When two childhood friends bump into each other at a small inn, is it coincidence or magic? Brooke D'Orsay and Ryan Paevey star in A Fabled Holiday on the Hallmark Channel. With everyone staying at the inn going through some emotional and personal challenges, Talia begins to feel like there's something unique and different about the town. But is the movie unique and different too? Read my full review to learn more.
The Story of A Fabled Holiday
When Talia (Brooke D'Orsay) was ten years old her father gave her his copy of the Wunderbrook Christmas. She loved the magical Christmas story and shared it with her childhood friend Anderson (Ryan Paevey). When Talia's Dad passed away a few months later, she and her mother moved away. Talia and Anderson stayed in touch for a while, but then lost touch with each other.
Talia always loved storytelling and she dreams about being a published author. But with publishers rejecting her ideas, she has settled for owning a book store where she gets to share her stories with young readers. When Anderson stops into her store one day, they are both surprised to see each other after 30 years. They are even more surprised when a few days later they both end-up at the Gingerbread Inn.
The Gingerbread Inn is filled with only five guests this holiday, and each guest is going through some sort of personal issue. There's a couple having marital problems, an older gentleman grieving the loss of his wife. And, Talia and Anderson. As they all spend time together doing all of the special activities arranged by the inn and the town, Talia feels that there is something familiar about it all. Like a sense of deja-vu.
A Fabled Holiday Cast
Brooke D'Orsay is one of my favorites and I am always so happy when she is in a Hallmark movie. I know I'm in for a treat when I sit back to watch one of her movies. Her A Dickens Christmas from 2021 is still one of my favorites. She always captures the Christmas spirit and masters any character she plays. It is no exception in A Fabled Holiday as she is wonderful.
On the other hand, Ryan is not usually one of my favorites. Sure, he's a Hallmark hunk. But, I usually find his acting to be stiff and dull. I was pleasantly surprised in this one and enjoyed the chemistry that he and Brooke shared.
A Fabled Holiday is told through a narrator (Gerard Plunkett). It's a fun and interesting way to tell the story and I enjoyed his style. The rest of the cast is just as enjoyable, so it's nice to have a Hallmark movie with a well-rounded group of actors and actresses. There wasn't a dud in the bunch.
A Fabled Holiday Review
I really enjoyed A Fabled Holiday. First, I think it's an interesting story. There is intrigue and mystery as to what exactly is going on in the village. Talia thinks that it's magical. Is she right? I won't spill the beans, you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
The Verdict: Magical. OK, I said I wouldn't tell you whether the village is magical or not. But, that doesn't mean that I can't call the movie that. It just seems like the right description. I found the movie fun, interesting, and I love a movie that has an interesting story. This is one that I would watch again, so I would definitely recommend adding it to your watch list for this year.
You can watch it on Hallmark or PeacockTV.
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