Vanessa, a pop culture writer in NYC, lands the interview of a lifetime with renowned mystery author Martin Clayborne. It's a rocky start, but as they spend more time together she learns there is much more to him than meets the eye.


Paul Ziller


S.W. Sessions





Cast overview, first billed only:
Bethany Joy Lenz ... Vanessa Sills
Brett Dalton ... Martin Clayborne
Aleque Reid ... Amber
Colleen Wheeler ... Ruth
Fred Keating ... Stanley
Michele Scarabelli ... Dottie Chambers
Rebecca Olson ... Lauren Conner
Briar Briar ... Ernie the Dog
John Innes ... Gus
Carmen Moore ... Cassidy
Stephen Lobo ... Peter Roth
Link Baker ... Jack
Nicole Major ... Yoga Instructor
Lee Tichon ... Mechanic
Christine Lippa Christine Lippa ... Diner Waitress


Pop culture writer and aspiring novelist Vanessa Sills (Lenz) escapes run-ins with her ex by retreating to a quaint B&B in rural Washington. A chance meeting with the illustrious, elusive and reclusive author - and local resident - Martin Clayborne (Dalton) has Vanessa star-struck and determined to land an exclusive interview. With a big promotion on the line, a persistent Vanessa creates reasons to see Martin, who eventually becomes intrigued enough with her honest offer to let him finally tell his side of the story to his devoted fans. A spark ignites between them as they spend more time together during the interviews, but it's clear they are more than literally worlds apart and that Vanessa has put her own aspirations, dreams and romantic life aside. It's when Vanessa is back home in Portland and a mysterious gift arrives from Martin that she makes a surprise decision, leading her to assertively take her own advice and "go boldly in the direction of your dreams and live the life ...

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Bethany is always fun
2 April 2020 | by kingd702See all my reviews

Bethany is always fun and she did not disappoint! This was a clever one. The title is very fitting for the subject. I liked the quiet nature of how their relationship developed and of course, it had a great ending! Hallmark, you did it again!

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28 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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British Columbia, Canada

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