An affirming and suspenseful story about a young woman’s struggle to find love again after she arrives in a small North Carolina town. Her reluctance to join the tight-knit community raises questions about her past. Slowly, she begins putting down roots, and gains the courage to start a relationship with Alex, a widowed store owner with two young children. But dark secrets intrude on her new life with such terror that she is forced to rediscover the meaning of sacrifice and rely on the power of love in this deeply moving romantic thriller.
This film has two speeds, slow and fast. The beginning is slow and takes a while in establishing the main plot. The ending is full of action and leads to a crescendo before finally settling down again at the very end. The two leads, Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, are likable as Katie and Alex. Katie is fleeing police and arrives in a small fishing village in North Carolina. She lands a job as a waitress and rents an old house in the woods. She is a bit of a recluse until a neighbor named Jo befriends her. She also makes acquaintances at the local general store where she meets Alex, a widower, and his two children.
She has a flashback of a man being stabbed and we slowly learn what happened, why she is fleeing the police and this leads to more revelations, including a bit of a ghostly one. Despite the nice cinematography, of the sea gulls and bridge at dusk, and the hope the movie offers by film’s end, it contains a sexual relationship between a single man and married woman, as well as strong language. For these reasons we are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.