A holiday wedding brings no joy to the bride's cousin, who was literally left by the groom right at the altar. But she might find her true love there when she gains a fake fiancé in the process.


David Winning


Denise Hunter (novel), Karen Berger





Cast overview:
Jessica Lowndes ... Layla O'Reilly
Daniel Lissing ... Seth Murphy
Jay Hindle ... Jack Evans
Pauline Egan ... Jessica Evans
Karen Kruper ... Aunt Lorraine
April Telek ... Darcy Sterling
Casey Manderson ... Beckett O'Reilly
Keith MacKechnie ... Hank O'Reilly
Dean McKenzie ... Peter Hardwick (as Dean Monroe McKenzie)
Jannen Karr ... Joyce Hardwick
Kurt Evans ... Stanley Malcolm
Drummond Macdougall ... George Murphy
Beverley Breuer ... Meredith Murphy
Larry Hoe ... Minister
Brendon Zub ... Cooper (as Brendon James Zub)


Aspiring interior designer Layla O'Reilly is dreading the Christmastime wedding of her cousin who is marrying Layla's ex-fiancé. Although Seth Murphy is the one responsible for introducing the bride and groom, she begrudgingly accepts his offer to be her date as she's out of options. Seth gets carried away at the reception and announces they're engaged, forcing a mortified Layla to keep up the pretense. But as the faux couple spends more time together they find themselves feeling something very real. Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Comedy | Romance


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The second of two novels by Denise Hunter to have been adapted into television movies for The Hallmark Channel in 2016 after The Convenient Groom (2016). See more »


Layla's last name is O'Reilly. When she looks at the cousin's wedding invite to mail back (you have to freeze the scene to read the red envelope) the names are Jack Evans and Jessica O'Reilly. However, Jessica is related to Layla's deceased mother, not her father (O'Reilly). Several scenes have the Aunt Lorraine saying how Jessica and Layla grew up together and how Aunt Lorraine and Jessica's mother could go weeks without talking. So Lorraine is on the mother's side. See more »


Layla O'Reilly: Oh, what I wouldn't give to be poor Layla, not engaged Layla who actually isn't.
Seth Murphy: Wait, so what are you saying? The wedding's off?
Layla O'Reilly: I'm gonna need you to take this seriously. Okay, how do we deal with this? What do I tell my Dad, and my brother, and my entire family?
Seth Murphy: I'll tell them I did it on a dare. The party was so much fun I got wedding fever.
Layla O'Reilly: Of course, you can't tell them the real reason is because you felt sorry for me.
Seth Murphy: That's not the wording I'd use.
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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: A Christmas Kiss (2017) See more »

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An enjoyable comedy of errors
18 December 2019 | by Pete-ClausSee all my reviews

A nice change of pace from the usual Christmas romance plot. A lively plot, well acted with some sparks and pizazz by likeable lead characters. Don't want to say too much more for fear of spoiling some of the plot twists. I'll just say that it was a pleasure to watch.

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