Emma has anxiously waited to reunite with her best friend Tracey, who’s been recovering after a serious accident. But Will, Tracey’s brother, won’t allow it. He blames her for the accident. When forced to work together to better their community, can Will and Emma learn to respect each other?
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The opening music will immediately get your attention as the camera pans over the stunning countryside. Based on a novel written by Melinda Curtis, an award-winning USA Today bestselling author and writer of sweet Harlequin Heartwarming romances, this movie contains just enough conflict and angst to more than hold your attention as it evolves into a story of forgiveness for the sake of friendship, love, and the betterment of a community. One cautionary note – Emma’s panic attacks could be frightening for younger children.
Emma and Grandma Rose are so excited to see each other! Emma is home to visit Tracey, her best friend since Grade 1. Tracey is recovering from a serious accident that occurred when Emma was driving. Emma goes to the hospital but is not family so is prevented from reuniting with Tracey. Tracey’s brother Will, confronts Emma and reminds her that SHE was the driver, escaped without a scratch, and ran back to the city as fast as she could, abandoning Tracey. Emma is traumatized and has a frightening panic attack in her car. The next day, Emma sneaks into Tracey’s room and their reunion is heartwarming and touching, much to Will’s disgust.
However, Will must consider the need for everyone to cooperate if they are to reopen the old winery that will provide jobs and bring in tourists to a town on the brink of anonymity. Just as the plan is about to be approved by Town Council, backlash from Grandma Rose, a voting member with bad memories of when the winery first closed, threatens to quash the entire project. When Emma and Grandma Rose have a heated argument about her opposition to the winery project, Emma has a panic attack and faints, but Grandma cannot reach an ambulance because of the poor cell phone service… That causes her to re-evaluate her position on supporting a revitalization of the town’s economy and with it, adequate cell service!
This is good entertaining television as Will and Emma wow the Town Council with their flawless plans, and all work together towards a common goal. Amber Marshall and Nina Kiri play Emma and Tracey, and it’s clear their friendship is everlasting and you will be happy they completely understand each other and hold no grudges. Will played by Eric Hicks, is well-cast in that he seems hard-hearted and over-protective but is a sweet and reasonable guy who just wants the best for his sister and to genuinely help the town’s people. And you really want Will and Emma to be together… they are the perfect Romance Movie couple with a history from childhood! So easy to care for all the characters, including grumpy Grandma Rose! Good entertainment but use cautionary discretion for younger viewers regarding the scenes of Emma’s panic attacks.
The Dove Take:
A charming and wholesome movie that emphasizes the importance of eliminating misunderstandings and loss of trust so that family and friends are not forsaken in the heat of false impressions and misguided anger.