One thing that I think that we all can agree on (ok, most of us) is that The Hallmark Channel is setting themselves up for a lot of franchises. They are looking at a bigger picture with their movies, television shows, and stars. They see that they’ve been able to change the game during the pandemic and they aren’t taking it for granted.
The Love Club has so many possibilities, because yes, love is all around. But like The Wedding Veil Legacy franchise there are so many ways to go to further the franchise. And yes, I know that not everything needs to be a franchise, but doesn’t mean that it couldn’t be.
But this one is. The movies follow four friends who make a deal that they are always going to be there for each other. The series stars This series stars Brittany Bristow (A Tail Of Love, The Story Of Love), Lily Gao (Letterkenny, Catering Christmas), Chantel Riley (Daniel Spellbound, Frankie Drake Mysteries), and Camille Stopps (Trapped With My Husband, Galentine’s Day Nightmare).
The Love Club: Nicole’s Pen Pal is a charming story about the power of female friendships and how we count on our friends for honesty and support.
Nicole has just become engaged, but there is no part of me that thinks she wanted to say yes. She felt pressure to say yes. Warren is the nice, stable guy. But you can tell just by the look on Nicoles face that he’s not her forever.
She enlists her friends – the other members of The Love Club for help in figuring out what she wants. They all arrive to help her decide what to do and she tells them about the reason that she can’t move on in a relationship.
In college she had a pen pal who sent her the most amazing letters. It’s all she thinks about when she’s meeting someone. She wants someone to make her feel the way that those letters did.
And still do.
What I love about this movie is that all of these friends are there for each other. They don’t know everything about each other, but what they do know is that there is nothing that they wouldn’t do. All of Nicole’s friends drop their lives and head to her and help. I wish that I had that level of freedom, so yes, I am impressed by all that they do.
The friends are able to ban together and find the man who wrote Nicole all of the letters. I have to say, I was a little shocked that it was so easy to find him. But also I was cheering them all on. I just want to know how small this college was that there was one guy that began with the letter J and it made him so easy to find.
Thought I don’t condone lying, everything in this movie is based on lies. Nicole and the group head to meet Josh, under the deception that they were the crew that was hired to redesign part of an inn. What I am surprised about is that Josh doesn’t bother to look up anything about her. The front desk just believes. Makes me really worried about the safety there.
Josh and Nicole hit it off, but it’s almost a little too soon for me. I think that I would have liked to see more of a slow burn. I do understand that they were trying to throw us off from the usual predictable storyline.
That being said, the twists and turns are what I needed. It made me feel as though I was on a wild ride, filled with laughter and the power of friendship.
There are a lot of ups and downs in the movie and yes, Josh and Nicole do find their way to each other, lie after lie. Neither of them seem to know the way to be honest or to put the past behind them. Nicole living in a dream and Josh just filled with indecision and shame over the past.
What baffles me is how Nicole can be so judgemental over Josh’s lies, when she lied to him too. He’s more forgiving than she is.
I honestly believe that she wasn’t willing to be so forthcoming because she didn’t want to have to admit that she was living in a fantasy. But even then, living in a fantasy wasn’t a bad thing, as long as you find a way to realize that nothing is perfect and dreams aren’t always going to come true.
Personally, that’s not a bad thing. Let the dreams evolve.
Though this movie was basically based around Josh and Nicole’s relationship, the strongest parts of the story were the friendships and the way that they were devoted to each other. Friendship is the driving force of this movie and the rest is secondary.
While I loved the movie, I was disappointed that I couldn’t watch the rest immediately. The Love Club: Sydney’s Journey Is Second Movie, The Love Club: Lauren’s Dream is the third movie, and it ties up with The Love Club: Tara’s Tune.
The movies are available right now on Hallmark Movies Now! They’ll be my reward for putting away laundry.