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Hallmark's "The Presence of Love" Is Melancholy, Moving, & Great for Poetry Nerds!

The Presence of Love Plot Summary Adjunct professor, Jocelyn Lambert ("Joss"), travels to England to visit the farm where her late mother grew up and bonds with single father, Daniel, whose family now runs it. Starring:   Eloise Mumford and Julian Morris (2022) Image:  Crown Media Publish or Perish What is an adjunct professor?  Adjunct is a fancy-sounding term for a part-time or temporary professor.   Joss is seeking tenure at the college where she teaches, and although she's one of the best on staff in the English literature department, she doesn't have the edge she needs to advance beyond an interview.  Joss hasn't published enough works that have been cited or earned rewards, and this is a detriment for someone in her position.   Publish or perish is a maxim among academics--they are only as good as their last successfully published work.  Colleges rely on prestige to attract funding, and prestige springs from having works published in respected and visibl

Butterfly Farming Is More Interesting Than the Romance in Hallmark's "Feeling Butterflies"

Feeling Butterflies Plot Summary Emily's booming butterfly business delivers monarchs to a birthday party where she meets single dad, Garrett.  With the help of Garrett and his daughter, Emily's business begins to take flight. Starring:   Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry Feeling Butterflies leaves fans feeling disappointed. A Sweet but Dull Movie When Hallmark movie fans learned Feeling Butterflies paired a real-life couple for the movie, they expected the chemistry to be off the charts and the romance to feel more authentic.  It didn't work that way. Kayla Wallace and Kevin McGarry are completely ordinary.  No extra spark of passion.  Very little romantic tension.  An average kiss at the end.  Meh. It's the typical story of a widower trying to do the best he can raising his daughter on his own.  He's torn between moving to New York where Amanda has been accepted into a prestigious school and can be close to his ex-girlfriend or staying right where he is and start