Hallmark Summary: “After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temp gig as the governess to a young girl named Princess Theodora.”
My Reaction? HOW did Hallmark score Rupert Penry-Jones for the male lead in this back in 2015?!? I’ve admired him as an actor since binging “MI-5” on Netflix years ago. Penry-Jones takes this movie to the next level as a believable royal still healing from loss and coping with the pressures of being King of Winshire. (Because kinging is hard.)
Enter Allie who brings her chirpy, salt-of-the-earth earnestness to one supremely stuffy castle. This is one of Danica McKellar’s best performances in her Hallmark repertoire. Together, she and Penry-Jones make a great onscreen team. I love how the screenwriters give a nod to the fact that McKellar is a bestselling author of math books for kids and an internationally-recognized mathematician. Respect!
Added Bonus: Princess Theodora is appealing and crafty without being obnoxious or cutesy. I liked how she was written and interpreted by Ellie Botterill.
Festival, Wedding, or Ball? Ball
Teachable Moment: How to learn fractions using homemade Christmas cookies.
My verdict? LOVED IT! One of my favorite Christmas movie traditions. Pairs well with gingerbread cookies and a proper cup of English tea.