A Royal Winter (2017) – A Cinderella Fairy Tale (Plus a European Castle)
Anytime a new romantic comedy captures my attention, my reaction is always to question, “When and how can I see this?” When it comes to the stories that premiere on favored television networks, my efforts to accomplish this goal might require a smidgen more creativity, but the end result is always worth it.
The one thing that cannot be said of Maggie Marks (Merritt Patterson) is that she’s spontaneous. She’s following the path she’s supposed to and there’s no room for anything else. A recent law school graduate (following in footsteps of her successful father), Maggie has to be persuaded of the merits a trip to Europe embraces. Instead of jumping at the chance to spend two weeks with her best friend, Sarah, Maggie is convinced she needs to sit by the phone and wait for a job offer to be confirmed. But with persistence, Sarah convinces her that’s not the way to look at life.
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They take off for a small European country where Maggie is courted by a charming Brit she knows as Adrian (Jack Donnelly). Though she enjoys spending time with him, Maggie keeps a guard in place… but everything changes when a secret comes out that could change everything.
Stay. I don't want to lose you. - A Royal Winter
A new year provides 365 days of new programming for the network that has, even in the past year, carved itself a niche that makes it a household name. One that isn’t so much the exception now as it is the norm of programming. Hallmark’s films, whether they are their happy romantic-comedies or “edgier” mysteries, each one is something of a treasure to discover. A Royal Winter is no different.
Stepping inside its world is a modern fairy tale that could rival my favorite, A Princess for Christmas, or come close. The reason for this being the unique markers that defines this story. The sweet meet cute (it involves a hat), and relationship (more an understanding of who the other person is striving to be rather than the dreaded insta-love) that blooms from that first eye lock is adorable.
The fact that there aren’t any promotional photos of these two together (which explains the screen capped photos in this review) makes me sad because their friendship is lovely. In particular I respected how Adrian respected Maggie. Furthermore, I applaud the writer's in their efforts to forgo a the drama that so often surrounds a "break up." Perhaps what I appreciate most is the fact that while yes this is a romance, the story is more about a happily ever after to come rather than a happily ever after being settled.
The Prince and Me-esque fairy tale (complete with a Cinderella entrance) quality of this story is not to be missed. Between the cast (who all play their roles wonderfully – including Samantha Bond of Downton Abbey fame), setting and story, this is a production dripping in enchantment. Anyone who has like Hallmark’s previous contemporary fairy tales or any of their prior romances will find an unforgettable fable inside this wintry fairy land.❅