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Love by the Book (2015)


Love by the Book
Hallmark makes it a habit of producing some of the most wholesome romantic comedies ever. For those of us who prefer staying in over going out on a Saturday night, their latest is one you might want to bookmark. The story opens with two young girls playing and our heroine’s voice telling us this, “My sister Jane and I were raised on a steady diet of fish sticks and fairytales.” Emma (Leah Renee) has always dreamed about the perfect prince. She expected he’d find her when the time was right, yet today, she is instead learning of her sister Jane’s engagement and she remains single, and she’s happy with her work as a small bookstore owner. Life is about to get more complicated in her work when her silent partner (John Schneider) brings in his son, Eric (Kristopher Turner) to help turn things around. The two of them clash about ideas for the shop, but Emma is soon distracted by handsome newcomer, Logan (Ryan Bittle). Logan seems to be the epitome of perfect. Emma is showered in gifts and swept off her feet, but is this real or is it nothing more than... fiction? 

Perfect as a lead-in to Valentine’s Day, this script is one that is full of those “aww…” moments we have come to love from our chick flick television romantic comedies. The cute fairytale and literary references were sweet, and Leah made the perfect believer of the “fairytale life.” She was a sweet kind of heroine whose characteristics reinforced what she said she believed love was. Even the stylist does a nice job conveying Emma’s character – from her clothing to her hairstyles everything helps sell the idea that Emma is a faithful romantic. Eric makes a loveable, fun character who isn’t the guy we initially thought he was.  But wait… no need for alarm. He’s still a good guy. Also worth noting as regards the cast is Stephanie Powers as one of Emma’s employees. Those of you who watch classic TV know the name from Hart to Hart. Having watched a season of the 80’s series, it was entertaining to see her in something again.  

Some cute literary references crop up in the script – particularly cute is Emma being gifted an old edition of Emma and the sisters being named Emma and Jane, both of which are famous Austen heroines. Tying in with the literary bent was the setting. All of us book addicts will enjoy Emma’s store – the quaintness of it is hard to resist and guys, not only does Emma appreciate the old-fashioned charm of a good book, but she blogs! Or she starts one during the movie. The subplot adds a little snazzy-ness to the script and I also liked that Jane got a decent storyline that could have ended either way.  

Make sure you’re able to watch this one if you enjoy movies that are sweet and of course, feature some bookish references. The pace is nice – minus an ending that wrapped too abruptly, and of course, having a main character that values books doesn’t harm the script in the least. 

Watch the premiere of Love by the Book tonight January 24th on Hallmark Channel. 
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  1. Ooooh I am so excited about watching this. I don't have Hallmark so I'll have to wait for someone to possibly put it on YouTube ... how do you watch these before they actually premiere, btw?

    walking in the air.

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    1. Hope you like it, Hannah! I thought it was really quite cute and darling, and well, just "perfect." The story has been done before, but as a fairytale, chick flick fan, I couldn't help loving it. Hope you can see it sometime. :)

      I'll be sending you an email to answer your question - it's really very easy. :)

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  2. It sounds adorable! Haven't seen it, but now I definitely want to! :)

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    1. Yes, yes you do, Kara! It's darling. Let me know what you think when you do. :)

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    2. It was very darling! The only complaint I had was that it did kind of end a little too abruptly for my liking. I wanted a little more time with the cuteness of Emma and Eric! :) I did enjoy the way it catered to my love of books and romcoms, however. And also that it took some plot points and changed the way I expected them to go, which was a very nice surprise.

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    3. Same here; that ending was just... awkward. Or something. But beyond that, I liked the "fairytale" elements and of course, the bookish references. Unexpected cues are always fun. Keeps up guessing. :)

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  3. This sounds really cute! Glad you shared. :)

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    1. It sure was, Tressa! So darling and even though there are no princes or princess, it has a definite "fairytale" vibe. :)

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  4. I thought it was simply adorable! I do agree with you on the ending--Hallmark does have a tendency to rush and/or botch the ending ("Matchmaker Santa," I'm looking at you!), but everything else was delightful!

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    1. The endings are rushed in these films. Why, I'm not sure! Wrap things up in the primary conflicts a bit earlier so we can have a nice, solid ending. Or that's what I'd like. :) Yes, I remember Matchmaker Santa being VERY "bad" in that way (though the movie was cute). I would agree, everything else was delightful. This is one I hope to see on DVD eventually. :)

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  5. I loved this movie, Rissi! Admittedly, I'm a Hallmark addict, but it was one of my favorites. Thought it was going to be so-so at first, then it captured me completely. Really liked Eric.

    I hadn't thought about it until you mentioned it, but Hallmark does tend to rush endings. I hate that in a book and even less in a movie. I replayed the last scene over and over - where he walked up to Emma at the wedding - just so I could enjoy it longer! LOL! Thanks for a great review, Rissi.

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    1. Me too, Carole! Oh, my, this one was darling...! I'm hoping it comes to DVD and yes, agree. Eric was a great leading man.

      Right!? I thought there'd be a little bit MORE to the ending. I remember thinking, "um, that's it!?" Oh, well. It was still sweet and hopefully, I'll add it to my DVD collection (*hint, hint, studios*). Thank YOU for sharing your thoughts! Glad you liked it. :)

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  6. This one looks right up my alley!
    How do you get to review all these fun movies?

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    1. I think you'd like this one, Amanda! It's not a "fairy tale" in the sense of royalty playing a role, but it definitely has those kind of vibes. So cute! :)

      ...as to your question, I'll get an email off to you soon that will answer your question. :)

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    2. I actually found this one and thought it was adorable! Thanks for reviewing it!:)
      I'll look for that email!:)

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    3. I'm so glad! I thought it was one of THE cutest from Hallmark. Gotta' love those fairytale vibes.

      Hopefully I'll get it sent tomorrow (ps; what is your email addy? I was thinking it was on your blog, but didn't see one). I do remember, it's just sometimes I get one too many emails to send/reply too. But it'll come. :)

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  7. I was watching this movie just now - a rerun on the Hallmark Channel. I was reading many of the comments and would love to be emailed some of the info as well - particularly hwo to watch the movies before they premiere.

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    1. Isn't it cute, Sage!? This was (as I remember), one of my most favorites.

      If you're a blogger, I'd gladly email you with some Hallmark info. Just shoot me an email anytime with your addy. :)

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