabe is the kind of guy who likes to live life – and not just safely, but actually take chances, calling it just as he sees it, which is what makes him unattractive to Chloe and her irresistible to him. When Chloe finds an old scrapbook full of the kind of memories she wants – the kind of love she wants, her journey to find the owners puts her again in the path of Gabe and whether she likes it or not, the guy gets under her skin… she’s just not so sure about her heart.   


Every once in a while a TV film comes along that separates itself from the rest of the pack and for me that was this movie. Sure, it’s still a happy-go-lucky “cute” dish of happy circumstances, but it’s a non-blockbuster, Saturday-night-staying-in kind of flick that “has style.” On occasion (rare though it was), the conviction with which Chloe searched for the people in the memory book does come off as a tiny bit off-putting. Not because it isn’t admirable or because it doesn’t make for a charming story, more because even knowing who she is, we wonder why she has to piece the riddle together in order to justify what the outcome of her love life could be vs. what it will (in her mind) be. Aside from this minor complaint, I really cannot think of anything else. The writing is snappy and oh my, the leading couple…!  

From the moment we see the “meet cute” between these two, I was already grinning silly and easily knew this was going to be my kind of movie. Peeps, the banter between these two is darling. Or maybe it’s just the “natural” ebb and flow of their dialogue or could it be that for once both leading roles were filled to perfection? I don’t know what it was, honestly. Whatever, it was a ton of fun to experience and something that is hard not to get caught up in because of it. Beyond that, there is a nice story running parallel to Chloe and Gabe’s that works nicely with the “bigger picture” of the script – and is also concluded to everyone’s satisfaction. 
 

The acting is good as I have already alluded to in my earlier gushing and there are a couple of big name superstars from the past that will pop up. Filming isn't half bad and whatever is said (as regards her character), I liked Chloe’s work. Seeing her views of life through the lens was a cool, artistic addition that works seamlessly into the plot. If you like Nicholas Sparks-esque stories (albeit ones that take a lighter approach to romance) or movie’s that have a “complete package” kind of ending, be sure to tune into this all-new premiere. It’s easily one of my favorite chick flicks of this year.  

If you watch this or have seen it, I’d love to hear your thoughts. The comment section is yours. 
 

Photos: Hallmark / Crown Media Press

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  1. Great review! It sounds awesome and now I can't wait to see it.

    BTW: it premieres on July 26th! Not on the 19th.

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    1. Thanks - and thank you for the correction. I'll be sure to change that. :)

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  2. I agree with you. I loved the movie and the leading couple is amazing.

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  3. This sounds like a really good movie. Can't wait to see it!!!

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    1. Hope you enjoy it, Maria! It's darling. :)

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  4. I have been a huge fan of Meghan Ory ever since OUAT and Intelligence! Thanks for this great review, it sounds like my kind of movie! Recording now... :)

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    1. It was SO cute, Bekah. Hope you like it and you know what, I cannot wait to see Meghan in Intelligence (forgot about that); hopefully, despite it's short run, it'll come to DVD. *fingers crossed* :)

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  5. This sounds so cute! I just love banter-y, light romance, and I'm sad I don't get the Hallmark Movie Channel. I really like(d?) Meghan Ory on OUaT, so I'm glad to see she's in other stuff. That first picture is giving me goofy grins! :) Great review, Rissi!

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    1. Hi, Rachel; as always glad to see you over here. :) Yes, this one was darling and if you like this kind of rom-com, then this is one to keep an eye out for. I'll have to notice if it goes up on iTunes, or just cross my fingers it'll come to DVD for you to check out - and Meghan does a great job.

      Yay for goofy grins; those are the best! :)

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  6. Why, why, why do I only get Hallmark Channel. Between this one and "The Color of Rain"...I need to get my hands on them!

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    1. I'm over here crossing my fingers these will both come to DVD - or check iTunes for The Color of Rain. Hope you can see this one, too, because, well, it's SO cute. :)

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  7. Looking forward to Saturday night! Thanks!

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    1. It's so cute, Katherine. Hope you enjoy it. :)

      Glad you stopped by.

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  8. The Memory Book is so adorable and sweet. This is one of my Hallmark favorites.

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    1. For me as well, Chanel! One of Hallmark's best. :)

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