Do You Think Hallmark's "Love on Harbor Island" Is a Dud? Take the Survey!

Starring:  Morgan Kohan and Marcus Rosner

Released:  2020

Summary:  An interior designer returns to her hometown to help her aunt run her inn, but while working, she meets a handsome seaplane pilot.

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Talk About Missing a Thumbprint!


You might remember Morgan Kohan for her role as Lillian Walsh in When Hope Calls.  Hallmark builds Kohan a bridge to the summer release, Love on Harbor Island, by naming her character Lily Summers.  Nice touch, Hallmark.  You made a thumbprint.

Lily is a talented interior designer who produces impressive results, but when she interviews within her company for a better position, her boss tells her they will "circle back" to the possibility at a later time.  As it stands, Lily's designs lack her "essence" and her "thumbprint," so her boss advises her to find what inspires her.

Hence, the trip home to Harbor Island (plus, her aunt suffers a fall and needs help).

Lily's interior designs aren't the only thing lacking a thumbprint--so does this fictional Hallmark character.  Kohan fails to bring any charisma to the role.  Her voice is a monotone, she sometimes appears to talk without moving her lips, and she seems dull and blah no matter how much she continuously smiles.  

Fortunately, Kohan's co-stars shine and carry the load. Marcus Rosner nails it with his performance.  He's handsome, charming, sardonic when necessary, strong, and capable--everything a leading Hallmark man needs to be.  Plus, I'm a sucker for dimples!  Maybe we'll see more of him in lead roles, rather than the supporting ones Hallmark cast him in previously.

Emma Cam (Christie) plays the perfect BFF, and Brenda Matthews is completely endearing as Aunt Maggie.  

Even though Jeff Gonek (Bradford) plays the typical unworthy boyfriend who puts his career first and loves his phone more than he could ever love a woman, he captures the essence of his character perfectly.  Did he look familiar?  We saw him in Road to Christmas in 2018. 


Love on Harbor Island Has Fatal Flaws


A middle school English teacher once explained to his Young Authors Club, "You can write a fictional account about anything you want.  It doesn't have to be possible, but it does have to be believable."

The plot holes in this story are significant and unbelievable:

  • When you're trying to climb the corporate ladder and snag a promotion, like Lily wants, you don't take an indefinite time off from work.  You bust your heinie!
  • Lily keeps referencing how much work she is doing to refresh the inn, but in most scenes, she's sitting on her rear while everyone else is doing the labor.
  • Where did Marcus get his fortune?  An executive director of an animal shelter might earn between $50,000 and $60,000 annually, but that's not enough to buy a gazillion dollar inn, especially when your counter-offer is accepted over a big real estate company like Bradford's.
  • Have you ever attended an Open House for a property?  Never in my lifetime has a potential buyer gathered all the attendees to attention so he can publicly announce his intention to buy, like Dan does in the movie.  How weird is that?
  • Despite having zero personality, we're supposed to believe Lily has a silly side based on her wildly embarrassing high school dance reenactment in the kitchen scene?
  • Marcus doesn't have a website and claims not to be able to operate digital devices, yet, boom!  His rescue shelter has a computer right there on the front desk, and his assistant, Angus, seems quite computer literate.  
  • For the Lantern Festival, Lily only has two seconds to create a lantern, and she just happens to whip up one that looks exactly like the inn, almost as if it were pulled off a manufacturing assembly line.  It's glaringly obvious this isn't homemade. 
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  • Marcus thinks Lily has left town, so he's surprised to find her at the inn.  Yet, he proceeds to tell her how he is fronting the capital for her to buy the inn and has already made a counter-offer for it in her name.  What?  Is that even legal?  If it is, I'm going to head to a more upscale neighborhood and make an offer in some rich person's name so I can have a new house.  Since Marcus thought Lily had returned to the city, when, exactly, was he planning to let her know of the life-altering plan he hatched without her input or permission? 
Come on, writers!

Was this movie Lucie Guest's and Andrea Shawcross's rough draft before they worked out the kinks?  I want my one hour and twenty-one minute investment back!


Can You Be Honest? 


Hallmark movie fans nearly have a stroke any time a person doesn't gush over every movie--even when they are bombs with few redeemable moments.

Please don't hyperventilate.

It's a free country--you don't have to agree.  In fact, it's only fair you have a chance to respond with your take on Love on Harbor Island.  Take the poll below and let us know what you think!

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Take this Quiz on Hallmark's "Love on Safari" & Share Your Favorite "Proverb"

Starring:  Lacey Chabert and Jon Cor

Released: 2018

Summary:  When a woman inherits an African wildlife reserve, she travels to her new property, where she meets a ranger determined to save the reserve from being sold.

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This Movie Has Some Great Proverbs


A proverb is a pithy saying that shares a truth or nugget of advice.  Every culture has them.  They are so commonplace and cliche, we quote them in the right circumstances without much thought.

Here are a few top American proverbs:

  • Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.
  • Don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
  • It's always darkest before the dawn.
  • There are plenty more fish in the sea.
  • The early bird catches the worm.
  • What goes around comes around.
Some might think proverbs are just the language of country bumpkins or old sayings grandma used because they don't necessarily sound educated, but we all use them.  Think you don't?  Then check out this list of common American proverbs, and you might be surprised.


What proverb have you heard used most often in your family?Share it in the comment section!

Because proverbs are so overused, they lose their sparkle, and we take them for granted.  When you hear a proverb from another culture, however, it sounds creative and unusual.

Here are a few proverbs from Love on Safari:

Just because the water's calm doesn't mean there's no crocodiles.  

When Kira (Chabert) plans to meet with Artie Warrington to negotiate a potential deal, Tom (Cor) offers her this piece of advice.  Unless you live in a swampy area of the U.S., most of us don't contend with crocodiles outside of the aquarium.  Geography plays an important role in the creation of proverbs.

To be lost is to learn the way.

Kira isn't just conflicted about what to do with the wildlife reserve she's inherited, but her heart is torn too.  Brad proposes just as she's startled by the feelings she's developing for Tom.  Lwazi shares this nugget of wisdom to encourage her.  Even though this isn't a common saying in America, the meaning is clear and applicable to anyone in a foggy situation.  If you are lost, you have no choice but to figure out your destination and a means to get to there.

Judge not your beauty by the number of people who look at you, but the number of people who smile at you. 

Kira receives this kind word during her birthday celebration on the reserve, and it's one we can all easily grasp.  A good-looking face can turn a lot of heads, but so can an ugly one.  You know how you're judged if someone smiles at you.  Of course, Tom is using this proverb to let Kira know he thinks she's hot, so it's quite a compliment!



As Kira struggles to make the right decisions, she asks Lwazi for more proverbs to help her. 

Even though these African proverbs aren't in the movie, you might find them interesting because they aren't cliche to those outside the African continent:

  • Teeth do not see poverty.
  • Rain beats the leopards skin, but it does not wash out the spots. 
  • A roaring lion kills no game.
  • Not everyone who chased the zebra caught it, but he who caught it, chased it.
  • A flea can trouble a lion more than a lion can trouble a flea.

Would You Change Continents?


Some people have wanderlust and are happiest when they are traveling the globe, never settling in one place for too long.  For them, life is a constant adventure.

Others like to be rooted in one permanent location.  They prefer routine and resist change.

Since Kira is always steady as a rock, it's out of character for her to fly to Africa, let alone decide to move there.

What would you do if you were in Kira's shoes?  Take the poll!


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One of the best parts about this movie is that it is actually filmed on location in South Africa, so you can experience a safari right from your living room couch.

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Hallmark's "All Summer Long" QUIZ!!

Starring:  Autumn Reeser and Brennan Elliott 

Released:  2019

Summary:  A woman has a dream of being the captain of a dining cruise, but her aspirations hit a wall after her ex-boyfriend gets hired as a chef for the restaurant.

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Do You Love Being On The Water?


Some people just love the water.  They are water bugs.  They are happiest when they are on the lake, by the ocean, or at the pool.

Does that describe you?  If so, you can relate to Tia Larkin (Reeser). 

Tia might be an attorney at her dad's law firm, but her heart belongs at sea.  The demands of her career schedule make her feel like she's on a short leash.  She only has time to putter to nearby destinations and no time for exploring on longer excursions.

We all can relate to this.  We imagine relaxing, recreational things we'd like to do, but responsibilities and overloaded schedules never  seem to let us get to them.  If we do squeeze in some fun, it's short-lived.

When Tia wraps up a big case she's been working on for two years, she informs her dad she's awarding herself a short getaway to visit her uncle and aunt.  Her dad isn't thrilled, but she doesn't give him a choice.  

Julie and Uncle Roland just happen to be launching their own dining boat, and their captain quits when he is offered a better job by a big cruise line.  It's just the kind of adventure Tia has been craving, and she asks to fill in as captain for the summer.  Of course, we all know this is going to lead to a long-term commitment, but Tia is taking baby steps.


Pursue Your Dreams

Tia isn't the only one with big dreams.  Jake Jarrett (Elliott) is a creative French chef who wants the freedom to create his own menu and try new dishes.  His boss won't let him deviate from the old, tried and true selections he insists his customers want.  It's the reason Jake jumps at the chance to work in Des Mers--the floating restaurant aboard Julie and Roland's Pacific Yellowfin.  The owners give Jake the green light on creating his own menus, and he can't be happier.

Tia and Jake are old flames, so they are less than thrilled to find they'll be working on the same vessel.  

Why had they broken up years ago?

The two made a pact to follow their dreams.  After college, they both planned to go to Paris together.  He'd work at a French restaurant, and she'd take a job somewhere on the Seine river.  Instead, Tia stayed behind to go to law school, and it was a death blow to their relationship.  It took years for Tia's broken heart to heal.  

When Tia and Jake both agree to remain on the crew of the Pacific Yellowfin, doing the jobs they both love, it gives hope to the rest of us that it's never too late to get back on track and pursue our dreams.



Parental Approval


It's funny that no matter how old we get, it's nice to have our parents' blessing on our choices.  If you're the rebellious sort, maybe you've never experienced it, but many of us have.  We want our parents to be okay with our spouses, our lifestyles, our parenting practices, and proud of our career choices and accomplishments.

When our parents don't approve, it casts a shadow of doubt over us.  Are we doing the right thing, or are we making a big mistake?

Even though Tia's gut tells her changing course from a budding attorney to captain of a dining cruiser is the right path for her life, her dad's disapproval leaves her with an unsettled feeling.  All it takes, though, is for her dad to see how happy she is when he attends the retirement party of Admiral Hardwick, and he finally grants his blessing.  His approval lifts a weight off of her and gives her the release she needs to go full steam ahead with her dreams.

Ironically, Tia's dad gave up a successful naval career to follow his dream of being an attorney, so he, of all people, should understand Tia's  need to follow her heart instead of her head. 


Healthy Competition 

Sometimes, guys drag their feet on committing to a relationship and letting their intentions be known.  All it takes is a little healthy competition to find out if your relationship is meant to be or doomed for failure.

Jake's feelings for Tia come flooding back, but he won't admit it to her.  Maybe it's his pride or wounded ego from the past, but he's happy just to be with her.  Spending time with Jake evokes strong emotions in Tia, too.  Despite their resolve to keep their interaction professional, neither is capable of it.

When well-to-do Bennett Jamiesen (Christopher Russell) starts pursuing Tia, Jake realizes just how much she means to him.  

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If it hadn't been for Bennett entering the picture, who knows how long it would have taken Jake to finally express and verbalize his love for Tia?

So, if you're dating someone who won't commit, start dating someone else, and you'll find out soon enough if you've been wasting your time and energy or not!  



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"Wedding at Graceland" DVD GIVEAWAY!!

What Are We Giving Away?




This August giveaway is about celebrating weddings!

Nuptials look a bit different this year, with large gatherings being banned in many states due to coronavirus restrictions.  If you are planning to tie the knot in 2020, we hope you've found a way to make it magical, even if it's not how you imagined the best day of your life transpiring.

We are giving away a Wedding at Graceland DVD, starring Wes Brown and Kellie Pickler

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People often have a strong reaction to Kellie Pickler--they either really love her, or really hate her.  So, if you are in the second group, don't complain, just pass on this giveaway opportunity.


How Do You Enter the Giveaway?

**You need to share a memory from your own wedding with our Facebook group.**  If you're not married, don't worry!  You can share a detail you'd like to incorporate into your special day once it gets here, maybe the venue where your ceremony will be held or where you'd love to spend your honeymoon.  

All you have to do is join our Facebook group, if you aren't already a member!  Find our group here:

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Once you join our Facebook group, where do you enter your response?  You will find this contest info posted in the ANNOUNCEMENT tab of our Facebook group.  Once you're a member of the group, just click the "announcement" tab within the group, and you'll see it.  Enter your wedding memory in the comment section of the posted announcement.

   

Contest Rules:

  • You must be a legal resident of the U.S.A. to enter, 18 years of age or older.
  • You must share a wedding memory (or a wedding plan wish, if you're not married) in the comment section of the Facebook group contest announcement.
  • Winner will be randomly drawn and announced Tuesday, August 18, 2020, and winner must provide mailing address by Friday, August 21, to receive the DVD (address is used for contest mailing only and not for any other purpose).
Once you enter do NOT turn off notifications to the post!  You will be notified twice about your win, but if you don't see it and respond within the allotted time frame, a new winner will be chosen.


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The Wedding at Graceland DVD giveaway is offered by Hallmark Seasons of Love Facebook group and blog and not sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Hallmark, and participating in this giveaway is done independently by each person.  Facebook and Hallmark are released from any responsibility to entrants or participants.  

What If You Don't Win?

Even if you don't win, you can still find the DVD on Amazon to add to your Hallmark movie collection.



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