Hallmark Summary: “Aunt Dee splits her candy shop between her niece, Maggie, and maple farmer, Dex. Following letters Dee left, the two uncover the reason for her decision, during the Sweet Autumn festival.”
My Reaction? A tasty blend of salty and sweet. This movie had some interesting nuances, especially the sets of letters from the deceased aunt playing an unseen but integral “fairy godmother meets matchmaker” role. It felt fresher and more engaging than the typical “self-righteous city slicker blows into small town looking to buy Grandma’s shop and ruin every business on Main Street” trope because of the co-ownership angle.
In her portrayal of Maggie, Nikki DeLoach has a spitfire style that nicely contrasts Andrew Walker’s “cut-and-run” Dex. It did take me a little while to warm up to both Maggie and Dex as characters although I’m not entirely sure why. (Pandemic, perhaps?) This is third Hallmark movie DeLoach and Walker have made together so the chemistry is there.
“Sweet Autumn” ranks high on the Agency for Hallmark Heroines Scale list since Maggie stands her ground in her 50-50 ownership of the candy business. The plot resolution regarding Aunt Dee’s business works for all characters involved, Maggie included. No massive sacrifices required for everyone’s HEA.
Added Bonus: Motorcycles. Vrrroooommm!
Festival, Wedding, or Ball? Festival
Teachable Moment: How to make maple candy using syrup, ice, and a popsicle stick.
My Verdict? LIKED IT. Pairs nicely with apple cider (bourbon optional) and anything maple-flavored.