Years after the annulment of their spontaneous marriage a couple discovers a mistake in the paperwork that means they are still husband and wife.
The “married-at-a-young-age-and-need-to-meet-each-other-again-to-get-a-divorce-and-end-up-falling-back-in-love” trope may well be one of my favourite romcom staples and Autumn Dreams executed it perfectly.
The film opens with a flashback showing young Anabelle and Ben and how they got married and ended up apart. Their teenage-selves were cute and I wouldn’t have minded more flashbacks throughout the film actually.
Back in the present, Anabelle is a farmer in the country about to get married to Joe (Ben’s former best friend! Scandalous!) and Ben is a hotshot investment banker in New York city about to get married to his high maintenance fiancee. Finding out they are still married, they have to meet up and go to court to sort out the tangled mess (enter a geeky lawyer sidekick and a lovable father-figure chauffeur).
The thing I loved most about Ben/Anabelle’s relationship was they didn’t miraculously fall back in love the minute they set eyes upon each other and the build-up to their happy ever after was a gradual thing. Also, I liked that the writers had enough thought to set poor Joe up with a rebound girl – he really did get the short straw in all of this!
Jill Wagner is a very likeable leading lady and whilst it may still be early days in my Hallmark adventure, she may well end up being one of my favourite Hallmark leading ladies. She had lots of chemistry with Colin Egglesfield and really if you need another reason to watch this, surely staring at him for an hour is reason enough!
Most eye roll inducing moment: The idea that they would getaway with using a fake marriage licence at Ben’s wedding and the storm that caused Anabelle to return home – how did she beat the storm and if it was as bad as that the airport would have been shut!