It's the Christmas season, the most difficult time of the year for Los Angeles based financial advisor Sara Bradley and her daughter Chloe Bradley ever since the passing of Sara's husband/Chloe's father Rob four years ago, they who now get through the holiday without talking about it or Rob. Sara has since focused on advancing her career to ensure that Chloe has a secure future. At the last minute, Sara, with a reluctant Chloe in tow, is sent on a week long business trip to Bigfork, Montana to meet with one of her company's long standing clients, rancher Travis Carson, to devise a proposal for him to secure a second loan to help overcome their financial issues the result of the summer drought, the loan, which needs to be approved by Christmas, required for Travis to continue to operate. Travis had rejected a previous proposal developed by Sara's boss Peter, one of the company VPs, to let go some of his employees to reduce costs to show that he could pay back such a loan. A promotion to VP is on the line for Sara in coming to a successful proposal for Travis to secure that loan. It starts off as a case of a fish out of water for both Sara and Chloe in being warm weather urbanites. Sara's task is made all the more difficult in Travis and his father Travis Sr. - Pop - working on a much slower "Montana" pace than Sara is used to, despite Travis being very cognizant of the consequences of not securing the loan. Also preoccupying Travis and Pop's time is all the work they do to prepare for Christmas, not only for themselves but for most of the town, in carrying on the tradition of Pop's deceased wife, her passing partly the reason why Travis, formerly a New York City lawyer, returned to Bigfork and the ranching life. In the process, Sara and Chloe not only seem to embrace the slower country life and all that they've missed in Christmas without Rob, but Sara and Travis start to fall for each other. Beyond Sara potentially not coming up with a proposal that Travis could live with and thus not securing the loan, what is an obstacle in their relationship in their differing lives, Sara who would have a difficult time giving up the security of her job in Los Angeles for Chloe's sake. —Huggo
With Ferguson and Martin as the main stars, this film will please most everyone
Sara (Kellie Martin) is a widow with a pre-teen daughter, Chloe. Both of them are still smarting from the loss of their husband and father, even though its been a year or two. As such, Sara is a new workaholic who specializes in helping struggling businesses find ways to increase revenue and cut costs. Unbelievably, her boss sends her to Big Fork Montana, to help a three generation cattle ranch. The man who is now in charge, Travis (Colin Ferguson) has sound business sense but also gives some of his assets away, like free Xmas trees for the the townfolk and a free holiday party for the same crowd. Initially, Sara thinks this is way too much but once she sees how everyone in the community pulls together and helps each other, she changes her mind a bit. Chloe loves the area and makes friends while Travis' charms are mighty powerful for Sara's heart. Will Travis have to sell some of his precious acres or will Kellie come up with other ideas, even as Travis obviously is drawn to her, also? First, Colin Ferguson is one of my favorite stars and I would watch anything and everything he appeared in. His good looks and humorous manner just send me in orbit. Likewise, Martin is a fine performer with a sweet and understated delivery. Montana looks so beautiful folks will want to book a trip soon after a view while the plot and script have nice touches of fun. How many Hallmark films can you watch? If you are like me, there is no limit.
- Jan 6, 2020
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