The Sweetest Heart (2018 Hallmark Channel)


The Sweetest Heart 

Stars: Julie Gonzalo, Chris McNally

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

Maddie is doing everything she can to save her cupcake business. With the help of a handsome investment banker, Maddie’s luck begins to turn around in all aspects of her life. However, when her first love Nate unexpectedly returns home after 14 years, she will have to choose between a new romance and the man she never stopped loving.


Young Maddie and Nate both love each other and are sending each other off to their live their lives. She is an amazing baker and he is off to college. We flash forward fourteen years to find that Maddie is still baking cupcakes and trying to expand her cupcake business. Maddie is looking to buy the building next door to expand to create a cafe/made to order cupcake shoppe. She enlists a handsome investor seeker to help her find funding for the expansion. (He is very handsome, but not Nate her old High School sweetheart.)

Speaking of Nate, he is back in town after studying cardiology and is looking for a job in his favorite town, even though his parents don’t live there anymore. He shows back up at the bakery and rings the bell. Maddie is VERY special as to why Nate is back in town. She tells him that he is weird and he should have sent a carrier pigeon. They haven’t talked in ten years because of their break up. (It is very tense!) Nate won’t let the moment go and order four dozen cupcakes to help the business?

For some reason, Maddie goes on a date with her investor friend. (Alex, eyeroll!) She is trying to get Nate off her mind. It isn’t an easy task because he keeps ordering cupcakes so he can she her. He insists that Maddie be the one to deliver the cupcakes to the cardiologist wing of the hospital. While delivering the cupcakes, he offers to help her with her website (she is technology challenged.) and maybe even be friends??? She, at first is resistant, but he is not taking no for an answer. (Like all men in Hallmark movies.)

The next day, Nate arrives and they get lunch. (French fry pizza???) They go over the business model, because they are not friends, and it is clear that they are a good team. “His vision, her precision.” is their couple slogan. He offers to build her website for her big meeting and she is thankful that he is fun and helpful.

We get a random dramatic montage of Maddie preparing for her pitch and Nate designing the website. It serves no purpose.

The oven burns the cupcakes that are being cooked for an important investor. Maddie calls Nate to help her figure it out. Cue another montage, this time with baking! (Not flour fight, though!) Nate is a great sou chef and helps her get the job done. He even apologizes for whatever he did wrong in the past. Maddie forgives him and agrees that they can be friends again, not just business partners.

With the investor on her way, Maddie realizes that she needs to have a packed cupcake shoppe to convince investors to give money. Nate goes to the hospital and offers up free cupcakes to anyone who wants them, packing the bakery. The investor is impressed and wants to franchise. Maddie tells her that she would be open to that but only if they could do it HER way. The investor agrees and it is mostly because of the website, or NATE!

To celebrate, Maddie and Nate go on a hike together by the lake. They eat cupcakes together and kiss on the bench that we saw them on at the top of the movie.

Just as the romance is getting back on track, Nate of offered a position that will require him to leave immediately for training. (Just like when he went to college!)    

At a fancy dinner on a portico, Nate tells Maddie that he is so thankful to have spent the last few weeks with her. He tells her about the work opportunity and his needing to leave to Boston for his training. Maddie is disappointed and feeling foolish because this happened before. She runs off but not before telling him that SHE is the opportunity he should be moving mountains for, not this stupid prestigious job in Boston…

In Boston, Nate sees and old couple holding hand and he rethinks everything. At the grand re-opening of the bakery (Which is completely empty.) Nate rushes in to get Maddie back. He tells her that he has given up his job and is moving back to be with her, if she will have her. He pulls out the promise ring from the beginning of the movie and proposes, I guess?!?!?!?!?!?!

They kiss as the doors to the bakery open and tons of customers come filing in. The business is a success and so his their relationship. The end…

Side Note

Sponsored by Flonase because it is spring….

So many B and C romance storylines. Who cares about the shop girl and Nate friend getting together. Or Maddie’s friend and her fiance.

Overall rating

❤️  (1 Heart)

🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 (5 glasses of wine required)

*Photo Credit: © 2018 Crown Media United States, LLC

March TV Movie Guide (Hallmark & Lifetime)

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Bad Tutor (Lifetime)

Premieres: Saturday, March 3 at 8/7c (on Lifetime Movie Network)

Stars: Vanessa Marcil & Alex Frnka

Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Single mom Karen is focused on getting daughter Emily graduated and off to college. But when she hires Devin to boost Emily’s grades, the tutor becomes obsessed: Emily is the spitting image of the girl he left behind — at the bottom of a cliff!


I’m pouring it up for Brenda from General Hospital, Always!

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 10.01.43 PM.pngStalked by a Reality Star (Lifetime)

Premieres: Saturday, March 10 at 8/7c (on Lifetime)

Stars: Cynthia Preston, Emily Bader, and Robert Scott Wilson

Synopsis (via Lifetime)

When teenager Kendra lies about her age to get into a Hollywood party, she meets handsome reality TV star, Brad. But when she discovers that Brad is not as charming as he seems, Kendra rejects him, only to realize that he has become obsessed with her and will stop at nothing – including dating her widowed mother – to be near her.


What lame Hollywood party is Kendra lying to get into where the only famous person she meets is a reality star. I do like a movie about “the industry” though, let it breathe.

download.jpegLove, Once and Always (Hallmark Channel)

Premieres: Saturday, March 10 at 9/8c (on Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Amanda Schull, Peter Porte, Vanessa Bell Calloway

Synopsis (via Hallmark)

When Lucy’s childhood sweetheart plans to tear down the Gilded Age estate and replace it with a golf course, Lucy fights to preserve the historic mansion at all costs. As Lucy and Duncan set out to find a compromise, they learn that embracing the past may be the key to protecting the future.


Love Peter Porte, but this is a tired trope that barely works at Christmas… let along in March. Put a cork in it.

Screen Shot 2018-02-26 at 10.02.41 PM.pngMommy’s Little Angel (Lifetime)

Premieres: Saturday, March 17 at 8/7c (on Lifetime)

Stars: Amanda Clayton, and Morgan Neundorf

Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Twelve-year-old Katie has had a short but rough life. When her mother dies from an apparent suicide, her cousin Nikki and her husband Luke, decide to adopt her. Katie adores her new family and will not let anyone, including her abusive and mentally deranged father, take her away from them.


What? Put a cork in it.


The Sweetest Heart (Hallmark Channel)

Premieres: Saturday, March 17 at 9/8c (on Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Julie Gonzalo, Chris McNally

Synopsis (via Hallmark)

Maddie is doing everything she can to save her cupcake business. With the help of a handsome investment banker, Maddie’s luck begins to turn around in all aspects of her life. However, when her first love Nate unexpectedly returns home after 14 years, she will have to choose between a new romance and the man she never stopped loving.


Julie Gonzalo was in Hallmark’s Falling for Vermont, which was actually enjoyable. Plus she is a LatinX (who is passible as a white person.) So pour it up!

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 3.11.03 PM.pngThe Midwife’s Deception (Lifetime)

Premieres: Sunday, March 18 at 8/7c (on Lifetime Movie Network)

Stars: Katie Savoy, Penelope Mitchell, Billy Armstrong

Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Jina, a midwife, is a dream come true for seven-month pregnant Sara until secrets unfold and Jina may want more than only delivering the baby.


Synopsis is appropriately mysterious. Let it breathe!

download (1).jpegRoyal Matchmaker (Hallmark Channel)

Premieres: Saturday, March 24 at 9/8c (on Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Joy Lenz, Will Kemp, Brittany Bristow

Synopsis (via Hallmark)

A struggling NYC matchmaker is hired by a king to find his son a suitable wife in time for a national celebration. As the clock ticks towards her deadline, the matchmaker finds him the perfect wife — only to realize that she’s fallen in love with him!


Hallmark trying to capitalize on Royal Wedding fever. Joy Lenz was great in Lifetime’s Snowed Inn Christmas. (With my TV boyfriend Andrew Walker.) and Will Kemp is the hottie from Girlfriends Guide to Divorce. Pour it up!

Screen Shot 2018-03-14 at 3.10.37 PM.pngMy Husband’s Secret Life (Lifetime)

Premieres: Sunday, March 25 at 8/7c (on Lifetime Movie Network)

Stars: Kara Killmer

Synopsis (via Lifetime)

After suffering a miscarriage, Jennifer Jones begins to question her marriage and catches her husband in a few unassuming lies. When a sudden accident throws him into a coma, Jennifer is left to pick up the pieces – prompting her to question if she ever really knew him.


Synopsis is appropriately mysterious. Let it breathe!

Home by Spring (Hallmark Channel)

Premieres: Saturday, March 31 at 9/8c (on Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Poppy Drayton, Steven R. McQueen, Kix Brooks

Synopsis (via Hallmark)

When an ambitious event planner gets an opportunity she can’t refuse, she goes undercover as her boss and returns to her rural hometown. With the help of her family and the man she left behind, she pulls off the perfect spring retreat, but will she discover home is where her heart is?


Undercover ANYTHING, I’m in. (Remember when Tyra Banks went undercover as a fat person? Yeah I even liked that.) POUR IT UP!


Once Upon a Prince (Hallmark Channel)

Premieres: Saturday, April 7 at 8/7c (on Hallmark Channel)

Stars: Megan Park and Jonathan Keltz.

Synopsis (via Hallmark)


Falling for Vermont (2017 Hallmark Channel)


Falling for Vermont   

Starring: Julie Gonzalo and Benjamin Ayres.

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

When a best-selling author decides to escape the media frenzy, her plan goes awry when a she’s caught in a thunderstorm and crashes her car. Found wandering with no memory and no ID, the town doctor (and a single dad) offers up his guest house until her memory returns. But as she blends seamlessly into their family life, she must decide if the life she’s been living is the life she wants.


Angela Young is a BIG STAR. She is an author of a Hunger Games/Harry Potter knock off, The Time Visitor. She of overbooked with book signings, movie premiers, and talk show appearances. (Good Morning America AND Beantown Today… they live in Boston?) When a cab driver congratulates her on her success, Angela’s response is:

“Now all I need is some time in my schedule to enjoy it.” (I can relate, gurl!)

Angela’s sister, Cynthia, is also her personal assistant. Cynthia is dowdy in the way TV movie second-lead characters are dowdy: by slapping on a pair of oversized glasses! Angela’s boyfriend is also her manager and a total jerk! (He doesn’t know that she is allergic to nuts and tries to give her a pack of them.)

Things aren’t slowing down for Angela Young anytime soon. Flights to Beijing and her publishing company agreed to another three-book deal! Angela doesn’t want to write about time traveling teens anymore; she wants a break to experience THE SEASON. (Insert season here to Hallmark formula.)

“I want to see Foliage, I want to go apple picking, I want to carve a pumpkin, It’s FALL you guys!” Angela pleads with her staff/family.

When Cynthia leaves her keys on the counter, Angela seizes the opportunity, steals the blue Pontiac, and heads to Vermont for some time to herself. She eventually hits inclimate weather (Since it is fall, there is a treacherous thunderstorm!) and collides with a fallen tree (Instead of slipping on ice) and looses her memory.

After Angela, now Jane Doe, is discovered by the token black actor of the movie (This time he is an upstanding police officer!) she is taken to the doctor of the town. Dr. Jeff Callan (A more murderous Canadian version looking Rob Delaney) is a widower with two young kids. After he treats Angela by touching her head and giving her some scrubs to change into, they agree to rename her, Elizabeth. Then Dr. Jeff talks Elizabeth/Angela into walking around town to jog her memory. They decided that it would be best for him to “monitor her condition” if she stays in his guest house. You know, the one that never gets used and is conveniently available.

Elizabeth/Angela meets Jr. Jeff’s parents and kids! The kids are so well behaved and do their chores for the day’s wifi password. (Which is actually a really good idea.) Dr. Jeff’s daughter, Emily, loves writing and reading The Time Visitor. Somehow though, Emily doesn’t recognize the author who is staying in their guest house. Later in the town gazebo, Emily tells Elizabeth/Angela that she is writing a play for fall fest. Elizabeth has lots of good writing tips. Like explaining character arch,

“It’s basically the emotional journey of the lead character over the course of the play.”

Could she be a theater teacher? Maybe… In exchange for her help, Emily agrees to go clothes shopping with Elizabeth. Cue trying on clothes montage.

Elizabeth/Angela keeps having flashes of her previous life. A camera flash takes her back to fans taking her picture, her new movie adaptation of her book is on TV (Somehow) takes her back to the book signing, and she mysteriously knows a lot about canoes. Over the next three days, Elizabeth/Angela repairs the unused canoe as a surprise for Dr. Jeff and the two become romantically connected. Once things get too hot and heavy (like, almost kissing hot and heavy), Dr. Jeff tells Elizabeth that he has a code of ethics that he can’t violate.

Back in Boston, Elizabeth/Angela’s sister and boyfriend FINALLY file a missing person’s report. She has been missing for 11 days! They are mildly concerned at best.

In Vermont, Elizabeth/Angela eats pecan brownies and has an allergic reaction. Which, in this movie means falling asleep, having a headache, and a scratchy throat. All the while, she still looks gorgeous.

Then Elizabeth/Angela’s (but really Cynthia’s) blue Pontiac is discovered in a ditch. Activating their sister and boyfriend instincts to head to Vermont, and Dr. Jeff realizes that his romantic tryst with a girl with no memory will be coming to an end soon. Angela also regains her memory while in the town bookstore and reading the author bio on the most recent Time Visitor book. Instead of talking about these revelations, Dr. Jeff and Elizabeth/Angela agree to enjoy fall fest. This includes seasonal favorites: bobbing for apples, photo booth pics, ferris wheel rides, and fireworks. (All the fall things…)

At Emily’s play, Elizabeth/Angela is brought up on stage because she was such a big help/inspiration to Emily. Elizabeth Angela is about to tell the town who she is when she is rudely interrupted by her boyfriend and Cynthia. Having to accept their reality Dr. Jeff and Angela say goodbye, but not before autographing a copy of Time Visitor for Emily.

One month later, Angela is back to the grind. She is on the morning talk show circuit and back at Beantown Today. The interview is the final straw and she breaks up with her boyfriend/manager. The break up goes like this:

“I Can’t do this any more. No, I can’t do THIS anymore.”

Angela borrows her sister’s car again, but not before Cynthia sharpies “ANGELA” on her arm. Then, she is back in Vermont! Dr. Jeff is by the town gazebo, the gazebo where all the big moments of his like have happened, and this will be added to the list!

“What about your real life?” Dr Jeff asks

“This is my real life.” Angela replies

They kiss! A respectable closed mouth kiss.

Side Note

I wasn’t intending on reviewing the Hallmark fall movies, but this one turned out to be enjoyable! It was basically last year’s Mira Sorvino Hallmark movie, A Christmas to Remember but set in the fall with more actor chemistry.

This whole movie could have been a lot shorter, if only Angela had a author photo in her damn book!

Lauren McNamara, the kid who played Emily, was actually pretty good. I loved how sassy she was. The other kid who played the son tho…

Decor for Hallmark fall movies include about 7 or 8 artificial fall trees strategically placed around the filming location.

Benjamin Ayres seriously looks like Rob Delaney. PhotoEvidence:

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Overall rating

 Pumpkin_Emoji_Icon.png  Pumpkin_Emoji_Icon.png  Pumpkin_Emoji_Icon.png  Pumpkin_Emoji_Icon.png (4 Pumpkins***)

🍷🍷 (2 glasses of wine required)

*** I added an extra pumpkin because my friend Faith cried, twice.


*Photo Credit: © 2017 Crown Media United States, LLC

Additional images via: IMDB