This was a very calm Hallmark with the usual shenanigans showing up only briefly. A highly successful A-type personality who is an efficiency expert has the rug yanked out from under her when she is not invited on a speaking tour with an-Oprah Winfrey like self-help guru. "Oprah" tells her that her life is efficient but meaningless. Lauren, played by Hallmark fave, Autumn Reeser, is annoying but thanks to Autumn's charm and acting talent, not intolerably so. She goes on a prescribed retreat in Montana where she learns to calm down and sit still for a minute. She and the son of the family who owns the retreat share an attraction and become friendly. And that's about it. He is having some easily solved financial problems and is starting to regret his decision to give up veterinary school. There is a honey fest, and there is a group cooking scene where no food is thrown(!), but brownies are burnt. Also there is a kiss between the two 30 somethings that is not interrupted by a rainstorm, a snowball, or a busybody, but fades to black. Do we see them waking up together the next morning? No. But I think Hallmark was testing the waters here. If the "family-friendly" crowd doesn't rise up in protest, this type of scenario may be in the offing at some point.
By the end, Autumn, her work life balance back in balance visits her mother and turns down Oprah's invitation because a speaking tour would throw it back out of balance. The retreat owner returns to Veterinary school in upstate New York which is just a "short plane ride" from Autumn's home-base, New York City. There is only a vague hint and hope that their relationship may turn into something more significant. Another interesting take for Hallmark.
The 27-Hour Day
The 27-Hour Day
Lauren Garrett's New York City-based company, The 27-Hour Day, which consists of a podcast and blog, is all about how to do more with less time - efficiency - especially for the modern woman who wants to do it all. In developing strategies, she has a "hack" to fix almost any situation. In following her own advice, Lauren devotes whatever time she saves from her strategies back into further developing her brand. To move her company to the next level, she is pinning her prospects on a meeting with the guru in the business, Barbara Davrow, that meeting when she hopes Barbara will invite her along on her next speaking tour. Without giving a definite as to any future they may have, Barbara instead infers that Lauren has to find a healthier work-personal life balance, the latter which is virtually nonexistent despite not not wanting to do things like see her mother more often. In following Barbara's advice in order to secure that spot on the speaking tour, Lauren, out of her many options to find how to discover how to achieve that personal life, decides to attend Meadowlawn, a week long retreat in rural Montana run by the Wests: long widowed mother Sally, and her two adult offspring Jack and Ayla. While she knows the retreat does not allow guests access to electronic devices, she learns that extends further to no watches to provide one the sense of freedom devoid of time constraints. The problem becomes however slow she is to settle into doing things for herself, Lauren may find that she likes her new freedoms which may also provide her with those opportunities with Barbara that she had so coveted which would take away from her time. What she may also hope is to fill that personal life with Jack, who is like her more than he would like to admit in doing things for his mother and sister in taking over from the memory of his father, such measures as a planned expansion of the retreat for which Jack had long dropped out of veterinary school on which to focus his life. —Huggo
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August 09, 2021 at 09:12 PM